Changes are coming to the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station. Last week, Captain Trevis Newport and Lieutenant Luke Niles were both promoted to new positions. Newport was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Bureau; he will oversee the aviation, homicide, crimes against children, SWAT, bomb and arson, and narcotics departments, among others. Niles was promoted to captain, and will be in charge of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station. While the men will not officially take over their new positions until March 28, they have both started their transition into their new roles. Newport said in a statement that he is truly honored to have served the residents of the Morongo Basin throughout his career with the Sheriff’s Department. He is proud to have strengthened the professional ties between the Sheriff’s Department and the media, the base, the county leadership, and the City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley. He said Captain Niles is a proven and trusted leader and he leaves the Morongo Basin in great hands. Captain Niles said he is thrilled to be taking command in his home area and looks forward to serving the residents of the Morongo Basin.

Capt. Trevis Newport

Deputy Chief Trevis Newport’s statement:

I am truly honored to have served the citizens of the Morongo Basin throughout my career. During my tenure as commander of the Morongo Basin Station, I am proud to say we have most certainly strengthened many professional relationships with the local media, the Town of Yucca Valley, the City of Twentynine Palms, the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base and the leadership within the unincorporated areas of the Basin. 

I am going to miss the great citizens of the Basin. However, I know for certain that Sheriff John McMahon has chosen a great leader to take command. Captain Luke Niles is a proven and trusted leader within our organization and among the communities he serves within the Basin. The Morongo Basin is, as it always has been, in great hands. I am very excited to see a prosperous future for the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station with Captain Niles in command. My heart always has been and always will be with the great citizens, and the deputies who serve them, in the Basin.

Sheriff’s Lt. Luke Niles


Theatre 29 is launching season 4 of the Baker’s Dozen Improv comedy troupe with a spring improv show. Sara Snyder has your invitation…

The Baker’s Dozen Improv is launching their fourth season with a celebration of all things green, rhyming and cheesy with a show entitled, “Green Beer & Spam.” The show is set for Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at Theatre 29. The troupe’s talented clan of little leprechauns plan to spread comedy gold and will also mark Dr. Seuss’s birthday with games that will make even the Grinch grin.

Katie Fleischman will host with troupe members Graham Cooley, Chris Fleischman, Charles Harvey and Kevin Myers. Youth artist Carly Bateman from Theatre 29’s upcoming production of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” will join the troupe as special guest. For your $10. tickets visit or call 760-361-4151.


This Wednesday, (March 11) Copper Mountain College is presenting Lunafest, a film festival by and about women, designed to address gender disparity in film making. For details, here is Reporter Hilary Sloane…

Copper Mountain College is hosting Lunafest, on Wednesday, March 11— a film festival of seven short films directed and written by women. The festival will be held in the Bell Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the screening begins at 6:30. The tickets are free.

The scheduled films are “Purl,” by Kristen Lester and Gillian Libbert-

Duncan; “Ballet after Dark,” by B. Monet; “There You Are,” by Lisa Donato;

“Xmas Cake – This American Shelf-life,” by Petra Hanson and May Yam;

“Game,” by Jeannie Donohoe; “Lady Parts,” by Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif, and “How to Swim,” by Noa Gusakov.


Roofers working at Taylor Junction Art Gallery in Joshua Tree caused a fire Saturday morning. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said workers were using a torch on the gallery’ roof when a fire started about 10:20 a.m. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yuca Mesa responded to the fire in the 61700 block of 29 Palms highway. It took them about 30 minutes to get the fire under control and were able to prevent the fire from spreading into the adjacent businesses. There were no injuries, and the cause was deemed accidental.

Fire crews were called to a fire at Taylor Junction about 10:20 a.m. Saturday for a fire. San Bernardino County Fire photo
Roofers started a fire at Taylor Junction Saturday. San Bernardino County Fire photo


With the resignation of Director Dan Munsey last month from the Hi-Desert Water District, the Board of Directors has a vacancy to fill. If you’d like to apply for the vacant seat, assignment reporter Keith Bailey tells you how to apply…

If you are interested in serving on the board of directors for the Hi-Desert Water District, submit a resume and/or a letter of qualifications to Ed Muzik, Hi-Desert Water District, 55439 Twentynine Palms Highway, or emailed to Ed Muzik at All submissions are due no later than 1 p.m. Monday, March 23. The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors are scheduled to appoint the position at the March 25 special meeting. All applicants are considered prospective appointees and must be present at the meeting.