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DUNK THE SUPERINTENDANT AT THE ROTARY CARNIVAL FRIDAY

Public officials are used to being accused of being “all wet.” The Superintendent of Schools is getting ahead of the accusation, and is being joined by at least one other elected official…
Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten will be donating his time–and body–to be soaked by anyone with a strong throwing arm during the upcoming carnival at Luckie Park. Baumgarten will be in the dunk tank from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27. All proceeds gathered from this fun-filled event will go to the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club. Baumgarten challenged other public figures to join him on the brink. Twentynine Palms City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Mintz has answered the call. The Rotary Club supports many local community events for students as well as schools. Please come out and Dunk the District Superintendent this Friday evening at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf team will host Yucca Valley at home, with tee-off at 2:45 p.m.

The Yucca Valley High School baseball team will host Cajon High School at home Thursday, with the first pitch at 3:15.

The Twentynine Palms High School boys tennis team will face Banning Thursday.

The Joshua Springs Lightning baseball and softball teams will host Baptist Christian School at home tomorrow. Both games start at 3:15.


PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ASSAULT RESULTS IN AN ARREST IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of assaulting a woman physically and sexually. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness called about 8 a.m. to report that a woman was covered in bruises and belt marks, and also had a swollen eye. The victim said her boyfriend, identified as Paul Quin, 30, repeatedly beat her up between 2 and 7 a.m. Sunday morning, by hitting her with a belt, punching and kicking her in the face, choking her, and cutting her face with a kitchen knife. In addition, she said Quin had sexually assaulted her and broke her left hand. The victim said when Quin fell asleep, she escaped to a friend’s house and called 911. After an investigation, Paul Quin was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, and sexual assault. Deputies also determined Quin is wanted on a warrant for armed robbery in Mississippi. Paul Quin was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $150,000.


REPEAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST FOR A TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN

A Twentynine Palms man who pleaded guilty last year to battery—and who was sentenced to a batterers’ intervention program—was arrested Saturday evening for beating up a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness called to report that John Shafer, 29, of the 74400 block of Joe Davis Drive, was beating a woman about 9:30 Friday evening. After an investigation, John Shafer was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000. In February 2014, Shafer was charged with felony spouse abuse, but agreed to a plea bargain of misdemeanor battery with the condition he attend a batterers’ intervention program.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council welcomes new City Manager Frank Luckino with a long list of discussions. Reporter Dan Stork has that list…

The Twentynine Palms City Council starts its March 24 meeting by proclaiming April to be both Donate Life Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and by recognizing the Employee of the Quarter. After a presentation about the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, there will be several discussions, including:

  • budget adjustments;
  • purchase of a grader
  • selecting delegates to the So Cal Association of Governments;
  • Federal lobbyist recommendations;
  • the city-owned lots and house at the corner of SR 62 and Lear;
  • permit processing fees for vacation home rentals;
  • planning for the Strategic Planning Workshop.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Saturday night, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, multiple neighbors called to report a woman screaming and banging on vehicles in the 6800 block of Pine Springs about 10 p.m. Saturday night. After an investigation, Alyssa Streets, 25, was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse. Alyssa Streets was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $50,000.


BICYCLIST ARRESTED AFTER THEFTS FROM WAL-MART

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday afternoon after thefts from Wal-Mart. According to a Sheriff’s report, James Spencer, 29, rode a black mountain bike to Wal-Mart, and while in the store, concealed electronics and bike parts in his pockets and waist band. The report states he then left the store on his bicycle, riding southbound on Palomar Avenue. Deputies located Spencer near Pueblo and Palisade Avenues. During a search of Spencer, deputies located the stolen merchandise as well as three concealed dirks or daggers in his front pocket. James Spencer was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.


YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a look at the agenda…
Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission is a report on development standards in the Old Town Specific Plan, General Plan, and commercial design guidelines as related to private land development projects. The Commissioners will then discuss implementation strategies of the general plan. The final item on the agenda is an update on the status of tentative tract map projects. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.


BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT FOOD 4 LESS IN YUCCA VALLEY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, March 25, at Food 4 Less in Yucca Valley from 10 to 2 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow screening free of charge. For more information, call 800-TRY-GIVING.


ST. JOSEPH PLAYERS AUDITIONS FOR “BILOXI BLUES” TONIGHT

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley are holding open auditions for the Neil Simon comedy “Biloxi Blues” tonight in Yucca Valley Director Rebecca Havely has more details…
The St. Joseph’s Players is casting “Biloxi Blues.” Auditions are this evening at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea Church. The role of Eugene Morris Jerome was originally pre-cast; however, it is now available. The role of Arnold B. Epstein has been pre-cast. All other roles are open and include several substantial supporting male roles for young men ages 16 to late 20s. Sergeant Toomey is in his mid-30s to late 50s. Rowena should be in her late 20s to late 30s. Daisy should be 16 to 18. There are also a few non-speaking roles for young men and women. Behind-the-scenes help with costumes, props, hair, makeup and a stage crew are needed as well. All interested in volunteering in any way please attend auditions. St. Joseph’s Church is at 56312 Onaga Trail at the corner of Church Street in Yucca Valley. To preview the scenes that will be used at auditions join the open Facebook group, Theatre Friends. For questions email the director at Stjoeplayers@gmail.com


JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday of the month. Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, the volunteers will start at 8 a.m. at Highway 62 and Sunny Vista (north). There will be trash bags, grabber sticks and gloves available to make the job easier. The team will work for one short hour and then have a socialization time at the Park Rock Café. For more information call 760-366-8415.


REGIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING MEETS THURSDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Regional Council on Aging will meet Thursday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Nutrition Center. The guest speaker will be Keri Murphy from the Social Security Administration. Murphy will speak, and answer your questions and concerns in group and privately. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call 760-228-3280.


BOTANIST FEATURED IN MORONGO VALLEY’S “LUNCH IN THE PARK”

“Lunch in the Park” in Morongo Valley will feature a well-known local botanist. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
Well-known local botanist Robin Kobaly will be the guest speaker Wednesday for Lunch in the Park in Morongo Valley. Kobaly will be speaking on “magical mesquite” starting at noon. Every Wednesday, Morongo Basin residents are invited to bring a lunch to Morongo Valley’s Covington park for an hour of conversation and relaxation. In addition, the Morongo Valley Art Colony gift shop is open for visitors to check out the featured artist or pick up a treasure.


HOSPITAL BOARD IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION THIS AFTERNOON

The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors convenes a special session at 5:00 today in the Helen Gray Education Center. The one action item on the agenda will be contemplated in closed session as it involves real property negotiations between the District and Tenet California.


BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER BOARD NOT MEETING TONIGHT

The regular fourth Tuesday meeting of the Bighorn-Dessert View Water Agency will not take place this evening. The board next meets in Special Session on March 31.


GUITAR CLUB STARTS UP AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

A new guitar club has been formed on the Twentynine Palms High School campus. Co-founder and ROP broadcast student Colby Thomas accompanies himself with the details…
Twentynine Palms High School has been offering a Guitar Club as of this year. The Guitar Club gives students a chance to practice as well as learn bluegrass, blues, R&B, rock, contemporary and reggae music on both guitar and ukulele. The Guitar Club was started with Colby Thomas and Vaioleti Tuli, and now has many more members. The Guitar Club gives students and members the opportunity to perform, meet other musicians, and broaden their ability. The Guitar Club wants to invite as many new students and freshman this coming year to learn and to play music. You don’t even need a guitar or any experience! Reporting from Z107.7 news, I am Mr. Daigneault’s favorite ROP broadcasting student, Colby Thomas.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The local Twentynine Palms Recreation basketball All-Stars were named “Kings of the IE” at Beaumont youth basketball tournament. Spokesman Ricky Shadowens said the eighth grade boys’ team battled back after a loss to find themselves in the championship game, but came up short and came in second place. The third and fourth, and the fifth and sixth grade boys both brought home the championships. The combination of two first-place finishes and the eighth grade boys’ second place earned the boys teams of Twentynine Palms the title of “Kings of the IE” and the annual trophy. The third and fourth grade girls came in third place in Beaumont while the fifth and sixth and the seventh and eighth girls both came in second place in their divisions.

The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity and varsity baseball teams travelled to Coachella Valley High School for a doubleheader on Saturday. Coach Brian Schoenborn said the varsity lost both games. The JV team won both of their games in workmanlike fashion, according to coach Jim Ruggiero.

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity tennis team traveled to Palm Valley on Monday. The Wildcats secured a victory with a 14-to-4 win over Palm Valley in non-conference play. The Wildcats were led in singles play by Jarod Burkes and John Lanza, each sweeping all three of their sets. In doubles action, Marcus Simon and Vincent Thomas swept all three of their sets, while Jose Valdez and Raul Hernandez took two sets, and Marquis Tarver and Frankie Muniz also took two sets in the Wildcat Victory. Coach Shay stated that the entire team put forth their best effort and came away with the victory.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball team will travel away to play Granite Hills High School, starting at 3:15 p.m.

Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf team will host Xavier College Prep at home. Tee time is 2:45.

The Wildcat track team will host the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home; the meet begins at 3 p.m.

And finally tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School tennis team will host Banning High School at home; first serve is at 3:15.


FUND-RAISER WILL BENEFIT CANCER STRICKEN YUCCA MESA GIRL

Z107.7 has featured a couple stories about Abigail Snipes, the 12-year-old girl from Yucca Mesa with a 15-pound tumor on her neck. The tumor was removed in January, and Abigail is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Loma Linda University Hospital. Friends of the Snipes family are organizing a fundraising event to help with pay the family’s rent for the rest of the year so they can concentrate on Abigail and their other two daughters without worrying about expenses. Z107.7 will be broadcasting live from the event. Here’s managing editor Tami Roleff with how you can help Abigail Snipes and her family…
Abigail’s Day will be a fun-filled day of barbecue, raffles, games, vendors, and a bake sale. Friends of Abigail Snipes hope to raise $7000 at the event to pay the Snipes’ family rent through December. The event will be held Saturday, March 28, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, from noon to 5 p.m. If you would like to help by donating food, bake sale or raffle items, or would like a booth for the event, see the contacts in this story at Z1077fm.com.
Want a booth? Call Becky Pahssen 760-220-4934
Want to help with food donations for the BBQ? Call Jennifer Russell 760-333-5777
Want to help with bake sale or items to be raffled? Call Martie Olson 760-821-5171


TWO ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Friday morning, accused of possessing drugs and a stolen gun. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Cibola Trail and Papago Trail in Yucca Valley about 11 a.m. for having an expired registration. During the investigation, deputies determined that Michael Dennison, 24, and Christian Usher, 24, were in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Wilson said deputies also located a loaded firearm in a backpack belonging to Dennison. A records check revealed the gun was stolen in Yucca Valley last December. Michael Dennison was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with a loaded firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. Christian Usher was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, cited and released.


VA ON THE MOVE MOBILE VET CENTER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

VA on the Move, a mobile vet center from the Department of Veterans Affairs, is coming to Twentynine Palms. Reporter Dan Stork tells where and when, and what services will be offered…
On Tuesday, March 24, a Veterans Administration van will be parked in front of City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Services will be offered for free, and no advance appointments are necessary. Services provided by VA on the Move will include Readjustment and Supportive Counseling for Veterans, Military Sexual Trauma Supportive Services, and information from Loma Linda VA Medical Services and Benefits, including Women Veterans Health Program. Also provided are free and confidential assistance and connections to services and benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Veterans Benefit Counseling, Cal Vet Benefits, as well as Employment Education Development Resources.
The mobile van is an outreach service sponsored by San Bernardino Vet Center, California Department of Veterans Affairs (Cal Vet), and VA Health Care.


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