A Joshua Tree man was killed Monday afternoon after his car fell on him. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jeremy Porter was working on his car in the 6200 block of Verbena Road when his car fell off the jack and pinned him underneath it. A maintenance worker for the apartment complex found Porter about 4:10, and after checking for a pulse, called 911, and then the apartment manager. The apartment manager brought his own jack to lift up the car, and they pulled Porter out from under the car. Joshua Tree rescue personnel transported Jeremy Porter to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday after his girlfriend said he punched her in the face. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steven Slack, 40, and his girlfriend were returning from a party shortly before 11 p.m. when they began arguing. When they returned to their home in the 2600 block of Harmony Road, the woman told police Slack punched her in the face several times. The woman said she grabbed a bottle of Lysol and sprayed him in the face to make him stop hitting her. After an investigation, Steven Slack was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked at the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.
The Yucca Valley Police Department conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Friday at Twentynine Palms Hwy and Balsa Ave between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Michael Martin, 24, of Joshua Tree, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and booked into the Morongo Basin jail. David Shaub, 46, of Palm Springs, was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. While releasing Shaub’s vehicle to a licensed driver, Shaub’s passenger, Nathan Picco, 34, of Desert Hot Springs was found to have a felony warrant. During an arrest search, Picco was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Both Schaub and Picco were transported to the Morongo Basin Jail. For the night, 1,317 vehicles were screened; there were no DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested; one DUI-drug-impaired suspect was arrested; one suspect was arrested for illegal drugs possession-transportation for sales; six drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked; and six citations were issued. Sheriff’s sergeant Rick Millard said, “Yucca Valley Police will be conducting other DUI/drivers’ license checkpoints or DUI saturation patrols in the near future.”
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff that includes yet another traffic light and a ban on plastic bags…
Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will recognize the employee of the quarter, award additional pay to the deputy town manager for assuming the duties of acting town manager for the past year; and return $250 to the Center for Healthy Generations. The Town Council will then be asked to authorize resolutions authorizing synchronization of the Town’s traffic signals and awarding a contract for a new signal at Dumosa and the Highway. The Council will hear an informational update about the County’s emergency management strategic plan, and will be asked to support a state bill banning the use of single-use carry-out bags. The Council will then go into closed session to conference with legal counsel over potential litigation.
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, September 3, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow screening free of charge. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will concentrate once again on vacation home rentals. Reporter Dan Stork has the full agenda…
At its September 2 meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission picks up its consideration of a vacation home rental chapter for the City’s Development Code. This will be done in a workshop format. The Commission will also consider a future agenda item—the scheduling of an appeal of the requirement for an Environmental Impact Report for the Ridge at Twentynine Palms. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.
The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution on Wednesday, September 3, at 3:00pm until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M in Yucca Valley. If you have any questions about the distribution please call 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe.
Adult Craft Classes will be offered at the Twentynine Palms Library. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the monthly class is this Saturday…
The Twentynine Palms Library will hold its monthly adult craft class on Saturday, September 6, starting at 1:00 p.m. In this class, participants will have the opportunity to design their very own journal and bookmarks with scrapbooking paper. Presenter Cheryn Brewer will provide information regarding the different styles of journaling and its benefits. All supplies with be provided and no reservations are required. For more information call 760-367-9519.
The Twentynine palms Chamber of Commerce is looking for partners to take on the roll of this year’s Pioneer Days Judge and Sheriff. Do you think your business, club, or organization has what it takes to be branded the ones in charge of this year’s festivities? The only way to prove it is by selling the most commemorative buttons and you’ll be honored with this prestigious title and a ride in the Pioneer Days Parade. A quick-draw title like “Red,” “Shorty,” “Slim,” or “Snake Eyes” next to your name lets people know that you mean business and adds to the fun. Wrangle your buddies, co-workers, family, or enemies, and issue a challenge. Ride on down to the Twentynine Palms Chamber office to get sworn in today! For more information give the Chamber a call at 760-367-3445.
Other than restoring one previously-eliminated classified position, the Board of Education of the Morongo Unified School District will tend mostly to adjustments of wording and amounts in assorted documents when they meet tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has more details…
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will begin its September 2 meeting with a work/study session at 5:30 p.m., to work on the policy on extracurricular and co-curricular activities. Following a 6:30 closed meeting to consider personnel and pupil issues, the Board returns to open session at 7. After approval of some CAHSEE waivers, it will consider whether to restore an information systems specialist position that it had eliminated in June. Then it will amend the contract of Deborah Turner for interim assistant superintendent that it approved at the last meeting; the amendment corrects a very small clerical error in the salary amount. The rest of the action agenda deals with the adoption of course outlines for Work Experience and Advanced Journalism, and tweaks in the Board policies for recruitment and professional development. The Board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School.
La Contenta Middle School invites all parents to visit the school for their first monthly parent visitation day tomorrow, Wednesday, September 3. Parents may come for all day or part of the day and may also stay for lunch. School hours are 7:09 -1:51. Seventh grade lunch is at 10:00 and eighth grade lunch is at 11:29. When parents visit, they are reminded to check in at the office, with a photo ID, and get a visitor’s pass. Parent visitation days will be held throughout the school year on the first Wednesday of every month.
Today is the deadline to sign up for Yucca Valley recreation adult softball leagues. Reporter Taylor Thacker steps up to the plate…
Have fun with friends and family or meet new people by joining one of four adult slow pitch softball leagues offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. The different leagues consist of men’s leagues, ladies leagues, and two coed leagues. Teams will play an average of ten games followed by playoffs and a championship game; league play begins the week of September 8. League fees are $400 per team and must be paid in full at the time of registration. First place teams receive a league champion trophy and player t-shirts; a second place trophy is awarded to the runner up. Umpire fees, scorekeeping, balls, lights and field preparation are all included. The registration deadline for all fall leagues is September 2. You can register online at www.yucca-valley.org. For more information call 760-369-7211.
In high school football, the Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats football team traveled to Temple City High School Friday night to participate in a scrimmage event. The two team event lasted for an hour and a half, with both teams running approximately 35 offensive plays. The Wildcats will now prepare for the 2014 season which begins Friday, September 5, at Indio High School. The ’Cats will open the season on the road, and then return on September 12 for their first home game of the season against Arrowhead Christian. The Frosh-Soph will open up play at 4:15, followed by the varsity at 7:00 pm. No other high school football reports were made available to Z107.7 News.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball team will host San Jacinto High School Tigers at home. First serve is at 4:30.
Remote control toys are great fun. Ranger Pam Tripp says that the Desert is not the place for them…
Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park. An example is remote-controlled vehicles, such as cars, trucks, helicopters, airplanes, and drones. These toys are not natural to the park and the wildlife become scared and stressed by the presence of them. The animals see them as predators, which changes their behavior. They may leave a favorite watering hole, and not come back, because of an encounter with a remote control toy. The noise such toys make is also out of place here in the park. Not only do animals find it disturbing, many humans enjoy the quiet and solitude that a machine like this can disrupt.
Help make everyone’s experience here in JTNP a little better by leaving remote control toys at home. For more information on how to enjoy our beautiful desert park, call 760-367-5500.
The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, September 2nd. Burrtec trash pickups normally scheduled for Mondays will be done on Tuesday this week.
Only two percent of persons named in our high school history books are women, and very little of our national dramatic literature celebrates their contribution. Taylor Thacker heralds a limited local run of a play that works at changing that…
Theatre 29 celebrates American women with a touring play called “Shattered Ceilings” that they will host on September 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. on the Theatre 29 main stage. This play spotlights an array of remarkable women that all made significant contributions to our nation through courage, imagination and conviction despite obstacles of inequality. Tickets are priced at $15 each. Call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 for reservations. For more information call 760-328-1483.
“The Way I See It At 89 Years of Age” is the title of the Rev. Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s nine week seminar beginning Sept.4, at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church. The free sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the church, which is at the corner of Onaga and Church Streets in Yucca Valley. The seminar’s topics include positivity, humor, love, openness, and more. The seminar is not a Bible study or a discussion group, but rather what Gerhardt calls “a presentation of practical aids in the development of a more positive outlook on life and relationships.” Paul Gerkin and others will provide weekly music. . For more information, call Gerhardt at (800) 995-1620 or (760) 367-4627 or Joe or Jananne Turner at (760)-365-5695.
Show off your classic car for a good cause. The 19th Annual Morongo Basin Old Car Club Charity Car Show is taking registrations. The car show will be September 20 at the Town Center Mall in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. This show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign, classic, collector vehicles, and motorcycles!. Custom trophies for Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, and People’s Choice, Plus top 20! There will be food and vendor booths, raffle prizes, and the Z107.7 mobile DJ. The registration fee is $25 per vehicle before September 5th and includes T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. All proceeds benefit local charities. For more information call Alice at 760-413-7209 .
The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club is now accepting applications from local, non-political, secular, 501(c)3 charities who would like to either have an information booth or a fundraising booth at the Orchid Festival October 4th and 5th. The is no charge for non-profit booth space, which is limited to the first 15 qualifying organizations that apply. To reserve your space, call Debbie Gubler at 760-221-6101. The Orchid Festival is also looking for sponsors for the Stage, and for the Orchid classes. For information about sponsorships, call Wayne Stamm at 760-887-2997.