MORONGO VALLEY MAC MEETS TONIGHT: LAND USE, LANDERS WATER ON THE TABLE

Land Use Services processes and management of a County water area head the agenda at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting on March 10, after elimination of a previously-announced workshop. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else to expect…
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Monday March 10 features two action items. One will be on recommendations for improving how Land Use Services notifies the public on renewable energy projects. The other is a Resolution in support of a citizen’s request that county-run water services in the Landers area be taken over by the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, and will follow a presentation by Big Horn Desert View General Manager Marina West. That’s in addition to regular reports from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, committees, and MAC members. A previously announced closed session for training for MAC members on the California public meeting law—the Brown Act—has been cancelled, because the way it was publicly noticed violated the Brown Act. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT WAL-MART

An Apple Valley father and son were arrested after they allegedly tried to steal hundreds of dollars of merchandise from Wal-Mart Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 8:30 p.m., Richard Anderson Sr., 49, was seen concealing more than $500 worth of electronic equipment inside a box for a shop vacuum worth $50. Deputies located Anderson’s son, Richard Anderson Jr., 18, outside, waiting in a truck. The deputy searched the truck and found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The deputy determined that the Andersons had $16 and change between them. Both Richard Anderson Jr. and Richard Anderson Sr. were arrested for investigation of burglary and possession of methamphetamine. They were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and released on $25,000 bail Saturday night.

YUCCA VALLEY FELON ARRESTED WITH WEAPONS

A Yucca Valley felon on probation was arrested Friday after he was found with guns and ammunition. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7500 block of Shawnee Trail about 1:45 p.m. to conduct a probation check on Bradley Blackwell, 37. At the home, the deputy found a shotgun and shotgun shells. Bradley Blackwell was arrested for investigation of being a drug addict in possession of a weapon and ammunition, and on two out-of-county warrants. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

LETTERHEAD SHRIKES WIN ADULT LITERACY SPELLING BEE

Exaggerate. Grievous. Aberration. Seizure. Abscess. Saboteur. Pistachio. Extirpate. Pharaoh. Amylaceous. These words knocked out 10 of the 12 teams competing for the title of best spellers in the Morongo Basin at the 23rd Annual Spell-a-thon, held Saturday morning in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff competed in the spelling bee, and can’t wait to spell out the results…
The final two teams of the 23rd Annual Spell-a-Thon, the Silky Spellbinders, composed of myself, Sherri Bevan, and Mary Kay Buckley, and the Letterhead Shrikes, made up of Katie Sosayachanh, Marilyn Lutz, and Joe Zarki, got up to battle it out in a one-on-one competition. Unfortunately for the Silky Spellbinders, we went down on our very first word, bibelot, a word that means “a small trinket.” The Letterhead Shrikes spelled bibelot successfully, and then won the spelling bee with the word pusillanimous, meaning “timid.” The spell-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms. The team with the most pledges was Cathy and the Lascivious Lads of Copper Mountain College, who brought in more than $700 in pledges.

WARREN VALLEY WATERMASTER IN SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW

The Warren Valley Basin Watermaster Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday. The Watermaster Board will be asked to approve the 2013-14 annual report. According to a preview of the annual report, the amount of water withdrawn from the Warren Valley Basin during the water year 2012-13 declined slightly, by 3.5 percent. However, the report noted that Hawks Landing at Blue Skies, formerly Blue Skies Golf Course, did not extract any groundwater from within the Basin during that time. The meeting will be held at 5:30 at the offices of the Hi-Desert Water District in Yucca Valley.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PLANS “IDES OF MARCH” EVENT

The students of Copper Mountain College will celebrate the Ides of March. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…
Celebrate the Ides of March at Copper Mountain College with a Roman Banquet and entertainment fundraiser on March 15. Be transported to ancient Rome with food, drink, theater, raffles, costume contest, and a re-enactment of the death of Caesar! Tickets range from $15 to $100 and benefit the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center on the Copper Mountain College campus. The Roman Banquet begins at 4 p.m. in the Bell Center Gymnasium. Get your tickets at 760-366-5266 or by following the link in this story at Z1077FM.com.

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24TH ANNUAL WALK FOR LIFE THIS SATURDAY

The 24th Annual Walk 4 Life, to benefit the Hi-Desert Pregnancy Clinic, is set for Saturday, March 15 at Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. Registration for the fundraising walk is $5, $15 for a family of three or more. T-shirts and sweatshirts will be given to walkers who have pledges totaling $100, $200, and $250. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the walk begins at 9:30. The event will include live music, face painting, crafts, and magic, and food will be available.

HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM WEDNESDAY LECTURE TO FEATURE POTTER TONY SOARES

Learn about the art of Native American pottery from an expert. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Wednesday lecture…
Explore the ancient art of pottery with master potter and teacher of pottery techniques, Tony Soares. Soares learned his basics from his grandmother and continued to refine his skills, gathering clay from the Mojave Desert and firing the pots not in a kiln but in wood fire pits. He now wants to pass this art on to the younger generation so old traditions are not forgotten. Soares’s pottery is in the Palm Springs Art Museum and galleries in the Coachella Valley. Learn from the best at the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday Lecture Series at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at 5:30 p.m. on March 12. For more information call 760-369-7212.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET WEDNESDAY

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The support group meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The next meeting is this Wednesday, March 12. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin, For more information, contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi- Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL THEATER STUDENTS OPEN “TEEN ANGEL” TOMORROW

The talented theater students at Yucca Valley High School are putting on a spring production. Dan Stork tells about “Teen Angel”…
A student-directed production of “Teen Angel” will be going on in the Yucca Valley High School Multipurpose Room this week. The show is written by D.M. Larson, produced by theater adviser Scott Phillips, and directed by Cindy Sou and Damien Colby. The student actors are: Madison Curtiss, Chalise Kunz, Aimee Frank, Vivian Chow, Emily Partridge, Madelynn Nimmo, Alivia Childress, David Brock, Patrick Ferragut, Christopher Stevens, Alicia Murphy, Crystal Offutt, Hunter Gallegos, and the student stage manager is Mackenzie Curtiss.
“Teen Angel” is an adaptation of the hit movie from 1985 entitled “Heavenly Kid” as well as the short TV series “Teen Angel” that aired on ABC from 1997-1998 where a character cannot enter heaven until performing acts of kindness like a guardian angel. The show dates are March 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. All shows start at 6 p.m. There will also be a special matinee showing on March 15 at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and free admission for children under age 12. Tickets will be available at the door.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TRACK TEAM IN COMPETITION

The Twentynine Palms High School track and field team traveled to Anza last week to compete against Indian Springs and Hamilton High Schools. The boys and girls each won scoring 67 and 51 points respectively. Freshman Makya Bullion and Junior Chris Hayes were named Wildcats of the Week for their high scoring performances and outstanding work in the relays. Sia Faletagaloa earned two first places in the throws, and Synai Salgado earned an 11 second personal record in the 3200-meter run. The team will travel to Temecula to compete in the Great Oak Distance Invitational on Saturday.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL IN TOURNAMENT ACTION

The Yucca Valley High School softball team competed in the Annual Palm Springs High School invitational softball tournament on March 7 and 8. Losing the first two games to Apple Valley and JW North high schools on Friday. Yucca Valley High School Softball Head Coach Dennis Priest said the team came back Saturday to beat Palmdale and Cathedral City, posting 44 runs and giving up 26 in the tourney. Senior Teresa Nava was tourney MVP playing great softball at shortstop. Kate Nelson and Alexia Misset were standout freshman for the Trojans. Alexia (Tink) Misset showed off her speed, going 7-8 on Saturday after taking a very hard pitch to the ribs in game one Friday that sat her down for the rest of the day.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat baseball and softball teams will travel away to Palm Desert to play Xavier Prep. First pitch for both games is at 3:15.

The Wildcat golf team will travel away tomorrow to Apple Valley. Tee time is 2:45.

At Joshua Springs, the Lightning softball and baseball teams will travel to Lucerne Valley. Both games start at 3:15.