A Yucca Valley woman who has been missing for two days has been found alive and well in Brawley. On Wednesday, June 18, about 7:30 a.m., Kathleen “Kay” Collins, 88, left her home in the 56200 block of 29 Palms Highway to attend an event at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. When she had not returned home by 8 p.m., her family contacted the hotel, which was not able to confirm that Collins was there that day. About 4 a.m. Thursday, Collins was sighted at a Circle K gas station off Highway 371 in Anza. Video surveillance confirmed that Collins was alone. She paid cash for a small quantity of gasoline and then left, traveling east. About 7 a.m. today, Collins’ family received a phone call that she had been found in Brawley, where she had driven her car into a ditch. A Good Samaritan pulled her car out of the ditch and notified her family of her whereabouts. Kay Collins’ family is on their way to get her.
Two people were hospitalized after a traffic collision in Morongo Valley last night. About 11:15 p.m. a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway and a vehicle pulling out of the Valero gas station were in a T-bone collision. A man and a woman in the van were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center. The two Marines in the Subaru vehicle declined treatment at the scene. The CHP is investigating the crash.
Just as learning does end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s free lunch and breakfast available for children during part of the summer…
The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a summer feeding program, in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture and the National School Lunch Program. There is no paperwork. Just show up, and each child will provided with a nutritious meal absolutely free. Breakfast and lunch are also available to adult for $2.50 and $3.50 per meal, respectively. The distribution locations are Twentynine Palms High School, the Community Services Center, and Knotts Sky Park in Twentynine Palms, and Yucca Mesa Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Club, and Yucca Valley High School in the west end of the Morongo Basin. Distribution sites will be open Monday through Thursday, from June 23 to July 31 for most of the sites. They are open for a very short time at each site—15 or 20 minutes—and at different times for every site. A complete schedule is listed with this story at z1077fm.com. For more information, call MUSD Nutritional Services at 760-367-9191, extension 4261 or 4271.
Twentynine Palms High School: June 23 to July 31
Breakfast: 9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Twentynine Palms Community Services Center: June 23 to July 31
Breakfast: 8:35 A.M. – 8:50 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Knotts Sky Park June 23 to July 31
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Yucca Mesa Elementary: June 23 to July 24
Breakfast: 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Yucca Valley Boys and Girls Club: June 23 to July 31
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:40 a.m. – noon
Yucca Valley High School: June 23 to July 31
Breakfast: 9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Lunch: 12:10 p.m. – 12: 25 p.m.
The number of whooping cough cases in California has now reached epidemic status, according to state public health officials. In the last two weeks, 800 new cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported, and in San Bernardino County, 43 cases have been reported so far this year, compared to 7 at this time last year. Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection, and infants are most at risk of contracting pertussis, which is spread by coughing or sneezing. The Department of Public Health recommends that all pregnant women be vaccinated with the TDAP vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks gestation. In addition, all adults, such as fathers, grandparents, and babysitters, should be immunized. Babies should be immunized at six weeks. Anyone with a persistent cough should see a doctor. Whooping cough can be fatal in young babies, but symptoms are generally milder in adults. Pertussis is treated with antibiotics.
Keeping the Highway 247 area scenic will be the focus when the Homestead Valley Community Council meets tomorrow. Reporter Sara Snyder has more…
The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee plans a public meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Members from the Save Our Skyline group from Lucerne Valley will provide updates about threats to the Scenic Highway status of 247. They are forming a grass roots coalition to fight the 70 wind turbines proposed for the San Bernardino Mountains, and the transmission line that would invade residential areas and the scenic corridor of Hwy 247. Activists from the Morongo Basin who successfully blocked the wind turbines on Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa over Pipes Wash and Pioneertown will also be on hand. The Johnson Valley Community Center is 1-3/4 miles south of Hwy 247 on Larrea Road, at the corner of Quailbush Road. For more information, call Betty Munson at 760-364-2646.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is pancakes, eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
Tomorrow, the Desert Congregational Men’s Ministry will be preparing and hosting the Food for Life meal. The meal will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert Community 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.
A star party tomorrow night at Sky’s the Limit. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where the telescopes will be focused…
Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, June 21. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on Mars, Saturn, galaxies, and globular clusters. Globular clusters are very old star clusters surrounding the Milky Way like a halo, containing millions of stars. Bring water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.
The Heat Competition dance team from Star Struck studio in Yucca Valley will hold a car wash, tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, at Ultimate Motors on the highway in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. The dancers will also hold a bake sale Sunday, June 22, at the Yucca Valley Walgreens, beginning at 10 a.m. The dancers are raising funds to support their dance teams’ competition.
Vets Cruisin’ for a Cause will hold a car wash Saturday to raise funds to buy beds and mattresses for the homeless shelters. The car wash is from 9 to 2, or until the last car is washed, at the Change for Vets thrift store, 5758 Adobe Road, Suite B, in Twentynine Palms.
The Morongo Valley Community Services District will be paying its new general manager less than originally planned. Reporter Dan Stork explains how this happened…
At the Wednesday night meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the Board of Directors approved a one-year compensation package for General Manager Donna Munoz. The salary was substantially less than what had initially been offered to Munoz, but the revision was at her request. When the position was initially offered to her, the annual salary was to be just about $50,000. But Munoz told Z107.7 that after studying the expenses facing the District, and since she is a resident of Morongo Valley, she “didn’t want to be part of the problem,” and asked that the salary be dropped from $950 per week to $694, or just over $36,000 per year. After some negotiation, the Board acceded to her request.
One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night tonight (from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church in downtown 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.