The supervisors have begun opening up our county because our businesses are suffering. Indeed they are. However opening up business without also taking control of the Covid-19 virus is a risk public health. Unless we have a clearer picture of the virus’ presence in our county it is very risky to go out. They have also made the wearing of masks voluntary. Public Health officials remind us that mask wearing protects others and not necessarily the persona wearing the mask. They remind us that the virus has a few very unusual features;  a person can be ill without any symptoms thereby spreading the virus unwittingly, it can take as long as two weeks after contracting the virus for the symptoms to appear, children as well as adults can have mild or extremely severe cases. It is distinctly not a version of the annual flu bug we are all familiar with. Public Health officials also remind us that science and information should guide our reopening.

Compare what the state of Rhode Island is doing to safely start opening the state to what our supervisors have done.

•Rhode Island, population of 1.059 million, the number of tests done so far is 82,318 and the number of tests done yesterday is 2,945.

•San Bernardino County, population of 2.18 million, the number of tests so far is 26,656 and the number of tests done yesterday was 650.

Just simple math demonstrates that SB County is far behind the standard set by the governor of Rhode Island. We should have accomplished 178,336 at the very least. The diaily test total should be in the 6,000-7,000 range. Additionally, Rhode Island residents were asked to keep a contact journal to make contact tracing easier for the Health Department.

The governor is committed to keeping the people of the state safe, and as best she can, healthy. I wish our supervisors had that same passion for the people of SB County. 

I am also startled by the number of Basin residents who object to the masks as government overreach. The masks are for the safety of your neighbors, the clerks in the store you frequent and the people who might meet unexpectedly. Wearing a mask is a common courtesy and concern for other people. None of us know are ill until symptoms develop and we could be contagious in spite of feeling well.

I miss my clubs and friends a lot. But I value their lives and my own life enough to believe what science and the public health officials are telling us about staying safe in a world-wide pandemic.

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Yup, that's local girl Dawn Rowe for ya.

She is business.

Even though she lives locally, I have not been impressed with her sense of direction. She has not, as yet, articulating a 'balance' between her Trumpian/Cook ideology and the unique identity of our desert communities.

We are hopeful that Supervisor Rowe can transcend the the ideological constraints that isolated her mentors.

Always hopeful!


I believe your assessment of Supervisor Rowe is spot on. Her pro-business stance has revealed she is willing to do whatever it takes to assure the Morongo Basin is yet another victim of Los Angeles sprawl.

In case you haven't noticed, Morongo Basin real estate is being bought up by Los Angeles and out of area investors to develop and open more and more short term vacation rentals, also known as AirBnB's. They are also buying up businesses in the downtown areas.

The tRump administration let expire protections for our stunning Joshua Trees and the California Fish and Wildlife Commission is moving forward with plans to reinstate or start over the process for protections.

Supervisor Rowe sent out a letter to area realtors with a petition and a sample letter to the president of the commission expressing objections to the reinstatement of Joshua Tree protections, stating they feel it would stymie area development and housing supply (for AirBnB operators).

If not illegal, it is certainly unethical. We are fortunate to have an organization like Mojave Desert Land Trust who will advocate for these protections. However, let it be known, if our future is left up to Supervisor Rowe, our neighborhoods will be taken over by the short term vacation rental industry and Los Angeles transplants will gentrify local residents as they continue to snap up property, old homesteads, homes and apartment buildings as was done in Palm Springs. Property values will continue to skyrocket and locals will no longer be able to afford rents, thus will be forced out of the area.


This letter is spot on. The county's poor leadership and the MUH FREEDUM types here are jeopardizing everyone's health.



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bill jenkins

the dead ones wouldn't.


I knew you would delete my comment.


Then why bother?


"The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy"

“That is my position,” Mims responded. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions. We don’t ask if they’re 'essential.' We’ve got our hands full trying to rearrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail. So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”

"Federal judge orders Massachusetts to allow gun shops to reopen during coronavirus state of emergency"

"On March 23, Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker declared a public health emergency relating to COVID-19. He created a list of businesses and organizations he believes provide “essential services” and ordered all non-essential businesses to cease in-person operations. Constitutional freedoms derived from the Bill of Rights are not among the list of essential services, including the freedom to worship according to our consciences"

"In Massachusetts, I can stand in a line of 200 people at a liquor store to buy a bottle of Maker’s Mark, but I am not afforded the same reasonable accommodations in the same-sized building across the street to receive the Sacraments of my salvation as a practicing Roman Catholic"

"Illinois governor says churches may not fully reopen for a year or more because of coronavirus"

"Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor’s extension of stay-at-home order"

"Governor Gretchen Whitmer Orders COVID-19 Patients to Nursing Homes; Strips Barber of License in Vindictive Move"

"Owosso barber remains defiant, still open despite cease and desist"

“I’m 77,” says Manke plainly. “What, are they going to give me? Life? I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I could care less.”

"Owosso Police say they’re now done writing Manke tickets and have referred his case to the prosecutor’s office. ABC 12’s cameras were rolling Friday as state troopers delivered another order -- this one from the attorney general’s office – which Manke says won’t stop him either"

"Michigan judge declines to sign order shutting down barber for defying state’s coronavirus lockdown"

"Court halts ban on mass gatherings at Kentucky churches"

"Tesla CEO Elon Musk restarts California factory, defying local government orders amid coronavirus lockdown"

"Doesn't make sense anymore': California sheriff says he will no longer enforce coronavirus lockdown"

"Newsom orders all 40M Californians to stay home in nation's strictest state lockdown"

"California Orders Lockdown for State’s 40 Million Residents"

"People mostly staying home are still getting Covid-19—here’s the problem and what to do about it"

"In a press conference May 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that 66% of new hospitalizations in New York for Covid-19 were people who had been staying home"

Branson Hunter

It's pretty much the Wild West, do what you want. Same thing from Shore to Shore do what you want.

Hey Josh, make your argument but don't throw out headlines and expect people to believe the headlines as a fact. A headline is bait to capture your attention.

The sheriff Captain reports that crime has gone up significantly since the virus. My Outback building was recently burglarized; the loss amounted to grand theft. That would be Criminal Trespass, felony burglary, and grand theft including three counts of conspiracy.

Penal Code 837 is California's statute that authorizes a citizen in certain circumstances to arrest a perpetrator committing a misdemeanor or felony in their president. I always assume anyone coming onto another person's Homestead to commit multiple felonies will be weaponized. Couple that with my right under penal code 187, I will not cower and I will exercise my rights under the law in a reasonable, prudent and lawful manner.

T Twelvetrees

BH...It is really a bummer when people steal from others. We have been ripped off before many years ago. We now have two Rottweiler's to make sure we have no unwanted visitors. Our camera system covers our entire property and alarms if anything moves other than the trees.One glance at the monitor and they are busted. If anyone made their way too deep into the property they will and have been met by my Randall Special Mare's Leg 44 mag. Gotta protect the family...



"Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested Thursday, after a passer-by noticed them breaking into a home in Twentynine Palms. Just before 11 a.m., deputies were called to the 6400 block of Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms because a witness saw a man enter a home that was supposed to be vacant. The deputy located MICHAEL STEWART, 26, and Dwaine Webber, 38, both of Twentynine Palms at the home. Dwaine Webber was found in possession of a controlled substance, cited and released. Michael Stewart was found to be in possession of burglary tools and a backpack issued by the U.S. Marine Corps. Steward was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for possession of burglary tools, appropriation of lost property, and on a $50,000 warrant for trespassing"

"Deputies chase one, catch four"

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A chase for a single felony evasion suspect here yielded four arrests Friday, Jan. 3, when Brandon Koenig, 27, of Twentynine Palms, was arrested for felony evasion.

He was also arrested for two outstanding felony warrants in connection with a stolen vehicle and a Post Release Community Supervision violation.

Deputies also arrested Fabian Garza, 37, MICHAEL STEWART, 26, and Ryann Yucknev, 26, all of Twentynine Palms, on suspicion of helping Koenig hide from deputies in a home on El Rey Avenue.

"Deputies bust Twentynine Palms pair"

"TWENTYNINE PALMS — Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested over the weekend during an investigation into a burglary at Bagley Avenue and Split Rock Avenue.

Randy Bryant, 22, and MICHAEL STEWART, 23, were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for burglary."

"Deputies arrest two Twentynine Palms residents for several storage burglaries"

DATE/TIME: August 5, 2017 / 10:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: Burglary

LOCATION: Bagley Ave and Splitrock Ave, Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT(S): Randy Bryant, 22 years old, resident of Twentynine Palms

MICHAEL STEWART, 23 years old, resident of Twentynine Palms

VICTIM(S): Multiple victims of storage units



All those who are foolhardy and impatiently arguing against masks and for reopening are harming residents of our community as well as hurting our economic recovery in the long and short terms. They have also permanently destroyed the unity we all shared here for so long and now we are divided and angry. If San Bernardino county rushes reopening, I will close my business and move it elsewhere as well as boycott all businesses who endanger fellow residents because of partisan politic ideological agendas. Wear a mask, or don't expect me to be polite to you. The courthouse made masks mandatory for their employees but not for the rest of us. All that tells me is that they care about their selves but not us regular people. I was once a proud resident of my community but now I am ashamed. I pray God forgives us for what we have allowed.


Elon Musk threatened to move his business elsewhere and we saw who blinked first.....

I seriously doubt that a threat to close a business in the Morongo Basin and move it elsewhere would rattle our community......

Mandating the wearing of masks by courthouse employees is courthouse policy.....

Not mandating the wearing of masks for regular people tells me the courts are still respecting individual rights by allowing county policy and giving the people a choice....

Those who continue to mandate the wearing of masks by everyone and unfairly determine which businesses are essential or non-essential tells me people care more about themselves rather than others especially when intimidated with disrespect.......

Everyone's livelihood and self respect is essential........

I will still be polite for those who choose to wear a mask and to those who do not.......

I have been in a government imposed lockdown and complied with restrictions for two months…..

It is time to release the bonds of tyranny and move on............




bill jenkins

according to Hartford Healthcare Group cover 19 can not penetrate th skin.

bill jenkins

that's covid 19, sorry about that

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