The Community Action Partnership had a problem delivering surplus food for local food banks to distribute to low-income residents in the Morongo Basin on Monday. Deliveries will be made Wednesday (tomorrow) to three food distribution sites: the Yucca Valley Community Center, from 8:30 to 10:30, the Joshua Tree Community Center, from 10 to noon, and Evangelist Mission Church in 29 Palms from 10 to noon.
The Community Action Partnership is working to re-schedule dates and times with other sites that did not distribute food on Monday.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday morning accused of endangering a one-year-old child. According to a Sheriff’s report, a family member found Stephen Tumlinson, 46, of the 6000 block of Chia Avenue, passed out Thursday night with the stove burners turned on to let gas fill the home. Friday morning, Tumlinson turned the stove’s gas burners on again while two family members—including a one-year-old child—were sleeping. Tumlinson was arrested for investigation of cruelty to a child, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
Many of us can sympathize with the Twentynine Palms resident who went to drastic measures yesterday to rid his yard of a snake he thought he saw under a bush. An unidentified man in the 6300 block of Cahuilla Avenue told Sheriff’s deputies he decided to burn it out. The resident started the bush on fire, and the fire department showed up about 11:15 a.m. The fire department reminds residents that burn permits—which are available from your local fire station— are required for all fires. The resident was advised not to use fire as a means to eradicate pests. No word on whether the snake—if there was indeed a snake—survived.
Solar energy is on the agenda again for the Morongo Unified School District. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown on plans for tonight’s meeting…
The final item at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting on October 21 is the solar energy project. The Board will discuss the district’s project and may direct staff regarding contract negotiations. Before reaching that point, the Board will meet in closed session starting at 5:45 p.m., to discussion pupil, personnel, and labor contract issues. The 7 p.m. open session begins with a recognition of eight more students in honor of National Disabilities Awareness Month. The first item on the action agenda is appointment of a non-voting member to the board of the charter school Hope Academy. Ten items on that agenda are about revisions in Board policies, in the areas of district goals, nondiscrimination and harassment, certification, interns, evaluation and supervision, personnel reduction, teacher support and guidance, and math instruction. The Board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School.
A Joshua Tree man was arrested late Monday night, accused of beating his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Douglas Shisler, 47, of the 6100 block of Parkway Boulevard, was arguing about 11:25 when the woman said he punched her. After an investigation, the deputy determined that Shisler struck the woman in the face three times, giving her a bloody nose and bruises. Douglas Shisler was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday after a neighbor saw him pull a woman down some steps, injuring her. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steve O’Donoghue, 44, of the 72200 block of Joshua Road, was arguing with a woman, with pounding and yelling, about 4:30 Friday afternoon and a neighbor called the police. Deputies saw that the woman had multiple abrasions, bruises, and cuts to her knees, elbows, and back. Deputies located a handgun in O’Donoghue’s residence, and since he is a convicted felon, Steve O’Donoghue was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for felony spouse abuse. O’Donoghue was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and released on $50,000 bond.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of burglarizing a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman left her car in the parking lot of a bar in Twentynine Palms Friday night. When she returned about 11 a.m. Saturday morning, she discovered someone had broken the rear driver’s window, and her purse and sunglasses had been stolen. She told deputies that she saw a man, later identified as Christopher Sansoucie, 30, wearing her sunglasses. After admitting to a deputy that he had taken the purse and sunglasses, Christopher Sansoucie was arrested for felony vehicle burglary, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.
A free seminar Thursday will focus on a common and potentially dangerous condition for women. Reporter Cassie Zimarik explains…
Hi-Desert Medical Center has joined with the top 50 hospitals in the country, offering minimally invasive gynecology. Attend the seminar, “Change the Cycle: Options in Treatment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding,” led by Andre Kasko, DO, OB/GYN and chief of surgery at HDMC. The event is on Thursday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m. and will explore gynecological surgical solutions to diagnose and treat women with abnormal uterine bleeding, or AUB. Learn about simple, innovative and minimally invasive solutions to treat three main causes of AUB: menorrhagia, polyps and fibroids. The seminar is free by registering by calling 760-366-0808 or by logging on to www.hdmc.org and will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree.
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.
A new program sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society is designed to teach local young people. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on the Young Historians…
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is pleased to announce a program to encourage the youth of Twentynine Palms to become more familiar with our local history. Our area has been a crossroads and melting pot for many cultures throughout time. The requirements for membership into Young Historians give children a well-rounded, fun lesson in that history. Accompanied by an adult, the prospective Young Historian will:
1. Complete the Hunting for History at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
2. Complete the Mural Tour of Twentynine Palms and visit Veterans Park.
3. Visit the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center and walk the Oasis of Mara Nature Trail.
4. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds, walk the Frances Sabol Eco Trail, visit the Old Mining and Hastie Bus Exhibits and describe the Twentynine Palms Historical Society logo to the docent on staff. Once this mission is complete, each inductee will receive a commemorative T-shirt designating their new status as a Young Historian. The program currently focuses on students in grades 3 through 6.
Now that the weather has cooled off the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be meeting this Wednesday at 8 a.m. They hope to see you on the south side of Highway 62 and Sunnyhill Rd.
High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association will hold its quarterly meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. at Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue in Yucca Valley. The center is just north of Aberdeen Ave. on the Mesa. There will be a presentation and talk by founder Charla Shamhart on preparing poultry for cold and rainy weather. There is always lively discussion about chickens and other poultry with good information shared by many. The meeting is free and everyone is welcome. A hat will be passed for donations to cover use of the building. For more information call 760-401-0689.
Almost 20 years ago, Twentynine Palms allowed a local business to convert from an RV resort to a mobile home park. Reporter Dan Stork says that tonight the Planning Commission will get around to fixing up zoning rules to match that change…
At its October 21 meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on changing the City’s Land Use Tables and Development Code for mobile home and RV parks, with particular attention to the treatment of the Twentynine Palms RV Resort on Desert Knoll Avenue. The Commission will also consider scheduling a hearing on the vacation home rental ordinance for November 18. The Commission meets in City Hall on Adobe Road at 6 p.m.
Tim Humphreville, the chair of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, told Mayor Robert Lombardo in a phone call last week that he plans to resign from the Planning Commission effective November 1. Former Council Member Frank Luckino named Humphreville to the Planning Commission in 2010; his appointment was confirmed by the Town Council, 4 votes to 1, with then-Council Member Lori Herbel dissenting. Humphreville has been a contentious—and controversial—planning commissioner during the nearly four years he has served. Humphreville was often the sole supporter of allowing residents to sell firearms from their homes. In addition, Humphreville—and, it should be noted, other commissioners as well—approved revisions to the Town’s native plant ordinance that removed protections for many native plants. Humphreville’s replacement will be named and appointed at a subsequent Town Council meeting. In addition, Meredith Jones, a member of the Parks, Rec, and Cultural Commission, plans to retire from that commission next month.
The Gunfighters for Hire will wrap up this season at Pioneertown this Sunday. Reporter Caitlin Logan says the western re-enactment performance will be a special one…
Gunfighters for Hire will be performing their last scheduled show for the 2014 season on Sunday, October 26, at 2:30 p.m. on Mane Street in historic Pioneertown. The first 50 kids, age 5 to 12, to arrive will receive a Halloween gift bag by simply saying “Gunfighters for Hire is the best!” During the show, Joel ‘Dutch’ Dortch, Director of Happy Trails Children Foundation, will be on hand to accept a donation from the gunfighters, for an outstanding job well done. On behalf of the Gunfighters, thank you for all those that have come and enjoyed the shows this past season. Your kind donations have helped to entertain thousands of people for free, and have helped to support other great organizations, including the Cancer Society and Wounded Warrior Project.
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball teams hosted the Desert Hot Springs Lady Eagles Monday. Varsity lost 0-3. Coach Matt Jennings said leading the team were Becky Messaros, who was 13 for 13 serving; Joelle Hazher, six for seven serving; Ashley Schwartz, with five kills; Ashley Priest, with seven blocks; and Haley Rayburn, with six kills.
The junior varsity team played well and defeated Desert Hot Springs 2-0. Leading the team were Savannah Sanchez, who was 10 for 11 serving; Becca Dumas, 9 for 10 serving with three aces, and 11 assists; and Kyley Beatty, with seven kills and one block.
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team beat Desert Hot Springs 16-2. Coach Cindy Miller said outstanding players in doubles action were Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan 3-0; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard 3-0; and Aislinn Gultzow and Christa Jenkins 2-0. In singles, Carrie Scofield is 3-0. Rachel Green had three wins and Miranda Green had two wins. The team is 9-0.
Other scores, Sadie Mecham 2-6, Shannon Peukert and Myriya Ramirez 1-6.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will host Shadow Hills High School at home. Tennis starts at 3:15 p.m.; volleyball at 4:30.
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will host Desert Mirage High School at home. First serve is at 4:30. It will also be Senior Recognition and Parent Appreciation Night. The freshman/jv parents will be recognized after the junior varsity match and the varsity team and seniors will be recognized after the varsity match.
A house fire in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon is “suspicious in nature,” according to fire officials. County Fire Captain Darrell Feuerhahn said Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa fire fighters were called to the blaze at 4:11 p.m. The fire started in a debris pile of junk, weeds, lumber, and logs outside the west side of the home in the 55800 block of Yucca Trail, and spread into a bedroom through a window. However, Feuerhahn said an aggressive attack by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading further, and the blaze was under control a half hour later. He added the home suffered minor damage from the smoke and a burnt mattress on the floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
And in a related story, County fire fighters remind residents and visitors that all campfires, warming fires, and fires to burn trash require a permit. The permits are free. Drop by your local fire station to get a permit, and after you’ve received your permit, call to see if the burn permits have been suspended. Fire fighters also recommend that fire extinguishers and other fire prevention tools, such as hoses, be nearby in case the fire gets out of control.
The scammers are out there trying to trick you out of your money. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the San Bernardino County Superior Court has a warning…
San Bernardino Superior Court officials are warning the public to be aware of scammers posing on the phone as members of the court or law enforcement. Court personnel have received several reports of phony officials calling members of the public, saying an arrest warrant has been issued for failure to show up on a scheduled court date or for jury duty. The callers told people to purchase cash cards from convenience stores to pay off the warrants. Officials do not call people over the phone to remedy court issues or fines. Instead, notifications are sent by mail on official stationary. Members of the public who receive these types of calls from scammers should just hang up. If the calls persist, call local police or the Sheriff’s Department.
Desert Hot Springs is expected to take the final steps necessary in letting medical marijuana dispensaries set up shop in the city Tuesday night when council members vote on a series of ordinances.
The Desert Hot Springs City Council has already approved ordinances allowing the dispensaries, which come back for a second reading and vote on Tuesday at its 6 p.m. meeting. Still to be decided is how many shops will be allowed at first. Council members are divided on whether it should be three, five or an unlimited number of shops.
Reach Out Morongo basin is partnering with Marine volunteers to help local residents in need. Reporter Caitlin Logan says they are looking for those who could use the assistance…
Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard work for upcoming service projects coordinated with volunteers from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for upcoming service projects in January 2015. Organizers are seeking 35 to 40 homes in the Morongo Basin. Requests for home repairs such as painting, light carpentry, and other repairs not requiring permits as well as yard work projects are being sought. Homes must be the primary residence and owned by the senior or disabled person requesting the assistance. All requests will require inspection to evaluate the scope of work required. For more information or to sign up for this program, please call Robin Schlosser at Reach Out Morongo Basin 760-361-1410.