Learn about the art of Native American pottery from an expert. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Wednesday lecture…
Explore the ancient art of pottery with master potter and teacher of pottery techniques, Tony Soares. Soares learned his basics from his grandmother and continued to refine his skills, gathering clay from the Mojave Desert and firing the pots not in a kiln but in wood fire pits. He now wants to pass this art on to the younger generation so old traditions are not forgotten. Soares’s pottery is in the Palm Springs Art Museum and galleries in the Coachella Valley. Learn from the best at the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday Lecture Series at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at 5:30 p.m. on March 12. For more information call 760-369-7212.
The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The support group meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The next meeting is this Wednesday, March 12. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin, For more information, contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi- Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org
The talented theater students at Yucca Valley High School are putting on a spring production. Dan Stork tells about “Teen Angel”…
A student-directed production of “Teen Angel” will be going on in the Yucca Valley High School Multipurpose Room this week. The show is written by D.M. Larson, produced by theater adviser Scott Phillips, and directed by Cindy Sou and Damien Colby. The student actors are: Madison Curtiss, Chalise Kunz, Aimee Frank, Vivian Chow, Emily Partridge, Madelynn Nimmo, Alivia Childress, David Brock, Patrick Ferragut, Christopher Stevens, Alicia Murphy, Crystal Offutt, Hunter Gallegos, and the student stage manager is Mackenzie Curtiss.
“Teen Angel” is an adaptation of the hit movie from 1985 entitled “Heavenly Kid” as well as the short TV series “Teen Angel” that aired on ABC from 1997-1998 where a character cannot enter heaven until performing acts of kindness like a guardian angel. The show dates are March 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. All shows start at 6 p.m. There will also be a special matinee showing on March 15 at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and free admission for children under age 12. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Twentynine Palms High School track and field team traveled to Anza last week to compete against Indian Springs and Hamilton High Schools. The boys and girls each won scoring 67 and 51 points respectively. Freshman Makya Bullion and Junior Chris Hayes were named Wildcats of the Week for their high scoring performances and outstanding work in the relays. Sia Faletagaloa earned two first places in the throws, and Synai Salgado earned an 11 second personal record in the 3200-meter run. The team will travel to Temecula to compete in the Great Oak Distance Invitational on Saturday.
The Yucca Valley High School softball team competed in the Annual Palm Springs High School invitational softball tournament on March 7 and 8. Losing the first two games to Apple Valley and JW North high schools on Friday. Yucca Valley High School Softball Head Coach Dennis Priest said the team came back Saturday to beat Palmdale and Cathedral City, posting 44 runs and giving up 26 in the tourney. Senior Teresa Nava was tourney MVP playing great softball at shortstop. Kate Nelson and Alexia Misset were standout freshman for the Trojans. Alexia (Tink) Misset showed off her speed, going 7-8 on Saturday after taking a very hard pitch to the ribs in game one Friday that sat her down for the rest of the day.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat baseball and softball teams will travel away to Palm Desert to play Xavier Prep. First pitch for both games is at 3:15.
The Wildcat golf team will travel away tomorrow to Apple Valley. Tee time is 2:45.
At Joshua Springs, the Lightning softball and baseball teams will travel to Lucerne Valley. Both games start at 3:15.
With the approach of spring comes a promise of color in the desert. Ranger Pam Tripp welcome spring blooms…
A sprinkling of spring blooms has begun in the south end of the park, along with a few Joshua Trees and other blooms in the north. Scattered areas are alive with Chuparosa, Sand Blazing Star, Chia, Bladderpod, and various types and colors of wildflowers. As the weather gets warmer, blooms will begin blooming more toward the north side of the park. Look for blooms along the roadside, in washes, or tucked up close to rock bases where rain has dripped and pooled. Also, look in shady places during the hot days. Nooks and crannies provide excellent moisture retaining spots for the little rainfall that falls on our desert. The Spring Bloom displays a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that are a visual feast for our eyes. But for the animals that depend on the blooms as a food source, it is a virtual feast, rather than famine. Call the visitor center at 760 367-5500 for more information about our desert’s wildflowers. For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Monday March 10 features two action items. One will be on Recommendations for enhancing access to and transparency of Land Use Services application review process for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities. The other is a Resolution in support of a citizens request that CSA 70W-1 be annexed into the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency service area, and will follow a presentation by Big Horn Desert View General Manager Marina West. That’s in addition to regular reports from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, committees, and MAC members. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.
The 24th Annual Walk 4 Life, to benefit the Hi-Desert Pregnancy Clinic, is set for Saturday, March 15 at Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. Registration for the fundraising walk is $5, $15 for a family of three or more. T-shirts and sweatshirts will be given to walkers who have pledges totaling $100, $200, and $250. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the walk begins at 9:30. The event will include live music, face painting, crafts, and magic, and food will be available.
Artists are invited to submit artwork for three themed art exhibitions planned for the Twentynine Palms Visitors’ Center. “Desert Rocks! Life on the Faultline” will be shown in the visitor center’s gallery April 1 through June 27. Artists should bring in their art to the Visitor’s Center March 28. The summer show, from July 1 to September 26, is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” The fall-winter show, from October 1 to December 26, is “Gold, Iron & Steel: A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin.” Artists are encouraged to submit three-dimensional work such as assemblage, sculpture, ceramics, or fabric art as well as more conventional mediums, like oil or acrylic painting, watercolor, photography, and mixed media. There is no charge to submit art. For more information about in-out days, contact Jon Beard at 760-367-7562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms boys’ tennis team will host Cathedral City at home. The Yucca Valley High School boys’ tennis team will host Banning at home. First serve for both schools is at 3:15.
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour tonight as we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time. And make sure to change the batteries in all your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights. Working smoke alarms are critical to helping save your life. If you installed the 10 year lithium smoke alarms, then you have eliminated the need for batteries every year; however, a little spring cleaning for your home safety devices will ensure they are free of dust or defect. Other steps to help keep your family safe include residential home sprinklers, a home escape plan, and general preparedness for various natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, etc. Having a plan and making sure you have all the equipment/items you need will help in your families safety. For more safety information, visit www.sbcfire.org.
On Thursday we reported that tenants at Shady Elms Mobile Home Park had been without water or electricity since a fire 8 days earlier had destroyed two trailers and a utility pole, and are still without electricity. On Thursday afternoon, state authorities condemned the park for human habitation, with a 30 day notice. Friday morning, we spoke with Robert Coots, a long-time resident of the park. He told us that his understanding was that if conditions could be remedied within the 30-day window, he and his neighbors could continue living at the park. Coots said that over the last year he has used $6300 of his own money and $2000 worth of his own labor to improve his living situation. He added that, in the wake of the condemnation, other tenants are joining his efforts to clean up the park so that repairs can proceed.
“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show, continuing in Palm Springs today, from 10 am to 4 pm. The show features 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables inYucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area. Other highlights include a certified quilt appraiser, a quilt raffle, a mini quilt exhibit, and merchants and vendors. The quilt show is a fundraiser for the three quilt guilds, who make donations to various community organizations. Admission to the quilt show is $7 with free parking. The quilt show is at the Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S. Pavilion Way.
Two Joshua Tree residents were arrested in Thursday on warrants and other charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle about noon Thursday in the 62000 block of El Reposo Circle. During the investigation, the deputy discovered that Jason Brown, 31, had in his possession nunchuks, and for a probation violation. He was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail. Tanisha Trujuillo, 29, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, cited, and released.
Also in Joshua Tree, a Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday morning, accused of being under the influence of drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, Eric Edginton, 21, was stopped near East Parkway Boulevard and El Reposo Street about 11 a.m. Eric Edginton was arrested on a warrant for burglary and for investigation of being under the influence. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $30,000.
A Landers man was arrested Thursday afternoon following a traffic stop. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Paaverud, 27, was stopped about 4:30 p.m. near 5th Avenue and Linn Road in Landers for having expired license registration tags. During the traffic stop, the Deputy determined Paaverud is wanted on several Sheriff’s warrants, for driving with a suspended license and without insurance. In addition, the deputy found metal knuckles in Paaverud’s possession. Michael Paaverud was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon, and on his warrants. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $27,500.
Here’s one for you… Did you ever wonder exactly what kind of “footprint” you’re leaving on the planet? Managing editor Tami Roleff breaks down the decomposition of everyday trash…
If you throw your “footprint-making” leather shoes out of the car window, they would take between 25 and 40 years to disappear (unless someone picked them up, of course). What about that cigarette butt? 10 to 12 years. Plastic bags, 10 to 20 years; plastic containers, 50 to 80 years; aluminum cans, 80 to 100 years. Even an orange peel will stick around for six months. Styrofoam: Never. At the end of time, all that would be left is cockroaches and the packing from your iPod. Nobody wants to stumble across your litter for decades to come, especially in our windy desert. So think beyond yourself and make a difference, by not trashing our home.
Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will hold its first Poker Run fundraiser for homeless veterans Saturday, March 22. All are welcome. Start time is 7 a.m. at the Change for Vets Thrift Store, 5758 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms. Bring in your donations for the thrift store, as well: food, coats, or blankets, all of which will be given to the area’s homeless vets. The poker run will make three stops in Joshua Tree National Park, followed by a stop in Morongo Valley, before ending at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third-place for best poker hands. Registration is $40 and includes a T-shirt and a meal. To pre-register, email email@example.com. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans.
Club volleyball teams in three teen age groups are practicing their sport in Yucca Valley. ROP Broadcastng student Allixandria Durrum tells how to get in on the action…
The Highway 62 club volleyball team is a league of players between the ages of 13-18. These ages are divided into three individual teams that compete with other club teams throughout southern California. The 18U team is run by coach Jamie Hopton; his team meets at the Yucca Valley High school on Saturday 12-4 and Sunday 2-5 for practice. The 16U team’s coach, Darrell Sterling, has the team meet at the Yucca Valley high school for practice on Saturday 8-12 and Sundays 1-4 and Rebecca Taylor with the 14U team also meets at the Yucca Valley high school for practice on Saturdays from 10am-12pm and Sundays 1:30-4. For more information about the teams you can contact Darrell Sterling at (760) 217-9866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Sunday breakfast of chicken fried steak. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way, in downtown JT.
A sharp-eyed Sheriff’s deputy recognized two felons who were wanted on warrants and arrested them at a grocery store Wednesday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Deputy Erdem Gorgolu was at the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers store about 10 a.m. when he saw Joshua Rhodes, 25, of Twentynine Palms, who was wanted on two warrants for drug possession. After placing Rhodes under arrest, Gorgolu found heroin and brass knuckles on Rhodes. As Rhodes and Deputy Gorgolu were leaving the store, Gorgolu saw another man he recognized who had a felony warrant out for his arrest. Storm Ogle, 23, was arrested on his warrant for drug possession. Joshua Rhodes and Storm Ogles are being held at the West Valley Detention Center.