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DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TARGETED FOR NIGHT TIME LIGHT REDUCTION
Central Joshua Tree is the target area for a program aimed at reducing night-time light pollution. Reporter Dan Stork shines a light on the Dark Skies Alliance effort…
Joshua Tree resident Victoria Fuller was eager to show and tell about an effort to get residents to install more night-sky-friendly lighting. "This lighting retrofit project we started working on this last August. We sent out flyers to the central area of Joshua Tree, offering them a free light exchange to the night-sky-friendly light, and we have initially 50 of them that we're putting on outside front porch lights. Our aim is to change the architectural lighting and show individuals that you still have all the safety lighting you need but you're not impacting your neighbors." Why Joshua Tree? Victoria Fuller told us her group was advised by Luke Sabala, a scientist with Joshua Tree National Park: "He looked across the Morongo Basin to see where we could initially get the most impact by changing the lighting." For more information, visit mbdarkskiesalliance.org.
VEHICLE SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY PEDESTRIAN HIT AND RUN
Sheriff's deputies are looking for a vehicle that hit a pedestrian in Yucca valley last night and then fled. According to sheriff's logs an unidentified man was crossing the street to the south in the 56-100 block of Onaga Trail at about 6:00. As he reached the north side of the road, an unknown make gray full-sized pickup truck going Westbound hit him on the back and knocked him to the shoulder. The driver stopped briefly, and then fled the scene with out leaving any information. The victim was taken my ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center with unknown injuries.
JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to Sergeant Randy Warfield, Susan Cram, 48, was arguing with a man in the 8300 block of Sunset Road about 1:30 when he said she punched him in the nose and tore a necklace off from around his neck. The responding deputy confirmed that the victim had a bloody nose and injuries to the side of the neck. Susan Cram was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and released on $50,000 bail.
HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER NEEDS HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS
Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a volunteer opportunity with their hospice program. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get involved…
Hi-Desert Medical Center's Hospice program has volunteer opportunities available for people who want to give practical and emotional support to hospice patients, both in their own homes and in skilled nursing facilities. Volunteers receive training, guidance, and appreciation. Upcoming training sessions are on January 29 and 31; February 5, 7, and 12 from 9 to noon. If you're interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, or for more information, call Peggy Kennedy, at 760-366-6427.
FUEL REDUCTION IN OASIS OF MARA AREA OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TUESDAY
Joshua Tree National Park will be reducing hazardous fuel in the Oasis of Mara area this Tuesday. The Park will be thinning vegetation at the Oasis of Mara to reduce the threat of wildfire. Fire crews from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Marines from the Combat Center, will thin mesquite trees and break up continuous vegetation in the oasis to provide fuel breaks to slow or stop the spread of fire. Areas targeted for thinning include the western edge of the oasis, just inside the wall, and just west of the paved trail around the oasis. For more information, call Aaron Kendall at 760-367-3041.
CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS INVITED TO RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT
The American Cancer Society is inviting cancer patients and survivors to participate in the Morongo Basin Relay for Life and support the fight. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more on a special ceremony to inspire hope…
Celebrate your personal journey with others who have walked a similar path during the Ceremony of Hope. At dusk, hundreds of candles will light the Relay track as a moment of silence is observed. The relay is April 13-14 at Yucca Valley High School. For more information on the event or to register go to www.RelayForLife.org/MorongoBasinCA
JOSHUA TREE OPEN STUDIO TOMORROW BENEFITS 29 PALMS ARTISTS GUILD
You are cordially invited to an Open Studio fundraiser tomorrow at the Joshua Tree studio of sculptor and local legend Simi Dabah. Visitors will be able to browse the sculpture garden from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There are over 700 steel sculptures to choose from, ranging in size from 6 inches to 32 feet. Dabah will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this fundraiser to the Twentynine Palms Artists' Guild. This is a rare opportunity and Artists Guild members hope to see you there! The sculpture garden is located at 5255 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree.
FREE MEALS SERVED TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve a free meal and fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. The Twentynine Palms High School Interact club will be serving up chef's choice.
WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE SHAYLA WALDENBERG
With the Miss Yucca valley Pageant set for February 3, Z107.7 news is introducing you to the seven candidates for the title. Managing Editor Tami Roleff does the introductions…
Today we visit with Shayla Waldenberg, a junior at Yucca Valley High School and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Hi Shayla. Tell us, who is the prominent woman you've been mentoring with and what you have learned. "My prominent lady has been Vonda Villa. I've learned so much from her and I've learned to take everyday one by one, and you can't let other people get to you. You are the reason for your own happiness. Also, don't ever judge a book by its cover because it is the least likely one that will surprise you." What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley? "I've learned a lot about myself and how to take different ways into different approaches. Also, how to better myself, it showed me how to stand out and speak freely." Any final words? "I have enjoyed so much, I've gained a lot of new friends and I've had so much fun. I have become a lot more outgoing and I just love the experience."
HI-DESERT PONY LEAGUE REGISTRATIONS THIS WEEKEND
Hi-Desert Pony League is getting ready for the 2013 baseball season. You can register online at 29hdpl.clubspace.com or registration will be open this weekend from 10 to 2 Saturday at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms and Sunday at the Stater Brothers in Twentynine Palms. You can also find about upcoming league events and all registration dates by visiting the website. The cost is $50 per child and the season kicks off in March. Open to all children ages 5 to 16. Visit 29hdpl.clubspace.com for all information on the 2013 Hi-Desert Pony League.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES
Twentynine Palms High School Boys' Basketball varsity team won their sixth consecutive De Anza league game Thursday night. They beat the Shadow Hills Knight by a score of 41 to 28. Coach Michael Schneider said Timmy Dyer posted 11 points and 12 rebounds; Ramon Smith added eight points; Richard Ewing and Morgan Cole each had seven points.
The Yucca Valley High School Trojan boys' soccer totally dominated San Jacinto 6-3 yesterday. Coach Tee Vallo said the team played with purpose developing every ball they won into a great counter attack, did their job and dominated from front to back; this allowed all 22 Trojan players to see action on the field. Jonathan Teague had one goal; Robert Duran, one goal and one assist; Logan Vallo, four goals and one assist.
In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley girls' basketball and soccer teams will host the Big Bear Bears at home. Soccer starts at 5; basketball at 6:00.
Coming up tomorrow, the Yucca Valley boys' soccer team will travel away to Twentynine Palms.
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