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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.