The mountains shook and the heavens opened up Saturday morning. It may not be the time to build your own ark, but some folks in Twentynine Palms may have thought so. Reporter Dan Stork describes what happened…
First it was an earthquake that rattled the desert. A magnitude 4.6 quake, about 5 miles west of Big Bear, was felt as far away as Palm Desert at 9:59 a.m. Saturday morning. Then shortly after 11 a.m., it started raining in Twentynine Palms. Hard. For about 45 minutes. Some residents even reported hail. The rain and subsequent flash flooding resulted in multiple swift-water rescues by the Twentynine Palms Fire Department.
Shoulder of Larrera Avenue washed out.
Downed power pole off Adobe.
Fire Engineer Lee Martin said several drivers had to be rescued after they drove into water flowing across the road on Adobe and Bagley. Winds and flash flooding also toppled at least 14 power poles in Twentynine Palms, leaving an estimated 2000 homes and businesses without power for hours in the city. Some areas of 29 Palms reported receiving 1.28 inches of rain. A portion of Larrea Road, north of the highway, was washed out from the flooding, and Martin said numerous streets turned into little rivers, including Highway 62 east of Copper Mountain College, and at Mesquite Springs Road, leaving behind mud and debris. Lee reminds residents not to try and cross roads that have water flowing across them because you never know how deep the water is. Even a couple of inches of water is enough to carry off some vehicles. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
Southern California Edison still has pockets of customers in Twentynine Palms who are still without power, and power is not expected to be restored for most customer until this afternoon, with a few not being restored until midnight tonight. For Twentynine Palms residents who are still without power, the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Road, across from the fire station, is a cooling center. It will be open from 8 until 5. No pets are allowed. Emergency distribution of ice and bottled water is available in the rear parking lot of City Hall. For information about the power outage, call SCE at 800-611-1911.
Investigators for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department continued their search throughout the weekend for 19-year-old Erin Corwin, the pregnant wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine who has been missing since Saturday, June 28. Investigators have been assisted by at least 50 search and rescue workers, along with the assistance of members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. There have been no new developments in this case.
NOTE: This is a corrected version of the story.
Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested early Saturday morning, suspected of multiple burglaries in the city Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 6600 block of Palo Verde Avenue, 7400 block of Cactus Drive, 6000 block of Mariposa Avenue, 6600 block of National Park Drive, 6300 block of Cholla, and at Luckie Park, all reported burglaries and attempted burglaries Friday night-Saturday morning. Shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, two men, later identified as Dallas Moore, 20, and John Schutte, 19, were seen trying to break into a vehicle on Mariposa Avenue, and then fled from the witness. Deputies located Moore and Schutte, and some of the property that had been reported stolen, near Sunnyslope Drive and Baileya and arrested them. Dallas Moore and John Schutte were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for burglary and are being held without bail for violating their parole. During the course of the investigation, deputies went to a home in the 6000 block of Daisy Avenue where they arrested Bobby Burcham,25, on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bobby Burcham was cited and released.
With the first of its summer concerts this past weekend, Tortoise Rock Casino has announced that it is adding two more concerts to its schedule. Reporter Sara Snyder has more on who’s playing and when…
Tortoise Rock Casino has added two additional concerts to its summer concert series. Spankshaft, a local Joshua Tree band, has been booked for a second concert on Friday, August 15, in addition to its concert on Saturday, July 12. The Just Dave Band has also been booked to play a second show on Friday, August 22, in addition to its concert on Saturday, July 26. The free concerts are outside at the casino and begin at 8:30 p.m.
The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on July 8, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, and 23. A clinic will also be held at Wild Mustang Feed in Morongo Valley on July 30. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.
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 & 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, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 9:20 A.M. to 9:40 A.M.
Lunch – 12:30 P.M. – 12:45 P.M.
Twentynine Palms Community Services Center – June 23 to July 31, Monday Thursday Breakfast – 8:35 A.M. to 8:50 A.M.
Lunch – 11:30 A.M— 11:45 A.M.
Knotts Sky Park — June 23 — July 31, Monday — Thursday
Lunch — 11:00 AM. —11:20 A
Yucca Mesa Elementary – June 23 to July 24, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 9:45 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Yucca Valley Boys & Girls Club – June 23 to July 31, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 8:30 A.M. to 8:45 A.M.
Lunch – 11:40A.M. -Noon
Yucca Valley High School – June 23 to July 31, Monday — Thursday
Breakfast – 9:20 A.M. to 9:40 A
Lunch – 12:10 P.M. – 12: 25 P.M.
The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, Calif., in the Office of Student Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yesenia Thomas at 909-801-5762.
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team is holding a volleyball camp for girls who are interested in try-outs for the team. Reporter Cara Conway has the details…
Girls in grades 6 through10 are encouraged to improve their skills and prepare for try-outs at the Lady Trojan Girls Volleyball Camp held August 4 through the 7. Divided by ability and age, campers receive individual instruction with practice sessions and organized games. Located at the Yucca Valley High School Gymnasium and Community Pool, the daily schedule includes instruction, lunch and a team swim. Campers provide own sack lunch. Fee $70. Register now at yucca-valley.org or at the Community Center.