15-YEAR-OLD GIRL ARRESTED FOR STABBING HER FATHER

A 15-year-old girl was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of stabbing her father. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl called 911 just after midnight Tuesday to report her 49-year-old father was abusing her mother. The report states the girl and her father were arguing in the 8500 block of Raymond Drive in Wonder Valley when she grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed him in the right hand. The 15-year-old girl, who is not identified because of her age, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, booked at the Juvenile Detention Center in San Bernardino.

MARINE ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A staff sergeant on the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base’s Child Development Center at 1:50 p.m. after child care workers found a girl had sustained injuries. Deputies discovered the girl had sustained bruising to her left cheek and redness on her collar bone. Calixtro Martinez, 34, with VMU-3 at the Combat Center, was arrested for investigation of felony cruelty to a child. Calixtro Martinez was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

MILD EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE LANDERS AREA LAST NIGHT

A light earthquake rattled the Landers area last night. Sheriff’s dispatchers said there were no reports of damage or other problems. The magnitude-3.8 quake struck at 8:57 p.m. Thursday, in a sparsely settled area near Happy Trail and Adams Road, roughly 1 1/2 miles northeast of 247 and Linn Road, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter is 13 miles north of Yucca Valley and 23 miles east of Big Bear City.

A 248-UNIT JOSHUA TREE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS MOVING CLOSER

In November, 2013, we told the Z107.7 community of renewed planning for a 248-unit residential project in Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork says an initial environmental report has been issued for the Alta Mira housing development…
The San Bernardino County Land Use Department has released the Initial Study Environmental Checklist Form, dated July 15, for YV 105 LLC, also known at the Alta Mira project, in Joshua Tree. The project area is 105 acres adjacent to the north and west sides of Friendly Hills Elementary School. A Conditional Use Permit for a package plant to treat waste water generated by the 248-unit development has also been applied for. The determination in the report is that: “Although the proposed project could have a significant effect on the environment, there shall not be a significant effect in this case because revisions in the project have been made by or agreed to by the project proponent. A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION shall be prepared.” The checklist supporting this finding evaluates the project on about 90 items across 18 environmental categories, including aesthetics, biological resources, traffic, and much more— and rated no item as having a potential serious impact. Many items were rated as “less than significant,” or “less than significant with mitigation incorporated.”
The period of public comment on the report began Wednesday, August 13. According to a public notice of the study, all comments must be received no later than September 12 at 5 p.m. Submission contact information can be found in this story at z1077fm.com, as can a link to the 62-page report.

The report can be found at:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/lus/Environmental/ISP200700997.pdf
Submit comments to:
cwarrick@lusd.sbcounty.gov, or to
Chris Warrick, Senior Planner
County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department—
Planning Division
385 North Arrowhead Avenue, First Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0182

CHP DUI CHECKPOINT TOMORROW NIGHT

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI checkpoint tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. in the Joshua Tree area. Drug Recognition Experts will be on site to provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use. The officers will also be equipped with hand held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspected drunk drivers. The CHP said traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested.

YUCCA VALLEY CHECKPOINT TONIGHT

And this reminder, the Yucca Valley Police Department will conduct a DUI/drivers’ license checkpoint tonight, Friday, August 15, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

FINAL YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT

Tomorrow night’s Yucca Valley summer concert will be the final of this 20th season. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to enjoy the sounds of the New Sensations Band…
Join M.C. Pat Michaels of Z107.7 at the final concert of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival, which will feature the New Sensations Band. The New Sensations Band is a Top 40 cover band that plays hits by your favorite artists from the ’80s to today. Saturday’s free concert begins at 7 p.m. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and stake out your spot on the grass on the ball field behind the Yucca Valley Community Center.

A LAST-MINUTE FILING FOR HOSPITAL BOARD

A last-minute filing will see one more name on the ballot for Hi-Desert Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors. Paul Hoffman and Marge Doyle will be joined by Dan McLure, who filed Wednesday afternoon. Appointed incumbent Joseph Sullivan, is running unopposed for the short-term seat.

DESERT INSTITUTE TO OFFER NATURAL SCIENCES COURSES

The Desert Institute is offering fascinating classes about our Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Cara Conway tells you how to sign up for classes in Natural Sciences…
Discover the vast selection of natural species in Joshua Tree National Park. Five courses—including topics on snakes and insects of the desert, lichen species, and the biology of our Joshua Trees—are being offered by the Desert Institute Friday, September 19 and continuously through Sunday, November 2. Fees range from $60-$135. For exact dates, courses and registration call 760-367-5535 or visit joshuatree.org.

BLM, MARINE CORPS, OFF-ROADERS TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY USE TOMORROW

This reminder, 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 tomorrow, Saturday, August 16. They will discuss future training aboard the base and shared land use. All interested groups, organizations and members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held 1 to 3 p.m. 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.

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY IN PARADISE PARK TOMORROW

Some free family fun is being offered by Yucca Valley recreation tomorrow. Reporter Diana Jones invites you to Paradise Park..
It’s back to school time, and the Town of Yucca Valley is holding a family fun day tomorrow to get kids and parents in the mood. The event will include a professional BMX bike show, carnival games, music and refreshments. Prizes for the games will have a back-to-school theme, with erasers, pencils, coloring kits, and back packs with school supplies. The Boys and Girls Club and Pacific Clinics Family Resource Center will also participate and provide information on local resources. The free family fun day will take place from 10 to 3 at Paradise Park, 58938 Barron Drive in Yucca Valley.

SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of the community. Please feel free to attend this group whether your suicide loss is recent or some time ago. Call Kay Star, Program Coordinator, to confirm your attendance or ask questions, at 760-366-1308, extension 31.

FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of August is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, August 18. The locations and times are:
· The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
· Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
· The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
· Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
· Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11;
· The fire station in Wonder Valley, 11 to 12;
· and the Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.
Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

NO DINNER TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be serving a dinner tonight. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.