A Yucca Valley man was arrested yesterday after a woman said he raped her last week. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman said she met a man named “Carlos,” later identified as Carlos Flores, 31, in an emergency room July 24. They went to Palm Springs, and the woman told Sheriff’s deputies that when they returned to the woman’s home, he forced himself on her. The report states she waited to contact police because she was too embarrassed, and didn’t think she could report a rape since she had invited him inside. After an investigation, Carlos Flores was arrested at a residence in the 6200 block of Hoot Owl Trail in Yucca Valley. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $250,000.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jeremy Magness, 19, and his 15-year-old girlfriend had been drinking at a party Monday night. After they left the party, they started arguing near Hanford Avenue and Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, and Magness punched his girlfriend in the stomach, and also kneed her in her stomach. The girl told deputies she thought she was a few weeks pregnant. The girl went to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment of the pain. Jeremy Magness was arrested for investigation of statutory rape, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony spouse abuse. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.
The Twentynine Palms Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Saturday, August 2, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1 to report them.
Get your reggae on at the Yucca Valley summer concert tomorrow night. Reporter Taylor Thacker says attendees will be jammin’ to the Caribbean sounds of Upstream…
The Town of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival continues with the band Upstream scheduled to play on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. Upstream has been spreading their message of love and positivity through their exhilarating Caribbean music for about 20 years. Through the years they have mesmerized audiences throughout the world with a multi-talented line up of some of the most experienced and enlightened musicians in their camp and have released six CDs. Come prepared to dance and have fun with this Caribbean styled band. All concerts will be held on the Yucca Valley community center ballfield; gates open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. You may bring your own food, but there will also be food vendors.
The second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held on December 5-7, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A Call for Art has been issued for this year’s juried art exhibition, a highlight of the event, which features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park. $6,000 in cash awards and an Artist-In-Residence award are available. Entry is open to California, national, and international artists. Deadline for entries is September 15. Visit www.JTNPArts.org to read the guidelines and download the 2014 call for art prospectus. Entry is open to artists 18 and over; $35 entry fee for up to 3 images. Submissions and entry fees can be processed online this year. An opening reception and gala awards ceremony will kick off the event Friday, December 5. Artwork in the exhibition will remain on display at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery through December 28. Booth spaces are available for artists to sell additional art during the opening weekend Art Exposition on Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, featuring live music, art demonstrations, historic exhibits and talks, wine, beverages, and culinary delights.
The Cottonwood Visitor Center in Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close August 4 through August 15, due to road construction in the area. The closure will be Monday through Friday. The visitor center will be open the weekend of August 9-10 with a planned permanent reopening August 16. Pinto Basin Road to the Cottonwood Visitor Center is undergoing road construction; travel through an 11-mile section of the road is by pilot car and visitors can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. The Cottonwood Springs Oasis and trail areas are still closed until further notice due to damage from the flash floods in September 2013. Other campgrounds that are still closed for the summer are Ryan, White Tank, and Belle. For more information about construction, call Kirk Diamond at 760-367-5680.
The St. Joseph’s players of Yucca Valley will be holding auditions for “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the tryouts….
Auditions have been set for “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the next production of the St. Joseph’s Players. This coming-of-age story centers on a Polish-Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. Auditions will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church, 56312 Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. Some parts have already been cast; open roles include Kate and Blanche, for women in their 40s, and Jack, 40s to 50s; along with Lori, age 12 to 14. Director Rebecca Haveley also needs volunteers for light, sound, props, costumes, and other backstage roles. Rehearsals will begin September 2 and the play will open October 10 and run through November 2. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club is making plans for the 19th Annual Orchid Festival in Landers October 4-5. The service club is now accepting registrations from local charities who would like to either have an informational booth or a fundraising booth at the event. There is no charge for the non-profit booth space, which is limited to the first fifteen organizations that sign up and meet requirements. To reserve a space contact Debbie Gubler, at 760-221-6101. The Orchid Festival has become a showcase for non-profit organizations to promote their cause while earning some additional funding in the process. The Orchid Festival offers greenhouse tours, orchid classes, wine and cheese tasting, great-tasting food, relaxing live Jazz entertainment, artwork vendors, and much more. The Orchid Festival committee is looking for sponsors; contact Wayne Stamm 760-887-3997.
Tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. is teen crafts at the Twentynine Palms Library. This month’s craft is a felt and ribbon bookmark. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, please call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.
It’s time for First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Their famous $5 breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by the friendliest volunteers on the Mesa. Come on out, cool off, have a bite and see what’s happening out here.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Joshua Tree Post 7264, will have a rummage sale at the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Drive Saturday, August 2, starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the VFW post in support of veteran assistance programs.
Attention runners: The very popular Full Moon Run in Yucca Valley is one week from today. Reporter Cara Conway laces up her running shores…
Experience Yucca Valley’s beautiful vistas during the 11th annual Full Moon Run, Friday, August 8. The moderate 5K course at Machris Park invites all ages. Registration starts at 6 and the race begins at 7 p.m. The entry fee includes registration, t-shirt and refreshments and is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and children 12 and under.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures. The local Club is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to redefine the opportunity equation for kids by elevating the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s development. The organization seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success. The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Desert is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit greatfutures.org. Contact our local Club on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley or give them a call at 760-365-5437.
The City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department will start accepting registrations for its youth soccer and youth volleyball programs today. The co-ed youth soccer league is open to girls and boys ages 4-14. The league fee is $45 per child, which includes a uniform. The league will begin the second week of September and will conclude the first week of November. Registrations will be taken through Friday, September 5. The co-ed youth volleyball league is open to girls and boys in fourth through eighth grades. The league fee is $45 per child, which includes a jersey. The league will begin mid-September and conclude mid-November. Registrations will be taken through Tuesday, September 9. Families with three or more children participating in the leagues are eligible for a discount. Registrations can be taken at the Park and Recreation office and online at 29palms.org. Volunteer coaches and officials for both sports are needed. For additional information call the recreation office at 760-367-7562.
Two seats are available, and three candidates, so far, for the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork looks at how the contest is shaping up…
With the deadline for filing approaching, three candidates have filed declarations of candidacy for the two open seats on the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. They are: Dr. Cindy McVay, who retired at the end of June from the District (at the time of her retirement, she was principal at Palm Vista Elementary School); L. Hilary Slotta, longtime local resident; Gary L. Horne, a parent of schoolchildren in Twentynine Palms, who has been on the Oasis Elementary School site council. Of the two incumbents whose terms expire this year, Donna Munoz—who served four terms on the Board—is not seeking re-election, and Chris Proudfoot—who was elected to his single term in 2010—has indicated to us that he is seriously considering running for re-election. The deadline for completing the filing process for candidacy is Friday, August 8, unless no incumbent files, in which case the deadline will be extended one week.
A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested after fighting with her husband. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deborah Valek, 23, was arguing with her husband in the 2700 block of Ranch Road when the argument escalated, and Valek began striking him with her fists. The report states when he laughed at her, she hit him with a broom. According to the Sheriff’s Department, both Deborah Valek and her husband sustained injuries in the fight; the deputy determined that Deborah Valek was the dominant aggressor and arrested her for investigation of felony spouse abuse. She was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $50,000.
Someone has some ‘splainin’ to do after the featured act at last night’s Hi-Desert Water District Special meeting was a no-show. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says board members were not happy…
With just barely 24 hours notice, the Hi-Desert Water District held a special meeting last night for its board of directors to discuss and review an engineering report on the wastewater reclamation project. The discussion was very short, however, as Director Sarann Graham angrily rebuked the engineering firms for not sending representatives to the meeting. “And I’ll tell you, I’m really not interested tonight in going through this report with our staff. I want my questions answered by the engineers who put this report together.” And with that, the Board voted unanimously to table the discussion to a future meeting when the engineers could be present. In other business, the board passed 5-0 the water stand-by assessments on unimproved parcels, and indicated that since the rates have not been changed since 1992, they may want to look at changing the rates charged next year. Current rates, based on lot size and distance to an existing water pipeline, range from $4 to a maximum of $1,000.
Beginning tomorrow, August 1, the Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District will be accepting registrations for its fall pre-school and modified soccer programs. The pre-school program is designed to prepare your child with the academic and social skills needed to enter kindergarten. The program offers two different class sessions. The Tuesday/Thursday class is for children age 2-3 years of age. The Monday/Wednesday/Friday class is for children 4-5 years of age.
Modified Soccer is offered again this fall in Joshua Tree. Soccer is open to children ages 4 and up. The early bird registration fee is $50 until August 22, at which point the fee increases to $60. Registration ends on September 12. The season runs from September 22 through November 14. All practices and games will be held at Sunburst Park. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Friday August 22 at 7:00 p.m. To sign up or for pre-school or soccer or for more information contact the Joshua Tree Community Center at 760-366-8415 or on their website in a link in this story at z1077fm.com
The Twentynine Palms recreation Movies in Luckie Park series will have its final evening tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says come see “The Nut Job”…
The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents the final movie in the Movies in Luckie Park series with “The Nut Job,” scheduled to play on Thursday, July 31, starting at 8:30 p.m. In this movie, an incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery. Come see what happens. This free movie will take place at the north side of the racquetball courts in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. Bring friends, family, blankets, and chairs and enjoy this last movie in the park.
The public is invited for a tour of the lunar landscape, Mars and Saturn on this Saturday, August 2 at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. This free event begins around 8:20 p.m. and continues until approximately 1:30 a.m. A crescent moon will be followed by Mars and Saturn around sunset. A tour of lunar landscape at low and high magnifications will zoom in on the great craters. Mars is a large rusty orange disk through a telescope. Saturn, also fading slightly, is well placed for viewing at sunset. Later, after the moon sets at 11:30 p.m., the telescopes will turn to some bright open star clusters and nebulae in the Milky Way. Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. All are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to set up and visit other campus educational attractions before the cosmic tour begins. Everyone should bring snacks, water bottles, chairs, and a small flashlight (red lens, no white lights please) and dress for unpredictable desert weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash. The observatory may not be open during a scheduled event due to weather.