Z107.7 News has learned that investigators have developed key information in the case of the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine who was reported missing Sunday morning, June 29. A source close to the Sheriff’s investigation revealed that Corwin, who is three months pregnant, had apparently been having an affair with another married Marine and investigators believe that pregnancy was from her lover, not her husband. The source noted that investigators have interviewed all the parties involved and said while their stories have checked out, the other Marine’s story is full of contradictions, and they do not believe they will find Erin Corwin alive. Saturday morning, June 28, Erin Corwin, 19, told her husband she was going to scout locations in Joshua Tree National Park in preparation for her mother’s visit. When she did not return, Corporal Jonathon Corwin reported her missing to the County Sheriff’s Department. Her car was found the next day by a Twentynine Palms Water District employee at Valle Vista and Ranch Road, according to KFMB-TV in San Diego. Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary said in interviews with other media that detectives and search-and-rescue personnel have narrowed their search to a few specific areas in the Morongo Basin, but would not say where. In the meantime, the families of Erin and Jonathan Corwin, from Tennessee, have set up a fund-raising website to help the family with expenses, and for a reward for information about her whereabouts. Anyone who has any information about Erin Corwin, whose 20th birthday is Tuesday, is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175. The link to the family’s GoFundMe website can be found with this story on z1077fm.com.
During its regular monthly board meeting yesterday, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees appointed an interim Superintendent/President to take the place of Dr. Roger Wagner, who has resigned to accept the Superintendent/President position at Victor Valley College. Jeff Cummings, the executive dean of academic affairs at College of the Redwoods, in Eureka, will take over as president/superintendent at CMC effective July 21. The interim position is expected to last through July 2015. The Board of Trustees will now begin its search for a permanent superintendent/president, which it expects to fill by July 1 of next year. Cummings’ background includes positions as dean and vice president at College of the Siskiyous, at the base of Mount Shasta in Weed, California.
The candidacy filing window for the November elections is about to open. Reporter Dan Stork tells office hopefuls that they can do it online…
The period for filing to be a candidate for public office in the November 14 election opens July 14 and closes August 8. If no incumbent of a specific public agency has filed by August 8, the filing period for that office extends to August 15. Candidates can file online, through the web site of the Registrar of Voters of San Bernardino County. Go to sbcountyelections.com, click on Elected Officials and Candidates. That page has information on reports and disclosures that must be filed, and also has an Electronic Filing Portal, where some of the forms may be completed directly. Some public agencies may have filing packets available for pickup at their offices, but it is best to call first, if you don’t use electronic filing. Several local public agencies have one or more seats up for grabs in the November 2014 elections: Yucca Valley Town Council, Twentynine Palms City Council, Joshua Basin and Hi-Desert Water Districts, Morongo Unified School District, Copper Mountain College, and the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District.
The 29 Palms Inn Restaurant will be closed for renovations beginning Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 25. The inn will remain open for hotel guests, as will the oasis area and pool. The Inn will continue to offer continental breakfast and box lunches, as well as complimentary picnic dinners for hotel guests. The restaurant will re-open at 5 p.m. Friday, July 25, with a special “Welcome Back” dinner. For more information, call 760-367-3505, or visit 29palmsinn.com.
Spankshaft, a local Joshua Tree band, will hold the first of its two concerts at Tortoise Rock casino tomorrow night. Spankshaft is a six-piece pop-ska-punk band that has won several local band competitions. The free concert will be held outside the casino and is set to start at 8:30 p.m. Spankshaft has been booked for a second concert on Friday, August 15.
Saturday is the first night of the Yucca Valley summer concert series. The six-week concert series will feature a variety of music. Reporter Taylor Thacker says Saturday’s concert will feature a popular swing group…
The Town of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival kicks off on July 12th, with an exciting performance by the swing group Big Papa and the TCB. Chris “Big Papa” Thayer leads the band well with his powerful vocals. Their new album Six Pack Of Cool shows exactly what this band is capable of and is packed with infectious tunes and awesome musicianship. They are probably best known for their song “Go Big Papa!” which has been used in a Papa John’s ad campaign. This band is sure to have you jumping and singing along. Bring friends and family and have a good time with Big Papa and the TCB! All concerts will be held on the Yucca Valley community center ballfield; gates open at 6:30pm and concerts start at 7 p.m. You may bring your own food, but there will also be food vendors.
One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night tonight, Friday, July 12, starting at 6 p.m. at the church in downtown Joshua Tree. Live bands and local talent are all welcome to participate in the free event. One 80 Ministries is located on the highway in Joshua Tree.
As the classic drama “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen continues its run at Theatre 29, Director Kurt Schauppner says he’s very happy with how the players matured during rehearsals. He’s enjoyed watching the actors Adam Redmon, Herman Platzke, and Rob Wanless, and the children, Nicholas Perez, Christopher and Justin Ornelaz-Perez, and Lea Maya, blossom. He added that Adam Redmon in particular has really grown into the role of Torvald, while Herman Platzke brings a gravitas to his Dr. Rank. “A Doll’s House” runs through July 19. Performances are 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (except July 4th) with 2:30 Sunday matinees p.m. June 29, July 6 and July 13. Tickets are $8 to $12 and may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
At Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, staff from the Hi-Desert Water District will discuss the Yucca Valley sewer project and answer questions about its costs, construction and other concerns. The meeting will be held at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the Club business and the presentation begin at 10 a.m. Saturday’s meeting is open to all registered Democrats and invited guests. More information, links and resources are online at MBDems.com.
The Yucca Valley Parks and Rec Department is sponsoring a family fun day tomorrow. Reporter Diana Jones says all ages are welcome at the free family event …
It’s a family fun day at Paradise Park in Yucca Valley Saturday, July 12. The event will feature a climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, bubble zone, music, and refreshments, including a watermelon eating contest. Family fun day takes place from 10 to 3, and all ages are welcome to the free event. Paradise Park is located at 58938 Barron Drive.
The Town of Yucca Valley holds a variety of aquatic programs Monday through Friday at the community pool at the high school on Sage Avenue. Swim lessons are held in the morning; each session is two weeks long, and costs $45 per session. Register in person at the community center, or online at yucca-valley.org. Drop-in programs include fun swim, family swim, lap swimming, and water aerobics. All drop-in programs are $4 per person, per visit; $3 per visit when a swim pass is used. Swim passes are available at $30 for 10 visits and can be purchased at the pool or community center. For days and hours of all programs, call 760-369-7211 or visit yucca-valley.org.
Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church, or Bob Pilgrim at 760-367-9429 for more information.
Tumb, tumb, tumbling tumbleweeds may be an iconic part of the Old West, but they are an invasive plant that threatens native plants and pose a fire danger in the desert. The Morongo Basin Conservation Association is trying to prevent the explosive spread of invasive plants—such as the Sahara mustard, fountain grass, and tumbleweeds—in the Morongo Basin, by pulling out the invaders. Reporter Dan Stork says the call has gone out for volunteers for a weed pull in Pioneertown tomorrow…
Volunteers are needed in the Wildlands Conservancy’s campaign to eliminate invasive tumbleweeds this Saturday, July 12 at 7 to 10 a.m., and are being asked to meet at the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve Ranger Station at 51010 Pipes Canyon Road. Bring a pair of gloves and protection from the sun. Water will be provided. Please RSVP to:
Preserve Ranger Brian Brenzel, at either 760-369-7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.