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FINAL WEEKEND FOR “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29

The hilarious Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys” has one more weekend of performances at Theater 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…
“The Sunshine Boys” has been delighting audiences at Theater 29. Don’t miss your last chance to see the hysterical Neil Simon comedy this weekend. Al Lewis and Willie Clark, performed for over forty years on the vaudeville circuit. The stubborn Clark, who wasn’t ready for retirement, resents the wiser Lewis for breaking up the act when he opted to leave show business. The duo is now in their early-seventies and CBS has invited the team to reunite for a TV special. Directed by Eddie Tucker the cast includes Alfred Klein, Kurt Schauppner, Jeremy Volsteadt, Brittany Smith, Daneita Chestnut, Barry Inscore and Mike Shaw. With only two performances left, don’t miss out on your chance to this classic comedy about showbiz and old friends.
See “The Sunshine Boys” this Friday night, February 12 or Saturday, February 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students with I.D., $12 for military and seniors. General admission is $15. Tickets are available at theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151.


MOST GOVERNMENT SERVICES CLOSED FOR A 4-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Most government offices, Yucca Valley town offices, Twentynine Palms city offices, county offices, Copper Mountain College, and the courts will be closed Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day. They will resume their normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 16.


LEADERSHIP KUDOS FOR HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

More than water is transparent at the Hi-Desert Water District. The District announced Wednesday that for the second time, it has received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation. The certificate is awarded to special districts that fulfill eight requirements, including ethics training for all board members, conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial reports with the state comptroller in a timely manner. In addition, Hi-Desert Water District fulfilled 15 website requirements, including posting board agendas, minutes, its budget, and the most recent financial audit on its website. Finally, the District met the requirement to perform outreach to its constituents that engages the public in its governance, through a regular district newsletter and special community engagement project.


29 PALMS ART GALLERY PLANS “PAINT NIGHT” FUNDRAISER

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is planning a Paint night fund-raiser for next weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to be part of this fun experience…
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is sponsoring a “Paint Night” fundraiser Friday, February 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery will supply all art-related materials for participants to paint a copy of Van Gogh’s “Red Poppies and Daisies,” led by Artist Director Ed Keesling. Refreshments will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring an appetizer or favorite wine to share. Dress code is painting attire. The cost is $35, and space is limited, so register today by sending an email to 29artgallery@gmail.com with the subject Paint Night. For more information about Paint Night, visit www.29palmsartgallery.com. The gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.


GALLERY 62 REOPENING IN NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

Gallery 62, the Morongo Basin Cultural Art Council’s cooperative art gallery, is re-opening Saturday, February 13, at a new location in Joshua Tree. The grand re-opening and artists’ reception coincides with the monthly Joshua Tree Second Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 8 p.m. A larger-than-ever eclectic mix of works by more than 20 local artists will be on display in the newly remodeled gallery February 12 through 28. Gallery hours are Fridays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new Gallery 62 is located at 61607 Twentynine Palms Highway, in the same complex as the Joshua Tree Art Gallery.


SANTA FE CLUBHOUSE PLANNING 14TH ANNIVERSARY

Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will be marking their 14th year. Reporter David Knutson says call today to RSVP to the party…
You are invited to join the celebration for the Santa Fe Clubhouse’s 14th year anniversary on February 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lunch, games, bingo, presentations, and fun. Everyone is invited and must RSVP by February 12 to the Santa Fe Social Club at 760-369-4057. The clubhouse is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley. Don’t miss out.


PARADE OF HOMES TO INCLUDE TANNER HOUSE

Today we wrap up our previews of the stops on this year’s Parade of Homes with a showcase of one of Twentynine Palms’ outstanding properties. The annual Parade of Homes fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars to support services to local senior and disabled residents. Each home on the tour was selected for its artistic, historic or other eclectic qualities. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a look at The Tanner House…
Reach Out Morongo Basin’s Parade of Homes offers ticket holders entrance to six special sights. The Tanner House, owned by Lili Tanner in Twentynine Palms, is the easternmost home offered on the tour this year. This wonderful 50’s style ranch home sits on five beautiful acres on the border of Joshua Tree National Park. With a wide open floor plan and the owner’s artistic touches as well as sweeping northern vistas tour goers will be delighted. For Parade of Homes sponsor Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.
Tickets to see The Tanner House and the five other homes on the tour are $25. Ticket holders will also enjoy live music and lunch at the Park Rock Café in Joshua Tree. Tickets are available by calling 760-361-1410 and at the 29 Palms and Yucca Valley chambers of commerce, the Reach Out offices in Yucca Valley and 29 Palms, and here at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms Wildcats boys’ basketball team traveled to Desert Mirage High School last night for the last De Anza League game of the season. The Wildcats came away with a 86-51 win. Coach Jeremy Johnson said D’Shaun Barrett lead the cats with 25 points, Kyle Hope 20 points, and Jimmy Shragge had 17 points. The 20-5 team will play in the Division 4A CIF Southern Section Playoffs Wednesday, February 17. The opponent and location that will be released Sunday afternoon. 
 
The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team completed their regular season schedule with a convincing 56-16 Senior Night victory over Rancho Mirage last night in Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said Seniors Annika Dendekker, Sarah Webb, Keiona Dillon and September Shaw-Fryer started the game and were honored at half time. Junior Taylor Spitz led the scoring with 20 points while Shaw-Fryer netted 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Sophomore Savannah Beasley added 9 points and five steals. With a 18-8 overall record and a 9-3 De Anza League mark the team now waits for their CIF playoff opponent to be announced this Sunday with a probable home game next Thursday. 
 
Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer team lost 6 to zero to Rancho Mirage HS. Coach Jorge Rodruguez said team leaders were Senior Garrett Bellucci with five steals and Junior Goalkeeper Steven Castro with nien saves.
 
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team hosted Rancho Mirage High School on Senior Night for the final regular season game. Coach Scott Phillips said The game was deadlocked in a 0-0 tie until junior Alexia Missett scored off an amazing assist from sophomore Jackie Bolha giving the Lady Trojans the 1-0 victory. Senior Nikole Cody added another shutout to her record. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be the CIF playoffs. Information concerning the opponent and location will be posted on Monday.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ wrestling team will participate in the CIF Masters meet.


CELEBRATION OF LIFE SET FOR REVEREND JANE CRASSE

A celebration of life is set for the late reverend Jane Crasse of St. Joseph’s Church in Yucca Valley. Reporter Rebecca Haveley has details……
A Celebration of Life service is set for The Reverend Jane Lieberg Crase at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Yucca Valley. The church is located at 56312 Church Street on the corner of Onaga Trail, in Yucca Valley. The service is on Saturday, February 20 at 2 p.m. The Right Reverend J. Bruno, the Episcopal Bishop will officiate, assisted by The Very Reverend John Saville. A high tea reception will follow in the church’s Parish Hall. Reverend Jane will be dearly missed by her church family and the community.


SERVICES SET FOR MAGGIE MELDRUM

Margaret Ann “Maggie” Meldrum, a Pasadena native and long-time Morongo Basin resident, died February 8 after a long illness. She was 70 years old. Maggie Meldrum is survived by her husband, Mike Meldrum, her sister, Donna Munoz; and brother Walt “Bud” Reed; as well as three nieces (Shannon Luckino, Darcy Elless, Kim Witsch), four nephews (Darin Sanden, Jairus Howard, Kellen Howard, and James Reed), and many great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Walter Reed, who sat on the first Yucca Valley Town Council; her mother Helen Reed; and brother Jim Reed. Maggie Meldrum was a member of the Hearts of Yucca Valley and Sunset Rotary. For many years, she ran a bed and breakfast on Mane Street in Pioneertown. Before moving to the Morongo Basin she was a top sales rep for AT&T. She was a big supporter of the no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree and the Wounded Warrior Project. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Yucca Valley with Pastor Ted Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter.


SMOKE ALARM SAVES A YUCCA VALLEY HOME

A Yucca Valley family was very fortunate that they were home Tuesday morning when their smoke alarm went off alerting them to a fire in the house. According to County Battalion Chief Rick Denison, the family had a plug-in air freshener plugged into an outlet in a closet that had been added in a back room. Denison said it’s unclear whether the plug-in air freshener or the outlet had a malfunction, but when the family members went to check out the smoke alarm about 11:45 a.m., they saw the closet area on fire, smoke coming out of the outlet and traveling up the wall. Denison said the heat made a window in the closet shatter and started the curtains on fire. Firefighters responded and quickly put out the fire at the home in the 56900 block of Crestview. No one was injured in the fire, and Denison said the smoke alarm helped keep the fire from being worse than it was.


MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN VEHICLE-VERSUS-PEDESTRIAN HIT-AND-RUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TUESDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of hit-and-run in which a pedestrian was hit by a car in Twentynine Palms Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the male victim was walking in the crosswalk with a green light at Adobe Road and Highway 62 about 6 p.m., when a woman driving a red hatchback, who was in the southbound, left turn lane at Adobe and the Highway, turned eastbound on the highway and hit him on the left side. The victim was thrown to the ground. The report states the woman pulled over, but did not get out of her vehicle, and then drove away northbound on Ocotillo from Highway 62. The victim walked to a nearby convenience store and was later taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


COMBAT CENTER IN THIRD DAY OF POWER OUTAGE

Two housing areas on the Combat Center have been without power since early Monday morning. The electrical distribution circuits that serve the Ocotillo and Fairway Heights housing areas suffered severe damage. Repairs are underway, but power is not expected to be restored until well into today, or possibly even later. Ice is available for residents at the old Ocotillo minimart from 10 to 1 and 4 to 8 p.m. today, or until the ice runs out. The Ocotillo Clubhouse has a generator, and Wi-Fi, television, video games, a kitchen, and phone charging stations are available until 8 p.m. Residents with property loss such as food spoilage should file a claim with their insurance companies, or follow a link in this story at z1077fm.com
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TERMINATES FAULTY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Twentynine Palms City Council dropped a failed improvement plan that was flawed last night. Reporter David Haldane explains…
If you were planning to get the City of Twentynine Palms to front you a few thousand bucks for a new coat of paint on your business, forget about it. That option, if it ever existed, evaporated last night when the City Council voted unanimously to terminate its failed Community Reinvestment Plan.
Created in 2014, the plan was supposed to assist local businesses by making $250,000 available for constructing trash enclosures, replacing pole signs, installing drought tolerant landscaping and, yes, even painting a wall or two. The problem was how to get the money; while business owners assumed it would be paid up front, the city was only promising eventual reimbursement.
The result was a fizzle: a mere handful of recipients received a small portion of the funds. On Tuesday, the council finally pulled the plug, leaving only a sliver of hope for improvement-minded entrepreneurs that it might one day reconsider.


YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES CELL TOWER HEARING

Residents of Yucca Mesa are unhappy about a proposed 52-foot tall cell phone tower—disguised to look like a water tower—that is supposed to be constructed on the southwest corner of Aberdeen Drive and Sage Avenue. Managing editor Tami Roleff says their complaints to the town of Yucca Valley are paying off…
At the request of Verizon and its project manager, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission postponed its public hearing last night on the proposed cell phone tower. Commissioners learned that the project managers met with nearby residents and town staff last week to work out a compromise for a location for the tower and possible new design. Residents and planning commissioners both expressed their appreciation that everyone was willing to listen to each other and come to an agreement. The environmental assessment and conditional use permit are scheduled to be back before the planning commission at its February 23 meeting. In other business, the commissioners approved, with little coment, a subdivision of the Gateway Pawn parcel at Palm Avenue into two lots.

The Gateway Pawn shop parcel will be divided behind the shop.

The Gateway Pawn shop parcel will be divided behind the shop.


COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, CONSIDERS STAFF DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in regular open session at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus. Following approval of the agenda, prior minutes, and public comment, trustees will go into closed session with a California State Teachers Association negotiator to discuss a possible disciplinary action or dismissal. Back in open session, trustees will consider an advertising contract with Marine Corps Community Services, and likely approve an agreement with an outside firm to provide student counseling sessions this spring. And finally, the board will consider partnering with a firm that will assist in creating an updated, user-friendly website. Those items are in addition to regular reports and items on the consent agenda.


YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, (Wednesday, February 10), are correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission, airport use agreements and an airport survey. Under new business the board will elect new officers, a safety inspection and future fencing project. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District board of directors will hold a special meeting 11 a.m., Thursday, February 11. On the agenda, the directors will discuss an asphalt bid, estimates for software and wall repair for the north border, and an irrigation plan. The meeting will be held in cemetery offices on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.


FREE FLU SHOTS TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Flu season is here and free flu shots will be given in Twentynine Palms tomorrow. Reporter David Knutson has the details…
The City of Twentynine Palms and Reach Out Morongo Basin will be hosting a free flu shot clinic for the community on February 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road across from the fire station. Now is the time to make sure you are protected. Seniors, chronically ill individuals, and children are especially susceptible to the flu and should receive the flu shot. A licensed pharmacist will provide flu shots to adults and children. No appointment is required and all walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.


FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Evangelist Mission Church in Twentynine Palms will distribute food Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 6595 Adobe Road.


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