JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER BEATING HIMSELF UP

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he started screaming and beating himself up in the restroom at a Twentynine Palms drug store. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:30, employees at the Rite Aid store in Twentynine Palms called police to report a man, later identified as Jeremy McNair, 33, could be heard screaming “Snitch!” and cursing inside the store’s restroom. Employees also said it sounded like McNair was slapping himself and banging his head against the wall. After an investigation, Jeremy McNair was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin, and on two warrants for violating the terms of his probation from a 2011 case of driving under the influence and evading a police officer. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center with his total bail set at $75,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: PUBLIC ART, TRAFFIC LIGHTS, TRANSIT AGENCIES AND MORE

Women of Distinction

Twentynine Palms Women of Distinction Muffin Hill, Sandy Smith, Jan Peters, and Susan Reilly, with Mayor Joel Klink. (Not present: Kathi Papp).

In a meeting that was long on presentations and short on transacted business Tuesday night, the Twentynine Palms City Council heard about prisons, transit agencies, women of distinction, and public art, and voted on traffic light studies and electric charging stations. Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today, everything except prisons…

The appearance of Dr. Ray Wolfe, the Executive Director of San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), was clearly an effort at damage control, to minimize local concern over the prospects of consolidation of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority into a county-wide agency. Wolfe emphasized that any governance change in the MBTA would have to be approved by Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. Council member Jay Corbin, noting a consolidation done in Orange County through state legislative action, remained wary of what recommendation an “efficiency study” might produce. Bouquets and certificates were presented to Twentynine Palms residents who were honored by Representative Paul Cook as Women of Distinction. They are: Susan Reilly, Muffin Hill, Sandy Smith, Jan Peters, and Kathi Papp. Pat Flanagan gave a quarterly report for the Public Art Advisory Committee, with emphasis on a rehabilitation of Veterans’ Park. Librarian Debbie Medina said there will be a dedication to the late Dan Luckenbill of a Simi Daba sculpture following the Pioneer Days parade. Very quickly, the Council authorized an engineering study for a traffic light at Encelia, approved issuing an RFP for another signal study at Lear, and approved a fee schedule for an electric vehicle charging station at Bucklin Park (free for 6 months to attract users, followed by a review).

MARINE CORPS COMMANDANT WANTS TOUGH MEASURES IN BARRACKS

A story in today’s Marine Times says the Marine Corps commandant wants tough new measures put in place in barracks across the service to “reawaken” it morally and crack down on bad behavior. Gen. Jim Amos delivered his plan Monday to his senior officers during the General Officer Symposium at Quantico, Virginia. It calls for a variety of new initiatives, including the installation of security cameras in each barracks, the incorporation of more staff noncommissioned officers and officers on duty, and the arming of all Marines on duty at all times, according to briefing slides from the commandant’s address.

THE LATEST ON ROAD CONDITIONS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Road crews are still working to clear and repair roads in Joshua Tree National Park that were damaged in flash floods earlier this month. The park road is still closed from the north entrance to the Park at the Oasis of Mara to the turn-off to Cottonwood. In addition, the Jumbo Rocks campground and the Cottonwood Oasis, including Cottonwood Springs Trail, Mastodon Trail, and Lost Palms Oasis are also closed. More information on alternative hiking locations in the Cottonwood area is available on a handout at Cottonwood Visitor Center. The Cottonwood Visitor Center is open daily from 9 to 4.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MET ON WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS LAST NIGHT

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors had their usual meeting and they approved the motion to designate October 6-12 as fire prevention week. This year’s theme is the prevention of kitchen fires. Kitchen fires occur at least two to three times a year here in Twentynine Palms. The Fire Department will be going to elementary schools to talk to about 1,000 kids about fire prevention. Fire Chief Jim Thompson wants to remind everyone to “always insure that you attend your cooking. Create a 3-foot kid-free zone around your cooking so kids don’t get hurt.” On the Water District side, the Board members approved the groundwater management plan.

PERSIAN MUSICIANS TO PLAY IN JOSHUA TREE

A unique opportunity to hear world-class musicians in Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says make reservations soon for the Harrison House concert…

A gathering of highly accomplished Persian musicians will give two performances in Joshua Tree. Harrison House artists-in-residence Fared Shafinury, on vocals and setar, Saba Alizadeh on kamanche, and Dara Afraz on daf and tombak will perform classical Persian music with a modern touch. A special opening set of Sufi-inspired compositions will be played by Hooman Fazly. The first performance will be Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. with a follow-up performance Sunday, October 6, at 4. Tickets are $15 and are available at Joshua Tree Health Foods. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-366-4712.

TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB SPAGHETTI DINNER TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser 6 p.m. Friday, September 27 in Patriotic Hall at the Youth Club, 5882 Luckie Avenue. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased in advance at the Youth Club for $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12; children 4 and under are free. Tickets at the door are $10. All proceeds benefit the Twentynine Palms Youth Club. For more information, call 760-367-5776.

TEEN CRAFTS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY SATURDAY

Join the Twentynine Palms Library this Saturday, September 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. for teen crafts. This month’s craft will be recycled book pumpkins. 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 teens in grades 7-12. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.

VENDORS SOUGHT FOR YART PARTY AT HWY. 62 ART TOURS

What’s a YART? It’s a word made up for the Highway 62 Art Tour, meaning Art + Yard Sale. Dan Stork has more about it, including a call for participants…

The Hwy 62 Art Tours YART Party 2013 is seeking arts and crafts vendors, community organizations, musicians, and entertainers to participate in a four-day event that will take place in downtown Joshua Tree over both weekends of the Hwy 62 Art Tours, October 19-20 and 26-27. The event , to be located in the lots between Joshua Tree Saloon and Coyote Corner in the hours between 9am and 4pm, will also serve as an information center for the annual art tour. There will be live music and entertainers on an outdoor stage, plus food, drinks and a beer garden. Vendor spaces are 10×10 and cost $40 per day for Morongo Basic Community Arts Council (MBCAC) members or $50 per day for non-members. A discount is offered for vendors wishing to participate all four days. Additional spaces may be purchased. Vendors are required to tear down daily as there will not be overnight security provided. Partnering on spaces is allowed. For more information about rules and payment options, visit hwy62art.com or hwy62arttours.com, email performance@mbcac.org, or call the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council at (760) 366-2226

HWY 62 ART TOURS COLLECTIVE SHOW DROP-OFF THIS MONDAY

A reminder to participating artists: The Hwy 62 Art Tours Collective Show Drop-Off is Sept.30 in 29 Palms. The Art Tour Collective Show, an annual event featuring participating artists in the Hwy 62 Art Tours open studios, will be on exhibit Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 3:00, Oct. 2 to Sunday October 27. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Each participating Hwy 62 Art Tours artist is welcome to submit one work to the exhibit. Please choose a work that is representative of what you will be showing on the Art Tours. All works must be for sale; please have a replacement work on standby, should one of your pieces sell. Visit hwy62arttours.com to review rules on hanging and exhibiting works at 29 Palms Art Gallery. The intake day for works is this Monday, September 30, from 9:30 to 2 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Pick-up day for work is Monday, October 28 at the gallery, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Art Tours participating artists may pick up signs, artist kits, catalogs, and promotional materials at the opening reception event. For more information or to reserve your space in the Collective Show, please email exhibits@mbcac.org, with “Collective Show” in the subject line. For more information on these and other events, visit hwy62arttours.com.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL LOOKING FOR SOCCER PLAYERS

Twentynine Palms High School is looking for a few good soccer players. ROP Broadcast student Tristan Burleson puts out the call…

Twentynine Palms High School is looking to recruit some new members for their soccer team. Last year, they didn’t do so well, and they are looking to improve and do better. If any Twentynine Palms High School students are looking to join the soccer team, contact the high school at 760-367-9591. The team starts on October 3 at the Jr. High track field, so hurry up and join.

TOMORROW’S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat cross-country team travels away to Yucca Valley. The first event starts at 4:30.

SERVICES SET FOR BRONSON O’DELL “POP” WRIGHT

Bronson O’Dell “Pop” Wright, a resident of Joshua Tree and Pioneertown since the 1970s, died September 19. He was 81 years old. “Pop” Wright is survived by his wife, Vicki Wright, of Pioneertown; his daughters, Linda Theriault of Joshua Tree, Leila Huber of Twentynine Palms, Tanya Wilson and Michele Wilson, of Yucca Valley; his sons Mike Wright of Yucca Valley; Mitch Wright and Mark Wright of Joshua Tree, and Matt Wright of Pennsylvania; 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. “Pop” Wright retired as a superintendent with the Joshua Basin Water District. A service will be held at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 28, with Pastor Bruce and Pastor Bill of Pioneertown Church officiating. A graveside service will be held immediately following the service. Bronson “Pop” O’Dell Wright was a loving husband, father, uncle, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was an artist, jewelry maker, wood-working hobbyist, race car enthusiast and former driver of race cars and motorcycles.