COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GOES TO SUMMER SCHEDULE MONDAY

Starting Monday, June 2, Copper Mountain College will start its summer work schedule. The college will be open to the public 8 to 5 Monday through Thursday, and will be closed on Fridays. The college will resume its regular hours on Monday, August 4.

WRAPAROUND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

As a public service, z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health.  Today, Taylor Thacker describes Wraparound Mental Health Service…

The Wraparound Mental Health Service is a service provided for probationary and foster youth. Referrals may only be made by Probation and Children and Family Services. This center is located at 58923 Business Center Dr Suites D and E in Yucca Valley. For more information call 760-365-7209.

HARMONIC VOCALIST, MUSICIAN AT HARRISON HOUSE SATURDAY

A harmonic vocalist, songwriter, and composer will be the featured artist at a concert and workshop sponsored by Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Timothy Hill will perform original songs and traditional material from America and India, accompanying himself on guitar in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Tickets are $15 and are available from Joshua Tree Health Foods. On Sunday, June 1, from 10 to 2:30, Hill will offer a harmonic singing workshop that will explore the nature of the voice and throat singing. Tickets for the workshop, which will include a light lunch, are $45, and are also available at Joshua Tree Health Foods. For more information, call 760-366-4712.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER ADOPTS GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN, DISCUSSES FEES

The topics at Wednesday’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District included groundwater management, capital projects, and revised fees.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff summarizes the discussions…

At the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Director’s regular meeting on Wednesday, the directors adopted a new groundwater management plan. General Manager Tamara Alaniz (TAM ah ruh AL a knees) said that in the budget workshop, the directors voted to defer some capital maintenance projects—such as purchasing an updated geographic information system—to later years, so the District wouldn’t have to go into debt to pay for the projects. Fire Chief Jim Thompson had brought forward for discussion and possible action the feasibility of implementing fire protection fees and charges. The directors discussed imposing higher fees for emergency services on non-residents, but questioned how to determine if someone—such as a part-time or seasonal resident—was a resident of Twentynine Palms. The Directors asked that the issue come back at a later meeting, after staff researched the issues with legal counsel.

In a followup conversation, General Manager Alaniz told z107.7 that the Water District board will work with staff to come up with a plan for a requested joint meeting with the City Council.

LOCAL CHP OFFICER GET MADD AWARD

A Morongo Basin CHP officer is receiving an award today in Sacramento from the California Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Officer Jake Griffith of Yucca Valley is being honored with the MADD California Hero Award for his work as a drug recognition expert. As a drug recognition expert, Griffith is trained to recognize and identify impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than—or in addition to—alcohol. Griffith was nominated by the California Highway Patrol’s Driving Impaired Unit because the number of his evaluations of impaired drivers is in the top five in the state of California.

SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, May 31. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:45 p.m. and end about 2 a.m. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on the waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. For more information, call 760-367-7222. 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.

JOSHUA TREE VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Sunday breakfast at the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

THEATRE 29 YOUTH THEATRE INFORMATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY

The Second Summer Youth Theater Information Meeting will be held this Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at Theater 29 on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The parent or legal guardian of the participants must attend the information meeting. (Participants are welcome, but do not have to attend). Participants for the Summer Youth Theater must be ages 6-17 during the run of the program. The program dates are from Monday through Friday, July 14, through July 26. Performance dates are Friday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY RECEPTION SUNDAY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its reception for its Summer Show Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. The Summer Show features works by its member artists, and the artwork will be on display through August. The Gallery’s summer hours are noon to 3 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.

YUCCA VALLEY FIRE STATION OUT OF GAS

Yucca Valley fire fighters have been taking a lot of cold showers recently, and not necessarily because they’re hot stuff. According to County Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the last gas bill for Yucca Valley Fire Station 41 had increased by 40 percent over the previous month. Fire officials determined there was a leak in the old rusty pipes coming from the gas meter at the street, to the fire house, and so the gas was turned off. Unfortunately for the fire fighters, the stations’ water heater and stove are fueled by gas, and so not only are they forced to take cold showers, but they can’t use the stove for cooking their meals, either. Snow said the Fire Department had to solicit bids to fix the gas leak, and added that the gas pipes should be fixed and operational by next Friday.

MORONGO BASIN YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association will register players on the next three Saturdays at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Parents may register their children from 10 to 3 May 31, June 7, and June 14. The cost is $90 per player and birth certificates are required for both new and returning players. Players who register after June 15 will be charged an additional $25 administrative fee.

JOSHUA TREE MAN WINS MAJOR ALASKAN HOME BREW BEER COMPETITION

A Joshua Tree man took home top honors in an Alaskan craft beer competition last week. Josh Hoines won Best of Show at the 22nd Annual Haines Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival May 24 for his light American lager called “After Thought Lager.” His Lager also received a Best of Division medal for the Lighter Beers Division. Hoines won three other medals as well: first place for his “Whole Lager Love” in the Spiced, Herb, Vegetable or Smoked Beers category; and third place in the Belgian and French beers category for “Cherry Wit”; and third place in the IPA category for “7 Ways to IPA.” The beer competition was sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Sate Fair; 24 home brewers entered 83 beers and three meads for consideration by 19 judges. The brews were judged based on technical merit and adherence to published style guidelines. Most beers submitted were from Alaska, with other entries coming from California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Congratulations to Joshua Tree brewmaster Josh Hoines.

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR “A DOLL’S HOUSE”

The next production at Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin’s only full-time community theater, has been cast. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us who will take the stage for the classic drama, “A Doll’s House”, opening June 20…
Director Kurt Schauppner has selected a cast of veteran actors and newcomers for the next production at Theatre 29, “A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen. “A Doll’s House” is a drama about a woman, Nora, who realizes her life is not as perfect as she thought. Starring as Nora, in her first play at Theatre 29, is Tishia Forcada, a student at Copper Mountain College. Adam Redmon plays Nora’s over-protective husband, Torvald. Nora’s best friend, Christine, is portrayed by Gabby Timbrook, a student at Twentynine Palms High School who was seen recently in the high school’s production “Forbidden Broadway.” Playing Nora’s children are Nicholas Perez and Lea Maya. Diana Jimenez will portray Nora’s maid, Helen, and veteran actor Sue Kelly will play the children’s nurse. Herman Platzke is Nora and Torvald’s friend, Dr. Rank. Paul Potthoff, who has performed in Big Bear, will take on the role of trouble-maker Nils. Rounding out the cast is Justin Perez as the porter. “A Doll’s House” will run for five weekends from June 20 through July 19. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (except July 4th) with 2:30 Sunday matinees June 29, July 6 and July 13. For tickets call 760-361-4151.

LIVE WEBCAST OF DEACTIVATION OF 3RD BATTALION, 4TH MARINES TODAY

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is holding a ceremony for the deactivation of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines today. A recording of the ceremony can be seen online at a link in this story at z1077fm.com.

http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/4378

DOD LOOKS AT MORE RESTRICTIONS ON HIGH INTEREST LOANS

A report from the Department of Defense is calling for more restrictions on high-interest loans to active-duty military. Defense officials must clamp down on more predatory lenders to force troops away from high-cost credit options, according to a Defense Department report recently submitted to Congress. Defense officials are putting together more comprehensive rules to increase protections for troops. The Military Lending Act of 2006 was designed to cap loan interest rates for service members at 36 percent. But according to a survey that is part of the report, 11 percent of enlisted troops are using payday loans, vehicle title loans, bank deposit advances, pawn shops and installment loans structured in such a way that their interest rates exceed 36 percent. The report was submitted to Congress on April 29.

PACIFIC CLINICS OFFERING AN ARRAY OF RESOURCES LOCALLY

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Reporter Dan Stork describes the Pacific Clinics Family Resource Center…
The Pacific Clinics Family Resource Center in Yucca Valley offers various programs that are tailored to be culturally and linguistically competent and meet the identified needs of the communities they serve. Services offered include prevention and leadership programs for children, youth and TAY, mental health education workshops, community counseling, adult skill-based education programs and parenting support. No referral is needed; individuals may contact the agency directly. For more information, contact: Pacific Clinics, 58945 Business Center Drive, Suite D, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Phone: 760-228-9657.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GOES TO SUMMER SCHEDULE MONDAY

Starting Monday, June 2, Copper Mountain College will start its summer work schedule. The college will be open to the public 8 to 5 Monday through Thursday, and will be closed on Fridays. The college will resume its regular hours on Monday, August 4.

ONE 80 MINISTRIES OPEN MIC NIGHT TONIGHT

One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church in downtown Joshua Tree. Live bands and local talent are all welcome to participate in the free event. One 80 Ministries is located on the highway in Joshua Tree.

JOSHUA TREE VFW WEEKLY OFFERINGS

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be serving a dinner tonight. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD IN SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley CSD has called a special meeting for tomorrow, Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why…..
The Morongo Valley Community Services District will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 31. The directors will be asked to approve the hiring of a law firm to act as the CSD’s legal counsel. Then the directors will hold a preliminary budget workshop, looking at anticipated changes in revenues and expenses, as well as hold a question and answer period. The meeting will be held in the multi-purpose room at Covington Park.