The plan by Cadiz, Inc. to put in a steam train from Cadiz to Parker, Arizona, as a tourist attraction called “Cadiz Southeastern Railway,” announced by Z107.7 News Friday, is being called a superficial ruse by environmentalists. The National Parks Conservation Association said, “It is the latest in a series of attempts by Cadiz to avoid federal review of its proposed water mining project. They say the proposal is the latest attempt by the company to meet one of the criteria stated by the Department of Interior, that the company’s proposed 43-mile pipeline along the railroad right-of-way must have a direct impact to the rail system, in order to avoid a comprehensive federal review and involvement of the United States Geological Survey.” Both Senator Feinstein and Representative Cook, along with a host of local businesses, ranchers, and elected officials, have expressed concerns about the project’s anticipated impacts on the Mojave National Preserve and its aquifer, and have called for federal review. The Desert Senior Representative for the National Parks Conservation Association, Seth Shteir, said, “The announcement by Cadiz Inc. to create the Cadiz Southeastern Railway is as big of a mirage as the company’s use of the word ‘sustainable’ in its plans to drain 16 billion gallons of water per year from the Mojave desert to send to southern Orange County.” “Cadiz Inc. states its steam train excursions would provide views of Mojave National Preserve and desert wilderness areas; yet, the Cadiz Water Project stands to forever damage these very landscapes. What’s more, the town of Cadiz itself it located more than two hours away from Palm Springs or other desert destinations; essentially requiring travelers to drive out of their way, to take a ride on a train to nowhere.”
The mixture of water and politics will be the topic of a lecture sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency. “Muddying the Water: Mixing Water and Politics” will discuss some of the history of water wars in California, and whether an upcoming water bill will solve water problems. Presenters will also discuss how state water politics affect the Mojave Desert and its water supply. The lecture will be held Tuesday, September 24, at 5:30 at the Mojave Water Agency, 13846 Conference Center Drive in Apple Valley. The lecture is free, but reservations are required by calling Gloria at 760-946-7001.
A motorcycle ride this Saturday will benefit military veterans. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to join the Joshua Tree VFW…
Kickstands up! The Joshua Tree VFW Post 7264 will hold a Poker Run motorcycle ride, with proceeds benefiting military veterans. The ride will be held Saturday, September 28, starting at 10 a.m. The ride will be open to all riders and vehicles. The entry fee is $25, and includes lunch and a pin. Prizes will be awarded for the best and worst poker hands. For more information, call Jimmy Nutter at 760-366-2357.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday evening after his girlfriend said he beat her up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Daniel Saavedra, 23, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 73500 block of Two Mile Road about 5 p.m. when she said he punched her in the mouth and face several times, and scratched her. Saavedra told the deputy that he “just snapped” and punched her. Daniel Saavedra was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday evening, accused of driving under the influence and hit and run. According to a Sheriff’s report, Benito Cardenas, 39, was driving northbound on Hanford Avenue in Yucca Valley about 5:30 p.m. when he is said to have hit at least two mailboxes, and then left the scene. A witness told police that the driver blew through a stop sign at Hanford Avenue and the Highway. The car then turned westbound onto Alta Mesa and was said to have driven almost on the sidewalk and up a tree. Deputies went to the home of Benito Cardenas in the 7000 block of Emerson in Yucca Valley where they arrested him for investigation of driving without a license, and for driving under the influence of drugs. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and released the next morning on bail.
A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday afternoon after an incident of road rage. According to a Sheriff’s report, Connie Rocha, 29, a passenger in a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 62, was angry at another motorist who was following too closely, and so she pulled out a 9-mm handgun and pointed it at the motorist. The motorist called police who pulled over Rocha’s vehicle for questioning. The report states that under the Miranda warning, Connie Rocha admitted to brandishing the weapon and to carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Rocha was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail.
Reach Out Morongo Basin will host a fall prevention class, presented by the Visiting Nurses Association of California at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center at 6539 Adobe Road. The class will be held 10:15 a.m. tomorrow, September 24. This free informational class is open to all seniors. For more information or to register, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.
Music education enriches lives. Dan Stork says that the Joshua Tree Library is screening a film about how a poorer country is supporting it…
The Joshua Tree Branch Library is screening an inspirational, award-winning documentary film, “Tocar y Luchar — To Play and to Fight,” on Saturday September 28, at 3 p.m. It is the story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System. Originally, the System was designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music. In its almost 40 years of existence, it has engaged millions of Venezuelan youth in music, and currently claims 125 orchestras and an attendance of over 300,000 children in its music schools. Among its products is Gustavo Dudamel, the current conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic. The System has been copied in over 50 locales in this country. The film will be hosted by Rich Gerston of Joshua Tree. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library.
Yucca Valley High School football has started out at 3-0 for the first time in 13 years. The Trojans spoiled the Aztec homecoming by defeating Barstow 16-12. Barstow scored two first half touchdowns with the extra points being denied. Bradley Soares connected on field goals of 18, 27, and 33 to make a halftime score of 12-9. The Trojan defense completely shut down any Aztec offense in the second half and Logan Vallo scored on a 13-yard run to give the Trojans the lead. Joey Rutherford had 17 tackles and Karver Murphy added two sacks. Vallo also ran for 180 yards on 24 carries. The win is also the first against Barstow in team history. Next week, the Trojans look to go to 4-0 against the Indio Rajahs. The Trojans are 0-5 lifetime versus Indio and are looking forward to correcting that mark as well.
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats fell 40-13 number to number one ranked Rim of the World after surrendering 20 third-quarter points. Coach Ernest Martinez said the ‘Cats played tougher than the score indicated, as they held the lead into the second quarter thanks to a 70-yard touchdown run by Senior Talo Wilson. In the second quarter Cats starting quarterback, Jake Culver, was taken out with a big hit on the Cats’ third offensive series. Offensive leaders for the ‘Cats were Andrew Wilson with 96 yards rushing, and 96 yards receiving on five catches. Defensively Talo Wilson led the team with 10 tackles, followed by sophomore Alonzo Tate with eight. The Wildcats hope to gain some momentum heading into league play, but will face another tough test as they host Barstow Friday night. The Frosh-Soph will take their undefeated 3-0 record to the field at 4:15 as the start the early game. The Varsity game will begin at 7:00 p.m. following the early game.
The theater students at 29 Palms High School are working hard preparing their annual murder mystery dinner-theater show. Student Spokesperson Kelsey Holder has details and where to get tickets…..
A night of awards, romance, and murder? Twentynine Palms High School’s International Thespian Society is proud to present their annual audience participation, murder mystery dinner theater. This year’s production is “My Fatal Romance: A Deadly Affair” by Eileen Moushey. Come and join the cast as they discover some secrets about the suspects and figure out who the murderer really is. The play opens on Friday, October 4, and will run on Saturday, October 5, and the next weekend, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the high school MPR. Presale tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens, active duty military and students. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens, active duty military, and students. Presale tickets will be available from cast members as well as the activities office on campus or at Whitaker’s Art Supply in the Historic Plaza. Come and take part in what will be an entertaining night.
Twentynine Palms High School hosted an invitational match Saturday. Athletic Director Jeremy Johnson said the results were:
1. Twentynine Palms
2. Palms Springs
3. Shadow Hills
1. Palms Springs
2. Twentynine Palms
3. Shadow Hills
1. Twentynine Palms
2. Shadow Hills
1. Palms Springs
2. Twentynine Palms
3. Shadow Hills
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ volleyball team will host San Jacinto High School at home. First serve is at 4:30 p.m.
The Joshua Springs Christian School girls’ volleyball team hosts Desert Christian Academy at home at 5 p.m.