The 47th Miss Yucca Valley Pageant was held Saturday night featuring 10 high school junior candidates. Yucca Valley High School student Mariah Muchtar was named Miss Yucca Valley 2014 and received the sash and crown from the 2013 Miss Yucca Valley Kelli King. The court will consist of 1st Princess, Maddy Nimo, 2nd Princess Hailey Lasiter, and 3rd Princess Aimee Frank. Alicia Murphy won both the Rotary Essay contest and “Miss Congeniality”.
The new Miss Yucca Valley Mariah Muchtar and her court: 1st Princess Maddy Nimmo, 2nd Princess Hailey Lasiter, and 3rd Princess Aimee Frank. Congratulations to all 10 contestants! Gary and Cindy Daigneault acted as emcees. Thanks to Sheldon and Tara Hough and The Rotary Yucca Valley Noon club.
Lasiter also won the “Miss Photogenic” title. The Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship is put on by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and is based on an academic format with no talent or swimsuit competition. All of the funds raised from the pageant go to pageant expenses and scholarships for the contestants. The pageant is chaired by Sheldon and Tara Hough and was emceed by Z107.7’s Gary and Cindy Daigneault.
One man is in custody for attempted murder after shooting another man at a carwash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, the victim, who has only been identified as a Hispanic male from Twentynine Palms, was washing his GMC Yukon in the self-service carwash in the 5100 block of Adobe Road about 9:35 a.m. when he was approached by Eduardo Soriano, 38, of Twentynine Palms.
The two men argued, and Porter said Soriano shot the victim in the leg and foot before fleeing in his gray SUV. The victim identified his attacker as Soriano to Sheriff investigators, who arrested him at Phelps Dining Hall on board the Combat Center. Porter said a search warrant was obtained, and ammunition and magazines for a .40-caliber pistol were recovered, but the gun had not yet been found. Eduardo Soriano was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.
The Governor’s declaration of a water emergency is trickling down to local levels. Dan Stork surveys the local impact of drastic measures by the state’s Department of Water Resources…
The California State Water Project (SWP) supplies water from the Feather River watershed and the Sacramento Delta water distribution area to 25,000,000 Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland. As part of Governor Brown’s declaration of a drought emergency, the state Department of Water Resources (DWR) has cut the SWP allocations to the 29 water agencies to which it distributes water to zero. Some water agencies serving the MorongoBasin are indirectly, and several neighbors are directly affected.
The indirect local impact comes from the elimination of the Mojave Water Agency allocation, whose allocation request had been nearly 83,000 acre feet. The MWA wholesales water to Hi-Desert Water District, Joshua Basin Water District, and the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency, among others, to recharge overdrawn local aquifers.
Other affected water agencies in the region are Desert Water Agency (serving Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Desert Hot Springs), the Coachella Valley Water District (covering the rest of the Coachella Valley), the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (centered on Banning and Beaumont), the Crestline-Lake Arrowhead Water Agency, and the Metropolitan Water Agency (which dwarfs all the other SWP recipients, feeding to 26 cities and local districts, and would have taken over 72 percent of the Southern California allocation by itself.) A survey of the web sites of affected agencies shows them responding to the drought emergency by focusing on ongoing conservation efforts.
Old age and earthquakes are believed to be responsible for a chimney fire in Yucca Valley early Monday morning. According to County Fire Captain Rick Denison, the mortar and bricks of a chimney in a home in the 56000 block of Sunset Avenue were cracked, probably from earthquakes and old age, allowing heat and fire to escape from the chimney into the walls surrounding it, and last night, the walls caught fire. Firefighters responded to the home just after midnight this morning to find the house filled with smoke and the fire had burned completely through the wall above the fireplace. The resident was using a garden hose to spray down the walls. Fire fighters tore down the wall and ceiling around the fireplace to find that the studs inside the wall had been charred over the years until last night, when the residents stoked the fire before bed, the studs started burning. Captain Denison reminds residents to have their chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly, and to install working smoke detectors in their homes.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of spousal abuse after his wife of five years was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery. According to a Sheriff’s report, David Flaningam, 27, of the 59100 block of Wilcox Lane, struck his wife with a closed fist on her left side, which caused her kidney to start hemorrhaging. The woman was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for emergency surgery. The report states that Flaningam admitted to, and apologized for, hitting his wife during a subsequent phone call. David Flaningam was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday evening after deputies found bags of drugs on him. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a residence in the 6400 block of Valley View Street about 9 p.m. about someone living in a shed behind the home, and a stolen motorcycle parked in front. When deputies arrived, Ricky Hopewell, 52, took off running and hopped a fence, but deputies captured him after a short pursuit. During a search, deputies found methamphetamine packaged in individual bags and a large amount of cash on Hopewell. Ricky Hopewell was arrested for investigation of possession of drugs, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
The annual Parade of Homes to benefit Reach-Out Morongo Basin showcases six delightful homes here in our Morongo Basin, two in Twentynine Palms, two in Joshua Tree, and two in Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff highlights one of the Joshua Tree stops…
One of the featured homes on Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 10th Annual Parade of Homes tour is the Desert Lily in Joshua Tree. The homes tour will be noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 16. Managing editor Tami Roleff says this is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the charity…
One of the featured homes on the 10th Annual Parade of Homes Tour is the Desert Lily. Owned by Carrie Yeager, this stunning southwest style abode features a warm and inviting great room that showcases the owners’ love of Mexican folk art and artfully designed guest rooms. Located near the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, the beautiful patio and garden areas flow into magnificent desert views. There are five other homes on the tour. Tickets to tour all six homes are $25 each and include lunch at the Park Rock Café. Tickets are available at the Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms Chambers of Commerce; the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree; Realty Professionals and ArtFx in Yucca Valley; the Desert Trail, and Cowboy Attic in Twentynine Palms; and Reach Out offices in the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley Senior Centers, or by calling 760-361-1410.
Installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and handicap ramps in Yucca Valley is scheduled to begin Monday, February 3, along Highway 62, from Palm Avenue to Dumosa Ave. Traffic striping will begin Tuesday. This portion of the highway construction is expected to be substantially complete by March.
Joshua Tree National Park officials announced that construction will begin soon on Pinto Basin Road inside the park. The project will include widening, realigning, and modifying the road to 24-feet wide, with a speed limit of 35 to 45 miles per hour. It’s expected the realignment will improve sight distances at the Porcupine Wash area and the site south of the Cottonwood Visitor Center. The construction will result in travel delays of up to 30 minutes. For questions concerning the project, call Jeremie Johnston at 760-367-5683.
The 8th Annual Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways Golf Tournament is coming up and taking registrations. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to be on the tee…
Attention all golfers! The Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways Foundation is hosting their Eight Annual Golf Tournament Four Person Scramble. On Friday, May 2, the tournament will start at 8:00am at the beautiful Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort and you and your team of four golfers will compete for prizes for first, second, and third place. There are also prizes for large hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to pin, and many more. To participate, each golfer needs to pay a fee of $80, which includes green fees, golf carts, awards presentation, and lunch. Sign up with the Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways Foundation today. For more information call 760-447-4015.
The Twentynine Palms High School golf team will hold a fundraiser golf tournament Saturday, February 15at Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course in Twentynine Palms. Entry fee is $60 per person, and includes a four-person scramble for 18 holes of golf, food, and prizes. There’ll be prize money for closest to the pin, longest drive for both men and women, and the top lowest scoring teams. Women and golfers 75 or older can play on gold tees. Proceeds go to the Wildcat golf team. Show time is 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9. The Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course is at 4733 Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Reserve your tee time by calling 760-367-5770.
A group of local volunteers stands ready to help the community in the face of the unforeseen. Reporter Dan Stork tells how you can get on the team…
If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you know how to help your family, friends, and neighbors? The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, trains volunteers what to do before, during, and after a disaster. The San Bernardino County Fire Department will hold two CERT training sessions for Morongo Basin residents. The first class will be held 8 consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Senior Center, beginning February 6. The second class will be held on 4 consecutive Saturdays, from 8 to 5, beginning March 1, at Machris Park in Yucca Valley. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Students must provide safety goggles, work gloves, and an N95 breathing mask at the first class; these items are available for purchase locally. Closed toe footwear must be worn. For more information, or to register for either class, call Battalion Chief Mike Snow at 760-365-3335.
The Twentynine Palms High School Girls Basketball team competed in the Play 4 Kay tournament in San Juan Capistrano Saturday. Top Division 4 teams competed in 10 different games to raise money for breast cancer. Twentynine Palms beat Cantwell Sacred Heart 54-39. Twentynine Palms’ record is now: 18-and-4 overall, 6-and-0 in league. Coach Tim Stanford said Tusia Brown earned MVP of the game honors by posting a game high 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Nokomis Cabrera added 12 points and three assists, Paige Rossi set the tone early with seven second-quarter points and ended with nine in an outstanding offensive and defensive performance. Andraliah Lee added nine points, nine rebounds, four steals, and senior captain Cherokee Turner anchored the middle of the defense adding 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots along with dishing out three assists.
Yucca Valley High School was the site of the 2013-2014 De Anza League Wrestling Individual Finals. Six Yucca Valley wrestlers qualified for CIF, finishing in the top three in their respective weight classes, and qualified to wrestle in the CIF Coastal Division Championships at Westminster High School February 21 and 22. Assistant Coach Brandon Whitbread gave congratulations to champions Cameron Merritt (138 lbs.), and Dakota Brickey (285 lbs.), runners up Andrew Reyes (120 lbs.), Anthony Espinoza (126 lbs.), and Martin Kennedy (170 lbs.), and third-place finisher Trevor Scott (106 lbs.).
On the JV side, congratulations to champions Jack Campos (113 lbs.) and Rene Gamboa (182 lbs.), to runner up Delbert O’Brien (138 lbs.), and to third place finishers Julieanne Fuentes (113 lbs.), Julian Henretty (120 lbs.), Christian Oliver (132 lbs.), and Kyle Cleveland (182 lbs.).