MAN EJECTED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN PIONEERTOWN THURSDAY NIGHT

Yucca Valley fire fighters said just after 9 p.m. Thursday night, a car missed a curve in the 5100 block of Pioneertown Road and drove off into the desert, rolling over several times. The driver was ejected during the roll-over. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with major injuries.

CHP LOOKING FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO HIT BICYCLIST IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is searching for a driver who hit a bicyclist in downtown Joshua Tree and then fled the scene. According to the CHP, Johnathan Cozart, 22, of Joshua Tree was riding his bicycle northbound on Park Boulevard at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday. As Cozart entered the intersection of Park and Highway 62, the driver of a newer model, white Dodge Charger entered the intersection and failed to yield the right-of-way to Cozart. The Charger hit Cozart and then fled the scene after the collision. Cozart refused to be taken to the hospital against medical advice. The suspect vehicle possibly has damage to the left front bumper, left front side, and left side mirror. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call CHP Officer Michael Griffin at 760-366-3707.

MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT IN STOLEN BIG RIG CAB

Sheriff Deputies arrested a man who was driving a stolen semi-trailer truck cab at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department was notified that a stolen big rig was being driven southbound on Old Woman Springs Road. Deputies tracked the stolen truck as it turned eastbound on Highway 62 and stopped it at the intersection of Hallee Road and the highway in Joshua Tree at 3:45.

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Two deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer ordered the driver, identified as Henry Owens Jr., out of the cab at gunpoint, and arrested him for investigation of possession of stolen property. Henry Owens Jr. was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

 

EASTER FUN IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE, AND MORONGO VALLEY

Easter hunts and activities are planned all over the communities of our Morongo Basin this weekend. Tomorrow, events will be held in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley, then on Sunday in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells us what is going on in Yucca Valley tomorrow…
The Town of Yucca Valley will present its annual Easter Egg Hunt event on Saturday, April 19, at the Yucca Valley Community Center softball field. The hunt for candy-filled eggs and special prizes is open to children ages 8 and under with separate hunting areas for toddler through 3-year-olds, 4- to 5-year-olds, and 6- to 8-year-olds. Parents will be allowed to assist participants in the zone for toddlers, ages three and under. The event begins promptly at 9:00 a.m., but all are encouraged to come early and bring a camera for photographs with the Easter Bunny. There is no admission charge, but participants should bring their own basket or container to collect the eggs and goodies. This event is sponsored by the Town of Yucca Valley and the Yucca Valley Senior Club. For more information call 760-369-7211.

This Saturday at 9:00 a.m. sharp, the sound of the horn will signal the start of the Joshua Tree Community Center’s 47th Annual Egg Hunt. Families should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. in order to find their child’s egg hunt area; a map is available on the website. The six egg hunt areas are divided into age groups. Children will gather plastic eggs containing candy and search for the special prize egg. Right after the egg hunt, baskets should be checked to see if a special prize egg has been found. If so, redeem it at the marked window to receive a special gift. You may also get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny by a professional photographer after the egg hunt. While you are there, you can also register for Summer Tee Ball and coed Baseball!

The Morongo Valley Children’s Library, with help from the Morongo Valley Fire Department, will hold an Easter egg hunt for children ages 18 months to 12 years in Covington Park on Saturday, April 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. There will also be an Easter bonnet contest for kids ages 5 to 12, with prizes awarded for the best hat. For more information, call Charlie or Donna at 760-363-6454.

The Twentynine Palms Fire Department and Fire Department Explorers will host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Little League fields in Luckie Park. It is open to children through age seven. Children will be placed in two age groups, walking to 3 years old, and 4 to 7 years old. The kids will have the opportunity to gather hundreds of prize filled plastic eggs. Fire engines will be on display with firefighters and fire explorers available to answer questions about the fire department and fire safety.

ABOUT 50 ATTEND COUNTY ENERGY WORKSHOP

A county renewable energy workshop was held in Yucca Valley last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and says the turnout was pretty good……
About 50 people turned out for last night’s renewable energy workshop in Yucca Valley. Sponsored by the San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation, or SPARC, this first of a three-part series was organized to collect public input on future renewable energy projects … their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The County Department of Land Use Services plans to use information gathered from last night’s small group roundtables to help shape the drafting of a Renewable Energy Element for the County’s update of the General Plan. Predictably, there was overwhelming support for small scale, point-of-use distributed solar applications as opposed to large, utility-scale developments and the habitat destruction, infrastructure and high costs associated with them.

MERL ABEL ANNOUNCES RUN FOR REELECTION TO YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL

Former mayor and current Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Merl Abel has announced his intention to seek another Council term in the November election. Abel has served since June 2011 when he was appointed to fill a vacant Council seat. Having previously served on the Town’s Planning Commission, Traffic Commission, and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission, Abel has been involved as a volunteer with the local government since 1993. He cites his well-rounded experience as well as his ongoing interest in careful management of local resources as his primary qualifications for running. Three Council seats will be up in the November election.

CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION

Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the City of Twentynine Palms Planning Commission. Citizens residing within the city limits of Twentynine Palms who are registered voters and are interested in serving on the Planning Commission may submit a completed application to the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms. Application forms and a statement of duties are available at City Hall, Monday through Thursday, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Following review and evaluation of the applications, the City Council will make the appointment. For additional information, call City Hall at 760-367-6799.

FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of April 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, April 21. 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.
Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

NEW 45,000 SQUARE FOOT MEDICAL CENTER GROUND-BREAKING ON MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps will hold a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday, April 22, for a 45,000-square foot, two-story Adult Medical Care Clinic aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The $18.7-million project will house the Deployment Health and Mental Health clinics, as well as audiology, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory and physical therapy services, which are currently housed in trailers on the base. The old Adult Medical Care Clinic building has been in service for 60 years and was originally built as a dental clinic. It serves a thousand active-duty Marines and sailors per month. The new clinic is expected to open in January 2015.

COUNTY SHERIFF TO TALK TO LOCAL REPUBLICANS

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon will be the guest speaker Monday, April 21 at a dinner hosted by the Morongo Basin Republicans. Sheriff McMahon will share information that affects the Morongo Basin. Also on the agenda is our newly formed Local Activism Committee. Dinner is $12, at the Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley, at 5:30 PM. For more information, go to www.MorongoBasinRepublicans.org. Reservations required, call 760-365-9490.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The annual Earth Day Celebration will be held tomorrow in Yucca Valley. ROP Broadcast student Nick Ortega has some of the features……
The Hi-Desert Nature museum is honoring Earth Day by celebrating and offering a day of activities for friends and families that will educate and entertain visitors. Local experts will be attending and providing demonstrations on composting, gardening with California native plants, growing your own food, and recycling. Local artists will be offering jewelry and handmade crafts for sale. Bring your friends and family to celebrate with the Hi-Desert Nature museum at the Community Center Complex on Saturday, April 19 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club held their annual speech contest earlier this month. Twelve high school students wrote a speech about a subject they felt strongly about while incorporating the four Rotary core values into their speech: Is it true? Is it fair? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all? Winning third place was Luke Humphreville; second place was Eddie Costello, and first place was awarded to Katie Ferry. The winning students received cash prizes. Ferry will now advance to the regional semi-finals.

YUCCA VALLEY SUNSET ROTARY SHREDDING EVENT TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club will sponsor a shredding event Saturday, from 9 to 1 in the Legacy Office Products parking lot. All papers will be shredded on site for a cost of $5 per box of 50 cents a pound. The proceeds from the shredding event will benefit the Sunset Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-7333.

SIGN UP TO TOUR LOCAL DESERT-WISE LANDSCAPES

More than 20 Morongo Basin gardens will be open to the public for the annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour on Saturday, April 26. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details…
This popular, self-guided tour, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features beautiful water-wise landscapes throughout the Basin communities. The Landscape Tour allows exploration of a range of practical, low-water landscaping solutions that local gardeners can put to use. Participants have an opportunity to meet and talk with those whose inspiring personal sanctuaries blend low water consumption with artful desert living. A $10 per person donation is requested, discounted 50 percent for Conservation Association members. Details and registration are available through a link in this story at Z1077fm.com or at this Saturday’s Yucca Valley Earth Day Celebration, and at Wind Walkers in Joshua Tree. http://www.mbconservation.org/water_conservation_garden_high_desert

JOSHUA TREE VFW BUSY THIS WEEK

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Easter Sunday breakfast is ham steak special for $7. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

SEE’S EASTER CANDY AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Got chocolate? Reporter Dan Stork says there’s still time left to get your Easter candy at the Joshua Tree Library…
Now through April 19 the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library have See’s Easter Candy available for purchase at the library in Joshua Tree. In addition to Easter specialties, the Friends have See’s one pound boxes of assorted chocolates, candy bars and lollipops available for purchase at the Joshua Tree Library year round. For more information about the Friend’s of the Library’s See’s fundraiser, please call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.