Events canceled due to coronavirus worries

Workers from Paul Maurer Shows put up this year's Rotary Club Carnival at Luckie Park Wednesday afternoon, March 11. The carnival was officially cancelled on Thursday afternoon. 

MORONGO BASIN — Due to concerns involving the spread of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, several events in the Morongo Basin and throughout California have been canceled or postponed.

These events include local community gatherings, sporting events and large music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a message late Wednesday, saying the state’s public health experts have determined that large gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March.

On Thursday morning, San Bernardino County responded by ordering an immediate cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 250 people.

“The county realizes that this order will result in inconveniences to many people and businesses,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “However, the county’s primary concern is the health and well being of its residents and visitors.”

Non-essential gatherings that will attract fewer than 250 people can proceed only if the organizers can enforce social distancing of six feet per person, per the California Department of Public Health.

In Twentynine Palms, Sky’s the Limit canceled stargazing parties on March 14 and March 21.

“Sky’s the Limit is taking a very cautious approach out of concerns for our guests and visitors as well as our astronomers,” Ann Corgdon said in an email.

A Friday night lecture at the Old Schoolhouse Museum was canceled by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society board.

The fire department also removed permits for the Rotary Club Spring Carnival at Luckie Park which was scheduled to take place this weekend, March 12-15. Full refunds will be given to anyone who purchased pre-sale wristbands from the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center, the Bowladium or the park and recreation department.

The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy and Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms have rescheduled the 29th annual spell-a-thon for May 16.

The Desert Wildlife Celebration at Tortoise Rock Casino’s Live at the Rock Outdoor Venue was cancelled. The event was scheduled for Saturday, March 14. 

In Joshua Tree, Transition Joshua Tree canceled the March 12 edition of its monthly Death Café and the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree canceled its 40th anniversary celebration planned for Saturday at the Sportsman’s Club.

Joshua Basin Water District canceled its annual Water Education Day slated for March 29.

 The Morongo Basin Humane Society has decided to postpone the eighth annual Woof Walk until further notice. 

All upcoming talks in the Artist’s Tea in the Park program are canceled.

The town of Yucca Valley has canceled non-essential town events through April 2020. This will include the following:

  • Youth all-star basketball tournament, practices and participation.
  • Hi Desert Nature Museum noon lectures.
  • St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the senior center March 13.
  • St. Pet-Ricks Day Adoption Event March 17.
  • First-Saturday senior center event April 4.
  • Easter egg hunt April 11.
  • Earth Day April 20.

The Bijou Theater in Yucca Valley is canceling its Friday event and will be closed until further notice.

The Art Colony of Morongo Valley has canceled all classes because the community building at Covington Park is closed.

The largest venues to shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic were Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim. The park will close Saturday and remain closed through March.

In the Coachella Valley, the 2020 BNP Paribas Open was canceled. The open is one of the world’s leading tennis tournaments and was scheduled to start on March 9.

Goldenvoice production company announced on Tuesday that it was postponing the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals until October at the direction of the Riverside Public Health Department.

Coachella was scheduled for April but will now take place Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18. Stagecoach will take place Oct. 23-25

As cities and counties throughout the United States continue to declare public health emergencies and step up safety measures, more event cancellations can be expected in the future; large Los Angeles events like E3 are already announcing cancellations and ticket refunds. If you are planning to go to a large, populated event in the near future, make sure you check with the venues.

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Alcohol-Related Deaths:

An estimated 88,000people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women5) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death .

70,000 death from opioids .

Every 50 min a drunk driver kills someone.

Yet the coronavirus, with symptoms of runny nose, sore throat , sneezing and coughing ,basically the common cold ,has only killed .3 percent of those who catch it , is considered a pandemic.

Hmmmmm. Must be getting closer to election time.

Symptoms include, oil crisis, pandemics , plunging stock markets, bull pucky and politicians.


Evidently some folks went to the same university the Stable Donald tRump Phd. (piled higher and deeper) went to.

While I am not panicking over the Covid19 outbreak, I am attempting to be careful and follow sage advice from the more learned folks that specialize in molecular biology (soap and water/sun and fresh air), and practicing health professionals (wash hands, best practices for reducing chances,symptoms).

I for one desire to protect myself, family, AND the larger community.

No one wants to die drowning in their own fluids.


The virus kills 22% of those over 80. 20% wind up in ICU's no matter what their age. There's been almost ZERO testing in the USA so nobody really knows who has it and who just has a cold or flu. Many are just too scared to even get tested. Want to see our future? Look at Italy. An almost complete collapse of civilization within just weeks. Trump and Co. are just bystanders, not leaders. More denials of science from hopeless idiots is going to wipe us out.


AIDS Death Statistics

Here are the latest statistics as reported by UNAIDS:

The estimated 770,000 million AIDS-related deaths in 2018 add to the worldwide total of 32 million deaths reported since the beginning of the epidemic. While high, the number of AIDS deaths is still less than 50 percent of what it was back in 2004.

Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of deaths in people with HIV, accounting for one of every three AIDS-related mortalities. Africa accounts for the majority of TB deaths.

310,000 deaths were in sub-Saharan Africa, which is less than half of what it was in 2004.

Around 200,000 deaths were reported in Asia and the Pacific, a drop of 20 percent from 2014.

35,000 people died in Latin America, while the Caribbean accounted for an additional 6,700.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia were the two regions where the death rate increased from 2004 to 2014, nearly tripling in that size due to high rates of injecting drug use in the region. Since 2014, the death rate decreased by over a third to 38,000, but the regions remain the only two in the world where the rate of HIV infections continues to rise at a concerning rate, according to AIDS/HIV organization Avert.2

Meanwhile, North America and Western and Central Europe accounted for 13,000 AIDS deaths. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the U.S. has had over 700,000 deaths attributed to HIV/AIDS.3

With all of this being said, there have been almost 55 percent fewer deaths overall since the peak in 2005, due largely to the fact that 24.5 million people around the world have been prescribed antiretroviral therapy. As mortality rates continue to decline among people living with HIV, so do other key statistics:1

Worldwide, new HIV infections have fallen by an estimated 16 percent since 2010.1

New HIV infections among children have declined by 41 percent since 2010 , due to the ​prevention of mother-to-child transmission in 82 percent of mothers with HIV.1

Tuberculosis deaths, still the leading cause of mortality among people living with HIV worldwide, fell by approximately 1.6% per year between 2000 and 2018, and TB mortality fell by 42% over the same period.4





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China says it killed over 3.5% of all infected. Take your bogus GOP BS somewhere else. This is serious.

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I have plenty of supplies always on hand to be prepared for earthquake, flash floods, deep snow, ect.

Plenty of wholesome food to cook and enjoy. Plenty of filtered tap water to drink. Plenty of soap to wash clothes, dishes, and person.

I will wait until the Millennials finish their panic purchases of toilet paper, bottled water, ramen noodles, cheesy puffs, and expensive hand sanitizer. When the Millennials are all shopped out, I will restock what I need if it's on sale and there are plenty of parking spaces.

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I grew up very poor. I didn't have atari.

I did have a shovel though. And I still know how to use it. Point the way to the dead bodies if I'm not one of them.

Oh yeah I believe as to date there are 58 people in the United States that died.

Not like the 177 million that died from aids last year worldwide

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This "Boomer" utilizes the search engine Google from time to time, usually for engineering and mechanical diagrams as well as sourcing for difficult to find parts. My reading comprehension is decent as well. I also know how to watch for skewed search results, sifting through credible/non- credible sources.

I also read a wide variety of news sources and know how they generally skew to form an opinion.

I learned business computing on IBM, DEC, and Wang. Later moved onto Microsoft OS and it's blue screen of death. Science and history as hobbies.

Yay OK Boomer!


You two are funny. Read history, we are doomed to repeat it. Last Ship was a good show, and is somewhat prophetical.


3 more victims of drunk driving have died since 11:24 am today.


Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.


2 more


Again , 2 more


Another one




6 more people have died from an alcohol related accident since my last post.

Branson Hunter

What is your point Josh? The Spanish Flu beginning in 1918 worldwide killed 500 million people.


My point is there are worse things Happening right now in front of our face , FOR DECADES!!!

I mean everybody on this thread seems like they want this to happen ,And kill a lot of people. Not that many people died so far and I hope that not many do.

I mean what do you hope ? That a lot of people die or something from this?

What's your point?

Why do You keep beating the drum of panic, doom and death?

Between Fox News and CNN we have enough of that going on.


The Spanish flu is ancient history And a bad example.

They thought sneezing in each other's face was a compliment.

Branson Hunter

Josh, your cynicism is absurd. How dare you accuse or suggest people in here want this virus to spread. You're blowing hot air... this is the serious event in our nation and world wide. Sure we have other problems that you mentioned. We all know that ! However the Covld-19 is at issue. It's reassuring to know that you have more information than the scientist of the world or all the decision-makers of the world you're the man... .

Branson Hunter

No Josh the Spanish Flu is not ancient history. World scientists have learned from that world disaster. We are studying that dark part of History so we don't make the same mistakes. Understand?


Wow ..... someone is triggered.

By the way I just checked the National obituaries.


I dedicate this song to all the boomers that are longing for us all to die.

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Whenever I'm from time to time depressed

And a trauma wells and swells

Within my breast

I find some pride deep inside of me

And I fondly walk down the lane of memory

I see Bonaparte

A mean one if ever I've seen one

And Nero fiddlin' thru that lovely blaze

Antionetts, dainty queen, with her quaint guillotine

Ha ha ha ha

Those were the good old days

I see Indians draggin'

An empty covered wagon

When scalping the settlers was the latest craze

And that glorious morn, Jack the Ripper was born

Ha ha ha ha

Those were the good old days

I'd sit in my rockin' chair peacefully rockin' there

Counting my blessings by the score

The rack was in fashion, the plagues were my passion

Each day held a new joy in store

Was anybody happy?

I see cannibals munchin' a missionary luncheon

The years may have flown but the memory stays

Like the hopes that were dashed when the stock market crashed

Ha ha ha ha

Those were the good old days

I'd walk a million miles or more

For some of the gore

Of those good



Branson Hunter

I think you're losing it Josh.

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