“GIVE BIG” COUNTY ON-LINE FUNDRAISER TODAY

Today, May 8th, is the San Bernardino County’s Give Big day!  You can log onto www.givebigsbcounty.org, choose your local charity and donate.  Give Big is a 24-hour online giving campaign for non-profit organizations that allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community.

MEETING TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA LAST NIGHT

Some two dozen area residents, representing varied interests, attended a workshop meeting last night at the Yucca Valley Community Center with the BLM and the Marine Corps to discuss the changes coming to the Johnson Valley off-road vehicle area. They got a look at the new configuration of Johnson Valley after a compromise over expansion of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. In December President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, appropriating 79,000 acres to the combat center for exclusive military use; 53,000 acres for shared use by the public and the combat center; and 43,000 acres as the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. The Shared Use Area would be used only twice annually for 30 days at a time, while for the other 10 months the land would be available for public use. At the meeting, those in attendance were asked for their input on how best to work together on managing the shared use area, including what time of the year the military should train there. The joint management of the land between the BLM and the military is the first arrangement of its kind in the country.

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY TO HOLD BUDGET WORKSHOPS

The Town of Yucca Valley is looking for input from their residents as they prepare their budgets for the next two years. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…

The Town of Yucca Valley has released its proposed two-year budget covering fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Town will hold two workshops in which the public can ask questions Council Members and Town Staff about the budget. The first workshop is set for Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m., and Tuesday, May 20, at 5 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. Questions may be emailed ahead of time to finance@yucca-valley.org, or dropped off at Town Hall during normal business hours prior to the workshops. A public hearing on the budget is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, and the Council is expected to adopt the budget at its June 3 meeting. A copy of the draft budget can be seen at yucca-valley.org.

LAWMAKERS MOVE TO STOP PLAN TO RESTRICT MILITARY TOBACCO SALES

House lawmakers moved yesterday to protect tobacco sales on military bases and ships, prohibiting Navy plans to drop the products in the name of force health. As part of its annual defense authorization bill mark up on Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee added language forbidding defense officials from enacting “any new policy that would limit, restrict, or ban the sale of any legal consumer product category” on military installations. Sponsor Rep. Duncan Hunter, said the measure was in direct response to reports that the Navy is working to eliminate tobacco sales at exchanges and on ships. Commissaries on Navy bases currently do not sell tobacco products. The move would be the most dramatic so far among military officials trying to keep service members from picking up or continuing the habit. In 2012, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus labeled tobacco as “the most avoidable public health hazard in the Navy and Marine Corps.”

PIONEERTOWN RESIDENTS HEAR COUNTY WATER PLAN

Pioneertown area homeowners met with the County to talk about solutions for their unpotable water supply. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…

At last night’s meeting of the Pioneertown Property Owners Association, residents heard from project engineer Jim Oravetz from County Special Districts Water. He offered the community an update on the plan to bring potable water to residents. Presently, high levels of fluoride, arsenic and uranium mean residents there cannot drink the water. The plan, which is probably a year and a half from completion, includes two pump stations and a 3.6 mile pipeline on the west side of Pioneertown Road from town to a point where it is expected to interconnect with a waterline from the Hi-Desert Water District. The project is being funded through a 100% grant from the State of California. Once that water begins to flow into Pioneertown, expectations are that the building moratorium there will be lifted.

“NUNSET BOULEVARD” DIRECTOR BRINGS EXPERTISE TO THEATRE 29

Audiences are raving about the latest Musical-Comedy production at Theatre 29, “Nunset Boulevard,” the latest in the blockbuster “Nunsense” franchise. What they don’t know as they follow the latest exploits of The Little Sisters of Hoboken is the high level of expertise brought to the Twentynine Palms stage by its multi-award winning director, Kathryn Ferguson. Ferguson has been a dominant figure in the desert arts scene since she arrived from the San Diego area in 1988. The Louisiana native began her desert acting career at Palm Spring’s Valley Player’s Guild. She has received many Desert Theatre League award nominations and several wins for “Best Director of a Musical” and “Best Director of a Drama.” Best known as a director, Ferguson is also an award winning actress and costume designer.  For the past ten years, Kathryn Ferguson’s directorial, performance and costume handiwork has been seen on the Theatre 29 stage in Twentynine Palms. “Nunset Boulevard” is on stage at Theatre 29 weekends (Friday and Saturday evenings) at 7 p.m. through May 24th, a Sunday Matinee will be performed May 18th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for General admission, $10 seniors and Military, $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatre29.org, and through the box office at 760-361-4151.

CHP URGES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TRAINING CLASSES

Fatal collisions involving motorcyclists have been increasing in California over the past few years. In an effort to change this disturbing trend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are hoping to save lives through a month-long motorcycle safety and awareness campaign during May. With motorcycle safety tips, here is CHP Officer Joan Griffin…

A key component to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved collisions is training. Regardless of a motorcyclist’s skill level, the CHP encourages all riders to seek life-long training opportunities. The California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) is the state’s official motorcycle training program. With more than 130 training sites throughout California, the CMSP offers courses for both new and returning riders. To enroll in a CMSP course, call 877-RIDE-411 or visit their Web site at a link in this story at Z1077fm.com.

http://www.ca-msp.org/

THE WINNER OF THE 14TH ANNUAL 29 PALMS CAR SHOW AND STREET FAIR

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce has released the winners of the last Saturday’s 14th Annual Car Show.

Car, Stock, 1990-Present

1) James Salazar, 2007 Ford Shelby GT

2) Jeff Manger, 2008 Shelby GT 500

3) Brandon Reyes, 2014 Ford Mustang GT

1976-1989

1) Don Van Blaricom, 1980 Datsun 280ZX

2) Tony Naraval, 1985 Mercedes 280SL

3) Marco Loza, 1984 Cadillac

1960-1975

1) Ron Murphy, 1971 Super Beetle

2) Luther Whitlock, 1962 Studebaker

3) Mike and Teri Aitken, 1969 Chevy el Camino

1940-1959

1) Clair Roberts, 1959 Chevy Corvette

2) Dave Berger, 1956 Ford Thunderbird

1939 or Earlier

1) Cecil Meadors, 1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack

2) Stan Blood, 1936 Ford Tudor

3) Paul Arquette, Chevy Master Delux

Car, Custom, 1990-Present

1) Jim Harris, 2004 Saleen Mustang

2) Natalia Wood, 2014 Dodge Challenger

3) Jesse Gant, 2000 Pontiac Trans Am

1960-1975

1) Mike Ernst, 1965 Coronet

2) Mike Peterson, 1969 VW Manx Buggie

3) Samuel Salgado, 1965 Impala SS

1940-1959

1) Mike Ernst, 1956 Chevy 3100

2) Milton Eisenhauer, 1953 Packard Roadster

3) Bob De Prosperis, 1957 Chevy Belair

1939 or Earlier

1) Robert and Shelly Garkow, 1928 Ford Model A Delivery Panel Street Rod

2) Historical Society, 1928 Hastie Bus Chevy Eckland

3) Mike Ahlstrom, 1936 Dodge Bros Humpback Panel

Motorcycle, Stock

1) Micah Deibert, 1970 Hodaka Ace 100

2) Rue Chatfield, 2012 Harley Davison Switchback

Motorcycle, Custom

1) Bill Sherwood, 2000 Harley Davidson Fatboy

2) Big Bear Chopper

Truck, Stock, 1974 or Earlier

David Van Dyke, 1959 Chevy Pickup Apache

1975 or Newer

Samuel Manley, 2005 Nissan Titan

Truck, Custom, 1974 or Earlier

1) Deon McIntyre, 1961 Ford F100 Unibody

2) John Masterson, 1965 Chevy C10 Pickup

1975 or Newer

Gary Reed, 1994 GMC Pickup Stepside

Under Construction

1) Mike Ernst, Chevy Sportvan

2) Mike Ernst, Crosley

Mayor’s Choice

Bob Mohler, 1940 Ford Coupe

General’s Choice

Sam Salgado, 1965 Impala SS

Best of Show

Deon McIntyre, 1961 Unibody

LEARN ABOUT THE WEATHER SATURDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

The Science Saturday program at Hi-Desert Nature Museum is getting more popular each week. Reporter Taylor Thacker says this Saturday learn about what caused our weather……

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues their popular education program, Science Saturdays, with exciting topics in May. On Saturday, May 10, the topic will be weather. Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere, its composition, and the changes that take place in it, which helps us understand the weather. During this Science Saturday Museum Educator, Crystal Mason, will help children will uncover the mysteries of the atmosphere and its phenomena including how we forecast the weather and what clouds can tell us. Science Saturdays are for school aged children and take place from 11-11:30am at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. This program is free and no preregistration is required. For more information call 760-369-7212.

YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER FEATURES HOME-BASED BUSINESS

Home-based and small businesses will be the focus of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer tonight, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323.

RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING OFFERRED

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training on May 10, 2014. The training will be done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region. The training cost is $75 per dog and the JT no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree will receive a portion of the fee. For more information or to sign up, call Mimi at 760-366-9306.

JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY HOST NEW EXHIBIT AND COMPUTERS

It’s said that good things come in small package. Reporter Dan Stork describes two new good things at a local small package at the Joshua Tree Branch library…

The work of artist Deane Locke, an exhibit of watercolor and pastel paintings, is currently on view at the Joshua Tree Branch Library. Her primary subject interests are flowers, birds and old falling down barns. This exhibition is part of a continuing series of art shows sponsored by the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. The exhibitions are curated by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. You can see more of Deane Locke’s work at http://www.dlockefineart.com/

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The work of Deane Locke is on display at the Joshua Tree Branch Library.

Coming soon, all 14 guest and staff computers will be replaced, using a $14,000 from the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. The installation of the new equipment, which is projected for June, will include WiFi for patrons. To learn about everything going on at the Joshua Tree Branch library, go to http://joshuatreefol.org/.

TEEN CRAFT AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY SATURDAY

Join the Twentynine Palms Library Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for teen crafts. This month’s craft is a duct tape rose pen. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to teens in grades 7 through 12.For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, please call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.

FASHION SHOW AND LUNCH AT YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH SATURDAY

The Desert Hills Presbyterian Women will hold their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon Saturday, May 10, in Fellowship Hall. The doors will open at 11:00 am and the event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $15 per person for this major fund raiser sponsored by the Presbyterian Women’s group. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.