MOTHER OF MISSING TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ASKS FOR HELP IN SEARCH

The mother of the Twentynine Palms woman missing since Saturday is asking for the public’s help. Authorities have been working nearly around the clock in their search for Erin Corwin, 19, who has not been seen since early Saturday morning. Sheriff’s investigators say she left her home on board the Twentynine Palms Marine Base about 7 a.m. Saturday morning to scout out locations in Joshua Tree National Park to visit with her mother—who was planning a two-week trip to celebrate Corwin’s birthday later this month. Marine Corporal Jonathan Corwin reported his wife missing about 9:30 Sunday morning, and her car, a blue Toyota Corolla, was found Monday on Valle Vista, just a short distance away from the Condor gate of the Marine Base. Sheriff officials, including Homicide detectives, have set up a command post in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms, where they are directing the investigation. Corwin’s mother, Lore Heavilin, told Z107.7 News that she was supportive of her daughter’s decision to get married in November 2012 so that Corwin could live on base, which Heavilin felt was safer. Heavilin urged anyone with any information about Erin Corwin—no matter how insignificant it may seem—to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 909-387-3589. Erin Corwin is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, and had just discovered she was pregnant.
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NEW RENTERS HOMELESS AFTER JOSHUA TREE FIRE

Renters who had just moved into a home in Joshua Tree two days ago are looking for a new home after a fire destroyed their house last night. About 6:10 Wednesday evening, Joshua Tree fire fighters were called to the 6200 block of Sun Mesa to find smoke and fire coming from the back left corner of the house. County Fire Captain Jon Garber said the fire started in a laundry room shed near the back of the house, and the blaze spread to a bedroom in the back, before moving into another bedroom and up into the attic. According to Garber, fire fighters were hampered in getting in to the attic due to the fact the ceiling was made of three layers: sheet rock, ceiling tiles, and plywood. The tenants had three dogs inside the house, but Garber said fire fighters were able to rescue only two. Fire fighters were at the scene until about 10 p.m. last night.

CHP OFFER TIPS TO AVOID CAR THEFT

Vehicle theft is still a major problem for the California Highway Patrol. Reporter Cara Conway offers these suggestions from the CHP to protect your car or truck from theft…
The CHP reported that 2013 vehicle thefts have declined by 2 percent in the state of California; however, 171,000 thefts were still documented statewide. Remember that locking a vehicle alone is not the only preventative measure you can take to keep your vehicle and belongings safe. The CHP suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of vehicle theft. Before leaving a vehicle, be sure to park in a highly visible and secure location such as under street lights in public parking lots. Using an alarm system and never leaving the car running unattended are also preventative deterrents to keep auto thieves away. While vehicle theft is a crime of opportunity, being alert and applying these simple precautions could prevent you from becoming a victim.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION EYES PROPERTY AT LEAR AND THE HIGHWAY FOR AMBULANCE

A special meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council has been called for 10 a.m. (this morning) July 3, at City Hall. It will be a closed session meeting, to discuss a parcel of property on Twentynine Palms highway across from the Lear Avenue intersection, south of the highway. The agenda calls for discussions of the price to acquire the property, and of terms of a possible lease of the property to Morongo Basin Ambulance after the property has been acquired. The Council is meeting in its capacity as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS MONDAY

On Monday, at 8 a.m., the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will continue their closed session meeting from June 30. The sole item on the agenda is the appointment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held in Room 104 on the college campus.

COLLEGE SETS FAREWELL TO WAGNER EVENT

Dr. Roger Wagner’s resignation as president of Copper Mountain College becomes effective July 14. Reporter Dan Stork says there will be a farewell party before then…
The Board of Trustees of Copper Mountain College has invited the community to celebrate and say goodbye to Dr. Roger Wagner after seven years of service to Copper Mountain College. The reception will be held in the Bell Center Foyer on Thursday July 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a brief program at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Wagner will be moving on, to take the position of Superintendent/President at Victor Valley College, beginning July 15.

MBTA BUSSES WILL NOT RUN TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Saturday, July 5.

YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER ANNUAL INSTALLATION DINNER NEXT WEEK

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor outstanding residents during its annual installation dinner of new Chamber officers. Named as 2014 Chamber Member of the Year is Jennifer Collins of Farmers Insurance Agency. The Morongo Basin Heart and Soul Award goes to Lynne Vest of Citizens on Patrol. Pacific Western Bank is the 2014 Business of the Year. Sue Tsuda of the Center for Healthy Generations is the 2014 Unsung Hero of the Year. The Chairman’s Award goes to Cheryl Nankervis, the Chamber’s former executive director. Named as Town Employees of the Year are Sue Earnest and Chelsie Shirley. The Chamber’s installation dinner is set for Thursday, July 10, at the Center for Healthy Generations, 57121 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. Entertainment will be provided by ventriloquist Rey Ortega, and dinner will be a Cuban affair. Festive costumes are encouraged. For tickets, call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OFFERS PARK CAMPFIRE SAFETY TIPS

The hot weather means fire danger in our Morongo Basin and Joshua Tree National Park Firefighters are on the alert. Park Ranger Pam Tripp offers these campfire safety tips…
For almost 100 years the National Park has been a steward of public land and the Wildland Fire Branch has been part of the mission of protecting these lands. The wildland fire program is committed to working with our neighbors and park partners to protect park and local resources. Fire fighters at the park conduct prevention, containment, and suppression of wildland fires to protect the park resources and the visitors to Joshua Tree National Park. They also conduct and participate in regular trainings in order to stay prepared for fire situations, as well as helping to fight fires in other areas as needed. Remember to practice safety when it comes to fire. If you build a campfire, be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you build it and when putting it out. As Smokey Bear says, only you can prevent wildfires. Thank you to our wildland firefighters for the work they put in everyday to protect our national parks and local areas.

SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, July 5. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:30 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on Mars, Saturn, and the quarter moon. Bring binoculars, telescopes, 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.

LOCAL COUNCIL FILINGS START JULY 14

It promises to be a crowded field for the November 4th elections for Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter Dan Stork tells what prospective candidates must do to participate in the campaign…
Twentynine Palms City Clerk Cindy Villescas described to local media the steps that she and prospective City Council candidates will have to complete for the upcoming election season. Candidates can pick up information and form packets starting at 8 am on Monday July 14. There is a required $37 filing fee. Candidates must fill out a “statement of organization” if they expect to collect campaign funds in excess of $100. On another form, they must disclose all business interests and property. An optional candidate’s statement of up to 250 words may be filed for an additional $200 fee. In addition, a “nomination form” with at least 20 valid signatures is required. The deadline for returning all forms to the City Clerk, and being sworn in as a candidate, is 6 pm on Thursday August 7. That deadline would be extended to August 14, if no incumbent has filed—but that is not going to be this case for this election. During the campaign, each candidate must periodically submit forms required by the Fair Political Practices Commission, which the City Clerk will forward to the California Secretary of State. Villescas said that at least 8 individuals are expected to file for the three open seats. Mayor Dan Mintz and Council member Jim Harris have said they will run for re-election, while Jay Corbin will not seek another term.

COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST SATURDAY MORNING

This Saturday, July 5, the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center will host the monthly First Saturday Breakfast from 8 am to 11 am at the Center, located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. A full breakfast including all your favorites plus fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee will be served for five bucks.

“SPUDTACULAR SUNDAY” AT UNITED METHODIST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will hold a “Spudtacular” baked potato dinner, Sunday, July 6, starting at 5 p.m. Load up your potato with mild chili, real bacon bits and all the extras, all for only $5. Fix a salad with a variety of dressings and choose from an assortment of drinks. The church is located at 6250 Mesquite Springs Road in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-367-7388.