YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR DUI HIT AND RUN

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday evening, accused of driving under the influence and hit and run. According to a Sheriff’s report, Benito Cardenas, 39, was driving northbound on Hanford Avenue in Yucca Valley about 5:30 p.m. when he is said to have hit at least two mailboxes, and then left the scene. A witness told police that the driver blew through a stop sign at Hanford Avenue and the Highway. The car then turned westbound onto Alta Mesa and was said to have driven almost on the sidewalk and up a tree. Deputies went to the home of Benito Cardenas in the 7000 block of Emerson in Yucca Valley where they arrested him for investigation of driving without a license, and for driving under the influence of drugs. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and released the next morning on bail.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday afternoon after an incident of road rage. According to a Sheriff’s report, Connie Rocha, 29, a passenger in a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 62, was angry at another motorist who was following too closely, and so she pulled out a 9-mm handgun and pointed it at the motorist. The motorist called police who pulled over Rocha’s vehicle for questioning. The report states that under the Miranda warning, Connie Rocha admitted to brandishing the weapon and to carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Rocha was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail.

FALL PREVENTION CLASS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER TOMORROW

Reach Out Morongo Basin will host a fall prevention class, presented by the Visiting Nurses Association of California at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center at 6539 Adobe Road. The class will be held 10:15 a.m. tomorrow, September 24. This free informational class is open to all seniors. For more information or to register, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TO SCREEN INSPIRATIONAL DOCUMENTARY

Music education enriches lives. Dan Stork says that the Joshua Tree Library is screening a film about how a poorer country is supporting it…

The Joshua Tree Branch Library is screening an inspirational, award-winning documentary film, “Tocar y Luchar — To Play and to Fight,” on Saturday September 28, at 3 p.m. It is the story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System. Originally, the System was designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music. In its almost 40 years of existence, it has engaged millions of Venezuelan youth in music, and currently claims 125 orchestras and an attendance of over 300,000 children in its music schools. Among its products is Gustavo Dudamel, the current conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic. The System has been copied in over 50 locales in this country. The film will be hosted by Rich Gerston of Joshua Tree. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library.

IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTABLL, A WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, A LOSS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

Yucca Valley High School football has started out at 3-0 for the first time in 13 years. The Trojans spoiled the Aztec homecoming by defeating Barstow 16-12. Barstow scored two first half touchdowns with the extra points being denied. Bradley Soares connected on field goals of 18, 27, and 33 to make a halftime score of 12-9. The Trojan defense completely shut down any Aztec offense in the second half and Logan Vallo scored on a 13-yard run to give the Trojans the lead. Joey Rutherford had 17 tackles and Karver Murphy added two sacks. Vallo also ran for 180 yards on 24 carries. The win is also the first against Barstow in team history. Next week, the Trojans look to go to 4-0 against the Indio Rajahs. The Trojans are 0-5 lifetime versus Indio and are looking forward to correcting that mark as well.

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats fell 40-13 number to number one ranked Rim of the World after surrendering 20 third-quarter points. Coach Ernest Martinez said the ‘Cats played tougher than the score indicated, as they held the lead into the second quarter thanks to a 70-yard touchdown run by Senior Talo Wilson. In the second quarter Cats starting quarterback, Jake Culver, was taken out with a big hit on the Cats’ third offensive series. Offensive leaders for the ‘Cats were Andrew Wilson with 96 yards rushing, and 96 yards receiving on five catches. Defensively Talo Wilson led the team with 10 tackles, followed by sophomore Alonzo Tate with eight. The Wildcats hope to gain some momentum heading into league play, but will face another tough test as they host Barstow Friday night. The Frosh-Soph will take their undefeated 3-0 record to the field at 4:15 as the start the early game. The Varsity game will begin at 7:00 p.m. following the early game.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE PLANNED

The theater students at 29 Palms High School are working hard preparing their annual murder mystery dinner-theater show. Student Spokesperson Kelsey Holder has details and where to get tickets…..

A night of awards, romance, and murder? Twentynine Palms High School’s International Thespian Society is proud to present their annual audience participation, murder mystery dinner theater. This year’s production is “My Fatal Romance: A Deadly Affair” by Eileen Moushey. Come and join the cast as they discover some secrets about the suspects and figure out who the murderer really is. The play opens on Friday, October 4, and will run on Saturday, October 5, and the next weekend, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the high school MPR. Presale tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens, active duty military and students. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens, active duty military, and students. Presale tickets will be available from cast members as well as the activities office on campus or at Whitaker’s Art Supply in the Historic Plaza. Come and take part in what will be an entertaining night.

CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL RESULTS

Twentynine Palms High School hosted an invitational match Saturday. Athletic Director Jeremy Johnson said the results were:
Varsity Boys
1. Twentynine Palms
2. Palms Springs
3. Shadow Hills

Varsity Girls
1. Palms Springs
2. Twentynine Palms
3. Shadow Hills

JV Boys
1. Twentynine Palms
2. Shadow Hills

JV Girls
1. Palms Springs
2. Twentynine Palms
3. Shadow Hills

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ volleyball team will host San Jacinto High School at home. First serve is at 4:30 p.m.

The Joshua Springs Christian School girls’ volleyball team hosts Desert Christian Academy at home at 5 p.m.

CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR VETERAN HONOREES

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plants to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony November 8. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony will honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes. Nominations for honorees can be submitted until October 18 via Cook’s website and cook.house.gov. For more information, email Jeremy.smith@mail.house.gov.

FREE ENTRANCE DAYS COMING AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Admission to Joshua Tree National Park is free next Saturday to celebrate the Public Lands Day. Park Ranger Pam Tripp gives the details of the fee-free day…

How about a free visit to Joshua Tree National Park? As a way to encourage visitation, the National Park Service has designated the following fee free days for the rest of 2013: September 28, for National Public Lands Day; and November 9-11, for Veterans Day weekend. At Joshua Tree National Park, on those dates, you will not have to pay the $15 per vehicle entrance price. Camping and reservation fees will still be collected as normal. Fee free days are a great opportunity to take advantage of our scenic hikes and views, enjoy a sunrise or sunset, and gaze up into the specto prepare accordingly with a backpack, water, sunscreen, hat, and snacks. Pack up your family, bring a camera, and enjoy a free visit to our beautiful desert park. Contact us at 760-367-5500 or visit any of our visitor centers to find out more information on our fee free days.

GRIEF WORKSHOP

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.

WEED SHOW CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will honor the late Huell Howser and his popular television show, “California Gold,” with the theme for its 2013 Weed Show. “Twentynine Palms Gold” will feature physical and historical landmarks in the weed show categories. Assignment reporter Sara Snyder breaks down the categories…

Sugar Bowl is the museum-quality purple glass; Sheep Hole Pass is broken purple glass; 29 Palms Art Gallery is one of two miniature categories—the 6x6x6 inch size. The other miniature category—3x3x3—is called Chocolate Drop. Four Corners is a category for compositions that include an item associated with travel or transportation. The Old Schoolhouse category includes an educational accessory. An item used in everyday life must be a part of compositions in the Historic Plaza category. Oasis of Mara/Joshua Tree National Park must use an element related to these areas. Gold Park must include a mining accessory or the color gold. Oversized compositions go in the Condor Field/Marine Corps Base category. This year there are two categories for children; ages 8 and under are in the Knott’s Sky Park and must include something used in play; and ages 9 to 12 are in Luckie Park must use any accessory from any of the other categories.

MORONGO BASIN OLD CAR CLUB SHOW NEXT SATURDAY

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.

CLOSING NIGHT FOR SPAMALOT TONIGHT

Tonight is your last opportunity to see the hilarious comedy, “Spamalot,” based on the Monty Python movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Assignment reporter Diana Jones says it’s a show not to be missed…

Theatre 29 has another smash hit with its production of the hilariously zany “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Anyone who enjoys great music, gut-busting comedy, romance, flying cows, flatulent Frenchmen, killer bunnies, dancing divas, fighting knights, and a thorough lampooning of all that is Broadway, should not miss this show! Marv Schmelling as King Arthur and Analisa Pilecki as the Lady of the Lake head up this cast of off-beat knights and dazzling damsels, featuring some of the top talent in the region, Broadway-level costuming and grand sets. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be purchased now online at www.theatre29.org, through the box office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd, just west of Adobe Rd at Sullivan in the City of Twentynine Palms.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS DURING PROBATION CHECK

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday when a probation compliance check found drugs and weapons at a Joshua Tree residence. About 2:30 p.m., probation officers requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Department when they found methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana cultivation, and firearms at a home in the 3200 block of Rockwood Road. Deputies arrested Gary Hagood, 29, for investigation of possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gary Hagood was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and released on bail about 4 a.m. Friday morning.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday night after deputies say they found drugs in his possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw Mark Hines, 26, riding his bicycle without a light about 10 p.m. near Antelope and Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley. When the deputy got out of the patrol car, Hines allegedly threw a glass meth pipe onto the ground near his shoe. During a search, the deputy located another meth pipe and a baggie of methamphetamine inside a backpack Hines was carrying. Mark Hines was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

FAMILY FUN AT OKTOBERFEST IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

Time to dig out the lederhosen and dirndls. Oktoberfest is returning to Yucca Valley. The day-long event will feature live music, dancing, food, and contests, including a contest for best costume. Vendors will offer food, crafts, and art. Oktoberfest will be held today at the Brehm Sports Park, behind the Boys and Girls Club in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 10 p.m., with children’s activities from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $2 for children, and go on sale September 1 from the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Sara Snyder gives us a run-down on the entertainment set for today…

The Kalifornia Krauts are the headliner at the Yucca Valley Rotary’s Oktoberfest, set for September 21 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. The band will entertain with bawdy and danceable polkas. Joining the Kalifornia Krauts will be the Reallyshooo’s Zydepolk, who play polkas, zydeco, Cajun, and English and Irish music. The contests begin at 4 p.m., with the “Stein Holding/Carrying Contests”, followed by the “Kids Chicken Dance Contest.” At 5 is the non-alcoholic Beer Drinking Contest. At 6, show us your best Polka Dancing, and the ever popular “Two Man Log-Sawing Contest.” The 7 o’clock hour brings the best costume contests (adults and children) and then at 8 is another chance for Beer Drinking and Stein holding, followed by the Adult Chicken Dance Contest.

STAIRWAY TO THE STARS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit is offering a chance to look at the beautiful harvest moon tonight, along with other celestial bodies. Assignment reporter Diana Jones gets out her telescope…

Sky’s the Limit has extended the deadline to buy tickets to its festive fundraiser, Stairway to the Stars, set for September 21. The event will include live entertainment, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and other-worldly beverages, astronomical video presentations, silent and live auctions, and telescopes focused on the full moon, all in the resort-like setting of the new community center at the Vista del Sol military housing, off Desert Knoll and Joe Davis Road. Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved by calling Kary at 760-367-7562. Parking is limited at the Vista de Sol community center; if you are interested in attending Stairway to the Stars, you must go to the Twentynine Palms Community Center on Joe Davis Drive to catch the shuttle bus at 5:45. Tickets will be sold at the door.

DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH PLANS ACTIVITIES

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church of Yucca Valley will hold a family berry and apple picking excursion Sunday, September 22, at Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen. To carpool, meet at the church at 11:30. Call 760-365-6331 to reserve your spot. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.

STEAM TRAIN ATTRACTION PLANNED FOR EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Cadiz Company, located near Amboy, east of Twentynine Palms, announced it has entered into an agreement with the Arizona & California Railroad Company to develop steam train excursions through the Mojave Desert between Cadiz and Parker, Arizona. The attraction, using historic steam locomotives and vintage passenger railcars, would be would be one of the longest steam train excursion routes in the United States. The proposed new steam train operation, named the Cadiz Southeastern Railway, will operate on 85 miles of existing tracks with water stops in desert locales of Milligan, Chubbuck, Rice and Vidal. A Cadiz spokesman said this Mojave Desert Route, which is located just off historic Route-66, will provide sweeping views of the vast desert wilderness, mountainous terrain and the Colorado River. The museum and cultural center planned for Cadiz will serve as the operation’s educational hub.