IS WATER LINE INSURANCE A SCAM?

Scam or prudent investment?  Managing Editor Tami Roleff examines water line insurance offers…

Some Morongo Basin residents may have received a mailing urging the recipient to buy insurance for their water service line. The company, HomeServe, correctly states that property owners are responsible for repairs on the water lines between their water district’s meter or well casing, and their house. The company offers insurance coverage for leaks and repairs to these water lines. Z107.7 spoke with local water district officials, who recommended that homeowners pencil out the costs of the insurance against the potential cost of repairs to determine if the insurance is right for them. Owners of older homes may find buying the insurance is a cost they’re willing to pay, whereas owners of newer homes may not.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

TICKETS FOR “A DOLL’S HOUSE” AT THEATRE 29

Regular tickets are now available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 season, the classic “A Doll’s House,” a gripping drama by Henrik Ibsen. “A Doll’s House” is now running weekends through July 19. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with 2:30 Sunday matinees July 6 and July 13. Directed by Kurt Schauppner, “A Doll’s House” tells the story of Torvald who loves his wife, Nora, but secretly considers her a child and possession. When a secret comes back to haunt Nora, her life becomes a battleground between societal norms and her growing hunger for self-determination. Tickets are $8-$12 and may be ordered online at theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

TRAFFIC CRASH IN LANDERS WEDNESDAY

Two Landers-area men were injured in a crash in Landers Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Harry Dennis, 78, was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger westbound at the intersection of Reche Road and Old Woman Springs Road about 10 a.m. Dennis pulled out and made a left turn onto southbound OWS directly in the path of a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by James Dejulio, 61, who was driving northbound on Old Woman Springs Road. Dejulio attempted to avoid crashing into Dennis and braked and swerved to the left, but the two vehicles collided nearly head on. Harry Dennis’s injuries were characterized as major; James Dejulio suffered moderate injuries. Paramedics said both men were transported by ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

MORONGO VALLEY BASEBALL BAT ASSAULT

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested Wednesday evening after she started swinging a baseball bat at her neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, Katrina Anderson, 45, went to a neighbor’s home in the 1000 block of West Drive in Morongo Valley about 7:30 p.m. and started swinging a baseball bat at her neighbor. The report states that Anderson was possibly high and drunk as well, and she allegedly told the deputy she wanted to hit someone. After an investigation, Katrina Anderson was arrested on suspicion of assault with a weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.

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.

“SPUDTACULAR SUNDAY” AT UNITED METHODIST IN 29 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.

EDWARD JONES SERVICE AWARD TO LOCAL ADVISOR

Alexa Lawson, a financial advisor at the Yucca Valley office of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently received the firm’s Service Award for 15 years of hard work and enthusiasm with Edward Jones.  Edward Jones, which employs 13,000+ advisors in the US and Canada, provides financial services for individual investors.  The company ranked No. 4 overall in FORTUNE magazine’s 2014 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday morning after he tried to pull his girlfriend out of her vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ethan Saleem, 21, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6700 block of Palo Verde Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 11:30 Wednesday morning. The report states Saleem became angry, grabbed her by the shirt and arm and pulled her out of her car to prevent her from leaving. When his girlfriend finally did leave the scene, Saleem then allegedly kicked her car door, causing moderate damage. Ethan Saleem was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set t $50,000.