Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tonight. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:45 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. The waxing moon will be visible in the early evening. Jupiter and the Milky Way will be visible later in the evening, as well as the constellations Cassiopeia, Auriga, Taurus, Orion, and Gemini. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for cold weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.
The Copper Mountain College Art Program is calling all artists in the Morongo Basin and Palm Springs to join them in their first invitational themed art show, Invention, Reinvention. All types of media are welcomed. The entries will go on display in February in the Ada Hatch Center for public viewing. If you would like to submit your artwork, there is a $20 fee for your first entry and an additional $5 for each other entry with a limit of three entries. Size is limited to 60 pounds for three dimensional artwork and 48 inches for two-dimensional with some exceptions. You must submit your work by January 31st at the Ada Hatch Center, 6334 Rotary Way between 12 -4 p.m.. For more information, contact Cathy Allen at (760) 366-3791 ext. 0600.
Harrison House hosts a jazz collaboration performance tonight. Three artists have combined their talents to create a unique entertainment experience. Michael White is a jazz violinist, composer and QiGong artist. He will perform with jazz vocalist Leisei Chen, a musical prodigy since age 4 and founder of QiArts, bringing movement and music together to form artistic collaborations. The work of photographer and videographer Mizra Todorovich adds to the final performance experience. Tickets can be purchased at Joshua Tree Health Foods for a $15 donation or at the performance at Harrison House, 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue tonight Saturday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 760-366-4712.
Accidents involving fireplaces are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges residents to keep safe while they keep warm. Here is reporter Caitlin Logan with some cool weather safety tips to help you stay warm safely…
Stay safe while you stay warm! Have your chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly. Be sure to have a proper spark arrester on all chimney tops and that tree branches are cleared at least 10 feet from the chimney opening. Never use a fireplace during high winds. Store paper, plastic containers, and other flammable materials at least three feet from the fireplace. Also, store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container. Never burn trash, paper, or green wood in your fireplace, as these materials cause a combustible build-up on the lining of your fireplace. Be sure to have a fireplace screen large enough to block flying embers and rolling logs from escaping, with openings of no more than a half-inch. Before leaving the house or going to bed, make sure that any fires are completely out. For additional safety tips, please visit www.sbcfire.org.
Reporting for Z107.7, this is reporter Caitlin Logan.
Tomorrow Sunday, January 25, the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will host its third annual Chocolate Sunday. From 2 to 4 p.m., you’re invited to the church on Mesquite Springs Road to share in “heavenly indulgencies”—a variety of foods made from chocolate. In addition to eating, you can join in the fellowship of other chocolate lovers and participate in games featuring chocolate. Attendees are asked to make a monetary donation of your choosing and food product(s) to be put in the church food pantry. As we indulge, we also keep in mind our neighbors who are in need. All proceeds will go towards food for the church’s pantry.
Today’s social media sites allow us to look up and even discuss the latest trends and current events, while gathering information on our personal interests. These days, media sites are also a great way to learn more about what is happening at your national parks. At Joshua Tree National Park, visitors can learn about events, programs, camping and other park information by checking us out on Facebook and Twitter, as well as looking us up on our official national park website at www.nps.gov/jotr. In fact, the best way to find our Facebook and Twitter sites is to go to our official website and click on Plan your Visit. To the right of this web page you can see and click on links for both social networking sites. Join Joshua Tree National Park in promoting your national park and helping us let you know what we offer for the many annual visitors. For further information, you can also contact us at 760-367-5500.
Theater 29 continues its run tonight of the Oscar Wilde comedy, “An Ideal Husband”. A classic English drawing room comedy with a large talented cast. Co-directors Butch Pelfry and Tom Highfill tackled the show together. Pelfrey says, primarily because it is such a detailed piece, with so many layers it’s like an onion. It’s about a politician who gets where he is by being crooked, and the blackmailing schemes of a villainess rival. The elegant set and brilliant costumes add to the sophistication of this witty piece of classic, live theatre. It’s a must see production. For reservations call the theatre box office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $12. for adults, $10. for seniors and military, $8. for students with I.D. You can also purchase tickets on line at theatre29.org.
A bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District was arrested Thursday evening, accused of possessing child pornography and two acts of child molestation. A search warrant was served at the home of Alex Gomez, 57, of the 4600 block of Mesquite Springs Road in Twentynine Palms, on December 30, 2014. After an investigation, Alex Gomez was arrested 8 p.m. Thursday for investigation of lewd acts upon a child under 14, possession of lewd material depicting a person under 18, and using a concealed camera to photograph a person. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $250,000.
Two men are dead following an exposure to carbon monoxide in a Lucerne Valley home Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s press release, about 10 a.m., a woman brought an unidentified man—who was not breathing—to the Lucerne Valley fire station. Paramedics performed life support, but he was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Meanwhile, paramedics were called to the man’s home in the 37400 block of Laramie Street in Lucerne Valley for reports of a 28-year-old man who was unresponsive in the home’s garage. This second man was pronounced dead at the scene. Fire fighters determined that the home and garage had extremely high levels of carbon monoxide, which was most likely from a generator running in the garage. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when fuels, such as gasoline, propane, methane, wood, and coal are burned. Generators and vehicles produce large quantities of carbon monoxide, which can linger for hours in poorly ventilated rooms and buildings, even after the engines are turned off. Breathing carbon monoxide can be fatal. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reminds residents that carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in the home and garage, and that carbon monoxide detectors do not replace the need for smoke alarms.
Do you have an old TV or computer and are wondering how to dispose of those unused or old E-waste items? Dan Stork says that the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club has your answer…
On Saturday, February 7, the Rotary Club will host a free E-waste recycling day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Community Services Center, located at 74365 Joe Davis Drive next to Luckie Park. Items that will be accepted are televisions, monitors, computers, computer components, fax machines, printers, copiers, toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, wire, video game consoles, laptops, cameras, camcorders, Internet devices, keyboards, mice, MP3 players, VCRs, DVDs, cell phones, and telephone equipment.
Rotary suggests that anyone turning in electronic equipment for recycling remove all personal information from their hard drive and SIM cards. In addition to the E-waste recycling day, on an-ongoing basis the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club will be accepting all E-waste items at Cardinal Van and Storage between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cardinal Van and Storage is located at 73873 Callie Todd, just off Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms.
The mayor of Yucca Valley, George Huntington, will be at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. to meet with residents and discuss their areas of concern, ideas for the community, and to provide updates on activities in the Town. Appointments are not required to meet with the mayor during his office hours; however, appointments are required to meet with the mayor outside of his normal hours, To arrange for an appointment, call the town clerk at 760-369-7209, extension 226.
Unity Home will be offering the state-mandated 40-hour domestic violence training beginning the first week in February. The training is free to the public and will be held at the Helen Grey Center in Joshua Tree. Classes start Wednesday, February 13, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday through March 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you would like to attend or for more information, feel free to stop by the Unity Home office in Joshua Tree or call 760-366-1247.
“The Father of Green Architecture” is a title given to worldrenowned architect, Glen Howard Small. Small has relocated to Joshua Tree and is offering the class at Copper Mountain College beginning this Saturday. He’s also building a sustainable home and is seeking interested locals. In a two-part story, reporter Rebecca Havely interviewed Small. Here’s part two of the story…
Z107.7: Mr. Small you’re working on a green project involving a model home in Joshua Tree, can you tell us more about that?
SMALL: A former student of mine and I purchased a 5-acre lot. We’re going to try to put together an ecological house together, a kind of retreat that we will invite people to help us build—students and others interested. My idea is that I would like it to be in total harmony with the desert. It’s an experimental system that comes from the desert surroundings in a natural process. The technique I’m pushing is called earth mounding. You push up mounds of earth and then add concrete to the top of it and then dig out underneath. People all over the world could use the process whether they had only pics and shovels or large bulldozers. We also want to collect the water and create a cistern, planting local food producing plants that are natural in the desert that won’t attack the system. The idea is to create a mini- oasis in the desert.
Z107.7: Is this a project that you want to create with others?
SMALL: Yes, I’m hoping to generate interest within the community and invite anyone interested in joining the project to do so. Part of my reason for teaching the class is to get locals to get to know me, feel comfortable around me and hopefully meet people who share my interests and want to get involved.
Z107.7: Is there anything else you’d like to let people know about your class or project?
SMALL: Well, if you look me up on the internet you’ll find that I’m a bit of an outsider, but also that I’m a pretty high-profile architect. There’s not many chances for students to get the chance to work with a world famous teacher. It’s a chance to get a class at a bargain that has a very high level of quality. I’m an easy-going guy and I like people I look forward to interacting with the community. I’d like to get support on projects and possibly create a sort of movement in this direction. I’m restarting my life here in the desert and I’m hoping for interaction and to get to know people, that’s what this is all about.
The Architectural Patterns class at Copper Mountain College begins this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p. m. for more class information visit www.cmccd.edu. For more information and to volunteer on the green- living project, email the instructor at email@example.com.
Free acting classes are being offered at Theatre 29. The free classes will give attendees from beginners to experienced actors a chance to see how the classes work and what they offer. Actors ages 16 and up are welcome; the class size is limited in order to give all participants an opportunity to work. Classes will be led by Abe Daniels, formerly of the Actor’s Studio. Daniels has received several Desert Theatre League awards as an actor and director. Daniels uses the Method Acting approach to theatre. Acting classes will be held on Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. For information or to register, call Abe Daniels at 626-233-4768.
The main annual fund-raiser for Reach-Out Morongo Basin is the Parade of Homes, set for February 15. Reporter Taylor Thacker describes one of the unique homes on display, the “Old Wagon Ranch”…
With six homes signed on for the 11th Annual Parade of Homes benefit for Reach Out Morongo Basin, organizers are ramping up for the largest annual fundraiser for the neighbors helping neighbors organization. One of the homes featured this year is the Old Wagon Ranch. Old Wagon Ranch, in the wide open Yucca Mesa area is the home of Larry Johnson and Karol Beer. A delightful home built in 2008, Old Wagon Ranch reflects the owner’s love of all things Western. Tour goers will walk the dusty streets of the town named “Dry Bone,” complete with mining cars, storefronts and even real donkeys! Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 11th Parade of Homes tour is set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 15, and promises to inspire and enchant. For more information call 760-361-1410.
The Basin Wide Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual awards dinner. Award categories are:
Together We Can, for the person or organization that best displays the BWF motto of “Together We Can”;
Basin Wide Cultural Contributor;
Volunteer of the Year;
Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Nomination forms are on the foundation’s website, basinwidefoundation.com. The due date to submit form is March 25 at noon. For more information, contact Kelly Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Dale Hoppers will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines occur from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips. For further information contact Dennis at 760-366-8626.
Twelve Yucca Valley area junior girls from three high schools will participate in this year’s Miss Yucca Valley pageant. The pageant, based on academics, is sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and will be held February 7 at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Z107.7 will be introducing you to all the candidates in the next two weeks. Today we meet Olivia Paul…
Today we visit with Olivia Paul, a junior at Yucca Valley High School and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Who is the prominent woman you’ve been mentoring with and what you have learned from her?
“I had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Barbara Walsh. She is a wife, mother, and videographer. She is very active at Joshua Springs church. I learned from her the importance of keeping my priorities straight and that all things can be achieved if you have faith.”
What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?
“During my experience with Miss Yucca Valley, we read the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers,’ by Shawn Covey. Habits such as beginning with the end in mind, taught me to always begin with a goal in mind, helping me with the process of achieving my goals.”
Any final words?
“I would encourage any upcoming junior girls to participate in the Miss Yucca Valley Pageant, it has been a very rewarding learning experience and I have met some awesome friends.”
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team got back in the win column last night with a 49-37 win at Big Bear in a De Anza league contest last night. Coach Jess Geeson said the girls were led by senior Ashley Priest with 21 points and senior Celeste Reyes with 12 points. With the win the team moves to 6-1 in league and 16-5 overall with a home game against Shadow Hills on Tuesday.
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team traveled to Big Bear to take on the Lady Bears in De Anza League play. Girls’ varsity soccer Coach Scott Phillips said the Lady Trojans played hard but fell by a score of 3-0. Senior Karson Scaccianoce played really well for the Lady Trojans, Phillips said. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be a home game against Shadow Hills High School on Tuesday. The game starts at 3:15 p.m. The boys’ game will follow at 5 p.m.
On July 1, water coming out of the taps at more than 650 homes in the Landers area will be from Bighorn Desert View Water Agency. Yesterday, the Local Area Formation Commission, or LAFCO, unanimously approved the dissolution of the County’s Special District 70W-1 and annexation of more than 5,700 acres into Bighorn’s area. Residents began pushing for the change in March 2013 when the County’s special district announced it would increase its water rates 20 percent. The water flowing through the taps on June 30—before the change-over—and on July 1-after the change-over-will be the exact same water, as Bighorn Desert View Water Agency and the County’s Special District 70W-1 get their water from the same source. So far, LAFCO has not received any protests about the dissolution and annexation. Bighorn’s General Manager Marina West said there is a 30-day reconsideration period, in which residents can protest the change. Then ballots will be mailed to property owners and registered voters. Only those who are opposed to the annexation by Bighorn will have to mail in their ballots. West said if fewer than 25 percent of the property owners and voters protest the change, then the annexation will continue. By the start of the 2015-16 fiscal year, the transition to Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency will be complete, and those who were getting their water from the county should see their water bills decrease once they are getting Bighorn’s water.