YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESSMAN’S ATTORNEY DEMANDS TOWN HALT MEDIAN PROJECT

A Yucca Valley businessman has hired an attorney to formally request that the Town Council reconsider its approval of the median and sidewalk project in the west end of town. The project, known as PLHDP, will install medians from Apache Trail to just east of Palm Avenue, to prevent vehicles from making left turns into businesses on the highway. (The project also includes sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and a traffic signal at Church Street, and the businesses wanted to make it clear they were NOT opposed to the sidewalks, as they felt they would keep pedestrians and their customers safer.)  Z107.7 has obtained letters from David Bradley, owner of Cowboy Corral, and his attorney to the Town Council, in which Bradley contends that the Town is moving forward with the project without giving proper consideration to the negative economic impacts the businesses will suffer due to the medians. Bradley also argues that the Town skirted state law requirements about providing the affected businesses with adequate notice about the project, and its attempts to mitigate the impacts of the medians on the affected businesses—by forcing commercial trucks to detour through residential neighborhoods—are unacceptable. Furthermore, Bradley and his attorney maintain that the Town did not conduct an environmental impact report, or EIR, and a community impact study on the project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Bradley says until the EIR is conducted and the Old Town businesses’ concerns are addressed, the Town should halt the construction on the median project.

TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for child abuse Wednesday after a school principal noticed the man’s son had been injured. According to a Sheriff’s report, the principal at Condor Elementary was talking with the boy at school when the boy told him his jaw hurt because his father grabbed his face and twisted it, as well as slapped him in the eye. The principal reported it to the Sheriff’s Department, who determined that the boy’s babysitter had told his father, Michael Rodgers, 27, that the boy did not want to do his homework. When Rodgers and his son got home, Rodgers told him to get a belt, and when the boy resisted, Rodgers squeezed his face by the jaw, which caused the boy’s teeth to cut the inside of his cheek, and then he started tearing the boy’s clothes off. Michael Rodgers was arrested about 5 p.m. yesterday for investigation of child cruelty, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW AND FAIRE THIS WEEKEND

The inaugural Joshua Tree national Park Art Show and Faire kicks off Friday in Twentynine Palms. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says the event is a team effort….
Joshua Tree National Park staff, along with the town of Twentynine Palms will host the first Joshua Tree NP Art Show and Faire on December 6, 7, and 8. This three-day celebration of art and music at the historic Oasis of Mara will include an opening reception, awards, and a weekend of artist booths, art demonstrations, cultural displays, park presentations and live music.
The art show opens at noon on Friday, December 6 at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. On December 7 and 8, festivities will be hosted at Joshua Tree NP headquarters and visitor center, 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Inn, Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the 29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery. Admission is free, and all event venues are within walking distance of the Oasis.
For a schedule of events and information, visit the website at www.jtnpartfaire.com. Join us for a celebration of art and music during this fun-filled weekend.

MARIJUANA ANTI-PROHIBITON PROJECT MEETS SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

Recent court decisions affecting access to medical marijuana dispensaries and personal cultivation will be the subject of this month’s meeting of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project. The featured speaker will be marijuana advocate Lanny Swerdlow. The meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at the Listening Lounge in downtown Joshua Tree. The meeting is free and open to the public.

HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN CLOSED SESSION

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting 11 a.m. Friday in the Helen Gray Education Center, on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. The sole item on the agenda is a discussion concerning personnel and benefits.

HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH PARK FOR A FRIDAY HIKE

Hiking, walking, biking and rock climbing are just a few of the many ways to get outside and enjoy nature, while also increasing your energy and stamina. Joshua Tree National Park has more than 270 miles of trails for hiking and paved roads for biking. In order to help jump-start a healthy lifestyle, the Park is partnering with the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a walk around the Oasis of Mara at the Park’s visitor center in Twentynine Palms. A doctor and a ranger will lead a 45-minute walk on Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. Participants will learn about the benefits of exercise as well as a little history of the area. Though the short, half-mile trail is paved, walkers should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along water to stay hydrated.

A REMINDER ABOUT PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

Have you paid your property tax yet? Reporter Dan Stork says, time’s running out…
Tuesday, December 10, is the last day to pay the first installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can do it in any of several ways: Online, at www.MyTaxCollector.com; over the phone, by calling 909-387-8308. Either online or on the phone, you can pay from a checking or savings account, or by credit card. (There is a convenience fee for using a credit card, but not for using a bank account.) If you choose to pay by mail, payments postmarked on or before December 10, 2013 are considered on time. Electronic payment options on-line and over-the-phone include: E-check (electronic check) using your checking or savings account (free); Credit card (convenience fee applies). Finally, you can pay in person, at 172 West Third Street, First Floor, in San Bernardino.

DONATIONS FOR ANIMAL SHELTER AND TLC COLLECTION AT VON’S

Volunteers from the Morongo Basin Humane Society will be at the Yucca Valley Vons tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect donations for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter and for needy community pet owners who will have bags of pet food available to them at TLC’s Christmas event. Volunteers will have a list of items that can be purchased while grocery shopping and then donated at the collection site. The Joshua Tree no-kill shelter is privately run and is dependent on the generosity of the community. Donations can also be dropped off at the JT shelter Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4. For further information or to volunteer your services call Mimi at 760-366-9306.

FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTION TOYS FOR NEEDY CHILDREN

Morongo Basin firefighters will be collecting toys to distribute to needy children. Boxes where residents can drop off toys will be in local businesses, banks, and mobile home parks, including at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree. In addition, Walmart will host a “stuff the truck” event at the store to collect toys for firefighters to distribute. Firefighters will be at Walmart for the next two weekends; on Fridays, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 5, and Sundays, noon to 5, through December 15 to collect monetary donations and new toys. Toys for both boys and girls up to age 17 should be valued at $20 or less.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the area. ROP Broadcast student Marcella Cruz takes a closer look at the local treasure…..
Many people may not know, but Twentynine Palms has a beautiful art gallery. According to the 29 Palms art gallery website, the art gallery is located—since 1963—in a historic adobe next to the Oasis of Mara, Joshua Tree National Park. The gallery is owned by the Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild. The 29 Palms Art gallery website says the gallery features monthly art shows September to June, is open 12 to 3 Wednesday through Sunday; during its summer show in June, July, August, it’s open 12 to 3 Friday-Saturday-Sunday. Plus it has weekly paint outs, judged exhibitions, receptions, seasonal events, and art classes for youth and adults. For more information contact the Art Gallery at 760-367-7819 or on the website http://www.29palmsartgallery.com/

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Varsity Basketball team beat Indian Springs high school yesterday, 94-48.
For Junior varsity, the final score was 63-33, with Yucca Valley on top.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ soccer team will travel away to play Xavier College Prep. Game time is 5 p.m.
Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs High School girls’ and boys’ basketball team will host Nuview Bridge at home. Tip-off is at 5 for girls, 6:30 p.m. for boys.