Two Yucca Valley juveniles were arrested Saturday night, accused of vandalizing vehicles. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly before 10:30 p.m., a resident in the 7500 block of Fox Trail heard his car alarm go off and saw two suspects get out of his car and run off. After an investigation, a boy and a girl were arrested on suspicion of vandalism for throwing a rock through a vehicle window. Both juveniles were cited and released to their parents.
Urinetown the Musical is about a time in the not-too-distant future during a 20-year-drought. In order to conserve water, private toilets are banned, and everyone must pay to use the public amenities. The Urine Good Company runs the public toilets with an iron fist; anyone caught relieving themselves anywhere else is sent to Urinetown and never heard from again. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the opening night performance at Theatre 29, and says “go” while you still can…
“Urinetown the Musical,” directed by Gary Daigneault and with musical direction by Ed Will, is a dark, dark comedy that smirks and winks at its audience; it’s a satire on corporate greed and exploitation; a spoof of many popular musicals; and also features comic-book double takes and set design. Z107.7’s Rebecca Havely is terrific as Miss Pennywise, and warns the masses, “If you gotta go, you gotta go through me,” and “It’s a privilege to pee.” Dennis “Easy” Boos does a great job as the narrator Officer Lockstock who steps through the fourth wall. And of course, Chris Fleischman and Katie Van Sumeren are wonderful—as always—as the leads Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell who fall in love and rebel against Hope’s father, who runs the Urine Good Company. But the true star of the show is Amanda Winters as Little Sally, who is fabulous and brought me to tears during her song, “Tell Her I Love Her.” Don’t be put off by the title. You’ll want to “go” while you still can.
“Urinetown the Musical” at Theatre 29 plays 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through March 28, with 2:30 Sunday matinees March 8 and March 22. Tickets are $8 to $12 and are available by calling the box office at 760-361-4151 or go to www.theatre29.org.
The Yucca Valley Rotary Club held its annual music competition Saturday, February 28, and selected its top three winners to advance to the regional competition. The annual competition is open to all high school students who perform one or two songs by singing or playing an instrument. This year, nine students competed. In third place, and winning $50, was Taylor Franklin, who competed in the vocal category. In second place, and winning $100, was Kiersten King, who also sang. First place winner was Andrew Alkire, who played the piano for a $200 prize. A panel of Rotarians judge the performances. Congratulations to the winners.
Chapter two of a two-part combined music concert involving both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High schools takes place this Thursday night. To get all the details, reporter Rebecca Havely interviewed Yucca Valley High Music Director Bill Barrett…
Last week Twentynine Palms High hosted a combined music concert. This week Music Director Bill Barrett of Yucca Valley High will have the honor of featuring his students in concert. Please explain what is the Twentynine Palms and Yucca High School combined music concert?
MR. B: Well, it’s not just our choirs combining; it’s also the symphonic bands from each high school that combines. Both schools work independently on the music and then they put it together the day of the concert and present it together that evening. There’s also a finale each year that involves all the choirs from both schools and both symphonic bands.
Z107.7: This is an annual tradition?
MR. B: I think this is our 13th annual combined concert.
Z107.7: How do you decide what music to include?
MR. B: We choose our own music for the concert and then decide which numbers we will combine.
Z107.7: There are two concerts performed, one at each high school?
MR. B: Yes, when the concert is at Twentynine Palms High, they perform the bulk of the concert featuring their students work and we join in on a few numbers plus the big finale. Now when the concert is performed at Yucca Valley High, my students are featured and the Twentynine Palms students join in on a few numbers.
Z107.7: Can you give us the date and time of the final concert and the admission fees?
MR. B: The concert is Thursday night, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High Gymnasium. Admission is $5 and we’ll have a bake sale; I think we’re doing chili and popcorn too.
Twentynine Palms High School Boys varsity tennis defeated Coachella Valley High School, 10 to 8, yesterday. Coach Bill Shay said Jarod Burks led the Wildcats in single play by sweeping all three sets, and John Lanza won two out of three sets. In doubles action, the Wildcats were led by Marcus Simon and Vincent Thomas, sweeping all three sets. Jose Valdez and Raul Hernandez took two out of three sets. Shay said, “Everyone of the boys played their hearts out to secure this victory. Go Wildcats!”
The elderly Twentynine Palms man who made a U-turn on Adobe Road causing a crash February 18 has died. Lewis Roller, 91, passed away Sunday at a skilled nursing facility in Palms Springs. Roller was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki north on Adobe Road about 4:30 p.m. when he made a hard left turn at Smith’s Ranch Road in front of Destiny Truitt-Storey, 22, of Yucca Valley, and crashing head on into her southbound 2005 gold Kia. Truitt-Storey had to be cut out of her car with the Jaws of Life. She was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. Truitt-Storey’s passenger, Mariah Butler, 20, and Roller, were both taken to Desert Hospital.
The Yucca valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will set a date to vote on an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana negotiated after a successful citizen’s initiative effort forced their hand…
After being introduced to new firefighters working for the town and hearing an update on the sewer project from the Hi-Desert Water District, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked to set a special election date of June 15 to vote on the proposed medical marijuana ordinance. Next, the council will be asked to approve a contract for $42,100 with a Berkeley company to review classifications of town employees and their compensation levels. Finally, the council will go into closed session to discuss pending litigation against the Best Western Yucca Valley Hotel and Suites. The meeting starts at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for robbery after he stole another man’s walker. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the victim, who lives in the 6500 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms, called police just after noon Friday to report that a man he identified as Clark Cravey, 68, forced his way into his home, bullied him, and threatened him, and then stole his walker. After an investigation, Clark Cravey was arrested on suspicion of residential robbery, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint Sunday afternoon after a woman said he tried to break into her home. According to a Sheriff’s report, Anthony Pitts, 33, and his brother Joshua Pitts, 25, went to a home in the 6700 block of Sage Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 5:45 p.m. to confront the residents about stealing their quad. The resident, who was home at the time, said Anthony Pitts knocked at the door, then went around to the back of the home, and tried to get inside through a window. Another suspect fled in a Red Dodge Ram truck when deputies arrived; deputies detained Anthony Pitts at gunpoint. Deputies said they found methamphetamine on Anthony Pitts, and he was arrested for investigation of possession of paraphernalia. Pitts was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, cited and released.
A long Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight deals mainly with tuning board policies. Reporter Dan Stork lists the affected policies, and the other items on the agenda…
The March 3 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early start with a 4:15 p.m. work/study session on: a board policy on facility naming; a board bylaw on attorneys; board priorities; and the second interim budget report. In the 7 p.m. open session, the board may approve the policy and bylaw considered in the work/study session, and will also consider its policies on student records, budget, and the district technology plan. The course outline for an English honors course comes up again for consideration. The board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School.
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, accused of attacking another man with a machete. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, three men lived in separate residences on the same property in the 66500 block of Daisy Lane in Joshua Tree and were arguing. About 3 a.m., Matthew Snedeker, 46, took one man’s keys and went to his home. The victim followed Snedeker and demanded his keys back, and when he reached his arm through an open window, Snedeker allegedly struck the man’s hand with a machete, cutting open the entire length of his little finger. After an investigation, Matthew Snedeker was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and on three warrants, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his total bail set at $65,000. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment.
A Marine was arrested Friday morning, accused of beating up his wife. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Michael Carradine, 28, a sergeant with Communications and Electronics School Headquarters Company, was arguing with his wife in the 8000 block of Sandhill in Twentynine Palms about 11:30 when the argument turned physical. The woman, who had injuries to her face, arms, and back, told deputies that Carradine pushed, kicked, and slapped her multiple times. Michael Carradine was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
The nearby little town of Goffs, east of Amboy, has a fascinating history. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you on a field trip to find out more…
The Morongo Basin Historical Society will host an all-day field trip to historic town of Goffs. On March 14, participants will experience the town of Goffs which was founded in 1893 and has a rich mining, ranching, railroading, homesteading and cultural history. The visit begins at the town that was once a famous stop on Old Route 66. Hugh and Carol Brown of the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (MDHCA) will give a brief introduction, before participants take a self-guided tour of the 1914 Goffs Schoolhouse Museum and then go over to view the 6,000-volume Mojave Desert Archives, which is stored in a replica of the Goff’s Depot. Signups for this event begin on March 3. For more information, or to sign up, call 760-366-7896.
The DAV Morongo Basin Chapter #60 will hold their next scheduled monthly meeting on March 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Eagles Aerie at 67330 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms. All veterans and their guests are cordially invited to attend.
This reminder, Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed as we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time. And with the time change, your local fire stations remind you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your homes.
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has three topics on its March 3 meeting agenda. Reporter Dan Stork lists them…
An addition to the City Development Code of procedures for dealing with the California Environmental Quality Act will be the topic of a public hearing at the meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission. There will also a discussion on a time extension request for a restaurant site plan review. This is a project at 72003 Twentynine Palms Highway that has been hanging fire since April 2011. The property owner recently informed the city that he has formed a business relationship with the owner of John’s Place in Yucca Valley, and intends to “bring John’s Place to Twentynine Palms.” A final discussion will be about responsibilities of the Commission and election of officers. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.
Joshua Springs Lightning of Yucca Valley ended their season Monday night, losing the CIF Division 6 semifinal contest to Orangewood Academy, 64-41, at home. Spokesman Adam Everhart said the number 4 seed Lightning were underdogs to the number 1 seed Spartans. Tyler Pascale led the team in scoring, like he has all season, going for 14 on the night. Lightning coaches praised the team afterwards, who plays eight seniors, as the most successful class in Lightning history, with three consecutive 20-win seasons, including a school record 21-4 campaign this year, and three straight trips to CIF semifinals.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School baseball team will travel away to San Bernardino to play Indian Springs High School. First pitch is at 3:15.
Vandalism in the form of spray painting on rocks is becoming a scourge in Joshua Tree and other national parks. A well-known international street artist appears to have vandalized Joshua Tree National Park last week. According to the blog Modern Hiker, Andre Saraiva, also known as Mr. Andre, posted a photo to his Instagram account February 25 showing a rock with graffiti on it, and claiming to be the artist. Mister Andre claimed via Instagram that the “art” was created “with love in a friend’s privet [sic] back yard,” But Modern Hiker determined that the rock was in the parking lot of the trailhead to Contact Mine, just inside the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Jeff Ohlfs told Modern Hiker that they have Mr. Andre “in [their] sights.” The Twentynine Palms Inn confirmed that they had given Saraiva—who stayed at the Inn—permission to tag a pink wall there.
In October, a 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, was identified as a primary suspect in vandalizing eight national parks—including Joshua Tree—in the western United States. The woman, who used acrylic paint on rocks inside Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Rocky Mountain, Crater Lake, Zion, Canyonlands National Parks, and Colorado National Monument, signed her graffiti drawings as Creepytings. Vandalism is a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
San Bernardino County is revising its General Plan for renewable energy projects in unincorporated areas. Reporter Dan Stork says that the county has scheduled an event to get public input…
County Land Use staff will conduct a listening session on plans for the County General Plan renewable energy element on March 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Covington Chambers in San Bernardino, with opportunities for videoconference testimony from both the Hesperia and Joshua Tree county government centers.