CHILD CRUELTY ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested on child cruelty charges Thursday after drugs were found in her home. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers went to a home in the 7300 block of Dumosa Avenue about 3 p.m. to perform a compliance check on Jacqueline Noonan, 40. Probation officers requested assistance from Sheriff’s deputies after drugs were found in the home, along with a child who had access to the drugs. Jacqueline Noonan, who was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2012, was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, and cruelty to a child. Noonan was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $100,000.

JOSHUA TREE VFW FOOD SCHEDULE

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be serving Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.

E-WASTE DROP OFF

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is sponsoring a free collection of your electronic waste. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 1, you can drop off—for free—your televisions; computers, laptops, and computer components; fax machines, copiers, or printers and their ink cartridges and toners; video game consoles; cameras; VCR and DVD players, cell phones and telephone equipment; and mp3 players. Bring them to 74325 Joe Davis Road in Twentynine Palms. And just a reminder, you can also drop off your e-waste for free at Cardinal Van and Storage, 73873 Callie Todd, just off Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 4.  For more information, call Randy Councell at 760-367-7562 extension 105.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of March is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff 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 17th. 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, and
· 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.

SEES EASTER CANDY AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Available for purchase beginning March 17 at the Joshua Tree Library will be a variety of See’s candy.  In addition, through April 1, the Friends will be accepting orders for several types of candy.   All order selections can be seen on the Friends of the Library webpage at www.joshuatreefol.org/events.htm or by visiting the Joshua Tree Library.  Orders are also accepted by phone and will be available for pick up the week of April 7th.  For more information call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at (760) 366-8615.

HELPING HOMELESS VETS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare, call Kevin at 760-368-8715, or stop in at the Change For Vets thrift store at 5758 Adobe Road, Suite B, in Twentynine Palms  to make arrangements to donate help an American hero who has fallen on hard times.

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 (http://www.cmccd.edu/Ides-of-March ) in this story at Z1077FM.com.

ROTARY CLUB SPEECH CONTEST

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.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER SATURDAY AT YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

This Saturday, March 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association is having its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, from corned beef through dessert including drink, served to you for only $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The club will offer accordion music for all to enjoy. For tickets or questions please call Bobbie at 760-228-1315.

BURGLARY ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested late Thursday night accused of burglarizing a Yucca Valley home. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 8:20 p.m. Thursday, deputies were called to a home in the 6900 block of Cholla Avenue for a home burglary. Evidence led deputies to arrest Matthew Swank, 27, for investigation of theft of weapons. While Swank was being booked in the West Valley Detention Center, two baggies of methamphetamine were found in his sock. Matthew Swank was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and is being held on $50,000 bail.

“FORBIDDEN BROADWAY” AT TPHS

It’s a Broadway Musical Production at Twentynine Palms High School. “Forbidden Broadway” will run at 7:00 p.m. the next two Fridays and Saturdays. ROP broadcasting student Amber Flores says tickets are available at the door….
Twentynine Palms High School is having a musical. The musical “Forbidden Broadway” is produced with the help of high school teachers Mrs. Waycott, Mrs. Willson, Ms. Mullen, and Mr. Keith. It will be held on March 14, 15, 21, and the 22. For military, seniors, kids, and students, tickets will be $12; for adults will be $15. The high school students have been working hard and they have made this not just into a high school musical but a Broadway production. The musical has many known Broadway musical hits but has turned into parodies of the music, so you are sure to have a laugh.

LOCAL REPUBLICANS TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

The Morongo Basin Republicans are hosting the San Bernardino County Republicans Monday, March 17, and invite the public to attend. U.S. Congressman, Paul Cook will present current information from Washington. Lunch is $15, at the Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley, at noon. For more information, go to www.MorongoBasinRepublicans.org. Reservations are required; to RSVP call 760-365-9490.