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The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will meet tomorrow afternoon in two meeting. Reporter Cassie Zimarik checks the agendas…
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will meet tomorrow on Tuesday, October 28, in two separate meetings. At 5:15, the Board of Directors will meet for a Special Board Workshop and then again for their Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. During the regular meeting they will hear the presentation of the agency’s financial audit, consider adopting the agency’s hazard mitigation plan, along with receive and file the Stipulated Amended and Restated Judgment for the Ames Valley Water Basin. The meeting takes place in the Board Meeting Office at 1720 North Cherokee Trail in Landers.


The Tilch family of Twentynine Palms will receive a new home, with an interest-free mortgage, courtesy of the Desert Communities Fuller Center for Housing. The Fuller Center plans to build the home on Serrano Drive, off Utah Trail and Baseline in Twentynine Palms, in three days November 14 through 16. A long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, Lloyd Tilch is a retired disabled veteran who served for 20 years as a Naval hospital corpsman. His wife, Debbie, has cancer and continues to fight the medical complications from treating it. They take care of the 16-year-old grandson, Cody, who has a wide-range of medical conditions that require full-time care. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held 7 a.m. Friday, November 14. Construction will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 14 through November 16, with a dedication ceremony November 16 afternoon. For more information on how you can support this event, call Larry Bowden at 760-910-3886 or Jeannine Sabel at 760-835-5095.


Some great exercise combined with fun is available to seniors at The Yucca Valley Senior Center. ROP Broadcasting Student Michael DeLacey invites you to play Senior Wii…
Yucca Valley senior citizens are being given the opportunity to exercise while having some fun by playing sports on the Wii. Participation doesn’t require any skill or experience in sports but players will gain some from playing. On Wednesdays, from 12:30 to 3:30, at the community center and Thursdays 10:00-11:30 and 12:30-3:30 at the senior center. The activity is free for more information contact the community center at 760-369-7211.


A Community Vital Signs forum, with Supervisor James Ramos in attendance, will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow, Tuesday October 28. Community Vital Signs is an ongoing County program whose goal is to establish a health improvement framework, using community input about desired health services. The Third District Community Forum will go from 2 to 4 pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, Joshua Tree. For more information, visit


The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is thanking and recognizing all of the sponsors, volunteers, participants, and attendees for helping to make this year’s Pioneer Days event a huge success. The number of people that committed their time, energy, money, and expertise is greatly appreciated. An after-action meeting will be held this Wednesday, October 29, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. If you have feedback on this year’s event or suggestions for next year’s event, please plan on attending. For more information, contact the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce at or 760-367-3445.


A wild west fun fest this Friday night will feature a Western reenactment performance. Reporter Caitlin Logan has your invitation…
Round up your friends and family for Wild West Fall Fest! There will be special guests from Pioneer Town’s Gunfighters for Hire show! Join them for a hootin’ good time with a Western shoot-out show, free carnival games, candy, hay rides and a hay maze. The event will take place at Twentynine Palms First Assembly of God on Sullivan road in Twentynine Palms on October 31 at 5:30 pm. For more information go to


The Yucca Valley High School Varsity Trojan football team lost 27-48 to Rancho Mirage Friday night. Coach Andrew Amosa said the Trojans were led by William Perrance with 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Creston Cole also had 141 yards rushing with a touchdown, and Tommy Geiger had a rush 22-yard touchdown. Caleb Zietz had an interception on defense and Mike McKay, Oscar Rodriguez and Rene Gamboa all had a quarterback sack to help the defense.

The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity Trojans won 64-0 against Rancho Mirage on Friday. Coach Tim Cannavo said Lucas Lopez, Joseph Jennings, Nathan Harmon, and EJ Featherstone all had rushing touchdowns. Jared Nutter had two rushing touchdowns. Lucas Lopez also had a receiving touchdown from quarterback Jake Moore. Nathan Harmon and Robert Malagon both had interceptions which they returned for touchdowns.

The Twentynine Palms High School varsity Wildcat football team won their homecoming game against the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles, 22-14 after an emotional fourth-quarter rally, paying tribute to their beloved assistant coach and teacher Richard Casey before the game. Coach Ernest Martinez said the Wildcats played one of their best games of the season. Jimmy Shragge led the offensive players of the game with 218 yards on the ground and 22 points. Arlen Myers, Deshaun Barrett, Jayvon Johnson, and Jacob Gutierrez accounted for 143 yards on 21 carries. Arlen Myers also led the team in tackles with eight. Dylan Martinez, Kyle Hope, Eneliko Tuli, and Caleb Roy teamed up for 26 tackles on the night. Josh Alderson had five tackles, a forced fumble, and a sack and fellow defensive linemen Jayson Nomura and Shane Estrada combined for six tackles in the game.

The frosh-soph team won 25-0 against Desert Hot Springs.

Joshua Springs Lighting football shut out the visiting Palm Valley Firebirds 52-0 on their way to a 7-1 record. Junior quarterback Joey Hagerman got off to a fast start, completing nine of his first 10 passes on the night, including first-quarter touchdowns to Dylan Green and Jordan Lovejoy. The rest of the night saw the Lightning defense shine, as they forced six turnovers, highlighted by Connor McClay and Dylan Green touchdowns on interception returns. McClay added a touchdown catch to run the score to 38-0 by halftime.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs girls’ volleyball team will travel away to Bloomington Christian School. First serve is at 5:30.


The alien forces have landed, and threaten to take over, silently.  Ranger Pam Tripp says you can help repel the botanic invaders…

Joshua Tree National Park is being invaded!  Some of the ornamental plants growing in our communities won’t stay where they are planted and will frequently spread into the wild canyons of the park.  Two of the most invasive ones are fountain grass and Tamarisk trees.  These annoying plants cost the park thousands of dollars each year to control their numbers in places such as 49 Palms Canyon and other remote sites.  Invasive plants degrade the quality of wildlands by altering natural processes and reducing biodiversity.  They change the physical environment and cause wildfires of increased frequency, intensity and size. You can help preserve your National Park by substituting native plants such as deer grass and mesquite trees in your yard.  You will benefit from knowing that you are helping native plants survive in the wild.  In addition, you will save water because native plants are better adapted to dry, desert conditions than their non-native cousins.  For additional information, contact Katy Matthews at 760 367-5577.  For Z107.7, this is park ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace, wonder, and wild of your national park.


The Community Action Partnership had a problem delivering surplus food for local food banks to distribute to low-income residents in the Morongo Basin on Monday. Food will be distributed in Morongo Valley on Monday, October 27, at Church of the Lighted Cross, 11518 Elbow Lane, from 8 to 10 a.m. Food distribution will resume on its regular date next month, on November 17.


Volunteers are needed for a one-day count of homeless persons living in the Morongo Basin. The Point-in-Time count is headed by Morongo Basin Haven, an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation. Volunteers will help identify locations where homeless people live, spend time, and receive services. The Point-in-Time count will be held Thursday, January 22, from 6 to 10 a.m. For more information, or to sign up for a volunteer position, visit a website in this story at, or call Mike Lipsitz at 760-366-1488.



Animal Action League is currently looking for vendors for the grand opening of our new location in Joshua Tree. The event will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10am-3pm. This will be a family event with childrens activities, food, pet contests, and pet adoptions from local rescue organizations. All proceeds will benefit cats and dogs of local low income pet owners. Craft, pet supply, and other vendors are welcome. $25 for a 10 x 10 space. Vendors must have their own insurance. For more information, email


Weight lifting can be a beneficial and engaging pastime.  ROP Broadcasting student Jacob Murphy has some tips for doing it safely…

Weight lifting safety is important so you don’t injure yourself. Please keep the tips in mind when you’re going out to lift or work out. Never hold your breath when you’re lifting. This can cause you to get lightheaded and to faint. Never lock you joints when you are lifting. Locked joints are put under a whole lot of stress, which could lead to injury. Always use collars when lifting heavy weight. Focus on controlling the weight. To get better results do lower weight and higher reps or you can do heavy weight but lower reps. You should always lift and lower the weight slowly. Always have a spotter just in case something goes wrong and you can’t lift the weight. Keep both hands equal on the bar so it doesn’t slant or anything. Never bend your back when lifting to prevent injuring yourself. Always bend your knees a little to keep stress off you back. Keep your toes lined up with your knees when you are working your legs. Always keep your work out space clean and keep the weight properly put away so you don’t trip and hurt yourself. Reporting for Z1077 news, I’m ROP Broadcasting student, Jacob Murphy.


Residents are invited to try a free introductory yoga class at 1 p.m. Monday, October 27, at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. The class will be led by Ray Jayne. Mats will be provided. Subsequent classes are $5 each. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail.


Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls volleyball team will travel away to Indio to play Shadow Hills High School. The match begins at 4:30.  Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Big Bear. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.


kalif krauts The Yucca Valley Rotary’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25 will feature the Poland Brothers and the Warsaw Group with their “Kalifornia Krauts” performance. The master of ceremonies is Z107.7’s Pat Michaels, and Burgermeister is Chamber of Commerce President Tom Huls, who will lead the crowd in the Chicken Dance, as well as the log sawing, keg tossing, and stein-holding contests. There is a costume contest for kids, and a “Pre-Decorated” Pumpkin contest at 4 p.m. for the kids along with jump houses, games and prizes.  Presale discount packages are now on sale at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce and on line at: General admission at the door is $5 per adult and $2 for kids under 13. Discounts for drinks, food, and steins are included in presale packages. There will be food vendors, and a vendor fair of various booths. The fun starts at 2 p.m. at the Little League Hoffman Field on Little League Drive, just off Palm or Grand Avenues, North of Highway 62. For more information, please call 760-365-6323.


There’s two weekends left in the run of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how to get your tickets…

Get your tickets now for “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the first in a three-play series by Neil Simon, currently playing at St. Joseph of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. There will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance tomorrow, and Sunday, November 2, and a 7 p.m. show on Saturday, November 1. The show’s cast includes its director, Rebecca Havely as Kate, Leonard Weber as Jack, Vincent Thomas as Stanley, Desert Theatre League award winner Trevor Carpenter as Eugene, Shelly Sheckler as Blanche, Elizabeth Schmelling as Nora, and Madison Tuttle as Laurie. This show will make you laugh and cry. Tickets are $9 and $11 and are available in advance at Align the Spine Chiropractic in Yucca Valley, from a cast member, from members of St. Joseph’s Church, or at the door (cash only, please). For reservations, call 760-365-7133; just leave a message and someone will return your call to confirm. The Church is located at 56312 Onaga Trail, in Yucca Valley.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.


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.

We have sketchy details on a traffic collision in Yucca Valley Friday morning. One man is in custody following the rear-end crash at Yucca Mesa and Highway 62. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., westbound traffic was stopping for a red light at the intersection when a still-unidentified man driving a white Volvo rear-ended a Mazda, and then spun off and hit a white van in the next land. The woman driving the Mazda said the Volvo’s driver asked to use her phone, but when she said she was using it, he ran off westbound, in the desert. CHP officers caught the man after a short pursuit and took him in to custody. A witness said the white van then drove off, and a woman and two children in the Volvo were taken to a hospital. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Reach Out Morongo Basin is reaching out for people to help.  Taylor Thacker tells how you can inquire about assistance from our local people-helping-people organization…

Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard work for upcoming service projects coordinated with volunteers from 3/7 Infantry Battalion, 3/11 Artillery Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for upcoming service projects scheduled for Monday January 26, and with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion on Friday January 30. Requests for home repairs such as painting, light carpentry and other repairs not requiring permits as well as yard work projects are being sought. Homes must be the primary residence and owned by the senior or disabled person requesting the assistance. All requests will require inspection to evaluate the scope of work required. For more information or to sign up for this program please call 760-361-1410.


This Saturday, October 25, the Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District will be hosting a Halloween Haunt Festival from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening filled with frightful fun. There will be activity booths such as, win a fish, painting, ring toss, cake walk, photo booth, and more. If you dare, travel through the haunted house maze. Food will be available for sale such as hotdogs, candy apples, and funnel cakes. Presale tickets are available online at; buy early and save. A portion of the proceeds go to participating non-profit organizations. For more information, contact the Joshua Tree Community Center at 760-366-8415.


All are invited to the Children’s Fall Festival tomorrow, Sunday October 26, from 2 to 3 pm at the United Methodist Church in Yucca Valley.  The event is free, but children are encouraged to bring canned food for the church’s community food pantry.  Join in the games, prizes, candy, and a costume contest in which everyone in costume will be a winner.  The curch is located at 57273 Onaga Trail.

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