TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR MAKES GOAL, GOING TO CARNEGIE HALL

After months of fund-raising, including a live radiothon here on Z107.7, the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir has met their goal and will be going to Carnegie Hall in April to perform. After being just one of 17 choirs selected from all over the country to participate, the only one from the state of California, the 22 Select Choir members faced a daunting task to raise just over $50,000 dollars for expenses to attend a three-day music workshop with world-class musicians  in New York City. The Select Choir members, assisted by their boosters, supporters, and area businesses and non-profits, worked tirelessly to make the invitation a reality. Boosters President Anita Clinkscales said that after the radiothon, which brought in about $20,000, the final accounting shows that the goal has been made. Congratulations to these young ambassadors for the Morongo Basin and thanks to all who selflessly supported their dream.

NEW MEXICO DRIVER WINS KING OF HAMMERS FOR SECOND TIME

It was a nail-biting race at King of the Hammers Friday, as driver after driver dropped out of contention due to mechanical problems or penalties. Tom Wayes was the first to cross the race, on just three tires and a rim, but he was disqualified after it was determined he missed checking in at some of the checkpoints. Front runners Erik Miller and Randy Slawson suffered breakdowns on the punishing course and were out of contention. Derek West and Loren Healy arrived at the finish line within seconds of each other, but since West had started a minute after Healy, he pulled out a white flag and let Healy cross the finish line first, giving the driver from Farmington, New Mexico, his second win at King of the Hammers. Loren Healy also won King of the Hammers in 2010.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY CENTER

Solar fields, retail stores, housing developments—it’s all about land use. And so is the special report and the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting tonight, says Dan Stork…

The featured Special Report at the February 10 meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC has the two top aides to Third District Supervisor James Ramos—Chief of Staff Phil Paule and Deputy Chief Chris Carillo—on hand to address concerns and answer questions about recent projects that pass through the hands of the Land Use Services Department. In addition to regular reports from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and the San Bernardino County Fire Department, there will also be a subcommittee report on county roads and bike lanes. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.

YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

Yucca Valley traffic enforcement officers will be patrolling Highway 62 this week between Trojan Lane and Church Street, focusing primarily on speeding and other vehicle code violations. Motorists are also reminded that making a left turn from westbound Highway 62 into the AM/PM is illegal; there are two sets of solid double yellow lines in front of the business which is a vehicle code violation if they are crossed.

LECTURE ON THE INVASIVE SAHARA MUSTARD TUESDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

Invasive species are considered the largest threat to biodiversity, second only to habitat loss. Joshua Tree National Park is threatened by the invasive Sahara mustard plant. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the annual kick-off event for the “Hold the Mustard” campaign…

According to Park Officials, the non-native Sahara mustard plant is invading Joshua Tree National Park and has the potential to do lasting harm to the native desert ecosystem. Join Josh Hoines, who will address invasive species and their threat to biodiversity, the economy, and the direct threats to the park at a presentation at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Tuesday, February 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

BOB BARKER DAY AND DOG PARADE IN LANDERS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will have some fun with dogs this weekend and you are invited. Reporter Taylor Thacker says come join the fun day and dog parade……

Bob Barker, official “Top Dog” of Morongo Basin Historical Society, invites other dogs to join him for his fun day and dog parade. Bob Barker Day and Dog Parade takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Vernette Landers House at the Museum and Research Center in Landers, 632 Landers Lane, Saturday, February 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dog Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best of show, best costume, best behaved, and pet that most resembles his owner. Morongo Basin Historical Society official photographer, Glenn Isaacs, will take photos of pets and their pet parents for $10 and up. For more information call 760-366-7896.

“THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE” OPENS SATURDAY AT GROVE’S THEATRE IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Artificial Jungle, playwright Charles Ludlam’s self-proclaimed “’masterpiece of suspense,” opens at Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley on Saturday, February 15.  In The Artificial Jungle, the sociopathic Roxanne schemes to bump off Chester Nurdiger, her pet-store owner husband. Chester uses ventriloquism to sell a mute parrot to an unsuspecting cop, and the piranhas are forever rattling their aquarium. The Artificial Jungle is a clever, engaging, and wonderfully ridiculous spoof of Double IndemnityThe Postman Always Rings Twice, and other film noir classics. The production is directed by multiple Desert Theatre League award winner Wendy Cohen. It features Julie Scott as Roxanne, Brandan Greenwood as Chester, John Linn as Zachary, Vicki Montgomery as Mother Nurdiger, Joy Groves as Mrs. Muncie, and Heather Anderson as the Piranhas. Darin Eldridge will handle lighting and sound. Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway).  The play will be performed Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for four weekends - Saturday, February 15, through Sunday, March 9. Tickets for all seats are $12.  For reservations call 760-365-4523 or go to www.grovescabintheatre.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB OFFER PARENTS A VALENTINES NIGHT OUT

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club is offering parents the opportunity to have a kid-free Valentine’s night out. Parents can drop off their children, age 5 and older, at the Twentynine Palms Youth Club in Luckie. The children will be supervised from 6 p.m. to midnight, with dinner, a DJ, crafts, snacks, games, and a movie. The cost is only $25 for the first child, then $10 for each additional child. Call 760-367-5776, Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5:30 to reserve a space for your child.

VALENTINE’S DAY FUN AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY THURSDAY

There’s a sweetheart of a program scheduled at the Joshua Tree Branch library. Reporter Dan Stork spreads the love…

The Joshua Tree Branch Library invites children of all ages to the library for some Valentine’s Day fun on Thursday February 13, at 4 p.m. Activities will include: Hearts Bingo, making your own Valentine’s Day card, and sweetheart box. Craft and activities are provided at no cost through funding by the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. For more information about “Be My Valentine,” story time, or other library programs, please call the Joshua Tree Library at 760-366-8615.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS SPAGHETTI DINNER FUND-RAISER TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley High School Wrestling Booster Club will host a spaghetti dinner and auction. The wrestlers will bake cakes that will be auctioned off at the dinner tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., in the Yucca Valley High School multi-purpose room. Funds raised will go toward the team’s end of season banquet and awards ceremony.  A $5 donation gets a plate of spaghetti, salad, and drink, and entrance to the cake auction at the end of the event.  All are welcome to attend.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM CLINCHES DE ANZA LEAGUE TITLE

Twentynine Palms High School Girls’ basketball team clinched the De Anza League title and a home playoff game Friday, February 7, at Yucca Valley High School with a 37-to-25 win over the Trojans.  Coach Tim Stanford said Nokomis Cabrera scored a game high 14 points. Tusia Brown continued playing well with nine points and eight rebounds, Andraliah Lee had seven points, seven rebounds; Cherokee Turner played a great game defensively and added 12 rebounds.

YUCCA VALLEY GIRLS’ SOCCER WINS ‘BATTLE OF THE CUP’ AGAINST TWENTYNINE PALMS

In the inaugural “Battle of the Cup,” the Yucca Valley High School Girls Soccer team hosted the Wildcats from Twentynine Palms High School. Coach Scott Philips said the Lady Trojans controlled the game and prevailed with a 7-0 score. Sophomore goalie Nikole Cody tie the record for shutouts in a season. The stats for the game are as follows: freshman Alexia Missett, four goals, one assist; senior Amy Priest, one goal, one assist; senior Michaela Milone, one goal, one assist; junior Jennifer Luersen, one goal; junior Karson Scaccinoce, one  assist; freshman Meghan Udell, one assist.