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Jumpstart is a national program that works to get kids going early on language skills. Reporter Dan Stork tells about a reading event at Joshua Tree Library that is part of the effort…
On Tuesday, October 21, at 11 a.m., the Joshua Tree Library hosts a Jumpstart Read for the Record event. People across the country will unite to read the children’s book “Bunny Cakes,” a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by Rosemary Wells. Last year, a world record was set when nearly 2 1/2 million children and adults all read a selected story on the same day. Children will listen to the story “Bunny Cakes,” create a fun, themed craft, and receive a special certificate for participating. The first twenty children to arrive will receive a free copy of the book “Bunny Cakes” to keep. For more information about Read for the Record, please call the Joshua Tree Library at 760-366-8615.


The Yucca Valley High School Varsity Trojan football team lost to Shadow Hills High School Friday night 47-7. Coach Andrew Amosa said the Trojans touchdown came from quarterback William Perrance. The Trojans were led by Creston Cole on the ground with 70 yards and junior Tommy Gieger had three receptions for 35 yards. The defense was led by junior Larry Williamson with 17 tackles and sophomore Noah Rodriguez had eight. Mike McKay and Kevin Colberg also had eight tackles. Trojans host Rancho Mirage High School for this Friday’s Homecoming game.

The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity Trojans defeated the Knights 22-18. Coach Tim Cannavo said defensively, Blade Hildebrand forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, knocked two passes down and intercepted another. EJ Featherstone and Andrew Sanchez both had 10 tackles. On offense, Lucas Lopez carried 19 times for 138 yards. Jake Moore also had over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. Daniel Hoover carried for a touchdown and Jake Moore passed to Blade Hildebrand for the last touchdown.

The Twentynine Palms High School Varsity Wildcats lost a key De Anza league matchup to the Big Bear Bears at home Friday night. A 21-point fourth quarter broke the game open and the ’Cats fell 34-3. Coach Ermnest Martinez said junior Colton Myers led the team in tackles on the defensive side, followed by Dylan Martinez and Andrew Wilson who had six tackles each. Wilson, along with the ’Cats leading rusher, Beayahnn Carrllo, left the game early in the first half with an ankle injury. Carrllo had 37 yards after one series of offense before missing the rest of the contest. Jimmy Shragge had five tackles on defense and passed for 148 yards. Tyler McGahuey hauled in five receptions for 61 yards to the lead the team. Demetrius Holmes and Jayvon Johnson teamed up for four receptions for 65 yards.

The Frosh-Soph ’Cats won a decisive game over the Bears in the early game, winning 41-0. Key standouts were Eneliko Tuli, Tygart Hunter, Briton Williams, K.J. Magwood, Logan Hardy, and Gunner Moss. Rodell Laranang scored his first touchdown of the season on a long run, to finish off the scoring.

The ’Cats will host the Eagles of Desert Hot Springs Friday for Homecoming, and then host Desert Mirage for Senior Night the following week. The Frosh-Soph will begin play at 4:15 followed by the Varsity at 7:00 p.m.

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


The 20th anniversary of the transition of Joshua Tree National Monument to a National Park is coming up soon.  Ranger Pam Tripp says that was just part of the Desert Protection Act…

“Lands in the California desert shall be included within the National Park System and the National Wilderness Preservation System, in order to preserve unrivaled scenic, geologic, and wildlife values associated with these unique natural landscapes”.  These words are part of the California Desert Protection Act, signed by the president and enacted on October 31, 1994.  This act established Death Valley and Joshua Tree as national Parks, and created Mojave National Preserve.  If not for this act, the Sheephole Valley, Orocopia Mountains, Chuckwalla Mountains, and the Palen/McCoy area, all of which are adjacent to Joshua Tree NP, would not have been protected .  In fact, a total of 74 desert wilderness areas in California have been designated.  Thanks to the 1994 Act, many desert landscape wilderness areas are a place of solace and wonder.  An appreciation can be gained for protection of human health, wildlife, and the vegetation that make up this great desert resource in California.

For more information about the California Desert Protection Act visit  For Z107.7, this is park ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace, wonder, and wild of your national park.


The outdated speed signs at Yucca Valley Elementary School, Onaga Elementary School, and La Contenta Middle School have been removed and replaced by new flashing beacons and radar speed indicators.  These safety devices are being programmed over the next two weeks and will then be timed corresponding to school schedules.  The obtained almost $400,000 in State Safe Routes to School funds to assist in bringing this important safety project to completion.


Paving of Black Rock Canyon Road in Yucca Valley is scheduled for Monday October 20. Black Rock Canyon Road Project between the Town’s southern boundary and San Marino includes the construction of a new 28 wide asphalt roadway which provides access to the public facilities located at the Town’s South Park and Joshua Tree National Park’s Black Rock Campground. Monday the installation of asphalt concrete will be completed. Following paving of the road, an asphalt berm will be placed on the east side of the road at the edge of pavement. This asphalt berm will protect the roadway from storm water erosive forces. This work expected to be completed by October 31.The road will be open for traffic during construction, the public is encourage to obey all construction signs.


The third Monday of October is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff 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, October 20.  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.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.  For more information, call 909-723-1580.


The Food For Life Ministries has been awarded a $1,000 grant for its ministry. The grant was the result of efforts of June Richardson and the Sodexo Government Services Twentynine Palms Team, who held a fundraiser to help support Food for Life.  Since 1999, the Sodexo Foundation has granted more than $22 million for domestic hunger relief.


The Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its co-ed youth flag football league. Girls and boys ages 7-14 are eligible to register. Previous experience is not necessary.  All participants will be placed on a team regardless of their skill level. Registrations will be accepted at the recreation office in Twentynine Palms through Wednesday, November 5th. Participants may also register on-line at through Tuesday, November 4th. The registration fee includes a jersey.  Volunteer coaches and officials are needed.  For additional information call Jon Beard at 760-367-7562.


Animal Action League will hold a grand opening celebration at its Joshua Tree location on Saturday, November 22, and is looking for vendors. The event will be from 10 to 3, and will feature children’s activities, food, pet contests, and pet adoptions from local rescue organizations. All proceeds will benefit dogs and cats of local low-income pet owners. Craft, pet supply, and other vendors are welcome. A 10×10 space is $25; vendors must have their own insurance. For more information, email aal_grand_opening @ gmail. com.


The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse is accepting donations now for its rummage sale, set for October 30 and 31. If you need to have something picked up please call the Clubhouse at 760-369-4057.  Talk to Phebe or Susie If we are able to pick up your items we will.  All other items can be dropped off at the Clubhouse at 56020 Santa Fe Trail Suite M between 9-5 Mon. through Fri.  Please no bedding or stuffed animals. Clean and working items only.


Coming up in high school sports Monday, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will travel away to Desert Hot Springs. Match time is 4:30.


The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Monday, October 20. Register online at, or pick up registration forms at the post office, city or town clerk’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Public Health or Transitional Assistance Department in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms.


The latest offering from Theatre 29—Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein”—is based on the classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece. The story follows bright young Dr. “Fronkensteen” as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. With scary and hilarious complications, the show remains true to the humorous and irreverent spirit of the original film with outstanding performances. Theatre 29 has overflow seating so more seats can be added even if the online listing says it is sold out.

A tender moment in "Young Frankenstein" at Theatre 29.

A tender moment in “Young Frankenstein” at Theatre 29.

“Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein” runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through November 1 with a 2:30 Sunday matinee October 26. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-366-8471. Tickets are $8-$12. With some mature themes, the show is not suitable for children under 13.


“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the first in a three-play series by Neil Simon, opened last night at St. Joseph of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. After opening night, the show will run 7 p.m. Saturdays on October 11 and 18, and November 1. Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. will be on Saturday, October 25, and Sundays on October 19 and 26, and November 2. 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.

Brighton Beach cast

Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, military and students, 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.


The comedic drama “From Door to Door” continues at Groves Cabin Theatre through Sunday October 26.  This production is directed by multiple Desert Theatre League award winner Wendy Cohen. It features Joy Groves as Bessie – the grandmother, Vicki Montgomery as Mary – the mother, and Phylicia Mason as Deborah – the daughter. Darin Eldridge will handle lighting and sound.  The story covers nearly 70 years, from

grandmother Bessie’s escape from murdering Cossacks in Russia to her granddaughter Debbie’s TV deal in Hollywood.  The limited seating  at the 22-seat theater makes early reservations a must.  Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of  Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). The play will be performed Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets for all seats are $12. For reservations, call 760-365-4523.


A Joshua Tree man was hospitalized following a one-vehicle crash Friday morning, suspected of being under the influence of heroin. The man, identified only as being 63 years old, was driving a white Ford Ranger truck eastbound on Highway 62 about 10:15 a.m. when he started swerving, crossed both westbound lanes, and drove off into the desert on the north side of the highway, across from the Unity Home Thrift Store. The front of the truck struck two metal pylons surrounding a fire hydrant, knocking them flat, but the hydrant itself was not hit. The man was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precaution. Drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

The driver of a crashed pickup truck north of the Route 62 in Joshua Tree is loaded into an ambulance.

The driver of a crashed pickup truck north of the Route 62 in Joshua Tree is loaded into an ambulance.


Homes were burglarized in Yucca Valley Thursday night. A resident in the 5500 block of Santa Fe Trail reported that someone broke a window to his residence and stole an X-Box and Dewalt drill. A resident in the 7400 block of Rockaway reported a bedroom window was open and the house was ransacked. It was not immediately apparent what items had been stolen. And a third resident in the 9100 block of Del Monte Avenue said that children’s golf clubs, a circular saw and hedge trimmers were stolen out of the garage. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


Also at Pioneer Days is a Lego challenge.  Reporter Caitlin Logan says you can show your stuff off during Pioneer Days in Twentynine Palms…

As part of this year’s Pioneer Day celebration in Twentynine Palms, there will be a Lego design challenge, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, in Luckie Park. There will be three age categories: 12 and under, 13-17, and 18 and over. Entries will be judged on creative application of bricks, imaginative design and concept, and difficulty of execution.  There may be one submission per individual or group, with each entry required to submit a complete application. All creations must use your own Lego, Duplo, or Megablocks bricks—and nothing else—other than a cardboard or other solid surface on which to display your creation. All designs must be original, and no designs from LEGO, websites, books, or anywhere else. For more information, contact Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2579 or


Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, October 18. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6:45 p.m. and end about 2:00 a.m. The focus of the star party will be large spiral galaxies and brilliant globular clusters. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.


Gen. Joe Dunford became the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps on Friday during a formal ceremony held at Marine Barracks Washington. Dunford, 58, succeeded Gen. Jim Amos, who retired after 44 years of service—42 of those in the Marine Corps—following the passage of command. Amos, 67, made history in 2010 when he became the first Marine Corps aviator to assume the commandancy. Dunford previously led all U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan as the commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. He also served as assistant commandant for two years under Amos. He earned the nickname “Fighting Joe” while commanding Regimental Combat Team-5 during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This year, Dunford also made the list of Fortune Magazine’s 50 greatest world leaders.

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