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KING OF THE HAMMERS RESULTS; BIG RACE IS TODAY

At yesterday’s Everyman Smitty Built Challenge race at the King of the Hammers week long off-road event, only 37 out of 111 racers finished the race. The overall winner was Brad Lovell from the 4800 G2 Legends Class. First place winner of the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class was Jessie Combs. There were no finishers in the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class. In today’s King of the Hammers race, 110 racers will be competing for top honors. The awards ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Admission to the King of the Hammers in the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, visit ultra4racing.com.


MORONGO BASIN RAPE CRISIS CENTER OFFERS 24 HOUR ANONYMOUS HOTLINE

While you may think it could never happen to you, sexual assault is a real danger and concern for both sexes and all ages. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is manning a 24-hour-a -day anonymous hotline…
It could never happen to me is one of the many myths about rape and sexual assault. The fact is that victims of sexual assault include both men and woman, and their ages range from infancy to the elderly. Rape occurs everywhere, every day, at all times. The Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is a full-service program, providing crisis intervention, on-going counseling and other support services to victims of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse, and to their families and friends. With a combination of professional, para-professional and volunteer staff, the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center provides a 24-hour anonymous hotline, toll-free from all the communities of the Morongo Basin by calling 800-954-8044. Also available, free counseling for sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors and their friends and families, as well as accompaniment of sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. The Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center also has an active prevention, education and awareness program, with speakers available for professional education, schools and community groups with education about sexual assault, rape prevention, and our services to schools, professionals, community groups, and private individuals. For more information, call the business number at 760-369-3353.


THREE ARTISTS RECEPTIONS THIS WEEKEND

BoxoHouse will hold an artist’s reception Saturday for its artist-in-residence. Angus McCullough has begun a large project that includes the themes of travel, personal history, astrophysics, philosophy, and more. The open house is from 3 to 6 p.m., with an artist talk at 4 p.m. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.
 
A reception will be held Sunday, February 7, at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley for Chaparral Artists’ latest show, “My Favorite Artwork.” Each artist will have on display their favorite painting or photo. The show will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Rainbow Stew is located at 55509 29 Palms Highway, in the west end of town.
 
The featured artist at the Joshua Tree library in February is photographer Diana Shay Diehl. Diehl prints her own photos using alternative processes, such as ink transfers, emulsion lifts, and more. She has traveled to Italy to study alternative print making, and will discuss the process during an opening reception at the library Saturday, February 6. The reception begins at 12:30 with the presentation at 1 p.m. The Joshua Tree library is located at 6465 Park Boulevard. 
 


HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT TOMORROW

As part of the centennial year, Joshua Tree National Park is offering a hiking challenge. Hikers can pick up a free Centennial Hiking Challenge booklet at any of the Park’s visitor centers. Inside are suggested hikes, a log to record your hikes, and a page for rangers to sign which will qualify you for special stickers to reward your effort. Each booklet allows you to log up to 100 miles. Managing editor Tami Roleff says you can start your log with a hike with Park Superintendent David Smith tomorrow…
The National Park Service turns 100 years old this year. In recognition and celebration of this milestone, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent, David Smith will lead hikes up different peaks in the park. On Saturday, February 6, hikers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Cottonwood Visitor’s Center for a half-day, 6-mile hike up Monument Mountain, elevation 4,834 feet. Other hikes scheduled are Eagle Peak, March 5; Queen Mountain, April 2; and Quail Mountain on April 30. These hikes are challenging and hikers should be fit and in good health. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear for hiking, as well as a hat, sunscreen, food and water. Call 760-367-5502 to RSVP for the hikes.


DOCENTS ARE NEEDED FOR THE PARADE OF HOMES

Reach Out Morongo Basin officials are looking for volunteers to serve as docents during this year’s Parade of Homes, set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Docents greet guests and punch tickets during the annual homes tour. This year’s tour will feature homes from Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms. To volunteer as a docent, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


THE SHOW MUST GO ON AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Despite the theft of its complete photovoltaic power system, Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, February 6. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will end about 10 p.m. Volunteers will set up manually operated telescopes and guests may use them or bring their own. Because there is no power, visitors should bring red flashlights to preserve night vision. Showpieces during the star party will be the Andromeda Galaxy, double cluster, the Pleiades, and the Great Orion Nebula. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. 


COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

This Saturday, February 6, the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association will be hosting the first Saturday breakfast, at 65336 Winters Road in north Joshua Tree. The Best Five Buck Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Your heaping plates of breakfast goodies are served up by the friendliest volunteers ever.


FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING TAKE OUT AND DELIVERY MEALS FROM DIFFERENT LOCATION

Food for Life is not serving out of Little Church of the Desert anymore. Right now they are in transition. For this Saturday, they will be serving take-out meals from the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms, at 6230 Mesquite Springs Road. Meals will be given out from noon to 2 p.m. Deliveries will be made to their shut-ins.


FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the usual day for monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the President’s Day holiday, surplus food will be distributed on the second Monday, February 8. Reporter Sara Snyder 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. 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.
For more information, call 909-723-1580.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team notched a 50-27 De Anza League victory over Big Bear last night in Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said Senior Annika Dendekker and sophomore Kiley Pitts led the scoring with 12 points each while sophomore Savannah Beasley added 10 points to the win. The Yucca Valley girls upped their league record to 7-2 and their overall record to 16-7.
 
The Twentynine palms High School girls’ varsity basketball team won their league game at Shadow Hills High School Thursday night, 70 to 30, to raise their league record to 9 and 0. Coach Tim Stanford said scoring points on the night were: Lindsey Scamman with 23; Tatiyanna Mackall with 11; Courtney Stanford with nine; Destiney Dedmon with eight; Makya Bullion with seven; Jamie Brann with six; Hope Culver with four; and Adriann Miller with two.
 
Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer lost to Big Bear High School by a score of 2 to 1. Coach Jorge Rodriguez said senior Andrew Bellucci scored from an assist by junior Oscar Hernandez. 
  
The Twentynine Palms soccer teams hosted the Knights of Shadow Hills Wednesday night. Coach Nathan Niles said the varsity squad fought hard but came up short 9-0 against a very good squad. Keeper KJ Morton recorded 14 saves to keep the scoring down. The JV squad played extremely well and even, but lost in heartbreaking fashion 1-0 in the last quarter of the game. Goalkeeper Lyle Williams had 10 saves in his first game.
  
The Lady Wildcats soccer squad traveled to Shadow Hills High School Wednesday evening, resulting in a 10-0 loss for the varsity team and 9-0 loss for junior varsity and. Coach Richard Sanchez said senior goalkeeper Maranda Palmer contributed 26 more saves to bring her season total to 271, a DeAnza League record. Sophomore goalkeeper Lydia Medina had 18 saves for junior varsity.  
 
In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will compete against Desert Hot Springs High School. The boys will play at home; the girls will travel away. Both games start at 6 p.m.
 
Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will play Rancho Mirage High School. The boys will play at home; the girls will travel away to Rancho Mirage. Both games start at 6 p.m.
 
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will participate in the Junipero Serra Showcase tournament.
 
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ wrestling team will participate in the CIF qualifying meet tomorrow.


STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated conservation goals in consideration of certain factors that influence water use, such as desert heat. Joshua Basin Water District customers will benefit the most from the relaxed regulations. Previously, they were required to reduce their water consumption by 28 percent; under the revised regulations, it’s now 20 percent. Twentynine Palms Water District customers now have to reduce water use by 24 percent instead of 28 percent, and residents in the Hi-Desert Water District have to reduce water usage 13 percent instead of 16 percent. The new round of regulations takes effect February 13.


REGIONAL WATER BOARD MEETS LOCALLY TONIGHT ON SEPTIC PROHIBITION DEADLINE

Late last year, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board extended the deadline for when Yucca Valley homes and businesses must stop using their septic systems, from 2016 to 2021 for Phase 1, and to 2025 for Phases 2 and 3. Managing editor says the board will hold a workshop locally tonight to answer questions about the changes…
The California Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a workshop about the revised deadlines for Yucca Valley’s septic tank discharge prohibition. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions about and provide comments on the board’s revision of the deadline to 2021 for the septic tank discharge prohibition in phase 1, and to 2025 for phases 2 and 3. The workshop is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 4, at the Hi-Desert Water District office at Inca Trail and the Highway in Yucca Valley. More information about the revised deadlines can be found at a link in this story at Z1077fm.com.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that staff of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region (Regional Water Board) will hold a Public Workshop to discuss the Proposed Amendment to Revise the Yucca Valley Septic Tank Discharge Prohibition of the Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region. The schedule for the Public Workshop on this matter is provided below.
The purpose of the Workshop is to provide affected stakeholders and other interested persons an additional opportunity to ask questions about and provide comments on the proposed amendment. During the Workshop, Regional Water Board staff will provide an overview of the key proposed changes to the Prohibition, be available to answer questions about the proposed changes, and take comments on the proposed amendment. The Workshop is scheduled as follows:
Date: February 4, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hi-Desert Water District
55439 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Documents relevant to the proposed Basin Plan Amendment to revise the Septic Tank Discharge Prohibition in the Town of Yucca Valley can be obtained from the Regional Water Board’s website at:
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/coloradoriver/water_issues/programs/basin_planning/
or by contacting Theresa Kimsey at (760) 776-8971.
To ensure the accuracy of the record, individuals with written statements for oral presentation are requested to submit their statements to Regional Water Board staff during or after the Workshop.


JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TOLD, “GIVE SOLAR PROJECT WATER OR THEY WILL DRILL THEIR OWN WELLS”

The Joshua Basin Water District finds itself between a rock and a hard place on providing water for a controversial commercial solar development. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what happened at last night’s board meeting…
At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board approved a vendor contract to rehab Well 14, as well as the purchase of three replacement fleet vehicles. Also, the board tabled any consideration of a human resources/labor contract administrator and an executive assistant. The board also heard from representatives of NextEra Energy. The firm aims to convert the Joshua Tree airport site into an industrial scale solar development, but progress has been delayed in part because the water district has a freeze on making any new commitments to provide water to developers until the governor relaxes emergency water conservation measures. Determined to press on, NextEra has put the District in an uncomfortable position: Provide the water or NextEra proceeds with plans to dig their own well. Look for a decision in an upcoming agenda.


SHERIFF SEEKS FOUR WHO USED STOLEN CREDIT CARD AT YUCCA VALLEY RESTAURANT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying four suspects who used a stolen credit card at a Yucca Valley restaurant Wednesday evening. According to the Sheriff’s Department, two men and two women went into the John’s Place Restaurant in Yucca Valley and tried to buy $45 worth of food with a stolen credit card. Photos of the men and women can be seen with this story at Z1077fm.com. Anyone with information on the identities of the suspects should call Deputy Naylor at 760-366-4175.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

One of the men suspected of robbing the Stater Brothers grocery store on New Year’s Eve was arrested in Riverside County last Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Christian Trujillo, 29, is accused of going in to the “new” Stater Brothers store on the east end of Yucca Valley about 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve with another man, identified only as being Hispanic. Yost said Trujillo and the other man walked out of the store with alcohol, and when a store clerk confronted them, Trujillo allegedly swung a knife at her, who then backed off, and the men fled. Christian Trujillo was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $200,000.

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ANOTHER CONEX BOX STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE

Three Conex storage containers have been stolen in Joshua Tree since mid-December. On Tuesday, the owner of a home in the 62100 block of Two Mile Road called deputies about 4:10 p.m. to report a burglary. While surveying the damage to the home and yard, which included a ransacked home, chain link fencing that had been removed and torn down, the owner noticed that her 40-foot Conex storage container at the back of her property was missing. Conex boxes have also been stolen from the 600 block of Sunfair Road January 20, and December 18 from the 60300 block of Moonlight Mesa Road. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


MARKETPLACE YARD SALE IN LANDERS THIS WEEKEND

The Morongo Basin Historical Society has planned a huge marketplace yard sale this weekend. Reporter Rebeca Havely has all the details… 
This weekend, February 5 and 6, plan to do some shopping in Landers. The Morongo Basin Historical Society has set up a huge yard sale Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include: tools such as power saws and plumbing tools, plus car washing mitts and gas can. Household items include framed pictures, wine accessories and kitchen ware. Toys include a remote-controlled boat and collectibles, plus sewing items and clothing. The huge selection they’ve collected means there’s something for everyone. The marketplace yard sale will be held at 632 Landers Lane in Landers.


A BIG DAY FOR THE KING OF THE HAMMERS TOMORROW

At yesterday’s 4-Wheel Parts qualifying race for the King of the Hammers off-road race, 105 racers qualified. The winner of the race was Jason Scherer of Danville. Tomorrow is the big day at King of the Hammers. The drivers for the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers race start lining up at 6 a.m., with the start at 8 a.m. The race doesn’t close until 10 p.m. tomorrow. The awards ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Between 25,000 and 35,000 people are expected to fill Hammertown, the temporary village out in the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. Admission to the King of the Hammers is a suggested donation of $20 for the week. For more information, visit ultra4racing.com.


TOMORROW IS WEAR RED DAY TO BRING AWARENESS ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, with nearly 801,000 deaths in 2013. Hi-Desert Medical Center will participate in a month-long campaign in February to educate the public about cardiovascular disease. Hi-Desert Medical Center will offer a free online risk assessment test at a link that can be found with this story at z1077fm.com. Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day, to raise awareness that strokes and cardiovascular disease kill one-third of all women. The hospital will have various events on February 5 in recognition of Wear Red Day.
www.deserthealthcheck.com/heartcare.


LANDERS CLEAN-UP SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

A great opportunity to join your Landers area neighbors this Saturday for a Community Clean-up. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says bring the trash to Homestead Park…
Landers residents will want to mark the calendar for the free Greater Landers Clean Up! set for Saturday, February 6th, from 8 a.m. to noon. Look around your road, are there tires, maybe a discarded recliner, a fender left behind from a long ago joyride, an old computer monitor or other electronics? Gather them up and head over to Homestead Valley Park on Belfield Blvd. in Landers on Saturday the sixth. Please, no hazardous materials, batteries, or oversize tires or tires on rims. Greater Landers Clean Up is financed through county code enforcement, organized by the Landers Association, and staffed by volunteers. If you want to volunteer, or for more information, call 760-449-4048.


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