The Sheriff’s Department says its efforts in the case of Erin Corwin,20, a pregnant Twentynine Palms Marine spouse missing since June 29th, have turned into a search for a possible crime scene. Investigators said yesterday afternoon, quote – “Information regarding locations that may have potential evidence of foul play has reached detectives and while several search warrants have been issued, specific information regarding these search warrants has not been released to protect the integrity of the case.”, unquote. “We are looking for a crime scene,” said Leland Boldt, the captain of the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division. Yesterday we reported that Christopher Lee, 24, who just left the Marine Corps July 6, identified as having a romantic relationship with Corwin, was arrested as a result of a search warrant served at the White Rock Horse Rescue facility in Yucca Valley. Investigators said his arrest is not related to the case of the missing Corwin, but because deputies located a destructive device and arrested Lee for its possession, Z107.7 has learned that device was a potato gun. Sheriff’s specialized investigations said, “Although the circumstances regarding the disappearance of Erin Corwin are suspicious, no evidence has ruled out she may have left the area voluntarily.” Anyone with any information that might help solve the mystery surrounding Erin Corwin’s disappearance is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division at (909) 387-3589.
During the course of a burglary investigation, Sheriff’s deputies contacted three people at an apartment in the 6000 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Hughes Cretty, 47; Derek Chismyork, 23, and Christina Chapman, 45, were all found to be in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence. All three were transported to Morongo Basin jail, where they were booked for investigation of the possession of a controlled substance, with bail of $25,000 each.
In its shortest meeting in recent memory, the Twentynine Palms City Council, its numbers reduced to a bare quorum in the absence of Jay Corbin and Cora Heiser, filled the vacancy on the Planning Commission, and dispatched the rest of its agenda without much discussion. Dan Stork peers through the blur of speed…
Reach Out Morongo Basin gets $5000 donation from Southern California Edison.
Left to right: Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser, Edison District Manager Ken Hoover, Edison spokesperson Jennifer Cusack, 29 Palms Mayor Dan Mintz.
At the start of the meeting, the Council and Southern California Edison, represented by Jennifer Cusack, commended each other on their cooperation during the rain-caused emergency during the Independence Day weekend. Cusack also presented Reach Out Morongo Basin with a $5000 check.
The new Planning Commission member is Jeffrey Perry, who was recommended for selection by Council members Jim Harris and Dan Mintz, over one other applicant – John King – following interviews of both men. Perry favors the establishment of Vacation Home Rentals in the City.
In other business, the Council
• Removed from the consent agenda adjustment of the Fire Facilities Impact Mitigation fee, returning it to staff for further work;
• Confirmed the levy for the 1st Lighting and Landscaping Assessment District;
• Authorized minor corrections to the budget for 2014-2015;
• Following a Planning Commission recommendation, considered initiating an amendment to the Development Code, allowing “Ambulance Services” as a permissible use in multiple zoning districts.
At Jim Harris’ suggestion, “Ambulance Services” was generalized to “public safety services”. Harris said that this zoning change is likely to benefit the Desert Heights area, with improved response times for medical emergencies in the wake of the closure of the Lear fire station. Morongo Basin Ambulance, having made over 1000 calls in the Twentynine Palms area last year, would like to have a permanent staging area for calls.
Council adjourned to closed session, to discuss property acquisition for rights-of-way for sidewalk, curb, and gutter construction on State Route 62.
The public is invited to explore the wonders of the night sky this Saturday night at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The free event begins around 8:00 pm and continues until approximately 2:00 am. This cosmic tour will visit some of the lesser-known wonders of the night sky. Besides the familiar bright Messier Objects in the summer sky, there are many spectacular deep sky objects not included in Messier’s catalog. Guests are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. Everyone should bring snacks, water bottles, chairs, and a small flashlight (red lens, no white lights please) and dress for unpredictable desert weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.
The Twentynine Palms Water District meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the meeting will cover both Water and Fire business……
The Twentynine Palms Water District is scheduled to have their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd, starting at 6:00pm. At this meeting, the Board will discuss the consideration of providing for the authority of the general manager to deposit and invest funds in the district. Immediately following this is the Fire Department meeting. Both of these meetings take place at the Twentynine Palms Water District at 7241 Hatch Rd in Twentynine Palms.
Reregistered participants are invited to the final Summer Reading Program parties at the Twentynine Palms Library tomorrow. The children’s party is scheduled for 10:30am. Registered children will have the opportunity to celebrate with cake, prizes and creating their very own paper plate dinosaur to take home. All items will be provided at no cost.
The teen’s end of the Summer Reading Program Party will also be tomorrow at 3pm. Teens will celebrate their reading success with pizza, prizes and creating a tissue paper collage journal. All supplies are provided. This free program is open to all registered teens.
Registered adults who participated in the Twentynine Palms Library Summer Reading Program, will also have the opportunity to win final prizes. Winners will be contacted by phone or email.
For more information call the library at (760) 367-9519.
It promises to be monstrously great fun for cast and audience — Dan Stork has the audition call for “Young Frankenstein” at Theatre 29…
Theatre 29 will hold auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, on Monday August 18, at 6 pm, at the theater. “Young Frankenstein”, will be directed by Gary Daigneault with music direction by Bill Barrett.
For vocals, those auditioning are asked to bring a back-up CD or mp3 file on a Smartphone or mp3 player (no accompanist will be available). Broadway tunes only, (not from “Young Frankenstein”), no pop music, a cappella is discouraged. Readings will consist of cold sides from the script .
The characters include :
• Dr. Frederick Frankenstein – Male, age 20s or30s.
• The Monster – Male, age indeterminate, but BIG – the bigger the better. Must be able to emit howling/monster/grunting sounds. Knowledge of tap dancing is a plus.
• Igor – Male, age 20s or 30s. Frederick’s faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant and friend–with a hunchback.
• Inga – Female, age 20s. Frederick’s bubbly, not-so-bright young assistant. Sexy, attractive. A resident of Transylvania. Yodeling is a plus.
• Elizabeth Benning – Female, age 20s or 30s. Self-loving, “madcap”, boisterous fiancé of Frederick.
• Frau Blücher (whinney..!) – Female, age 40 s/ 5 0s. Intense, stern housekeeper of Frankenstein estate.
• Inspector Hans Kemp – Male, age 40s/50s. Head of the police in Transylvania, with a wooden arm and leg. Justice-driven.
• Blind Hermit – Lonely, poor, blind town hermit longing for a friend.
• Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein – Male, age 40s/50s. Frederick’s infamous grandfather.
• Ziggy – Male, age in 30s. Well-intentioned village idiot.
• Additional cast members of up to 6 males and 6 females, will have multiple featured supporting roles, with lots of juicy lines and singing.
For information about auditions for “Young Frankenstein” contact Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Desert Christ Park Foundation is holding a raffle to raise money for the park in Yucca Valley. A matted, framed, and signed black-and-white photo of one of the statues in the park “Suffer the Children,” by photographer Phil Dunham will be won in a raffle drawing, set for November 2. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. To purchase tickets, call 760-365-3984. Desert Christ Park is located at 56200 Sunnyslope Drive.
A Classic 50’s Comedy, shot mostly here in our Morongo Basin, will be shown this Saturday Night in Landers. Assignment Reporter Cara Conway invites you to see……
Stanley Kramer’s 1963 comedy film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” will be playing Saturday, July 26, at the Morongo Basin Historical Society Museum. Dinner, complete with vegan options, is included, as well as entrance to the exhibition “Pioneertown Movietown.” The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with the movie starting about 8. Bring folding chairs. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. The Historical Society is at 632 Landers Lane in Landers.
The restaurant at the historic 29 Palms Inn remains closed for a brief summer refurbishing until hopefully, Friday, August 1. The Inn will remain open for hotel guests during the renovation period, with full access to all the 29 Palms Inn cabins, oasis area, and swimming pool. Restaurant fans and regulars are asked to please be patient and join the Inn staff for a special “Welcome Back” dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. August 1.
29 Palms Inn is located at 73950 Inn Avenue, off National Park Drive in the heart of Twentynine Palms. For questions, lodging reservations, or special event queries contact the hotel reservation staff at (760) 367-3505.