The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Note the change in hours. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
One of many career choices our young people can consider is a career in the United States Marine Corps. ROP Broadcasting student Brandon Decker spoke with a Marine recruiter…
Being a Marine Corps recruiter is a very important and fulfilling job in our armed forces; today I interviewed our local Marine Corps recruiter Sergeant Vincente Guerrero to find out more about what it’s like. I asked Sergeant Guerrero how long is a person in the Marine Corps usually a recruiter he said, “Three years.” I also asked if there were any difficulties that came along with the job. Sergeant Guerrero says that “Logistics is always hard because it is time consuming.” Then I asked Sergeant Guerrero what he likes about being a recruiter for the United States Marine Corps. He responded, he likes being able to change lives and help fulfill dreams. If you are interested about the opportunities that are available to you in the Marine Corps contact your local recruiter.
The California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, December 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on White Feather Road. Entertainment will be provided by the Condor Elementary School Choir. Members wishing to reserve lunch should call Sherry Craft, at 760-881-5275, no later than Monday, December 9.
Come one, come all to the I.T.S./Drama Club Improv Show at Twentynine Palms High School tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR. Tickets are $3 at the door. House opens at 6:30 p.m. Come join in a night of fun and excitement.
In a third round game at the West Valley Tip-Off Classic in Hemet the Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team suffered a tough 40-39 loss to Heritage High School of Romoland. Coach Jess Geeson said Senior Hannah Hughes and freshman Taylor Spitz each had 10 points to lead the Yucca girls while junior Ashley Priest chipped in nine points. The girls’ tournament concludes today with a 4:30 p.m. game against La Quinta.
The Yucca Valley High School Girls’ Soccer team played in the first round of the Beaumont Winter Classic against Valley View High School. The Lady Trojans fought hard but came up short in a tough loss. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be Tahquitz High School at the Beaumont Winter Classic this Friday at 5 p.m.
A Yucca Valley businessman has hired an attorney to formally request that the Town Council reconsider its approval of the median and sidewalk project in the west end of town. The project, known as PLHDP, will install medians from Apache Trail to just east of Palm Avenue, to prevent vehicles from making left turns into businesses on the highway. (The project also includes sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and a traffic signal at Church Street, and the businesses wanted to make it clear they were NOT opposed to the sidewalks, as they felt they would keep pedestrians and their customers safer.) Z107.7 has obtained letters from David Bradley, owner of Cowboy Corral, and his attorney to the Town Council, in which Bradley contends that the Town is moving forward with the project without giving proper consideration to the negative economic impacts the businesses will suffer due to the medians. Bradley also argues that the Town skirted state law requirements about providing the affected businesses with adequate notice about the project, and its attempts to mitigate the impacts of the medians on the affected businesses—by forcing commercial trucks to detour through residential neighborhoods—are unacceptable. Furthermore, Bradley and his attorney maintain that the Town did not conduct an environmental impact report, or EIR, and a community impact study on the project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Bradley says until the EIR is conducted and the Old Town businesses’ concerns are addressed, the Town should halt the construction on the median project.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for child abuse Wednesday after a school principal noticed the man’s son had been injured. According to a Sheriff’s report, the principal at Condor Elementary was talking with the boy at school when the boy told him his jaw hurt because his father grabbed his face and twisted it, as well as slapped him in the eye. The principal reported it to the Sheriff’s Department, who determined that the boy’s babysitter had told his father, Michael Rodgers, 27, that the boy did not want to do his homework. When Rodgers and his son got home, Rodgers told him to get a belt, and when the boy resisted, Rodgers squeezed his face by the jaw, which caused the boy’s teeth to cut the inside of his cheek, and then he started tearing the boy’s clothes off. Michael Rodgers was arrested about 5 p.m. yesterday for investigation of child cruelty, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.
The inaugural Joshua Tree national Park Art Show and Faire kicks off Friday in Twentynine Palms. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says the event is a team effort….
Joshua Tree National Park staff, along with the town of Twentynine Palms will host the first Joshua Tree NP Art Show and Faire on December 6, 7, and 8. This three-day celebration of art and music at the historic Oasis of Mara will include an opening reception, awards, and a weekend of artist booths, art demonstrations, cultural displays, park presentations and live music.
The art show opens at noon on Friday, December 6 at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. On December 7 and 8, festivities will be hosted at Joshua Tree NP headquarters and visitor center, 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Inn, Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the 29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery. Admission is free, and all event venues are within walking distance of the Oasis.
For a schedule of events and information, visit the website at www.jtnpartfaire.com. Join us for a celebration of art and music during this fun-filled weekend.
Recent court decisions affecting access to medical marijuana dispensaries and personal cultivation will be the subject of this month’s meeting of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project. The featured speaker will be marijuana advocate Lanny Swerdlow. The meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at the Listening Lounge in downtown Joshua Tree. The meeting is free and open to the public.
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting 11 a.m. Friday in the Helen Gray Education Center, on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. The sole item on the agenda is a discussion concerning personnel and benefits.
Hiking, walking, biking and rock climbing are just a few of the many ways to get outside and enjoy nature, while also increasing your energy and stamina. Joshua Tree National Park has more than 270 miles of trails for hiking and paved roads for biking. In order to help jump-start a healthy lifestyle, the Park is partnering with the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a walk around the Oasis of Mara at the Park’s visitor center in Twentynine Palms. A doctor and a ranger will lead a 45-minute walk on Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. Participants will learn about the benefits of exercise as well as a little history of the area. Though the short, half-mile trail is paved, walkers should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along water to stay hydrated.
Have you paid your property tax yet? Reporter Dan Stork says, time’s running out…
Tuesday, December 10, is the last day to pay the first installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can do it in any of several ways: Online, at www.MyTaxCollector.com; over the phone, by calling 909-387-8308. Either online or on the phone, you can pay from a checking or savings account, or by credit card. (There is a convenience fee for using a credit card, but not for using a bank account.) If you choose to pay by mail, payments postmarked on or before December 10, 2013 are considered on time. Electronic payment options on-line and over-the-phone include: E-check (electronic check) using your checking or savings account (free); Credit card (convenience fee applies). Finally, you can pay in person, at 172 West Third Street, First Floor, in San Bernardino.
Volunteers from the Morongo Basin Humane Society will be at the Yucca Valley Vons tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect donations for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter and for needy community pet owners who will have bags of pet food available to them at TLC’s Christmas event. Volunteers will have a list of items that can be purchased while grocery shopping and then donated at the collection site. The Joshua Tree no-kill shelter is privately run and is dependent on the generosity of the community. Donations can also be dropped off at the JT shelter Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4. For further information or to volunteer your services call Mimi at 760-366-9306.
Morongo Basin firefighters will be collecting toys to distribute to needy children. Boxes where residents can drop off toys will be in local businesses, banks, and mobile home parks, including at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree. In addition, Walmart will host a “stuff the truck” event at the store to collect toys for firefighters to distribute. Firefighters will be at Walmart for the next two weekends; on Fridays, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 5, and Sundays, noon to 5, through December 15 to collect monetary donations and new toys. Toys for both boys and girls up to age 17 should be valued at $20 or less.
The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the area. ROP Broadcast student Marcella Cruz takes a closer look at the local treasure…..
Many people may not know, but Twentynine Palms has a beautiful art gallery. According to the 29 Palms art gallery website, the art gallery is located—since 1963—in a historic adobe next to the Oasis of Mara, Joshua Tree National Park. The gallery is owned by the Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild. The 29 Palms Art gallery website says the gallery features monthly art shows September to June, is open 12 to 3 Wednesday through Sunday; during its summer show in June, July, August, it’s open 12 to 3 Friday-Saturday-Sunday. Plus it has weekly paint outs, judged exhibitions, receptions, seasonal events, and art classes for youth and adults. For more information contact the Art Gallery at 760-367-7819 or on the website http://www.29palmsartgallery.com/
The Yucca Valley High School Varsity Basketball team beat Indian Springs high school yesterday, 94-48.
For Junior varsity, the final score was 63-33, with Yucca Valley on top.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ soccer team will travel away to play Xavier College Prep. Game time is 5 p.m.
Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs High School girls’ and boys’ basketball team will host Nuview Bridge at home. Tip-off is at 5 for girls, 6:30 p.m. for boys.
About two dozen citizens gave the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors their views on the proposed ordinance regulating commercial solar power generation projects, with about half doing so via the teleconferencing facility in Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork observed proceedings from the county government building in Joshua Tree and files this report…
The public hearing on the commercial solar ordinance began with a summary of the measure by Teri Rayhal, from the County’s Land Use Services Department. She said that the focus of her staff in preparing the ordinance was to define criteria for suitable sites, to reduce or minimize impacts, and to establish standards. The ordinance sets a fee of $157 per acre per year for projects of 15 or more acres. Rayhal added that the ordinance is the first step in the regulation process, to be followed by an update to the County’s General Plan in 2015.
During the public comment period, many speakers expressed qualified approval of the ordinance—or at least of the process leading to it—with many specific reservations. Among the concerns raised by environmentalists were the inclusion of RL (Rural Living) land zones among those in which solar projects may be sited; the interpretation of “significant impacts”; how protected wildlife corridors are to be determined; water usage standards; how the ordinance will be applied in the interim before amendment of the County General Plan; lack of details relating to wind hazards and dust control; the extent of the public notification radius around projects; and the shortness of the public review period.
A Southern California Edison representative asked that publicly regulated utilities be exempted from the ordinance. A solar developer and a ranch owner who has contracted for a project on his property questioned how the fee will be determined. Following public comment, the Supervisors voted 4-0 (with Janice Rutherford absent) to approve the ordinance, with final approval scheduled for the next meeting, December 17. With approval comes the end of the moratorium on project development, despite the pleas by several speakers to extend it.
The California Highway Patrol is searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident last week that injured a Joshua Tree woman. According to a CHP press release, a dark colored Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound on Highway 62 in the left lane about 4:05 p.m. on Friday, November 29, when the driver changed lanes, forcing a gray Chevy Cavalier driven by Gilda Donche off the highway. Donche’s Cavalier struck the rear of an MBTA bus that was stopped on the shoulder at Sunburst Avenue. Donche suffered moderate injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. None of the bus passengers was injured. The driver of the Ford Explorer fled eastbound on the highway toward Twentynine Palms. Witnesses tried to follow, but were unable to keep up with the speeding vehicle. Anyone with information about the driver of the Ford Explorer or the crash should call the CHP at 760-366-3707.
Marine Corps air and ground units will be conducting combined live-fire exercises aboard the base beginning today through December 16. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the sound of the explosions may be amplified. The Marine Corps has established a website for residents to file reports on the sounds from the exercises. The website can be found with this story at Z1077FM.com.
After literally years of conception, planning, and construction, the new Yucca Valley Animal Shelter will open next week. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the transition starts Friday…
Yucca Valley’s new animal shelter will open the week of December 9. In order to transition to the new facility, the shelter will be closed Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7. Regular shelter hours will resume on Tuesday, December 10, at the new facility, which is across the street from the existing building, at 4755 Malin Way. Telephone and Internet communication for the Animal Shelter and Animal Control will be intermittent through the final three-day, transition period, so visitors on Thursday, December 5, should be prepared for cash-only transactions. The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter will be available by appointment only Friday and Saturday for pet owners to retrieve impounded animals. Call the shelter at 760-365-3111 to arrange a meeting time to pick up your pet or to report a lost or found pet. Messages may also be left at Yucca Valley Town Hall at 760-369-7207 extension 227 or extension 235. Shelter staff will retrieve messages as available throughout the transition period. Those requiring emergency animal assistance during this time should call Animal Control at 760-365-1807 or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s dispatch at 760-365-2364.