As of 3:53 this afternoon, it appears that all cellular and internet services, emergency services, as well as ATMs and credit card networks are back online. According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning. This affected all Verizon landline and cell service, including 911, local banks, and ATM networks for several hours. It was originally anticipated that repair time could be as much as two days, but according to Division Chief Chamberlin, a permanent repair is already in place.
According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning. This is affecting all Verizon landline and cell service, including 911. The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services is in the process of making arrangements for portable cell towers through Verizon with an unknown ETA. Anticipated repair time could be as much as two days. If you have an emergency, please contact local law enforcement or area fire stations for assistance rather than trying to dial 911. The County Office of Emergency Services is also in the process of deploying “RACES” (amateur radio) personnel in strategic locations for community contact points. Local area businesses continue to operate in limited capacity, including grocery stories and fuel stations. At this time, cash is the preferred method to ensure transactions, as some credit/debit card terminals are down depending on the network. All ATMs are currently down. Time Warner and AT&T appear to be back online.
Four Sheriff’s deputies were injured and a man was taken into custody following a bizarre attempted break-in in Twentynine Palms Monday morning. About 7:45 a.m., Aulton Miles, 34, who was barefoot and not wearing a shirt, hopped over a fence and knocked on the front door of a home in the 68900 block of Serrano Drive. When the homeowner refused to open it, he repeatedly rammed his shoulder into the door and the homeowner called 911. Miles grabbed a metal rod outside the home and started screaming as he used it to smash a sports car and a classic truck parked in the driveway. The suspect was a stranger to the victims. When deputies and CHP officers arrived, they struggled with Miles; witnesses said they tased him 18 times before they were finally able to subdue him. During the struggle, four deputies were injured; Miles and one deputy were taken to local hospitals by ambulance for treatment, two others received minor injuries and a Sheriff’s sergeant received moderate injuries. Aulton Miles was arrested for assault with serious injuries and felony vandalism, booked at West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $100,000.
We have few details about a Landers man who was arrested Sunday, accused of attempted murder. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 5600 block of Maloof Lane in Landers about 5 p.m. Sunday, where, after an investigation, they arrested Robert Cariker, 77, on suspicion of attempted murder. Robert Cariker was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $1 million.
A 45-year-old woman who was angry that her bank wouldn’t replace her stolen credit card was arrested Monday morning after she threatened to rob the bank. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Adrian Garcia, Royal Fahrner went into the US Bank in Yucca Valley about 10 a.m. to request a replacement for her stolen credit card. When bank employees could not replace her card, Fahrner, with a pack on her shoulder, walked to the center of the bank, raised both of her hands over her head, pointed her fingers as pistols and said, “Everyone down, this is a robbery.” Bank employees called 911, and Fahrner fled. Deputies located her at the Vons grocery store, where she was taken into custody without incident. Royal Fahrner was arrested for investigation of attempted robbery, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $30,000.
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says full agenda includes a public hearing for infrastructure assessments, hiring a traffic analyst, and fast tracking residential solar…
After being off for a month, the Yucca Valley Town Council has a busy agenda for its meeting tonight. Following a consent agenda, in which it will be asked to reject a claim filed against the town by Rachel Hancock, the council will hold a public hearing for levying annual assessments on a drainage, landscape, and lighting maintenance district for Warren Vista Center, Dollar General, and the Super Wal-Mart. The council will then be asked to approve a $23,000 contract for a traffic safety and circulation analysis. Next, the council will be asked to approve an ordinance to expedite permits for small residential rooftop solar systems. Other contracts up for approval are landscape maintenance for medians, replacing HVAC equipment, and developing standards for height limitations for wireless communication towers. In closed session, the council members will discuss existing litigation against Mirage Front Properties, Best Western Yucca Valley, and Frank Lindsay. The meeting will be held at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
A weak earthquake struck a remote section of the Mojave Desert about 24 miles north of Yucca Valley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude 3.1 quake was reported at 8:40 p.m. last night, Monday, August 3, and was centered on a hilltop at the eastern end of Johnson Valley, 28 miles east of Lucerne Valley. There were no reports of damage or injury.
In the first meeting of the 2015-1016 school year, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education takes on board policies from head lice to travel expenses, approves some improvement contracts, and more. Reporter Dan Stork has the list…
In a 5 p.m. work/study session on August 4, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will review the single plans for student achievement for four more schools. Those plans will be approved during the 7 p.m. open session. Also in the open session, the board will authorize two provisional internship permits for special education interns; award a bid for Oasis Elementary modernization and expansion, and a contract for energy efficiency planning under Prop 39; adopt the school attendance calendar for the coming year; and consider eight board policies in the areas of: head lice; bullying; before- and after-school programs; employee use of technology; naming of facility, school plan and site councils; meals and refreshments for employees and non-employees; and travel expenses. The board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School.
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
A meeting tomorrow could very well decide the future of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department. The board of directors of the Twentynine Palms Water District, along with an ad hoc committee from the Twentynine Palms City Council in attendance, will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a proposal to annex the fire department to San Bernardino County. Directors will also consider possible action to initiate the application procedure with the Local Agency Formation Commission. The meeting will be held in the water district office, 72401 Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms.
Theatre 29’s next offering, “The Man From Earth” has been cast by director Eddie Tucker. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast list …
The provoking sci-fi, classic “The Man From” is in rehearsals now at Theatre 29. The cast includes Jared Phillips as John Oldman, a professor with a mysterious tale to tell. Newcomer Mariah Gouge will play his love interest, Sandy. In the roles of his professor colleagues are Robert Ames and Theatre 29 favorites, Easy Boos and Kurt Schaupner. The psychiatrist Dr. Will will be portrayed by Les Taylor. Newcomer Sylvia White will play Edith, a fervently religious art history professor, and Brittany Smith will portray the bright young grad student Linda. This mysterious tale is told by science fiction Hall of Fame writer, Jerome Bixby known for his contributions to Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone.” The production is directed by Eddie Tucker.
“The Man From Earth” will run five consecutive weekends at Theatre 29 from August 21 through September 19. Tickets are available now online at Theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.
In our story yesterday about the Desert Theater League award nominations, we inadvertently left out the four nominees for the Theatre 29 musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” “Edwin Drood” received nominations for outstanding director, choreography, and lead actress and lead actor in a musical. Z107.7 regrets the omission, and congratulates all the nominees.
The fate of land that was once removed from the then-Joshua Tree National Monument for mining, and almost became home to a huge landfill, and still could host a hydroelectric project, is up for discussion. Reporter Dan Stork says the public is invited to join the conversation in Joshua Tree…
The National Park Service is holding a public scoping meeting on August 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center. The subject: Revision of the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park, with the possibility of returning to the Park lands that were removed from the then-Joshua Tree National Monument in 1950. Local environmentalists are holding a pre-meeting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on August 5 to discuss the issue, opportunities, distribute talking points, and coordinate strategy at a location in Joshua Tree. Contact information for the pre-meeting can be found in this story at z1077fm.com.
Contact David Lamfrom (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP and be provided the address.
Registration is now open for the Twentynine Palms Youth Club after school program. The program offers literacy and math programs, P.E., as well as homework assistance for students in first through sixth grades. The after school program, which starts August 24, is free for students at Oasis Elementary School; $100 for students in other schools. Space is limited to 15 students per grade. Register at the Twentynine Palms Youth Club, 5582 Luckie Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Call 760-367-5776 for more information.
Three men were sent to area hospitals Saturday morning after they drove their off-road vehicles into a downed power line in Twentynine Palms. The men, two of whom were riding dirt bikes and one who was riding a quad, were on an unpaved section of Desert Knoll Avenue near Condor Avenue and Valle Vista about 9:30 a.m. when they came in contact with a power line that had fallen across the road. When rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire, the Combat Center, and the Sheriff’s Department arrived, the men were walking toward Condor Road. One man suffered lacerations to his neck; he was transported by ground ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The other two victims—one of whom had electrocution burns—were flown by Mercy Air to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Condor Road was shut down for a short time until the men were airlifted out.
Lightning poses multiple hazards. Reporter Dan Stork tells how to prepare…
Lightning strikes are one of the major sources of external power surges that can severely damage electronic equipment and cause fires –both of which can be dangerous and are a huge disruption to a family or business. For lightning protection, a whole-house/building surge protector is the best starting point for reducing the risk of damage. In addition, use surge protectors for electronic equipment and any telephone and cable/satellite TV lines connecting to the equipment. These devices are available at most home improvement and electronics stores. For more information on how to reduce the risk of lightning damaging your home or business, visit www.DisasterSafety.org.
A Yucca Valley man who walked into traffic on Highway 62, nearly causing numerous traffic accidents, was arrested Friday morning. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were conducting routine patrols in Yucca Valley when a man, later identified as 58-year-old Henry Simmons, walked into traffic on the highway at Dumosa Avenue about 10:17 a.m. Deputies said Simmons displayed erratic behavior and they removed him from the highway. Suspecting that Simmons was under the influence of a controlled substance, they searched him and found drug paraphernalia in his possession. Henry Simmons was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, taken to the Morongo Basin Jail where he was cited and released.
A registered sex offender was arrested Friday in Yucca Valley after he was found to be out of compliance with the terms of his sex registration. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies performed a sex registrant compliance check on Jeffery Lucas, 23, at his residence in the 7500 block of Persia Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Lucas was not home during the check, but deputies developed leads that brought them to a home in the 7500 block of Deer Trail in Yucca Valley. Jeffery Lucas was arrested about 9 a.m. Friday on suspicion of being out of compliance of his sex registration, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
Most people are aware that they shouldn’t leave their dogs in cars during hot weather. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has this reminder about another danger for dogs in the heat…
If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and it’s been plenty hot recently—then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on pavement. A dog’s paws can be burned by hot pavement. To prevent burns and blisters on your dogs’ pads, walk your best friend in the early morning or late evening hours when it’s cooler. And scorching temps aren’t just on the pavement; hot car seats can also be uncomfortable for your dog. If you do have to travel with your dog, put down a blanket or towel. And don’t put your dogs in the back of your pick up truck. For one thing, it’s not safe for your best friend, and the hot metal bed can quickly burn their pads.
Copper Mountain College wants you to help it develop a long-term education master plan. It will hold a public meeting Tuesday, August 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. On Wednesday, August 5, CMC will hold another meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Landers Elementary School, as well as meetings during the next two weeks in Morongo Valley, and Joshua Tree.