TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY, 9 OTHERS, NAMED IN DEVELOPERS LAWSUIT

A development company filed a lawsuit against the Town of Yucca Valley and nine other defendants last week, alleging, among other things, that the Town is requiring it to make improvements that it contends should have been made by the developer from whom it bought the property. According to the complaint filed January 13 by Mirage Front Properties, shortly after it bought a parcel subdivided into 17 half-acre lots, the Town sent a letter threatening fines of $1800 a day until it completed street and other improvements that were part of the Subdivision Improvement Agreement. Mirage Front Properties argues that it bought the property—bordered by Yucca Trail, Balsa Avenue, Arcadia Trail, and Emerson Avenue—believing that the terms of the Subdivision Improvement Agreement had been fulfilled, and that the improvements should be paid for by either the original developer (who agreed to the terms in the first place), or from the $816,000 in bonds issued by the original developer to ensure that the work was completed. Mirage Front Properties is suing the Town for fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract, intentional interference with a contract, and damages. It is asking for an injunction to prohibit the Town from stripping the property of its subdivision status, and against the daily fine of $1,800. It is also asking for attorney’s fees, court costs, repayment of the higher property taxes it has been paying, the $816,000 in bonds, and damages.

VEHICLE FIRE IN YUCCA MESA AREA

A call about a vegetation fire in Landers yesterday turned out to be a vehicle fire instead. About 6:15 a.m., Yucca Mesa fire fighters were dispatched to Linn Road, about a half mile off Highway 247, in Landers. Upon arrival, fire fighters discovered an abandoned mid-size pick-up truck burning. They put out the blaze quickly. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE CERENA FOY

The Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant will be held this coming February 1 at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Today, Managing Editor Tami Roleff introduces us to candidate Cerena Foy…

Today we visit with Cerena Foy, a junior at Yucca Valley and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Hi Cerena. Tell us, who is the prominent woman you interviewed, and what you have learned?

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My prominent woman is Leisa Vallo and she has taught me that through everything it’s our choice, and that we need to keep working hard, and that we can find the strength within ourselves to carry on. And to do our best and we should always follow your passion.”

What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?

“From my experience with Miss Yucca pageant, I have learned that there are many things within myself that I need to improve on: on my working skills, my school skills, and on my interpersonal skills. Within Miss Yucca Valley I have learned how to manage things and how to better myself. And I have learned so much about myself so that it has pushed me to learn even more.

Any final words?

“I encourage anyone who has any second thoughts about doing the pageant, that they should go for it and do the pageant.”

“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

“The Importance of Being Earnest”, by Oscar Wilde, the first of seven main stage productions offered for 2014 AT Theatre 29, continues its run through February 8. Called “a trivial comedy for serious people,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a tale of lost and found love and objects.” “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run weekends with 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday matinee February 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups. Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

LECTURE ON THE HUMAN BRAIN AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

Science Saturdays continue tomorrow at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to learn about the human brain…

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues their popular education program, Science Saturdays, with exciting topics to start off the new year. On Saturday, January 25, the topic will be the human brain. With technology continually on the rise, computers have become especially popular in our world. Interestingly, the most powerful “computer” in the world lies right inside our bodies! The human brain is like an extremely powerful supercomputer that stores information and controls how we act. During this Science Saturday, Museum Educator Crystal Mason will teach children about the structure of the brain, its storage capacity that we like to call the memory, and a few fun brainy facts. It is recommended that children be school age for this program. Science Saturdays are held from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. These programs are free and no preregistration is required. For more information call 760-369-7212. Come out and learn something new this Saturday.

DISCOVERY DAY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TOMORROW

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will be hosting a stargazing Discovery Night Saturday, January 25. Two comets will be visible to those who are able to stay awake until 4 a.m. A full agenda for the evening is posted on the observatory’s website, skysthelimit29.org. The public is welcome at this free event. Pads will be provided for those who want to bring their own telescopes. The observatory is located at 9697 Utah Trail, just north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-367-7222.

STUDENT ART SHOW OPENS MONDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY

The talents of our local Morongo Basin Art students will be highlighted at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Sara Snyder says students should bring in their art Sunday and Monday…

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its annual Student Show in February. The judged show features art from junior high and high school students from across the Morongo Basin. Cash awards will be given in four categories: painting, drawing, photography, and other. Students and art teachers should bring artwork to the 29 Palms Art Gallery on Sunday, January 26, between noon and 3 p.m., or Monday, January 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The 29 Palms Artists’ Guild will present a $500 Ada Bigler Scholarship award to the most promising senior artist and the CMC Foundation will present a $250 scholarship award to a senior who will attend CMC. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, Sunday February 2, from noon until 3 p.m.

WILLIAMS INSURANCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NOW COVERED CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED

The recent changes in health insurance can be really confusing and the various websites can be overwhelming. Dee Richhart with Williams Insurance is the only Covered California Certified Agent in Twentynine Palms and is available to help residents throughout the Morongo Basin sort out the options and apply for health insurance. For more information call 760-367-7542.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD FUNDRAISER SUNDAY

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. Managing editor Tami Roleff 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 until 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.

MEALS OFFERRED AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW POST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner tonight (Jan 24), from 4 to 6, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $5. Sunday morning is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus bacon, sausage, burritos, and quesadillas, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING FREE MEALS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Food for Life is offering free meals for low-income families and individuals in Twentynine Palms tomorrow. Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club volunteers will be serving spaghetti, salad, and dessert at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall from 3 to 5 p.m.

KIDS CRAFTS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Library is offering a free kids craft program tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker has the invitation…

School-aged children are invited to make a craft this weekend! The craft will be sparkly icicles and will take place at the Twentynine Palms Library this Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. through 4 p.m. Children will be designing their own three dimensional hanging icicles with bright colored pipe cleaners, beads and bells. This children’s craft program is free and no preregistrations are required. Children are welcome any time between 2:30 and 4:00pm. For more information call 760-367-9519.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BEATS YUCCA VALLEY IN GIRLS BASKETBALL

Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball raised their record to 14-and-4 overall and 3-and-0 in league Wednesday at home against Yucca Valley winning 45-to-27. Coach Tim Stanford said Leading scorers for the Wildcats were Tusia Brown with 10 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and Nokomis Cabrera with 10 points four steals. Paige Rossi added six points and eight rebounds.

A BUSY DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

It’s a busy day in high school sports today. The Twentynine Palms boys’ and girls’ soccer teams play the Golden Eagles of Desert Hot Springs. The boys travel to Desert Hot Springs with the match starting at 5 p.m.; the girls host the Golden Eagles at home, starting at 5 p.m.

 

The Lady ’Cats basketball team play the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home starting at 6 p.m.; the Wildcat boys’ basketball team plays at 7:30.

 

The Yucca Valley High School basketball teams host Shadow Hills High School at home. The girls’ game starts at 6; the boys play at 7:30.

 

And finally, the Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning boys’ and girls’ basketball teams host Temecula Prep at home. The boys start at 6; the start of the girls’ game was not announced.