ARRESTS FOR MARIJUANA AND MORE IN YV

Three people were arrested in Yucca Valley Thursday on various charges after police served a search warrant. About 2:20 a.m., deputies went to a home in the 3300 block of Jemez Trail to serve a warrant on Leroy Lewis, 32. Residents at the home, Krue Karnbach, 18, and Laura Harris, 52, stated that Lewis was not there. They had been warned earlier in the month that they could be held criminally liable if he was in fact there.  The deputies entered the home under the warrant and found Lewis. In addition, they found a large marijuana plant growing; neither Karnbach or Harris had a medical marijuana license to grow the pot. Leroy Lewis was arrested for his warrant and is being held without bail at the Morongo Basin Jail. Krue Karnbach and Laura Harris were both arrested for investigation of harboring a fugitive and cultivation of marijuana. They were booked at the West Valley Detention Center with their bail set at $25,000 each.

JOSHUA TREE VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer Sunday morning all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus bacon, sausage, burritos, and quesadillas, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.

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.

National Park Road Sweeper

National Park Road Sweeper

I was bicycling through the park mid-day Thursday, and saw a road sweeper at work brushing sand off the roadway, as well as piles of already-moved debris at Jumbo Rocks campground.The park road is still closed from the north entrance to the Park at the Oasis of Mara to the turn-off to Cottonwood.

 

 

 

 

 

Jumbo Rocks Campground Entrance

Jumbo Rocks Campground Entrance

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.

SAR DESERT RUN FUNDRAISER REMINDER

The Morongo Basin Search & Rescue Desert Run Fundraiser is drawing near.  Tami Roleff says there’s still time to make your plans to join the fun…

 The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding a Desert Run fundraiser on the weekend of October 4–6. To help offset costs of equipping the team, the team sponsors an off-road event every year at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Park. The base camp will be located at Means Dry Lake this year. This is a family event, not a race, with the OHV Desert Run itself on Saturday morning, and vendor booths, kid games, and food the rest of the weekend. Tickets for the Desert Run are $55 if you pre-register on-line by October 1 or $60 at the event. If you would like more information or to pre-register on-line, visit www.desertrun.org. If you have additional questions, contact Search and Rescue at 951-203-6816.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SOCCER NEEDS PLAYERS

The rest of the world calls it football; we call it soccer.  ROP Broadcasting student Edgar Sosa calls for more players…

The Twentynine Palms soccer team is a great way to get into shape and spend some time with your friends. Joining the soccer team is lots of fun and challenging. The team is going to need a few more people to join the team because all of the seniors from last year left this year and the team needs new players to replace them. The team is looking forward to the season coming up with all the new recruits to set a new school record this year. With the team giving its all, they can be successful.

MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT DELIVERS A BABY LAST NIGHT

A baby couldn’t wait until his mother got to the hospital to make his appearance last night. The Morongo Valley woman was getting ready to leave the hospital, but she didn’t make it past the house’s front porch. The Morongo Valley Fire Department was called to the 4900 block of Paradise Avenue to help deliver a baby at 7:49 p.m. Within minutes of the firefighters’ arrival, the woman, surrounded by her family, friends, and assisted by Fire Fighter Steve Buckles, gave birth to a boy at 7:57 p.m. Fire fighters evaluated both the mother and her newborn son—who both appeared fine—before they were taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. This is the second baby that Fire Fighter Buckles has delivered, the first being his own.

YUCCA VALLEY CARETAKER ACCUSED OF CHANGING CLIENT’S WILL

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of forging the will of her deceased client. More than two years after the death of her client, a Yucca Valley caretaker was arrested, accused of forging her former client’s will. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Ernest Vilmos died in August 2011, and his Living Trust Will named his caretaker, Stephanie Danna, 24, of the 57100 block of Yucca Blossom Drive, as his beneficiary. Vilmos’s daughter filed a lawsuit against Danna, claiming that the living trust was altered and the signatures were forged. In June 2013, the Sheriff’s Department seized the notary public’s book containing Vilmos’s signature and fingerprints during a search warrant, and it was determined the fingerprints in the book did not belong to Ernest Vilmos. During the Sheriff’s investigation and subsequent searches, more evidence was recovered showing that Ernest Vilmos’s living trust had been altered and the signatures were forged. The case was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, and on Tuesday, September 24, a warrant was issued for Danna’s arrest. Stephanie Danna was arrested about 9:30 Thursday morning on suspicion of perjury, forgery, identity theft, and intent to defraud. She was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $50,000.

MARINE SHOT IN GUN-CLEANING ACCIDENT

A Marine who was cleaning his gun Wednesday night forgot one very important step—making sure the bullet was removed from the chamber. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, Zachery Brugger, 23, a Marine with 3rdBattalion, 4th Marines, was disassembling his .40-caliber Glock in the 69900 block of Mesa Drive in Twentynine Palms, to clean it shortly before 10 p.m. Unfortunately for Brugger, he forgot to clear the chamber, and so when he pulled the gun’s trigger, he shot himself in the left thigh. Brugger was treated at the Naval Hospital on board the Combat Center. Wilson said no charges are expected to be filed in the incident.

AN IMPORTANT LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY FORUM BRINGS IN DECISION MAKERS

There’s a rare opportunity to meet locally with county and state officials whose actions have a direct impact on the lives of everyone in the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork previews a forum on public safety in the Morongo Basin that will be held at Copper Mountain College…

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is offering a regional forum on Public Safety in the Morongo Basin on Thursday, October 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Featured speakers are San Bernardino Superior Court Presiding Judge Marsha Slough and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon. During his appearance at the last Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, SANBAG Executive Director Ray Wolfe said that Judge Slough would be addressing court funding and cuts. He added that the Caltrans director would also be participating. A limited amount of tickets to this open-to-the-public event are available for $15 each. Lunch will be provided. The forum is part of a series of regional meetings being offered by SANBAG that highlight area-specific issues. Attendees will have an opportunity to “engage in focused dialogue” with the presenters, according to the forum announcement. For more information on how to participate in this event, interested parties can contact Mr. Joe Meer, Morongo Basin Transit Authority, at 760-366-2986.

HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT CAR WASH TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Humane Society’s roof was damaged during the heavy rains last month. To raise money to repair the roof, the shelter is holding a car wash Saturday, September 28, from 9 to 2 at Ultimate Motors, 56815 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Yucca Valley. A donation of $10 is requested for all size vehicles. Donations of dog and cat food, as well as cleaning supplies, will also be accepted at the car wash. To help at the car wash, or for more information, call Mimi Mitz at 760-366-9306.

JOSHUA TREE VFW WITH A BUSY KITCHEN

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4:30 to 6:30, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $5. Sunday morning is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus bacon, sausage, burritos, and quesadillas, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

WEEKLY CLIMBERS COFFEE STARTS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN OCTOBER

The Joshua Tree National Park is a destination for rock climbers from all over the world. As the seasons change, the Park is restarting a popular weekly climbers’ get-together. Park Ranger Pam Tripp invites the sports lovers to “climbers’ coffee”, starting in October…

Every winter, rock climbers converge on Joshua Tree National Park to experience the wonders of climbing the park’s granite spires. From scrambling to technical climbing, the park is a wonderland of rock formations that offer challenge and enjoyment for all skill levels.

Beginning in October and running through May, every Friday and Saturday, the park hosts a weekly program called Climbers Coffee at the Hidden Valley campground area near Intersection Rock.

Climbers Coffee features Ranger Bernadette, an experienced climber, who will share climbing stories, answer questions and be available to discuss general and specific climbing as well as other park issues. Joshua tree has thousands of climbing routes and offers climbers an excellent opportunity to hone their skills and enjoy the sunshine during the winter months when other popular climbing areas are buried in snow. For information regarding the climbers’ coffee, contact Bernadette Regan at 760-367-5578.

FOOD FOR LIFE OFFERS A FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Food for Life serves meals to those in need in Twentynine Palms every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall. On September 28, Little Church of the Desert will prepare and serve the meal.

GRIEF WORKSHOP IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY

A grief workshop will be held Sunday, September 29, for those who are mourning any type of loss. The workshop will be led by Kathleen Lowndes at 11:30 a.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. All who are grieving any type of loss are invited to attend.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT OFFER TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

While we all use septic systems, most of us don’t think about how to take care of them to keep the system and the aquifer healthy. The Twentynine Palms Water District is offering some tips on the care and proper use of septic. Reporter Taylor Thacker joins us…
Failing septic systems risk the health of our groundwater and can cause costly damages to personal property. To help prevent a failure, avoid washing fats, oils, or greases down your sink drains. Collect and dispose of these items in your trashcan. Fats, oils and greases can also be found in sauces, dressings and soups, so dispose of these items in the trash by wiping them down with a paper towel before rinsing dishes in the sink. Conserve water to reduce the volume of water flow to your septic system. For more information about how to avoid septic system failure, go to www.29palmswater.net.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball traveled to Desert Christian and won yesterday. Coach Missy Franz said the team was lead by seniors Tusia Brown with 14 kills and two blocks followed by senior Cherokee Turner with 10 kills and two blocks. Freshman Tatiana Mackall had eight kills and three blocks, while sophomore Latasia Benevente added five kills. Junior Koko Cabrera had 31 assists two kills and one ace serve.

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms high school girls’ tennis team defeated Yucca Valley by a score of 13-5, in the De Anza League season opener. Sophomore Tassia Lucas was undefeated in singles, winning all three sets. In doubles action, the number one ranked team of Heather Lebeda and Becky Raines won all three sets, so too did the number two doubles team of Arin Tripp and Heather Centner. The Lady Tennis Wildcats are now 3 and 3 for the season and travel to Desert Hot Springs next Tuesday.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TONIGHT, VOLLEYBALL TOMORROW

In high school sports tonight, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team travels away to Indio to play the Rajahs. ROP Broadcast sudden Jacob Siedschlag has details on tonight’s Twentynine Palms High School home football matchup…
There will be a Twentynine Palms High School football game on September 27 against Barstow. The game will take place on the Twentynine Palms Junior High School football field. Junior varsity starts at 4:15 p.m. and the varsity starts at 7:00. Tickets are $6 and anyone that is 13 years old or younger must have an adult with them. To see further games for the fall schedule, visit 29high.org.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms Lady Cats volleyball team will participate in the Loara Saxon Invitational in Anaheim. The Yucca Valley High School girl’s volleyball team will play in the Carpinteria Tournament.

SERVICES SUNDAY FOR JOSHUA BISHOP

Joshua Ryan Bishop, a 21-year resident of Yucca Valley, died September 18. He was 22 years old. Joshua Bishop is survived by his mother, Alisabeth Stephens, of La Quinta; his father and stepmother, Jeff and Kathleen Bishop; his sisters, Charity Bishop and Hannah Bishop; and brother, Jeffrey Bishop, all of Yucca Valley. Joshua Bishop was a sales associate with JC Penny and Ross for three years. A service will be held at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel on Sunday, September 29, at 2 p.m., with Pastors Fem Ontiveros and Daniel Thompson officiating.

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).

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