TWO WEEKS: NO SIGN OF CORWIN, ABANDONED MINES BEING SEARCHED

More than two weeks after she disappeared, there’s still no sign of a pregnant Twentynine Palms woman, The County Sheriff says search teams have combed 200 square miles of remote desert. Erin Corwin, who turns 20 today, the wife of a Marine, was last seen June 28 at her home aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials have said, “The search has shown no sign of Erin, and her disappearance does not appear to be voluntary.” Residents East of Twentynine Palms say helicopters have been ferrying groups of searchers from Luckie Park to the Old Dale Mining District, an area pocked with abandoned mines east and south of Twentynine Palms. Investigators say the search may transition into a criminal investigation at any time. Corwin is 5-feet-2 and 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. Anyone with additional details may call detectives at 909-387-3589.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO NAME TOWN MANAGER TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight in regular session. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says traffic light synchronizing, acquiring Brehm Park and Black Canyon Road, and the naming of a town manager are all on the Agenda…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will begin their regular meeting tonight with a closed session at 5:30 in which they will appoint a new town manager. The Council will reconvene in open session at 6. Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve a contract for the traffic signal synchronization project for the traffic lights from Camino del Cielo to Mohawk Trail; advertise for bids for construction of a traffic signal at Dumosa Avenue; and approve contracts for the phone service and with Desert Arc. On the action agenda, the Council will also be asked to approve the acquisition agreement of Brehm Sports Park, and approve the maintenance area of Black Rock Canyon Road. Finally, the Council will be asked to approve the contract for the new Town Manager, whose name has not yet been released.

MORONGO BASIN MAC CALLS FOR CITIZEN INPUT

Commercial solar energy development was an inescapable subject at the July meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council yesterday. Reporter Dan Stork reports that it came up in discussions of Land Use Services, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, and a proposed scenic highway designation…
San Bernardino County Planning Commission member Paul Smith, of Twentynine Palms, described to the Morongo Basin MAC the relationship between the Land Use Services Department and the Planning Commission: The Commission is an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on land use issues, and the Land Use Services department acts as a research staff for the Planning Commission. Smith noted improvements that have been made in public notification during the past year, and urged citizens to register their comments on projects such as commercial solar developments with the Land Use Services Department. Smith defended the behavior of County Land Use Services, and pointed his finger at a Federal agency: “In looking at the big solar projects, you see the Bureau of Land Management rolling over and accepting almost everything that big industry supports.” He emphasized that citizen testimony counts as findings of fact that the Planning Commission can use in supporting its decisions and recommendations on Conditional Use Permits.
MAC member Gayle Swarat noted that the report of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which may guide the placement of renewable energy projects, is expected to be over 10,000 pages long. She urged the MAC to support doubling the review period for the document to 180 days. The Council did so formally, and established a committee to participate in the analysis of the plan.
Barbara Harris gave a presentation extolling the virtues of designating State Route 247 a Scenic Highway. She noted the apparent unwillingness of Yucca Valley to support the effort. The MAC tabled Harris’ request that it support the scenic designation effort, asking her to return and address how scenic route classification would affect land use policies and solar development.

THREE PLEAD GUILTY IN DEFRAUDING LOCAL INDIAN TRIBE

A former college professor and presidential advisor was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for defrauding the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, the tribe announced last Friday. David Heslop, 76, a former Claremont College professor and advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, pleaded guilty to one count of felony conspiracy to commit bribery. He was sentenced to 21 months and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution. Heslop and two others— Gary Kovall, 67, the tribe’s former general counsel, and Paul Bardos, 58, a general contractor—pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion charges. They admitted that they steered contracts worth $2.8 million at the Spotlight 29 Casino to companies they controlled. The tribe puts the damages at $20 million.

A 25-YEAR TRADITION: THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRINKING AND DRIVING

For the past 25 years, Z107.7 Radio has aired a serious message that commemorates a tragedy. If we can keep just one more drunk driving tragedy from occurring, it will all have been worth it. Here is Patricia Fowler…
This is Patricia Fowler, again, speaking to you about the consequences of drinking and driving. I know after 28 years, you may think this is getting old and annoying. But 28 years later it is still an issue here in the Morongo Basin. Call it driving drunk, driving buzzed, or driving impaired, it is just plain stupid. It endangers innocent people, and, it kills innocent people. Today, July 15, would have been our son Sean’s 35th birthday. Please, just stop and think before you get behind the steering wheel.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN HELD AFTER PUNCHING HER BOYFRIEND

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Sunday, accused of punching her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Britney Shackleford, 21, was arguing with her boyfriend when she hit him in the face multiple times with closed fists. Her boyfriend sustained minor injuries to his face and eyes. Britney Shackleford was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.

WOMAN ARRESTED, SUSPECTED OF STEAING HER FATHER’S CAR

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Sunday, accused of stealing her father’s car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 5100 block of Pearl Springs Avenue in Twentynine Palms went out of town for the weekend and left his car keys locked in his bedroom. The Sheriff’s report states that while he was gone, Teviana Neal, 25, broke into her father’s bedroom, took the car keys, and used the car over the weekend without her father’s permission. Teviana Neal was arrested for investigation of grand theft auto, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE RN PROGRAM SEEKS SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

The nursing program at Copper Mountain College is looking for some donations. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why…
Copper Mountain College’s Registered Nursing program is seeking donations for a silent auction that will benefit the program’s pinning ceremony for 2015 graduates. The pinning ceremony marks the RN graduates’ entrance into the nursing profession. Donations to the Second Annual CMC RN Program Banquet and Silent Auction will be on display throughout the event, and the proceeds from the silent auction will help the RN Class of 2015 offset the costs associated with the pinning ceremony. Donations are tax deductible. The banquet and silent auction will be held August 15 at the Bell Center on the CMC campus. To make a donation, contact Sara Ibarra at an email in this story at Z1077fm.com.
sjibarra@student.cmccd.edu

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSHOP SESSION ON VACATION HOME RENTALS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission gets down to the nitty-gritty details of vacation home rentals tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says that will come after discussion of a code change regarding ambulance services…
Following the introduction of new Development Director Jim Hamilton at the July 15 meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission, the Commission will consider amending the Development Code to treat ambulance services as an allowable use in commercial zones, per a request from Morongo Basin Ambulance. Following that will be a study/workshop session, to go through the 9-page draft ordinance intended to regulate the operation of vacation home rentals. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

RECENTLY RETIRED SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FILES FOR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

Dr. Cindy McVay, who retired June 30 from Morongo Unified School District, has filed papers to run for the Morongo Unified School Board in November. McVay was a principal at Oasis Elementary, Morongo Elementary, and most recently, Palm Vista Elementary. McVay said, “After 33 years in education, I have the opportunity to help students, parents, and educators through a different venue. I am excited to be running and look forward to the experience!”