SAN BERNARDINO — Appeals to the state are not unusual after a murder conviction. Several people convicted of murder in the past five years in the Joshua Tree courthouse have taken their case to the Court of Appeals. They include:
JOSHUA TREE — Joseph Phipps, sentenced last month to 40 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder of Christy Phipps, his wife, has appealed his conviction.
BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS — A Yucca Valley team will be competing in the Sam’s Club National BBQ Championship today, followed by the prestigious Jack Daniels Invitational Barbecue World Championships in Lynchburg, Tennessee, on Oct. 24.
MORONGO BASIN — Most of the Morongo Basin recorded above-average rainfall in September. This was mainly due to above-average ocean temperatures that allowed tropical storms to affect the area’s normal weather patterns.
WHITEWATER — Senator Dianne Feinstein will host a public meeting Tuesday about her attempts to create three new national monuments, including the Sand to Snow Monument partially in Morongo Valley. Congressman Paul Cook, of Yucca Valley, is encouraging members of the public to attend to voice their opposition to one of Feinstein’s plans.