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 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.”


The Twentynine Palms and Joshua Springs High School volleyball season opens Tuesday. The Twentynine Palms Lady ’Cats volleyball team hosts Indio High School at home starting at 4:30. The Joshua Spring Lightning volleyball team travels away to Victor Valley Christian School; their match begins at 5 p.m. The Twentynine Palms tennis team also hosts Indio High School at home. The tennis match begins at 3:15.


The Santa Fe Social Club will distribute free food on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday September 4, and on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 3 p.m. The distribution center serves individuals and families living in the Morongo Basin who need supplemental food due to low income. The distribution center is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-369-4057.


Scare or be scared…it’s your choice. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how to be a perpetrator at this year’s Theatre 29 Halloween Haunt…

Auditions for the 10th anniversary of Theatre 29’s Halloween Haunt have been set for Tuesday, September 3, starting at 6 p.m. on the theater’s main stage. Created and produced by Eric Ross, and directed by Frances Wright, this year’s Halloween Haunt will be entitled “Nightmares.” Visitors will explore the depths of a disturbed girl’s dream world, which turn into the nightmares that scare us all. The production team will need at least 20 performers and behind-the-scenes technicians, ages 16 and older only. Be prepared and dressed to move (no skirts, low waist pants, shorts, or open toed shoes). Actors may need to perform a cold reading, and improv if required. “Nightmares” will come to “life” October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, and 31. For more information, call the box office at 760-361-4151 or on Facebook, Theatre 29 haunt. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.


The Hi Desert Chorus will begin rehearsals for “Sounds of the Season,” its annual winter concert. The performances will be held December 14 and 15. At this time the chorus is in need of all voices: soprano, alto, bass and tenor. Reading music is helpful, but not mandatory. Rehearsals are held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays at Valley Community Chapel located at 59025 Yucca Trail beginning September 2. A $25 membership donation helps offset the cost of music, printing and other chorus needs. If you love to sing give Rosemary Lane a call at 760-228-1683 to reserve a music book.


The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, September 3.
Burrtec Waste and Recylcing Services will be closed on Labor Day. Waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.


090113salvationmountainThe desert has seen tremendous amounts of rain… we had our eye on Salvation Mountain near Niland but Mother Nature got to it first, causing a section of the mountain to slide off. The area is covered with plastic for now. The mountain is a religious-themed painted labor of love created by Leonard Knight, 50 feet high and 150 feet wide. A work party had been scheduled for mid-October to paint the mountain may come sooner. For more details email salvationmountain31@gmail.com


When we hike in Joshua Tree National Park, we frequently find – and pick up – Mylar balloons snagged on bushes. Ranger Pam Tripp says, do your part to keep it clean…

A question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is, “What will we see as we drive through?” Our common answer is that you will see some animals, lots of vegetation, and great scenery such as the large boulder piles and the iconic Joshua Trees. Unfortunately, another sign that can be seen inside the park is trash, in the form of paper, drink cans, glass bottles, and shiny Mylar balloons. The shine or glare from trash left at the side of the road can distract one’s eye from the beauty of the park. Trash can also affect the wildlife, if eaten by animals or if the animals get tangled in string or plastic. We can all do our part by picking up our trash and throwing it away in the proper receptacles, found in campgrounds and picnic areas. Help us keep your national park clean. For information about the park and how to help preserve it for future generations, call 760-367-5500.