The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a community clean-up day Saturday, October 10. The county will provide four large trash bins at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, from 8 to noon. Residents may drop off rubber tires (no rims). For large items that need to be picked up, call Rick at 760-574-6598.
The Yucca Valley Senior Club will hold their monthly meeting this Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center located at the Community Center. All those 60 years and above and those interested in helping seniors, or are involved with seniors are welcome.
At this Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, members will celebrate Governor Brown’s signature on California’s Right-to-Die law. The club lobbied for passage of this law over the summer. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus, followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. All registered Democrats and invited guests are welcome to attend.
For many young people, the Twentynine Palms city skate park offers them a place to practice their skateboard hobby in a safe place. ROP Broadcast student Desmon Bullion has more…
If you are into skateboarding, Twentynine Palms Recreation skate park is the place to go. Located 74362 Joe Davis Drive, in Luckie Park, open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., the park includes rails, ramps, a bowl, a fun box, and a nice place to sit if you get tired.
Tri-Valley Little League will hold early registration for the 2016 baseball and softball season THIS Saturday, October 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. during the Oktoberfest at the Little League Park in Yucca Valley. Early registration is $75 per child, with discounts for three children in the same family. The Kids Zone at the Oktoberfest is a fund raiser for the Little League.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat volleyball team lost to Rancho Mirage in three sets. Coach Missy Bond said Mara Mapuatuli was selected as Wildcat of the week.
The Lady Wildcat tennis team traveled to take on the Lady Rams of Desert Mirage High School yesterday. The Wildcats overwhelmed the opposition with a perfect shut out score of 18-0. Of special note were the doubles teams of Danny Morrissey and Sherolyn Alconaba, and Sam Crippen and Sadie Brown, who all earned their first career sweeps, winning all three sets in a row. The Wildcats now stand at 5-2 in DeAnza League.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School tennis and volleyball teams will play each other in Twentynine Palms. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.
The Joshua Springs Lightning volleyball team will host Redlands Adventist Academy at home. First serve is at 5:30.
Burglars stole a van from the Hi-Desert Star parking lot in Yucca Valley and used it to break in to Walgreen’s early Tuesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, three men wearing ski masks drove the van through the glass front doors at Walgreens about 2:19 a.m. Once inside the store, the three men stole the ATM and fled in the van. The van—which had been hotwired—was located a short distance away still running. The ATM was not found inside the van. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of shooting a gun in the city limits. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor in the 5900 block of La Buena Tierra Avenue heard a single gunshot about 4 a.m. A few minutes later, a deputy detained Rene Barrera, 25, who was found carrying a concealed gun. After an investigation, Rene Barrera was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, with an enhancement of being a gang member. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.
The Sheriff’s Department is searching for the driver of an older model Dodge Durango after a high-speed chase in Twentynine Palms early Sunday morning. Just after midnight, a deputy saw the vehicle run a red light at Adobe Road and Smith’s Ranch Road. When the deputy attempted to stop the driver, the SUV sped off. The deputy clocked the driver at speeds over 100 miles per hour on eastbound Amboy Road, but lost the driver on dirt roads in the area. Despite searching for several hours, the driver and vehicle were not located. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a vehicle arson in Yucca Valley that investigators say may be a case of attempted insurance fraud. According to a Sheriff’s report, firefighters were called to a vehicle fire at 5 a.m. Monday in the open desert south of Yucca Valley, between La Contenta and Carmelita Circle. When they arrived, they found a 2004 VW Touareg fully engulfed in flames. The Sheriff’s Department contacted the car’s owner, who said the car had been stolen. After an investigation, deputies—with the assistance of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service—served a search warrant on the owner’s home. The report states deputies determined the car’s registered owner caused his vehicle to be destroyed by fire, and then made a false stolen vehicle report to commit insurance fraud. The Sheriff’s Department has not released the name of the suspect at this time.
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a planning session and a regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff check’s the council’s agenda…
The Yucca Valley Town Council meeting tonight will be preceded by a strategic planning session at 4 p.m. Residents will have an opportunity to give input on public safety, infrastructure, and other concerns. The town council meeting starts at 6. Among the items on the agenda, the council will be asked to amend the budget to add $12,000 for demolishing a fire-damaged home on Barberry Avenue. The council will also authorize a request for proposals for a traffic signal synchronization project; receive a homeless services update; and authorize the Association of Governments representative to approve changes to the legal structure of SanBAG. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
A Marine was found dead Monday morning at a Camp Pendleton shooting range. First Marine Division public affairs officer Lt. Colleen McFadden said the Marine, who was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, was found at 6 a.m. at Marksmanship Training Range 214 with a gunshot wound to the head. The Camp Pendleton Federal Fire Department responded to the scene. It was unclear Monday how the Marine was shot. The name and circumstances of the Marine’s death were not released. An investigation has been launched. “Our priority is to take care of the Marine’s family and friends in the unit,” McFadden said.
The Public Utilities Commission opened hearings Monday in San Francisco on whether power companies can raise charges and lower compensation for owners of rooftop solar. Reporter David Knutson has the story…
Right now under the net metering program, solar owners are credited at the same rate the utilities charge. Evan Gillespie, director with the Sierra Club, says the changes the utilities want would take away the savings that lead people to install roof top solar.
“If the utilities succeed in making these changes, only the very, very rich are going to be able to afford solar going forward, and that’s a big problem because it’s also taking away one of the single greatest tools that we have to fight climate change and clean up our air.”
San Diego Gas and Electric, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Edison would like to cut compensation to homeowners by about half, and charge higher connection fees, arguing that solar owners don’t contribute enough to the upkeep of the grid.
Gillespie says the utilities’ argument doesn’t hold up because solar generators reduce the demand for power from dirtier, more expensive sources and improve grid reliability.
“It’s a nice story that they have yet to demonstrate data to back up. We just made significant changes to how customers pay their bills. Going forward every Californian is gonna to be paying about $10 a month on their bill to cover these types of infrastructure charges.”
The Public Utilities Commission has until the end of the year to make a decision.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating car versus pedestrian incident in both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley
A Twentynine Palms woman was clipped by a car as she was walking on Hatch Road late Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman said she was walking home from the casino about midnight when she was sideswiped by the mirror from a dark colored SUV traveling toward Stater Brothers. The vehicle continued driving without stopping. The collision knocked the woman to the ground and she told deputies she crawled home. She was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center and treated for her injuries. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
And Yucca Valley police are investigating a case of hit-and-run that happened late Friday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, a pedestrian was in the crosswalk at Sage Avenue and Yucca Trail about 10:30 p.m. Friday when an unknown vehicle pulled out and hit the pedestrian. The driver of the car left the scene eastbound on Yucca Trail. The pedestrian was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained.
The hilarious “Addams Family Musical”—perfect for the season—has opened for a five-week run at Theatre 29. The show, rated PG for mild innuendo and simulated torture, played to full houses on its opening weekend. ROP Broadcast student Diana Jimenez has more about the show and how to get tickets…
The Addams Family is now hitting the stage at Theatre 29. This production is directed by Desert Theatre League award winner Kathryn Ferguson. This is a touching story about Wednesday Addams falling in love with the normal boy Lucas Beineke, an Ohio resident whom her parents have never met. If that wasn’t bad enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him to not tell her mother, forcing Gomez to lie to his wonderful wife Morticia. This makes for an interesting night, as Wednesday invited Lucas and his family to dinner at their residence. “The Addams Family” is to DIE for. The show runs through the month of October with two matinees. To make reservations, call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Tickets are $8 to $12, and can also be purchased online at www.theatre29.org.
The Morongo Unified School District board of directors will start their meeting tonight at 6:15 with a closed session discussion on student expulsions, an update on litigation, and negotiations with the Morongo Teachers Association and California School Employees Association. In its regular meeting at 7, the directors will recognize students from area schools in honor of Disabilities Awareness Month. Next, the school board will receive an update from NextEra about the school district’s solar project, and hold a public hearing on a renewal for Hope Academy’s charter. Under the consent agenda, directors will also be asked to give approval for students in the select choir and sixth grades to attend conferences, workshops, and science camp in the coming school year. It will hold a public hearing on whether all students have received their textbooks. On the action agenda, the board will approve provisional internship permits for five people, and will be asked to approve changes to the salary schedules for management and the superintendent. The meeting will be held at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Avenue.
An open house at the Lear fire station, just west of Twentynine Palms, will showcase the Copper Mountain Fire Technology Club. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…
Copper Mountain College Fire Technology Club hosts an Open House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at the Lear Fire Station in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms. Visitors of all ages are promised a fun and interesting experience. Witness a live fire demonstration, try on firefighter gear, check your blood pressure, and participate in basic CPR training. The event offers an opportunity to learn how CMC is preparing students for careers in fire technology, nursing and as an EMT. It’s all free, even the barbecue. More information at 760-366-3791.
Morongo Basin Unity Home, a local domestic violence shelter, is holding a fund-raising dinner at Las Palmas restaurant in Yucca Valley. The restaurant will donate a portion of all sales Tuesday, October 6, from 4 to 9 p.m., to Unity Home. Las Palmas is located at 55792 29 Palms Highway, in Old Town. For more information, call 760-369-7164.
The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution on Wednesday October 7, at 3:00 p.m. until we run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M. If you have any questions about the distribution please call 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe.
Enjoy a free star party with the Andromeda Society Friday, October 9. Marvel at the billions of stars in the dark sky with the naked eye or binoculars. Telescopes will be provided, or bring your own. The star party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, north of Aberdeen Drive. For more information, call Rebecca Unger at 760-974-9042.