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REACH OUT SPONSORS AN EVENING AT THE RUIN

Come dine al fresco at an abandoned homestead cabin in beautiful Pipes Canyon during a fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin. An Evening at the Ruin will be a unique dining experience, from 4 to 8 p.m. May 10, featuring a barbecue dinner by Hero’s Catering, a no-host bar with beer and margaritas, and live music by Machin’ and The Luminators. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple and are available at Reach Out offices in the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Senior Center, ArtFx and Furnishings in Yucca Valley, the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce, from Reach Out Board Members or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


AQUIFERS 101 ATTRACTS A CROWD

An “aquitard” is NOT exercise clothing that you wear for water aerobics. That’s one of the things that reporter Dan Stork and over 100 other attendees learned in class at Aquifers 101…

A capacity crowd at the Joshua Tree Community Center in the middle of a Friday afternoon was introduced by two US Geological Survey scientists to the science of groundwater, with particular emphasis on the water-bearing geology of the Morongo Basin. After stressing that the USGS is NOT a regulatory or policy-making agency, but is focused on basic earth science research, Dr. Tracy Nishikawa and Dave O’Leary identified the basic principal of groundwater: Water runs downhill. Then they defined many technical terms pertinent to the ability of the earth to store and transport water. They described instrumentation and drilling techniques that allow them to collect data about water movement and substances found in water at a large sample of locations. The data is used in the creation and refinement of mathematical models that are used to describe and predict the movement and makeup of water over large areas in which the drilling sites are located. In the Morongo Basin, the USGS has created test sites in the Warren Basin in the west end of the Morongo Basin, the Joshua Basin, the Copper Mountain area, and the Marine Base area.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY DISTRICT MEETS THURSDAY

Directors for the Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery District will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, April 24, at the cemetery office, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Among the items on the mostly routine agenda, the directors will be asked to approve the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15 and the closure of a bank account at Opus Bank. The directors will also be asked to approve an Eagle Scout project proposal, purchase of equipment for Section B development, and employee performance evaluations and possible wage increases. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.


TWENTYNINE PALMS TEEN BOOK CLUB MEETS TOMORROW

The classic fantasy novel, “The Hobbit” is a tale of Precious treasure, wizards, dwarves, a dragon, and other creatures, as well as the courage and conviction of Bilbo Baggins, who goes on an adventure. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Twentynine Palms Library teen book club will be discussing the book tomorrow…

Join the Twentynine Palms Library for their monthly teen book club meeting. On Thursday, April 24, from 4 to 5 p.m., they will discuss the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, home-loving hobbit, is quite happy to stay at home until he meets a wizard, Gandalf, and is enticed into an adventure in which he becomes an “Expert Treasure Hunter.” Together with Gandalf and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins sets out to reclaim a fortune in gold that is now in the hands of Smaug the Magnificent, a terrifying dragon. Along the way they encounter threats in the guise of trolls, spiders, and wolves. Bilbo must draw upon his courage and strength of conviction to stand alone before the dragon and do what he has been chosen to do. In the end, Bilbo makes a discovery that will have far-reaching effects on the inhabitants of Middle-Earth. This event is open to teens in grades 7 to 12 and refreshments will be served. Come join the fun. For more information, call 760-367-9519.


POULTRY ASSOCIATION TO MEET TONIGHT

The High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association will hold its quarterly meeting from 6 to 8 pm tonight (Wednesday, April 23), at Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue off of Aberdeen on the Mesa in Yucca Valley. All chicken lovers and those who keep poultry are invited to attend. Experienced poultry people are available to help newbies get set up to raise many kinds of birds for both eggs and meat. A presentation will focus on getting newly hatched chicks off to a good start. Discussion will include information on feeding, housing, and tips on caring for new hatchlings. Children are welcome. Facebook users can find them at High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association. For more information call 760-401-0689.


COUNCIL ON AGING MEETS TOMORROW

The monthly meeting of the Morongo Basin Regional Council on Aging will be Thursday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition building in the Yucca Valley Community Complex. All seniors and all those interested are welcome to attend.


REGISTER NOW FOR SEMINAR ON HIP AND KNEE PAIN AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

It’s a sad fact that age and sports take their toll on our joints. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a session on options for those who suffer from hip and knee pain…
Today’s options for hip and knee replacement offer shorter recovery times. If hip or knee pain is making it hard for you to keep pace, it’s time to find out what is the cause and learn how to live an active life free of pain. Your chance to do that is on Tuesday, April 29 at the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s noon “lunch and learn” session in the Helen Gray Education Center on the Hospital Campus. A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required; call 760-366-0808 or go to hdmc.org.


REGISTRATION DUE FOR MOJAVE VIPERS YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM

All youth who are joining the Mojave Vipers Young Marine Program beginning May 2 must have their registration paperwork turned in by Friday, April 25. Adult staff will be available for registration drop off at Twentynine Palms Elementary in Twentynine Palms between 6 and 7 p.m. For more information, call the Unit CO Juan Montero, at 623-853-7463.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

It’s golf day in high school sports tomorrow. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf team will travel away to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. Tee time is 2:45.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan golf team will travel to Indio to play the Shadow Hills Knights. Tee time is 3 p.m.


WOMAN STABBED IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY IN CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

A Desert Hot Springs woman was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity in Yucca Valley Saturday evening, and a Joshua Tree woman is in custody. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Erica Devine was arguing with another woman in the 58600 block of Barron Drive in Yucca Valley shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday evening, when she pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman twice. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with a collapsed lung. Erica Devine was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000. Devine has previous convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.


DOG ATTACKS WOMAN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, IS SHOT DEAD

A dog was shot and killed in Twentynine Palms Saturday afternoon after it attacked a woman and her dog. According to a Sheriff’s report, Alecia Endres and Christina Anderson arrived at a home in the 74500 block of Valle Vista about 3:30 p.m. when two dogs ran at them barking and attacked another dog in the yard. When Endres tried to kick the attacking dog, the dog turned on her and bit her in the left leg. Anderson’s father, Dwight Anderson, came out of the house and shot the attacking dog with a .22-caliber handgun, killing it. The other dog ran off. A description of the dogs was not available. Both County and City Animal Control claim the address of the attack is not in their jurisdiction, and both say they did not send an animal control officer to the location. Anyone with information about the dogs should call Twentynine Palms Animal Control at 760-367-1057.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, neighbors reported that Joseph Lopez, 27, of the 7300 block of Bannock Trail, broke out the back windshield of his girlfriend’s car about 8:30 a.m., as well as windows to the apartment. Both Lopez and his girlfriend then left, and returned shortly before 1 p.m. The report states that Lopez pulled his girlfriend out of the car, wrestled with her on the ground, and pulled her around by her arms, as well as slapped and bit her. After an investigation, Joseph Lopez was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.


TOURISM, HOMELESS PRISONERS, PROJECT PHOENIX ON TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council is in for a busy evening of listening and talking at their meeting tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says topics include tourism, a program for homeless released prisoners, Project Phoenix, new city signage, and budget planning topics…
The Twentynine Palms City Council starts its 6 p.m. April 22 meeting with four presentations: to Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler upon his retirement; the Desert Regional Tourism Agency Quarterly Report for the California Welcome Center; the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s HOPE program for the Homeless; and an update by City Attorney Patrick Munoz on Project Phoenix. Three discussions follow: rolling stock inventory and rolling stock replacement schedule; the purchase of sign making equipment and approval of the City’s way-finding and street sign program; and a review of the Capital Improvement Program. At the end of the evening, the Council will go into closed session, as the Successor Agency to the Dissolved Redevelopment Agency, to discuss litigation against the state Department of Finance. The meeting takes place in Council Chambers at City Hall.


YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will be working on its Development Code at its meeting tonight. The commissioners will be asked to approve amendments relating to, among others, infrastructure improvements, landscaping, parking, property maintenance, soil erosion, and temporary special events. Next, the Commission will be asked to approve an amendment relating to zoning districts and development standards. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.


“NUNSET BOULEVARD” OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

Opening night for “Nunset Boulevard,” the latest in the blockbuster “Nunsense” franchise of musical comedies, is this Friday at Theatre 29, and is sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. For the opening night performance only, the doors open at 6 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres, with a silent auction during intermission. “Nunset Boulevard” follows the latest exploits of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are actually booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge, and not the famed ‘Bowl’ they were imagining. Assignment reporter Sara Snyder says this show is not to be missed…
While contending with announcements over the bowling alley’s PA system, the Little Sisters of Hoboken learn that auditions are being held across the street for roles in a movie musical about the life a famous movie star who became a nun. The Sisters, thinking they are naturals for parts, race off to audition during their show’s intermission. The intrepid band of dancing and singing nuns are played by Marty Neider, Gloria Garner, Char Childs, Pamela Crane, Mandi Pushkar, Katie VanSumeren, Amanda Winters and Jasmine Shaffer. Kathryn Ferguson directs. “Nunset Boulevard” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. beginning April 25 through May 24, with two Sunday matinees May 4 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for opening night only are $20 and are available at Tom’s Cards in Twentynine Palms or from Mary Reeves, 760-625-5335. Tickets for the rest of the performances are $8 to $12 and are available online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.


JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM TO MEET TOMORROW

At the last two outings of the Joshua Tree Clean Team, 15 volunteers gathered to pick up at trash. The next Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet tomorrow morning (Wednesday, April 23) at on the highway and Sunnyhill Road, just west of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, at 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. Following the clean up efforts there will be an optional get together for coffee at the Park Rock Café.


BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY MEETS TONIGHT

A cost-of-living increase is just one item on tonight’s agenda for the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board will also hear an update on adding Landers residents to the district’s service area…
Prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, Directors will convene a special 5 p.m. open meeting to review parliamentary procedure and protocol. Then at 6 p.m. the board gets down to business with a public hearing on director’s per diem compensation after which the board may vote on whether not to give themselves a 5 percent cost of living increase. Also tonight the board will receive and file a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the last fiscal year. This is the second year in a row for the Agency to earn this distinction. The board will also get an update on the plan to provide service to Landers residents now served by County Special Districts, and get updates on the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and the Hazard Mitigation Plan. It all happens on Cherokee Trail under the old water tower in Landers.


TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS CMC SCHOLARSHIP

A Twentynine Palms High School student was awarded a $1,000 STEM scholarship from Copper Mountain College. The scholarship was awarded to Crystalfaith Rickman, who intends to major in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at Copper Mountain College.

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Jacynda Gutierrez and Crystalfaith Rickman

Rickman, and fellow Twentynine Palms student Jacynda Gutierrez, were also finalists for the prestigious Greenleaf Scholarship, and were awarded a $500 scholarship at CMC.


TOP 10 WILDCAT SENIORS ANNOUNCED

The top 10 Wildcat seniors in the 2014 Twentynine Palms High School graduating class have been announced. Heather Centner has earned the Valedictorian recognition as the top-ranked student in her class. She is headed off to Northern Arizona University this fall. Suhas Arehalli, ranked #2 in the senior class, will be recognized as the Salutatorian for the class of 2014. Suhas will attend the Univeristy of California at San Diego in the fall. The remaining top 10 seniors for 2014 are as follows:

3.) Jake Culver
4.) Krystienne Delarosa
5.) Ryan Crow
6.) Bailey Flynn
7.) Cherokee Turner
8.) Crystalfaith Rickman
9.) Nicholas Smith
10.) Ty Lueken


YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY STAR SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT

A local student athlete has been awarded an athletic scholarship for Cross Country running. Fittingly, it’s across the country. Reporter Dan Stork reports that Jeff Larson is going to New Jersey…
Yucca Valley High School has announced that senior Cross-Country standout Jeffrey Larson officially signed his letter of intent to Division I, Seton Hall University to participate in Cross Country. This university competes in the Big East Conference. Jeff will be receiving $120,000 in guaranteed scholarships, with the potential of almost $200,000 by the end of his collegiate career.


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