YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER KITCHEN FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson, a resident of a home in the 56000 block of Navajo Trail had something cooking on the stove, and stepped out of the room for a few minutes. The resident came back into the kitchen about 4 p.m. to find the kitchen cabinets on fire. By the time fire fighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree arrived, the fire was well involved, with flames and smoke pouring out the home’s front door, and Capt. Thompson said the front windows blew out as they approached the house. Thompson said while the home is still standing, it’s most likely a total loss. There were no injuries. The Red Cross is assisting the residents with their needs.

LOCAL CHP OFFERS START SMART CLASSES FOR TEEN DRIVERS

The Morongo Basin Station of the California Highway Patrol will offer free “Start Smart” classes for teen drivers next week. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you how to enroll…
The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will be holding a FREE Start Smart Class on Tuesday, June 17th at 6 pm. The class is geared towards newly licensed teen drivers and their parents. Teen drivers are at great risk of being involved in a collision and the program curriculum is directed at combating the problem. The class is held monthly and a reservation is required due to limited class size. Anyone interested in attending the class must register by with Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707.

JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

The 6th Annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival will be going on all day tomorrow, from 11 to 11, with arts, music, vendors, games, and refreshments. Because Joshua Tree Gay Pride is bigger than ever, it’s moved to a new location, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. Some of the entertainment performing tomorrow are Jesika Van Rabbit, The Sibleys, Shari Elf, Zircon Circus, and the Joshua Tree Shakespeare Guild. This year’s theme is “It’s Getting Better,” and this year’s color is lavender.

MILITARY SERVICES AND FAMILY SUPPORT OFFERED LOCALLY

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support program …
The Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support in Yucca Valley addresses the negative effects of traumatic events and other unique challenges of military life by providing in-home prevention and early intervention behavioral health services. Services are provided to families and individuals who are Active Duty, National Guard, Reservist or have recently returned from a deployment. No referral is needed; individuals may contact the agency directly. For more information, contact: Pacific Clinics, 58945 Business Center Drive Suite D, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, 760-228-9657.

COLLEGE FOUNDATION TAKING SETS OF QUARTERS FOR PRIZES

When you find all 50 State Quarters and turn them in to Copper Mountain College Foundation, your name will be entered in a weekly drawing for prizes. Check your piggy bank, pockets and friends’ cars. Get your quarters in early for the greatest chances to win. Multiple entries are allowed. A few WILD quarters are available for purchase for $1 each. Drawings will be every Friday through August 15. Turn in your sets of quarters at The Desert Trail in Twentynine Palms, Z107.7 Studios or Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, or the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley. All proceeds help to build the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center at Copper Mountain College. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information, phone numbers and links are available in this story at www.z1077fm.com. Contact Copper Mountain Foundation at 760-366-3791 ext 4200 or via email to ssmith@cmccd.edu. Follow us on Facebook for ongoing details about prizes, winners and more! www.facebook.com/cmcf.

JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALK SUNDAY

A special treat this Sunday in Joshua Tree, a talk with the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residence. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residence program will present a talk with the artist Sunday, June 15. Cristopher Cichocki, an internationally recognized artist who portrays the intersection of man, industry, and the natural world, will discuss the trajectory of his work throughout the past decade, and discuss his art with audience members. The lecture will be held at 1 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Highlands Ranch, 8231 Via Rocosa in Joshua Tree. A donation of $10 is suggested. RSVP to JTHighlandsCo@me.com.

STAR TWIRLERS WILL DOH-SEE-DOH TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

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

OPEN MIC AT 180 MINISTRIES IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 13, at the church in Joshua Tree. Live bands and local talent are all welcome to participate in the free event. One 80 Ministries is located on the highway in Joshua Tree.

CAR WASH TO BENEFIT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH YOUTH CAMP

A car wash will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 14, at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. Donations from the car wash will be used toward the cost of the Presbyterian Youth Camp in Big Bear. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AVAILABLE LOCALLY

If you or a family member want to find local substance abuse treatment, services are now available here in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to find help and information…..
Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Treatment, Alcohol and Drug Services, provides a full range of preventative, outpatient and residential programs through agencies around the country. This program helps empower individuals who want to live drug free by providing them with individual and group counseling sessions, adolescent treatment, and family social events. This program is located at 58945 Business Center Drive, Suite J, in Yucca Valley. For more information call 760-369-1074.

FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Faith Alive will be preparing and hosting the Food for Life meal tomorrow, Saturday, June 14. The meal for low-income families and individuals, is served from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall on Adobe Road across from City Hall in Twentynine Palms. If you are a shut-in and need a meal to be delivered, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 to make arrangements.

UNITED METHODIST WOMAN PLANNING FOR CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE

The United Methodist Women of Twentynine Palms are preparing for a Christmas Boutique of handmade crafts and products. The boutique will be held on Saturday, December 6. Crafters are invited to join us. You can sell your crafts at $10 donation for a table or $15 for two. Mark your calendar now for a fun day of shopping or an opportunity to see your crafts with us. To reserve a craft space, please call the church office at 760-367-7338.