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Listen To Your News Friday, February 15, 2013 News Archive
     

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER DRAGGING PREGNANT WOMAN BY HER HAIR
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday morning, after a neighbor witnessed him dragging a pregnant woman by the hair inside her home. According to a Sheriff's report, about 8:45 Wednesday morning, a witness saw Gabriel Perez, 25, grab his girlfriend by the hair, push her against the garage, and then drag her by the hair into her home. His girlfriend is six months pregnant. Gabriel Perez was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

A Yucca Valley man who threatened his child was arrested Thursday evening. According to a Sheriff's report, Jason Scalzo, 35, went to a home in the 59600 block of Drexel Road in Joshua Tree about 8 p.m. and took his 6-year-old son, clad only in pajamas, and ran out the back door. Witnesses told police that Scalzo told them he was in control, and that he was going to keep the child from breathing. The report also states that Scalzo told the child's mother that if the police were called, she would never see her son again. A Sheriff's helicopter was called out to help in the search for Scalzo and the boy. After an investigation, Jason Scalzo was arrested in the 6300 block of Red Bluff in Yucca Valley. Jason Scalzo was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of violating a child custody agreement and released shortly after 5 a.m. this morning.

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ARTISTS AND ARCHITECTS TOUR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE
A group of artists and landscape architects from Los Angeles recently toured the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Their mission: To capture life in combat on canvas. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has their story…
More than 25 Artists boarded a bus to tour the 935 square miles training facility and get a glimpse of Marines preparing for combat.

"It seemed too interesting to pass up." The first stop simulates an Afghan village. Artist Hillary Mushkin gets to work. Each drawing tells a story. "The Marines are here is to train them to be in combat in a place like this where some person is simply in the midst of a war but they're trying to sell phones and radios. It's really sad."

Watercolors from the tour will go on exhibit in L.A. PBS will feature the artists in an upcoming segment in March.

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE LEARNING ABOUT GROWING FOOD
Transition Joshua Tree has a food group that meets twice a month. The group will learn about permaculture, and about growing their own food, saving seeds, native plants, and biodiversity. For more information about the Transition Joshua Tree food group, call 760-366-7466 or email tjt.foodies@gmail.com.

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED
The Homestead Valley Community Council monthly meeting, scheduled for February 18, has been cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LOOKING FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS
Joshua Tree National Park is looking for volunteers for their Search and Rescue team. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how to sign up…
The Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue Team is presently recruiting motivated volunteers from the local area who can immediately respond to and assist park staff with emergencies. The Search and Rescue Team provides rescue services for park visitors who become lost, injured or stranded in the rugged wilderness, back country and rock climbing areas of the park. Applicants should be in good physical condition and be able to attend monthly meetings and trainings. Team members must also be able to respond during weekdays, nights or weekends when rescue services are needed. With thousands of hours donated each year to Joshua Tree's search and rescue team, the park appreciates this valuable contribution from so many dedicated individuals. Interested applicants, 18 years or older, can learn more about team responsibilities by attending an informational meeting on Friday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Black Rock Nature Center at Black Rock Campground. For more information, please contact Dave Pylman at 714-747-5057.

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THE PLAY "DINING ROOM" AT THE HI-DESERT PLAYHOUSE TONIGHT
The play, "Dining Room, A Comedy of Manners," by A.R. Gurney, opens tonight for a three-weekend, six-show run, at the Hi-Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree. "Dining Room" directed by Wendy Cohen, is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of range, humor and humanity. "The Dining Room" will run Friday and Saturdays at 7:00 pm for the next three weekends. For reservations, call the Hi-Desert Playhouse at 760-366-3777.

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MARCH 5 DEADLINE FOR MAIL-IN BALLOTS IN YUCCA VALLEY
Residents of the Town of Yucca Valley have bee getting their Mail-in ballots all this week. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the deadline to get them back…
The Town of Yucca Valley is holding a special election March 5 to elect a new town council member. Ballots are being mailed to all registered voters in Yucca Valley. The ballots must be returned by mail—or dropped off in person with the town clerk at Town Hall—by 8 p.m. March 5; mailed ballots received after March 5, even with a postmark of March 5—will NOT be counted. If you did not receive a ballot, call the registrar of voters at 909-387-8300, or the town clerk at 760-369-7207.

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JOSHUA TREE VFW PIZZA PARTY TOMORROW, BREAKFAST SUNDAY
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be holding a dinner tonight. But they are having a pizza party tomorrow at 3 p.m. Bring a medium pizza to share. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. Don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL WINDS FIRST ROUND CIF PLAYOFF
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team came away with a 64-46 win over South El Monte last night in a CIF Division 3A first round playoff game at Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said sophomore Ashley Priest led the scoring with 14 points while senior Arlene Rodriguez added 11 points and sophomore Yvonne Tran chipped in nine points. The team travels to Oak Park in Thousand Oaks for a second round tilt on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game.

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HI-DESERT PONY LEAGUE HOLD EVALUATIONS SUNDAY
Hi-Desert Pony League has a few events coming up, the first one is this Sunday from 11 to 3 at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. Hi-Desert Pony is having evaluations for the 2013 Baseball season. The second event is on March 2, Hi Desert Pony League is hosting a softball tournament at Luckie Park, the registration fee is $150, 15 players max. For more information call Katie Kellam 317-372-4324.

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