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The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is featuring an exhibit called, “Hatching The Past.” Reporter Taylor Thacker has more…

Don’t forget that the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s exhibit “Hatching the Past” that starting in May is still on display! This exhibit takes a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos. “Hatching the Past” blends the arts and sciences with an astounding array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each major plant and meat-eating dinosaur group. This science rich hands-on exhibit invites visitors to dig for eggs, touch a real dinosaur bone and discover the mysteries of dinosaur family life. The “Hatching the Past” exhibit ends September 22. For more information call 760-369-7212.


While It feels like Thanksgiving and Christmas are far away from the heat of summer, they are just around the corner. Food For Life is seeking volunteers to help with two meals; Thanksgiving meal is offered on Thanksgiving day. People will be needed to set up, serve, clean up. The Christmas meal will be offered on Saturday, December 20. Volunteers will be needed on this day also. Please mark your calendars for these two dates and consider volunteering to make these days special for those attending the meal. Volunteers are asked to wear black pants and white shirts. The benefits are the smiles on the faces of those we serve and their spoken appreciation. To volunteer call Linda Geddis at 760-362-4510.


Some chunks of state-owned land included in the expansion of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base are going through environmental processing. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the report on “school lands”…

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been issued for 2,563 acres of state-owned “school lands” that are part of the planned expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. (“School lands” are what remain of land throughout the State originally granted to California by the Congress in 1853 to benefit public education. When the state sells such land, as in this case, revenue benefits the Teachers Retirement Fund.) This land is distinct from the 88,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management holdings that make up the bulk of the expansion. The California State Lands Commission (CSLC), which administers the school lands, was required to prepare an EIS even though it would have no authority in enforcing any mitigation measures—that role will belong chiefly to the Department of the Navy. The report prepared by the CSLC lists impacts and mitigation measures in the areas including biological and cultural resources, hydrology, recreation, and public safety. A supporting document provided, a biological opinion by the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service, dedicated to the desert tortoise population for the entire expansion area, is 129 pages by itself.
The period of public comment on the report began August 5. According to a public notice of the study, all comments must be received no later than September 19 at 5 p.m.
Submission contact information can be found in this story at, as can a link to the report materials.

Comments may be submitted to
or to
Division of Environmental Planning
and Management Fax: (916) 574-1885
California State Lands Commission Phone: (916) 574-1890
100 Howe Ave., Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825

Materials related to the statement can be found at:
and at the public libraries in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree.


As our local high school football season gets underway, the De Anza League is expanding with a new team, but fewer play-off berths. Rancho Mirage is joining Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Big Bear, Shadow Hills, Desert Hot Springs and Desert Mirage in a scramble for just two automatic play-off berths as a result of being moved to the six-league CIF-Southern Section’s Northwest Division for 2014-15. With just two at-large bids available in the entire division, the importance of performing well in a seven-team league is at an all-time premium. Last season, three teams from the league, Twentynine Palms, Big Bear and, Shadow Hills earned an automatic berth in the East Valley Division playoffs. Challenging for the league title this season will most likely go through Big Bear, a CIF semifinalist last year who either won or shared the league title for the last four seasons. Shadow Hills finished tied with Twentynine Palms, but entered the playoffs as the league’s No. 2 seed by virtue of a 21-14 win over the Wildcats. The Knights and Wildcats should remain in solid contention for the second automatic playoff spot, if not dark horses to dethrone the Bears.


It’s softball season in the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Cara Conway says sign-ups are now being taken for slow-pitch softball leagues…

Grab your friends and sign up for a season of slow pitch adult softball! With the opportunity to play for a men’s league, women’s league, or one of two co-ed leagues, the season starts September 8 with a registration deadline of September 2. Registration is online at and is $400 per team. Individual players are also encouraged to register as a free agent to be placed on one of the teams. Teams play around 10 games as well as play-offs and a champion game—with prizes for first and second place. Start the competition and register today!


Coming up in high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will travel away to Temple City. The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will travel to Granite Hills; kickoff is at 7 p.m.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley cross-country team will participate in the second day of the UCSB Invitational meet.


The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of holding a knife to a woman’s throat while attempting to rape her in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman was standing in the front yard of a friend’s home in the 7000 block of Estrella Avenue about 10 p.m. August 16, when the suspect, identified as Lynel Roduck, 29, a Filipino transient, approached her.

Lynel Serek Roduk

Deputies say Roduck threatened the woman with the knife and forced her to walk about a block away from her friend’s home, saying he would stab her if she screamed. He then forced her to the ground and attempted to rape her while holding the knife to her throat. The woman’s friends came looking for her, which distracted Roduck, and the victim was able to kick him in the face and run away. Roduk then fled on foot and has yet not been located. Authorities say Roduk is known to frequent local bars in Twentynine Palms and is known to sexually harass females in the Twentynine Palms area. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and he should be considered armed and dangerous. Any information regarding his whereabouts should be directed to the Sheriff’s Deputy Cantu at 760-366-4175.


A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint yesterday, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to Sheriff officials, a woman called 911 at 10:19 a.m. to report that she was fleeing from her boyfriend, Desjohn Mobley, 22, and had lost control of her car and crashed in the 2900 block of Desert Heights Drive in Twentynine Palms. The woman said she was injured from the crash and that Mobley had broken her windshield. Responding deputies located Mobley in his green Honda near Mariposa and 2 Mile Road just before 11 a.m. and made a felony traffic stop. Desjohn Mobley was arrested at gunpoint for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.


Twentynine Palms fire fighters were called to a house fire about 12:30 this morning. According to Fire Chief Jim Thompson, the sole occupant of the home in the 4300 block of Mesquite Springs Road was awakened by a smoke detector, smelled smoke and called 911. Fire fighters, aided by the Combat Center Fire Department, found smoke in the attic and traced it to a fire smoldering in a wall and roof trusses, where they extinguished it. The cause is believed to be electrical. Thompson estimated the damage at $10,000.


The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting covered a wide range of topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report on the meeting into two parts. Today: Park lighting contracts, civic event collaborations, art on traffic signal boxes, and a warning about an oil pipeline…
City staff described how approximately $50,000 was cut from original bids for lighting materials and installation at Knott Sky Park. Council approved expenditure of about $247,000 for the purpose by a vote of 4-1, with Cora Heiser dissenting.
The Council approved the Public Arts Advisory Committee’s request to paint traffic signal boxes along Adobe Road. The art design and implementation will be done by local high school students.
The Council approved the City’s collaboration in two civic events in 2015. Support for “Twentynine Palms Salutes Those Who Have Served” events during Pioneer Days, which will include base tours for returning veterans, a parade, and the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall, was accompanied by a $25,000 allocation, which event organizer Mary Jane Binge hopes to cover through fundraising activities. Costs for hosting a lunch stop on June 27 during the St. Louis to Los Angeles Great Race sports car rally will be covered by the Chamber of Commerce.
During public comment, resident Ed Valloran said that survey markers have appeared on public and private land across the city. He is certain that they mark the route of an oil pipeline about which he had raised an alarm some months ago.


The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two women who are suspects in home burglaries in Joshua Tree. A home surveillance camera in the 8400 block of Tortuga Road captured two white females who went to the vacant home and stole some tools from a utility shed, and then took a FedEx box that had been left at the door. Photos of the female suspects, and their white Ford Taurus car, can be seen below. Contact Sheriff’s Deputy Yu at 760-366-4175 with any information.



A Yucca Valley man and three passengers were not injured in a roll-over crash on a mountain Road near Idyllwild Monday at about 3:20 p.m. A CHP spokesman said Marco Cervantes, 42, of Yucca Valley was driving the gray 2000 Toyota Tundra truck on Highway 243 when it rolled over about a half mile north of Mt. Edna Road. Cervantes and his three passengers were uninjured; no other vehicles were involved.


Free classes in preparing for an emergency are being offered. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get training to be a Community Emergency Response team member…
Would you know what to do in case of a disaster? The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold seven training classes on Thursday evenings to learn about disaster preparedness, earthquakes, fires, and floods. This free training class will start September 4 through October 16, with a final exam and graduation on Saturday, October 16. Classes will be held in the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Space is limited to 25 students. More information and an application can be found on the CERT’s website,


Twentynine Palms Water District Board member Bo Bourikas announced he was resigning at the end of last night’s Board meeting. Bourikas said he was resigning due to personal reasons and that last night’s meeting would be his last. The meeting focused on new water conservation restrictions. Due to the statewide drought, the state has issued mandatory water restrictions, prohibiting water runoff down sidewalks and driveways, washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle, and running fountains without a re-circulating system. Additional restrictions included the use of water to wash down buildings unless there is an emergency, and restricting water to run or accumulate in gutters. The board approved the ordinance and it will be in place for the next 270 days. After that, the ordinance will be reviewed and possibly be cancelled, extended, or made permanent by the state. While the state gave the District power to fine anyone who violates the restrictions, the Water District does not wish to do so unless many warnings have already been issued to the person violating the ordinance. For information about the restrictions, call the Twentynine Palms Water District at 760-367-7546.


Local homeless services are experiencing a shortage in food and supplies. Reporter Cara Conway tells how you can help…
Sword of the Lord Ministries, a non-denominational church near Twentynine Palms, is in need of your help. Kevin Fish, founder and military veteran, is on the mission to provide shelter, food, clothing, and even ministry, to the homeless in order to get them back on their feet. Serving as the only immediate resource for the homeless in the Hi-Desert, Sword of the Lord Ministries is dependent on monetary donations, and is grateful no matter the amount. To donate, visit the church’s GoFundMe website,


Monday, Sept. 15, is the deadline to submit entries for the second annual juried Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition set for December in Twentynine Palms. Artists can go online to and read the guidelines on the Call for Art page, then submit their entries online or download and print the mail-in entry form. Entry is open to California, national, and international artists, age 18 and over. Entry fee is $35 for up to 3 images of original 2D or 3D artwork, depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park. Cash awards of $6,000 and an Artist-In-Residence award are available. Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held on December 5 through 7, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. An opening reception and gala awards ceremony for the juried art exhibition will kick off the event on Friday night, December 5, at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery at the oasis, and artwork in the exhibition will remain on display through December. The opening weekend will feature the art exhibition and live music, art demonstrations, nature walks, historic exhibits and talks, beverages and culinary delights. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend this exceptional event honoring the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park and the California desert. For questions, call 760-217-8839 or send an email to:


Only a few days remain for planning stages for this year’s Twentynine Palms “Pioneer Days event.” It’s the final call for this year’s Pioneer Days Grand Marshal nominees and button artwork. The public is asked to nominate a community leader and submit artwork. The design should include the phrase “Pioneers & Patriots” along with “Pioneer Days 2014” into a 3 ½” circular design. Submit via email in JPEG or .PNG format to for consideration. The deadline for both of these is this Monday, September 1.


A veteran director and actor has brought the madcap “The 39 Steps” to Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the hilarious, high-energy comedy is running weekends through September 13…
Theatre 29’s latest production, “The 39 Steps,” a manic mad-cap murderously funny spy caper, is directed by veteran Theatre 29 actor and director Charles Harvey. Harvey said the play, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, has a very talented cast, each of whom has stretched far outside their comfort zone. He warns audiences that the show might cause sore ribs and breathlessness from non-stop laughter. “The 39 Steps” runs weekends through September 13, with a 2:30 Sunday matinee September 7. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be purchased from the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.


Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 30. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. 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.
A crescent Moon followed by Saturn and Mars are low in the southwest right after sunset: a beautiful sight in the evening sky. Our closest solar system neighbor, the Moon, can be observed in splendid detail. The constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius are the most prominent figures in the southern sky. Directly overhead hangs the summer triangle of Vega, Altair, and Deneb.
In addition to observing the Moon and planets, telescopes will focus on the beautiful contrasting-color double star Alberio in the tail of Cygnus the Swan. Neptune will be well placed for viewing in the constellation of Aquarius. Neptune is not as spectacular as other planets, but is still an interesting sight through a large telescope, appearing as a small blue disk.
Visitors who bring binoculars should check out the Coathanger Cluster, where the stars of the cluster resemble the shape of a coat hanger.
Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. All are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to set up and visit other campus educational attractions before the cosmic tour begins.
Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.
The observatory may not be open during a scheduled event due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Contact Steve at 650-678-0179 or Ray at 760-365-7897 for the latest information.


Coming up in high school sports tonight, the Joshua Springs Lightning football team will host Spring Mountain School at home tonight. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley cross-country team will participate in the UCSB Invitational meet.

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