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SANTA FE SOCIAL CLUBHOUSE CELEBRATES 14TH ANNIVERSARY

You are invited to join the celebration for the Santa Fe Clubhouse’s 14th year anniversary on February 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lunch, games, bingo, presentations, and fun. Everyone is invited and must RSVP by February 12 to the Santa Fe Social Club at 760-369-4057. The clubhouse is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley. Don’t miss out!


AMENDMENT TO PREVENT USE OF ANTIQUITIES ACT FAILS

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to defeat an amendment that would have put major restrictions on a U.S. president’s power to create national monuments. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the attempt to modify the Antiquities Act…

Environmental groups are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Senate defeated an attack Tuesday on the president’s ability to declare national monuments by executive order. The amendment to the Senate energy bill would have modified the Antiquities Act to make all presidential national monument designations temporary for three years, and subject to approval by Congress and the relevant state legislature. David Myers with the Wildlands Conservancy says if ultimately passed, the change would have effectively blocked most new national monuments.
“I think it was a real vote for reason that the majority of the United States Senate believe in the value of our public lands, and the ability of the president to set aside these unblemished landscapes for perpetuity, when it’s the only way to get it done.”
Conservation groups have urged President Obama to declare three national monuments in the Southern California desert, called Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains.

Myers notes that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s bill to create the monuments has stalled.
“The senator tried for six years to get legislation passed, but it had no chance in passing through a Republican-led Congress.”
The Antiquities Act has been used equally by Democrats and Republicans since its inception in 1906 under Teddy Roosevelt. The Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and Grand Teton National Park all started out as national monuments declared under the Antiquities Act. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.


HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CEO

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has named a new CEO, effective February 22. Karen Faulis, the chief operations officer of Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, served as interim chief executive officer there for 18 months. Faulis has 25 years of experience in clinical and administrative leadership. While at Palmdale, she was the lead in the successful efforts to relocate and license a 121-bed acute care hospital. She obtained her master’s degree in clinical nurse specialist in critical care from State University of New York at Buffalo.


“THE SUNSHINE BOYS” THIS WEEKEND AT THEATER 29

Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy, “The Sunshine Boys” continues its run at Theater 29 with a Sunday matinee this weekend. “The Sunshine Boys” continues to tickle the funny bone at Theatre 29. The Neil Simon comedy focuses on an aging vaudevillian duo, Lewis and Clark, who delighted audiences in the vaudeville circuit for over 40-odd years. They grew to hate each other when Al Lewis decided to retire without consulting Willie Clark. The duo is now in their early 70s, and CBS has invited the team to reunite for a TV special. Directed by Eddie Tucker the cast includes: Alfred Klein, Kurt Schauppner, Jeremy Volsteadt. Brittany Smith, Daneita Chestnut, Barry Inscore and Mike Shaw. This classic comedy of showbiz and friendship keeps audiences laughing from beginning to end. The Sunshine Boys” runs 7 p.m. tonight and a 2:30 matinee tomorrow. Tickets are $8 to $15, and are available online at theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151.


STAR PARTY GOES ON DESPITE THEFT OF SOLAR SYSTEM

Despite the theft of its complete photovoltaic power system, Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, February 6. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will end about 10 p.m. Volunteers will set up manually operated telescopes and guests may use them or bring their own. Because there is no power, visitors should bring red flashlights to preserve night vision. Showpieces during the star party will be the Andromeda Galaxy, double cluster, the Pleiades, and the Great Orion Nebula. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.


MOJAVE WATER AGENCY OFFERS $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP IN ESSAY CONTEST

The Mojave Water Agency is offering a $5,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships for students who win an essay contest on the future of water in the desert. The scholarship is open to students in grades 9 through 12, as well as freshmen and sophomores in college. Essays on “What Does the High Desert’s Water Future Look Like in 2036” must be between 550 and 900 words. The top five finalists will give an oral presentation to a panel of judges. All essays must be received by 5 p.m. February 11. For complete rules of the scholarship contest, go to mojavewater.com.


MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

Morongo Basin seniors are invited to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Students must submit two essays, a personal essay on their goals, and an essay on one of the following topics: voting rights, campaign finance reform, gun control, human rights, equality for women, or environmental issues. Applications may be obtained from the counsellor’s office at the Basin’s high schools. The deadline to enter is April 15, and winners will be notified by May 15. More information is available at MBDems.com.


DESERT HOT SPRINGS APPROVES FIFTH MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION

Nearby Desert Hot Springs, missing industry, jobs and tax revenue, welcomed the announcement that CalCann Holdings plans to build a greenhouse to grow 6,000 pounds of organic medical cannabis each year. The pot will go to the company’s own Orange County dispensaries and others under a new state licensing system. Desert Hot Springs became the first city in Southern California to regulate and tax commercial medical marijuana cultivation in 2014, as the cash-strapped city sat on the verge of filing bankruptcy for a second time. The city has now approved five cultivation facilities, with the CalCann project and has six others pending. The City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley have banned all Medical Marijuana. Yucca Valley is set to propose a ½ cent sales tax to raise revenues


HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH LANDERS ENDS AFTER SPIKE STRIPS DEPLOYED

A man was arrested Thursday morning following a high-speed pursuit through Landers that ended only after deputies deployed spike strips. According to the California Highway Patrol, Officer Caleb Miller spotted a silver Nissan Quest driving approximately 95 miles per hour southbound on Highway 247, north of Boone Road, about 7:35 a.m. Miller conducted a traffic stop on the car, and Miller determined that the driver, Mitchell Thomas, 44, of Victorville, had a suspended driver’s license. When Miller informed Thomas that his car would be impounded due to the suspended license, Thomas sped off. Miller said as he pursued Thomas, Thomas drove recklessly at high speeds and passed several other vehicles in a dangerous manner. When Thomas approached Landers Elementary School on Reche Road, the CHP called off the pursuit. A Sheriff’s deputy later saw Thomas, who had turned around and was driving northbound on 247, and the pursuit began again. A CHP helicopter was called in to provide aerial support during the pursuit. Deputies used a spike strip to disable Thomas’s car on Old Woman Springs Road near Camp Rock Road. Mitchell Thomas was arrested for investigation of reckless evading of a peace officer, and assault on a peace officer with intent to cause great bodily harm and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Thomas is being held without bail due to other felony warrants for his arrest. 


SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Morongo Grade was closed and traffic was backed up for miles Thursday afternoon due to a single vehicle crash in Morongo Valley. About 12:20 p.m., the driver of an older model soft-top convertible lost control and rolled over once, landing on its wheels near the bottom of the Morongo Grade. The driver, described only as being in his late 40s, was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.


KING OF THE HAMMERS RESULTS; BIG RACE IS TODAY

At yesterday’s Everyman Smitty Built Challenge race at the King of the Hammers week long off-road event, only 37 out of 111 racers finished the race. The overall winner was Brad Lovell from the 4800 G2 Legends Class. First place winner of the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class was Jessie Combs. There were no finishers in the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class. In today’s King of the Hammers race, 110 racers will be competing for top honors. The awards ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Admission to the King of the Hammers in the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, visit ultra4racing.com.


MORONGO BASIN RAPE CRISIS CENTER OFFERS 24 HOUR ANONYMOUS HOTLINE

While you may think it could never happen to you, sexual assault is a real danger and concern for both sexes and all ages. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is manning a 24-hour-a -day anonymous hotline…
It could never happen to me is one of the many myths about rape and sexual assault. The fact is that victims of sexual assault include both men and woman, and their ages range from infancy to the elderly. Rape occurs everywhere, every day, at all times. The Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is a full-service program, providing crisis intervention, on-going counseling and other support services to victims of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse, and to their families and friends. With a combination of professional, para-professional and volunteer staff, the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center provides a 24-hour anonymous hotline, toll-free from all the communities of the Morongo Basin by calling 800-954-8044. Also available, free counseling for sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors and their friends and families, as well as accompaniment of sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. The Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center also has an active prevention, education and awareness program, with speakers available for professional education, schools and community groups with education about sexual assault, rape prevention, and our services to schools, professionals, community groups, and private individuals. For more information, call the business number at 760-369-3353.


THREE ARTISTS RECEPTIONS THIS WEEKEND

BoxoHouse will hold an artist’s reception Saturday for its artist-in-residence. Angus McCullough has begun a large project that includes the themes of travel, personal history, astrophysics, philosophy, and more. The open house is from 3 to 6 p.m., with an artist talk at 4 p.m. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.
 
A reception will be held Sunday, February 7, at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley for Chaparral Artists’ latest show, “My Favorite Artwork.” Each artist will have on display their favorite painting or photo. The show will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Rainbow Stew is located at 55509 29 Palms Highway, in the west end of town.
 
The featured artist at the Joshua Tree library in February is photographer Diana Shay Diehl. Diehl prints her own photos using alternative processes, such as ink transfers, emulsion lifts, and more. She has traveled to Italy to study alternative print making, and will discuss the process during an opening reception at the library Saturday, February 6. The reception begins at 12:30 with the presentation at 1 p.m. The Joshua Tree library is located at 6465 Park Boulevard. 
 


HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT TOMORROW

As part of the centennial year, Joshua Tree National Park is offering a hiking challenge. Hikers can pick up a free Centennial Hiking Challenge booklet at any of the Park’s visitor centers. Inside are suggested hikes, a log to record your hikes, and a page for rangers to sign which will qualify you for special stickers to reward your effort. Each booklet allows you to log up to 100 miles. Managing editor Tami Roleff says you can start your log with a hike with Park Superintendent David Smith tomorrow…
The National Park Service turns 100 years old this year. In recognition and celebration of this milestone, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent, David Smith will lead hikes up different peaks in the park. On Saturday, February 6, hikers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Cottonwood Visitor’s Center for a half-day, 6-mile hike up Monument Mountain, elevation 4,834 feet. Other hikes scheduled are Eagle Peak, March 5; Queen Mountain, April 2; and Quail Mountain on April 30. These hikes are challenging and hikers should be fit and in good health. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear for hiking, as well as a hat, sunscreen, food and water. Call 760-367-5502 to RSVP for the hikes.


DOCENTS ARE NEEDED FOR THE PARADE OF HOMES

Reach Out Morongo Basin officials are looking for volunteers to serve as docents during this year’s Parade of Homes, set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Docents greet guests and punch tickets during the annual homes tour. This year’s tour will feature homes from Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms. To volunteer as a docent, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


THE SHOW MUST GO ON AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Despite the theft of its complete photovoltaic power system, Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, February 6. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will end about 10 p.m. Volunteers will set up manually operated telescopes and guests may use them or bring their own. Because there is no power, visitors should bring red flashlights to preserve night vision. Showpieces during the star party will be the Andromeda Galaxy, double cluster, the Pleiades, and the Great Orion Nebula. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. 


COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

This Saturday, February 6, the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association will be hosting the first Saturday breakfast, at 65336 Winters Road in north Joshua Tree. The Best Five Buck Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Your heaping plates of breakfast goodies are served up by the friendliest volunteers ever.


FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING TAKE OUT AND DELIVERY MEALS FROM DIFFERENT LOCATION

Food for Life is not serving out of Little Church of the Desert anymore. Right now they are in transition. For this Saturday, they will be serving take-out meals from the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms, at 6230 Mesquite Springs Road. Meals will be given out from noon to 2 p.m. Deliveries will be made to their shut-ins.


FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the usual day for monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the President’s Day holiday, surplus food will be distributed on the second Monday, February 8. Reporter Sara Snyder 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. 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.
For more information, call 909-723-1580.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team notched a 50-27 De Anza League victory over Big Bear last night in Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said Senior Annika Dendekker and sophomore Kiley Pitts led the scoring with 12 points each while sophomore Savannah Beasley added 10 points to the win. The Yucca Valley girls upped their league record to 7-2 and their overall record to 16-7.
 
The Twentynine palms High School girls’ varsity basketball team won their league game at Shadow Hills High School Thursday night, 70 to 30, to raise their league record to 9 and 0. Coach Tim Stanford said scoring points on the night were: Lindsey Scamman with 23; Tatiyanna Mackall with 11; Courtney Stanford with nine; Destiney Dedmon with eight; Makya Bullion with seven; Jamie Brann with six; Hope Culver with four; and Adriann Miller with two.
 
Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer lost to Big Bear High School by a score of 2 to 1. Coach Jorge Rodriguez said senior Andrew Bellucci scored from an assist by junior Oscar Hernandez. 
  
The Twentynine Palms soccer teams hosted the Knights of Shadow Hills Wednesday night. Coach Nathan Niles said the varsity squad fought hard but came up short 9-0 against a very good squad. Keeper KJ Morton recorded 14 saves to keep the scoring down. The JV squad played extremely well and even, but lost in heartbreaking fashion 1-0 in the last quarter of the game. Goalkeeper Lyle Williams had 10 saves in his first game.
  
The Lady Wildcats soccer squad traveled to Shadow Hills High School Wednesday evening, resulting in a 10-0 loss for the varsity team and 9-0 loss for junior varsity and. Coach Richard Sanchez said senior goalkeeper Maranda Palmer contributed 26 more saves to bring her season total to 271, a DeAnza League record. Sophomore goalkeeper Lydia Medina had 18 saves for junior varsity.  
 
In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will compete against Desert Hot Springs High School. The boys will play at home; the girls will travel away. Both games start at 6 p.m.
 
Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will play Rancho Mirage High School. The boys will play at home; the girls will travel away to Rancho Mirage. Both games start at 6 p.m.
 
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will participate in the Junipero Serra Showcase tournament.
 
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ wrestling team will participate in the CIF qualifying meet tomorrow.


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