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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO RULE ON 52-FOOT CELL TOWER AT ABERDEEN AND SAGE

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission may make a decision on a controversial cell tower tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda…
At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the commission will be asked to approve an environmental assessment and conditions use permit for a 52-foot tall cell phone tower, disguised as a water tower, on the southwest corner of Aberdeen Drive and Sage Avenue. Next, the commission will be asked to approve a subdivision of a 1.25-acre parcel into two lots of half an acre and three-quarters of an acre, on the southwest corner of Palm Avenue and 29 Palms Highway. The meeting starts at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.


REACH OUT OFFERING FREE FLU SHOTS THURSDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Reach Out Morongo Basin is hosting a free flu shot clinic for adults and children. The free flu shots will be held Thursday, February 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road. Seniors, chronically ill people, and children are especially susceptible to the flu and should receive the flu shot. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER TERMINATING REINVESTMENT PLAN

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the council will consider terminating a fund designed to assist local business…
The Twentynine Palms City council meets tonight to, among other things, consider terminating the city’s community reinvestment plan. Created in 2014, the plan was supposed to assist local businesses in constructing trash enclosures, replacing pole signs, paying for new paint, and installing drought tolerant landscaping.
To date, however, less than 38,000 of the available $250,000 has actually been used. City staff attributes the low utilization to a number of problems including erroneous assumptions that the grants would be paid up front, as well as state requirements for tracking expenditures and using licensed contractors.
The measure being considered would reallocate the remaining funds to other council priorities.
The meeting gets under way 6 p.m. at the council chambers on Adobe Road.


JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10 at the Joshua Tree Library. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, and gloves. Afterwards the team will, as always, meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Café. For more information, email joshuatreecleanteam@gmail.com


FISH TACOS BACK AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Fish tacos are back at Taco Wednesday at the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, starting tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, February 10 from 11 to 1. The VFW Post will also hold a chili cook-off Friday, February 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $3 for a taste of all the chilis, and $3 for a bowl of your favorite chili. The VFW Post is located on Veterans Way north of the highway in downtown Joshua Tree.


COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center in Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin. For more information, contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi-Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org.


REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOME FEATURES SWEET ROCK RANCH

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s annual Parade of Homes is back down to six homes, after the owner of Life in the Slow Lane had to withdraw from the tour. The annual fund raiser happens Sunday, February 14, and brings in thousands of dollars to support services for area senior and disabled residents. Each home on the tour was selected for its artistic, historic or other eclectic qualities. Today, we go to Joshua Tree, as reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a look at Sweet Rock Ranch …
Reach Out Morongo Basin’s Parade of Homes offers ticket holders entrée into six beautiful abodes. Today, we preview Sweet Rock Ranch in beautiful Joshua Tree. This home and surrounding hardscape offer a magical world sure to intrigue tour goers. The home of John and Deva Henson, Sweet Rock Ranch is nestled in the boulders overlooking the village on five acres of surreal landscape. Beautiful décor in the main home brings in a rustic southwestern flair with deep, rich colors that draw in the eye. Outdoor entertaining areas feature wood plank walkways, outdoor seating areas and a salt water hot tub surrounded by monolithic granite peaks. Don’t skip this one. For Parade of Homes sponsor Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.
Tickets to see Sweet Rock Ranch and the five other homes on the tour are $25. Ticket holders will also enjoy live music and lunch at the Park Rock Café in Joshua Tree. Tickets are available by calling 760-361-1410 and at the 29 Palms and Yucca Valley chambers of commerce, the Reach Out offices in Yucca Valley and 29 Palms, and here at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer won a match with crosstown rival Twentynine Palms 4-1. Yucca Valley Coach Jorge Rodriquez said senior Andrew Bellucci scored two goals, Junior Nate Bellucci scored one goal and also one assist. Junior Vincenzo Costagliola scored one goal and five steals. Junior Oscar Hernandez also had one assist, and senior Luis Estrada had one assist and five saves. For Twentynine Palms, Coach Nathan Niles said junior Ryan Stowers assisted Rhyen Smith on the lone goal in the first half and the Wildcats hustled hard but came up short.
 
The Twentynine Palms Lady Wildcats soccer team hosted the Yucca Valley Trojans Monday evening, resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Twentynine Palms varsity team. Coach Richard Sanchez said senior forward Alexa Flores scored off an assist from junior Lexie Rivera in the second overtime period to break the 0-0 stalemate that had lasted more than ninety minutes. The starting defensive backline, seniors Erin Babinec, Kathy Lazaro, and Chayanne Ryan, kept the pressure on the Trojan forwards, while senior goalkeeper Maranda Palmer contributed 32 saves to shut out Yucca Valley and secure the team’s first victory against their rival. The team also set a new school record for wins in a season.
 
Twentynine Palms High School girls’ soccer hosts Desert Mirage High School at home tomorrow for their final game of the season. It will be Senior Night at 5 p.m.


ALAINA TROFLER NAMED 2016 MISS YUCCA VALLEY

Alaina Trofler, a 16-year-old junior at Yucca Valley High School, was crowned the 2016 Miss Yucca Valley in the pageant’s 49th year Saturday night. The scholarship, based on academics and poise, has been sponsored for the past 18 years by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley under the leadership of Sheldon and Tara Hough. Joining Trofler on her court is 1st Princess Shelby Clow, 2nd Princess Julianna Melvin, and 3rd Princess Shannon Peukert. Trofler also took the Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awards and shared the Rotary Essay honors with Shelby Clow. A well-attended event, emceed by Gary and Cindy Daigneault of Z107.7, heard remarks from Congressman Paul Cook, Yucca Valley Mayor Bob Leone, and Rotary President Jill Akalski.

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Emcee Cindy Daigneault, 3rd Princess Shannon Peukert, 2nd Princess Julianna Melvin, 1st Princess Shelby Clow, Miss Yucca Valley, and emcee Gary Daigneault


MORONGO BASIN MAC FOCUSES ON CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meets tonight in regular session, Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the focus will be on crime and public safety…
Local crime and public safety is the focus of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Following brief reports, the public will have an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with Morongo Basin Sheriff Station’s Captain Jeff Joling, will join Fire Chief John Chamberlin, and higher-ups from the California Highway Patrol, the District Attorney’s Office, Probation, and the National Park Ranger Station. Tonight’s panel discussion will precede community reports from MAC delegates representing Desert Heights, Flamingo Heights, Joshua Tree, Landers, Morongo Valley, Wonder Valley, and Yucca Mesa. It all starts at 6:30 at the Joshua Tree Community Center behind the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree.


COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO DEMOLISH 8 BUILDINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider two items relevant to our Morongo Basin. First the board is likely to give the go ahead for demolition of structures on eight local properties; five in Joshua Tree, two in Landers, and one in Morongo Valley. The targeted structures are considered substandard and a threat to public health and safety. Go to this story at Z1077fm.com for specific addresses and parcel numbers. Also tomorrow, the board is expected to approve $120,000 to the Animal Action League for spay and neuter services in Morongo Basin through February 2019. Tomorrow’s meeting, and every Board of Supervisor’s meeting, streams online and to the first floor teleconferencing room in the County Government Center on Whitefeather Road where public comment can be made via live video link.

SOUTH DESERT AREAS: APN: DISTRICT:
9022 Ole Street, Morongo Valley 0581-241-02-00003
61555 Sunny Sands Road, Joshua Tree 0599-221-24-00003
61915 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree 0603-132-01-00003
Corner of Two Mile Road & California Ave,
Joshua Tree 0605-034-08-00003
2370 Yetters Lane, Landers 0629-311-35-00003
60171 Terry Lane, Landers 0630-251-07-00003
63491 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree 0604-131-04-00003
5563 Border Avenue, Joshua Tree 0604-271-08-00003


EVEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS NEED A PERMIT

With the perceived rise in crime in the Morongo Basin, many residents are forming neighborhood watch groups. As part of these efforts, they want to install signs warning people that they are entering a neighborhood watch area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents have to get permission prior to installing any neighborhood watch signs…
No matter if you live in Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, or in unincorporated county areas, you need to contact the planning department of your jurisdiction and obtain a permit prior to installing any neighborhood watch signs. The town of Yucca Valley waives permit fees for neighborhood watch signs, but you may still have to pay fees in county areas and Twentynine Palms. Each jurisdiction has requirements about what types of poles the signs can be attached to, and where they can be placed in the public right of way. Due to several requests about neighborhood watch signs, Yucca Valley is developing a brochure that should be available in March with information about installing neighborhood watch signs. Regardless of where you live, contact your municipal or county planning department for specific requirements about neighborhood watch signs.


JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the Combat Center at Twentynine Palms to continue their training in Phase III of the Iron Fist exercise. The exercise will consist of larger, more complex company-sized training. Videos and photos of the joint training exercise at Camp Pendleton can be seen with this story at Z1077fm.com.
www.dvidshub.net/video/447720/aav-training

Helicopter Rope Suspension Training –
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81mm Mortar Live-Fire (Japanese, no translation) –
www.dvidshub.net/video/448186/81mm-mortar-live-fire-japanese-no-translation
(English translation available)

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Combat Rubber Raid Craft Training –
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Sniper Unknown Distance Live-Fire –
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Beach Raid –
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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT IN SPECIAL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON

At this afternoon’s Special Meeting of the governing board of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, an amended Memorandum of Understanding with the Twentynine Palms Professional Fire Fighter’s Union is under consideration. The board is also looking at amended stipend and reimbursement rates for the Fire Department’s Volunteer Personnel. The 3 p.m. meeting is at the district office on the south side of Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms.


WEDNESDAY LECTURE ON “REPTILES OF THE MORONGO BASIN”

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday lecture series offers some insight on desert reptiles. Reporter Rebecca Havley has more…
“Reptiles of the Morongo Basin” is the topic of The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday lecture series. Wednesday, February 10, at 5:30 p.m., meet herpetologist Robert Black. He will speak about habitats, range, and how to identify reptiles in the Morongo Basin. He will discuss how reptiles have adapted to the extremes of our high desert ecosystem. Bring all your questions about lizards, snakes and desert tortoises. The lecture will take place at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, in Yucca Valley, 57116 29 Palms Hwy. To sign up or for more information, contact Claudia by email at cj61464@gmail.com or call 760-366-7896.


KING OF THE HAMMERS RESULTS: LOCALS TAKE A CLASS FIRST AT “KING OF THE HAMMERS”

Only four drivers have won the King of the Hammers race twice, and Erik Miller of Maryland is now a member of that elite group, winning what is called the world’s toughest, one-day off-road race last Friday in 7 hours, 30 minutes. Miller won the grueling 167-mile off-road race in Johnson Valley for the first time in 2012, and came in second in 2013. Jason Scherer, who won in 2009, came in second Friday, 25 minutes behind Miller. Raul Gomez came in third, 53 minutes behind Miller. The race was three laps through open desert and through rocky canyons with names like Chocolate Thunder, Wrecking Ball, and Jackhammer. When Miller was on the stage accepting his first place trophy and check, he asked his girlfriend to marry him; she said yes.

In a clarification of a story we aired Friday, a local team took top honors Thursday in the Smittybuilt “Everyman Challenge,” designed for the average off-roader. Driving a Jeep built to compete with off-the-shelf-parts, Brian Behrend from Cathedral City and Joey Etter of Yucca Valley placed first in the EMC stock class. A team spokesman said Etter and Behrend took every second of the time clock to complete 115 miles through desert and rocks starting at 8 a.m. and crossing the finish line at 6 p.m. The two have been competing in King of the Hammers for five years now and were elated to finally take the win. They said, “We are happily looking for local sponsors and now have a GoFund me page. A picture of the team and their vehicle can be seen in a story in this story at z1077fm.com

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS OFFER $500 SCHOLARSHIP

Morongo Basin high school 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.


FREE SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM STARTS WEDNESDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a free smoking cessation program starting this Wednesday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to sign up…
Recognizing no two smokers are alike, working with others to learn why you smoke, identifying triggers and creating a support network are hallmarks of a successful smoking cessation program. They’re also part of a seven-step process that allows smokers to access personal reasons to quit. If you want to quit, sign up for the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s free six-week smoking cessation program facilitated by Stan Joyce, Director of Cardiopulmonary medicine. The program runs from February 10 through March 16. Quitters will meet Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Helen Gray Education Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Walk-ins are accepted, but participants are urged to register by calling 760-366-0808. For more information, call 760-366-6324.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys’ basketball team lost to the 25-0 undefeated Rancho Mirage Rattlers at home Friday Night. Coach Jeremy Johnson said the Wildcats played tough defense and tied the Ratters 62-62 with 42 seconds left in the game. It was a back-and-forth game until the final buzzer sounded, but the Wildcats came up short in the 64-66 loss.
Leading the Wildcats was D’Shaun Barrett with 14 points, Abraham Bell and Jimmy Shragge both had 12 points, and Adam Bell with 10 points. Abraham Bell led the rebounding with eight rebounds, Adam Bell and Demetrius Holmes both had five rebounds.

Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer lost to Desert Hot Springs High School, score 4 to 2. Senior Andrew Bellucci scored two goals; junior Vincenzo Costigliola had two assists; senior goal keeper Luis Estrada had 10 saves.
 
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ soccer squads lost to the Rattlers of Rancho Mirage last Friday night in Twentynine Palms. Coach Nathan Niles said a strong first half led to a 1-0 score at the half. Sophomore Rhyen Smith scored early in the second half on an assist from Sam Eggers and the game stayed 1-1 through 70 minutes before two late goals. Keeper KJ Morton recorded 14 saves to keep the scoring down. The score ended at a very close 3-1 loss.

The junior varsity Wildcat team played great team defense to limit Rancho Mirage to only 18 shots on goal. Keeper Lyle Williams had 15 saves in his second start in goal. The game ended in a 0-3 loss.

The varsity team travels to rival Yucca Valley High School for the second leg of the Elks Cup tonight.  Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
 
Four girls from the Yucca Valley High School wrestling team won their matches this weekend and will be competing in CIF Regional meet in Corona. Coach Larry Giron said qualifying for a chance to compete in the state championship are Vanessa Contreras, Julie Fuentes, Katherine Kennedy, and Sahaara Pena. Congratulations to the Yucca Valley girls’ wrestling team.
 
In high school sports today, cross-basin rivals Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will play each other. The boys will play in Yucca Valley; the girls will play in Twentynine Palms. Both varsity games start at 6 p.m.
 
Also today, the Joshua Springs boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host San Jacinto Valley Academy at home. The girls start at 5 p.m.; the boys at 6:30.


FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

Surplus federal food will be distributed Monday. Staff Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and locations…
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.


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