The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met for the first time last night. About two dozen members of the public turned out to weigh in on a handful of topics relevant to the County Board of Supervisors. The eight neophyte MAC members listened intensely to public comments on a proposed 248-unit gated development in Joshua Tree; local industrial scale solar development projects and the need for the MAC to establish an online presence. A ninth member of the MAC was away managing a death in the family. The Big MAC, as its being called, includes delegates from Morongo Valley, Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Landers, Flamingo Heights, Copper Mountain Mesa, Yucca Mesa, and Wonder Valley. The delegates are tasked with gathering input from these communities and making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors based on that input. The only action item on last night’s agenda was the establishment of a project priority list. That item was tabled pending a workshop on the matter.
Drywall is believed to have kept a fire from spreading at a house in Yucca Valley yesterday. According to County Fire Captain Rick Denison, Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a small structure fire in the 58500 block of Paxton Avenue at 7:38 p.m. Denison said they arrived to find smoke coming from the windows and roof, and smoke inside the home was down to the floor with zero visibility. He said the fire was so hot inside all the walls were blackened and all plastic had melted. Denison explained that some drywall will keep fires contained in a room for up to an hour. Firefighters traced the fire to a recliner in a corner of the living room, but the cause is still under investigation.
This week, traffic enforcement officers in Yucca Valley will focus on speeding and other violations on Highway 62 between Sage Avenue and Church Street. The Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists the speed limit in the construction zone on the west end of Yucca Valley is 35 miles per hour and construction is estimated to last for five months.
Environmental consulting firms, invocations before meetings, and a nuisance abatement are the subjects at tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Dan Stork provides some details…
The Twentynine Palms City Council will discuss the practice of invocations before meetings at its November 12 meeting. Also up for discussion is the selection of firms for on-call environmental consulting. The candidate firms, selected from applicants for the role, are Terra Nova (recently identified in a story on Z107.7 as the design consultant for a proposed housing development in Joshua Tree), ESA, and LSA. A public hearing will deal with a Nuisance Abatement Lien, on a property on whose cleanup the City has spent over $8,000. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.
The dates for the winter light parades for both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley have been announced. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 19th Annual Winter Light Parade Tuesday, December 3, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The parade will head down Adobe Road. The Chamber says if you can push it, pull it, ride it, tow it, or drive it, throw some lights on it and be a part of this festive Twentynine Palms community event. For more information on how you can participate, call the Twentynine Palms Chamber today at 760-367-3445 or visit their website at 29chamber.org.
The Yucca Valley Noon Rotary Club will continue tradition with the annual holiday festival starting with the location. Due to highway construction, the new route will be on Santa Fe Trail, just one block south of Highway 62 in Old Town, starting at Cherokee Trail and heading west and ending at Inca Trail at the Hi Desert Water District offices. The date is Saturday, December 21, 2013 with a parade start up time at 5:30 p.m. The event will culminate with floats on display, refreshments, snacks, and Santa to greet children. Entry forms can be picked up at the Yucca Valley Chamber office, Realty Professionals in Old Town or by calling 760-365-1988. Entry fees are $25 per entry and proceeds will benefit the Yucca Valley Rotary Foundation. For information call 760-365-1988.
The Hospital Board is expected to name a new CEO when they meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the Agenda…
Tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board begins with a 6 p.m. open session with just a single item on the action agenda, that being the expected approval of Sandy Potts to the board of the District’s Community Health Centers. It is after the regular meeting that Directors will adjourn to closed session to discuss appointment of an interim CEO to step in after current CEO Lionel. Chadwick leaves the first of the year. Once adjourned, the public will be made aware any decisions made in the closed session; and very likely the interim replacement will be named. Those actions and others are in addition to regular reports and the likely approval of items on the consent agenda. It all happens in the Helen Gray Education Center.
The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team trash and litter pickup will be tomorrow at Sunburst (north) and Hwy 62. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. Afterwards, the team will meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Cafe. The volunteers are dedicated and have been coming every second, fourth and sometimes fifth Wednesdays for five years because they care. As always, there will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. For more information call 760-366-8415.
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says 2 items are on the agenda…
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission has two items on its agenda tonight. The first item is a request for a conditional use permit for an assisted living facility. The owners are requesting approval to convert the garage of a four-bedroom house at 8980 Joshua Lane—which is currently being used as an assisted living facility—into four more bedrooms and two bathrooms. The facility’s four caretakers will care for a maximum of 12 residents. The second item on the agenda is a request for outdoor storage space at the new Tractor Supply Company store, which is taking over a portion of the old Walmart site. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the community Center.
Chaparral Artists Guild is calling for art for its November show, “Reflections.” Artists should bring their artwork to A Roadside Attraction Art Gallery Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., or Friday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held Sunday, November 17, from 1 to 3. The art gallery is located on the south side of the highway just west of Lear Avenue in Twentynine Palms.
The Dickens Christmas Classic “A Christmas Carol” opens this Friday night at Theatre 29 for a 5 week run. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the opening night gala benefits Relay for Life…
Morongo Basin Relay for Life sponsors the opening night gala for the holiday standard, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre 29, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. “A Christmas Carol” opens November 15 and runs weekends through December 14. Rob Wanless directs. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the opening night gala. Guests will enjoy abundant hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages, including wine. A silent auction will offer a variety of items, curtain goes up at 7 p.m.; then coffee and door prizes at intermission. Gala opening tickets are $25. To get yours, call 760-218-4584, 760-586-2185, or 760-367-4243. This Christmas classic is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation on Christmas Eve. Kurt Schauppner plays Scrooge. After opening night, tickets are $8 to $12. Reserve yours at theatre29.org or by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child(ren), announces their monthly meeting Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. For more information, Kristin Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center website at hdmc.org.
Dale District Gold Mining was a fascinating part of the rich history of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to learn more about it tomorrow night…
Discover the history of gold mining in the Dale District, which is located 15 miles southeast of Twentynine Palms. Historians and miners Jim Wharff and Tom Koch will talk about gold mining in California from 1848 to present and will bring old mining equipment and artifacts to show the different methods used by prospectors. In 1898, during its heyday there were as many as 3,000 miners in the Dale District. Join these historians for this fascinating look at the rush for gold on Wednesday, November 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information call 760-364-2000.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats Volleyball team will play host to Connelly High School tonight at 6 p.m. for the first round of CIF action. Come on out and support the Ladycats!!
Twentynine Palms High School students who want to participate in winter sports must attend a meeting in the high school’s gym at 7 p.m. Thursday with their parent or guardian. Students who do not attend with a parent or guardian will not be allowed to participate in winter sports.