“SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES” IN DISAPPEARANCE OF TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN

Authorities say there are “definite suspicious circumstances” surrounding the disappearance of a pregnant Twentynine Palms woman who was last seen Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the disappearance of Erin Corwin, 19, last seen leaving her home in the 6600 block of Jasmine Drive on board the Combat Center about 7 a.m. She told her husband, Jonathan Corwin, a corporal in the Marine Corps, that she was going to look for hiking trails for her and her mother to hike in Joshua Tree National Park. He reported her missing about 9:30 Sunday morning. The Sheriff’s Department began an extensive search by air and on the ground with search-and rescue teams. Her family said her vehicle, a 2013 blue Toyota Corolla, was found outside the Marine base, her phone has been turned off or dead since Saturday, she is not returning text or Facebook messages, or voice mails. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department Specialized Investigation Division were called in on Monday. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said, “The specialized division was asked to assume the investigation because they felt that there were definite suspicious circumstances. The division has advanced investigative skills, including interviewing techniques, and is well-suited when it comes to investigations that involve the possibility of foul play.” They are asking for the public’s help in locating Erin Corwin, who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. Photos of Erin Corwin can be seen with this story at Z1077fm.com. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Erin Corwin should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Division at 909-387-3589.Erin Corwin 2

CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The local CHP station will join law enforcement throughout the region with a maximum enforcement effort over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Reporter Diana Jones says DUI and speeders will be targeted…
Many Morongo Basin residents will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with outdoor barbecues, picnics, and social gatherings. If you drive anywhere this weekend, the California Highway Patrol encourages you to designate a sober driver and buckle up. The CHP will be out in full force from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight, Sunday. During this maximum enforcement period, CHP officers will focus on speeding violations, seatbelt use, and looking for those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. During the 2013 Fourth of July weekend, 56 people were killed in collisions under CHP jurisdiction, and 70 percent of them were not wearing their seat belt.

TWO INJURED IN THREE-VEHICLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley yesterday. About 5:45 p.m., Will Garcia of Twentynine Palms was driving a 2006 Suzuki eastbound in the number 2 lane of Highway 62, when he drove through the red light at Avalon Avenue. Garcia’s Suzuki crashed into 2013 Toyota that was traveling southbound on Avalon and had a green light. The Toyota then crashed into a 2010 Toyota, traveling northbound on Avalon, which was making an eastbound turn onto the highway. The driver of the 2013 Toyota lost consciousness briefly and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. A passenger in the 2010 Toyota was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

CAR FIRE IN LANDERS YESTERDAY

A second car fire in as many days, this time in Landers. About 8:30 p.m. last night, Yucca Mesa fire fighters found a Toyota Camry fully involved in flames at Avalon Avenue near Luna Vista. The driver had apparently abandoned the car when it caught fire, as there was no one there when fire fighters arrived. The car is a total loss; there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT ENGLISH FORMALLY RESIGNS HER POSITION

Last Friday, the Board of Education of the Morongo Unified School District held another special meeting. On Tuesday, Acting Superintendent Tom Baumgarten wrote a release about that meeting. Dan Stork says it formalizes the departure of Superintendent Dr. Cecelia English…
We asked Acting Superintendent Tom Baumgarten whether any actions came out of the closed session meeting of the MUSD Board of Education on June 27. In reply, he sent out a release which said the following: “The Board of Education took action to accept the resignation of the Superintendent.” Additionally, a joint statement concerning superintendent’s resignation was released: “The Board … and Dr. Cecelia English announce that Dr. English has voluntarily requested to resign from her position as Superintendent, to pursue other opportunities. Both the Board and Dr. English wish to advise the District’s parents, staff and the public that Dr. English’s resignation was not prompted by any finding of wrongdoing on her part.”
Baumgarten told us that financial terms of Dr. English’s separation have not been announced, but will be available to the public when the relevant document has been completed. He also said that the Board has not yet addressed the issue of a permanent successor to the Superintendent position.

FIREWORKS JULY 3 IN LANDERS, JULY 4 IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Get warmed up for the Fourth of July fireworks by going to see the Third of July fireworks in Landers. The fireworks will be held at Homestead Valley Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Preferred parking is $5. No outside food or beverages are allowed. The opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 with a Marine color guard; a Marine static display will also be at the park. Entertainment will be provided by the Big Fat Steve Band and Henry Fencepost, direct from the Calico Ghost Town.

The Rotary Club Fireworks show in Yucca Valley this year will see a wide variety of family activities and entertainment. Plan to be at Brehm Sports Park on the Fourth of July for the show and the fun. The event will have food, children’s activities, vendors, booths, and more. The entertainment, emceed by Z107.7 personality Pat Michaels, will include a special performance by local singer, Kristina Quigley. Activities for kids include water activities. The Yucca Valley Fourth of July event starts at 6 p.m. at the Brehm Youth Sports Park at Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. For more information on the event, call 760-365-1988.

The City of Twentynine Palms will once again host an Independence Day celebration. Come out to Luckie Park for this free family-friendly event on Friday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. Celebrate our country’s freedom with Sam Smith and the Z107.7 Mobile DJ, food, retail vendors, kid’s games and activities, ice cold beer, and good old-fashioned family fun. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy live music with Rodeo Revival and the fireworks spectacular lights off at 9 p.m.

HI-DESERT WATER BOARD LOOKS AT WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says electronic communication and whistleblower protection are on the agenda, along with other items…
The Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Water District will hold its regular meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on tonight’s agenda, the Board will consider updating its electronic communications policy and whistleblower protection policy. The Board will consider a Memorandum of Understanding that would allow District employees to work as interns with Victor Valley Wastewater Authority. Also on the agenda, the Board will be asked to adopt the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, followed by an update on the wastewater and state revolving fund update. The meeting will be held in District offices at Inca Trail and the Highway in Yucca Valley.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will hold a routine meeting tonight. The Board will hear a history of Well 11; adopt a policy on replacing and purchasing vehicles; recognize Z107.7 for 25 years of community service; and hear a report on board meeting requirements. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

COUNTY ASSESSMENT FIGURES SHOW IMPROVING REAL ESTATE MARKET

An improving real estate market has been reflected in increased property assessments. Reporter Dan Stork tells how Morongo Basin municipalities have fared in the just-released assessment roll…
The San Bernardino County Assessor has released the property assessment roll for 2014. The overall assessment of values for the entire county is up 6.2 percent over 2013. All but one of the 24 cities in the county shows an increase, with Yucca Valley’s valuations up by 6.8 percent and Twentynine Palms up 2.7 percent. All unincorporated areas of the county are lumped together (so Joshua Tree, Landers, etc., are not broken out separately), and show an increase of 4.7 percent. To see the full listing of valuations by city, follow the link in this story at z1077fm.com:

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/35/Docs/Documents/20140630_annualrollrecap.pdf

If you want to see the assessment roll history of your property, go to the Assessor’s main page http://cms.sbcounty.gov/assessor/Index.aspx and select “Search Parcel Information.”

JUGGLING AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Library invites children of all ages to travel back to the dinosaur days and join their summer reading program. The performance for children this week is David Cousin’s Juggling show at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 3. Cousin is a holder of five world records in juggling.

The free teen’s program Thursday, July 3, at 3 p.m. will be a craft workshop on making origami nesting boxes. Presented by Ingrid Johnson, each participant will have the opportunity to create their very own nesting box to take home. All supplies are provided.

The Twentynine Palms Library is also offering an adult summer reading program. For each library book read, adults will have an opportunity to win prizes. Registration is still open, drop by anytime during open hours. For information, please call 760-367-9519.