As expected, the Yucca Valley High School teacher who had a warrant out for his arrest, surrendered himself in to the Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning. Sheriff records indicate that Zachary Miller, 33, of Yucca Valley, was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail at 11:40 a.m. Miller’s bail was set at $225,000, but he posted a bond and was released about three hours later. Miller is accused of three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor, and three other felony counts of lewd acts with a 17-year-old student.
A convicted felon was arrested in Twentynine Palms Wednesday after he was seen walking down the street with a weapon in plain view. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly before 8 a.m., a resident in the 72600 block of Juanita Drive reported seeing Darkise Gorman, 31, of Los Angeles, walking toward Highway 62 carrying a handgun. Deputies contacted Gorman, whom they determined to be a felon, and searched him and his backpack. Deputies found a handgun with its serial number filed off. Darkise Gorman was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a handgun, and removing the serial number of a weapon. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. In 2006, when Gorman was 22, Gorman was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor under 16 and sentenced to four years in state prison.
A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Wednesday, after her boyfriend said she busted out his car’s windshield. According to a Sheriff’s report, Tracy James, 39, had a heated argument with her boyfriend in the 5600 block of Lupine Avenue about 7:30 a.m., and threw a large rock at him, hitting his vehicle’s windshield, breaking it. Tracy James was arrested for investigation of assault with a weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.
As the federal plan for siting renewable energy facilities nears completion, the BLM wants to educate the public on how to participate in the process. Reporter Dan Stork has the notice for a meeting on Saturday in the Low Desert on that subject…
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a day-long meeting of the California Desert District Advisory Council in Palm Springs on Saturday, March 15. The focus of the event is public participation in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which has been under development since 2009, and is nearing completion. The full meeting runs from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Within that period, there will be presentation and discussion from 10:45 to noon on the mechanics of the DRECP public process, and a demonstration at 1:30 p.m. of the DRECP Web tool. The meeting will be at the Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. For more information, contact Steve Razo at 951-697-5217.
The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected a new president/chief executive officer. Wanda Stadum, owner of Signs by Wanda in Yucca Valley for 28 years, will assume her new duties as of May 16. Cheryl Nankervis, who has been with the Chamber since 1993, will be retiring as of June 30.
The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting 3 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, just off Aberdeen Road. Representatives from the fire department and Sheriff’s office usually make community reports and can answer questions. Residents from Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Valley are welcome to come and air their concerns.
The local Continuing Care Center, part of Hi-Desert Medical Center, was singled out for excellence recently. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says it is five stars for the CCC…
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Continuing Care Center Five Stars, its highest rating. The rating system is designed to help consumers easily compare nursing homes. Ratings are based on inspections, staffing levels, and a set of quality measures. Nursing homes with Five stars are considered far above average quality. The Continuing Care Center aims to provide a home-like setting for residents of the 120 beds in semi-private rooms. Administrator Michelle Amdahl commented on the rating, saying “It validates our commitment to providing the highest quality care. We strive each day to make the CCC the best place to live for our residents.”
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a Plus level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. Richard Brewer will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30. Bob Paull will be cueing rounds from 7:00 to 7:30 and between tips. For further information contact Dennis at 760-366-8626.
An archeologist who works on the Twentynine Palms Marine base will be the guest lecturer at the Second Friday Lecture series at the Twentynine Palms Old Schoolhouse Museum tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff digs deep to you the details…
The Morongo Basin has a rich archeological history that goes back thousands of years. Dr. Mark Harrington is best known for his discovery of the Gypsum Culture, a pre-pottery people who hunted and gathered in the arid western U.S. between 4,000 and 1,500 years ago. Harrington is also known for discovering intact duck decoys made from reeds in Nevada. John Hale, an archeologist with the Marine Corps at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, will discuss the life and work of Harrington at the Second Friday Lecture at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14. There will be an optional dinner with Hale at the 29 Palms Inn, starting at 5 p.m. The schoolhouse is located at 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. For dinner reservations, call 760-361-1202.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a corned beef and cabbage dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00, for a $7 donation. No Sunday breakfast is scheduled. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
On March 15 Palms Baptist Church will be serving the Food for Life meal at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. They will be serving chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.
The third Monday of March is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, March 17. The locations and times are:
• The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
• Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
• The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
• Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
• Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11;
• The fire station in Wonder Valley, 11 to 12;
• The Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon. Note that this is a change of location.
Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.
The True Vine Fellowship Ministry will hold a carwash fundraiser Saturday, March 15 to support the church’s youth and community outreach programs. The carwash will be held from 9 to 2 in the Santana’s parking lot in Twentynine Palms, 73680 Sun Valley Drive.
The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will be hosting a Reading Rally on March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. Local teachers and church members will be reading their favorite books as well as leading songs and movement activities. This is not a religious program but a celebration of the love of reading. Each child attending will receive a free book before going home. Some of the stories to expect are Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Purple, Green and Yellow; and Mr. Peabody’s Apples. Join us for an afternoon of relaxed enjoyment.
Area and visiting artists are featured at the quaint Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. ROP Broadcast student Nicolas Champion has more on the non-profit attraction…
Did you know that Twentynine Palms has an art gallery? It is located next to the Twentynine Palms Inn and the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The gallery features juried exhibitions, seasonal events, receptions, and art workshops for youth and adults. They also have a gift shop where southwestern jewelry and gifts are sold. For more information call 760-367-7819 or visit www.29palmsartgallery.com.
Twentynine Palms Elementary School is holding a kindergarten round-up to pre-enroll children for the 2014-2015 school year. Children must turn 5 by September 1, 2014. To pre-enroll, parents must make an appointment and pick up a kindergarten enrollment packet, starting Monday, March 17. Parents must bring to their appointment the completed enrollment forms, their child’s shot records, birth certificate, and address verification. Each child must have a physical and dental exam prior to the first day of school. Pre-enrollment appointments will be held March 31, and April 1, 4, 7, 8, 14, and 15, between 9 and 10:45 a.m., and between 1 and 1:45 p.m. The school is located at 74350 Playa Vista Drive. To make an appointment, call 760-367-3545.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School softball team will travel to Palm Springs for a double header. Game times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Wildcat track team will be participating in the Distance International Tournament in Great Oak, with the first event starting at 8 a.m.
The Yucca Valley High School baseball and softball teams will be in Needles again tomorrow.
The Trojan swim team will travel away to Riverside City College to play Martin Luther King High School. The meet begins at 9 a.m.