YUCCA VALLEY GETS 3.0 QUAKE

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening, January 17.  Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the earth.  The coordinates given on an earthquake-reporting web site place the center below San Andreas Road.  (The actual San Andreas fault runs through the city of Desert Hot Springs.)

MARTIN LUTHER KING WALK MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored on Monday across the country and here in the Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms. News Director Gary Daigneault invites you to join the celebration…
“I still have a dream.”
The celebrated civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is probably best known for his unforgettable speech at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., in 1963.
“A dream deeply rooted in the American Dream. I have a dream.”
Commemorating Dr. King’s birthday, which is celebrated Monday, January 20, the Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church will hold its 14th annual march.
“That one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed…”
The one-mile march starts at 8 a.m. at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road and ends at Palms Southern Baptist Church, 5285 Adobe Road. Following the march at about 9 will be a program with Twentynine Palms Mayor Dan Mintz, local speakers and performances from church groups, followed by lunch.
“‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal.’”
The public is invited to join in the march and attend the program.

FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

And in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the country’s 400 other national parks, will waive its entrance fee on Monday. In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service will waive admission fees on eight other days in 2014: Presidents Day weekend (February 15 through 17), the first weekend of National Park Week (April 19 and 20), the National Park Service’s 98th birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 27) and Veterans Day (November 11). National park passes that provide free or discounted admission year round are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Monday night after he was accused of beating up his family members. According to a Sheriff’s report, Paul Wood, 41, was alleged to have been high on drugs, and was fighting everyone in the house in the 6600 block of Francis Road in Wonder Valley. Wood was reported to have given one man a bloody nose and smacked a woman in the face. Paul Wood was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FIELD TRIP TO INSPECT PROPOSED GATE COMMUNITY IN JOSHUA TREE

The Municipal Advisory Committee’s Land Use Committee will take a field trip Monday morning to inspect the area for the proposed 248- home gated community, (known as the Alta Mira Project) in Joshua Tree. They will meet at 9 a.m. Monday on Alta Loma Drive just west of Friendly Hills Elementary School on the north side of the street. After the inspection, the committee will go back to the County Building for a short meeting and discussion. The public is invited to attend the field trip and join them for discussion and input.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS “AREA 62” FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is boldly going where no historical society has gone before. The historical society is hosting the fundraiser “Area 62,” a day-long event celebrating the area’s ties to UFOs and extra-terrestrials. Reporter Diana Jones puts on her foil hat…
The Morongo Basin Historical Society boldly goes where no other Historical Society has gone before with “Area 62,” a fundraiser built around the history of Giant Rock, the Integratron, George Van Tassel and local ET history. There will be UFO presentations and exhibits, a catered lunch, followed by a trip to Giant Rock, games and prizes. Participants will be the first to view a new UFO exhibit, featuring a crashed spacecraft and ET replicas. The event is set for January 26, from 10 ’til 5 at the MBHS Museum and Research Center in Landers. Tickets are $45 per person, and space is limited. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Harris at 760-365-3266.

FISH AND SHRIMP DINNER AT 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. There will be no Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

CHILI COOK-OFF AND AUCTION TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Calvary Baptist Church in Yucca Valley will hold a chili cook-off and silent auction tonight (January 17) from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person, or $25 for a family of five or more. Old Western-style photos will also be available. Proceeds will go toward the Teen and Junior Conventions, and other school needs. For more information, call Angie Strom at 760-365-2339.

FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Food for Life and the Interact Club will be serving up a free meal of turkey, rice, vegetables, and dessert at Little Church of the Desert community hall Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

CHURCH MEN’S GROUP TO MEET FOR BREAKFAST SATURDAY

The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s men’s group will meet for their monthly breakfast on Saturday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m. at Carrow’s in Yucca Valley.

HOUSES CHOSEN FOR REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN’S PARADE OF HOMES

A collectables showcase, an eclectic home with Art Deco and Art Nouveau touches, and a desert oasis complete with waterfall are three of the six homes in this year’s 10th Annual Parade of Homes. The homes tour, set for February 16, is the biggest fund raiser of the year for Reach Out Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has more details about the homes on this year’s tour…
Featured on the tour this year in Yucca Valley are the Double J Ranch, owned by Jimm and Joanne Peterson, and the Willows, owned by Sanford Berlove and Anja Homburg; in Joshua Tree, FurstWurld, owned by Bobby Furst and the Desert Lily owned by Carrie Yeager; and in Twentynine Palms, Kasa de Kinsman owned by Ray and Eva Kinsman, and the Tile House, the home of artist Perry Hoffman. Tickets, $25 each, will be available for sale at Reach Out Morongo Basin offices in the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley senior centers, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce offices, ArtFx and Furnishings in Yucca Valley, Desert Trail office in Twentynine Palms, Cowboy Attic in the Historic Plaza-29 Palms and Windemere Realty in Yucca Valley and at our Z107.7 studios. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at any of the featured homes, or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

CHP TO OFFER “START SMART” CLASS FOR NEW DRIVERS

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another FREE Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Tuesday, January 21, in the CHP offices on the highway in Joshua Tree starting at 6 p.m. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend as well. Reservations are required by calling Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707

BINGO, AUCTION AT SPORTSMAN’S CLUB FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAM

Bingo at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree will benefit the Yucca Valley High School swim team on Sunday, January 19. There will also be a silent auction. Money raised from the bingo and silent auction event will go toward paying the team’s bill for use of the pool. Doors open at 3 with early bird bingo starting at 4:30. The team is asking for donations to include in the silent auction. To donate items for the auction, call Kathy Goddard at 760-399-6849.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

On Wednesday, the Twentynine Palms girls’ basketball team raised its record to 12 and 4 overall and 1 and 0 in league with its win over Shadow Hills, 64 to 23. Paige Rossi and Andraliah Lee led all scorers, each scoring 14 points. Tusia Brown had 12 points and Cherokee Turner scored 10 points.
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity basketball team started their De Anza league play on the road against the Knights of Shadow Hills. It was a defensive battle the whole way, and the Wildcats lost by nine points, 53 -44. Andrew Wilson was the leading scorer with 13 points and 8 rebounds; Alex Chavez had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and Javier Soriano had 10 points.
Also on Wednesday, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ soccer team lost to Shadow Hills 4-to-0.

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat soccer and basketball teams will play Desert Mirage High School. The Lady Cats will travel to Thermal with their game starting at 5 p.m. The Desert Mirage Rams will travel to Twentynine Palms for the boys’ soccer match, and boys’ and girls’ basketball. Soccer starts at 5; girls’ basketball at 6; and boys’ basketball at 7:30.

The Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will travel away to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m., tip-off for the boys is at 7:30.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan wrestling team will be in the second day of the West Covina Tournament, with the first match at 8 a.m.