TWO KILLED IN TWO FATAL CRASHES THURSDAY NIGHT

Two people were killed Thursday night in two separate traffic crashes. At 8:41 p.m., a bicyclist, riding the wrong way against traffic on westbound Valle Vista, just east of Condor Road in Twentynine Palms, was struck and killed by a vehicle. The names of the driver and the bicyclist have not been released yet by the California Highway Patrol.

Then, at 10:15 p.m., Christopher Hannon, 22, of Yucca Valley, was driving his 2010 Dodge Charger westbound on Highway 62 in the number 2 lane, just east of Wamego Trail, when for unknown reasons, he rear-ended a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, also traveling westbound on the highway in the number 2 lane.

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The motorcycle rider was thrown onto the car’s windshield, and was carried on top of the car until the car crashed into and brought down a power pole near the Wamego intersection, at which time the rider was thrown off the car. Both the car and the rider came to rest in front of the Hideaway Stitchery building, while the motorcycle continued on in the number 2 lane for about another 75 feet before falling over in front of the collective car lot. The causes of both crashes are under investigation.

15-YEAR-OLD BOY ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A 15-year-old boy is in custody, accused of committing sex crimes against a child. Details are scarce due to the ages of the suspect and the girl, but about 8 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to a home in the 6700 block of Elk Trail in Twentynine Palms where the alleged crime occurred. After an investigation, a detective in the Crimes Against Children unit arrested the 15-year-old boy, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. The boy was taken to Juvenile Hall.

SAFETY TIPS FOR JOGGERS

Many people enjoy jogging or running, but if they’re not careful, they can be victimized by criminals. Runners or joggers are often so preoccupied with their run that they are not paying attention to their surroundings or realize what is happening around them. Newlywed Sheriff’s Service Specialist Anita Northcutt offers the following personal safety tips for joggers or runners…
Jog or run with a known companion. Jog or run in a familiar area. Do not jog or run in a dark or secluded area. Do not jog or run after dark. Particularly if jogging or running alone, don’t wear headphones or earbuds. Do not talk on your phone, which is a major distraction. Do not run or jog near bushes which can provide concealment. Vary your route and pattern. Carry a whistle or high-decibel, battery-powered personal alarm device. If followed, get to the nearest residence, open business, or group of people. Carry your motor vehicle or home key with you.

DUMOSA AVENUE TO RE-OPEN NEXT WEEK, MORE ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN YUCCA VALLEY

Motorists will soon be able to get to the Yucca Valley Town Hall and Community Center without having to take a detour through residential neighborhoods. Dumosa Avenue is scheduled to be paved on Monday, and is expected to re-open to traffic on Tuesday. Also on Monday, and continuing for the next two weeks, construction will begin on curbs, gutters, and sidewalks from Sage Avenue to Palm Avenue, as well as asphalt patching adjacent to the new curbs and gutters. CalTrans requires that Highway 62 be reduced to one lane in each direction during construction. This project is scheduled to be completed by April 15. However, another project is slated to begin April 28; raised medians will be installed on the highway from Mohawk Trail to Palm Avenue. This project also includes curbs, gutters, and sidewalks from Apache Trail to Palm Avenue on both the north and south sides of the highway, as well as a new traffic signal at Church Street and modification to the existing traffic signal light at the intersection of Mohawk and the highway. Motorists are urged to take Sunnyslope or Onaga Trail to avoid the construction area.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST DIRECTOR RESIGNS

After nearly seven years at the helm of the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the executive director is resigning. Under the stewardship of Nancy Karl, the MDLT has acquired and preserved 47,114 acres of desert land. She led efforts to save the 955 acres bordering Joshua Tree National Park known as the Quail Mountain project; Section 33, 647 acres near the west entrance of the town of Joshua Tree; as well as numerous in-holdings in the Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park.  Danielle Segura the Current MDLT Director of Development, has been appointed executive director. The public is invited to a walk and program to honor Karl on Saturday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at the base of the Quail Mountain Property, at the corner of Skyline Road and Sunset Road in Joshua Tree.

SUNDAY MATINEE FOR FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY AT THEATRE 29

This weekend is the final matinee performance of the really long titled play at Theatre 29, that we just call Farndale. Here with more information on the play and tickets, is ROP student Curtis Mohn…
Theatre 29 is well under way with its latest production “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery.” Director Marty Neider has brought together a wonderful cast of characters for the second play of the 2014 season, and the latest in a long line of successful productions produced at Theatre 29. The ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. go through everything that could possibly go wrong on the opening night of their murder mystery “Murder at Checkmate Manor,” from missed cues to forgotten lines to even collapsed scenery. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” will run on Fridays and Saturdays through March 27th at 7:00 pm. there will be one final Sunday matinee on March 23. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups. Tickets can be reserved at theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

POKER RUN FUNDRAISER FOR HOMELESS VETS TOMORROW

Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will hold its first Poker Run fundraiser for homeless veterans Saturday, March 22. All are welcome. Start time is 7 a.m. at the Change for Vets Thrift Store, 5758 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms. The poker run will make three stops in Joshua Tree National Park, followed by a stop in Morongo Valley, before ending at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third-place for best poker hands. Registration is $40 and includes a T-shirt and a meal. To pre-register, email vccpreshidesert@gmail.com. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans.

VOLUNTEER AT THE HOSPICE THRIFT STORE IN JOSHUA TREE

Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, by becoming a volunteer. The Morongo Basin Ambulance is now accepting applications for volunteers to sort and price goods at the hospice thrift store in Joshua Tree. For more information, call Morongo Basin Ambulance at 760-366-8474 option 4.

SIGN UP NOW FOR LECTURE ON NATIVE PLANTS

Efficiency in using water is a desert survival skill. Reporter Dan Stork invites you to a talk on Tuesday about how native plants do it over very long lifetimes…
On March 25, Botanist Robin Kobaly will expound on long-lived desert plants, in a presentation titled “Surrounded by Ancients”, at the next ABCs of Water event sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency. She’ll tell how an unseen network of underground root partners help native plants thrive for centuries. Robin will also demonstrate how to estimate the age of native plants in our valleys and surrounding mountains, and will discuss how these ancient survivors can enhance your own landscape. The talk is from 5:30 to 7 pm, at 13846 Conference Center Drive in Apple Valley. To register, call Gloria Golike at (760) 946-7001 by March 24, or email her at ggolike@mojavewater.org.

KIDS CRAFTS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

The Twentynine Palms Library is hosting an A-MAZE-ing craft on Saturday, March 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Kids will make their very own maze out of paint, cardboard, and their imagination. All supplies will be provided. This is a free program and is open to the public. No reservations are required.

SOUP COOK-OFF AT JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Joshua Tree will host a soup cook-off tonight. Drop off your soup at the Post, 6402 Veterans Way, and enjoy a bowl of your favorite soup from 4 to 6. Sunday’s breakfast is a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

EYES AND EARS TOPIC OF SCIENCE SATURDAYS AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

When it comes to eyes and ears, two are better than one. Reporter Taylor Thacker says don’t miss tomorrow’s Science Saturday lecture at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum…
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s popular education program, Science Saturdays, continues in March. On Saturday, March 22nd, the topic will be the eyes and ears. Two is not always better than one, but it is when it comes to eyes and ears. These dynamic duos help us perceive the world around us but it is no simple task. Both the eyes and ears are complex parts of the human body and experience. Spark your sense during this Science Saturday and explore sight and sound with the help of Museum Educator Crystal Mason. This program is for school aged children and takes place at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum from 11:00-11:30am. Science Saturdays are free and no preregistration is required. For more information call 760-369-7212. Come out and learn something new this Saturday!

SCHOOL BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL WORKSHOP MEETING TODAY

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will participate in a work study session at noon today in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Led by a consultant for the California School Board Association, board members will discuss governance practices, including unity of purpose, roles, responsibilities, norms and protocols.

WILDCAT GIRLS’ SWIM TEAM WINS, BOYS’ TEAM LOSES

The Twentynine Palms High School girls swim team won their first meet of the season against Apple Valley Wednesday, 120 to 50. Earning qualifying times for the CIF 200-meter medley relay were Hanna Beard, Gabby Crank, Darrien Reig, and Nokomis Cabrera. Reig also earned qualifying times for CIF on the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, and Cabrera earned qualifying times in the 100-meter breast stroke. The Wildcat boys’ team lost their first meet, scoring 72 points to Apple Valleys 92 points.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan track teams will send athletes to compete in events in Beaumont and in Azusa. The Beaumont meet starts at 8:30; the Azusa meet starts at 10 a.m.