TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING HIS HUSBAND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of attacking his spouse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Adolfo Alban-Cardenas, 19, hit his husband with a belt. The report also states that Alban-Cardenas pulled a large kitchen knife on him. After an investigation, Adolfo Alban-Cardenas was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

CONSTRUCTION ON YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR HOUSING TO AFFECT TRAFFIC

Street improvements, including storm drains and other utility work for the Senior Housing Project are scheduled to begin Monday December 9. The first phase of work will include the installation of flood control facilities on Dumosa Avenue, north of Antelope Trail. This work will take about 60 days to complete, pending weather conditions and/or equipment failure. Dumosa Avenue, north of Antelope Trail to the north Community Center parking lot, will be closed during construction. Access to the Community Center Office, Public Safety Office, north parking lot and the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be available through the west parking lot from Antelope Trail. Access to Town Hall and the Library will not be affected during this phase.

OVER 100 ATTEND DRUG COURT GRADUATION

The Joshua Tree Drug Court held its 19th semi-annual graduation at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Reporter Dan Stork observed the celebration…
Before a packed room of well over 100 family, friends, and well-wishers at the Yucca Valley Community Center, Judge Rod Cortez handed out diplomas to the latest graduates of the Joshua Tree Drug Court program.

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Judge Rod Cortez addresses graduates of the Joshua Tree Drug Court, and their families and friends.

Joshua Tree Drug Court is an 18-month outpatient treatment program, with counseling and close monitoring. As is his practice, Cortez began by citing statistics about the money that the program has saved taxpayers by way of not sending people to prison, the number of babies born drug-free because of the program, and children returned to their homes. He made clear his opinion of the notion that drug use is not a violent crime: “Every case I had as a prosecutor—in every one of my murder trials—there was one similar theme: Drugs.” Each of the graduates spoke upon receipt of a completion certificate, with thanks to the Judge, the Drug Court staff, and to friends and family—with joy and tears and laughter and hope for their futures. Cortez closed the presentations with a request to the graduates: “I believe that each of you have shown that you are stronger than your addiction, and you can continue the rest of your lives drug free, and nothing can make me happier than you proving me right.”

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART FAIRE AND SHOW OPENS TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Fair opens tonight with a reception and award ceremony at 5 p.m. at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The show and fair continues through the weekend at five venues in Twentynine Palms, the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center headquarters, 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Inn, Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the 29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery. The art faire will begin with a nature walk at 9 a.m., both Saturday and Sunday, at the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center headquarters. Following the nature walk, there will be artists’ booths, art demonstrations, live music, park history presentations, cultural displays, and youth art activities at all the venues. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A celebration of art at the 29 Palms Inn on Saturday night will begin at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

SANTA CLAUS COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Santa Claus is coming to Yucca Valley. The San Bernardino County Fire Department will chauffeur Santa Claus in a fire engine tour of the town on Saturday, December 7. The event will begin with Santa boarding the “big red sleigh” for a stop at Jacobs Park (Onaga Trail at Hopi Trail) at 4:00 p.m. and Paradise Park (Barron Drive at Indio Avenue) at 4:30 p.m. Santa will conclude his tour with his arrival at the Yucca Valley Town Hall for the Town’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will include music, hot cocoa and cookies, kid crafts, and a photo op with Santa.

PICTURES WITH SANTA IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Saturday, December 7, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District will host a Holiday Fair including pictures with Santa. Get your family holiday pictures taken by a professional photographer, and get them back in time for gift giving. While waiting for your photo opportunity with Santa, join in on craft activities, or shop the holiday fair. You can make a holiday card, make yourself that perfect cup of cocoa at the hot chocolate bar, or find a handmade gift for that special someone. The fun will be held at the Joshua Tree Community Center at 6171 Sunburst Ave in Joshua Tree. Call 760-366-8415 for more information.

SOME HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday safety tips. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains some of the ways to ensure a safe holiday season…
Before setting up lighted decorations, check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires for breaks or fraying and toss any damaged strands. Turn off tree lights before bed and when leaving the house. And plug no more than three light sets in a single outlet. If you use a natural tree, make a 1-inch cut at the base to open pores. The cut surface should be creamy-white. Choose a sturdy stand that holds at least a gallon of water. If the tree isn’t going right in the house after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in away from wind and sun. In all cases, check and add water daily. Keep the tree away from heat sources. After the holidays, never burn it in a wood stove or fireplace; it burns too fast and is explosive. The best alternative is to recycle it through a local program.

YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT PARADE GRAND MARSHALL NAMED

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley has named the grand marshal for the annual Yucca Valley Light Parade. Cheryl Nankervis, the longtime executive director of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will be honored during this year’s parade, set for Saturday, December 21. Nankervis plans to retire soon and Rotary President Ignazio Ficara said naming her as grand marshal was a way to thank her for her years of hard work promoting the town and its businesses. Due to construction on the highway, this year’s light parade will be held on Santa Fe Trail. The parade will begin at 5:30 at Cherokee Trail and will head west, ending at the Hi-Desert Water District office at Inca Trail, where Santa and his elves will hand out gifts to the kids. There will also be a puppet show. To participate in the parade, pick up an entry form at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, Realty Professionals office, or online at yvrotary.org. For more information, call 760-365-1988.

TWENTYNINE PALMS LETTER CARRIERS PICKING UP FOOD TOMMOROW

This reminder, Saturday, the 29 Palms Letter Carriers will be picking up food for their annual Christmas Food Drive. Residents are asked to leave food in or by their mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up. Please no glass. Residents who have post office boxes can bring food to the post office and give to the clerks. All food collected will go to the local food pantry located at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

TEEN CRAFTS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Library will have teen crafts tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. This month’s crafts will include jolly snowmen gift bags, a festive pin, and clay pot snowmen. Enjoy refreshments and holiday music as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM WEDNESDAY

Holiday crafts will be on tap at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley this Wednesday. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her hot glue gun…
Take some time out of your busy holiday schedule for some holiday-themed craft fun at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is offering an Adult Craft Program on Wednesday, December 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for $5 per participant. During this time you can sit and relax with friends as you drink calming tea and make crafts. If your kids are jealous that you’re having fun making crafts, there’s also a Kids Craft Program that will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $2 per child. All materials are provided, but space is limited so pre-registration is required. For more information call 760-369-7212.

SPORTSMANS CLUB SWAP MEET IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow. Shop for great bargains on new and used items, Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is free. Call Jose at 760-275-6876. The swap meets are held on the first Saturday of every month from 8 to 3 at the Sportsman’s Club, on Sunburst Avenue just off the highway in Joshua Tree.

A BUSY JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Note the change in hours. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

ROP BROACASTING STUDENT TALKS WITH A MARINE RECRUITER

One of many career choices our young people can consider is a career in the United States Marine Corps. ROP Broadcasting student Brandon Decker spoke with a Marine recruiter…
Being a Marine Corps recruiter is a very important and fulfilling job in our armed forces; today I interviewed our local Marine Corps recruiter Sergeant Vincente Guerrero to find out more about what it’s like. I asked Sergeant Guerrero how long is a person in the Marine Corps usually a recruiter he said, “Three years.” I also asked if there were any difficulties that came along with the job. Sergeant Guerrero says that “Logistics is always hard because it is time consuming.” Then I asked Sergeant Guerrero what he likes about being a recruiter for the United States Marine Corps. He responded, he likes being able to change lives and help fulfill dreams. If you are interested about the opportunities that are available to you in the Marine Corps contact your local recruiter.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, December 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on White Feather Road. Entertainment will be provided by the Condor Elementary School Choir. Members wishing to reserve lunch should call Sherry Craft, at 760-881-5275, no later than Monday, December 9.

IMPROV AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT

Come one, come all to the I.T.S./Drama Club Improv Show at Twentynine Palms High School tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR. Tickets are $3 at the door. House opens at 6:30 p.m. Come join in a night of fun and excitement.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In a third round game at the West Valley Tip-Off Classic in Hemet the Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team suffered a tough 40-39 loss to Heritage High School of Romoland. Coach Jess Geeson said Senior Hannah Hughes and freshman Taylor Spitz each had 10 points to lead the Yucca girls while junior Ashley Priest chipped in nine points. The girls’ tournament concludes today with a 4:30 p.m. game against La Quinta.

The Yucca Valley High School Girls’ Soccer team played in the first round of the Beaumont Winter Classic against Valley View High School. The Lady Trojans fought hard but came up short in a tough loss. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be Tahquitz High School at the Beaumont Winter Classic this Friday at 5 p.m.