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180 Ministries will hold their annual harvest and chili cook off this Friday, October 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The free event will include a bounce house and games for the whole family. 180 Ministries has moved to a new location on Hallee Road next to the bicycle shop in Joshua Tree.


Joshua Tree Recreation is offering access to their tennis courts. ROP Broadcast student Brenden Nguyen has details…
Did you know that there people looking to play tennis with you? Have you ever wanted to join a tennis club or buy a key for individual play? Well, keys, giving district court access, are good from July 1 through June 30 and are available throughout the year for $10. Contact the Joshua Tree Recreation and Parks District for more information call 760-366-8415 or try visiting on the web.


At the Twentynine Palms Junior High School, parent visitation days will be the last two days of the month this year. On Thursday, October 30, parents can come visit A-day classes. On Friday, October 31, parents can visit B-day classes. They shall do this for each last A-day and B-day of the month to give parents an opportunity to visit all eight classes over the two day block. Parents are encouraged to come and see what is happening at Twentynine Palms Junior High School.


The Yucca Valley High School varsity tennis team beat Rancho Mirage High School 11-7 and took the league championship with a record of 12-0 for the season. In singles, Carrie Scofield went 1-2, Rachel Green 1-2, and Miranda Green 1-2. In doubles, Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan were 3-0; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard, 3-0; and Aislinn Gueltzow and Christa Jenkins 2-1.

Monday, the Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat tennis team travelled to Big Bear and came away victorious. The Ladycats took a strong early lead and kept the momentum going all through the match. The final score was 14-4.

Tuesday, the Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat girls’ tennis team defeated Desert Hot Springs High School by a score of 11-7, on the last league game of the season. The team was led by seniors Makayla Ogdahl, Jasmine Smith, Natasha Wright, Roberta Martinez and Keyonna Trader. The LadyCats won four out of the first six sets, taking an early lead. In the second round the ladies continued the charge and won an additional four. In the final round of singles, Smith closed it out sweeping all three. Likewise, in doubles, Ogdahl and partner Alex Morrissey, also swept all three. The Ladycats are now firmly in second place in the De Anza League, with a record of nine wins and three losses.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow is the De Anza Leage finals tournament for girls’ tennis. Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs girls’ volleyball team will travel away to Redlands Adventist Academy, with first serve at 5:30.


A former Twentynine Palms Junior High School custodian was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison on Friday. Matthew Frazer, 43, of Yucca Valley, had pleaded guilty in July to one felony count each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Frazer was arrested in January following a year-long investigation by the FBI. In 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children gave the FBI a series of pornographic images depicting a young girl being abused by a man, whom the FBI eventually identified as Frazer. In a plea agreement, Matthew Frazer admitted filming sexually explicit images of the young girl between 2008 and 2012. He also admitted to making a video in October 2009, when the victim was 6 years old, and again the following year when she was 7, and uploading the videos to the Internet. According to court documents, the images have been found in the possession of more than 250 people who collect child pornography.


Matthew Frazer

Matthew Frazer


Vandals destroyed the irrigation system at the Twentynine Palms cemetery sometime over the weekend. When cemetery workers arrived at work Monday morning, they noticed that the irrigation pipes for the cemetery’s rose garden had been ripped out of the ground and broken, and the sprinkler heads had also been broken off. In addition, the vandals ripped out part of the gazebo in the rose garden and threw the pieces around, including up into nearby trees. None of the gravesites were damaged by the vandalism. Damage to the sprinkler system and the gazebo is estimated by Sheriff’s investigators at about $1000 to replace and repair. Photos of the vandalism can be seen with this story at Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.


A wide-ranging meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council covers administrative employees, medical marijuana definitions, and city signs and trails. Reporter Dan Stork lists those topics and more…
Following a closed session at 5 p.m. to evaluate the performance of the City Development Director and to talk about recruitment of a permanent City Manager, the Twentynine Palms City Council will start the 6 p.m. open session on October 28 with several presentations. These include reports from the Desert Regional Tourism Agency, the Fuller Center for Housing, and Hi-Desert Medical Center. The consent agenda includes approval of a contract with the Chamber of Commerce for the continued operation of the Visitor Center. There will be a public hearing on changes to the Development Code, recently approved by the Planning Commission regarding the definition of medical marijuana dispensaries. The meeting finishes with discussions on a policy for the content of city directional signs, and adoption of the Community Trails Master Plan. The Council meets at City Hall on Adobe Road.


A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, after he allegedly stole a truck, then took it for a joyride. According to a Sheriff’s report, the truck’s owner called the Sheriff’s Department shortly before 6 p.m. Friday to report someone was in his truck and trying to steal it from the 6000 block of Outpost Road in Joshua Tree. While waiting for the deputy to arrive, the truck’s owner told the Sheriff’s dispatcher he saw the man, later identified as Michael Martin, 24, of Joshua Tree, dent his truck’s hood with a metal spray can, and asked if he could walk over and take out the thief with a golf club, but the dispatcher replied it was “not a good idea.” Martin then got the truck started and drove off in it. The deputy located Martin and the truck at Outpost and Alta Loma Drive about 10 minutes later. Michael Martin was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield and vehicle theft, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.


On Thursday, in the 6000 block of Outpost Road, three Joshua Tree residents were arrested for investigation of various drug charges: Richelle Hopperandrade, 30, on suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sales; and Richard Lane, 33, and Geoffrey Davis, 44, for keeping a place to sell drugs and possession of controlled substances for sale. They were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $50,000 each, with Richelle Hopperandrade posting her bail.


With Veteran’s Day approaching, the Town of Yucca Valley is making plans. Reporter Caitlin Logan has details of the tribute…
The Town of Yucca Valley will host the Morongo Basin Veterans’ Tribute on Tuesday, November 11, at the north side of the Yucca Valley Community Center from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the formalities commencing at 11:00 a.m. A free breakfast will be provided for veterans, military and public safety personnel and their families in the Yucca Valley Senior Center at 8:00 a.m. The event consists of formal recognition of the country’s past and present military personnel, a display of public safety and military vehicles and equipment, and a community barbecue lunch served by Elks Lodge 2314 of Yucca Valley. The Young Marines will perform the highly acclaimed Flag Folding Ceremony, after which entertainment will be provided by the Yucca Valley High School Jazz Ensemble, staged to honor the Armed Forces. For more information, contact the Town of Yucca Valley’s Community Services Department at 760-369-7211.


A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday, accused of driving under the influence of drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy observed Kevin Cruz, 42, driving fast through a residential neighborhood in North Joshua Tree about 11:45 p.m. The deputy located Cruz near Petunia and El Reposo Avenue. The Sheriff’s report notes that Cruz admitted he did not have a driver’s license and was on felony probation with a warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance. After an investigation, the deputy determined Kevin Cruz had used methamphetamine earlier in the day, and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Cruz requested his vehicle be left at the home of his ex-girlfriend, Amy Guzman, in the 61800 block of Petunia. After performing a records check, the deputy discovered that Amy Guzman was wanted on a warrant for DUI from 2009. Kevin Cruz is being held at the West Valley Detention Center without bail. Amy Guzman was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $5,000.


A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Saturday after she was found hiding in her home with drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 7600 block of Cherokee Trail about 12:40 p.m. to serve an arrest warrant on Cheri Gilson, 40, who was wanted for forgery and burglary. Deputies discovered Gilson hiding inside a bathroom at the rear of the home, with drug paraphernalia found in the bathroom’s trash can. During a cavity search, deputies found amphetamine hidden in her body. Cheri Gilson was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance and for her warrants, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her total bail set at $105,000.


A former Yucca Valley resident is going to ride 470 miles for charity, and he is inviting you to join him. Reporter Taylor Thacker has details…
Justin Mills, along with his fellow Mo’ bros, will be attempting to complete a 470-mile bike ride from the Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Monica Pier to raise awareness for Men’s Health issues, and raise money for Movember, an organization dedicated to researching testicular and prostate cancers. Justin Mills was born and raised in Yucca Valley and graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 2003. Inspired by this Movember’s new topic of mental illness with a focus on depression, Mills was encouraged to participate in a bike ride for men’s health on November 19. If you would like to donate to this organization, you can go online to a link in this story at Mills said, “I would like to inspire one person. If one person decided that they are willing to take a leap of faith, go out, and conquer their dream, I believe this journey is success.”


The Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out again tomorrow morning as part of their regular schedule of the second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, they will be tackling the northeast corner of La Contenta Rd and Highway 62. There is a lot of tidying to be done so everyone is invited to come out and work for only one short hour. As always there will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves on hand to make the task easier. Afterwards, the team will meet at Park Rock Café for optional coffee and conversation. For more information, call 760-366-8415.


Reach Out Morongo Basin will be holding its 8th Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, this Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With 20 vendors of handcrafted goods ranging from textiles and wood crafts to jewelry and homemade jams available, there is something for everyone. In addition there will be taste-tempting delights of delicious baked goods and sweets! Come browse the crafts, have a cup of hot coffee and something sweet and start your holiday season off with a smile. For more information contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.


The students of Copper Mountain College will be featured in a new exhibition at the Glass Outhouse Gallery east of Twentynine Palms. Reporter Caitlin Logan invites you to a Saturday reception…
What do the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery and Copper Mountain College have in common? A dazzling, eclectic student art show! See this exciting display of CMC’s emerging talent that includes drawings, paintings, prints, digital photos, and sculptures, with all works available for purchase. Enjoy the CMC student artists’ reception during the second weekend of the art tours, Saturday, November 1 from one to five. Refreshments will be provided, along with live musical performances. You can stop by to view the student art works from November 1 through November 30. The Glass Outhouse Gallery is located at 77575 Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms and is open from one to five Tuesday through Sunday. For more information contact Cathy Allen, 760-366-3791 extension 0600.


The Yucca Valley Lady Trojans Volleyball team played Shadow Hills High School yesterday. The varsity team lost 1-3. Leading the team were Ashley Priest, with seven kills and one block; Haley Rayburn, three kills and two blocks; Becky Messaros. 13 for 13 serving with seven assists; Jade Adair, 10 assists and three digs; Joelle Hazher, 12 for 13 serving, and six aces.

The junior varsity team lost 1-2. Leading the JV team were Becca Dumas, 16 for 17 serving, with eight aces and 17 assists; Kyley Beatty, eight kills; Kelcie Vigallon, three kills and two blocks; and Jackie Bohla with nine digs.

The freshman team won 2-0.

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team lost to the Big Bear Bears in three sets. The Ladycats were led by junior Courtney Stanford with three kills, and Hanna Beard with three kills, followed by senior Marie Linton with two kills. Sophomore Tatiyanna Mackall had one kill and two ace serves.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team beat Shadow Hills High School, 10-8. Coach Cindy Miller said in singles, Carrie Scofield won with three, Rachel Green with one. In doubles, Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan with three; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard with two and Aislinn Gueltzow and Christa Jenkins with one. The team record is now at 11-0 and they are ranked ninth in Divison 5.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat tennis and volleyball teams will host the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home. First serve for tennis is at 3:15; volleyball begins at 4:30.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will host Rancho Mirage High School at home; first serve is at 4:30 p.m.


We have few more details on a traffic collision in Yucca Valley Friday morning. A Yucca Valley man is in custody following the rear-end crash at Yucca Mesa Road and Highway 62. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., westbound traffic was stopping for a red light at the intersection when Edward Gutierrez, 20, who was driving a white Volvo, rear-ended a Mazda, driven by Monica Lovell, 19, of Twentynine Palms, and then spun off and hit a white van in the next lane. Lovell said Gutierrez asked to use her phone, but when she said she was using it, he ran off westbound, into the desert. CHP officers caught Gutierrez after a short pursuit and took him into custody. A witness said the white van then drove off, and a woman, identified as Carol Sullivan, 31, of Joshua Tree, and two children, ages 10 and 8, who were with Gutierrez in the Volvo were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Edward Gutierrez was arrested for investigation of felony driving under the influence causing injury, hit and run, child endangerment, and on a warrant for violating the terms of his probation for a conviction in August of possession of a controlled substance. Carol Sullivan was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

An unidentified man involved in a crash on Hwy 62 at Yucca Mesa is cuffed.

An unidentified man involved in a crash on Hwy 62 at Yucca Mesa is cuffed.


While attendance from the general public was light, the local candidates present thought the political pop-up Saturday was a good idea. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report…
Twenty-six candidates for local offices showed up at the non-partisan political pop-up event held Saturday at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree, sponsored by Z107.7 and the Sportsman’s Club. It was an opportunity for members of the public to talk to the candidates one-on-one for the Yucca Valley Town Council, Twentynine Palms City Council, Hi-Desert Water District, Joshua Basin Water District, school board, and hospital board. While few residents took advantage of this opportunity to become more informed about local issues and the candidates’ views, the candidates themselves were very pleased with the event, saying it gave them the chance to meet with and talk to other candidates with whom they may be dealing in an official capacity in the future. Everyone hoped that the pop-up event would become a regular part of the campaign process in the future.

Candidate Pop-Up Forum hosted by Z107.7fm and the Sportsman's Club in Joshua Tree.

Candidate Pop-Up Forum hosted by Z107.7fm and the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree.


Seven Morongo Basin women were honored Friday by Congressman Paul Cook in his second annual Women of Distinction award. Among the 22 women recognized for their community service were Susanna Barnett of Joshua Tree for her work with Morongo Basin Unity Home; Elizabeth Kirland of Yucca Valley, a therapeutic behavioral specialist for Pacific Clinics; Cathy Blau of Twentynine Palms, a social worker at Hi-Desert Family Health Clinic; Donna Munoz of Morongo Valley, a former California Woman of the Year and Yucca Valley Elks Citizen of the Year; Elaine Bowden of Twentynine Palms, a retired Marine colonel who was this year’s Pioneer Days Parade Military Grand Marshall and who has dedicated her post-military life to her church and various charities; Georgia Shirey of Yucca Valley, for her work as a volunteer with the Semper Fi Memorial Honor Detail; and Sue Tsuda, the first town manager of Yucca Valley. Congratulations to all the local women of distinction.

Photo courtesy Congressman Paul Cook's office.

Photo courtesy Congressman Paul Cook’s office.

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