The Yucca Valley Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday, August 29, 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.
The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate its bus service on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day, and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, September 2nd.
During the Z107.7 “Up Close” show recently, listeners had a lot of questions about how trash pick-up is done in our local municipalities, as well as county areas. In response to our listeners’ requests, reporter Dan Stork did the homework to answer those questions…
Each year in June, residents of the unincorporated areas of the county get an annual pass for landfill use. This pass allows them to drop off one load each week—for no cost—at a county landfill, such as the one off Winters Road in Landers. Property owners pay for this privilege on their property taxes. You may include yard waste, as well as household trash, in these loads. If a load looks like a lot, the landfill attendant will likely ask to see proof of residence, to make sure you’re not a commercial hauler—those people have to pay per load. Residents of unincorporated areas may also elect to contract with a hauler—in the Morongo Basin, that’s Burrtec—to pick up trash directly from their residences on a regular basis.
Residents of Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms don’t have a choice—residential pickup is mandatory for them, and is also charged on the property tax bill. Personal trips to the dump for town and city dwellers cost extra, per trip, paid at the dump.
Rex Richardson, the County spokesman for Solid Waste Disposal, told us about an array of recycling services. There are recycling areas available at the dump, including recycling bins for electronic waste. Richardson urges people to subscribe to commercial services, to make the recycling effort easier. He also said that the County is always looking for organizations that will provide venues where the County can teach about backyard composting. He added that recycling is now mandatory for businesses that generate more than four cubic yards of waste per week.
Anyone can drop off hazardous waste on the third Saturday of each month at the County yard in Joshua Tree, on the highway a little ways east of the village center.
An overview of County Solid Waste operations can be viewed at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dpw/solidwaste/
A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets tomorrow and every Saturday at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office located on the Highway in Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community. Please feel free to attend this group whether your suicide loss is recent or some time ago. Call Kay Star, Program Coordinator, to confirm your attendance or ask questions at (760) 366-1308, Ext. 31.
The Joshua Tree Jazz Band will be in concert next weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where the free event will be…
The Joshua Tree Jazz Band will celebrate its second anniversary with a concert Saturday, September 6, at Sacred Sands Bed and Breakfast in Joshua Tree. Cool Jazz Under the Stars will feature hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar and the cool sounds of a 10-piece jazz band. The free event starts at 6 p.m. at 63155 Quail Springs Road in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-574-5267.
The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in September for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on September 2, 4, 5, 16, 23, and 30. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is featuring an exhibit called, “Hatching The Past.” Reporter Taylor Thacker has more…
Don’t forget that the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s exhibit “Hatching the Past” that starting in May is still on display! This exhibit takes a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos. “Hatching the Past” blends the arts and sciences with an astounding array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each major plant and meat-eating dinosaur group. This science rich hands-on exhibit invites visitors to dig for eggs, touch a real dinosaur bone and discover the mysteries of dinosaur family life. The “Hatching the Past” exhibit ends September 22. For more information call 760-369-7212.
While It feels like Thanksgiving and Christmas are far away from the heat of summer, they are just around the corner. Food For Life is seeking volunteers to help with two meals; Thanksgiving meal is offered on Thanksgiving day. People will be needed to set up, serve, clean up. The Christmas meal will be offered on Saturday, December 20. Volunteers will be needed on this day also. Please mark your calendars for these two dates and consider volunteering to make these days special for those attending the meal. Volunteers are asked to wear black pants and white shirts. The benefits are the smiles on the faces of those we serve and their spoken appreciation. To volunteer call Linda Geddis at 760-362-4510.
Some chunks of state-owned land included in the expansion of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base are going through environmental processing. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the report on “school lands”…
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been issued for 2,563 acres of state-owned “school lands” that are part of the planned expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. (“School lands” are what remain of land throughout the State originally granted to California by the Congress in 1853 to benefit public education. When the state sells such land, as in this case, revenue benefits the Teachers Retirement Fund.) This land is distinct from the 88,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management holdings that make up the bulk of the expansion. The California State Lands Commission (CSLC), which administers the school lands, was required to prepare an EIS even though it would have no authority in enforcing any mitigation measures—that role will belong chiefly to the Department of the Navy. The report prepared by the CSLC lists impacts and mitigation measures in the areas including biological and cultural resources, hydrology, recreation, and public safety. A supporting document provided, a biological opinion by the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service, dedicated to the desert tortoise population for the entire expansion area, is 129 pages by itself.
The period of public comment on the report began August 5. According to a public notice of the study, all comments must be received no later than September 19 at 5 p.m.
Submission contact information can be found in this story at Z1077fm.com, as can a link to the report materials.
Comments may be submitted to
Division of Environmental Planning
and Management Fax: (916) 574-1885
California State Lands Commission Phone: (916) 574-1890
100 Howe Ave., Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825
Materials related to the statement can be found at:
and at the public libraries in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree.
As our local high school football season gets underway, the De Anza League is expanding with a new team, but fewer play-off berths. Rancho Mirage is joining Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Big Bear, Shadow Hills, Desert Hot Springs and Desert Mirage in a scramble for just two automatic play-off berths as a result of being moved to the six-league CIF-Southern Section’s Northwest Division for 2014-15. With just two at-large bids available in the entire division, the importance of performing well in a seven-team league is at an all-time premium. Last season, three teams from the league, Twentynine Palms, Big Bear and, Shadow Hills earned an automatic berth in the East Valley Division playoffs. Challenging for the league title this season will most likely go through Big Bear, a CIF semifinalist last year who either won or shared the league title for the last four seasons. Shadow Hills finished tied with Twentynine Palms, but entered the playoffs as the league’s No. 2 seed by virtue of a 21-14 win over the Wildcats. The Knights and Wildcats should remain in solid contention for the second automatic playoff spot, if not dark horses to dethrone the Bears.
It’s softball season in the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Cara Conway says sign-ups are now being taken for slow-pitch softball leagues…
Grab your friends and sign up for a season of slow pitch adult softball! With the opportunity to play for a men’s league, women’s league, or one of two co-ed leagues, the season starts September 8 with a registration deadline of September 2. Registration is online at yucca-valley.org and is $400 per team. Individual players are also encouraged to register as a free agent to be placed on one of the teams. Teams play around 10 games as well as play-offs and a champion game—with prizes for first and second place. Start the competition and register today!
Coming up in high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will travel away to Temple City. The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will travel to Granite Hills; kickoff is at 7 p.m.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley cross-country team will participate in the second day of the UCSB Invitational meet.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of holding a knife to a woman’s throat while attempting to rape her in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman was standing in the front yard of a friend’s home in the 7000 block of Estrella Avenue about 10 p.m. August 16, when the suspect, identified as Lynel Roduck, 29, a Filipino transient, approached her.
Deputies say Roduck threatened the woman with the knife and forced her to walk about a block away from her friend’s home, saying he would stab her if she screamed. He then forced her to the ground and attempted to rape her while holding the knife to her throat. The woman’s friends came looking for her, which distracted Roduck, and the victim was able to kick him in the face and run away. Roduk then fled on foot and has yet not been located. Authorities say Roduk is known to frequent local bars in Twentynine Palms and is known to sexually harass females in the Twentynine Palms area. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and he should be considered armed and dangerous. Any information regarding his whereabouts should be directed to the Sheriff’s Deputy Cantu at 760-366-4175.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint yesterday, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to Sheriff officials, a woman called 911 at 10:19 a.m. to report that she was fleeing from her boyfriend, Desjohn Mobley, 22, and had lost control of her car and crashed in the 2900 block of Desert Heights Drive in Twentynine Palms. The woman said she was injured from the crash and that Mobley had broken her windshield. Responding deputies located Mobley in his green Honda near Mariposa and 2 Mile Road just before 11 a.m. and made a felony traffic stop. Desjohn Mobley was arrested at gunpoint for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
Twentynine Palms fire fighters were called to a house fire about 12:30 this morning. According to Fire Chief Jim Thompson, the sole occupant of the home in the 4300 block of Mesquite Springs Road was awakened by a smoke detector, smelled smoke and called 911. Fire fighters, aided by the Combat Center Fire Department, found smoke in the attic and traced it to a fire smoldering in a wall and roof trusses, where they extinguished it. The cause is believed to be electrical. Thompson estimated the damage at $10,000.
The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting covered a wide range of topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report on the meeting into two parts. Today: Park lighting contracts, civic event collaborations, art on traffic signal boxes, and a warning about an oil pipeline…
City staff described how approximately $50,000 was cut from original bids for lighting materials and installation at Knott Sky Park. Council approved expenditure of about $247,000 for the purpose by a vote of 4-1, with Cora Heiser dissenting.
The Council approved the Public Arts Advisory Committee’s request to paint traffic signal boxes along Adobe Road. The art design and implementation will be done by local high school students.
The Council approved the City’s collaboration in two civic events in 2015. Support for “Twentynine Palms Salutes Those Who Have Served” events during Pioneer Days, which will include base tours for returning veterans, a parade, and the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall, was accompanied by a $25,000 allocation, which event organizer Mary Jane Binge hopes to cover through fundraising activities. Costs for hosting a lunch stop on June 27 during the St. Louis to Los Angeles Great Race sports car rally will be covered by the Chamber of Commerce.
During public comment, resident Ed Valloran said that survey markers have appeared on public and private land across the city. He is certain that they mark the route of an oil pipeline about which he had raised an alarm some months ago.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two women who are suspects in home burglaries in Joshua Tree. A home surveillance camera in the 8400 block of Tortuga Road captured two white females who went to the vacant home and stole some tools from a utility shed, and then took a FedEx box that had been left at the door. Photos of the female suspects, and their white Ford Taurus car, can be seen below. Contact Sheriff’s Deputy Yu at 760-366-4175 with any information.
A Yucca Valley man and three passengers were not injured in a roll-over crash on a mountain Road near Idyllwild Monday at about 3:20 p.m. A CHP spokesman said Marco Cervantes, 42, of Yucca Valley was driving the gray 2000 Toyota Tundra truck on Highway 243 when it rolled over about a half mile north of Mt. Edna Road. Cervantes and his three passengers were uninjured; no other vehicles were involved.
Free classes in preparing for an emergency are being offered. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get training to be a Community Emergency Response team member…
Would you know what to do in case of a disaster? The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold seven training classes on Thursday evenings to learn about disaster preparedness, earthquakes, fires, and floods. This free training class will start September 4 through October 16, with a final exam and graduation on Saturday, October 16. Classes will be held in the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Space is limited to 25 students. More information and an application can be found on the CERT’s website, morongobasincert.org.
Twentynine Palms Water District Board member Bo Bourikas announced he was resigning at the end of last night’s Board meeting. Bourikas said he was resigning due to personal reasons and that last night’s meeting would be his last. The meeting focused on new water conservation restrictions. Due to the statewide drought, the state has issued mandatory water restrictions, prohibiting water runoff down sidewalks and driveways, washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle, and running fountains without a re-circulating system. Additional restrictions included the use of water to wash down buildings unless there is an emergency, and restricting water to run or accumulate in gutters. The board approved the ordinance and it will be in place for the next 270 days. After that, the ordinance will be reviewed and possibly be cancelled, extended, or made permanent by the state. While the state gave the District power to fine anyone who violates the restrictions, the Water District does not wish to do so unless many warnings have already been issued to the person violating the ordinance. For information about the restrictions, call the Twentynine Palms Water District at 760-367-7546.