ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN HWY 62 ART TOURS TO MEET TONIGHT

An orientation meeting for artists participating in October’s Highway 62 Art Tours will be held this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Friendship Hall. Artists will pick up receipt books, sign in sheets, promotional materials to hand out, and hear tips for a successful open studio, and have a Q&A with veteran Art Tours participants. Light snacks will be available. Artists who can’t make the meeting can pick up materials at the collective show, or at the MBCAC Office the week before the event.

YMIA TO HOST STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will host the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival September 27 and 28, at its new location: The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center at 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca Valley, north of Aberdeen Drive. The event is free. Festivities will kick-off at 6 p.m. Friday, September 27, with a potluck dinner, followed by star-gazing and telescope viewing into the night. Saturday will start with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be speakers, a telescope clinic, a bake sale, activities for the kids, and solar telescopes for any who want to see the sun. There are prizes and telescopes being given away, but you have to come out and get your free ticket to win. For further info please visit www.andromedasociety.com

MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE TO TAKE OVER M.B. HOSPICE ASSETS

When Morongo Basin Hospice announced earlier this year that it would be closing its hospice operations, it also said it would be looking for another non-profit to acquire its assets. Dan Stork reports that a takeover by the Morongo Basin Ambulance Association is almost a done deal…

In a conversation on Monday, Morongo Basin Ambulance Association (MBAA) General Manager Ramon Lomeli told Z107.7 that he began talking to Hospice Executive Director Robin Ruggeri about acquiring Hospice assets soon after the June announcement of its impending disbanding. The MBAA plans not only to take over the office space and thrift store operation of the hospice, but expects also to provide a corporate umbrella under which volunteer-staffed hospice counseling operations can continue. Lomeli said that the process has been taking longer than he expected, because there are a lot of government-required procedures that must be followed when one non-profit acquires assets and operations from another. He could not give a date on which the new arrangements will be formalized.

TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TEEN BOOK CLUB MEETS TOMORROW

The monthly meeting of Twentynine Palms Library’s teen book club is tomorrow, Thursday, September 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. The book discussed will be Hugo and Nebula Award winner, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. The group will also select books to read as a group for future months. Come join the fun! This event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519. To check out a copy of Ender’s Game, please visit the Library and ask for the book at the front desk.

A WIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team played the Tigers in five close sets yesterday. The Tigers came out on top winning the last set. Coach Missy Franz said both teams were pretty evenly matched. The Ladycats were led by senior Tusia Brown with 13 kills, one ace serve and one block. Senior Cherokee Turner added nine kills, one ace serve and one block. Junior Koko Cabrera had five kills and 18 assists. Senior Hannah Sutherland and junior La Tasia had four kills a piece. Freshman standout Tatiyanna Mackall had two kills and four blocks. Franz said the girls played very tough at times. Seniors Rebecca Deguzman and Cierra Jenson played outstanding defense for the team.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCEDULES

Coming up in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Cats volleyball team travel away to Bermuda Dunes to play Desert Christian Academy. Match time is 4:30.

The Joshua Springs Christian School girls Lightning volleyball team also travel away, to Baptist Christian. Their match starts at 5 p.m.

TWO CIVIC MEETINGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK; WE HAVE DETAILS

There are two civic meetings in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork has the agendas of the City Council and the Oversight Board…

Among the presentations at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on September 24 will be one by County Sheriff John McMahon regarding AB109 (the prison reorganization bill); an update on the activities of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) which affect the Morongo Basin; and an update by the Public Arts Advisory Committee, which will include a presentation about the Dan Luckenbill Memorial Sculpture. Council discussions include approval of the contract with CalTrans for traffic signals at Encelia Avenue and Lear Avenue, and approval of the fee schedule for the new electric vehicle charging station in Bucklin Park. City Manager Joe Guzzetta will report on project and study status. The Council meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall. On the following day, Wednesday the 25th, at 4 p.m., the Oversight Board for the Successor to the dissolved Redevelopment Agency will meet in the same space to hear successor agency and legislative updates, and to approve the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule.

MARINE CORPS FACES CHALLENGE IN DOWNSIZING

The Marine Corps faces a difficult period of transition that will include shedding thousands of personnel per year, sharpening its role as a crisis-response force and preparing for expanded operations outside of Afghanistan. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos told members of Congress in mid-September that the Marine Corps has now developed a plan to reduce the active-duty force to 174,000 by the end of 2017 if the cuts known as sequestration remain in place. That’s 8,000 fewer personnel than previously planned, and 12,800 fewer than the 186,800 end strength that senior Marine officers advocated beginning in March 2011, after an extensive force structure review. That now may be a best-case scenario, too: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned last month that the service could bottom out at 150,000 Marines unless Congress acts. A 174,000-member Marine Corps is the “minimum acceptable” force, Amos said on Capitol Hill, adding that it would leave the service able to respond to only one major contingency. It will force broad slashes to the combat arms and aviation communities, requiring twice as many units to deactivate than first envisioned. Eleven combat arms battalions and 14 aviation squadrons will be cut, Amos said.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL BOARD MEMBERS

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will be interviewing Board hopefuls tonight. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz tells us who the finalists are…

When the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meets tonight at 6 p.m. they’re expected to interview, name and seat a new director from among four candidates vying for the vacant seat. Competing are Larry Coulombe, William Hampton, Jr., Richard Killins and Alpha Richards. Then among other business, directors are expected to establish criteria for managing the Agency’s financial reserves. Tonight’s session is at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.

TWO LOCAL ITEMS ON COUNTY SUPERVISORS AGENDA TODAY

Two items of very localized interest are on the consent agenda for the County Board of Supervisors meeting for today: The Copper Mountain Community Association will be granted a bingo license, and a little stretch of Conejo Avenue in Joshua Tree (about which we reported earlier this year) will be officially accepted into the County-maintained road system.

OLD CAR CLUB CAR SHOW SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Old Car Club will hold their big charity Car Show this Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says get your motors runnin’…

Now is your chance to show off your old, classic car for a good cause. The 18th Annual Morongo Basin Old Car Club Charity Car Show is taking registrations. The car show will take place September 28 at Town Center Mall, at Warren Vista and the Highway in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. This show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign, classic and collector vehicles. Trophies will be presented to the Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Awards will be also be given to the best Hot Rod, Ford, Under Construction, Motorcycle, Truck and many more categories! There will be food and vendor booths, raffle prizes, and the Z107.7 DJ playing your favorite tunes. The registration fee is $25 per vehicle and includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. All proceeds are donated to Morongo Basin non-profit organizations. For more information call 760-413-7209.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT CLEANING UP TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet tomorrow at the Joshua Tree Post Office. Volunteers will meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. After the clean-up efforts, there will be an optional meeting at the Park Rock Café for coffee and conversation. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 760-366-8415.

ORIENTATATION MEETING FOR OPEN STUDIO ARTISTS SET FOR TOMORROW

An orientation meeting for participating artists for the for the this year’s Open Studio Art tours will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Friendship Hall. Artists will pick up receipt books, sign in sheets, promotional materials to hand out, and they’ll discuss tips for a successful open studio, and have a Q&A with veteran Art Tours participants. Light snacks will be available. If you can’t make the meeting, you can pick up your materials at the collective show, or at the MBCAC Office the week before the 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.

TEEN BOOK CLUB MEETS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY THUSDAY

The Twentynine Palms Teen Book club will get together Thursday; Reporter Taylor Thacker has an invitation…

Meet with fellow book lovers and discuss famous novels at the Twentynine Palms Teen Book Club. This monthly meeting takes place on Thursday, September 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Library and the Hugo and Nebula Award winner Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will be discussed. In order to combat a hostile race of aliens nicknamed the Buggers, Earth’s military leaders develop a Battle School for gifted children. Hoping to produce the next military genius, the instructors at the school train children as young as six by conducting war games that simulate real battles. Ender Wiggin is their best student and only hope for victory over the Buggers. But is he smart enough to save the planet? Come and find out! This event is open for kids in grades 7-12. For more information call 760-367-9519.

RECRUITING FOR YOUNG MARINES PROGRAM IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Calling all Mojave Viper Young Marines recruits between the ages of 8 and 18: Registration applications are due. Please bring them to Twentynine Palms Elementary on October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call 760-559-3041.

PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT TEXTBOOKS

A public notice today on an upcoming public hearing of the sufficiency of textbooks in our public schools. Dan Stork joins us…

Periodically, the Morongo Unified School District is required by the state to have a public hearing on “sufficiency of textbooks.” The next such public hearing is scheduled to take place during the next regular meeting of the Board of Education, on October 1, at 7 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst in JT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Periodically, the Morongo Unified School District is required by the state to have a public hearing on “sufficiency of textbooks.” The next such public hearing is scheduled to take place during the next regular meeting of the Board of Education, on October 1, at 7 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst in JT.

CADIZ STEAM TRAIN CALLED A RUSE TO GET AROUND FEDERAL REVIEW

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.”

WATER AND POLITICS TOPIC OF MOJAVE WATER AGENCY PRESENTATION TOMORROW

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.

JOSHUA TREE VFW POKER RUN THIS SATURDAY

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.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

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.

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