MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT AT YUCCA VALLEY GOLF COURSE

A 53-year-old construction worker was injured at the Hawks’ Landing Golf Course in Yucca Valley Monday morning. According to Fire Captain Rick Denison, Yucca Valley paramedics were called to the former Blue Skies Golf Course at 7:24 in response to a man being run over by a tractor. Denison said the man was an employee of Landscapes Unlimited, the contractor renovating the golf course. The man, who was not identified due to privacy rules, was riding on a front-end loader when he lost his balance and fell off. The driver of the tractor was not able to stop in time to avoid him, and the front and rear wheels of the tractor ran over the man’s torso. The man suffered critical injuries and was rushed by ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. This is the second tragic tractor accident in just two weeks. William Wire, 61, of Morongo Valley, was killed February 4 when he fell off his tractor and was run over.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: GRANTS, SENIOR HOUSING NAME AND MANAGER REMOVAL ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets with a busy session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some the agenda highlights…

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will be introduced to Miss Yucca Valley and her court, and recognize Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell, who is retiring in March. After the consent agenda, the Council will hold a public hearing on priorities for the Community Development Block Grant, hear a report on procedural guidelines, review name recommendations for the senior housing project, and deleting a portion of the Town ordinance concerning removal of the Town manager. Following the Town Council meeting, the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency will meet to approve a payment schedule for the Agency’s financial obligations. The meeting starts at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

BLOOD DRIVES IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE TODAY

Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives Wednesday, February 19. Residents may donate blood at High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 8 to 5, or at the Yucca Valley Community Center from noon to 4. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

PALMS SPRINGS MAY ADD FOURTH MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

While the Town of Yucca Valley refuses to consider allowing their medical marijuana dispensary to reopen, a fourth medical marijuana dispensary could open in Palm Springs July 1. There has been much discussion during the past year about adding another cannabis collective; the Palm Springs City Council is scheduled to discuss and vote on the matter Wednesday. Palms Springs leaders are expected to approve a comprehensive regulatory program for pot shops that requires medical cannabis quality testing and allows the shops to take cash and operate on Sunday. Currently, cash is prohibited and collectives are not allowed to operate on Sunday.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN BUSY SESSION

Honors conferred by outside organizations, and numerous administrative actions are featured on the MUSD Board of Education meeting’s agenda tonight. Dan Stork lists the kudos and regulation topics…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting on February 18 starts with a closed session at 5:30 to deal with student and employee personnel issues, employee unit bargaining, and a conference with legal counsel on anticipated litigation. The 7 p.m. open session starts with two recognitions: one for Donna Petre, a Twentynine Palms High School teacher who was selected as a finalist for the California League of High Schools Educator of the Year for Region 10; and Twentynine Palms High School, for receiving a US News and World Report Bronze Medal in its Best High Schools rankings for 2013. Among the items on the action agenda are two credentialing waiver requests; 21 FITNESSGRAM waivers; and approval of administrative regulations or board policies on career technical education; English Language Learners; sale, lease, rental of District owned real property; administering medication and monitoring health conditions; education for foster youth; and behavioral interventions for special education students.

TIME TO START GETTING YOUR SPELL-A-THON TEAM TOGETHER

The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy has announced the date of its 23rd Annual Spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 8 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three people will compete against each other for bragging rights of the best spellers in the Morongo Basin. The entry fee is $25 per team, and team members raise pledges that will benefit the MBCAL. Teams must register by March 5. For more information, or to sign up your team, call 760-275-4448, 760-221-4089, or 760-972-7205.

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST SET FOR MARCH 27

Students from all local high schools are invited to participate in the 2014 Four-Way Test Speech Contest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. Students must be high school students or home study students at high school level and live within Rotary District 5330. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, and the winner will advance to the mid-level competition for a chance to win additional prizes. The speech contest is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Joshua Springs Christian School. Students must register by March 20. For more information, or to register, call Ignazio Ficara at 760-365-7000.

KIDS CRAFT CORNER AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY SATURDAY

Some fun for the kids this Saturday at the Twentynine Palms Library.  Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on the Kids Craft Corner…

Introduce your children to their creative side this Saturday at the Twentynine Palms Library. On February 22, beginning at 2:30 p.m., the library will be having a craft day for all school aged children. This month, kids will have the opportunity to make their very own butterfly from yarn, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes! The monthly craft program is free and all supplies are provided. Drop by the Twentynine Palms Library anytime between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. For more information call 760-367-9519.

TAY CENTER OFFERS SERVICE TO THE YOUNG HOMELESS

Pacific Clinic’s TAY Center offers young adults a safe and comfortable place to define and accomplish their life goals. Clients can come to the TAY Center to meet their basic needs such as a meal, shower, and a place to do laundry. Once they become drop-in clients, they can utilize additional services, such as counseling, job training, housing referrals, enrichment groups, medication support services, and a place to meet new people. For more information contact the TAY Center at 760-228-9657 or visit them at 58945 Business Center Drive, Suite D in Yucca Valley.

FREE HEART-TO-HEART LUNCHEON FOR MILITARY WOMEN

Area military women are being invited to a special luncheon event in Palms Springs next month. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the invitation…

Active duty military women and the wives of active duty military from Twentynine Palms will be honored at a luncheon in Cathedral City in March. Heart to Heart organized the first luncheon in 2008 to let military women know they were loved, appreciated and not forgotten, and that they had a civilian support team that understands “freedom is not free.” The luncheon, set for March 8 at 11:30, will include a fashion show, music, and inspirational speaker Karon Kanadjian. The public is invited to attend. The cost is $25, but the luncheon is free for active duty and spouses of active duty. Reservations are required and must be paid by February 28. Free childcare is available. For military reservations, call Laura Sotto at 760-830-7481. Reservations for the public should be made on the website, hearttoheartps.org.

MANDATORY SPRING ATHLETICS MEETING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT

Attention Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat athletes, there will be a mandatory parent and student athlete meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Wildcat Gymnasium. If you are participating in a spring sport and you have not attended a meeting earlier this school year, you and a parent/guardian must attend.

A WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ SOCCER

On Senior night, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ basketball team routed Desert Mirage by a score of 72-40, with contributions from players across the board, and it wasn’t even that close!! The team will like to thank the Trojans that came and supported us on Valentine’s day. Playoffs start this Wednesday with St. Francis from La Canada coming into Trojan gym. Come support your Trojans tomorrow, this is going to be a good one.

 

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team hosted Desert Mirage High School for the last game of the regular season. Girls’ varsity soccer Coach Scott Phillips said the Lady Trojans dominated the game and out-shot the Rams 21-2, finishing with a 3-1 victory.
Freshman Alexia Missett scored two goals, one assist; senior Teresa; Nava, one goal, one assist; and junior Karson Scaccinoce, one assist. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be a CIF playoff game at Baldwin Park High School tomorrow at 3 p.m.