SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SEARCHES FOR MISSING TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for a Twentynine Palms woman who was last seen in the area Saturday. About 7 a.m. Saturday, Erin Corwin, 20, told her husband she was going to look for hiking trails in Joshua Tree National Park that she could hike with her mother when her mother arrives later this week, and has not returned. Corwin is three months pregnant. Her car, a blue 2013 Toyota Corolla, is also missing, although a possible sighting was reported in Joshua Tree National Park about 8 a.m. Saturday. Anyone with information about Erin Corwin should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE AND WIFE ACCUSED OF NEGLECTING THEIR FIVE CHILDREN

A Marine and his wife were arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of neglecting their five children. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, military police called deputies about 1:30 p.m. to investigate a case of child neglect in the 8100 block of Delta Street on board the Combat Center. Millard said deputies found the home in deplorable conditions, with an unkempt and unsafe environment. After an investigation, Sergeant Westley Hegge, 26, a machine gunner with Third Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and Alexandria Hegge, 24, were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. Westley Hegge and Alexandria Hegge were booked at the West Valley Detention Center with their bail set at $100,000 each. Three of their children were turned over to Child Protective Services, and two children were released to their biological father.

TWENTYNINE MAN ACCUSED OF SLAMMING HIS WIFE’S HEAD INTO A WALL

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday afternoon, after his wife said he slammed her head into a wall during an argument. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:30 p.m., Brian Simon, 28, of the 73900 block of Two Mile Road, was arguing with his wife when he grabbed her head and slammed it multiple times against a wall. His wife ran to a neighbor’s house for help, who called police. After an investigation, Brian Simon was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

Z107.7’S TAMI ROLEFF ON HAND FOR MULTI-AGENCY WILD FIRE TRAINING

Fighting a wildfire is very different than fighting a house fire. And fortunately for us, wild land fires are not as common as house fires. However, that means that our fire fighters have to train to fight wild land fires so they keep their skills sharp. Managing editor Tami Roleff attended an annual fire fighting training session for wildfires Thursday, and files this report…

Fire fighters spray water on an imaginary fire in the desert south of Golden Bee in Yucca Valley last Thursday during an inter-agency wild fire training exercise.

Fire fighters spray water on an imaginary fire in the desert south of Golden Bee in Yucca Valley last Thursday during an inter-agency wild fire training exercise.

“All units responding to the fire, staging area will be at Golden Bee and Acoma.”

It wasn’t a real fire, but an annual training exercise for fire fighters from the County stations in the Morongo Basin, as well as Cal Fire, Park Service and BLM, the Combat Center, Morongo Valley, and the inmate fire fighters from Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. The 50-plus fire fighters worked together to fight an imaginary fire in the desert south of Golden Bee in Yucca Valley for three days last week. County Fire Captain Jon Garber explained one big difference between fighting structure fires and wild fires. “We want a lot of water for big structure fires, where this, this type of fire fighting is more [water] pressure…. We need pressure because we got to get this water up to an elevation…. So it’s not so much how much gallons. Gallons could be all the same to put out this type of fire. If you’ve got a whole structure that’s burning, you need a lot of water to cool that off.” Not only do fire fighters use hoses to fight fires, but bull dozers, and hand crews who use shovels, hoes, rakes and chain saws, to clear fire breaks, and air tankers who drop water and flame retardant from the sky. “It’s pretty impressive because you might have aircraft coming over that hill where you don’t even hear them, see them, and all of a sudden, they’re 10 feet off that hill diving in on you. Pretty impressive.” And it’s pretty impressive that all these fire agencies come together to train to protect residents from the very real dangers of wild fires.

MINIMUM WAGE GOES UP ANOTHER DOLLAR AN HOUR STARTING TOMORROW

California’s low-end workers will all see bumps in their next paychecks as the first increase in the state’s minimum wage in six years takes effect tomorrow. The increase, to $9 per hour from $8 per hour, officially becomes the state standard Tuesday. It will go to $10 per hour Jan. 1, 2016. The law adopting the increase in minimum wage was initiated late in 2012 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a Salinas-area Democrat. It went through the legislative process, passing through committee and full Assembly and Senate votes almost completely along party lines before being signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September.

4TH OF JULY ACTIVITIES AND FIREWORKS AT LUCKIE PARK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The City of Twentynine Palms will once again host an Independence Day Celebration. Come out to Luckie Park for this free family-friendly event on Friday, July 4th, beginning at 5 p.m. Celebrate our country’s freedom with Z107.7 FM, food, retail vendors, kid’s games and activities, ice cold beer, and good old-fashioned family fun. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy live music with Rodeo Revival and the fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m.

AUDTIONS TONIGHT AT THEATRE 29

The area’s best performers are being sought for a fast-paced, upcoming murder mystery comedy at Theatre 29. Reporter Diana Jones has details for tonight’s auditions…

Auditions will be held tonight for “The 39 Steps” at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. Needed are a male, 20 to 40 years old; a female, 20 to 40, who can play three different roles; and two other actors who play the rest of the 150 different characters. Auditions are set for 6:30 p.m. tonight on the main state at Theatre 29. Auditions will consist of improvisation and cold readings. Stagehands, set builders and costume construction, are also needed, and anyone interested in backstage roles should also attend auditions. “The 39 Steps” runs from August 15 though September 13.

“A DOLLS HOUSE” RUNNING THROUGH JULY 19

Regular tickets are available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 season, the classic “A Doll’s House”, a gripping drama from a true master, Henrik Ibsen. “A Doll’s House” is now running weekends through July 19. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (except July 4th) with Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. July 6 and July 13. Directed by Kurt Schauppner, “A Doll’s House” tells the intricate story of Torvald Helmer who loves his wife, Nora, but secretly considers her a child and possession. When a secret comes back to haunt her, Nora’s seemingly idyllic domestic existence becomes a battleground. First produced on the stage in 1879, this masterwork retains all of its power as well as its poignancy in our current era. Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

PUPPET SHOW AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TOMORROW

Next on deck at the Joshua Tree Library Summer Reading Program is a puppet show. Reporter Dan Stork says an “arghh-uably” good time is promised…

The Joshua Tree Library will host a free family summer reading program performance Tuesday July 1 at 1:00 p.m. when puppeteer Franklin Haynes brings his comedy puppet show “The Princess and the Pirates” to the Joshua Tree Library. Don’t miss the adventures of pirate Jack Cannonball and Princess Rachel on Skull Island. For more information about Franklin Haynes or “The Princess and the Pirates,” visit http://www.haynesmarionettes.com.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets tomorrow and the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 pm at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Home Health and Hospice office, 63484 Chickasaw Road, Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by Gloria Beetle. For more information, please contact Beetle at 760-366-6427 or visit the Hi Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org.

NINE-WEEK SEMINAR STARTS WEDNESDAY AT ST. JOSEPH’S IN YUCCA VALLEY

“Mind, Heart, Soul and Just Plain GUTS” is the title of the Rev. Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s nine-week seminar beginning July 3, at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church. The free sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the church, which is at the corner of Onaga and Church Streets in Yucca Valley. Each unit is self-contained and attendees may come when they are able. The seminar is not a Bible study or a discussion group, but rather what Gerhardt calls “a presentation of practical aids in the development of a more positive outlook on life and relationships.” Paul Gerkin and others will provide weekly music. For more information, call Gerhardt at 800-995-1620 or 760-367-4627 or Joe or Jananne Turner at 760-365-5695.

THEATRE 29 AUDITIONS FOR “THE 39 STEPS”

4 actors, more than 150 parts – are you up for the challenge?  Reporter Taylor Thacker has the audition call for the next production at Theatre 29…

Auditions for the fall production of Theatre 29’s 2014 season, the frenzied, fantastically funny comedic mystery “The 39 Steps”, have been scheduled for Monday, June 30th at 6:30 pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps”, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Veteran director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of three male and one female comedic performers for this production. Auditions will consist of improvisation skills and cold readings. Dress prepared to move. The production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these roles, should also attend auditions. For more information call 760-361-4151.

SKULL ROCK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

There are so many trails in Joshua Tree National Park.  But sometimes there’s too much of what you’d think was a good thing.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells about an effort to improve the trails in the Skull Rock area…

Joshua Tree National Park is considering the construction of a new interpretative loop trail from the Skull Rock parking area. The primary goal of the new trail is to decrease multiple trails into a single loop trail to protect the natural resources in this highly used area.  Currently, there 107 off-trail routes, more commonly referred to as social trails, that are impacting the natural resources. Joshua Tree National Park staff are preparing an Environmental Assessment to analyze both the positive and negative impacts associated with this project and would like to invite the public to review and comment on the proposed trail.  Beginning July 1, 2014 the draft Environmental Assessment will be available for review at the Joshua Tree NP library, located at our headquarters in Twentynine Palms.  Comments should be submitted no later than July 15, 2014.  For more information please contact Luke Sabala, Branch Chief Physical Scientist at 760 367-5563.

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a special closed session meeting Monday morning regarding the appointment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the President’s office at the College in Joshua Tree.

SAFE AND SANE FIREWORKS ILLEGAL IN COUNTY

Many people have fond memories of celebrating the Fourth of July by twirling sparklers, watching firework fountains, and snakes. But the San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents that possession of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks like sparklers, snakes, and fountains, is against the law in unincorporated areas of the county. Firefighters in the City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley also remind residents that all fireworks are illegal in their municipalities. Anyone caught with fireworks can be fined and jailed. In the event a fire occurs due to the use of fireworks, those responsible not only face fines of up to $1250 for a first offense, but can also be charged with the costs of fighting the fire. Property owners who allow fireworks on their property can also face criminal charges.

VETERANS COUNSELING AVAILABLE IN THE MORONGO BASIN

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, Calif., in the Office of Student Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yesenia Thomas at 909-801-5762.

CHILD ENDANGERMENT ARREST

A Marine and his wife were arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of neglecting their five children. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, military police called deputies about 1:30 p.m. to investigate a case of child neglect in the 8100 block of Delta Street on board the Combat Center. Millard said deputies found the home in deplorable conditions, with an unkempt and unsafe environment. After an investigation, Sergeant Westley Hegge, 26, a machine gunner with Third Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and Alexandria Hegge, 24, were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. Westley Hegge and Alexandria Hegge were booked at the West Valley Detention Center with their bail set at $100,000 each. Three of their children were turned over to Child Protective Services, and two children were released to their biological father.

CHURCH TRIP TO BIG BEAR

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a trip to Big Bear Sunday, June 29. Go for a picnic, hike, walk, or swim. Meet at 1 p.m. the church to carpool, or meet at the Boulders in Big Bear. The church is located on Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information, email an address is this story at Z1077fm.com: jenniellsworth@gmail.com

A DOLL’S HOUSE TICKETS

Written in 1879, “A Doll’s House” treats relationships and roles in a timeless way.  Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to get tickets to the current Theatre 29 production…

Regular tickets are now available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 season, the classic “A Doll’s House”, a gripping drama from a true master, Henrik Ibsen and directed by Kurt Schauppner. Tickets are $12.00 for Regular admission, $10.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Children under 12 and students with ID and can be purchased online at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151. “A Doll’s House” is now running weekends through July 19th. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (except July 4th) with Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. June 29, July 6 and July 13. For more information call 760-361-4151.

ROTARY SEEKING SUPPORT FOR FIREWORKS SHOW

The Yucca Valley Rotary club is making plans for its annual 4th of July celebration, including a community fair and fireworks show. Plans for the day include a community fair with vendors, children’s activities, great food, music and other great entertainment. Local residents and businesses are asked help support the event by sending a check payable to the Yucca Valley Rotary Foundation at PO Box 200, Yucca Valley, CA  92286.  Vendors interested in having a booth should contact Jill at 760-766-5656. For information on being a sponsor or regarding entertainment, please call Cynthia at 760-365-1988.