The wife of a former Marine suspected of having an affair with Erin Corwin–the missing pregnant wife of another Marine– told a witness “detectives would never find her body.” Search warrants made public reveal Nichole Lee, 24, the wife of Christopher Lee–who may have been with Corwin on the day she disappeared–told Isabella Megli of Yucca Valley, (who later told detectives), that without Corwin’s body, investigators “did not have a case against them.” The warrant was issued July 8. Corwin, reported missing June 29th, was having an affair with Lee before she disappeared; he may also have been the father of Corwin’s child, according to the warrant. Corwin told her husband she was heading to Joshua Tree National Park. When she didn’t return home, he reported her missing the next day. Investigators say her phone had been turned off. Lee, who was Corwin’s neighbor, planned to take Corwin on a hunting trip the same day she disappeared. In an interview with investigators, he said he ended up going alone.
On June 30, authorities found Corwin’s car abandoned a couple of minutes away from her home. Near her car, detectives found a shoe print and a set of tire marks, which they said matched those on Lee’s vehicle. The warrant also said Lee and his wife, Nicole, had been storing their belongings at a property owned by Megli because they were reportedly moving to Alaska. Lee’s wife also told Megli that detectives had missed something while searching their home garage.


A new California law aims to eventually phase out smoke detectors that take replaceable batteries. Dan Stork describes who it affects, and when…
A California law on smoke alarms has a timer that started ticking July 1. It says battery-powered smoke alarms sold in the Golden State must have non-replaceable, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years. But property owners, managing agents, contractors, wholesalers or retailers with replaceable-battery smoke alarms in stock or on order can keep installing or selling them through July 1, 2015. At that point, selling smoke detectors with replaceable batteries will be illegal.

Also in a year, the law will require that all smoke alarms or combination smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors sold do the following:

• Display the date of manufacture
• Provide a place on the device where the date of installation can be written
• Incorporate a hush feature
• Incorporate an end-of-life feature that provides notice that the device needs to be replaced.

By Jan. 1, 2016, owners of rental units must install smoke alarms in each bedroom or other sleeping area. These alarms must meet all new requirements.

If a smoke alarm is already in place and working, however, state law won’t require the landlord to change it out until the smoke detector finally stops working.


The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing hot days, often into the triple digits. Residents are being reminded of cooling options during these long summer days. Residents are encouraged to stay cool by seeking air conditioned buildings, drinking plenty of water and limiting outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day. In Yucca Valley, Town offices are open during normal business hours with lobby areas to accommodate those wishing to get out of the heat. The Yucca Valley Community Center is open five days a week during the hottest part of the day. People are welcome to bring a book and a snack to help pass the time. The Hi Desert Nature Museum is another opportunity to beat the heat. The museum is open Thursday thruSaturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, the City has designated the Senior Center on Adobe Road as a cooling Center, the library is also open. In Joshua Tree The Hi-Desert Medical Center Cafeteria is available for heat relief, as is the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road. Residents are being reminded to take care of indoor and outdoor pets by making sure they have plenty of water and a cool, shady place to rest. Never leave a pet unattended in vehicles, as temperatures inside the vehicle quickly reach deadly levels.


While you are doing that fix up job, remember to “call before you dig”, Reporter Cara Conway has this important reminder……
Prevent rupturing a gas line before you begin digging on your property. Before installing a new fence, swimming pool, or planting a tree, homeowners are encouraged to consult with The Gas Co. so they can locate and mark the hidden underground gas lines. Calling the Underground Service Alert and having your yard marked is free and should be done up to two days before your project begins.


Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board met for their regular monthly meetings on both Water and Fire business. On the Fire Department side, the results from a survey conducted by the Lew Edwards Group on whether or not the community supported a tax increase were given. Overall, about two thirds of the people surveyed said they were likely to vote yes for a tax increase. However, these numbers are not high enough to ensure that the measure would get passed when brought to a vote so the Directors don’t see this issue being on a ballot anytime soon. They want to spend more time educating the public. On the Water District side, the Directors discovered they may face new issues with strict water conservation laws that could soon be passed by the State Water Resources Control Board. More information will be given on that in the next few months.


A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.


Family fun tonight outside on the cool grass of Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms, Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to enjoy the free “Movies in Luckie Park”…..
The city of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department continues their free event, “Movie in Luckie Park”, with Despicable Me 2 scheduled to play on Thursday, July 24th, starting at 8:30pm. In this movie, while Gru, the ex-super villain is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anit-Villain League decides it needs an insider’s help and recruits Gru in the investigation. Gru has a suspect, but seems to be on the wrong track as his minions are being quietly kidnapped for some malevolent purpose. Come see what happens! This movie takes place at the north side of the racquetball courts at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. Bring friends, family, blankets, and chairs!


The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host a Red Hot Auction on Saturday, August 23, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a silent auction, followed by a live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The fundraiser is to help pay remaining costs of the Hastie Bus renovation project, which has restored “Old Betsy,” Johnnie Hastie’s 1928 12-passenger bus that became the 29 Palms Stage, the area’s first public transportation service. According to event organizer and auctioneer Larry Bowden, “Not only are we looking for you to come and bid on the many items that will be in the auction, we are also looking for donations of items for the auction. Historical items from the Twentynine Palms area would be ideal for the auction.” Donations can include artwork, antiques, collectibles, rustic relics, historic treasures, or any good new or used item that has value. Items can be picked up at your house or business by calling Larry at (760) 910-3886.


A talented local student-athlete accepted a post-graduate gift from a big Southern California state university. Dan Stork shines the spotlight on Trevor Gorwin…
On July 15, 2014 Yucca Valley High School graduate Trevor Gorwin accepted a full scholarship at Cal State Fullerton, where he will compete in Track & Field. He’ll be throwing the shot put, discus, hammer & javelin for the Titans over the next 4 years. He culminated his high school career with a school record in the shot put with a throw of 59’10.5″ and placed 7th in the California State Track & Field Championships in June, with all divisions combined.


A new moon drum circle will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Facilitated by Sam Sloneker, the drum circle will be held on the patio of the sanctuary at Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Participants are encouraged to bring drums, shakers, and tambourines. The drum circle is free, although donations of $5 for individuals or $10 per family are requested. For more information, call 760-365-8371.