HOUSE AND SHED IN YUCCA VALLEY DESTROYED BY FIRE

A house and shed were completely destroyed by a fire in Yucca Valley fire Saturday afternoon. When fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Cal Fire arrived at Aberdeen Drive at Melody Lane shortly before 1 p.m., heavy black smoke and flames were visible from the mobile home and numerous outbuildings. Engineer Jeff Allen said fire fighters were hampered by high winds, which caused the fire to spread to nearby vegetation and threaten a neighboring home. Fire fighters initiated an aggressive attack with multiple hose lines, and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Allen reminds residents to maintain a defensible space by clearing vegetation and debris at least 100 feet from structures. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

HIGH WINDS BRING FIRE DANGER

With the high winds blowing through the Morongo Basin today and tomorrow, the County Fire Department reminds residents to be smart and safe about open flames. The high winds and low humidity result in a high fire potential, and the County suspends all burn permits when there is a high wind warning. Residents are reminded to obey all County and local ordinances concerning burning.

CALWORKS PROGRAM BEING OFFERRED THROUGH THE COUNTY

There are numerous behavioral health services available to Morongo Basin residents. County Supervisor James Ramos said he doesn’t want anyone to go without help because they don’t know where to seek assistance. In a series of occasional reports, Z107.7 will present an overview of behavioral health providers and the services they offer. Here, with the first of the reports is Managing Editor Tami Roleff…
The Department of Behavioral Health, CalWorks program, helps people aged 18 and over improve their emotional health and develop the skills they need to obtain and maintain employment. The CalWorks program is located at the Hi-Desert Behavioral Health Center, on the highway in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-366-1541.

COUNTY LAUNCHES “GIVE BIG” PROGRAM

The County Board of Supervisors celebrated the launch of Give BIG San Bernardino County, a 24-hour online day of giving to local nonprofits. Give Big will be our county’s first ever dedicated give day. The idea of Give Big is to make giving easy—they are bringing information about the county’s nonprofits to your cellphone or laptop at home where you can donate as little as $10 or as much as $10,000 in less than 2 minutes. There will be several events hosted throughout each city on May 8 to bring people together to promote this big philanthropic campaign. There are 400 community leaders volunteering for Give Big and 256 participating nonprofits. Pledges can be made now. A link to www.givebigsbcounty.org is in this story at z1077fm.com.

FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT TWO LOCATIONS THIS WEEK

Two distributions of surplus Federal food take place this week. 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 at two locations this week. They are:

  • Wednesday, May 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley; and
  • Friday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at The Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street in Joshua Tree.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

“HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE BASE” WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Combat Center will hold a workshop on “How to Do Business with the Base” May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center. The workshop is a partnership between the Combat Center and the Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce and will help answered frequently asked questions. Representatives from Marine Corps Community Services, the Department of Defense Human Resources Office and Lincoln Military Housing will be available. The two-hour event covers topics such as how to contract with the base, how to get a civil service position, how to work for Marine Corps Community Service and advertise community events on base.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS CONSIDERS POT SHOPS

Desert Hot Springs City leaders are exploring permitting and taxing medical marijuana dispensaries. If approved, Desert Hot Springs would join Palm Springs as one of two cities in Riverside County to permit marijuana dispensaries to operate. An audit conducted last year by Palm Springs of its three legal dispensaries revealed they generate about $4.5 million annually in combined proceeds. And in February, the Palm Springs City Council approved a fourth dispensary, which is expected to open as soon as July. Desert Hot Springs City leaders see marijuana as an opportunity to bring in much needed revenue to the cash-strapped city facing a $3-million deficit.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDENT ART SHOW AND BARBEQUE FRIDAY

The students at Copper Mountain College say “Have a Cow.” Reporter Mike Lipsitz says you are invited to their student art show and barbeque Friday…….

Go ahead, HAVE A COW! There’s plenty to get excited about at Copper Mountain College Friday, May 9th.The Annual Student Art Show and Alumni BBQ kicks off at 5 p.m. The event includes a visual arts reception, with an array of student artworks on display; an outdoor BBQ with burgers provided by the CMC Foundation; a concert, Daytime Moon, and a bonfire hosted by CMC’s fire Technology Students. It all happens in the Ada Hatch Building on Rotary Way. Look for Mootilda the colorful COW. The art show runs May 12th to 16th, from noon to 4 p.m.

LOCAL AMONG THREE CANDIDIATES FOR COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Three career educators, one from the Morongo basin, are vying to be the top educational official in San Bernardino County in the June 3 election. The current County Superintendent of Schools, Gary Thomas, is retiring. His replacement will be elected to a four-year term. Rita Ramirez, 71, of Twentynine Palms, a retired community college professor and former Copper Mountain College Board member who failed in her re-election bid, Rialto high counselor Frank Garza, 56, of San Bernardino, and Ted Alejandre, 49, of Yucaipa, have filed for the office.

TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE BRANCHING OUT

Transition Joshua Tree is branching out—from growing plants to growing brains. Reporter Dan Stork tells about three-brain facilitation…

It’s an intriguing title: “The Three-Brained Facilitator,” further explained as “a full-day workshop to develop facilitation skills to guide collaborative groups.” The hands-on workshop will offer practical information and techniques for staying connected to purpose, being aware of group processes and making meetings more effective. Participants will learn to draw on three different modes: thinking, feeling and doing. It’s being offered by the Transition Joshua Tree Heart & Soul Team on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a location that will be disclosed when you register. Workshop presenters include Eva Montville, Bernard Leibov and Susan Jordan. The sponsor will supply soup, and each participant is asked to bring their own bowl, spoon, and sandwich. A donation of $20 is suggested. To register, email tjtfacilitation@gmail.com, or call 760-401-0809.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMISTS TAKING A BUS TO LAUGHLIN THIS WEEKEND

Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms will offer their annual Laughlin “Fun-Bus” Run this Saturday, May 10, to the Colorado Belle. Cost is $30 per person which includes a Laughlin fun book, free buffet lunch at the Colorado Belle or the Edgewater, and snacks on the bus. They will leave Twentynine Palms promptly at 8 a.m. from the Stater Bros parking lot and will be leaving Laughlin at 7 p.m., arriving home around 10:00 p.m. There will be raffles, prizes and a 50/50 drawing plus other games on the way down. A movie will be shown on the return trip for your enjoyment. There will also be beverages for sale on the bus. Tickets are available from any Soroptimist or at the Flower Garden, 760-367-1409. Any questions, contact Dee at 760-219-5416.

ROP STUDENT LOOKS AT CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION AS A CAREER

ROP Broadcast Student CiCi Rubio wanted to know what it took to start a career as a crime scene specialist. In her story, she tells us what she found out…

Have you decided that you want to work as a crime scene specialist but not quite sure if you’re informed enough? Well, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department representative Steve B. Johnson recommends a bachelor’s degree in a physical or natural science and one year of full time experience. Johnson said via e-mail that this career choice is demanding, requires extreme focus for long periods of time, and would be best fit for a younger person who can withstand harsh conditions. The estimated annual pay for an entry level Crime Scene Specialist ranges from $40,000-$70,000. Now, if this sounds like you, consider Crime Scene Specialist as your possible career choice.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Swim Team faced Shadow Hills Wednesday. The girls won the meet and the League Title going undefeated for the year with a 107 to 60 score. Boys lost 64 to 106.  Jacob Bell got CIF time for the 500-yard freestyle, Spencer Walton got CIF time for the 100-yard breaststroke, and Lexi Wade got CIF time in 100-yard backstroke. Next meet is De Anza League Championships in Desert Mirage next Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

 

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School softball and baseball teams will host the Desert Mirage Rams at home. First pitch is at 3:15.

 

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats baseball and softball teams will travel away to Big Bear. First pitch is at 3:30.

 

Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs softball and baseball teams will travel away to play Desert Christian Academy. First pitch is at 3:15 p.m.