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TWENTYINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS, A FIX FOR RV PARKS

Almost 20 years ago, Twentynine Palms allowed a local business to convert from an RV resort to a mobile home park. Reporter Dan Stork says that tonight the Planning Commission will get around to fixing up zoning rules to match that change…
At its October 21 meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on changing the City’s Land Use Tables and Development Code for mobile home and RV parks, with particular attention to the treatment of the Twentynine Palms RV Resort on Desert Knoll Avenue. The Commission will also consider scheduling a hearing on the vacation home rental ordinance for November 18. The Commission meets in City Hall on Adobe Road at 6 p.m.


YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSIONER RESIGNS

Tim Humphreville, the chair of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, told Mayor Robert Lombardo in a phone call last week that he plans to resign from the Planning Commission effective November 1. Former Council Member Frank Luckino named Humphreville to the Planning Commission in 2010; his appointment was confirmed by the Town Council, 4 votes to 1, with then-Council Member Lori Herbel dissenting. Humphreville has been a contentious—and controversial—planning commissioner during the nearly four years he has served. Humphreville was often the sole supporter of allowing residents to sell firearms from their homes. In addition, Humphreville—and, it should be noted, other commissioners as well—approved revisions to the Town’s native plant ordinance that removed protections for many native plants. Humphreville’s replacement will be named and appointed at a subsequent Town Council meeting. In addition, Meredith Jones, a member of the Parks, Rec, and Cultural Commission, plans to retire from that commission next month.


FINAL 2014 SHOW FOR GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE IN PIONEERTOWN SUNDAY

The Gunfighters for Hire will wrap up this season at Pioneertown this Sunday. Reporter Caitlin Logan says the western re-enactment performance will be a special one…
Gunfighters for Hire will be performing their last scheduled show for the 2014 season on Sunday, October 26, at 2:30 p.m. on Mane Street in historic Pioneertown. The first 50 kids, age 5 to 12, to arrive will receive a Halloween gift bag by simply saying “Gunfighters for Hire is the best!” During the show, Joel ‘Dutch’ Dortch, Director of Happy Trails Children Foundation, will be on hand to accept a donation from the gunfighters, for an outstanding job well done. On behalf of the Gunfighters, thank you for all those that have come and enjoyed the shows this past season. Your kind donations have helped to entertain thousands of people for free, and have helped to support other great organizations, including the Cancer Society and Wounded Warrior Project.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball teams hosted the Desert Hot Springs Lady Eagles Monday. Varsity lost 0-3. Coach Matt Jennings said leading the team were Becky Messaros, who was 13 for 13 serving; Joelle Hazher, six for seven serving; Ashley Schwartz, with five kills; Ashley Priest, with seven blocks; and Haley Rayburn, with six kills.

The junior varsity team played well and defeated Desert Hot Springs 2-0. Leading the team were Savannah Sanchez, who was 10 for 11 serving; Becca Dumas, 9 for 10 serving with three aces, and 11 assists; and Kyley Beatty, with seven kills and one block.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team beat Desert Hot Springs 16-2. Coach Cindy Miller said outstanding players in doubles action were Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan 3-0; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard 3-0; and Aislinn Gultzow and Christa Jenkins 2-0. In singles, Carrie Scofield is 3-0. Rachel Green had three wins and Miranda Green had two wins. The team is 9-0.

Other scores, Sadie Mecham 2-6, Shannon Peukert and Myriya Ramirez 1-6.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will host Shadow Hills High School at home. Tennis starts at 3:15 p.m.; volleyball at 4:30.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will host Desert Mirage High School at home. First serve is at 4:30. It will also be Senior Recognition and Parent Appreciation Night. The freshman/jv parents will be recognized after the junior varsity match and the varsity team and seniors will be recognized after the varsity match.


SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY

A house fire in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon is “suspicious in nature,” according to fire officials. County Fire Captain Darrell Feuerhahn said Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa fire fighters were called to the blaze at 4:11 p.m. The fire started in a debris pile of junk, weeds, lumber, and logs outside the west side of the home in the 55800 block of Yucca Trail, and spread into a bedroom through a window. However, Feuerhahn said an aggressive attack by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading further, and the blaze was under control a half hour later. He added the home suffered minor damage from the smoke and a burnt mattress on the floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

And in a related story, County fire fighters remind residents and visitors that all campfires, warming fires, and fires to burn trash require a permit. The permits are free. Drop by your local fire station to get a permit, and after you’ve received your permit, call to see if the burn permits have been suspended. Fire fighters also recommend that fire extinguishers and other fire prevention tools, such as hoses, be nearby in case the fire gets out of control.


COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT OFFICIALS WARN OF PHONE SCAM

The scammers are out there trying to trick you out of your money. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the San Bernardino County Superior Court has a warning…
San Bernardino Superior Court officials are warning the public to be aware of scammers posing on the phone as members of the court or law enforcement. Court personnel have received several reports of phony officials calling members of the public, saying an arrest warrant has been issued for failure to show up on a scheduled court date or for jury duty. The callers told people to purchase cash cards from convenience stores to pay off the warrants. Officials do not call people over the phone to remedy court issues or fines. Instead, notifications are sent by mail on official stationary. Members of the public who receive these types of calls from scammers should just hang up. If the calls persist, call local police or the Sheriff’s Department.


DESERT HOT SPRINGS TO DECIDE HOW MANY MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

Desert Hot Springs is expected to take the final steps necessary in letting medical marijuana dispensaries set up shop in the city Tuesday night when council members vote on a series of ordinances.
The Desert Hot Springs City Council has already approved ordinances allowing the dispensaries, which come back for a second reading and vote on Tuesday at its 6 p.m. meeting. Still to be decided is how many shops will be allowed at first. Council members are divided on whether it should be three, five or an unlimited number of shops.


REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN LOOKING FOR THOSE NEEDING HELP

Reach Out Morongo basin is partnering with Marine volunteers to help local residents in need. Reporter Caitlin Logan says they are looking for those who could use the assistance…
Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard work for upcoming service projects coordinated with volunteers from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for upcoming service projects in January 2015. Organizers are seeking 35 to 40 homes in the Morongo Basin. 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 Robin Schlosser at Reach Out Morongo Basin 760-361-1410.


BLOOD DRIVE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, at Copper Mountain College from 10 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow screening free of charge. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.


COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNUAL DINNER THIS SATURDAY

The Copper Mountain College Foundation will host its annual fall dinner October 25 in the brand new Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center, as part of the center’s dedication ceremony. The theme this year is Jewel in the Desert, An Archeological Dig. Tickets are $75 per person, or help sponsor a student for a $30 donation. Dinner includes a hosted bar. Attendees are encouraged to dress in archeological attire for the event. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. in the student activity center in the 300 quad of Copper Mountain College. To pay by credit card, call Diana at 760-366-3791, extension 5012.


BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER IN SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board will meet in a special PLEGS meeting tomorrow. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells us what that means…
Tomorrow, Tuesday October 21, at 9:15 a.m., the Big Horn Desert View Water Agency will hold a special Planning/Legislative, Engineering/Grant and Security or “PLEGS” Committee meeting. The committee will hear updates from state and federal advocates via teleconference and consent to the regular PLEGS committee meeting report from August 6, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Agency Boardroom at 1720 N. Cherokee Trail in Landers and a copy of the agenda can be found online at www.bdvwa.org.


SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM WEDNESDAY

Morongo Teachers Association (MTA) and California School Employees Association (CSEA) together, announce a School Board Candidates forum this Wednesday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree. All five candidates running for two open seats have confirmed their attendance to this question and answer public forum. The public is encouraged to attend and to submit questions that can be answered by all candidates: Doris Lawless, Gary Horn, Cindy McVey, Chris Proudfoot and Hilary Slotta. Each will have the opportunity to present their goals and views to the public with a two-minute opening statement, a 45-minute question and answer session and a two- minutes closing statement format.


MORE CANIDIDATES CONFIRM FOR Z107.7 POLITICAL POP-UP SATURDAY

Some 20 local candidates for non-partisan offices have confirmed they will be in attendance at a political pop-up event this coming Saturday. Z107.7 Radio and the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club are co-hosting the event. The public is invited to come and meet the candidates for Yucca Valley Town Council, Twentynine Palms City Council, Morongo Unified School Board, Joshua Basin Water District, Hi-Desert Water District, and the Hi-Desert Medical Center. The political pop-up will be held at the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst in Joshua Tree Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. There is no charge for candidates or the public. The event is designed to give residents a chance to talk with the candidates and make informed choices in the November election. Any candidates wishing to confirm can e-mail Z107.7 at z1077fm@gmail.com


A SPECIAL READING EVENT TOMORROW AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

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.


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RESULTS, SCHEDULE

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.


CALIFORNIA DESERT PROTECTION ACT

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 www.nps.gov/jotr.  For Z107.7, this is park ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace, wonder, and wild of your national park.


IMPROVED SPEED SIGNS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

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 ROAD IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

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.


OCTOBER FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS MONDAY

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.


FOOD FOR LIFE GETS GRANT

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.


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