A motorcyclist was killed when a 69-year-old Yucca Valley man, accused of driving under the influence, turned his truck in front of him, then fled the scene after the fatal crash. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Greer, Jacob Koval, 26, of Yucca Valley, was riding his blue 2005 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Buena Vista Drive when Ronald Svidergol, who was driving his pick-up truck eastbound on Buena Vista, turned north in front of him onto Surrey Court. Koval took evasive measures, but collided with the truck’s front passenger side. Svidergol, who is accused of being intoxicated, fled the scene. A passing motorist came upon the scene and called 911 at 5:07. Koval received fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. A motorcycle debris trail from the truck led deputies to Svidergol’s residence in the 57900 block of Buena Vista Drive. Ronald Svidergol was arrested for investigation of felony DUI and leaving the scene of a traffic collision causing death. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $250,000. Anyone with information on this crash should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
Financial review, Measure O oversight, substitute teacher pay, and four Board policies are on the school board agenda. Reporter Dan Stork has details…
Following a closed session at 5:30 p.m. to deal with pupil and personnel issues, and employee bargaining discussions, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold an open work study session at 6 p.m. on the Second Interim Financial Report. In the 7 p.m. open session, the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Measure O funds will give its annual report. On the action agenda for the meeting, are a pay rate increase for substitute teachers, reimbursement for travel and lodging for the parent of an out-of-state residentially-placed student, and a resolution related to custodial equipment and supplies. In addition, several Board policies or administrative regulations are up for approval, covering Administering Medication and Montioring Health Conditions, Education for Foster Youth, Student Leaves of Absence, and Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students. The Board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst Avenue.
Without fanfare, the National Park Service has moved a Joshua Tree National Park official into the position of acting superintendent. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the appointment of Andrea Compton…
With the retirement of Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler, the National Park Service has started the recruitment process for a permanent successor. That’s what Andrea Compton told us, in discussing her appointment as the acting superintendent. Compton, who has been the Chief Resource Officer for the Park, added that the term of her appointment of acting superintendent is until June.
According to a press release issued on Monday, the Park is a sizeable economic force in the Morongo Basin. The press release said that A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 1.4 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2012 spent $62 million locally, and supported 770 jobs in the area. According to the report, 39 percent of visitor dollars support jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores; 27 percent supports jobs in lodging; and 20 percent goes toward other amusement and recreation. A copy of the report can be found at a link in this story at Z1077fm.com.
Andrea Compton and her husband Robert, a mathematics professor at Copper Mountain College, live in Joshua Tree.
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats Boys’ tennis team competed in their first pre-season match-up against the Cathedral City High School Lions in Cathedral City yesterday. Coach Larry Battle said the Wildcats lost to the Lions 3-15.
Seven teams from Twentynine Palms traveled to Needles over the weekend for the first of four youth basketball all-star tournaments taking place in March. All but one returned with trophies, three teams bringing home first place.
Third- and fourth-grade girls and boys both came in third place led by All-Tournament selections Kate Bobadilla for the girl’s team and Robert Russ for the boy’s team.
Fifth- and sixth-grade boys fought hard all weekend but came up short of the trophies after losing to Beaumont number 1, and the home town Needles team. The fifth- and sixth girls, led by All- Tournament selections Carveona Garner and Jhordan Stanley, came up just short of a first place finish to the host Needles.
The seventh-grade boys lost their first game in overtime to host Needles, and then ran off four straight wins while getting revenge against Needles in the championship game. Tyrell Bell was named MVP and Antonio Carter was selected for the All-Tournament team.
The seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ team and the eighth grade boys’ teams went undefeated, a combined 8-0 to both take first place in their divisions. KJ Morton was selected for the All Tournament team, while D’Shaun Barrett was named MVP for the boys’ division and Lindsey Scamman was named MVP for the girls.
Next on the schedule is a trip up the mountain to Big Bear, California for their 14th annual tournament.