MORONGO BASIN TENNIS NAMES YOUTH COORDINATOR

The Morongo Basin Tennis Association announced the appointment of Jessica Fairfield, 15, to youth coordinator. Fairfield has been been involved as player and youth leader in multiple youth recreational tennis programs. She graduated from Winning in Tennis–Leadership–Life, a 12-week, life skills and athletic program for youth, developed and conducted annually in Yucca Valley since 2004. Fairfield is a member of the Trojan Marching Band at Yucca Valley High School. For information about Winning in Tennis–Leadership–Life, call 760-365-3851.

A HUGE WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON OPENER

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan Football Varsity team got off to a great start Friday night against the Saints of Xavier Prep winning 51-13. Coach Tim Cannavo said offense, defense, and special teams all contributed points. The offense totaled 458 yards, 369 rushing and 89 passing. Xavier Prep was only able to scrape up 212 yards against the tough Trojan defense. There were 273 yards on returns for the night and three specialty touchdowns. Logan Vallo had an interception and punt return for touchdowns and Karver Murphy returned a fumble for a touchdown. Shayne Saiza and Gabe Sosa had rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Bradley Soares threw two touchdowns, one to Shayne Saiza and the other to Nathan Rantzow.
The Trojan JV fell in a close game 7-0. Next week is a bye week for the Trojans.

PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR ROTARY OKTOBERFEST IN SEPTEMBER

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley is offering some special packages for their upcoming Oktoberfest event. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the bargains for the September 21 event…..

Oktoberfest is a community event presented by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley and the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce to be held Saturday, September 21, at the Brehm Youth Soccer Field. It’s a full day and evening of live music, food, beer, and contests. General admission is $5 for adults and those 13 and up at the event. Or buy your tickets ahead of time and save $1 on general admission, get beer and wine presale tickets for $5 ($6 at the event). Two special packages are available. Package One includes a souvenir stein, two beer tickets, one meal ticket and admission, all for $25 (a savings of $12). Package Two includes two souvenir steins, four beer tickets, two meal tickets, and admissions for two all for $45 (a savings of $29). Packages available at yvrotary.org, at the Chamber Office and at Realty Professionals on the highway at Inca, weekdays, 9 to 4 p.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION IN 27TH DEVELOPMENT CODE REVIEW SESSION

The sole item on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission for tonight is the 27th study session on the Development Code update. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Twentynine Palms City Hall

TRY-OUT FOR THEATRE 29'S

Want to have some fun with the by busy volunteers at Theatre 29? Performers, backstage workers, painters and set builders are all being sought for this year’s Halloween haunt event. Reporter Taylor Thacker says come to the theater in Twentynine Palms tonight to find out how to be part of this annual Halloween tradition…

Summer may have just ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween! Auditions will be held today, starting at 6 p.m., for actors wishing to participate in the 10th annual “Halloween Haunt.” This year, the Theatre 29 building will again be transformed and adventurous souls will be self guided, as they explore the depths of a disturbed girl’s dream world, which turn into the nightmares that we are all afraid of! The production team will be seeking at least 20 performers and behind the scenes technicians, ages 16 and older only. Auditions will be held at the Theatre 29 main stage located at 73637 Sullivan Road. Be dressed in appropriate attire for moving a lot, such as no skirts, low waist pants, shorts, or open toed shoes. You may need to perform a cold reading, and improv if required. For more information call 760-361-4151.

SALVATION MOUNTAIN TURNS INTO MUD SLIDE

The desert has seen tremendous amounts of rain, and the rain has wreaked havoc not only on the Morongo Basin, but on a nearby cultural icon, Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill north of Niland, near Slab City and just several miles east of the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of donated paint. It was created by local resident Leonard Knight, and encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses. In 2000, the Folk Art Society of America declared it a “a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection.” The caretakers of Salvation Mountain had their eye on repairing the chinks and cracks in the paint and adobe covering 150-foot tall man-made “mountain,” but Mother Nature got to it first. The recent rains weakened the adobe covering the mountain and allowed water to seep down below, creating mud, which led to a mud slide, causing a section of the painted mountain to slide down. The area is covered with plastic for now. A work party that had been scheduled for mid-October to paint the mountain may come sooner. A photo of the damage can be seen with this story at KCDZFM.com. For more information about how you can help restore the mountain, e-mailsalvationmountain31@gmail.com

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, WORKSHOP, REGULAR, AND CLOSED SESSION

Budgetary items dominate the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Dan Stork lists them, and other items up for consideration…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins its September 3 meeting with a 5 p.m. workshop on the unaudited actuals financial report, upon whose certification the Board will vote in the 7 p.m. open session. Other action items in the 7 p.m. session are adoption of a life science course outline, a reimbursement increase for a parent of a student attending a non-public school out of District, adoption of the appropriations limit estimates for last year and this year, certification of the revised budget for this year, and approval of the revised attendance calendar for this year. The 6 p.m. closed session between the public meetings again deals with student reentries, anticipated litigation, collective bargaining, and an unspecified issue relating to dismissal, discipline, or release of a public employee. The meeting will be held at the Joshua Tree Elementary School, at 4950 Sunburst Drive.

MAN FACING TRIAL FOR BURGLARY ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

A Twentynine Palms man who was in court just over a week ago for attempted burglary was arrested Sunday evening, after a woman found him inside her Joshua Tree home. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 6500 block of Outpost Road came home Sunday evening about 6:20 and found Kent Browner, 23, in her bedroom. The woman immediately left her house and called 911. When deputies arrived, Browner had fled, but he was later located. Browner was arrested for investigation of unlawful entry and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Kent Browner had been arrested August 15 for attempting to steal a bicycle from a garage in the 61600 block of Capilla Drive in Joshua Tree. He was in court August 23 for a preliminary hearing for that case.

EARLY RELEASE PROBATIONER FOUND WITH HEROIN

A Yucca Valley man on felony probation was arrested Saturday afternoon after a Sheriff’s deputy found heroin on him. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a deputy saw Joshua Fuchs, 35, at the Subway restaurant at Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 62 about 12:30. Fuchs had been given an early release from jail under Assembly Bill 109, and is on felony probation for attempting to buy or receive stolen property; terms of his probation include searches at any time. The deputy searched Fuchs and found hidden in a box of candy a bindle of heroin. Joshua Fuchs was arrested for investigation of possession of narcotics, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

FOUR YUCCA VALLEY TEENAGERS ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIZING TWO BUSINESSES

Four teen boys were arrested Friday evening, accused of burglarizing two Yucca Valley businesses. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the Yucca Valley Rite-Aid was burglarized Saturday, August 24, just after midnight when four boys, ages 14, 15, 16, and 17, broke a window and entered the store to steal alcohol and cigarettes. On Wednesday, the boys burglarized Walgreens at about 12:30 a.m. by breaking the window, and stole more alcohol and cigarettes. After investigation, the boys were arrested on suspicion of two commercial burglaries. Their names are being withheld due to their age. The boys were booked at the San Bernardino Juvenile Hall.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN A RELATIVELY ROUTINE MEETING

After two tumultuous meetings last month, it’s routine business for the Yucca Valley Town Council. Managing editor Tami Roleff says new employees, and employee of the quarter, will also be recognized tonight…

After recognizing a new fire chief, sheriff’s safety specialist, and the employee of the quarter, tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council is filled with routine items. Among the items on the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to deny a claim filed against the Town by Beau Gabriel Hempel, approve median and sidewalk improvement projects, and receive and file programs and events conducted by the Community Services Department. On the action agenda, the Council will be asked to authorize a request for bids for curbs, sidewalks, gutters, on the highway between Apache and Palm Avenue, and a traffic signal at Church Street. And finally, the Council will be asked to approve a resolution supporting local control of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority.

MORE STORMS BRING FLASH FLOODING TO LANDERS AREA SATURDAY

More flash flooding disrupted traffic in our Hi-Desert Saturday afternoon. A storm cell settled over Johnson Valley and Landers about 1 p.m. Saturday, before moving east onto the Marine base. Flash flooding was reported in several spots on Old Woman Springs Road between Linn Road and Reche Road. County Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said Linn Road was a river. The Yucca Mesa fire station spent two to three hours Saturday driving through the streets of Landers checking on homeowners and motorists. Lasiter said at least two homes near Montara Road and one on Linn Road suffered flood damage when the water rushed through the houses, and one of the homes may have been pushed off its foundation. A Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency water main broke near Dixie Mine Road and Old Woman Springs after the flash flood exposed it. A septic tank in the same area was also exposed and started leaking sewage into the home. Lasiter said at least four to five cars were stuck in the mud and debris left on Old Woman Springs. Lasiter said a swift-water rescue team was called out twice, but he added it wasn’t needed. Old Woman Springs Road was closed for several hours until CalTrans could clear the mud and debris off the highway; the CHP began running traffic escorts through the area just after 4 p.m., according to CHP incident logs. In Sunday’s news, ABC News included a clip of a car being pushed off the highway in Landers by the flash flood during a story about holiday weekend weather. A link to that video can be found with this story at KCDZFM.com. Captain Lasiter reminds motorists not to attempt to drive through water crossing the roadway; “Turn around, don’t drown.”