TWO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS GET AWARD FOR VALOR

Two Joshua Tree National Park rangers were presented with a prestigious award for valor by the Department of the Interior at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Danielle Sandoval and Jeremie Johnston were members of a trail crew working near Covington Flats in the park in July 2011 when they saw a puff of smoke and discovered that a small, home-built aircraft had crashed.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel presented awards for Valor to Joshua Tree National Park Rangers Jeremie Johnston and Danielle Sandoval in Washington, D.C. Thursday, May 8, 2014.

The pilot and sole occupant, Jeff Thornton, was ejected from the plane, and nearby vegetation was burning from leaking fuel. Sandoval and Johnston put out the fire, moved Thornton to safety and administered first aid to his life-threatening wounds and severe burns. They also instructed the Youth Conservation Corps workers to direct rescue personnel to the nearest access road, which was about a mile from the plane crash. Thornton was successfully evacuated and survived his injuries. For these actions that saved a life, and for showing considerable bravery and safe-guarding the well-being of others, Jeremie Johnston and Danielle Sandoval were among 21 who were honored with the Department of the Interior’s Valor Award.

WOMAN HIKER RESCUED AT 49 PALMS OASIS THURSDAY

Twentynine Palms fire fighters rescued a woman hiking near 49 Palms Oasis in Twentynine Palms yesterday. Shortly before 3:30, the Twentynine Palms Fire Department was called to the popular hiking trail for a report that a woman was passing out and possibly unconscious.

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Fire fighters met with park rangers at the trail head and hiked with rescue gear about 1 ½ miles to the woman, who was near the oasis. Due to the difficult terrain, a helicopter was called in to hoist the woman out from the hiking trail. She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. Residents are reminded to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after strenuous activities.

HOUSE FIRE IN LANDERS THURSDAY

Landers residents were surprised to see fire engines in their yard when they returned home after a short trip to town yesterday. According to County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree were called to a house fire in the 5200 block of Dusty Mile Road about 1:55 p.m. Thursday. The fire had started at the back of the house and spread into the kitchen and attic. Four dogs rushed out of the house when fire fighters opened the door. Fire fighters were able to save most of the home. The cause is under investigation.

BEHAVIORAL SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS AVAILABLE

Help for those coping with behavioral problems is available locally. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where to go for help…
Therapeutic Behavioral Services is designed to provide help and support to children and young adults, up to age 21, who exhibit moderate to severe behavioral problems. Clients learn coping and behavioral skills to help them continue living in their home, foster home, shelter, group home, or transitional living program. Therapeutic Behavioral Services is a short-term, intensive service provided for an average of three months. Pacific Clinics, located on Business Center Drive in Yucca Valley, offers Therapeutic Behavioral Services. For more information, call 760-228-9657.

CLEAN-UP DAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

A Twentynine Palms Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Community Services Center parking lot across from Luckie Park. Items that will be accepted, free of charge, at the drop-off site include household trash in bags (no garbage), scrap metal, appliances, tires (limit of four rimless tires), and mixed recycling such as paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard. Electronics will also be accepted, including computer monitors and televisions. Residents with large loads (trucks with trailers) and green yard waste should bring their trash to the Twentynine Palms Transfer Station, 7501 Pinto Mountain Road. Charges will be applied as usual. Household hazardous waste such as motor oil, paint, insecticides, and batteries will not be accepted at the cleanup site.

LOCAL LETTER CARRIERS COLLECTING FOOD

On Saturday, letter carriers across the Morongo Basin will be collecting food for families in need. Collect and bag non-perishable food items like canned meats, soups, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice. Place the bag of food by your mail box Saturday for your mail carrier to deliver to a local food bank, and help Stamp Out Hunger.

TALES OF THE PACIFIC CREST AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Five months. Alone. Jamie Haney did it. Reporter Dan Stork says she’ll tell you about at the Joshua Tree Library…
Jamie Haney will share stories of her epic 2,600 plus mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. She’ll bring her backpack and present images of her favorite gear and places along the trail, as well as logistics. With a pack averaging 32 pounds, she started on April 16 and finished on September 26 of last year, in a journey of joy, tears, snow, heat, mountain peaks, and many pairs of shoes. Learn about what it takes to hike the entirety of the trail, on Saturday May 10, at the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 3 p.m.

LOCAL DEMOCRATS TO SELECT NEW OFFICERS

New officer elections top the agenda when the Morongo Basin Democratic Club meets this Saturday in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the meeting begins at 10 a.m. Following nominations and a vote, the Club will consider revisions to their constitution and bylaws, hear from candidates on the June 3 primary ballot, and announce upcoming special events. The meeting will be held at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus. More information, links and resources are online at MBDems.com.

ART CLASSES OFFERED AT TWENTYINE PALMS ART GALLERY

The Twentynine Palms Artists Guild is offering art classes this month. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her palette…
The Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild continues its art education program this spring with three exciting art classes in May for youth and adults. A Young Artists class for ages 6 to 17 features “Magic with Paper Pulp” on Saturday, May 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. Students will learn to make paper and create things with the paper for only $5 per person. Adult workshops in May begin with Acrylic Painting on Tuesday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This class is $10 per person and students will explore perspectives of the world by using paint. Those attending the workshop are asked to bring acrylic paint supplies and canvas. There is an adult workshop of 3-D painting on Wednesday, May 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring matt black poster board, chalk or pastels. All of these classes take place at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms. For more information, or to sign up, call 760-367-7819.

WATER-THEMED ART SOUGHT AT HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

All artists from the Morongo Basin are invited to submit an artwork for a water-themed show at the Hi-Desert Water District in Yucca Valley. Turn-in for entries is May 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Water District’s lobby. All art must reflect the theme of Water-Water, and must be hung by wire. Artwork is limited to a maximum size of 24×36 inches. Curators reserve the right to limit entries to the show. Bring in your favorite photo of Muffin Hill, who is retiring as art coordinator for the Hi-Desert, to display on a picture board. The show will be on display for 60 days. If you can’t make it on turn-in day, call Dennis at 760-464-1245 to make other arrangements.

A MAGICAL CALL FOR ART FROM THE JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery is outing out a call for art. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says they are looking for some magic…
Joshua Tree Art Gallery is holding an open call for artists to express the magic of art for its June show, “Abracadabra.” The show opens during Second Saturday Art Crawl on June 14. Pre-registration and the $25 entry fee is required by May 31. Entry forms and guidelines may be downloaded from its gallery website, www.joshuatreeartgallery.com, or pick up at gallery. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third place, and Best in Show. Entries must be hand delivered to gallery, Saturday June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, and picked up June 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, email info@joshuatreeartgallery.com

A BUSY WEEK FOR THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4 to 6, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $5. There is no Sunday breakfast this week. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

FREE FOOD FOR LIFE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

St. Martins in the Field Episcopal Church will be serving the Food For Life meal on Saturday, May 10. 2014. They will be serving baked chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies, and dessert. The meal is served from 3-5 at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall.

SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church, or Bob Pilgrim at 760-367-9429 for more information.

STAR TWIRLERS SQUARE DANCING AT YUCCA VALLEY ELKS TONIGHT

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a Plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. Cliff Simpson will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30. Bob Paull will be cueing Rounds from 7:00 to 7:30 and between tips. For further information contact Dennis at 760-366-8626.

LOCAL STUDENT HAVING FUN AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 volunteers are having fun with high quality community theater. ROP Broadcast student David Knutson talked with Theatre 29 volunteer Curtis Mohn about his experiences…
The community theater, Theatre 29, puts on many productions with local actors. I talked to Curtis Mohn, an active member of Theatre 29, what it’s like for him. Curtis started at Theatre 29 around spring time of 2013 starring the production “Gypsy.” His favorite play that he’s acted in was “The Perils of Goldilocks,” featured last summer because he got the lead role as Papa Bear and was nominated for two awards by the Desert Theater League. Mohn says he would love to take this experience and possibly turn it into a profession, stating that he at least wants to minor in theater arts. He loves the closeness of the actors and crew of Theatre 29, saying it’s a fun, friendly, family environment. He has been a part of five shows so far and more to come.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS PLAYERS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND CIF

The first and second rounds of the De Anza League individual finals were held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden yesterday. Twentynine Palms Wildcats boys’ tennis team singles qualifiers Jarod Burks and John Lanza, and doubles teams Sam Choi and partner Vincent Thomas, and Marcus Simon and partner Brian Gaddis competed in a highly competitive tournament. Coach Larry Battle said they all advanced to the second round which is the first time in team history that all players advanced to the next round together. Second round both singles and doubles lost.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GOLFER NAMED LEAGUE MVP

For the second year in a row, Twentynine Palms standout golfer Brandon Steffins has earned De Anza League MVP honors. League finals this week saw 32 high school golfers at Desert Winds Golf Course aboard the Combat Center. Head varsity Golf Coach Gary Bell said high winds around 20 to 30 mph created difficult playing conditions for the first round. Steffins shot 8 over par 80 leading the field 4 shots over. Shadow Hills’ golfer Luke Rockwell took second with Yucca Valley’s Brandon Lopez in third. Twenty players, including all six Wildcats, advanced to the final round held at the La Quinta Resort Dunes Course. In the last group of the day, Steffins, playing alongside Rockwell, Lopez and, Shadow Hills’ Cameron Dunn, finished with a two-day total of 163, clinching his second straight De Anza League individual title. The golf team finishes the season with seven league wins and three losses. Steffins now moves on to the CIF individual regional tournament at Canyon Crest country club in Riverside Monday May 12.