The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in searching for a 68-year-old Yucca Valley woman. Dayle Will left her home in the 7400 block of Church Street about 7 a.m. Saturday morning driving a white 2005 Dodge Caravan with a California personalized plate that reads “Gladly.” She has had no contact with family members since. She has gray hair, blue eyes, 5’6″, 275 pounds. Anyone with information about Dayle Will is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
The remains of a missing Joshua Tree woman were found Sunday. The County Coroner’s office said Nola Taylor, 84, was reported missing Thursday, September 11. Her vehicle was subsequently found along a dirt road in Twentynine Palms, about 1.3 miles east of the Indian Cove Ranger Station. The car appeared to have become disabled while turning around on a life estate private road in the park. Multiple searches of the area had been conducted using patrol personnel, aircraft, bloodhounds, and elements of the County Sheriff Volunteer Forces and Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue Teams. Sunday, just after 9:00 a.m. search and rescue personnel located her remains in the desert, about one-half mile south of Desert Quail Dr. and Baseline Rd. An examination will be conducted early this week in order to attempt to determine the cause of death.
The County Board of Supervisors will treat two issues of local interest at their next meeting tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork says those issues relate to Wonder Valley roads and a Joshua Tree park…
At its September 23 meeting, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will take up an issue continued from an earlier meeting: whether to declare official the favorable results of a vote by Wonder Valley voters of the special tax of $55 per parcel for 2014-15, and an annual $30 tax thereafter, with an annual 2.5 percent inflationary factor, for road maintenance services. Also on the agenda is a consent item to approve the application for a $200,000 grant to develop trails, informational kiosks, and parking areas for the desert view Recreational Trails project. The Desert View Conservation area is a section near Joshua Tree National Park; the grant is for a 5-year-project development period. The meeting starts at 10 a.m., and can be participated in through the interactive teleconferencing facility in the County Building on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree.
A vehicle fire on Old Woman Springs Road shut down traffic on the highway for about 15 minutes last night. County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard said Yucca Mesa fire fighters were called to the fire at 8:49 p.m.; when they arrived on the scene at State Route 247 and Aberdeen, the VW Beetle was fully involved in flames. The cause of the fire is believed to be due to faulty wiring.
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23, at the Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms from 2 to 6:30 p.m. 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.
Morongo Basin Unity Home will be presenting the 40-hour state mandated domestic violence training every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., beginning September 25, through October 24. The classes run for five weeks and will be held at the outreach office in Joshua Tree. The classes are free, and when completed you will be ready to volunteer as a Domestic Violence Counselor-in-training. Please call 760-366-1247 or just drop by the Unity Home office to sign up.
The California legislature has declared September “School Attendance Awareness Month,” in an effort to urge families, communities, and schools to prioritize student attendance and to underscore the direct connection between attendance and academic achievement. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the state is involved in a national initiative to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools…
California kids are back in school, and now, the goal is to keep them going back. State Assembly member Shirley Weber, who authored the School Attendance Awareness Month resolution, says the first step is showing up. “So we’ve got to basically say to parents and kids that attendance is important. That is something you can do, and having your child ready and available to go to school is extremely important.” Weber says the state’s estimated 250,000 chronically absent students struggle when they are in the classroom. “And those students, when we track them, we discover that they’re also the same children who have issues with behavior, they have issues with academic excellence. They become the ones suspended, expelled, and eventually, who drop out of school.” She says everyone needs to help reduce chronic absenteeism. “As we ask for teachers to do more and schools to do more, that every parent and every family in every community ought to do more, to make sure that every child is in school every day, and ready to learn.” State Superintendent Tom Torlakson says California schools can have the best facilities, materials, and teachers in the world, but no school can reach a child who simply isn’t there.
A special theatrical presentation at Theatre 29 this weekend recognizes the remarkable achievements of American women. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the show will only play this Friday and Saturday…
Theatre 29 celebrates American women with a touring play called “Shattered Ceilings” that they will host on September 26 and 27 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.
Theatre 29 will offer on-going weekly acting classes for those who want to study and learn more about acting. The classes will be led by Abe Daniels, who has 30 years of acting experience and has received several awards from the Desert Theatre League. Students will explore acting techniques using the Method approach, and will cover characterizations, scene study, monologues, and dialogues. The classes are open to actors age 16 and up. Classes will be held every Wednesday at Theatre 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. To sign up or for more information, call Daniels at 626-233-4768.
Have you registered to vote yet? Reporter Dan Stork says that San Bernardino County is part of a national effort to make it easy, tomorrow…
Tuesday, September 23, is the third annual National Voter Registration Day, on which the San Bernardino County Elections Office is making a special push to get citizens to register to vote. Voters can register online at www.sbcountyelections.com. Voters may also obtain a paper voter registration application in-person at one of the 91 new sites hosting elections office voter information displays throughout the county, or at the Elections Office, 777 East Rialto Avenue, in San Bernardino. In addition, applications are also distributed to clients by 82 governmental agencies in San Bernardino County. On Tuesday, the Elections Office will release interactive maps on the Elections Office website to help voters find local participating agencies where they can pick up voter registration applications, poll worker applications, mail ballot applications, and applications for electronic voter information guides. For more information about the San Bernardino County Elections Office, visit www.sbcountyelections.com, or call 909-387-8300.
The Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats Football team went on the road to play Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino Friday night and brought back a hard fought 27-21 victory. Coach Ernest Martinez said defensive standouts on the night were junior linebackers Arlen Myers, Andrew Wilson, and Kyle Hope. The defensive front of Dylan Martinez, Shane Estrada, Josh Alderson, and Caleb Roy played outstanding throughout the game. Beayahn Carrllo led the team offensively with over 157 yards rushing and 51 receiving yards. The ’Cats will now begin the tough De Anza league season as they travel to face the newest school in the league, Rancho Mirage High School.
The Twentynine Palms High School frosh-soph team had a stellar 34-0 victory over Indian Springs. Players of the game were Enlike Tuli, Derek Sutherland, K.J. Magwood and Bryton Williams.
The Yucca Valley High School football team traveled to Blythe to play Palo Verde High School. The Trojans lost 42-7. Trojan defense was led by Larry Williamson with 13 tackles and Taylor Smith with nine tackles. Mike McKay added six tackles and blocked a point after try. Taylor Smith led the offense with 64 yards on the ground and a touchdown. The Trojans are looking forward to league play and getting some key players healthy. Trojans open up League play at Big Bear this Saturday at 1:30 pm.
The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity team defeated the Palo Verde JV team 34-6. Coach Tim Cannavo said the defense allowed only 110 yards. Daniel Hoover led the defense with 11 tackles. Rakwon Reeves continued his defensive success adding 10 tackles, one sack, and he blocked a point after try. Joseph Jennings and Jake Moore scored touchdowns. Joseph also added 84 yards rushing on five carries. Lucas Lopez scored two more touchdowns and added 183 yards to his season totals. Lucas also returned a punt 55 yards for a third touchdown.
The Yucca Valley High School volleyball teams traveled to Cathedral City for their last preseason match on Friday. The varsity team won 3-1. The team was led by Ashely Priest with nine kills and eight blocks; Jade Adair was 17 for 18 serving; Haley Rayburn was 20 for 22 serving, seven aces and Libero Chloe Smith with 19 digs. We are ready for league play from going 3-1 in the preseason and are looking forward to facing Big Bear today.
The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity Volleyball team won 2-0. The teams will travel to Big Bear today.
The Joshua Springs Christian School girls’ volleyball team will travel away to Palm Valley. The first serve is at 5:30 p.m.
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The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in searching for a 68-year-old Yucca Valley woman. Dayle Will, left her home in the 7400 block of Church Street about 7 a.m. Saturday morning driving a white 2005 Dodge Caravan with a California personalized plate that reads “Gladly.” She has had no contact with family members since. She has gray hair, blue eyes, is 5’6″, 275 pounds. Anyone with information about Dayle Will is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
Take only photos, leave only footprints. Ranger Pam Tripp says that’s good advice to take in Joshua Tree National Park…
A common question from visitors is “where is the best place for taking pictures”. At Joshua Tree National Park there is no easy answer, except to say “anywhere”. Every artist’s eye is different and the best way to find your perfect picture is to drive through the park and see what the scenery has to offer. You are bound to find the right spot for you. Whether amateur or professional, use the beautiful scenery as a backdrop for landscape, wildlife, or portrait photo. One can even climb the rocks for better views. However, photographers and their subjects should not climb, sit on, or alter in any way the park’s cultural sites, such as old structures, old equipment, beds, cars, any other cultural artifacts. The best way to help preserve these areas is by taking photos only. If taking photos for commercial purposes, please be sure to contact our Special Use office at 760-367-5545 for information as to whether you will need a permit. For other information on taking photos in the park contact us at 760-367-5522.
“Gold, Iron and Steel: A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin”, is the theme for the fall Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy., downtown Twentynine Palms.
Desert artists may submit one original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition, and are asked to deliver their artwork to the visitor center on Friday, Sept. 26, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme, focusing on the history of metal in the desert. Subjects can range from gold mines, stamp mills, tin roofs, miners’ shacks, barbed wire, railroad spikes, rusted vintage vehicles, to iron sculptures, steel gates, fences, and anything in between. Artists are invited to stretch their imagination and consider the life and role of metal in the desert.
Media can include painting, watercolor, mixed media, photography, and three-dimensional work such as assemblage and sculpture. All work must be ready to mount or hang with professional wire, must be offered for sale, and should be suitable for viewing by the general public. Artists unable to deliver artwork on Friday, Sept. 26, can make prior arrangements to deliver artwork earlier by calling the Chamber at (760) 367-3445, 10-4 weekdays only. An opening art reception is planned for Friday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with refreshments and music by Randy Godfrey. The show runs from October through December 2014. Art in Public Places exhibitions are presented by the Public Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Twentynine Palms. Exhibition Guidelines are available on the Art in Public Places page at www.29palms.org. For questions, contact Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562.
From this bicyclist’s point of view, the Morongo Basin is not a very bicycle-friendly place. That makes these safety tips – that reporter Cassie Zimarik passes along – all the more important…
The California Highway Patrol joins with safekids.org in offering the following safety tips for bicyclists:
- “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injuries and deaths from bicycle crashes.
- Tell your children to ride on the right side of the road with traffic, not against it and stay as far to the right as possible.
- Use appropriate hand signals and obey traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
- Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers. Bicyclists should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
- When riding at dusk, dawn, or in the evening, be bright and use lights – along with insuring your bike has reflectors. It is also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve bicyclist visibility to motorists.
- Actively supervise children until you are comfortable that they are responsible enough to ride on their own.
Together, all these tips can help ensure you and your child’s safety while riding bicycles.
The Twentynine Palms teen book club will meet Thursday, September 25 to discuss Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale. Enna Burning is the follow-up to Goose Girl, a fantasy novel for young adults. Enna discovers she has the special gift of being able to start fires at will, but she soon loses control, and it’s up to her friends to save her before she destroys everything in her path. The teen book club will meet September 25 at 4 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Library, at which time they will also choose additional books to read.
Coming up in this school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady ’Cat tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Rancho Mirage High School. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30. The Yucca Valley High School volleyball team will travel away to Big Bear; the match starts at 4:45.
The Great California ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill ever, organized statewide to inspire Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. The ShakeOut Drill will take place in houses, businesses, and public spaces throughout California at 10:16 a.m. on October 16. Register for free at www.ShakeOut.org and promise to participate, however you can. You’ll get information about how to prepare for the next major earthquake. And you’ll learn what actions to take during and after the shaking.
Sky’s the Limit is offering Sidewalk Astronomy this Saturday/ Reporter Caitlin Logan gets out her telescope……
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center offers a Sidewalk Astronomy session on Saturday, September 20th, in between 7:25 pm and 2 am. This free event takes place at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. This time of year offers the opportunity for a good look at summer showpieces. Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes, and come around sunset to enjoy other educational campus attractions before the cosmic tour. Everyone should dress for unpredictable weather; bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, no pets or smoking will be allowed on campus, and all trash must be carried out. Contact Steve at 650-678-0179 or Ray at 760-365-7897 for the latest information.
The creative team behind the hit off-Broadway musical “Fabulous Divas of Broadway” and “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood,” recently seen at Theatre 29, have combined the highlights from both shows into one film, “Stage Door Divas.” Stage Door Divas is an 80-minute documentary film that chronicles Alan Palmer’s love of the theatre and the amazing ladies that inspired him along the way. Stage Door Divas premieres at the Cinema Diverse Film Festival at 1:30 Saturday, September 20. Tickets are $13 and are available at the box office at 760-325-6565.