DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS NO CHARGES AGAINST SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN FATAL CRASH

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office announced Monday that it will not be pressing charges against the Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a fatal traffic crash in Twentynine Palms last year, in which a Perris man was killed. According to spokesman Christopher Lee, the DA’s office declined to prosecute Deputy Erdem Gorgolu “due to a lack of evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.” He added that it was “not clear which driver caused the accident.” About 7:30 p.m. April 30, 2013, Deputy Gorgolu was driving eastbound on the highway in front of the Stater Brothers shopping center in Twentynine Palms when his patrol car crashed into a Toyota Camry at Encelia Avenue, driven by Luc Van Bui, 64. Bui was killed in the collision and Gorgolu was seriously injured and taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has refused to release the crash report to Z107.7 News.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS VACATION HOME RENTALS, SCULPTURES, ROAD WORK

The subject of vacation home rental returns to the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Also up for discussion are approval of sculptures, and moving forward with road work on National Park Drive. Reporter Dan Stork explains…

An oddly-worded item on the agenda of the March 25 Twentynine Palms City Council meeting describes a public hearing regarding the controversial subject of vacation home rentals. Possible actions: Send a draft ordinance rejected by the Council in 2010 back to the Planning Commission for updates; or ask staff to develop it more for Council consideration; or fuhgeddaboudit. After that, the Council will be asked to approve the installation of three Simi Dabah sculptures, two at the Senior Center, and one at Theatre 29. The final agenda item is an “urgency item,” asking for the authorization of $22,000 modification of a contract with environmental consultants to help move along a construction project on National   Park Drive that has been held up by archaeological issues. As part of the same discussion, Council will consider moving $13,000 from Measure I funds to the National Park Drive curb, gutter, sidewalk and median project. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

NEW ROUTE FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE, APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Applications are now available for entries for the 2014 Grubstake Days Parade. Applications are available 9 to 4:30 at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office, located in the California Welcome Center on the highway in Yucca Valley, or online at yuccavalley.org. Due to construction on the highway, the parade route has been changed to Onaga Trail from Church Street east to Sage Avenue. The deadline to enter is May 2. For more information, call 760-365-6323.

VENDORS SOUGHT FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS COMMUNITY FAIR

With the planning for the annual Grubstake Days celebration moving into high gear, vendors and local non-profits are being sought. Reporter Taylor Thacker has details……

Our community’s traditional Grubstake Days is coming up again. The event, hosted by Hi-Desert Publishing, Z107.7 Radio, the Basin-Wide Foundation and the Town of Yucca Valley, is set for Saturday, May 24, at the Hi-Desert Boys and Girls Club and Boehm Youth Park grounds on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. Vendors and non-profit groups who would like to have an outside booth offering games, food, fun, and information at the Community Fair event are being sought. Booths with games for children are particularly encouraged. Fees for booth space include required Insurance coverage. To sign up for a booth for commercial vendors or non-profit organizations call 760-365-7219.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

At the last Joshua Tree Clean Team efforts, the up-to-20-volunteer workers picked up 206 and 201 pounds respectively for an annual haul of 3 tons. The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow at Highway 62 and Sunny Vista. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags, gloves and water available to make the job of cleaning our community easier. There will also be optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Café after the short one hour clean up. All current and new volunteers are encouraged to attend. The Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-8415.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO SEE PLANS FOR NEW “HAWK’S LANDING” GOLF COURSE

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will review the plans for the “Hawks Landing” Golf course among other items tonight. Managing  Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda……

Plans for the Hawks Landing Golf Club at Blue Skies are up for review at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. The Commission will review the environmental assessment and site plan review for the club house, maintenance building, and parking lot. Also on the agenda, the Commission will re-open the public hearing on the amendments for the Development Code’s article 3, which deal with sign regulations, among other items. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION TAKING NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL AWARDS

The 18th Annual Basin Wide Foundation Gala Celebration Awards dinner and meeting is set for Saturday, June 7, 5 p.m. at the Helen Gray Center, in Joshua Tree. Basin Wide Foundation is now accepting award nominees. Award categories are:
Together We Can (person or organization that best display the BWF motto of “Together We Can”);
Lifetime Achievement;
Basin Wide Cultural Contributor;
Volunteer of the Year;
Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Due date to submit form is April 9 at noon. If you would like a form faxed or mailed call Kelly Carson at Basin Wide, 760-365-7219.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD TO CONSIDER GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board will consider giving themselves a raise and will move closer towards annexing the County area…..

At tonight’s 6 p.m. Board meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, Directors will take up yet another resolution related to the Agency’s annexation of water service for the people of east Landers and with that, the promise of a minimum 37 percent rate reduction. Also tonight, Directors will consider a 5 percent cost of living increase to their per diem; a COLA increase was last considered in 2012 but failed. And among other items, the Board will consider a travel and conference schedule for the rest of 2014. It all takes place on Cherokee Trail under the old water tower in Landers.

YUCCA VALLEY CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING NIGHT OF MUSIC, MEDITATION PLANNED

The Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living will feature a night of meditation, music, Celtic song, stories and chants from around the world Sunday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill will entertain with selections from their new CD, “When Angels Dream.” The two sing and play keyboards, tablas, Tibetan bowls, pennywhistle and harmonica. The event is free although donations will be accepted. The Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living is at 7434 Bannock Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-2205.

SEE’S CANDY AVAILABLE AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Wildflowers and See’s candy at the Joshua Tree Library: the sure signs of springs in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork licks his lips over the possibilities…

You can enjoy delicious See’s Easter Candy, save the cost of gas to drive ‘down below’ and support the library by purchasing your See’s Easter Candy from the Joshua Tree Friends. 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 7. For more information call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL EXTENDS “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY” TO ONE MORE PERFORMANCE

The wildly successful Twentynine Palms High School Theatre Arts Department production of “Forbidden Broadway,” a production that pokes fun at Broadway musicals, has been held over for one more performance. The show will be performed at the school’s multi-purpose room this Friday evening at 7:00. Tickets are available by calling the school at 760-367-9591.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TALENT SHOW THIS SATURDAY

The annual Twentynine Palms High School Talent show will be held this Saturday night. ROP Broadcast student James Cosgriff has your invitation…

The Twentynine Palms High School is having their annual Showtime in the Desert talent show. Come on Saturday, March 29, to watch 15 different students show off their vocal, instrumental, acting, and dancing talents with a special performance by Eduardo Basil. All will be hosted by Z107.7’s Gary Daigneault. There will be cash prizes for the first, second, and third place winners, and the first-place winner will get their name on the perpetual trophy. The show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Twentynine palms MPR. Tickets are $5 at the door and children 12 and under are free. Proceeds from this event will be used to support college scholarship funds. For any questions regarding the talent show please contact Mrs. Cosgriff at 760-367-9591 extension 46.

SEASON OPENER WIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Yesterday the Twentynine Palms Wildcat boys’ tennis team competed in their first league tournament against Palm Valley School Firebirds at Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage. The tournament ended in a 9-sets-to-9-sets tie, which came down to counting games won from both teams to determine the winner. The ’Cats won 73 games to 63 games. Coach Larry Battle said, In doubles, Edgar Sosa and partner Brian Gaddis swept wining all three sets. Sam Choi and partner Raul Hernandez won two sets out three and Marcus Simon and partner Scott Clinkscales won one set out of three. In singles, Jarod Burks won one set out three, Bradley Linkey won 1 set out of three and John Lanza won one set out of three.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf and swim teams will travel away to Palm Desert play Xavier Prep. Tee off for golf starts at 2:45; the first swim event starts at 3:15.

 

Also tomorrow, the Wildcat track team will host the Yucca Valley High School Trojan track team at home, starting at 3 p.m.

 

The Yucca Valley High School boys’ tennis team will travel to Rancho Mirage to play Marywood-Palm Valley High School tomorrow. First serve is at 3:15.