MARINE BASE, BLM, HOST MEETING ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY ORV AREA

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area Saturday, August 16. They will discuss future training aboard the base and shared land use. State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups are the primary audiences; however all interested groups, organizations and members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held 1 to 3 p.m. August 16 at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Old Woman Springs Road, Lucerne Valley. For more information, call the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL, JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT FILING DONE, FIVE RUN FOR MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Reporter Dan Stork has the current list of candidates for positions that will be on the November ballot for Twentynine Palms City Council, Joshua Basin Water District, and the Morongo Unified School District…
Five candidates are vying—so far—for the three seats up for grabs on Twentynine Palms City Council. Standing for re-election are incumbents Dan Mintz and Jim Harrris, with challengers Bill Easter, McArthur Wright, and John Cole joining the fray. Since incumbent Jay Corbin is not running, the deadline for filing has been extended to Wednesday, August 13.
In the Joshua Basin Water District, appointed incumbent Bob Johnson faces challenges from Steven Whitman and Don Wiechert for the single 2-year term that will be on the ballot. There are two 4-year terms to be filled as well, with incumbents Victoria Fuller and Gary Wilson being joined by challengers Richard Fountain and Rebecca Unger in the contest for those posts.
Five people have filed for the election to fill two seats on the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. They are incumbent Chris Proudfoot, plus Cindy McVay, Hilary Slotta, Gary Horn, and Doris Lawless. Since incumbent Donna Munoz is not running, the deadline for filing in that contest has been extended to Wednesday, August 13.

CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL, HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER EXTENDED, FIVE FOR HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

All three incumbents are running for re-election for the Hi-Desert Water District—Sheldon Hough, Roger Mayes, and Dan Munsey—as well as challengers Gina Orban and Margo Sturges. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in who has filed—so far—for the Town of Yucca Valley and the Hi-Desert Medical Center…
Since several incumbents for political offices did not file for re-election as of the Friday deadline, the filing period has been extended to Wednesday, August 13, for the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District and the Town of Yucca Valley. Filing candidacy papers on Friday for the Hospital’s Board of Directors are Paul Hoffman, who resigned from the Board earlier this year, and Marge Doyle, former director of nursing services for the hospital. Also on the ballot is incumbent Joseph Sullivan, who is running for the short-term seat. Dawn Rowe did not file for re-election to the Yucca Valley Town Council, but the ballot has no shortage of candidates—nine as of Friday: incumbents Bob Leone and Merl Abel, and challengers Charles McHenry, Ron Cohen, Rick Denison, Lori Herbel, Susan Simmons, Jeff Drozd, and Bryan “Dean” Watson.

SIX WEEKS MISSING, STILL NO EVIDENCE OF CRIME IN ERIN CORWIN CASE

After 6 weeks of intensive investigation and searches on-foot, 4-wheel-drive vehicles and helicopter, there is still nothing on the whereabouts of Erin Corwin, the pregnant wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, who went missing June 28. Her husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin reported her missing June 29 after she did not return to their home aboard the Marine Corps Base. She had told her husband she was going to Joshua Tree National Park. Her blue 2013 Toyota Corolla was found the next day near the base. Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary had told Z107.7 News, “We still have no evidence a crime occurred, we’re looking for a crime scene.” The last official update July 22 by the Sheriff’s Department they said had received information regarding possible locations to be searched for potential evidence of foul play. Capt. Leland Bolt, of the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division, said, “Although suspicious circumstances have existed from the inception of this investigation, there is still not enough evidence to rule out that Erin Corwin could be voluntarily missing.” Corwin’s case has been included in the California Missing Persons database. She is reported as a “Voluntary Missing Adult.” there was 38,854 people reported missing in California in 2013.

WOMAN RECEIVES MINOR INJURIES AFTER FALLING OUT OF TRUCK

A woman received minor injuries Saturday when she fell out of the back of a pick-up truck while helping a friend move. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman, identified as Kaylee Ledford, was sitting in the back of the truck holding on to a mattress, while the driver, identified only as Tyree, was driving westbound on El Paseo toward Mesquite Springs Road about 3:30 p.m. One of the mattresses started to fall out of the truck and while trying to grab it, Ledford fell out of the truck. Ledford sustained road rash and minor injuries. She was treated at Hi-Desert Medical Center and released.

849 STOPPED, TWO ARRESTS MADE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS DUI CHECKPOINT

Twentynine Palms Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Sunday at Twentynine Palms Hwy and Encelia Ave between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. 849 Vehicles were Screened, 8 Drivers were cited and 2 arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked.
Twentynine Palms PD will be conducting another DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint or DUI saturation Patrol in the near future.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

Special Districts and a scenic highway proposal fill out the agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council for tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…
In the featured informational presentation at the August meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC, County Special Districts Regional Manager Tim Millington will touch on the forming of Special Districts, and road issues including the County maintained road system. The MAC will return to an action item tabled at last month’s meeting: Support of a Scenic Highway designation for Route 247 will again be considered after a follow-up from lead proponents Betty Munson and Joanna Wright of the Scenic Hwy 247 Committee. Specifically, they will address the question of whether or not scenic highway designation will impose restrictions on the rights of property owners. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS TOMORROW

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.

WRITING COURSE OFFERED BY DESERT INSTITUTE

The Desert Institute is offering writing courses in September. Reporter Cara Conway says these classes fill up fast so register soon…
Write your heart out! Joshua Tree National Park is offering courses in Desert Haiku Writing, Observational Writing, and Unique Desert Writing! Grab a friend and enroll today in these content rich workshops geared toward embracing the beautiful landscape of our national park. Experienced instructors encourage you to explore your creative energy and transform your experience into one on paper. Classes range from $60 to $235 and begin September 13 through October 12. For exact dates, courses and registration call 760-367-5535 or visit www.joshuatree.org.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD MEETS WEDNESDAY

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child), announces their monthly meeting. The support group, which meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will hold its meeting at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center at Joshua Tree on Wednesday, August 13. The Compassionate Friends is a national support organization reaching out to parents grieving the death of a child. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin. For more information, please contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi- Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org.