HOMICIDE DETECTIVES CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE DISAPPEARANCE OF TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN

Still no word on the woman from Twentynine Palms who went missing Saturday morning. Sheriff’s officials confirmed that homicide detectives have been called in to investigate the disappearance of Erin Corwin, 19, who left home about 7 a.m. Saturday to look for a hiking trail in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Corwin is three months pregnant. Her car, a blue 2013 Toyota Corolla, is also missing. The license plate number is 7CJX519. A possible sighting of Erin Corwin and her car was reported about 8 a.m. Saturday by Joshua Tree National Park rangers. Anyone with information about Erin Corwin should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY STARTS MAJOR ROAD SLURRY SEAL PROJECT TOMORROW

Road maintenance will start tomorrow Wednesday, July 2, on some streets in Yucca Valley and continue for the next week. A maintenance slurry seal will be applied in stages on Joshua Lane from San Marino north to Onaga Trail, and on Joshua Drive from Joshua Lane west to Church Street. Work is expected to be finished on both projects by July 9. Residents that are likely to be affected by the work should receive a notice from the contractor. Working with the Town, as a public service, Z107.7 Radio will announce where the work will be the day of each morning, and where it will be the next day each afternoon. A full schedule of locations of the road work can be found in this story at www.Z1077fm.com.

Wednesday, July 2
Joshua Lane – San Marino to San Andreas
Joshua Drive – Joshua Lane to Amador

Thursday, July 3
Joshua Lane – San Andreas to Juarez
Joshua Drive – Amador to Tamarisk
½ Joshua Drive – Tamarisk to Church (westbound travel lane)
½ Joshua Lane – Golden Bee to Hardesty (eastbound travel lane)

Monday, July 7
Joshua Lane – Juarez to Warren Vista
Joshua Lane – Onaga to Yucca Trail

Tuesday, July 8
Joshua Lane – Warren Vista to Hardesty
1/2 Joshua Lane – Hardesty to Golden Bee (westbound/northbound travel lane)
Joshua Lane – Golden Bee to Joshua Drive
1/2 Joshua Lane – Joshua Drive to Golden Bee (southbound travel lane)

Wednesday, July 9
Joshua Lane – Onaga to Joshua Drive
½ Joshua Drive – Tamarisk to Church (westbound travel lane)

CAR FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY MONDAY

A woman escaped injury yesterday when her older model Mercedes caught fire in Morongo Valley. About 10:30 Monday morning, Morongo Valley fire fighters and Cal Fire found the Mercedes fully involved in flames in the intersection of Hess Boulevard and Pioneer Drive, near the Morongo Valley Elementary School. The car’s driver had gotten out of her car safely and fire fighters put the fire out quickly. There were no injuries.

THE CHP SAYS PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR THE HOT WEATHER

That car fire in Morongo Valley reminds us that hot weather can take its toll on your vehicle. CHP Officer Joan Griffin offers these suggestions to prepare your vehicle…

The warm temperatures and summer travel put extra demands on both vehicles and drivers. Before any travel, check your vehicle’s radiator system. Many summer breakdowns happen because a car’s cooling system failed. Be sure your oil changes are current. Extreme temperatures can put more stress on an engine and dirty oil can cause damage or poor engine operation. Carry a roadside emergency kit with fresh water, food, a cell phone and charger, first aid kit, tools, flashlight, spare tire, car jack and lug wrench, jumper cables, and emergency flares or orange triangles. With the proper preparations, you can mitigate summer heat taking its toll on your vehicle.

COUNTY OFFERS FREE BEHAVIORAL SERVICES FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001, and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food.  The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M. If you have any questions about the distribution, call 760 369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe.

WITH FIRE DANGER, CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME

With the summer’s heat comes extreme fire danger. Reporter Sara Snyder says you can help by creating a defensible space…

California is in an extreme drought, and county and state fire officials have ordered a ban on open burning due to the high threat of wildfire. To better protect your home from wildfires, remove all dead plants, grass, leaves, and pine needles from your yard and roof for at least 100 feet from your home. Trim tree branches so they are at least 10 feet from each other, and from your chimney and roof, and are at least six feet from the ground. Remove or prune plants that are near windows. Woodpiles should be stacked at least 30 feet away from buildings.

TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY HELPING SENIORS PASS THE DMV TEST

The Twentynine Palms Library offers a free mature driver education class Wednesdays through July 30. Participants will receive necessary information needed to pass the DMV written exam. Seniors can join the class at any time and no pre-registration is necessary, the classes are on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Both the California Driver Handbook and sections of the Senior Guide to Safe Driving Handbook are reviewed. In each class, participants are given sample written driver tests and the answers are discussed with references made to their location in the handbook. If you have any questions or concerns contact the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD BUDGET WORKSHOP TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley CSD is almost ready with its preliminary budget for the coming year. Reporter Dan Stork says that a budget workshop is open to the public…

The Morongo Valley Community Services District will hold a workshop meeting on Wednesday July 2, at 3:30 p.m. The session is billed as a “Preliminary Budget Workshop.” Its purpose is to finalize the Preliminary Budget for a Public Hearing at the District’s July 16 meeting. This open workshop will be held in the multi-purpose room at Covington Park on Vale Road.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The regularly scheduled Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting for tonight, July 1, has been cancelled. The next meeting, on July 15, is expected to treat the subject of vacation home rentals.

400K PATRIOT MOTORCYCLE RIDE SET FOR NEXT MONTH

Change for Vets is putting a biker twist on the Manchu Mile, a 25-mile hike held by the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, to commemorate the 85-mile hike the regiment made to go to battle in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion in China. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details about the 400K Patriot Run…

Change for Vets, an organization dedicated to helping veterans in the Morongo Basin, is sponsoring its first 400K Patriot Run motorcycle ride. The Patriot Run is intended to give participants just a small taste of the conditions and endurance that men and women in the military go through for our sake. Riders will meet at 7:30 a.m. August 2 at the Change for Vets Thrift Store, 5758 Adobe Road, Suite B, in Twentynine Palms. Kickstands up at 9. Riders will travel 253 miles, or 400 kilometers, during the ride, from Twentynine Palms to Amboy to Apple Valley to Yucca Valley, and back to Twentynine Palms. The cost is $40 and includes a T-shirt. Food will be available for purchase at the end of the ride. Volunteers are also needed. To volunteer, or for more information, call Kevin Fish at 760-368-8715.

BASIN-WIDE BREAKFAST THURSDAY HEARS ABOUT HOMELESS OUTREACH

The Basin Wide Foundation invites you to breakfast, Thursday, July 3, at the Helen Gray Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree at 7:00 a.m. Sheriff’s Deputy Jones will give a presentation on the Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) program. HOPE was implemented by Law Enforcement for Homeless outreach and through their efforts produced a proactive enforcement program to better address issues related to the homeless population in San Bernardino County. Please RSVP and let them know if you are bringing a guest at 760-365-7219. The cost is $9 per person.