The Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival continues this Saturday night with a live outdoor concert. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details …
The town of Yucca Valley is pleased to present their popular concert series. The dance band “House Party” will perform live this Saturday night, August 1, at 7:00 p.m. “House Party” is the ultimate dance band. They cover everything from pop, rock and soul to funk, Latin and R & B plus your favorite top 40 hits. They go from Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” to Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.” The outdoor concert is held at the Yucca Valley Community Center ball field is at 57090 on Twentynine Palms Highway. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring the whole family, blankets, lawn chairs and your dancing shoes and prepare to dance the night away.
The Yucca Valley High School color guard and marching band will hold a car wash Saturday, August 1 from 8 to 2. The car wash will be held in the parking lot of the Hi-Desert Star on the highway in Yucca Valley. Cars are $5 and $10 for over-sized vehicles. Funds raised will go toward competition expenses.
An intense line of thunderstorms inundated parts of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Coming out of the east at about 1:30 p.m., parts of Twentynine Palms north of the highway saw rain and hail turn roads and washes into swiftly moving torrents of mud and debris. Winters Road was mostly impassable from Lear Avenue in Twentynine Palms to Border in North Joshua Tree. Great sections of the road surface were washed away, buried in mud, or under water, leaving some motorists stranded with their vehicles and others with no way to get home. The storm cells, with heavy rain and spectacular lightning and thunder, wreaked havoc across the communities of Copper Mountain Mesa, Landers and into Johnson Valley with parts of Border, Reche Road, Old Woman Springs passable thanks only to the efforts of county road crews. Residents on Littlefield Road called for help about 3:15 when water started flooding their home, but firefighters were unable to reach them due to the washed out roads. About 1,000 residents were without power for hours in Twentynine Palms, North Joshua Tree, and Landers. A power pole at Valle Vista Road and Morongo Road caught on fire shortly before 9 p.m. With more precipitation predicted for today, and the increased risk of flash flooding, Z107.7 reminds drivers, to “turn around and don’t drown.”
At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today in part two of three: Recognitions, a legislative update, and the changes in the Healthcare District…
Long-time resident Betty Laferriere was recognized by the Council for her many contributions to the community. Also honored was MCAGCC liaison Jim Ricker, who was named the 42nd Assembly District Veteran of the Month, by Assemblyman Chad Mayes.
Mayes also gave a legislative update to the Council. He criticized the legislature for not addressing water or transportation reform. He characterized the extraordinary session called by the governor as an attempt to “beat Republicans over the head” in an effort to raise taxes. He cited the I-10 bridge collapse as emblematic of the infrastructure deficiencies, and criticized high-speed rail as a wasteful priority.
Healthcare District presentation
Healthcare District board member Martie Avels heralded the takeover of the hospital by Tenet Healthcare as a boon to the Morongo Basin, and described the dual-board governance of the system. The publicly elected board will have public meetings at new quarters on La Contenta. Recruitment by Tenet for several top administrative hospital posts is in progress.
Neighbors helped keep a fire from spreading in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, the fire was burning a small area in a vacant lot in the 6300 block of Fortuna Avenue about 11:40 a.m., but neighbors saw the blaze and used garden hoses to knock down the flames until firefighters arrived. The fire had started to burn a nearby carport next to a house, but the neighbors and firefighters were able to keep the fire from causing more than minimal damage. Dimoff said there were a lot of discarded cigarette butts in the area, and since there was no electricity in the field or lightning at the time of the fire, he suspects the cause to be human caused.
Heatstroke is a leading cause of non‐crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures consistently near 100 degrees in the Morongo Basin, the California Office of Traffic Safety cautions parents, plus anyone transporting pets or the elderly, that leaving them in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can have fatal or irrevocable consequences. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following signs of heat stroke…
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, immediately call 911. Warning signs of a heatstroke include: fainting; dizziness or light-headedness; red, hot, and dry skin; no sweating; muscle weakness or cramps; nausea and vomiting; and a rapid pulse, which may be either fast or slow. Anyone in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled. Any delay in seeking medical care can be fatal.
LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, July 31, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow screening free of charge. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.
The local healthcare district board meets tonight at their new headquarters in Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…
The newly reorganized Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in special session at 6 p.m. tonight. Following a staff report from new CEO Jackie Combs, the board will conduct a workshop session to edit the bylaws with any changes going up for approval at the regular August 11 meeting. Tonight’s meeting takes place at the new location at 6530 La Contenta Road in Yucca Valley.
Theater 29’s summer youth theater program culminates this weekend with performances of “Peter Pan Jr.” Tickets are selling fast. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how to reserve your seat…
The talented students of Theater 29’s summer youth program will be using all the skills they’ve learned this summer. Performing the delightful Disney musical “Peter Pan Jr.”, the younger “juniors,” directed by Katie Van Sumeren, have two performances, as do the “senior” students directed by Gary Daigneault. Friday, July 31, the younger junior cast performs at 6 p.m., the seniors at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 1, the juniors take the stage at 2 p.m., followed by the “Seniors” at 4 p.m. Only a few seats remain available. Tickets are $7 each available now on-line at theatre29.org.
The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents the final in the, “Movies in Luckie Park” series tonight on the north side of the racquetball courts with movie “Paddington,” starting at about 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best. Refreshments will be offered by the Twentynine Palms Youth Club. The movie is FREE, so gather your friends, family, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy. The series was sponsored in part by Z107.7 Radio.
Sound healing circles employ sound to enhance emotional and physical health, and personal development and well-being. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s a local group that is sponsoring a circle…
The Heart and Soul Team of Transition Joshua Tree will sponsor a Sound Healing Circle on July 31. Leader Karen Soriano invites those in need of healing to “Come Chant with Us” at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, north of Aberdeen on the Mesa, from 8 to 10 pm. Participants are asked to bring a chair, and a donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, call Karen at 760-401-0809 or Tami at 760-774-2553, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Twentynine Palms Recreation has spots available for the British Soccer Camp that will take place starting this Monday, August 3, through Friday, August 7. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country, based upon innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. With programs for each age, the curricula includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a mini tournament play. Players also learn about core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Kids from 3 years to 16 years of age are encouraged to sign up for the camp. All sessions begin in the evening at 5 p.m. or later. For more information please contact Twentynine Palms Recreation at 760-367-7562.
A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth worst park, behind Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and the Everglades. Joshua Tree National Park received two Fs–one for polluted air, and the other for the effect of climate change on the park–and a C for visibility. The report explained that Joshua Tree regularly has air that is unhealthy for some visitors, and haze pollution throughout the park system cuts down visibility by an average of 50 miles.
In addition, Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing hotter and drier weather than ever before, which threatens the very existence of its old Joshua trees. Some experts believe that up to 90 percent of the park’s Joshua trees will die by the end of the century due to climate change. The National Parks Conservation Association says that unless air pollution standards are toughened, the air in Joshua Tree and other national parks will only get worse, not better. A link to the study can be found at http://www.npca.org/assets/pdf/NPCA-Polluted-Parks-July-2015.pdf
At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into 3 parts. Today in part 1: Processes in progress, animal control, the I-10 closure, and the planning commission stipend…
Luckino on processes
At the July 28 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, City Manager Frank Luckino listed areas in which staff and consultants are establishing processes for public input and participation in several areas: Project Phoenix, development code revision, and the NatureBridge camp development. He warned the council to be ready for a possible special meeting in the wake of one scheduled for the Water District next week, on the disposition of the Fire Department.
Animal Control Officer Rick Boyd gave a statistical summary of his department’s activities, covering intake, adoptions, rabies clinics, and animal supplies drives.
Staffer Larry Bowden was commended for his placement of port-a-potties during the traffic influx following the I-10 bridge collapse. Council discussed whether to lay advance plans for potential future traffic emergencies.
Planning Commission stipend
Following the change of the regular Planning Commission meeting schedule to once a month, the stipend for members was changed from $300 per month to $150 per meeting.
In county news today, county supervisors approved $75,000 in rewards to catch the operators of hobby drones that interfered with three recent firefighting efforts. The board voted yesterday to provide three $25,000 rewards for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of operators of the drones. Firefighting efforts were halted when drones were spotted during the Lake fire near Barton Flats on June 24, the Mill 2 fire near Yucaipa on July 12, and the North fire near Cajon Pass on July 17. San Bernardino County’s bounties are part of a larger campaign to prevent the use of unauthorized drones during emergencies such as wildfires. State lawmakers also have targeted unauthorized drones, introducing bills to penalize anyone who flies unmanned aircraft over a wildfire, with fines up to $25,000 and jail time for up to five years.
Food truck vendors got the green light from the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to roam freely and sell their wares in the county’s unincorporated areas. But food truck vendors must still comply with regulations established in the county’s 24 cities, most of which ban free-roaming food trucks. “We’re really the last county in the state to allow food trucks. I’m glad that it’s finally happened,” Supervisor Janice Rutherford said Tuesday.
Patrons of San Bernardino County’s 32 libraries now have access to a new tool: Ancestry.com, a database of genealogical and historical records that can be used for compiling family trees and research projects. Anyone with a library card can visit any of the county’s library branches and use the Ancestry.com database for free.
Motorcycles are fun to ride, but there are dangers to riding down the highway at 65 miles per hour. California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin has some tips on how to ride safely is…
Here are some important safety reminders for motorcyclists. Wear a helmet and protective gear. “No skin below the chin.” It can save your life. Watch your speed. Assume people in cars do not see you. Try to stay out of blind spots, especially around large trucks. Lane splitting is not prohibited if done in a safe and prudent manner.
Two people were arrested Tuesday, accused of transporting heroin. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies made a probation compliance check at the home of Julie DaSilva, 29, in the 62200 block of Dennis Avenue in Joshua Tree about 5:15 yesterday. There they found DaSilva and Shawn Lucero, 33, of Yucca Valley. Both DaSilva and Lucero have multiple convictions of possession and transportation of controlled substances. After an investigation, Julie DaSilva and Shawn Lucero were arrested on suspicion of transportation of heroin, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $50,000 each.
One man was arrested, and two others are under investigation, after they were found to be in possession of a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3:30 a.m. Friday, a man saw his stolen Honda parked in an apartment complex in the 64800 block of Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. His vehicle had been stripped. Deputies contacted Mitchell Brethen, 32, who said he had purchased the vehicle a few days before and was using the parts to fix his own car. Mitchell Brethen was arrested for investigation of being in possession of stolen property, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000. Information on two other men is being sent to the District Attorney’s office to determine if they should be charged as well.