AN ASSAULT OVER PARKING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CASINO CONSTRUCTION SITE

A Joshua Tree man was angry over how someone parked his truck, and so he punched him in the mouth. According to a Sheriff’s report, Allen Kendall, 40, was angry because a man wouldn’t move his truck at the construction site of Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms, and because the man was always laughing at him. So, according to the report, Kendall punched the man in the mouth, loosening three teeth and puncturing his lower lip. The victim went to the dentist to confirm the damage to his teeth, and then reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department at 3 p.m. Thursday. Deputies arrested Allen Kendall for investigation of assault with serious injuries, booked him into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.

THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF’S LIEUTENANT IN TOWN

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station has a new Lieutenant Sheriff to take over for Lieutenant Brad Toms. Lieutenant Russ Wilkes took over about two weeks ago. Wilkes joined the Sheriff’s Department 26 years ago, and worked for the department for a few years before transferring to the county Marshal’s system. In 1999, Wilkes transferred back to the Sheriff’s Department. During the following years, Wilkes spent time in numerous units, including one year in the Morongo Basin as he supervised a narcotics unit. He also worked in corrections, internal affairs, SWAT, protection for dignitaries and other county residents who were threatened by criminals, and, for the last two years, he managed the County’s inmate population to ensure the County was compliant with state law AB109, the Prisoner Realignment Act. Lieutenant Brad Toms was transferred to the Sheriff’s public affairs unit in San Bernardino.

WE REVIEW “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT THEATRE 29

The Christmas Classic “A Christmas Carol” is plying weekends though December 14th with a Matinee this Sunday, November 24th. Managing Editor Tami Roleff offers this review of the production…
The story of a miserly and unhappy man, who, by confronting his past, present and future, learns forgiveness, generosity and redemption, is Theatre 29’s holiday production. The classic story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy old man who greets Christmas with “Bah, humbug,” until he is visited by the ghosts of his old business partner, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The ghosts show him happy memories from his past, and what his life will be like if he doesn’t change his cantankerous ways. Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner is perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge; it’s the role he was born to play. Also outstanding is Lizzie Schmelling as Belle, Scrooge’s love interest when he was a young man. Schmelling continues to grow and improve in each play she’s in, and in my opinion, this is her best performance to date. Other standouts in the very large cast are Herman Platzke as Scrooge’s dead business partner Jacob Marley, Adam Redman as Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and Leonard Weber as Bob Cratchit. The set design is split between the lavish appointments of Scrooge’s bedroom, and the stark and minimalist main stage, where most of the action takes place, perhaps to emphasize the actors in Scrooge’s visions. Kathy Ferguson has once again done a marvelous job with the costumes. The audience should be prepared to sing religious Christmas carols along with the cast during intermission. “A Christmas Carol” runs weekends through December 14. Tickets are $8 to $12. Call 760-361-4151 for tickets and more information.

MARINES OF VMU-1 RETURN HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN TODAY

About 55 Marines with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron-1 are returning to the Combat Center today after a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit, nicknamed the Watchdogs, deployed as a detachment in June. While deployed, VMU-1 used unmanned drones to provide aerial surveillance to scan areas and routes for insurgents and suspicious activity. The unit last deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011.

STATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE TO STICK WITH ORIGINAL DEADLINE

The board overseeing California’s health insurance exchange voted unanimously yesterday to stick with its current year-end deadline of phasing out more than one million individual health insurance policies that fail to meet requirements of the federal health care overhaul, turning aside a plea by President Barack Obama to let those policies continue. In voting 5-0, Covered California board members said allowing the older polices to continue would undermine the new insurance marketplaces. Those policies are being ended because they do not meet the more extensive requirements for essential benefits under the federal Affordable Care Act.

CMC FOUNDATION FESTIVAL OF WREATHS THIS SUNDAY

The annual Festival of the wreaths will be held this Sunday at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the event is unique to our Hi-Desert…
The Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Festival of Wreaths has become a local holiday tradition and an excellent way to kick off the season. This year’s Festival of Wreaths is Sunday, November 24 in the Bell Center Community Room. It begins with a wine and cheese reception at 2 p.m. followed by a “Live Auction.” Wreaths and custom centerpieces will be auctioned to raise funds for the College. Many of these elaborately decorated wreaths and centerpieces have gifts or valuable gift certificates in them. Preview the pieces at cmccd.edu and during Sunday’s reception. Tickets are $5 on sale here at Z107.7 Radio in Joshua Tree, at Libby’s Realty in Twentynine Palms, at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Copper Mountain College Foundation Office, also at the door.

NON-PROFITS CAN APPLY FOR GRANTS THOUGH THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY

Non-profit organizations can apply for grants through a competitive application process with the County. All organizations interested in submitting an application for project or program funding through Yucca Valley’s CDBG funding allocation must submit their proposals and applications by Tuesday, December 3rd at 4 p.m. The minimum grant amount for public service programs is $10,000 and $75,000 for construction projects. Application forms are available at www.sbcountyadvantage.com/community-development-information.aspx. For more information, call the Town of Yucca Valley Finance Department at 760-369-7207 ext. 232.

MORONGO BASIN HAVEN COLLECTING BICYCLES AND SLEEPING BAGS

The Morongo Basin Haven is a one-stop resource center that connects homeless families and homeless individuals with local service providers. There is a great need for Sleeping Bags and Bicycles. Those items, new or used, need to be in good condition. Items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pacific Western Bank in Yucca Valley, Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Unity Home in Joshua Tree and Ambiance Hair Salon on Church Street in Yucca Valley through December 16. For additional information, contact Jessica Hannah at 760-987-9061.

DENSITY FOR SCIENCE SATURDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

The Science Saturday program at Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley continues tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker says it is all about density…
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues the popular education program, Science Saturdays, with an exciting topic in November. This week’s topic is density. Density is defined as mass per unit volume but that can be hard to envision, especially when it includes tough concepts like polarity and solubility. During this Science Saturday, Museum Educator Crystal Mason will conduct multiple experiments that teach children about density using daily household items. It is recommended that children be school age for this program. Science Saturdays take place at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and this week it will be held on Saturday, November 23rd. This event is free and no pre-registration is required. Come out and learn something new this Saturday. For more information call 760-369-7212.

YUH-GO YO TOURNAMENT TOMORROW AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

The Twentynine Palms Branch Library is continuing its YU GI OH tournaments tomorrow, Saturday, November 23. All ages are invited to bring their own cards to participate in the tournament. The top player will receive a prize. The tournament is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the library meeting room. For more information about the library’s monthly YU GI OH tournament, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH LOOKS BACK AT THE BATTLE OF THE BELL WIN

The Football season officially ended last weekend for the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats, but not without a significant win in the “Battle of the Bell” with cross-town rival Yucca Valley. ROP Broadcast Student Tyler Mcgahuey asked Coach Ernest Martinez for his after-game thoughts…
On Friday November 8, the Twentynine Palms Wildcats clenched an outstanding victory over the Yucca Valley Trojans with a score of 21-0, we asked Coach Martinez for his take on the win and how they achieved it.
How do you feel about the win? “This was an outstanding win for the team. It was our ninth consecutive win. The kids did a great job and the staff was really excited about their efforts this season. An outstanding defense effort; we limited Yucca to less than 100 yards. Our defense played their best game of the season. And offensively our kids did a great job. The offensive line was outstanding, quality running made by our quarterback and our two tailbacks.” The Wildcats finished their season with a record of 4 and 7 tied for second in Deanza league and they reached the first round of the CIF playoffs.

FREE MEALS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 23, Food for Life and the Gospel Fellowship will be supplying a free, hot nutritional meal at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.