A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of child endangerment. Deputies went to a home in the 73700 block of Raymond Drive in Twentynine Palms about 2 p.m. to assist Child and Protective Services. During the investigation, deputies determined that there was evidence of child neglect by Cassandra Perez, 28. Cassandra Perez was arrested for investigation of felony child endangerment, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $100,000.


For the average person, nothing eases stress in an emergency like being prepared does. A free, community-wide event this Saturday aims to help you and your family be prepared. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to get in on the action…

“Help Yourself, Help Your Neighbor” brings together more than 40 agencies of all kinds with the aim of making Morongo Basin families better prepared in an emergency. Learn practical emergency applications and preparedness tips, attend a class such as “Stop the Bleed” or “Until Help Arrives,” learn hands-on CPR, and pick up a free emergency kit. A variety of presentations and demonstrations will be open to the whole family at the Yucca Valley Community Center March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and its all free, even the hot dogs. Whether it’s a big, Basin-wide emergency or one affecting you and your loved ones only, it’s not “if” an emergency but “when.” Participate this Saturday to get up to speed on an emergency and your pets, safe food, shelter and water, communication plans, evacuation routes and other emergency essentials.


Last night, the Board of Directors for the Hi-Desert Water District voted unanimously to fill the vacancy left by outgoing board member Dan Munsey by appointment. Assignment reporter Keith Bailey has the details…

Last night, the board of directors of the Hi-Desert Water District voted to appoint a director to fill Dan Munsey’s vacant seat instead of holding a special election. Munsey resigned from the board effective February 29.

Anyone interested in applying for the director’s seat should submit a letter of interest and or a resume with a brief summary of the person’s interest, qualifications, and background. Whoever fills the vacancy will hold office until the next general district election.

Next, Directors voted in favor of authorizing the general Manager to increase the general legal counsel services with Best,Best & Krieger LLP for $50,000 totaling $145,000 through June 30. Finally, the directors entered into a closed session with legal counsel over one significant case of anticipated litigation.


The Desert Theatre League is accepting application submissions now for its annual scholarship program. With the details on how to apply, here’s reporter Rebecca Havley…

The Desert Theatre League offers up to two $1000. scholarships annually and they’re accepting applications now. The scholarships are for talented and worthy members who are residents of the Coachella Valley or High Desert communities. Applicant submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2020.

The scholarship must be used for the pursuit of a performing arts-related education.  For questions text or call Karen at 760-217-7937 or email her at  Scholarship winners will be honored and invited to perform at the Desert Star Awards gala in October 2020.

The Application Process:

Each applicant must complete a Desert Theatre League Scholarship Application and submit it together with:

  1. A 300-500 word essay describing the applicant, his/her participation in the arts, what the applicant hopes to accomplish with the aid of the scholarship, and why the applicant needs assistance.
  2. Performing applicants (e.g., actors, dancers, singers) must submit a 3-5 minute video featuring the applicant on a DVD or USB flash drive.  Links to websites or DVDs without video will not be considered.
  3. Non-performing applicants (e.g., costume, set design) must submit a portfolio with examples of their work.
  • Incomplete or non-conforming applications will not be considered.
  • Applicant submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2020.


The City of Twentynine Palms is conducting a door-to-door canvassing program to ensure all dogs in the city are licensed and vaccinated. Assignment reporter Keith Bailey tells you what to expect…

The goal of this canvas is to ensure that all dogs over the age of four months have current rabies vaccinations, licenses, and to inform residents about the benefits of responsible pet ownership. Pet owners can be prepared by having current pet licenses and vaccination records available to avoid possible citations. Canvassers will be able to answer any questions and address any problems that may arise. City licenses can be purchased or renewed at Palms N Paws Animal Shelter at 7086 Bullion Avenue, in Twentynine Palms. The cost for license purchase or renewal range from $18 to $40 per year. For more information please contact the animal shelter at 760-367-6799.

Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday or Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The cost for licenses is as follows:

  • 1 year unaltered – $40.00
  • 1 year altered – $25.00
  • 1 year senior (unaltered) – $28.00
  • 1 year senior (altered) – $18.00