A Landers man was arrested Sunday evening after he tried to stab someone with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, after Brian Grajkowski, 50, made a crude comment about a woman, he was told to stop talking like that and to leave the property in the 7800 block of Geronimo Trail. Grajkowski then went into his trailer and came out with two knives. One witness reported that Grajkowski held the knife to a woman’s throat and told her not to threaten him. The Sheriff’s deputy reports that Grajkowski told him he “made a bad decision” and should have stayed inside his trailer. Brian Grajkowski was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
Two pedestrians were cited after a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Saturday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., the female pedestrians were standing in the center lane of Highway 62 southbound at El Reposo, waiting to cross the highway. Hernan Mendoza, 20, of Spokane, Washington, driving a white 2007 Mazda, thought the women were going to cross in front of him, so he braked to avoid hitting them. Mendoza was then rear-ended by a yellow Nissan XTerra, driven by Danny Phillips, 65, of Twentynine Palms. The pedestrians were uninjured; Danny Phillips suffered minor injuries but was not transported. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.
A Marine corporal was arrested Saturday night after he beat up his pregnant wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Kevin Buitrago, 22, put his wife, who is four-months pregnant, in a choke hold and she passed out. The Sheriff’s report stated the woman also had two black eyes from being punched by Buitrago five days earlier. After an investigation, Kevin Buitrago was arrested at the Naval Hospital on board the Combat Center for false imprisonment and felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
A small vegetation fire in Yucca Valley brought out fire fighters from three stations Saturday. About 5 p.m., fire fighters from Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and CalFire were called to a quarter-acre fire at Inca Trail and Bunny Road that was burning a few Joshua trees and some bushes. The flames were knocked down in about five minutes and were totally out in about 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Smaller earthquakes in our region remind us again that our Morongo Basin is earthquake country. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you what should do to keep your family safe and together in the event of a major earthquake…..
We all know the Big One is coming, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but sometime. Before the Big One strikes, get together with your family or roommates to plan on what each person will do before, during and after an earthquake. Practice drop, cover, and hold on. Identify safe spots in every room. Keep shoes and a flashlight next to your bed. Select a safe place outside your home to meet. Designate an out-of-the-area person as a contact person, and make sure everyone has the phone number. Keep copies of important documents in a secure, waterproof container. Know the locations for the shut-off valves for water, electricity, and gas. And finally, have a disaster preparedness kit ready and accessible.
The Hi-Desert Water District will hold informational meetings about the wastewater reclamation project every Tuesday, starting June 17, through August 26. Information about the cost, financing, funding, construction, and the district assessment vote will be presented at these meetings about the sewer project. Two meetings will be held each Tuesday at the Hi-Desert Water District offices, located on Highway 62 at Inca Trail in Yucca Valley: at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. For more information, call Jennifer Poland at 760-228-6267.
The City of Twentynine Palms is asking for resident’s input tomorrow night as they start to take a close look at the rules and regulations for displaying signs .The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will meet at 6:00 p.m. to look at potential revisions to the sign code. Attendees are encouraged to come to the meeting and share their ideas on how to make the sign code work more effectively for the community. For more information on the existing sign code go to http://www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/DevCode19-84-SignsUpdatedOrd222.pdf
With high-temperature, high wind, and low humidity, most of Southern California is under a fire danger watch. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says in the park, fire is considered part of nature…
Fire has always played a major role in Joshua Tree National Park and other desert areas. Lightning strikes as well as human caused fires are both helpful and harmful to certain desert landscapes. Fire is a part of nature and we need to appreciate its potential for benefit and destruction. Small, relatively cool ground fires may clear brush and kill certain non-native plants, which in turn, allow many desirable plant species to germinate. However, larger and hotter fires can kill many plants and animals, and, endanger human lives. In Joshua Tree National Park, campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds, where grills or fire pits are provided; no ground fires are allowed. Be sure campfires are out and cold before leaving the site. Since many campgrounds do not have water available, be prepared with enough water to extinguish any fires you plan to start.
For more information on fire go to: www.fire.ca.gov
Opening night gala tickets are available for the Friday opening of “A Doll’s House,” the latest production at Theatre 29. Reach Out Morongo Basin, the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization, will benefit from proceeds of opening night, set to start at 6 p.m. this Friday, June 20, with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, and curtains up at 7 p.m. Desserts will be served during intermission. “A Doll’s House,” a classic drama by Henrik Ibsen, is directed by Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner, who previously helmed productions of “Picnic,” and “The Memory Jar.” Opening night Tickets are $20 each and will be available in Twentynine Palms at the Reach Out offices in the Twentynine Palms Senior Center and The Desert Trail office. In Yucca Valley at the Yucca Valley Senior Center and at ArtFX Art and Furnishings in Old Town, and in Joshua Tree at the Z1077 studios. “A Doll’s House” will run through July 19, with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of Friday, July 4, and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. June 29 and July 6 and 13. Tickets, except for the opening night gala, will be $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.
Get ready to get rock in Twentynine Palms. The Tortoise Rock Casino has announced they will be offering a series of free outside concerts this summer. Managing Editor Tami Roleff gets out her Zippo…
Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will offer free concerts featuring local bands and tribute bands on its outdoor stage this summer. Kicking off the Live at the Rock Summer Concerts is Skynnyn Lynyrd, a Lynyrd Skynrd tribute band on Saturday, July 5. Spankshaft, a local six-piece pop-ska-punk band will perform Saturday, July 12. A Santana tribute band, Caravanserai, will play Saturday, July 19. The Just Dave Band will play classic hits from the 60s through the 90s on Saturday, July 26. Friday, August 1, brings a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute, Randy Linder and his band. Revolver, a Beatles tribute band, will perform Friday, August 8. And rounding out the summer concert series will be Strange Days, a tribute band to the Doors. All concerts will start at 8:30 p.m. Tortoise Rock Casino is located near the intersection of Adobe and Base Line Roads in Twentynine Palms.
The County Veterans Affairs Office in San Bernardino sends a service representative to the Morongo Basin two days a week. Misty Taylor is at the County Building, 56357 Pima Trail, in Yucca Valley every Tuesday from 9 to 3. Taylor visits two Twentynine Palms locations Wednesdays; she is at 73629 Sun Valley Drive from 8:30 to noon, then can be found at the Village Center, Building 1551, on board the Combat Center, from 1 to 3. For more information, call 909-387-5516.
School’s out, and it’s time for the summer reading programs at area libraries. Reporter Dan Stork tells what’s in store at the Joshua Tree Library…
Get ready to “Excavate Something Big” on Tuesday June 17 at 1:00 p.m. when the Summer Reading Program kick off and registration begins at the Joshua Tree Branch Library. Dinosaurs are the theme for the county’s libraries free program this summer. Reading and fun are in store for readers of all ages; children, young adults and adults may join the program. Face painters will be on hand during registration to decorate children with their favorite dinosaur! The Joshua Tree Library will host a family performance every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. John Abrams Animal Magic will begin the programs with a performance on Tuesday June 24. Juggling, puppets, crafts and more will be featured on successive Tuesdays through August 2. The program performances are funded by the Friends of the Library and attendance is free. In addition to the family programs, preschool aged children are invited to attend Summer Reading Program story time on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. through the summer. For more information about the Summer Reading Program at the Joshua Tree Library please call 760-366-8615.
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 the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2:00 p.m. 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 Center website at www.hdmc.org.