YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE IS ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley man was arrested yesterday after a woman said he raped her last week. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman said she met a man named “Carlos,” later identified as Carlos Flores, 31, in an emergency room July 24. They went to Palm Springs, and the woman told Sheriff’s deputies that when they returned to the woman’s home, he forced himself on her. The report states she waited to contact police because she was too embarrassed, and didn’t think she could report a rape since she had invited him inside. After an investigation, Carlos Flores was arrested at a residence in the 6200 block of Hoot Owl Trail in Yucca Valley. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $250,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING UP HIS 15-YEAR-OLD PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jeremy Magness, 19, and his 15-year-old girlfriend had been drinking at a party Monday night. After they left the party, they started arguing near Hanford Avenue and Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, and Magness punched his girlfriend in the stomach, and also kneed her in her stomach. The girl told deputies she thought she was a few weeks pregnant. The girl went to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment of the pain. Jeremy Magness was arrested for investigation of statutory rape, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony spouse abuse. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

SHERIFF’S DUI CHECKPOINT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Saturday, August 2, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1 to report them.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW NIGHT

Get your reggae on at the Yucca Valley summer concert tomorrow night. Reporter Taylor Thacker says attendees will be jammin’ to the Caribbean sounds of Upstream…
The Town of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival continues with the band Upstream scheduled to play on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. Upstream has been spreading their message of love and positivity through their exhilarating Caribbean music for about 20 years. Through the years they have mesmerized audiences throughout the world with a multi-talented line up of some of the most experienced and enlightened musicians in their camp and have released six CDs. Come prepared to dance and have fun with this Caribbean styled band. All concerts will be held on the Yucca Valley community center ballfield; gates open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. You may bring your own food, but there will also be food vendors.

CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held on December 5-7, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A Call for Art has been issued for this year’s juried art exhibition, a highlight of the event, which features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park. $6,000 in cash awards and an Artist-In-Residence award are available. Entry is open to California, national, and international artists. Deadline for entries is September 15. Visit www.JTNPArts.org to read the guidelines and download the 2014 call for art prospectus. Entry is open to artists 18 and over; $35 entry fee for up to 3 images. Submissions and entry fees can be processed online this year. An opening reception and gala awards ceremony will kick off the event Friday, December 5. Artwork in the exhibition will remain on display at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery through December 28. Booth spaces are available for artists to sell additional art during the opening weekend Art Exposition on Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, featuring live music, art demonstrations, historic exhibits and talks, wine, beverages, and culinary delights.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSES COTTONWOOD VISITOR CENTER

The Cottonwood Visitor Center in Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close August 4 through August 15, due to road construction in the area. The closure will be Monday through Friday. The visitor center will be open the weekend of August 9-10 with a planned permanent reopening August 16. Pinto Basin Road to the Cottonwood Visitor Center is undergoing road construction; travel through an 11-mile section of the road is by pilot car and visitors can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. The Cottonwood Springs Oasis and trail areas are still closed until further notice due to damage from the flash floods in September 2013. Other campgrounds that are still closed for the summer are Ryan, White Tank, and Belle. For more information about construction, call Kirk Diamond at 760-367-5680.

ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS SET AUDITIONS FOR “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS”

The St. Joseph’s players of Yucca Valley will be holding auditions for “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the tryouts….
Auditions have been set for “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the next production of the St. Joseph’s Players. This coming-of-age story centers on a Polish-Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. Auditions will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church, 56312 Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. Some parts have already been cast; open roles include Kate and Blanche, for women in their 40s, and Jack, 40s to 50s; along with Lori, age 12 to 14. Director Rebecca Haveley also needs volunteers for light, sound, props, costumes, and other backstage roles. Rehearsals will begin September 2 and the play will open October 10 and run through November 2. For more information, email cafecrafty@yahoo.com.

NON-PROFITS SOUGHT FOR 19TH ANNUAL ORCHID FESTIVAL

The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club is making plans for the 19th Annual Orchid Festival in Landers October 4-5. The service club is now accepting registrations from local charities who would like to either have an informational booth or a fundraising booth at the event. There is no charge for the non-profit booth space, which is limited to the first fifteen organizations that sign up and meet requirements. To reserve a space contact Debbie Gubler, at 760-221-6101. The Orchid Festival has become a showcase for non-profit organizations to promote their cause while earning some additional funding in the process. The Orchid Festival offers greenhouse tours, orchid classes, wine and cheese tasting, great-tasting food, relaxing live Jazz entertainment, artwork vendors, and much more. The Orchid Festival committee is looking for sponsors; contact Wayne Stamm 760-887-3997.

TEEN CRAFTS AT THE TWENTYNINE PAMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

Tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. is teen crafts at the Twentynine Palms Library. This month’s craft is a felt and ribbon bookmark. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, please call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.

FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST TOMORROW ON COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA

It’s time for First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Their famous $5 breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by the friendliest volunteers on the Mesa. Come on out, cool off, have a bite and see what’s happening out here.

JOSHUA TREE VFW RUMMAGE SALE TOMORROW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Joshua Tree Post 7264, will have a rummage sale at the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Drive Saturday, August 2, starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the VFW post in support of veteran assistance programs.

FULL MOON RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY NEXT FRIDAY

Attention runners: The very popular Full Moon Run in Yucca Valley is one week from today. Reporter Cara Conway laces up her running shores…
Experience Yucca Valley’s beautiful vistas during the 11th annual Full Moon Run, Friday, August 8. The moderate 5K course at Machris Park invites all ages. Registration starts at 6 and the race begins at 7 p.m. The entry fee includes registration, t-shirt and refreshments and is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and children 12 and under.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB LAUNCH GREAT FUTURES CAMPAIGN

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures. The local Club is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to redefine the opportunity equation for kids by elevating the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s development. The organization seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success. The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Desert is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit greatfutures.org. Contact our local Club on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley or give them a call at 760-365-5437.

TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION FALL YOUTH SPORTS REGISTRATIONS OPEN TODAY

The City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department will start accepting registrations for its youth soccer and youth volleyball programs today. The co-ed youth soccer league is open to girls and boys ages 4-14. The league fee is $45 per child, which includes a uniform. The league will begin the second week of September and will conclude the first week of November. Registrations will be taken through Friday, September 5. The co-ed youth volleyball league is open to girls and boys in fourth through eighth grades. The league fee is $45 per child, which includes a jersey. The league will begin mid-September and conclude mid-November. Registrations will be taken through Tuesday, September 9. Families with three or more children participating in the leagues are eligible for a discount. Registrations can be taken at the Park and Recreation office and online at 29palms.org. Volunteer coaches and officials for both sports are needed. For additional information call the recreation office at 760-367-7562.