YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION IN JOINT SESSION TONIGHT

Work on the Yucca Valley Community plan continues tonight as the Town Council and Planning Commission meets together. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda…..

The Yucca Valley Town Council and Planning Commission will meet in a joint session for the third time tonight. On the agenda again tonight, the Town Council will be asked to approve Planning Commission recommendations to approve the General Plan Update project and the General Plan’s environmental impact report. The General Plan update has created special policy areas in the west end, Town Center, east side, and rural mixed use, along with residential overlays west of Kickapoo, between Palm and Sage Avenues, and between Airway and Avalon Avenues. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT FOCUSING ON SPEEDING

This week, traffic enforcement officers in Yucca Valley will focus on speeding and
other violations on Highway 62 between Hilton and Airway Avenues. The
Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists to wear their seatbelts and use their
cell phones in hands-free mode only.

LANDERS MAN HELD FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Landers man was arrested Friday after his girlfriend said he beat her up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Kirt Hanson, 50, went to his girlfriend’s home in the 5900 block of Mitch Lane in Landers and woke up his girlfriend by stomping on her and hitting her. Kirt Hanson was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. Hanson has been convicted of multiple counts of spouse abuse and one count of child abuse, going back to 2001.

LEARN ABOUT METEORITES FOR THURSDAY LUNCH AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

Our Morongo Basin treats us to celestial phenomena unlike any other place on earth. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to attend a lunchtime lecture Thursday to learn more about the meteorites that sparkle in our desert nights……

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is kicking off their Winter Lecture Series on Thursday, January 9, at noon with a captivating lecture on meteorites and a book signing by Dr. Stephanie Slahor. Meteorites come to Earth from other reaches of our Solar System and they have been puzzling and fascinating Earthlings for centuries. In this lecture, you’ll hear facts about their origins and characteristics, but you’ll also learn some of the many interesting stories about meteors and meteorites.  Admission is free and coffee will be served.  The Winter Lecture Series is held one Thursday a month from January through March. For more information call 760-369-7212.

BLOOD DRIVE AT YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, January 8, at the Yucca Valley Community Center in Yucca Valley from 12 to 4 p.m. Donors will receive incentives, including a ticket to the 2014 Humana Challenge golf tournament. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT ON ALTA LOMA TOMORROW MORNING

Start the new year out by pledging to join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month with their goal to keep the community clean. The first scheduled clean-up in 2014 will be held tomorrow morning. Clean Team members will meet at the Rock House on Alta Loma about 0.6 miles west of Olympic to clean along the well-traveled Alta Loma route. 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 Café. As always, there will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available to make the job easier. For more information, call 760-366-8415.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The first meeting of the new year finds the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission with a familiar agenda. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the status of the long-running Development Code update…

The only item on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission for its January 7 meeting is the 32nd study session on the Development Code update. Of the 66 chapters of the Code that have been identified for review, 46 have been reviewed and moved to the draft Code, 2 have been deleted, 12 have been discussed and await additional action, and 6 have not yet been considered.  The Commission meets at 6 pm in council chambers in City Hall on Adobe Road.

JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

The Joshua Tree Community Jazz band is still in need of some key players. The fun group is looking for sax, trumpet, trombone and guitar players who can read music. For more information contact Jesse Henry at 760-574-5212, or via Facebook at Jazzband page. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 2 to 5 in Joshua Tree.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE COMPANY PLAYS OPEN TOMORROW

The curtain opens tomorrow on three plays being put on by the theater students at Yucca Valley High School. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the production is a triple treat…….

The Yucca Valley High School Theatre Company will present a triple feature in January. The three plays, “Happy Birthday, Heather Higby,” “Flash Mob,” and “We’re Your Friends,” are directed by Hunter Stepp and Cassandre Hemphill.  Appearing in the plays are Vivian Chow, Cindy Sou, Madison Curtiss, Aimee Frank, Chalise Kunz, Alicia Murphy, and Christopher Stevens. Performances will be at 6 p.m. January 8, 9, 10, and 11, with an additional 1:00 matinee Saturday, January 11. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for adults, $4 for students, and free for children under 12. The performances will be held in the Yucca Valley High School multi-purpose room, 7600 Sage Avenue.

PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME STARTS THURSDAY AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

The Twentynine Palms Library is offering their popular pre-school story time program. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the program starts Thursday…

Pre-school story time is beginning again at the Twentynine Palms Library! Three-, four-, and five-year olds are invited to attend these programs are held on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. starting January 9, and will run through February 13, at the Twentynine Palms Library. A different letter of the alphabet will be featured each week. On January 9, the featured letter will be K. Children are invited to bring something from home for show and tell that begins with the featured letter. The program will include age appropriate storytelling, apron stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities to promote a love of books, reading, and language. For more information call 760-367-9519.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team took second place in the Loma Linda Holiday Tournament last week losing to Aquinas 52-49 Saturday night in the championship game. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Ashley Priest and sophomore Annika Dendekker were named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Trojans, who are now 9-5 on the season, and open De Anza League play at home January 15 against Big Bear.

 

In high school sports today, the Joshua Springs boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host Baptist Christian School from Hemet at home. The girls’ game starts at 5:30; the boys play at 7 p.m.