HEAT WARNING TODAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit Town Hall Monday through Thursday during business hours; the library, and Hi-Desert Nature Museum. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe road has been designated as a cooling center. The Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria in Joshua Tree will serve as a cooling station from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pets are not allowed at the cooling centers. If you will be outside during the heat of the day, protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Take steps necessary to keep cool, by going inside air-conditioned buildings, and drink two to five times more than the usual amount of water. Pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. The temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in minutes, regardless of whether the windows are rolled down or not. Dogs can sustain brain damage or even die in as little as fifteen minutes. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, call your local animal shelter or the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-3781. Be prepared to provide a vehicle description and license plate number.

MORONGO BASIN MAC TO HEAR TOURISM MARKETING PLAN

The featured informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting tonight is a tourism marketing plan. Reporter Dan Stork has the full agenda…
At this month’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, Art Miller Jr. presents the plan to market Morongo Basin as a tourist destination under Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. On the action agenda, the MAC returns to the question of how it might represent the interests of the Desert Heights area. Also, Starlene Javier will overview road conditions in Wonder Valley and ask the MAC to support a tax initiative to finance creation of a County Special District for road improvements. Public safety, committee, and community reports round out the agenda. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.

ONE HOSPITALIZED AFTER TWENTYNINE PALMS KNIFE FIGHT

A man was hospitalized Friday after a knife fight in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, Bobby Woolbright, 34, went to the home of Joseph Gonzalez, 24, in the 6400 block of East Court Way in Twentynine Palms Friday evening to settle a dispute over some property. Millard said that Woolbright brought a kitchen knife with him, and when Gonzalez saw Woolbright with the knife, he went and got his own knife, and the two men started fighting with knives. Woolbright was stabbed in the abdomen. A friend drove Woolbright to Hi-Desert Medical Center. Millard said the investigation is ongoing and a report will be forwarded to the District Attorney for possible prosecution of Bobby Woolbright for assault with a deadly weapon.

CHP OFFERS FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK UP TOMORROW

Parents with children in their cars want to be sure their child is safe. The local CHP will be giving a free child safety seat checkup tomorrow. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you when and where…
The California Highway Patrol will hold a Child Safety Seat Check-Up on Tuesday, June 10. The free event will be held in the Yucca Valley Wal-Mart parking lot from 9:00 until noon. Some of the items trained officers will check, are making sure the child safety seats are appropriate for the age and weight of the child; that the seat is facing the right direction, that it is installed securely to the vehicle’s seat, and check the seat in relation to air bags. California law requires that children be in child safety seats until they are 8 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches in height. For more information about child safety seats, call Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION TODAY

In a continuation of its May 19 special meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 9. The sole item on the agenda is to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager, following interviews conducted by Dan Mintz and Jay Corbin. The meeting will be held in City Hall on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK START THIS THURSDAY IN 29 PALMS

The cool summer nights at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms get even cooler on Thursday nights starting this week. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the seven-week Movies in the Park series start this week…
The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents, “Movies in Luckie Park” beginning June 12 thru July 31. Movies will be shown Thursday nights on the north side of the racquetball courts in Luckie Park starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. The scheduled movies are “Frozen,” “Ender’s Game,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “The Lego Movie,” “Pacific Rim,” “Despicable Me 2,” and “Life of a King.” Refreshments will be offered by the Twentynine Palms Youth Club. These movies are free, so gather your lawn chairs and blankets and come enjoy this chance for some quality time with your friends, family, and fellow community members.

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY HIGHWAY PROJECT WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY

The Town of Yucca Valley will hold a public information workshop Wednesday, June 11, on the project to install raised medians, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks on Highway 62 between Apache Trail and Palm Avenue. At the workshop, Town staff will give an overview of the project and cover topics such as the anticipated schedule, and project funding sources. Business and property owners and residents who are affected by the project are encouraged to attend the workshop. The workshop will be held at 9 a.m. in the Ocotillo Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

EARLY MENTAL HEALTH IDENTIFICATION & INTERVENTION OFFERRED

A program that can identify potential Mental Health issues early to prevent problems later is available locally. Reporter Diana Jones has details…

Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her chance to succeed. Early Identification and Intervention Services, promotes policies and programs to prepare others to recognize and respond sooner to children’s signs of emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns. These problems can emerge early in childhood and become progressively worse if not treated. Early Identification and Intervention Services are provided to Medi-Cal and non-Medi-Cal children by Desert Mountain Children’s Center in the Monterey Business Center in Yucca Valley. Call 760-369-3130 for more information.