We have a little more information about the Twentynine Palms man who was killed in Twentynine Palms Thursday night while riding his bicycle. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 32-year-old man—who has been identified as Mickey Mroz—was riding a BMX-style bike eastbound along the north shoulder of Valle Vista Road about 8:30 p.m. The CHP says Ann Marie Platzke, 31, of Twentynine Palms, was driving her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt westbound on Valle Vista, west of Sherman Hoyt Road, when the man attempted to cross the road directly in front of Platzke. Platzke’s car struck the bicyclist, who was thrown onto the south shoulder of the road where he sustained fatal injuries. Platzke and her 8-year-old daughter were uninjured. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision on the part of the bicyclist, as an open container was found near his body. The CHP is investigating the crash.
The aftermath of a crash between a Dodge Charger and a motorcycle in Yucca Valley, in which the motorcyclist, David Hayes, 59, was killed.
The coroner’s office has released the name of the victim who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Yucca Valley Thursday night. David Hayes, 59, of Yucca Valley, was riding his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound about 10:15 on Highway 62 near Wamego Trail when he was rear-ended—for unknown reasons—by Christopher Hannon, 22, also of Yucca Valley, who was driving a 2010 Dodge Charger. Hayes was thrown onto the Charger’s windshield, and when the car crashed into a light pole, Hayes was thrown off the car. Hayes was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department Major Accident Investigation Team is conducting the investigation into the collision.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman. Cheryl Rogers, 53, was visiting Joshua Tree National Park on March 12, and has not been heard from since. Rogers is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, has blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about Cheryl Rogers is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
The 14th Annual Twentynine Palms Street Fair and Car Show will be held on a new day, date, and location this year. In the past, the show was held on the first Friday in June on the highway in downtown Twentynine Palms. Because the car show has gotten so big, organizers decided this year to move the fair and car show to Luckie Park, on Saturday, May 3, from 10 to 6. All years, makes, and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome at the show. Also a part of the car show will be a “Kidz Zone” with games for kids, a beer garden and live entertainment. The annual Armed Services YMCA Soap Box Derby will move its traditional venue as well to remain part of the event. Z107.7 Radio is a co-sponsor of the car show. For more information or to volunteer, call Twentynine Palms Chamber Executive Director Cynthia Truitt at 760-367-3445.
The creative team behind the hit off-Broadway musical, “Fabulous Divas of Broadway,” is at again, bringing the “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” to Theatre 29 for two performances. Writer and creator Alan Palmer stars in this audacious tribute to Hollywood films and the divas who starred in them. With fast-paced costume changes, Palmer does impressions of Cher, Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, and more. “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” takes the stage at Theatre 29 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce, at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree, and at the Theatre 29 box office. Tickets are $15 and are cash or check only. For reservations, call 760-361-4151.
Three free webinars for homeowners with wells will be offered in April. The webinars will be presented by the National Ground Water Association and will cover groundwater protection on April 2; well maintenance on April 9; and well flooding on April 17. Additional information about each webinar can be found with this story at www.Z1077fm.com. Well owners should register now. Visit www.wellowner.org, and click on the button to register for the 10 a.m. webinars and online lessons.
What’s for lunch? ROP Broadcasting student Joshua Cobb has the view from Twentynine Palms High School…
Twentynine Palms High School has an effective lunch program for students. This lunch program meets all of the FDA’S nutritional requirements. The school has a lunch system where there is a new item on the menu each day of the week, this gives students the option of either getting a new item each day or they can bring their own sack lunch from home. There are different prices on the lunch depending on the income of the students’ parents; the regular price of lunch is $2.85, whereas reduced lunch is $0.40. If you sign up there is an available free lunch program for students; sign up sheets are in the front office. Reporting for z107-7 news I am ROP broadcasting student Joshua Cobb.
The propane gas giant Amerigas has a fundraising program for schools – called “School Days” — that it has implemented nationally. If students bring into their schools receipts for propane deliveries and put them in a School Days Receipt Box, AmeriGas will total the gallons on the receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year. According to Amerigas, last year, two schools in Virginia, one school in Illinois, one school in Utah and one school in West Virginia received the maximum amount of $2,000! Locally, the program is available through Amerigas subsidiary G&K Propane. According to an employee at G&K, local schools currently participating in the program include Joshua Springs and Yucca Mesa Elementary. To get in on the program, a school representative or parent from an individual school can come into the G&K office at 55596 Yucca Trail to pick up a sign-up packet.