A very special play, touring on its way to Washington, DC, will play this Friday and Saturday only. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to be in the audience for “Shattered Ceilings”…
After discovering that there was a severe lack of plays about great American women, the California Desert Regional Theater set about to rectify that situation. Members of the theater each selected a woman they admired and wrote a monologue using the actual words of the women taken from letters, diaries, and news reports. The compilation of their work is “Shattered Ceilings,” a touring play that will perform at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms September 26 and 27. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Theatre 29 box office. Call 760-361-4151 for reservations. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors held a special closed session meeting Monday, September 22, with representatives from the Camden Group, a healthcare and management consulting firm. In what can only be described as ambiguous gobbledygook regarding the future of the hospital, a statement from the hospital following the closed-session meeting noted that, “The Camden Group identified parties who were interested in affiliating with the hospital. But due to non-disclosure agreements that had been signed, the names of the health care group that is interested in partnering with Hi-Desert Medical Center cannot be released at this time.”
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, September 27, at Walmart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening 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.
The annual Oktoberfest, hosted by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce is coming up. Reporter Taylor Thacker says special packages are available…
Oktoberfest fall festival discounts are available online. The Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 25, and the discount packages are on sale starting October 1. Go online to www.yvrotary.org and at the bottom of the home page click on the Oktoberfest link and the various packages are available there. You can pay by credit card and print a receipt. Packages can be picked up either at Will Call at the event or before the event at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office during business hours, with your receipt. The discounts for a couple’s package with admittance, food, steins, and drinks will save two people $29 off at-the-door prices. Other packages are also available on line as well. The event is held at the Little League Park next to the Boys and Girls Club in Yucca Valley from 2 to 9 p.m. For more information call 760-365-1988.
The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce has selected two women as the Grand Marshals for this year’s Pioneer Days. Dona Schutz Tower, a long-time organizer of the event, has been chosen as the Grand Marshal, and retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Elaine Bowden has been chosen as the Military Grand Marshal. The Pioneer Days Grand Marshal is an honor bestowed on those who dedicate themselves to the betterment of the civilian and military communities in Twentynine Palms.
The JT Trading Post in Joshua Tree is hosting a bluegrass jam tonight at 6 p.m. It’s in the building a couple doors up from Pie for the People. Please bring your acoustic instruments and pick with them, or just come to enjoy the music.
Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, September 27. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:15 p.m. and end about 2:30 a.m. In the sky will be a crescent moon, next to Saturn, along with the vibrant Mars and Antares, as well as the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies, planets, and constellations. 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.
The Twentynine Palms Wildcat cross-country teams had a great showing at last weekend’s meet. ROP Broadcast student Garrett Schrepfer has the results…
On Saturday, September 20, the Twentynine Palms High School cross country team hosted a home invitational meet. The varsity boys’ team came in second to Xavier Preparatory High school by only four points with the Wildcats’ number one runner, Sam Robinson coming in with a time of 18:21 and fourth place overall. Following shortly behind him was Spencer Walton, who ran a time of 18:27 and Synai Salgado with a time of 18:57. The varsity girls destroyed the competition, with only 26 points compared to Palm Desert High School who came in second with 76 points. Kerenza Robinson came in second, leading our varsity girls with a time of 21:15 and was followed shortly by Jubilee Bosch, who ran a 21:44, and Vanesa Walton, coming in with a time of 21:45.
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans Volleyball team travelled to Desert Hot Springs Wednesday to take on the Lady Eagles. The varsity team lost 1-3. Coach Matt Jennings said leading the team were Ashely Priest with 12 kills, seven blocks; Haley Rayburn with four kills, three blocks; and Chloe Smith with seven digs.
The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity team started slow in their first set and came out on top 25-23. The second set they came out on top 25-13. The team is really improving but you can see it the most in their hitting and passing. Leading the team were Alaina Trofler with three kills; Nichole Sugita, five for six serving, and one ace; Jackie Bohla with seven digs.
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team beat Desert Hot Springs yesterday 18-0. Coach Cindy Miller said standouts were, in singles, Carrie Scofield, Rachel Green, Miranda Green, and Sadie Mecham. In doubles action, standouts were Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan, Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard, Aislinn Gultzow and Christa Jenkins, Aislinn Gueltzow and April Bratcher, and Shannon Peukert and Myriya Ramirez. The team is 3-0 in league and 5-1 overall.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School cross-country team will be participating in the Hi-Desert Classic meet in Yucca Valley. The first event starts at 4:30.
The Sheriff’s Department is letting residents of the Yucca Mesa area know of multiple sightings of a mountain lion in the area. Deputy Jacob Naylor said wildlife officials think the recent rains and subsequent floods may have displaced the mountain lion from its regular territory and into the populated area. The big cat did attack a dog and was seen drinking water from a koi pond in the 5000 block of Paradise View in the Yucca Mesa area of Yucca Valley. The Sheriff’s Department is concerned about children at the bus stop at Douglas and Yucca Mesa Avenue and suggests that parents may want to drive their children to and from school. If you see the mountain lion, please call 760-365-2364.
At its meeting Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the formation of a sub-zone within the Wonder Valley special district for road maintenance services. They approved the zone formation, and also declared official the favorable results of a vote for a special tax of $55 per parcel for 2015-16 and an annual $30 tax thereafter, with an annual 2.5 percent inflationary factor. These amounts will appear on residents’ property tax bills. On every vote-able component of this matter, the vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Janice Rutherford dissenting.
Many Joshua Tree Residents sustained serious property damage during the recent flash flooding. Those waiting for the county fix their dirt roads are finding out the county does not take responsibility for those roads. Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains…
Many Joshua Tree residents discovered that their roads had been washed out after the flash flood September 16. Residents who live on dirt roads should not expect the county to help fix or maintain their roads, as the county classifies dirt roads as non-maintained. It is up to the residents to repair their road themselves. Residents can hire a private contractor to fix their road, or, if they all agree, they can form a special district and assess themselves a tax to maintain the road. Some residents may get a little help from utility companies if the erosion has exposed water, gas, or electrical lines. Utility companies will come out and repair roads to protect their lines. Otherwise, they are on their own.
Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested after a suspected drug sale inside the Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. The Sheriff’s Department said on September 13, about 11:21 p.m., deputies contacted Kenneth Crockett, 57, and Toni Cagle at Baseline and Desert Knoll Roads, outside of the Tortoise Rock Casino, after receiving information Crockett was selling illegal drugs while inside the casino. During the investigation, suspected methamphetamine was located hidden in Crockett’s sock and in Cagle’s purse. Kenneth Crockett and Toni Cagle were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Crockett is being held at the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $75,000.
A Twentynine Palms woman was taken into custody, accused of cashing stolen checks. Tuesday, September 23, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Navy Federal Credit Union in Twentynine Palms in response to a report of a woman attempting to cash a stolen check. Deputies made contact at the bank with Myra Romero, 31, who admitted to writing several stolen checks to several people, defrauding the owner of the checks of over $2,000. Romero was arrested for investigation of check fraud, and on two warrants, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her total bail set at $50,000.
The Twentynine Palms City Council treated one issue in a very brief meeting. Reporter Dan Stork tells how they decided to proceed in finding a permanent City Manager…
At the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on Tuesday, Interim City Manager Andy Takata recommended to the Council that it seek a permanent City Manager through a recruitment firm, rather than doing the whole process in-house. He said that if the same recruiter is used to search for a replacement for retiring Finance Director Ron Peck, a discounted fee could likely be negotiated. The Council authorized a budget of up to $20,000 to cover both fees and expenses to engage a recruiting firm to find City Manager candidates. However, it decided to keep the hunt for a finance director in-house, with the intention that Takata will get a list of four or five candidates to pass off to his successor, come this March.
The California Highway Patrol held an unannounced inspection of all commercial tour buses going in to Joshua Tree National Park Friday, September 19. The inspection was to ensure visitor safety, reducing chances of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving tour buses bringing passengers into the park. Inspections are designed to determine if buses are in compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations. The CHP only conducts these inspections at locations where passengers have access to shelter, food, and water; the inspections occurred just outside the park boundary in Joshua Tree. CHP officers examined three commercial buses. All were found to be in compliance and were released without citation. One park commercial use licensee was given a verbal warning for violation of their permit. This was the second unannounced inspection this year.
This Saturday is National Public Lands Day. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says volunteers are sought…
Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to participate in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In cooperation with the National Environmental Education Foundation, the park will host this family-friendly event in which volunteers will work side by side assembling “seed balls” for reforestation projects within the park. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. at Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. Volunteers should bring water, sunscreen, appropriate footwear (no flip-flops), and a “can-do” attitude. All participants will receive a one-day park pass for their time and energy. If you have questions, please call George Land at 760-367-5507.
Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at Helen Gray Education Center at the hospital campus on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Among the items on the consent agenda are recognition of employee of the quarter, followed by a public hearing on unmet needs for fiscal year 2014-15. Under new business, the board will be asked to approve transportation assistance grants, and approve a “free ride day” to promote the MBTA’s 25thanniversary.
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will discuss the rehabilitation of a water well, and vote on a resolution to establish a revolving fund and then an acquisition of a bond for the revolving fund. Finally, the cemetery board will discuss procedures for accepting and recognizing donations, and then clarify its Saturday service policy. The Board meets in the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.
In order to enhance a serene environment, the Twentynine Palms Cemetery has issued a set of gravesite compliance procedures. Reporter Dan Stork has the rules…
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board would like to remind everyone of the rules regarding their loved one’s graves at the Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery. Cemetery regulations permit a maximum of three items not to exceed 18 inches high per full grave. Only plain white rock as provided by the cemetery is permitted. Removal or alteration of white rock and/or outline bricks is vandalism punishable under state law. You may view a copy of the cemetery rules and regulations at the cemetery office. All items not in compliance with the policy must be removed by October 31. Any noncompliant items remaining will be removed by Cemetery staff on November 1. You can pick them up during business hours Monday through Friday (excluding November 11, November 27, and November 28). Any unclaimed items will be disposed of on December 1. Signs will be posted at the entrance and in multiple spots on the grounds as a visual reminder to visitors. Anyone having questions or desiring a full copy of the rules and regulations can contact the Cemetery office at 760-367-9316.