Five people were arrested in Twentynine Palms yesterday during a drug raid. Sheriff deputies from the Narcotics division were at a residence in the 1200 block of Luna Mesa about noon Wednesday and arrested five people for investigation of cultivating marijuana for sale: Thomas Page, 46, of Joshua Tree; David Mitchell, 46, of Cathedral City; Amber Lewis, 34, of Yucca Valley; John Vanis, 60, of Joshua Tree; and John Ziesing, 45, of Yucca Valley. They were all booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $25,000 each.
A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of drunk driving with his young children in the car. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, a woman in the 61700 block of Oleander in Joshua Tree called police shortly before 1 a.m. to report that her son, Joshua Steiger, 29, was causing problems. By the time deputies arrived, Steiger had fled in a car with his 12-year-old and 5-year-old sons. Deputies went to the home of Steiger’s grandfather in the 5100 block of Sunburst Avenue where they got a description of Steiger’s car. Shortly afterward, Steiger drove by in his car. Deputies attempted a pursuit, but Steiger refused to pull over and led them on a slow-speed chase through the neighborhood, before finally stopping at his grandfather’s home. As Steiger got out of his car, deputies subdued him, and he was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, failure to yield, and child endangerment, because his two sons were in the car with him. Joshua Steiger was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.
An argument Tuesday over a “tone of voice” escalated and resulted in the arrest of a Twentynine Palms woman for felony spouse abuse. Shortly before 6 p.m., police were called to a home in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road because neighbors heard a couple screaming and a possible assault. When the deputy arrived at the front door, he was greeted by Jessenia Santiago, 19, who said she and her husband were arguing over her tone of voice. While Santiago was talking with the deputy, her husband came up behind her and gave her a tight hug. Santiago continued her argument with her husband and the deputy saw her push him away by his face. Because her husband had scratches on his face, Jessenia Santiago was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.
At their meeting earlier this week, the Yucca Valley Town Council heard of plans which could bring a major crude-oil pipeline right through our pristine Morongo basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff has details……
The Yucca Valley Town Council heard a presentation at its meeting Tuesday night about the Questar Southern Trails Pipeline Oil Conversion Project. By 2016, the Questar Southern Trails Pipeline Company proposes to transport up to 120,000 barrels of crude oil per day from New Mexico to Los Angles, and that oil could be going right through the Morongo Basin. The Southern Trails pipeline currently carries natural gas 485 miles from New Mexico to Essex, California, and the pipeline would need to be converted to transport crude oil. A 96-mile section, that is not in service at this time, runs from Whitewater to Long Beach. Southern Trails is studying two routes to connect the two pipelines. One route would follow an existing SoCal Gas pipeline, which runs right through the Morongo Basin. The other route would follow a BLM-designated utility corridor that goes south around Joshua Tree National Park to Interstate 10 east to Whitewater. The company is conducting land surveys for both routes. For more information about the pipeline project, visit the Town’s website at yucca-valley.org, or call Steve Chapman at 801-324-5548.
The elderly and disabled are especially susceptible to falling, which can lead to not only bruising but broken bones and hospital stays. Reach Out Morongo Basin and the Visiting Nurses Association of California will host a class on how to prevent falls Tuesday, September 24, at 10:15. This free informational class will be held at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, and is open to all seniors. For more information, or to register for the class, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight to select two members to serve on the sub-division ad-hoc committee. The meeting will be held in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
If you have an interest in an active role in conservation, the Mojave Desert Land Trust would like to train you as a land monitor. Dan Stork has details…
The Mojave Desert Land Trust is holding a day of Land Stewardship Training on Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whitewater Preserve. The training provided will be for volunteer monitors, who watch over lands purchased by the trust, even after they have been donated to the National Park Service. Training includes: Locating properties in the field using a GPS unit and topographic maps; monitoring properties and maintaining a written and photo log; documenting threats such as illegal use of off-highway vehicles and dumping; field safety awareness course; and refresher GPS course for veteran volunteer monitors. Prerequisites for volunteers include the ability to hike an average of three miles off trail on moderate desert terrain. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact MDLT Land Stewardship Coordinator, Mizuki Hanford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-366-0542.
Today is the fortieth anniversary of country-rock icon Gram Parsons’s death in room 8 of the Joshua Tree Inn. Parson’s death by overdose was famously followed by two funerals: The first after the coffin containing his body was stolen from the Los Angeles Airport by his road manager so that he could be cremated in Joshua Tree National Park. The spot, near Cap Rock, is indicated with a crude marker which can still be found after some hardy searching. Relatives got the partially incinerated body back, and brought it to Florida. There’s a film about it: “Grand Theft Parsons,” which was not a critic’s favorite and glamorized the event. Parsons, whose death has been unevenly marked by hit-or-miss events in Joshua Tree over the years, helped bring the country-rock sound influence to the forefront though five albums: the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the Flying Burrito Brothers’ Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe, then the solo GP and Grievous Angel, and connections with other musicians of the time. He never had a hit record while he lived.
Mark your calendars for October 5 for the annual fall dinner in support of the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to participate in their sponsorship program…..
The Copper Mountain College Foundation’s annual fall dinner to raise funds for students is October 5. Local businesses, service clubs and individuals are encouraged to support CMC students with a fall sponsorship. Sponsorship offers unprecedented access to a variety of CMC events. Sponsor packages range from $100 to $1,000. Sponsors receive recognition at the events plus online acknowledgment and inclusion in marketing materials. All proceeds benefit the students of Copper Mountain College. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact the Foundation at 760-366-3791 extension 4200, or go to cmccd.edu/Foundation.
It’s time to start practicing holding your beer steins for Oktoberfest, a fund-raising event sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. The gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, and the first contest—a stein holding and carrying contest—begins at 4. Other contests will be a kids’ chicken dancing contest, then a non-alcoholic beer drinking contest, a polka-dancing contest, and a two-man log-sawing contest. At 7 p.m., best costumes will be judged, followed by another beer stein carrying contest at 8 and adult chicken dancing contest. There’ll also be live music, food, and vendors throughout the event. Admission is $5 at the door, with package discounts on admission and drinks available before Oktoberfest from the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce or Realty Professionals. The event will be held at the Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-6323.
Join the Twentynine Palms Library this Saturday, from 1 to 2 p.m. for children’s craft corner. This month’s craft will be foil pendants. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to children of all ages. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.
Theatre 29 returns for the 15th year with a full line-up of productions for the 2014 year. The playhouse’s season announcement was made during a special gala event last week, hosted by the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce. Theatre 29 Board President Brian Tabeling welcomed the capacity crowd, and then using songs, snippets of scenes, and short videos, the eight directors introduced their productions and programs for the coming year. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there, and gives a run-down of what the Morongo Basin can expect from its premier theatrical venue…
Starting off 2014 is the classic comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Butch Pelfry. This play runs January 10 through February 8. Veteran director Mary Neider has selected “The Farndale Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery,” as her production, which will run February 28 through March 29. Next up is the latest exploit of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in “Nunset Boulevard,” directed by Kathyrn Ferguson. The show runs from April 25 to May 24. Kurt Schauppner directs the classic drama, “A Doll’s House,” by Henrik Ibsen, running from June 20 to July 19. New this year is the theater’s first annual Summer Youth program, for children 18 and under. This intensive, two-week program, will train young performers in all aspects of what makes a theatrical production, and will culminate with a live stage performance July 25 and 26. Next is the Tony-award winning adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie, “The 39 Steps,” directed by Charles Harvey. Show dates are August 15 to September 13. Instead of a Halloween Haunt, Gary Daigneault will put on “Young Frankenstein,” by the comic genius Mel Brooks. “Young Frankenstein” will play October 3 to November 1. And the last show of the season will be “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” directed by John Wright, from November 21 to December 20. Season tickets, good for all seven main stage productions, can be purchased at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Season prices are, General Admission $68, Senior/Military $56, Student (with ID) or children under 12 are $46.
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church of Yucca Valley will hold a men’s breakfast 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, September 21, at Carrows in Yucca Valley. The church will hold a family berry and apple picking excursion Sunday, September 22, at Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen. To carpool, meet at the church at 11:30. Call 760-365-6331 to reserve your spot, or sign up at meetup.com/familyup. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning football team will travel away to play Spring Mountain School. Kick-off is at 3 p.m.