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An artist who created artwork as she traveled around the United States on her way to an artist’s residency in Joshua Tree, will hold an exhibition of her completed art this weekend. BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree will feature Heather L. Johnson’s show, “In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful: A Journey and Project in Process,” Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and Sunday, from 9 to 5. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.


The recent Desert Run, a fundraiser for the local Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, was a huge success. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us who the winners were…
The 35th Annual Desert Run, held earlier this month, is a fundraiser than raises money for the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue organization to purchase equipment needed to conduct searches for evidence and missing persons. This year’s Desert Run had 335 entrants drive a variety of 4-wheel-drive and off-road vehicles over 15 to 20 miles of rough terrain, while collecting playing cards at five stations to put together a poker hand. The top three poker hands were held by: John Price, Gabriel Tibbets, and Orion Higgins, who won prizes donated by local merchants. This year’s Desert Run brought in about $9,000, which will be used to help with expenses, such as the purchase of a trailer to haul equipment out to search sites. The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue has been involved in numerous missing person searches this year, including the search for Erin Corwin, the Twentynine Palms woman whose body was found in August at the bottom of a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms after thousands of hours of searching. The search and rescue team thanks all the vendors, merchants, volunteers, and participants of this year’s fun run.

Sheriff's Sergeant Rick Millard presents Orion Higgins with his third-place prize.

Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard presents Orion Higgins with his third-place prize.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will hold a prime rib dinner Saturday, October 25, to celebrate the post’s 36th birthday. Tickets are $15 and are only available in advance at the canteen. Prime rib will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no Sunday breakfast scheduled this week. For more information, call 760-366-2717.


The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Cliff Simpson will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bob Paul will be cueing rounds from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips. For more information, contact Dennis at 760-366-8626.


Registration is underway for the Yucca Valley Recreation Youth Basketball League. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to get signed up…
Registration for the Town of Yucca Valley Youth Basketball League is underway and will continue through November 21. The program opens on November 22 with a player evaluation clinic at the Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium. Practices are held weeknights starting December 8 and games take place January through early March. Players must meet grade and age eligibility requirements. For first and second graders, the teams are coed and no score is kept. In the third- through eighth-grade divisions, boys and girls play separately and trophies are given to the first and second place teams. Players will receive jerseys at the first game, along with a complimentary personalized team photo and player button that will be distributed to all league players. Additional photo items will be available for purchase separately. League fee is $60 per child. Participants can register online by visiting or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The Town of Yucca Valley is also looking for individuals interested in becoming a coach or referee for the upcoming youth basketball league. Coaching applicants must be 18 or older and applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center. For more information call 760-369-7211.


The Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its co-ed youth flag football league. Girls and boys ages 7-14 are eligible to register. Previous experience is not necessary. All participants will be placed on a team regardless of their skill level. Registrations will be accepted at the recreation office in Twentynine Palms through Wednesday, November 5. Participants may also register on-line at through Tuesday, November 4. The registration fee includes a jersey. Volunteer coaches and officials are needed. For additional information call Jon Beard at 760-367-7562.


Morongo Basin residents will be able to watch all three local high schools play football at home tonight. It’s homecoming in Twentynine Palms, and the Wildcats will host the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home on the junior high football field.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will play Shadow Hills High School at home.

And the Joshua Springs Lightning football team will host Palm Valley at home. Kick off for all games is at 7 p.m.


Come meet the local non-partisan candidates for Joshua Basin Water District, Hi-Desert Water District, Hi-Desert Medical Center, the Morongo Unified School District, Yucca Valley Town Council, and Twentynine Palms City Council. Z107.7 Radio and the Sportsman’s Club are sponsoring a non-partisan office political pop-up event this Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event is designed to give residents a chance to talk with the candidates prior to the November 4 general election. Candidates who have confirmed so far are:
Yucca Valley Town Council: Ron Cohen, Charles McHenry, Rick Dennison, Susan Simmons, and Lori Herbel.
Twentynine Palms City Council: Dan Mintz, Jim Harris, Adam Lunn, Bill Easter, MacArthur Wright, and John Cole.
Hi-Desert Water District: Margo Sturges and Gina Orban.
School Board: Doris Lawless, Chris Proudfoot, Hillary Slotta, Gary Horn, and Dr. Cindy MacVay.
Joshua Basin Water District: Vic Fuller, Rebecca Unger, and Bob Johnson.
Tables will be set up by office at the Joshua Tree Sportsman Club on Sunburst Avenue Saturday morning from 9-11. Candidates can bring campaign materials and displays. There is no charge for candidates or attendees. Any candidates who still wish to confirm can contact Z1077 News at


A forum for Morongo Unified School District Board of Education candidates drew an audience of about 70, dominated by District employees last night. Reporter Dan Stork tells what they were asked, and hones in on a question that exposed individual priorities…
The dozen questions posed to school board candidates ranged over employee wages, communication on financial matters, how to find a new superintendent, contracting out services, where to apply expected funding increases, attitudes toward charter schools, overburdened school administrators, and athletic facility deficiencies. The candidates generally agreed that openness, transparency, and community involvement are good things, that outsourcing of services should be avoided, and that a search for a permanent superintendent must be done with care and rigor. A single question brought out individual responses: What are you going to do for our community and our school district? Incumbent Chris Proudfoot said he wants to get community and district organizations working together, and to get parents involved and informed. Cindy McVay would like to put sixth grade in middle school, would like to eliminate combination classes, and would like the District to do more to alleviate the stresses faced by military families. Hilary Slotta said she has been, and will continue to be out in the community. She would also like to see expanded career and technical education, smaller classes, and more arts and music programs in the schools. Gary Horn said he won’t be doing anything that he isn’t already doing as an involved parent and volunteer, but he’ll be doing it on a grander scale. Doris Lawless also wants expanded career, technical, and vocational programs to keep students involved, would like to see the smaller class initiatives expanded to grades four to six, and supports more early childhood education.


This Monday and Tuesday, four San Bernardino County deputy sheriffs involved in a West Valley Detention Center investigation by the FBI were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into mistreatment of inmates. In March, Sheriff John McMahon ordered an internal investigation into the allegations. A special task force was created to conduct the investigation. The complexity of an investigation such as this can be lengthy but will ensure a thorough investigation is completed. The FBI is the primary investigative agency in regards to any possible criminal charges. The law prohibits the release of details regarding personnel investigations and the Sheriff’s Department can not release the names of involved personnel.


The hilarious production of “Young Frankenstein” is setting records at Theatre 29. Reporter Caitlin Logan explains that even if the website says sold out, you may still be able to get in…
Tickets are selling fast for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” as directed by Gary Daigneault. The theatre has overflow seating so more seats can be added even if the online listing says it’s sold out. Call the Box Office or come to the theatre a half hour before curtain to be placed on the “overflow list.” However, overflow seating is not guaranteed. The show will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through November 1. The matinee performance is Sunday, October 26, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for students with ID. With some mature themes, the show is not suitable for children under 13.


Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District met in a special meeting to discuss raising water rates. After much discussion, a conclusion was not reached and the action on raising rates was tabled until the next meeting in November. The Directors want to find the cheapest increase that will still support the needs of the Water District. During the regular meeting of the Water District, three applicants were interviewed for the empty board seat. Applicant Carol Giannini was selected and will begin next month. Regarding the Water District’s upcoming meetings: since there are holidays around the time of the meetings in November and December, the meetings have been moved up one week to November 19 and December 17. On the Fire Department side, November 2 will be “change your clock, change your battery” day. This day is to raise awareness to change the batteries in the fire alarms. Fire Chief Jim Thompson said it’s a good idea to take the time to change the batteries, clean the smoke alarms, test them, and plan escape routes in case of fires with the family.


Oktoberfest is set for this Saturday in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites to come out and get your oom-pah on…
Oktoberfest is right around the corner scheduled for October 25, and many fun activities are on this year’s agenda. Some of the activities include the Safe and Sane Grand Slam, a beer-drinking contest with a twist. Contestants will compete against each other to see who the fastest beer drinker is with O’Doul’s, non-alcoholic beer. There will also be a log-sawing contest to see which team cuts the log the fastest, and a stein holding contest to see who can hold a full 20-ounce stein of beer the longest. For the younger attendees, there will be a best costume contest for prizes for one woman, one man, one girl, and one boy; and a pre-decorated pumpkin contest where kids can decorate their pumpkins at home and bring them to the festival to be judged! The 2014 Oktoberfest event will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Little League Park next to the Boys and Girls Club in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-1988.


For Pioneer Days this year, the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce invited schools to take part in the Pioneer Days Parade Float Challenge. The competition was suggested by a teacher to encourage schools to participate and compete in a contest which would team parents, students, and teachers in the task of designing and building a float focusing on each year’s unique Pioneer Days theme. While all the schools that participated did a great job, the one chosen that best depicted the theme “Pioneers & Patriots” was Oasis Elementary School of Twentynine Palms. Oasis Elementary will be
recognized as the first recipient of the traveling perpetual plaque. Congratulations to Oasis Elementary School.


This Saturday, October 25, the Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District will be hosting a Halloween Haunt Festival from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening filled with frightful fun. There will be activity booths such as, win a fish, painting, ring toss, cake walk, photo booth, and more. If you dare, travel through the haunted house maze. Food will be available for sale such as hotdogs, candy apples, and funnel cakes. Presale tickets are available online at; buy early and save. A portion of the proceeds go to participating non-profit organizations. For more information, contact the Joshua Tree Community Center at 760-366-8415.


The Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club is upholding a proud tradition of community service. ROP broadcasting student Sharon Squyres tells of some of their activities…
The Twentynine Palms High School helps your community through the Interact Club. Some of our projects include canned food drives, community clean sweeps, and many more activities. The Rotary Club and the Interact Club team up on many activities throughout city. Every year they feed 450 families for Thanksgiving, help with the local Breaking Bread at Little Church of the Desert, and encourage our teenagers to donate blood. For more information contact Lori Cosgriff in the TPHS career center or call her at 760-367-9591.


Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Friday, October 24, at Twentynine Palms High School, from 7 to 3. Donors must be at last 15 years old to give blood, and those aged 15 or 16 must have signed parental consent forms, available from any donor center. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services offers donors a mini-physical and free cholesterol screening with every blood donation.


After the Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show performs its last show of the season this Saturday, October 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Pioneertown, they are asking kids in attendance to show up in their Halloween costumes for a parade after the show to participate in showing off their costumes.


Twentynine Palms High School is getting ready for their softball season. ROP Broadcast student Latasia Benavente has details…
Twentynine Palms Ladycat softball team starts their pre-season in December, and league in February. Last year, the Ladycats went 6-9 in league and 10-13 overall. They had eight seniors graduate last year and now have one returning senior this year, Selena Gonzalez. Last year was the first time they didn’t make it to CIF, but that’s sure to change this year. The Ladycats will be led this year by their pitcher, three-year varsity player, junior Latasia Benavente, who took her All-Star team to State in Los Angeles for the second year in a row.


For the last home Yucca Valley High School volleyball match of the season, it was a full house for the Lady Trojans. The parents of all three teams, freshman, junior varsity, and varsity, were on hand to receive a flower from their daughter to thank them for all of their support for the 2014 season.

The junior varsity team took the match 2-0. Coach Larson is really pleased with the effort from her team. Leading the team: Savannah Sanchez, with 10 for 10 serving; Alaina Trofler, 9 for 10 serving, with three aces; Kyley Beatty had 10 kills; and Emily Vigrass had five blocks.

The varsity volleyball team stayed close in the first two sets, but fell 0-3. Coach Matt Jennings said leading the team were Becky Messaros, who was 11 for 11 serving with 11 assists; Jade Adair had seven assists; Haley Rayburn with seven kills and two blocks; Ashley Priest was 13 for 13 serving with three aces, nine kills, and four blocks.

The Twentynine Palms High School LadyCats volleyball team lost to the Shadow Hills Knights in three sets. The Ladycats were led by sophomore Tatiyanna Mackall with six kills and three blocks. Senior Hanna Beard had four kills, followed by junior Latasia Benevente with three kills, one block and one ace serve. Captain Koko Cabrera had one kill, two tips, and eight assists. Freshman Hope Culver had two ace serves and played some very aggressive defense.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team beat Desert Mirage 16-2. In singles, Carrie Scofield was 3-0; Rachel Green, 3-0; and Miranda Green was one for three. In doubles, Coach Cindy Miller reported Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan were 3-0; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard, 3-0; Aislinn Gueltzow, 2-0; and Sadie Mecham and Myriya Masse Ramirez 6-0. The team record is 10-0 with two matches to go.

The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis team defeated the Shadow Hills Knights by a score of 10-8. Leading the Ladycats was number one singles player, Jasmine Smith, who won all three sets. Coach Joe Ingram said also sweeping all three sets was number one doubles team of Makayla Ogdahl and Alex Morrissey. The Ladycats are now seven and three in the De Anza league.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School and Yucca Valley High School cross-country teams will both participate in the Mount San Antonio College Invitational meet.

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