Composite sketch of assailant on 12-year old girl in Claremont. Joseph Davall was arrested in Yucca Valley on April 18.
The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest and capture of a man wanted for sexual assault on a 12-year old Claremont girl last month. Joseph Davall, 34, is suspected of entering the girl’s home in Claremont late on the night of March 20th, and physically and sexually assaulting her while she was home alone. The Claremont police developed leads that Davall was in Yucca Valley, and staked out a home in the 7600 block of Joshua Lane. When Davall left the house at 6:52 Friday morning, Claremont police attempted a traffic stop about a mile away. Davall fled in his vehicle back to the Joshua Lane house, where he was subsequently arrested.
National Park Week begins April 19, and Joshua Tree National Park will join the celebration. The National Park Service is waiving park entrance fees Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, although camping fees and fees for Keys ranch tours will still be collected. April 22 is Earth Day, and volunteers who can roll up their sleeves and pitch in on projects are always appreciated. Saturday, April 26, is National Junior Ranger Day; young visitors will be invited to “explore, learn, and protect” their park. All visitors are urged to enjoy the solace and wonder of their national parks.
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
Sky’s the Limit will host an evening with the cosmos Saturday, April 19. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:30 p.m. and end about midnight when the moon rises. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on the galaxies in Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper, along with Mars, and other galaxies and stars. Visitors should bring binoculars or telescopes, chairs, snacks and water, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.
One 80 Ministries of Joshua Tree will hold an Easter service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Following the service, there will be a free barbecue with music and other activities. The public is invited. Childcare will be provided. One 80 Ministries is located at 61858 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s Easter service April 20 will include special music by the choir, which will perform “World of Love,” a composition written by music director Clyde Grabski. The children’s choir will also perform. Following the 10 a.m. service there will be two Easter egg hunts (by age) and face painting for the children. Children wishing to participate in the children’s choir should contact Martha Thomas 760-365-1679 or Susan Mikschl 760-780-7885. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail, Yucca Valley. For more information call the office at 760-365-6331.
An Easter Sunrise Service is planned for 6 a.m. April 20 in the amphitheater at Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley. Hosted by the Evangelical Free Church, the service will be followed by a pancake breakfast and regular church service at 10:15 a.m. Desert Christ Park is located at 56200 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley.
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.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up an Easter Sunday breakfast — a ham steak special for $7. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
ROP Broadcasting student Chris Hasley has a suggestions for teenagers with time on their hands during spring break…
Don’t have anything to do this spring break gospel fellowship Christian Center Church, located at 5898 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, is having a teen lock-in. I interviewed their first lady, Gerry Washington. She had this to say, “The lock-in is designed for children ages 13-18 or grades 7-12. Its primary objective is to teach them the word of god and to stand on gods principles.” There is free food, lots of dancing, good music, and cash prizes for the talent show. My final question I asked was, “Who created the lock-in?” She answered, “Pastor T.K. Washington created the event so teens would come to Christ and fellowship together.” For more information visit their web site www.gfccc.org.
Applications are available now for the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Studios on the east end of the Morongo Basin—Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree—will be open October 25-26. West end studios—Morongo Valley to Joshua Tree—will be open November 1 and 2. Applications to be a part of the open studio art tours are available online at hwy62art.org, or at the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council office. The application deadline is May 15. For more information, call 760-366-2226.
The deadline for applications for the 2014 Grubstakes Day Parade is 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Application are available online at the Yucca Valley Chamber website, www.yuccavalley.org. For more information or to receive an application by mail, call 760-365-6323.
Dodger, Angels, Giants and A’s fans get ready, because the Miracle League is ready to play ball! Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, Miracle League Baseball is anticipating extending its league from two to four teams this season. Two games will be played each Monday evening starting April 28th through the month of June.
Players should turn in completed registration forms to the Basin Wide Foundation office located in the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. The registration fee for the spring season is $40, and scholarships are available if needed. Those who wish to serve as buddies to the players should contact Stacey Schooler at 760-625-9504. Each player is paired with a buddy who assists them during the game depending on the type and level of their disability.
Lifeguarding is a great summer job for young people. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells how to get your certification…
Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley Lifeguard Certification Course. This course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for health emergencies until emergency medical services personnel take over. To enroll in the lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session and be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation. The course fee of $220.00 includes American Red Cross registration fee, lifeguarding manual, adult/child CPR mask, whistle, pack, and instruction. All sessions will take place at the Yucca Valley High School pool located at 7600 Sage Avenue, Yucca Valley. There are two sessions available and information on these sessions may be viewed in this story at z1077fm.com. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years. For more information call 760-369-7211.