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The 19th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is being held October 4 and October 5 at Gubler Orchids in Landers. One of the more popular activities is the orchid classes, conducted by the Orchid Society of Arizona. The first class is for children ages 6 to 15, which will start at 10:15 a.m. on October 5 and is free. Participants will learn about orchids and their cultivation and construct a miniature greenhouse out of a one-gallon container. On the same day, the dendrobium classes for teens and adults start at 11:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The new phalaenopsis class is slated to start at 1:15 on both October 4 and October 5, where participants will select and transplant a blooming four-inch orchid into a six-inch container and will learn about cultivating orchids as well as caring for orchids at home. The fee is $12. The Orchid arrangement class is scheduled for 11:15 on October 5 and is $25 per person. Students will learn the ins and outs of creating the ideal orchid arrangement and receive all the materials to do so. For more information or to sign up for any of these classes, go online to


An online special today: The State Mining Board has postponed tomorrow’s meeting on Eagle Mountain. Another meeting tomorrow is available to Eagle Mining Ventures opponents. Go to this headline in today’s news at for more information.
The meeting of the State Mining and Geology Board that was scheduled for October 1 in Palm Desert, has been cancelled, due to a lack of a quorum. That word comes from Donna Charpied, Executive Director of the Desert Protection Society. The Society had planned to marshal speakers against what it regards as questionable practices by public officials with regard to oversight of the Eagle Mountain mine. Charpied said that Society representatives will attend a Bureau of Land Management scoping meeting for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Eagle Mountain land exchange. The EIS was originally issued in 1997, when the Eagle Mountain landfill was still a possibility. In 2010, a federal court found deficiencies in the EIS. In 2011, the land swap that enabled the landfill project was set aside. In 2013, the project died when the sanitation districts that might have participated in it, walked away from it. The BLM is proceeding with fixing up the EIS deficiencies related to a project that no longer exists. There are two public scoping meetings for the effort on October 1, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, located at 1201 Bird Center Drive in Palm Springs.


Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Yucca Valley Oktoberfest, set for October 25. Reporter Cara Conway tells you how to get them…
Let the festivities begin on Saturday, October 25, when the second annual Oktoberfest and Fall Festival takes place from 2 to 9 p.m. Partnering with the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley is hosting the event at the Little League Park field and will be asking $5 per person, $2 ages 13 and under. Presale packages including admission, drinks and food will go on sale October 1 at or at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce offices. Bring the whole family and don’t miss this spectacular opening to the fall season!


The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution on Wednesday, October 1, at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M. If you have any questions about the distribution, please call 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe


This weekend’s Desert Run is a lot of fun for off-road enthusiasts for a great cause. ROP Broadcasting student Kyle Jarrard has details…
The 35th annual desert run will be held Saturday, October 4, at Means Lake in Johnson Valley. Vehicle registration at Lake Means will take place Friday, October 3, from 4 to 10 p.m. The desert run is a 4-wheel drive course that is approximately 20 miles long with five game stations that you will encounter throughout the course. Anyone that can legally drive his or her off-road vehicle may enter. Be prepared to encounter hills, sandy washes and rocks throughout the course. The annual desert run is put on by the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue. For more information or online vehicle registration, visit


An opening reception will be held on this Friday “Gold, Iron and Steel: A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin,” the new art exhibition at the Downtown Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The public is invited to attend the reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and meet the artists. Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by guitarist Randy Godfrey. Admission is free. The group art show features more than a dozen desert artists, who have captured the theme of desert metal in photography, mixed media works, painting, ceramics, and steel sculpture. The show will be on display for October, November, and December.


Morongo Basin Republicans announce the opening of their Headquarters today. Located at 56969 Yucca Trail, the headquarters will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All voters wishing to register before the November election date are encouraged to stop by. Last day to register is October 20. They will have candidate information and signs available, a selection of patriotic jewelry, and more. For information call the local headquarters at 909-660-0710.


A father-son team will share Civil War treasures Thursday at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to a Brown Bag Lecture…
Join the Hi-Desert Nature Museum and a father-and-son presentation team on Thursday, October 2, for a hands-on display of hundreds of authentic relics from the 1860s, with descriptions of each and how they reflected the conflict between the states during the Civil War. Participants may handle photos, documents, newspapers, money, bullets, shrapnel, weapons, equipment and even games that tell the triumphs and tragedies of the war. This presentation starts at noon; admission is $5 but free for members, and iced tea will be served. For more information call 760-369-7212.


The Yucca Valley High School volleyball teams made the trip to Desert Mirage on Monday afternoon. The varsity team fell 1-3. Coach Matt Jennings said the team saw some standouts: Ashley Schwartz with 10 kills; Ashley Priest with nine kills and four blocks; Jade Adair- was 14 for 14 serving, with two aces; and Joelle Hazher 8 for 8 serving.

The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity tennis team also lost 1-2. The team standouts were: Becca Dumas who was 19 for 20 serving, with five aces, and 21 assists; Kyley Beatty had 10 kills; Emily Vigrass with five kills and one block; and Jackie Bolha with 28 digs.

All three teams will host Shadow Hills Wednesday in Trojan gym. Freshman at 3:15; junior varsity at 4:30; and varsity at 5:45.

Monday, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis team lost a close match to Shadow Hills high school by score of 8-10. With three individual sets that went into tie break, the Wildcats came up short. Coach Joe Ingram said Senior singles player Jasmine Smith managed to come away victorious, bringing her personal record to 11 wins and 1 loss in league play. The Wildcats are now 2 and 2 in league and 4 and 4 overall.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley girls’ volleyball team will host Shadow Hills High School at home. First serve is at 4:30.

Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls; tennis and volleyball teams will host the Big Bear Bears at home. First serve for tennis is at 3:15; volleyball starts at 4:30 p.m.


A Landers woman was killed late Saturday night following a crash of the all-terrain vehicle she was riding. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday night near Joshua Tree Lane and Booth Road when the driver of the ATV, as yet unidentified, left the road, and Katrina Eberhardt, 29, was thrown off the ATV. Paramedics pronounced Katrina Eberhardt dead at the scene shortly before 3 a.m.


An abandoned homestead in Morongo Valley was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m., multiple witnesses informed Morongo Valley fire fighters that billowing black smoke could be seen from a structure fire in the 51000 block of Aspen Drive. Fire fighters from Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Cal Fire arrived to find the home’s roof collapsed and the house fully involved in flames. Due to the extensive nature of the fire, fire fighters went into a defensive mode to keep the fire from spreading. The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes and fully extinguished in about 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is undetermined due to the extensive damage.


A Twentynine Palms man spent a cold and wet night in a septic tank before he was rescued by fire fighters Saturday morning. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, the elderly man, who was not identified, was walking around his property in the 2400 block of Lear Avenue about 7 p.m. Friday when he slipped into an open septic tank pit and fell about 10 feet to the bottom of the pit. Marquez said there was about two feet of sludge in the septic tank. Neighbors became concerned when they weren’t able to contact the man Friday evening, and so they went to his home Saturday morning. After an extensive search of his property, they discovered his cane next to the opening of the septic tank, with him sitting at the bottom of the pit. Twentynine Palms fire fighters were called to the scene about 7:30 Saturday morning.




Fire fighters determined the best way to rescue the man was by using a tripod hoist over the pit, but since the Twentynine Palms’ hoist was on a fire truck at the closed Lear Avenue Station, they called fire fighters from the Combat Center—who had a hoist—for assistance. A ladder was placed in the pit, and a strap was lowered into the pit from the hoist; the man was able to climb out of the pit with help from the hoist. He was then taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with a mild case of hypothermia and some minor injuries from the fall. Fire fighters remind residents that open pits and trenches can be dangerous, and should be flagged or blocked to keep people away.



Environmentalists have been alarmed at the prospect of a solar concentrator in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork reports that it appears that the 750-foot tower surrounded by thousands of mirrors is not going to happen…
On Friday, Palen Solar Holdings of Oakland filed a Notice of Withdrawal of the Petition for Amendment with the California Energy Commission. According to a press release from the National Parks Conservation Association, this indicates that the company will not move forward with its 750-foot power tower, planned for a site about 60 miles east of Indio. The Association and others had warned that such a tower would be a hazard to birds, who would be fried in large numbers as they flew through the field of mirrors surrounding the tower. The decision comes less than two weeks after the project had been approved by authorities. According to a story in the Desert Sun, BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar withdrew their application because they decided that they could not complete the project in time to qualify for a 30 percent tax credit, which expires at the end of 2016.


The drought and regional weather conditions have added up to a requirement of the permit for any fires. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the restrictions…
Due to the drought in California, there is an increased potential for major wildfires. Fire fighters are on high alert, and they are asking everyone to be extra vigilant around fires while enjoying the outdoors. County fire fighters remind residents and visitors that all campfires, bonfires, vegetation fires, and debris burns require a permit. The permits are free from your local fire station. Fire fighters also recommend that fire extinguishers and other fire prevention tools, such as hoses and shovels, be nearby in case the fire gets out of control.


“Alive. It’s alive! It’s alive!” “Young Frankenstein,” a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, opens this Friday at Theatre 29 for a five-week run. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. But this musical comedy hit, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, is not without scary and hilarious complications. The show includes such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the famous “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” Artistic director is Gary Daigneault, the music director is Bill Barrett. “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein” will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. from October 3 through November 1. Matinee performances are Sunday, October 12 and Sunday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-366-8471.Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501( c ) 3, Community Theater organization.


Even as one show opens, the hard-working volunteers at Theatre 29 are preparing for their next production. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says auditions will be held a week from today…
Auditions for the last production of Theatre 29’s 2014 season, “Shakespeare in Hollywood”, have been scheduled for Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The show will take the stage for five weeks beginning November 21 through December 20. The show, directed by John Wright, tells of when Shakespearian characters appear on a Hollywood set and are consumed by the glitz and glamour. The show is looking for eight male and four female comedic performers, over 17 years old, with various roles playing multiple parts; along with four ensemble performers. The production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Anyone 16 years or older wishing to participate backstage please also attend auditions. Auditions are Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.


The 39th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft show is coming to the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree. The show runs from Wednesday, October 1, through Sunday, October 5, with doors opening at 9 a.m. daily. More than 60 vendors will offer rough and polished gems, jewelry, beads, gifts, minerals, geodes, meteorites, fossils, carvings, tools, and more. It’s not just for rock hounds. Learn how to pan for gold and keep what you find. There will also be raffle drawings, a charity auction, and a vendors’ dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available every day. The Sportsman’s Club is at 6225 Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree. Admission is free.


Signups are now being accepted for the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Outhouse Races. Build it, sit on it, and push your outhouse to the finish line! Roll it the fastest and your team will win the coveted Toilet Seat Trophy! Challenge your friends, heck, challenge your enemies. Four walls, a seat, a moon on the door, and a roll of T.P. The Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Outhouse Race will be held Sunday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. To sign up or for more information, call the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445 or visit


The Twentynine Palms Soroptimist Club is giving young women in our area and opportunity for educational cash awards. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply…
Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms is actively seeking applicants for their 2014 “Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.” This program is open to any woman who has a financial need, is her family’s primary breadwinner, and is enrolled or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The application deadline is November 15 and is available through the link below or by calling 760-333-8995. The Twentynine Palms club will provide a $500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Golden West Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.


The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats football team opened the 2014 De Anza league season with a 30-22 win over the newest De Anza league school, Rancho Mirage. Coach Ernest Martinez said key standouts from Friday’s game were Beayahn Carrllo with 215 yards on 17 carries, and Jimmy Shragge with 76 yards rushing and a touchdown run. Demetrius Holmes had two key receptions, and snared an interception to preserve the win. Andrew Wilson led the team in tackles with 10 and had two quarterback sacks. Josh Alderson, Kyle Hope, Dylan Martinez, and Shane Estrada played outstanding defense and teamed up for six other quarterback sacks on the night. Hope and outside linebacker Arlen Myers teamed up for 17 tackles as well.

The Twentynine Palms frosh-soph Wildcats played outstanding and won again thanks to a fourth quarter comeback. The come-from-behind-win gives the frosh-soph a 3-1 record after wining the game 10-7. The ’Cats blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt in the final minutes to preserve the win. Outstanding players were Eneliko Tuli, Ryan Stowers, Derek Sutherland, K.J. Magwood, Quentin Griffin, Gunner Moss, and Bryton Williams.

The Yucca Valley High School varsity Trojan football team lost their opening league play at Big Bear 43-20. Coach Andrew Amosa said senior quarterback William Perrance came out the second half with a 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sean Wallace. Perrance and Creston Cole added each had a rushing touchdown to finish the game. The defense was led by senior Mike McKay with 12 tackles and junior Larry Williamson with nine tackles. Taylor Smith posted eight tackles and sophomore Dylan Deluna had a sack for the Trojans.

The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity football team remains undefeated with a trouncing of the Baby Bears, 33-6. Coach Tim Cannavo said Lucas Lopez returned a punt 67 yards for one touchdown and had 144 yards and two more touchdowns rushing. Daniel Hoover rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Joseph Jennings led the way with 19 tackles. Daniel Hoover had 15 tackles and EJ Featherstone contributed with 14 tackles.

Joshua Springs Lightning football traveled to Van Nuys Friday night, defeating the Fulton College Prep Jaguars 56-0. The Lightning racked up eight touchdowns by five different players. Coaches say Jeff Bachman was the leading rusher for Joshua Springs, taking a 67-yard touchdown on his way to 81 yards total. The defensive highlight came via Kyler Dimoff, as an errant Jaguar throw resulted in a 73 yard interception return. The Lightning, playing 8-man football, is now 4-0 on the year

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Christian School volleyball team will play Baptist Christian School in Hemet. First serve is at 5:30.

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