More than 350 marijuana plants and 200 pounds of pot were seized during raids by the Sheriff’s Department at two illegal marijuana growing operations Friday. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement operation went to a home in the 1800 block of Cypress Lane in Landers where they arrested five men who were in the process of preparing the marijuana to be packaged for sale. Many of the suspects had fake medical marijuana cards in the attempt to deceive deputies that the operations were legitimate. Deputies seized 223 marijuana plants and 200 pounds of processed marijuana in Landers. Arrested and booked for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales were J. Cruz Herrera, 33, of Perris; Juan Villasenor, 43, of Los Angeles; Francisco Trejo, 28, of Hollister; Huber Ortiz, 25, of Romoland; and Walter Sequeiria, 46, of Arvin. They were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $50,000 each. Deputies also went to the 4200 block of Canyon Road in Twentynine Palms where they seized 157 marijuana plants. Carlos Moreno, 50, of Twentynine Palms, told deputies the owner hired him to watch over and care for the property and that he had minimal responsibilities when dealing with and caring for the marijuana plants. The district attorney’s office will review whether to file charges against Carlos Moreno. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the two illegal marijuana grow locations were not related to each other.
A Morongo Valley man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Palm Springs last week. According to the Riverside County Coroner’s office, Jacob Lutzker, 27, was riding his 2002 Honda motorcycle south on Indian Canyon Road about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Ranger that was turning left onto Rosa Parks Road. Lutzker, who was on his way to work at the Ace Hotel, was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs but he was pronounced dead at 3:01 p.m. Southbound Indian Canyon Road was closed overnight while Palm Springs Police investigated the crash. A fund-raising website for Jacob Lutzker’s family can be found with this story at z1077fm.com.
The Town of Yucca Valley is getting public input at a series of strategic planning sessions. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to participate…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold two strategic planning sessions prior to their meetings in October. The session are set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, and Tuesday, October 20, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The public is invited to give input on key community issues, such as public safety, and the development and maintenance of roads, parks, flood control, and the future sewer project. The council will also consider options for additional revenue. The council will use the strategic planning sessions to identify, discuss, and prioritize issues important to the community, and to develop strategies to address key concerns.
Nearly 400 4-wheel drive vehicles, dirt bikes, quads, dune buggies, and other all-terrain vehicles participated in the 36th annual Desert Run in Johnson Valley Saturday. Sponsored by the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue, the family-friendly event drew 389 paid entries, with riders as young as a year old. The 20-mile course challenged drivers with sand dunes, steep hills, and of course, lots of rock crawling. Poker run winners Sam Adams, Allan Baird, and Larry Wombles won cash prizes. Larry Coy won $2,256 in the 50/50 drawing. The grand prize raffle of a custom wrap by Empire was won by Abner Aguirre. Preliminary estimates are that the search and rescue raised more than $12,000 in its biggest fund-raising event of the year.
More photos can be seen on Morongo Basin Broadcasting Facebook page.
The Copper Mountain College Foundation will host their Annual Fall Gala is this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…
“If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It.” That’s the theme for the Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Annual Fall Gala, an elegant black and white evening that includes dinner, a presentation by motivational speaker Mr. Terrific, musical entertainment, silent auction and more. It all starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 10, in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Details can be found on the Foundation’s website at cmccd.edu/Foundation. The fall gala aims to support CMC students through scholarships, transportation assistance, and cultural and leadership opportunities. Tickets are $75 per person. Get yours from the Foundation at 760-366-3791 ext. 4200.
Theatre 29 will hold auditions tonight for the “Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s ‘A Christmas Carol.’” In this hilarious show, an English troupe of ladies mount an assault on Dickens’ holiday classic. Director Marty Neider is seeking a cast of four women and one man in the following roles: Phoebe Reece is 30 to 50 years old, the troupe’s leader. She plays multiple roles in the play within a play. Thelma Greenwood, also 30 to 50; she’s Reece’s grumpy, arch rival; she plays Scrooge. Mercedes Baxter-Smythe is 30 to 50 and eager to please, but accident prone. Felicity Kumar is 20 to 30; the shy, eager young ingenue. Gordon Pugh is the troupe’s stage manager until a cast injury forces him into the spotlight. Auditions are this evening, Monday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre 29 at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is hosting a free weed show work shop. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…
The Weed Show in Twentynine Palms celebrates its 75th year. The show will take place November 7 and 8. The theme, “Diamond in the Rough: 75 Years in the Making.” But first a free weed show work shop is being offered. This fun, hands-on workshop teaches you about weeds and how to create eye-catching arangements. The class is taught by award-winning weed show veterans and is for adults and children accompanied by adults. The workshop is on Saturday, October 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms. For more information, contact Weed Show chairperson Larry Bowden at 760-910-3886 or visit the historical society’s website at 29palmshistorical.com.
The Door Christian Fellowship Church is holding a week-long gospel tent meeting in Yucca Valley. The tent services began Sunday and continue Monday, October 5 through October 11 at 7:30 p.m. with international guest speakers. The tent meetings will be held in the corner field lot of Highway 62 and Hilton Road in Yucca Valley. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
One-on-one tutoring in math, writing, and reading is available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. The church is located on Mountain View Trail. For more information, call the church at 760-365-6331 and leave a message.
There will be a public hearing at the next board of education meeting October 6, at 7:00 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School, regarding the requirements of Education Code Section 60119, Sufficiency of Textbooks requirement. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide information detailing the extent to which textbooks and instructional materials were provided to students in the district.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is offering art classes for both young people and adults. ROP Broadcast Student Ava Hallas has more…
The high school’s art program may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to draw. According to their website, the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery is offering art classes. Young artists’ classes are offered monthly on Saturdays and cost $5 per class. Adult classes are offered on weekdays and cost $10-15 per class. Teachers can also bring their classes on field trips to the gallery for a gallery tour and drawing lesson. Their address is 74055 Cottonwood Drive. To contact the gallery you can call 760-367-7819. Again, that is 760-367-7819.
A Yucca Valley High School football player was injured during the school’s homecoming game against Desert Hot Springs Friday night. During the third quarter, offensive lineman Chris Worrell suffered an injury and was fitted with a neck brace before being taken off the field. He was flown to Loma Linda Medical Center, but is reportedly home now. During halftime, seniors Jared Lindley and Nikole Cody were named Yucca Valley High School’s Homecoming King and Queen.
The Trojans lost Friday’s game 49-13 against Desert Hot Springs. Coach Andrew Amosa said standouts of the game were sophomore Lucas Lopez with the game’s two touchdowns, and senior Larry Williamson, leading the team with 12 tackles on defense. The JV Trojans improved their record to 5-0 with a 34-6 win over Desert Hot Springs. Standouts of the game where freshman Caleb Robinson with two touchdowns on offense and Elijah East with eight tackles and two sacks on defense.
The Twentynine Palms varsity Wildcats traveled to Apple Valley Friday to face Granite Hills High School and returned with a 46-6 non-league victory over the Cougars. The ‘Cats cruised to a 40-0 halftime lead thanks to a stingy defense and a terrific passing game, as the visitors rolled up 398 yards in the air and shut out the home team until the final two minutes of the contest. Senior quarterback Jimmy Shragge had another outstanding game as he completed 16 of 21 passes, for 329 yards on the evening. Senior wide out Demetrius Holmes caught seven passes for 150 yards and three touchdown receptions. Sophomore D’Shaun Barrett caught two touchdown passes of 75 and 71 yards in the second quarter as the ‘Cats outgained the Cougars 556 to 223 in total yardage. Junior Derek Sutherland also had a big game, recording six catches for 67 yards. Senior Beayahn Carrllo had a long touchdown reception early in the second quarter as he took a screen pass 30 yards for a score. Carrllo also had 92 rushing yards on 18 carries, as the offensive line led by Nick Folts, Shane Estrada, Hekili Paahana, Eric Jordan, and Andrew Wilson continued their terrific effort on the front line. Shragge ended the contest with six touchdown passes for the game and has 12 touchdown passes in the last three games combined.
The ‘Cats’ defense continued its terrific plays, as it only allowed five first downs in the first half. Senior Kole Green recorded another interception, and junior Caleb Roy recovered a fumble and blocked a punt to set up a Wildcats touchdown. Senior linebacker Arlen Myers made key plays throughout the game, recording 13 tackles to lead the team. Defensive tackle Andrew Wilson had five tackles and two sacks, and fellow defensive linemen Shane Estrada and Caleb Roy teamed up for seven tackles and two and a half sacks for the game. Defensive end Gunnar Moss had a sack, four tackles, and batted down three pass attempts on the night.
The 5-0 Wildcats return home Friday night for another important De Anza league contest, as they will face defending league champion Shadow Hills. The Knights are 2-3 on the season, but have played a difficult non-league schedule and are 1-0 in league play after a 49-14 victory over Desert Mirage. The ‘Cats are ranked in the top 4 of the Northwest division in CIF, and are in a tie for first place with Shadow Hills, and Desert Hot Springs after the first two weeks of league play.
The frosh-soph team also had a tremendous game as they also recorded their fifth straight victory winning 48-6. Hunter Tygart once again had an outstanding game as he scored on several long runs and had an interception return for a score. Sophomore quarterback Quentin Griffin had several long passes including a 48-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Castaneda. Bryton Williams ran well in the contest and started the team in the right direction with a 20-yard touchdown run for the ‘Cats’ first score. Dylan Zavala recorded his first touchdown of the season on a seven-yard run. Tyler Cobb, and Samuel Smith, also had terrific games on the offensive side. Outstanding efforts by linemen Andrew Wallace, Kyle Kropacek, Adam Mapuatuli, Casey Allen, and Ephraim McCowan were key to the ‘Cats’ victory over the Cougars.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to play Desert Mirage High School. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.
The Joshua Springs Lightning volleyball team will travel away to play Bloomington Christian School. First serve is at 5:30.
The Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will meet Monday, October 5, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 and the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The program will be a live and silent auction of quilts— both finished and unfinished—and many quilt-related items. Guests are welcome. A $3 donation is requested.
California Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will enjoy a presentation by Morongo Unified School District Superintendent, Mr. Tom Baumgarten, who will speak about the year’s school and district events and discuss opportunities for retired teachers to participate. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $15 per person. There is no cost to those who attend the meeting but choose not to order lunch. Please call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no later than Monday, October 5, if you plan to attend and if you intend to purchase lunch.
The Door Christian Fellowship Church will hold a week-long gospel tent meeting in Yucca Valley. The tent services begin Sunday, October 4, with meetings at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The meetings continue Monday, October 5 through October 11 at 7:30 p.m. with international guest speakers. The tent meetings will be held in the corner field lot of Highway 62 and Hilton Road in Yucca Valley. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, October 13, for Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers fill shoe boxes with small gifts that are then delivered at Christmas to children all over the world. Come find out how you and a shoebox can make a difference in a child’s life at 6:30 p.m. October 13, at Valley Community Chapel, 59025 Yucca Trail, in Yucca Valley.
Theatre 29 announces auditions for the “Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s ‘A Christmas Carol.’” The English troupe of ladies have mounted an assault on Dickens’ holiday classic in Theatre 29’s next show offering. Director Marty Neider is no stranger to this play series; she’s performed and directed other “Farndale” favorites to rave reviews. She’s seeking a cast of four women and one man in the following roles: Phoebe Reece is 30 to 50 years old, the troupe’s leader. She plays multiple roles in the play within a play. Thelma Greenwood, also 30 to 50; she’s Reece’s grumpy, arch rival; she plays Scrooge. Mercedes Baxter-Smythe is 30 to 50 and eager to please, but accident prone. Felicity Kumar is 20 to 30; the shy, eager young ingenue. Gordon Pugh is the troupe’s stage manager until a cast injury forces him into the spotlight. Auditions are Monday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre 29.
As the National Park Service prepares for 2016 and celebrates 100 years of service in protecting our National Parks and public lands, our Centennial motto is Find your Park. As you begin to find your parks, it can be difficult to find the time to visit them. With this in mind we also encourage anyone to go out and find your place, whether it be a park, favorite camping spot, outdoor activity, or place outside that will help you enjoy nature. In the desert numerous state and local parks and areas exist that provide the chance to experience the outdoors. The internet has many websites that can help you choose just the right place to visit. They provide information about the activities available and how to find them, such as walking, hiking, and camping. These can be great alternatives for when you aren’t able to get to your national parks and a great way to find out more about your local area and lands. For Z107.7 Copper Mountain Broadcasting this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, Encouraging you to Find your Place and experience the outdoors.
Morongo Basin residents will be able to meet two local resident candidates Thursday night at the Landers Brew Company in Landers. Matthew Campos is a candidate for director of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, and Michael McBride is running for re-election to the board of directors for the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. The Landers Brew Company is at 1388 Golden Slipper Lane in Landers.