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Dodger, Angels, Giants and A’s fans get ready, because the Miracle League is ready to play ball. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, Miracle League Baseball is anticipating extending its league from two to four teams this season. Two games will be played each Monday evening starting April 28 through the month of June.
Players should turn in completed registration forms to the Basin Wide Foundation office located in the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. The registration fee for the spring season is $40, and scholarships are available if needed. Those who wish to serve as buddies to the players should contact Stacey Schooler at 760-625-9504. Each player is paired with a buddy who assists them during the game depending on the type and level of their disability.


In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan swim team will travel away to Thermal to play the Desert Mirage Rams. The meet starts at 3:15.


A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday morning after a brief chase, accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Claremont in March. According to Claremont police, Joseph Davall, 34, entered a home in Claremont late on the night of March 21 and physically and sexually assaulted the girl who was home alone.


Claremont police recovered evidence at the scene that led to the identification of Davall as a suspect in the crime. About 6:50 a.m. Friday, April 18, Davall left his home in the 7600 block of Joshua Lane in Yucca Valley, and Claremont police–who had been staking out his home—attempted a traffic stop a short distance away. Davall failed to stop and led Claremont police on a short pursuit back to his home, where, with the assistance of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department, Davall was taken into custody. Claremont police say additional evidence was recovered at Davall’s home that links him to the Claremont crime. Joseph Davall was arrested for investigation of sexual assault and is being held in the Claremont City jail with his bail set at $100,000. Joseph Davall was arrested by Desert Hot Springs Police in October 2012 for investigation of attempted rape, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. Claremont police released only a composite sketch of Davall, saying that additional evidence suggests he could be involved in a number of related similar crimes throughout southern California.


The Sheriff’s Department will take all your unused prescription drugs this coming Saturday. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on “Drug take back day”…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This service and free and anonymous, no questions asked. For a list of disposal sites, go online to and click on this story. For more information call 1-800-882-9539.


Morongo Basin Station 760-366-4175 63665 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

Apple Valley Police Department 760-240-7400 14931 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley

Barstow Sheriff’s Station 760-256-4838 225 East Mt. View, Barstow

Big Bear Sheriff’s Station 909-866-0100 477 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake

Central Station 909-387-3545 655 East 3rd Street, San Bernardino

Chino Hills Station 909- 364-2000 14077 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills

Hesperia Police Department 760-947-1500 15840 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia

Highland Police Department 909-425-9793 26985 East Baseline, Highland

Rancho Cucamonga Police Department 909-477-2800 10510 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga

Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station 760-552-6800 11613 Bartlett Avenue, Adelanto

Victorville Police Department 760-241-2911 14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville

Yucaipa Police Department 909-790-3105 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa


Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will award the Navy Cross to Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson, a Twentynine Palms Marine, at a ceremony on board the Combat Center Tuesday morning (April 22). Gunnery Sergeant Richard Jibson was an infantry advisor in Afghanistan May 28, 2012, when he earned the Marine Corps’ second-highest honor for extraordinary heroism. According to the award citation, Jibson was with a 53-man coalition of Georgian, Afghani, and American personnel that was clearing an Afghan village when they came under enemy fire. On multiple occasions during the five-hour firefight, Jibson placed himself in direct line of fire to return fire to protect his comrades and to allow them to safely reach cover. When a fellow Marine was shot by a sniper, Jibson charged into machine gun fire to rescue the fallen Marine and pull him to safety. Amid the chaos, he also arranged for reinforcements, casualty evacuation, and close air support. His courageous leadership, composure under fire, and tactical expertise led to successful extraction of the force with minimal loss of life.


The position of local field representative for County Supervisor James Ramos has been vacant since Donna Munoz resigned to become the general manager of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Dan Stork says that a look at the Supervisors’ meeting agenda for tomorrow reveals that the expected replacement is a familiar face and voice…

On the consent agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for Tuesday April 22 is the appointment of a replacement for Donna Munoz as Morongo Basin field representative for Supervisor James Ramos. The designated appointee is Mike Lipsitz, our reporter colleague here at Z107.7. Mike is the honorary mayor of Landers and the chairman of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. He is also currently the president of the Morongo Basin Democrats; his term there ends next month, and he is not seeking re-election.

Two other items on the agenda, while they do not directly impact the Morongo Basin, relate to issues of interest here: The County is applying to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for a half-million dollar grant to support Off-Highway Vehicle enforcement in the Barstow-Victor Valley-Twin Peaks areas. Also, the Supervisors are being asked to grant a Conditional Use Permit for a 20-megawatt solar facility in Helendale, denying an appeal against the project from the California Historic Route 66 Association in the process.

The meeting is open to public participation through the interactive video facility at the County government center on Whitefeather Road at 10 a.m.


The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is sponsoring a free collection of your electronic waste. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 1, you can drop off—for free—your televisions; computers, laptops, and computer components; fax machines, copiers, or printers and their ink cartridges and toners; video game consoles; cameras; VCR and DVD players, cell phones and telephone equipment; and mp3 players. Bring them to 74325 Joe Davis Road in Twentynine Palms. And just a reminder, you can also drop off your e-waste for free at Cardinal Van and Storage, 73873 Calle Todd, just off Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 4. For more information, call Randy Councell at 760-367-7562 extension 105.


Copper Mountain College will celebrate Earth Day this Thursday with a presentation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to join in…

Copper Mountain College celebrates Earth Day this Thursday with a presentation by Mojave Desert Land Trust Conservation Director, Frazier Haney, who will discuss “Desert Habitat Conservation” at noon in the Bell Center Community Room. Bring your own brown bag lunch to this free event and learn about some of the threats facing the Mojave Desert. The public is welcome to attend.


The excitement is building for this year’s 14th Annual Car Show and Street Fair in Twentynine Palms. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is currently looking for sponsors, vendors, and participants to be a part of this very popular community event. Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s festivities are going to be held at Luckie Park on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of all the fun. For more information on how you can participate, contact the Chamber at 760-367-3445.


Applications are available now for the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Studios on the east end of the Morongo Basin, Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree, will be open October 25-26. West end studios, Morongo Valley to Joshua Tree, will be open November 1 and 2. Applications to be a part of the open studio art tours are available online at, or at the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council office. The application deadline is May 15. For more information, call 760-366-2226.


You pass by them every time you drive past Palms Springs, those iconic wind turbines. Now the Morongo Basin Historical Society will give you a chance to learn about how they work. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to take a windmill tour…

Ever wonder what it takes to design and run the wind turbines in Palm Springs? Join Morongo Basin Historical Society on Saturday May 10, at 9:00 a.m. to tour wind farms of Palm Springs. This two-hour tour, led by an expert guide, will talk about the history of wind energy. You will learn about why wind turbines are being built in California, new unique designs and environment impacts. Usually the tour is $35; MBHS members pay only $20. Sign up now. or call 760-366-7896.


Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf team will host the Yucca Valley High School Trojans at home. Tee time is 2:45.


Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Lightning baseball and softball teams will host Bloomington Christian at home. First pitch for both games is at 3:15.


Remote control toys are neat, and there are appropriate places to play with them.  Ranger Pam Tripp says, the National Park is NOT one of them…


Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park. An example is remote-controlled vehicles, such as cars, trucks, helicopters, airplanes, and drones. These toys are not natural to the park and the wildlife become scared and stressed by the presence of them. The animals see them as predators, which changes their behavior. They may leave a favorite watering hole, and not come back, because of an encounter with a remote control toy.

The noise such toys make is also out of place here in the park.  Not only do animals find it disturbing, many humans enjoy the quiet and solitude that a machine like this can disrupt.

Help make everyone’s experience here in JTNP a little better by leaving remote control toys at home. For more information on how to enjoy our beautiful desert park, call 760-367-5500.


The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April 21. 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 Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is sponsoring a free collection of your electronic waste. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 1, you can drop off—for free—your televisions; computers, laptops, and computer components; fax machines, copiers, or printers and their ink cartridges and toners; video game consoles; cameras; VCR and DVD players, cell phones and telephone equipment; and mp3 players. Bring them to 74325 Joe Davis Road in Twentynine Palms. And just a reminder, you can also drop off your e-waste for free at Cardinal Van and Storage, 73873 Callie Todd, just off Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 4.  For more information, call Randy Councell at 760-367-7562 extension 105.


Come dine al fresco at an abandoned homestead cabin in beautiful Pipes Canyon during a fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin. An Evening at the Ruin will be a unique dining experience, from 4 to 8 p.m. May 10, featuring a barbecue dinner by Hero’s Catering, a no-host bar with beer and margaritas, and live music by Machin’ and The Luminators. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple and are available at Reach Out offices in the Yucca Valley and 29 Palms Senior Center, ArtFx and Furnishings in Yucca Valley, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce, Reach Out Board Members or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


While this year’s wildflower bloom can’t be called the best ever, it is better than we’ve seen in a few years.  ROP broadcasting student Jessica Harwood tells about what makes for a good bloom…

Here in our Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms we can receive dazzling wildflower blooms throughout spring. If weather conditions permit, the wildflowers may bloom during spring and into early summer but the rain needed for their germination falls, on a good year, during the winter along with the occasional winter snow. According to the Joshua Tree National Park’s wildflower report, about an inch of rain with a half inch or so of snowfall is what produces an abundant bloom. Sadly the year of 2014 will probably not have a breathtaking bloom because we didn’t receive enough precipitation in winter. However certain areas in the park according to their website’s wildflower report will still have hike worthy sites of flowers scattered around Joshua tree national park.


The International Footprint Association will hold its first Children’s Charity Poker Run Saturday, May 3.  All proceeds will benefit the youth organizations of the Morongo Basin. The poker run will start at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. The run ends at 2 p.m.  There will be doughnuts and coffee to send you on your way and hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks at the end of the run. The winning hand will win $250. Not lucky? The worst hand gets $50. The entry fee is $25 or $35 for a rider and passenger. No motorcycle?  Bring your car. Pre-register at Bear Arms Gun Shop and at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley.


The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets Monday at 4:30 p.m. for a special closed session involving trade secrets. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center.


Join the Twentynine Palms Library for their monthly teen book club meeting. On Thursday, April 24th, at 4 p.m., they will discuss the book The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, home-loving hobbit, is quite happy to stay at home until he meets a wizard, Gandalf, and is enticed into an adventure in which he becomes an “Expert Treasure Hunter.” Together with Gandalf and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins sets out to reclaim a fortune in gold that is now in the hands of Smaug the Magnificent, a terrifying dragon. Along the way they encounter threats in the guise of trolls, spiders, and wolves. Bilbo must draw upon his courage and strength of conviction to stand alone before the dragon and do what he has been chosen to do. In the end, Bilbo makes a discovery that will have far-reaching effects on the inhabitants of Middle-Earth. This event is open to teens in grades 7-12 and refreshments will be served. For more information call 760-367-9519.

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