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DINOSAUR FAMILY FUN DAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM SATURDAY

Bring the kids to Dinosaur Family Fun Day at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Saturday. Reporter Cara Conway has details…
Dig up fossils, play games, and learn about the Age of the Dinosaurs, Saturday, August 2, from 9 to 3 at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum and Yucca Valley Community Center. Hands-on crafts and an outdoor dino water slide are fun ways to escape the heat. Don’t forget your swim suit and towel. The event is free.


INTEGRATRON METEOR VIEWING BENEFITS MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST

Next Saturday, August 9, the Integratron in Landers hosts the 8th Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party The event is a benefit for the Mojave Desert Land Trust and will run from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Overnight camping is available. The Perseids sometimes peak at 50 per hour. Attendees will enjoy music, fire spinning, and the Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moon showing. A Joshua Tree National Park Ranger will present educational information, and the Integratron’s Sound Bath. The Integratron is an icon to the Space Age, Its dome structure was built in the 1950s by aerospace engineer George Van Tassel, who claimed that extraterrestrials guided him. Admission prices are $55 per person. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Overnight camping is an additional $33 per person. Hot and cold beverages will be available and additional delectable deserts and dinner will be available for sale. Space is limited and pre-registration is REQUIRED. Reserve your spot(s) early by registering at www.mojavedesertlandtrust.org or calling 760-366-5440. The event benefits the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s efforts to preserve desert wilderness and beautiful night skies.


29 PALMS INN TO REOPEN TOMORROW

The restaurant at the historic 29 Palms Inn will be reopening tomorrow after a brief summer refurbishing. Restaurant fans and regulars are asked to join the Twentynine Palms Inn for a special “Welcome Back” dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. tomorrow evening, August 1. The 29 Palms Inn is located at 73950 Inn Avenue, off National Park Drive in the heart of Twentynine Palms. For questions, lodging reservations, or special event queries contact the hotel reservation staff at 760-367-3505, or email: theoasis@29palmsinn.com.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN GETS SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTING DEPUTY

A Yucca Valley man who has a rap sheet going back to 1998 was sentenced to six years in state prison recently for assaulting a police officer. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, about 2 p.m. on May 17, Deputy Sean Tabor recognized two men–at least one of whom was on probation–and attempted to stop them near Paxton Outer Highway and Balboa Avenue.

Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

The men, identified as Robert Garcia, 39, and Edward Garcia, 39, also of Yucca Valley, fled on foot from Tabor northbound on Balboa, and as Tabor was chasing Edward Garcia, Robert Garcia started throwing rocks and pieces of asphalt at the deputy. By this time, several other deputies arrived on the scene to assist, and both men were arrested. Edward Garcia pled guilty to resisting arrest May 30 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Robert Garcia accepted a plea bargain July 17 and was sentenced to six years in state prison for assaulting a police officer.


JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED IN COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BURGLARY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early this morning, accused of burglarizing Copper Mountain College. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, a deputy responded to a burglary alarm at the college just before 1 a.m. The deputy saw a man running from the campus into the open desert. The deputy, along with officers from the California Highway Patrol, tracked the suspect for several miles through the desert recovering items of stolen property the suspect had dropped along the way. After several hours, the suspect, identified as Marcus Christensen, 26, was found hiding in dense brush in the yard of a residence on Cobalt Road in Joshua Tree. Garvin said Christensen was hiding in the dense yard as deputies began getting closer to him, and has no association with the owner of the property. Marcus Christensen was arrested for investigation of commercial burglary, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held on $25,000 bail.


VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO BUILD A HOUSE IN TWO DAYS FOR A VETERAN

Yesterday, Z107.7 News featured a non-profit building a house in Twentynine Palms in two days for a military veteran. Today, Managing Editor Tami Roleff says they are looking for volunteers…
The Desert Communities Fuller Center for Housing, or Fuller, plans to build a home in Twentynine Palms for a low-income military veteran. Professional contractors will be brought in to do most of the construction of the home during two days in November, but Fuller also needs volunteers throughout the two days to help with various types of less-skilled work, such as set up, clean up, monitoring, site security, material management, some assembly, and other yet-to-be identified tasks. If you would like to volunteer, or if you would like to donate materials or funds for the project, call Jeff Moritz at 760-567-5053.


TWO ARRESTED AFTER VIOLENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two people were arrested for felony spouse abuse after a fight in Yucca Valley early Monday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, Anissa Noriega, 20, of the 7700 block of Victor Vista Avenue, started screaming at her boyfriend, Oscar Huerta, 40, when he took her children to a relative’s house because she had been drinking. Huerta told deputies he had left to stay in a motel, but came back about 12:30 Monday morning and got into another argument with Noriega. The report states Noriega punched Huerta multiple times, causing bleeding and redness, and she put out a cigarette on his chest. According to the report, Huerta then pushed Noriega to the ground and dragged her by her hair, causing significant bruising, abrasions, and bleeding. After an investigation, both Anissa Noriega and Oscar Huerta were arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at West Valley Detention Center, with their bail set at $50,000 each.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN INJURED IN SINGLE-CAR ROLLOVER CRASH

A Yucca Valley man was injured during a single-vehicle roll-over crash Saturday. According to the California Highway Patrol, James McCain, 51, was driving a gray Toyota Tundra northbound on Old Woman Springs Road shortly before 6 p.m. when he leaned over to pick up something. When he looked up, he saw a dog in the road. McCain swerved to avoid the dog, and left the highway. His car struck a row of mailboxes and overturned near Reche Road.

YV Rollever Victim

County Fire Engineer Jeff Allen said rescue personnel from the Yucca Mesa Station had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate McCain from the wreck. Due to McCain’s severe injuries, he was flown to Loma Linda Hospital via air ambulance. The County Fire Department and CHP remind motorists to wear their seatbelts. James McCain was wearing his seatbelt, and Allen said that saved his life.


SO FAR ONLY ONE FILING FOR JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD

As of July 29, only one candidate had filed a declaration of candidacy for an opening on the Joshua Basin Water District. Dan Stork says expect more to enter the race…
A look at the web site of the County Registrar of Voters shows only one candidate officially in the hunt for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Joshua Basin Water District. Former JBWD Director Richard Fountain has filed his declaration of candidacy for one of the two 4-year terms that are available. According to a reliable source, incumbent Victoria Fuller plans to run for re-election. The same source expects that incumbent Bob Johnson, who was appointed to the Board after the resignation of Frank Coats (who himself was appointed after the death of Michael Luhrs) is expected to run for election, perhaps for the remaining 2 years of the seat he now holds. We’ve been told that others are considering a run, but have not come forward officially yet. The deadline for completing the candidacy application is Friday, August 8.


ONE FILED, FIVE PULL PAPERS, FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL

With little more than a week left to file for candidacy in the November election, only one candidate for City Council in Twentynine Palms has completed filing procedures. The City Clerk says more says several more applications are in the pipeline. As of the end of the day on July 29, Mayor Dan Mintz was the only candidate who had filed a declaration of candidacy, according the web site of the County Registrar of Voters. But five others were in some stage of the process of filing for the November election for City Council posts in Twentynine Palms. According to City Clerk Cindy Villescas, incumbent Jim Harris has also completed the necessary paperwork. Last week, McArthur Wright, Adam Lund, and former Council member and Mayor John Cole had also “pulled papers” for candidacy. Villescas told us that Planning Commissioner Bill Easter was also expected to begin the candidacy process. There will be three seats available in the November election. Filing for this election can be completed in Twentynine Palms by Thursday August 7.


MANIC COMEDY, “THE 39 STEPS” CAST AT THEATRE 29

The multi-talented performers at Theatre 29 are hard at work rehearsing their next show, the manic comedy, “The 39 Steps.” Reporter Taylor Thacker has the cast list…
Theatre 29 and Director Charles Harvey have announced casting for the summer theatrical production of Theatre 29’s 2014 season, the hysterically madcap spy mystery, “The 39 Steps.” The crazy adventure tale will begin its run on the Theatre 29 main stage beginning August 15 and play five weekends through September 13. In the role of the fugitive, Richard Hannay, is Theatre 29 veteran Leonard Weber. In the virtuoso roles of the clowns are fellow veteran performers Ben Bees and Cyrus Short. In the roles of the females are newcomer Karissa Matlock as German double agent Annabella Schmidt; Kylie Robinson as shy Scottish housewife Margaret, and Katie Van Sumerin as the captivatingly demure romantic interest, Pamela. Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at theatre29.org, or by calling 760-361-4151.


DRONES NOW ILLEGAL IN JOSHUA TREE AND OTHER NATIONAL PARKS

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating drones, or unmanned aircraft, on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, including our own Joshua Tree National Park. “We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care,” Jarvis said. “However, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience.” The policy memo directs superintendents to use their existing authority within the Code of Federal Regulations to prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft, and to include that prohibition in the park’s regulations. All permits previously issued for unmanned aircraft will be suspended until reviewed and approved by the National Park Service’s Visitor and Resource Protection directorate. The National Park Service may use unmanned aircraft for administrative purposes such as search and rescue, fire operations and scientific study.


HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the Board will be asked to adopt a resolution establishing water stand-by assessments, and will review the engineer’s preliminary report on the wastewater reclamation project’s draft assessment, as well as receive an update on the sewer project and state revolving fund loan. The meeting will be held in the Water District’s office at Inca Trail and the Highway in Yucca Valley.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

Directors for the Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery District will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, July 31, at the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to discuss and approve a conflict of interest code; revisions to the current policy on gravesite appearance and markers; and action on two severely delinquent accounts. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.


SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Most of the Measure O bond money authorized by voters has already been spent on construction projects in the Morongo Unified School District. Reporter Dan Stork says that volunteers are needed to continue the oversight required as the remaining million dollars are spent…

The Morongo Unified School District’s Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) for Measure O bond administration is seeking new members for four vacant positions. Two of the vacancies are for MUSD parents, one is a member-at-large position, and the last is for someone who is active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization. A member may not be an employee, contractor, nor have business dealings with or for the school district. The committee meets six times a year, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at the District’s Business Services office. Applications are available through the Business Services office or on the website www.morongousd.com on the Bond Measure O page. Applicants must complete and return the form to the Business office. For more information, call MUSD Business Services at 760-367-9191, extension 4251.


HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM LECTURE TOMORROW, “UNIVITED GUESTS”

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum kicks off its Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series tomorrow, Thursday, July 31, with a lecture entitled “Uninvited Guests.” Are you under the impression that you know everybody who lives in your house? Museum Biologist Stefanie Ritter will introduce you to your unknown roommates. Besides Fido the dog, there are several families of four-, six- and eight-legged creatures, as well as an endless variety of adorable microscopic residents that appreciate your hospitality without sharing the rent. The lecture starts at noon; admission is $5 but free for members, and iced tea will be served.


AFTER A MONTH, NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME, NO TRACE OF ERIN CORWIN

It was one month ago that pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms was reported missing. She told her husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, she was headed to Joshua Tree National Park on June 28. When she did not return, he reported her missing the next day. Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary told Z107.7 News it is still officially a missing persons case and they are currently looking for any sign of her or proof that a crime occurred. Sheriff’s investigators said yesterday there are “no new developments.” While the sheriff’s department reported there are “suspicious circumstances” surrounding Corwin’s disappearance, investigators also haven’t ruled out the possibility that she left on her own accord. They searched Corwin’s on-base apartment and the apartment of neighbor Christopher Lee with whom she may have been having an affair. Deputies also searched White Rock Horse Rescue Ranch in Yucca Valley, where Corwin volunteered and Lee and his wife stayed for a few days right after the disappearance. Evidence revealed shows Lee and Corwin planned to go hunting together the day she disappeared. Deputies searched Lee’s home, and arrested him July 4 on suspicion of possessing a “destructive device,” later identified as a potato gun. He was subsequently released.


MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DESTROYS AN OCCUPIED TRAVEL TRAILER

A travel trailer used as a permanent home in Morongo Valley was destroyed in an early-morning fire Monday. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Murphy said a passer-by driving by on the highway called in the fire in the 9100 block of Bella Vista at 1:47 a.m. Monday morning. Fire fighters from Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and CalFire arrived to find the travel trailer fully involved in flames. The resident was not home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMEN ARRESTED FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday night, accusing of hitting her boyfriend. Sheriff’s reports say Dawn Croom, 32, was drinking at a bar in the 72100 block of 29 Palms Highway. When her boyfriend arrived about 10:30 p.m., Croom began hitting him, at which time he left. Friends brought Croom to her boyfriend’s house in the 600 block of Sunrise, where they had another altercation when he tried to stop her from driving. After investigation, Dawn Croom was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $50,000.


MILITARY VETERANS URGED TO APPLY FOR A NEW HOUSE

A Twentynine Palms home will be built in just two days by a Low-Desert non-profit organization. Managing editor Tami Roleff says eligible military families are being urged to apply to make it their home when they are done…
Military veterans, especially disabled vets, are encouraged to apply for a home in Twentynine Palms, being built by a non-profit organization. The home will be built by professional contractors and volunteers in two days in November, brought in by the Desert Communities Fuller Center for Housing, a non-profit organization based in the Low Desert. The home will be built on a lot on Serrano Way off Utah Trail that was donated by the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms. The home will carry a 25- to 30-year zero interest loan for the selected family. Applicants must fall within the income limits based on family size. The home is tentatively scheduled to be built November 15-16. For more information, or to apply for consideration, complete the Veterans Blessing Application on the Fuller website, fullercdc.org. (The website refers only to renovation or repair, but the new construction project requires the same forms and information to be submitted).


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