One Run for Boston is a non-stop running relay across America in aid of the One Fund Boston. The One Fund Boston raises money to help those families most affected by the bombing during the Boston Marathon last year. The One Run for Boston comes through the Morongo Basin on its way to Boston. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details on the run, and how you can be a part of it…
The One Run for Boston starts in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 16, and finishes in Boston April 13, a week before the Boston Marathon. Runners will be passing through the Morongo Basin starting Monday, March 17. According to the website, OneRunForBoston.org, runners are expected to arrive at Willie Boy’s Saloon in Morongo Valley about 5 p.m. Monday, and participants will run east in relay teams on Highway 62 through Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and beyond, through the night and early morning of March 18. Some stages of the run through the area still need runners; even if a stage has a runner, others can still participate by running along. Runners collect pledges which are turned over to the One Fund Boston. For more information about who’s running, or to make a pledge, go to OneRunForBoston.org.
It’s a Broadway Musical Production at Twentynine Palms High School. “Forbidden Broadway” will run at 7:00 p.m. the next two Fridays and Saturdays. ROP broadcasting student Amber Flores says tickets are available at the door….
Twentynine Palms High School is having a musical. The musical “Forbidden Broadway” is produced with the help of high school teachers Mrs. Waycott, Mrs. Willson, Ms. Mullen, and Mr. Keith. It will be held on March 14, 15, 21, and the 22. For military, seniors, kids, and students, tickets will be $12; for adults will be $15. The high school students have been working hard and they have made this not just into a high school musical but a Broadway production. The musical has many known Broadway musical hits but has turned into parodies of the music, so you are sure to have a laugh.
The Twentynine Palms Recreation all-star basketball teams travelled up the hill to Big Bear last weekend. With a final record of 5 and 1 the fifth and sixth grade girls were able to avenge an earlier defeat to Needles. Carveona Garner was awarded the MVP for the division while Taylor Scamman and Zeriuah Maple were named to the All Tournament team.
The seventh grade boys were able to fight their way back into the championship game after losing an early game to Needles. Facing Beaumont in the championship game, Twentynine Palms finished with a 3-point victory. Antonio Carter was named the MVP. Tyrell Bell and Cezar Hueso were named to the All Tournament team.
The seventh and eighth grade girls were added another undefeated tournament as they went 4 and 0, beating Yucca Valley in the championship game. Lindsey Scamman was named MVP for the girl’s team; Jayden Thompson and Vaitupu Melei were selected to the All Tournament team.
The third and fourth grade girls and eighth grade boys both came in 2nd place, losing in their championship games. Kate Bobadilla and Cory Watt were named to the All Tournament team for their division, as were D’Shaun Barrett and Abraham Bell for the eighth grade boys.
The third and fourth grade boys took third place out of eight teams in their division, beating teams from Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.
The fifth and sixth grade boys lost the first two games of the tournament against Needles and Beaumont, but were able to win their last game against Apple Valley.
Twentynine Palms High School students interested in technology are invited to a meeting tomorrow. ROP Broadcasting student Elijah Grubbs has more about the S.T.E.A.M. Club……
A new program is starting up in Twenty-nine Palms High School, which will emphasize creative engineering. The new S.T.E.A.M. (or STEAM) Club will consolidate the old Science, Technology and Art clubs and create a new venue for students interested in all Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math interdisciplinary projects.
The club’s first collaborative project will involve the new VEX ROBOTICS system which was received through funds donated by the DODEA GRANT. With the club, the founder Mr. Howes hopes to generate a more techno-centric culture in the heart of TPHS. Officers will be elected March 12. All interested students should attend the lunch meeting in room 38.
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ tennis team hosted Cathedral City High School Lions yesterday. The ’Cats lost 4 sets to 14. Coach Larry Battle said Singles players Jarod Burks, Bradley Linkey and John Lanza each won 1 out of 3 sets. Number two doubles team Sam Choi and partner Vincent Thomas won 1 out 3.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School golf team will travel away to Rancho Mirage to play Marywood-Palm Valley High School. Tee off is at 3:15.
Land Use Services processes and management of a County water area head the agenda at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting on March 10, after elimination of a previously-announced workshop. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else to expect…
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Monday March 10 features two action items. One will be on recommendations for improving how Land Use Services notifies the public on renewable energy projects. The other is a Resolution in support of a citizen’s request that county-run water services in the Landers area be taken over by the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, and will follow a presentation by Big Horn Desert View General Manager Marina West. That’s in addition to regular reports from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, committees, and MAC members. A previously announced closed session for training for MAC members on the California public meeting law—the Brown Act—has been cancelled, because the way it was publicly noticed violated the Brown Act. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.
An Apple Valley father and son were arrested after they allegedly tried to steal hundreds of dollars of merchandise from Wal-Mart Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 8:30 p.m., Richard Anderson Sr., 49, was seen concealing more than $500 worth of electronic equipment inside a box for a shop vacuum worth $50. Deputies located Anderson’s son, Richard Anderson Jr., 18, outside, waiting in a truck. The deputy searched the truck and found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The deputy determined that the Andersons had $16 and change between them. Both Richard Anderson Jr. and Richard Anderson Sr. were arrested for investigation of burglary and possession of methamphetamine. They were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and released on $25,000 bail Saturday night.
A Yucca Valley felon on probation was arrested Friday after he was found with guns and ammunition. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7500 block of Shawnee Trail about 1:45 p.m. to conduct a probation check on Bradley Blackwell, 37. At the home, the deputy found a shotgun and shotgun shells. Bradley Blackwell was arrested for investigation of being a drug addict in possession of a weapon and ammunition, and on two out-of-county warrants. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.
Exaggerate. Grievous. Aberration. Seizure. Abscess. Saboteur. Pistachio. Extirpate. Pharaoh. Amylaceous. These words knocked out 10 of the 12 teams competing for the title of best spellers in the Morongo Basin at the 23rd Annual Spell-a-thon, held Saturday morning in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff competed in the spelling bee, and can’t wait to spell out the results…
The final two teams of the 23rd Annual Spell-a-Thon, the Silky Spellbinders, composed of myself, Sherri Bevan, and Mary Kay Buckley, and the Letterhead Shrikes, made up of Katie Sosayachanh, Marilyn Lutz, and Joe Zarki, got up to battle it out in a one-on-one competition. Unfortunately for the Silky Spellbinders, we went down on our very first word, bibelot, a word that means “a small trinket.” The Letterhead Shrikes spelled bibelot successfully, and then won the spelling bee with the word pusillanimous, meaning “timid.” The spell-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms. The team with the most pledges was Cathy and the Lascivious Lads of Copper Mountain College, who brought in more than $700 in pledges.
The Warren Valley Basin Watermaster Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday. The Watermaster Board will be asked to approve the 2013-14 annual report. According to a preview of the annual report, the amount of water withdrawn from the Warren Valley Basin during the water year 2012-13 declined slightly, by 3.5 percent. However, the report noted that Hawks Landing at Blue Skies, formerly Blue Skies Golf Course, did not extract any groundwater from within the Basin during that time. The meeting will be held at 5:30 at the offices of the Hi-Desert Water District in Yucca Valley.
The students of Copper Mountain College will celebrate the Ides of March. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…
Celebrate the Ides of March at Copper Mountain College with a Roman Banquet and entertainment fundraiser on March 15. Be transported to ancient Rome with food, drink, theater, raffles, costume contest, and a re-enactment of the death of Caesar! Tickets range from $15 to $100 and benefit the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center on the Copper Mountain College campus. The Roman Banquet begins at 4 p.m. in the Bell Center Gymnasium. Get your tickets at 760-366-5266 or by following the link in this story at Z1077FM.com.
The 24th Annual Walk 4 Life, to benefit the Hi-Desert Pregnancy Clinic, is set for Saturday, March 15 at Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. Registration for the fundraising walk is $5, $15 for a family of three or more. T-shirts and sweatshirts will be given to walkers who have pledges totaling $100, $200, and $250. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the walk begins at 9:30. The event will include live music, face painting, crafts, and magic, and food will be available.
Learn about the art of Native American pottery from an expert. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Wednesday lecture…
Explore the ancient art of pottery with master potter and teacher of pottery techniques, Tony Soares. Soares learned his basics from his grandmother and continued to refine his skills, gathering clay from the Mojave Desert and firing the pots not in a kiln but in wood fire pits. He now wants to pass this art on to the younger generation so old traditions are not forgotten. Soares’s pottery is in the Palm Springs Art Museum and galleries in the Coachella Valley. Learn from the best at the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday Lecture Series at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at 5:30 p.m. on March 12. For more information call 760-369-7212.
The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The support group meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The next meeting is this Wednesday, March 12. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin, For more information, contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi- Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org
The talented theater students at Yucca Valley High School are putting on a spring production. Dan Stork tells about “Teen Angel”…
A student-directed production of “Teen Angel” will be going on in the Yucca Valley High School Multipurpose Room this week. The show is written by D.M. Larson, produced by theater adviser Scott Phillips, and directed by Cindy Sou and Damien Colby. The student actors are: Madison Curtiss, Chalise Kunz, Aimee Frank, Vivian Chow, Emily Partridge, Madelynn Nimmo, Alivia Childress, David Brock, Patrick Ferragut, Christopher Stevens, Alicia Murphy, Crystal Offutt, Hunter Gallegos, and the student stage manager is Mackenzie Curtiss.
“Teen Angel” is an adaptation of the hit movie from 1985 entitled “Heavenly Kid” as well as the short TV series “Teen Angel” that aired on ABC from 1997-1998 where a character cannot enter heaven until performing acts of kindness like a guardian angel. The show dates are March 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. All shows start at 6 p.m. There will also be a special matinee showing on March 15 at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and free admission for children under age 12. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Twentynine Palms High School track and field team traveled to Anza last week to compete against Indian Springs and Hamilton High Schools. The boys and girls each won scoring 67 and 51 points respectively. Freshman Makya Bullion and Junior Chris Hayes were named Wildcats of the Week for their high scoring performances and outstanding work in the relays. Sia Faletagaloa earned two first places in the throws, and Synai Salgado earned an 11 second personal record in the 3200-meter run. The team will travel to Temecula to compete in the Great Oak Distance Invitational on Saturday.
The Yucca Valley High School softball team competed in the Annual Palm Springs High School invitational softball tournament on March 7 and 8. Losing the first two games to Apple Valley and JW North high schools on Friday. Yucca Valley High School Softball Head Coach Dennis Priest said the team came back Saturday to beat Palmdale and Cathedral City, posting 44 runs and giving up 26 in the tourney. Senior Teresa Nava was tourney MVP playing great softball at shortstop. Kate Nelson and Alexia Misset were standout freshman for the Trojans. Alexia (Tink) Misset showed off her speed, going 7-8 on Saturday after taking a very hard pitch to the ribs in game one Friday that sat her down for the rest of the day.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat baseball and softball teams will travel away to Palm Desert to play Xavier Prep. First pitch for both games is at 3:15.
The Wildcat golf team will travel away tomorrow to Apple Valley. Tee time is 2:45.
At Joshua Springs, the Lightning softball and baseball teams will travel to Lucerne Valley. Both games start at 3:15.
With the approach of spring comes a promise of color in the desert. Ranger Pam Tripp welcome spring blooms…
A sprinkling of spring blooms has begun in the south end of the park, along with a few Joshua Trees and other blooms in the north. Scattered areas are alive with Chuparosa, Sand Blazing Star, Chia, Bladderpod, and various types and colors of wildflowers. As the weather gets warmer, blooms will begin blooming more toward the north side of the park. Look for blooms along the roadside, in washes, or tucked up close to rock bases where rain has dripped and pooled. Also, look in shady places during the hot days. Nooks and crannies provide excellent moisture retaining spots for the little rainfall that falls on our desert. The Spring Bloom displays a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that are a visual feast for our eyes. But for the animals that depend on the blooms as a food source, it is a virtual feast, rather than famine. Call the visitor center at 760 367-5500 for more information about our desert’s wildflowers. For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Monday March 10 features two action items. One will be on Recommendations for enhancing access to and transparency of Land Use Services application review process for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities. The other is a Resolution in support of a citizens request that CSA 70W-1 be annexed into the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency service area, and will follow a presentation by Big Horn Desert View General Manager Marina West. That’s in addition to regular reports from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, committees, and MAC members. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.