Friday, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Bill. This legislation establishes a no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park as well as other national parks and refuges in California. The bill also requires trappers to have written permission from a landowner before trapping a bobcat on private property. The bill is a result of protests by Morongo Basin residents who discovered that trappers were operating on private property without permission and targeting bobcats crisscrossing the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. An estimated 1,813 bobcats were taken during the 2011-12 license year, an increase of about 51% over the previous season, according to state wildlife authorities. The increase is due to the rise in the price of bobcat pelts, from $78 to about $700 since 2009 in China, Russia, Greece and other foreign markets. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.
In a recent Public Safety Forum, the presiding judge of the San Bernardino County Superior Court said that the Court is streamlining its procedures to save money, using technology where it can. Dan Stork says that court date reservations are one example of this trend…
Effective October 28, San Bernardino Superior Court will change the way litigants involved in traffic and non-traffic infractions, and misdemeanor probation modification reserve a court date. Currently, you have to “drop in” at court, and wait for service. Under new procedures, you can use a service kiosk at some court locations, or reserve a date online at www.sb-court.org or by phone. Once a court date has been calendared, you will be able to bypass the lines at the clerk’s office traffic counter and report directly to the courtroom on the date and time of the hearing. Cases must be eligible for a court appearance. Scheduling a court appearance does not extend or alter any statutory or court ordered deadline. Only cases which are infractions can be scheduled on line or via Kiosks (infraction citations are those received via a courtesy notice in the mail). All other case types must be reserved with the clerk’s office.
NOTE: The law enforcement officer who cited you will not be present at this hearing. If you wish to contest your citation (plead not guilty and proceed with a Court Trial to tell your side of the story and present evidence and/or witnesses) you must post the full bail amount (fine) of your citation or file a bail waiver. The court trial date is only reserved through the clerk’s office.
The Community Emergency Response Team is once again sponsoring the Community Disaster Preparedness Day, Saturday, October 19, as part of the Great California Shake-Out. Free information and live demonstrations will be going on from 9 to 2, in the Walmart parking lot in Yucca Valley. SoCal Edison and the county fire and sheriff’s departments will also be on hand. Learn about basic first aid, disaster supplies and kits, food storage and solar cooking, survival skills, animal care, water purification and storage, and resources and deployment.
The annual “Halloween Haunt” opens this Friday at Theatre 29. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get tickets’ to “Nightmare,” this year’s scary offering…
This year’s Halloween Haunt at Theatre 29 will be the tenth, and final haunt. The theme this year is “Nightmares,” and Director Frances Wright and Producer Eric Ross are working with more than 30 cast and crew members to bring the demented dreams of a young girl to life. Will you find what scares you most in your dreams in her nightmares? The haunt runs October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 30 and 31. Friday and Saturday nights, and Halloween, performances run 7 to 10 p.m. Thursay, October 24 and Wednesday October 30, show times are 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided tour will be sold at the door: $7 each; groups of 4 or more are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road, across from the Joshua Tree Post Office; and at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office in the California Welcome Center on the highway.
Pre-Sale Pioneer Days Carnival All-You-Can-Ride Wristbands are now available, for a limited time, at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Get yours and get unlimited rides for one full day for only 20 BUCKS!! Price at the carnival are $28.00 so you save $8 a wristband. Wristbands are good for unlimited rides one day only.
The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce office is on the North side of the Highway in downtown Twentynine Palms. Call 760-367 3445 for more information.
Anyone interested in the history of Twentynine Palms, who wants to meet some of the earlier residents, and share their memories and stories of Twentynine Palms, can attend the Old Timers Gathering during Pioneer Days. The Old Timers Gathering is set for Saturday, October 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. No one is too young or too old to participate in the gathering. Remember, the youngsters of today are the old timers of tomorrow. Refreshments will be available. This year’s Old Timers’ Gathering will feature a silent auction of ceramic creations by renowned desert artist, Howard Pierce. All funds raised from the auction will go to the Historical Society’s museum expansion fund.
The Hwy 62 Art Tours happens the last two weekends in October when some 8,000 visitors are expected to visit the Basin for self-guided tours of more than 200 sites. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us about some of the many sponsored events happening in conjunction with this year’s Art Tours…
There’s much to do including standouts like the launch party featuring Zircon Aerial Entertainment’s, “One Perfect Moment” beginning at 6 p.m. October 19 under the Big Top on Sunny Sands Drive in Joshua Tree. For tickets call 909-543-9868. New this year is the Yart Party both weekends from 10 to 4 p.m. at Park Ave and the highway in Joshua Tree. It’s a festival of continuous entertainment, food and drink, art and folk crafts for sale, and general information. Make time the weekend of October 19 and 20 for the Gourd Festival at the Yucca Valley Community Center and for Pioneer Days that same weekend in Twentynine Palms. The legendary closing party is a potluck masquerade the evening of October 27 at Furst World Studio on Desert Shadows Road near the Joshua Tree entrance to the National Park. Go to hwy62arttours.com for details on these and other Hwy 62 Art Tours events.
Crowds estimated at over 1,000 packed the area behind Yucca Yalley Chrysler yesterday for a fun, free spectacle yesterday. The Monster Truck “Raminator,” which had been on display at the dealership during the week, showed its stuff in a demonstration at about 2 p.m. The crowd whooped and hollered as the 2,000 horsepower modified truck flattened three junk cars lined up.
This is Teen Read Week at the Twentynine Palms Library. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to a party…
The Twentynine Palms Library is inviting kids to celebrate Teen Read Week with an ice cream party and candy sushi. Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. This event is open for teens in grades 7-12, and takes place on Wednesday, October 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Library. For more information call 760-367-9519.
The Road Runner Dunes Golf Course in Twentynine Palms is sponsoring a free teen golf clinic this Sunday, October 20. The clinic will introduce junior and senior high students to golf. Interested students should sign up in their school’s ASB office, or call the golf course at 760-367-5770 to reserve a spot. Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course is located at 4733 Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms.
Twentynine Palms High School Students hoping to go on to college and their parents or guardians are urged to attend a special college information night tonight. Reporter Dan stork has details…
Twentynine Palms High School will be hosting College Information Night on Monday October 14. The counselors and various college speakers will be presenting a wealth of information for juniors and seniors. It will start at 6 p.m. in Room 110 which is located near the large student parking lot. So if you have questions in regards to scholarships, college applications, financial aid and much more —then this night will be very helpful! Goodies will also be provided.
The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team stayed undefeated by defeating a strong Shadow Hills team 21-14. Coach Tim Cannavo said the Trojan defense caused six turnovers against the knights with an interception on goal line to seal the deal by Bradley Soares. Joey Rutherford was all over the field raking up 22 tackles, two sacks and causing two fumbles. On offense, Gabe Sosa had runs of 49 and 50 for a total of 126 yards and one touchdown. QB Bradley Soares was nearly perfect completing 10 of his 12 passes. Next up is a home game Friday against the Rams of Desert Mirage.
A furious rally in the final quarter brought the Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats to within one point with five minutes left in the game, but the ’Cats eventually fell on the road to the Big Bear Bears 22-14. With the loss, the Cats fall to 0-1 in league play and Big Bear moves to 2-0 in league. “We have to keep improving each week and focus on Shadow Hills and just play one game at a time,” said Wildctas Coach Ernest Martinez. The ’Cats had several outstanding offensive efforts as Cody Hall and varsity newcomer, Beayahn Carrllo led all rushers with 162 yards combined. Carrllo had a solid game in his first varsity contest with several 20 yard runs. Culver had 38 yards rushing and 64 yards passing, and one touchdown pass for the game. Defensively, Talo Wilson, Richard Williams, Dylan Martinez, and David Falefitu led the ’Cats in tackles. Richard Williams moved up to linebacker in the second half and provided a big spark making several big plays.
The Twentynine Palms High School Frosh-Soph dominated the early game, winning handily 41-6. Colton Meyers, Jimmy Shragge, and Kyle hope scored numerous TDs as the Cats scored early and often. Meyers took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, and Shragge returned a punt for a score as well. Continue reading IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, A WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, LOSS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL