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.

2-YEAR-OLD FOUND WANDERING IN DESERT; MOTHER ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday after her 2-year-old son was found wandering alone in the desert. About 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, a woman found the child wandering in the middle of the road near the intersection of Deer Trail and Tanager Road in Flamingo Heights. The woman was unable to locate the child’s parents, and the boy wouldn’t, or couldn’t, tell her his name, so she took him to her home in the 1500 block of Inca Trail and called police. After an investigation, the deputy determined the boy’s mother was Dawndra Klausing, 20, of the 1600 block of Deer Trail. The deputy’s report states that Klausing was sleeping when her son opened the door and wandered away. According to Klausing’s neighbors, the boy had been escaping every day for about two weeks. The deputy also determined that Klausing appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Dawndra Klausing was arrested for investigation of felony child endangerment, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $100,000. Child Protective Services took custody of her son.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN WITH STOLEN TRAILER ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he was spotted attempting to steal a trailer from a vacant property in Wonder Valley. Shortly after midnight Tuesday, a neighbor called police after he saw two pick-up trucks attempting to take a trailer off a vacant property near Gayley Lane and Valley Vista Road. After an investigation, Jason Yoho, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Jason Yoho was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.

GAS CAN IGNITES IN BMW

A Twentynine Palms man did everything right when he filled up a gas can Monday, but he still had a car fire. Shortly before 1 p.m., Daniel Kariuki, 40, had filled up a regulation gas can with gasoline at a station on Adobe Road and put the filled can in the trunk of his 2001 BMW. As Kariuki was driving southbound on Mesquite Springs Road, he heard a loud noise and then saw smoke coming from his trunk. Kariuki pulled over in the 4100 block of Mesquite Springs Road, heard another noise, and saw even more smoke coming from the trunk. Firefighters said the fire was contained to the trunk.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL GETS UPDATE FROM SHERIFF ON PRISONER RELEASE BILL

In a meeting that was long on presentations and short on transacted business, 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, the County Sheriff’s briefing on AB109, the so-called prisoner-release bill…

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon briefed the Twentynine Palms City Council on the fallout of AB 109. McMahon clarified that the bill does not force the release of state prisoners into the counties’ jail systems; rather, it prevents the counties from sending inmates to the state that it used to. For San Bernardino, this has resulted in over 300 additional prisoners per month staying in the county system. McMahon says strained jail capacities have resulted in vastly reduced jail time for many offenders. He noted that the rise in property crime since 2011 has not been officially tied to increased releases, but said it stands to reason there is a connection. On the bright side, McMahon detailed improvements in rehabilitation programs as a response to AB109, to prevent recidivism and hopefully reduce future jail crowding.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight at board offices on the highway in Yucca Valley. After public comment, the board will consider adopting a new Will-Serve letter effective September 26, 2013. Next, the board will consider adopting a revision to the Wastewater Reclamation Project’s outermost boundaries. After staff reports and comments, the board will go into closed session with legal counsel to discuss potential litigation.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY NAMES LARRY COULOMBE TO BOARD SEAT

The Bighorn Desert View water Agency board appointed a new Board member last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the Board also learned that legislation increasing their own transparency was signed by the government…

Following open, public interviews with each of the four candidates vying for the vacant seat on the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, former director Larry Coulombe was chosen. Coulombe will take the oath of office sometime today and remain in office through what would have been the end of departing Director Dave Larson’s term. Also at last night’s meeting, attendees learned that Governor Brown yesterday signed the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Modernization Act which offers ratepayers more transparency and accountability. The revisions will eliminate outdated and irrelevant provisions, and reorganize the Act making it easier to understand, and more transparent.

MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW AFTERNOON

Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 26, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. Among the items on the consent agenda are treasurer, ridership, operations, administrative and financial reports. Under new business, the Board will be asked to reject a bid for a landscaping contract.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW AFTERNOON

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to approve expenditures and financial reports, and then will discuss replacing a spouse marker for a grave in Section B-7. The meeting will be held in district offices at 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT WITH WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says they will deal with both water and fire department business…

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board is having their usual meeting today, Wednesday, September 25, starting at 6:00 p.m. At this meeting, the board members will have a public hearing on the intention to amend the District’s groundwater management plan, and consider the management plan purposes. Immediately following this is the fire department meeting. Today, the Directors will discuss the approval of proclaiming October 6-12 as the fire prevention week. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 760-367-7546.

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