About 10 pounds of a high-powered explosive disappeared last month from the Twentynine Palms Marine base during an exercise. A San Diego television station reported last week that the 10 pounds of C4, a malleable plastic explosive with a texture like modeling clay, may have been stolen.

C4 is more powerful than TNT but needs a detonator in order to explode. When detonated, one pound of C4 can demolish a vehicle.

U.S. Marines with Company A (Alpha Co.), Combat Engineer School apply and cut out the amount of C4 they need for the live fire range aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., Feb. 9, 2017. This exercise was used so students would get a hands on experience making C4 explosives in the field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Pender)

Naval Criminal Investigative Services has confirmed that it has opened an investigation into the missing C4, but would not comment further, saying it is an open investigation.

KGTV says the commanding officer in charge of the unit with the missing explosive is offering a reward for its return and has reportedly threatened to extend the exercise until the C4 is found.

The Marine Corps is currently holding an exercise called Winter Fury through mid-February at Camp Pendleton with units from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Division, and Marine Logistic Group participating.


A major advantage of C4 is that it can easily be molded into any desired shape. This half-kilogram package of C4 can be pressed into gaps, cracks, holes and voids in buildings, bridges, equipment or machinery. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force


At tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino, one item is expected to serve up a big win for those in the Morongo Basin who are food insecure or need meal assistance. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what is on the menu…

Supervisors are expected to adopt consent calendar item 20. That action will make available $331,400 to the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District to provide access to food to income-eligible, food insecure households through April 2022. The money will be provided from Community Development Block Grant Funds part of the federal CARES Act established in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Health Care District will use the funds to set up and support a food distribution hub at the old Joshua Tree Elementary School.

https://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/cob/MeetingParticipation(Final).pdf to instructions on viewing or participating in tomorrow’s meeting.


Two new appointment-only county vaccination sites will open this week in Joshua Tree and Victorville to serve desert residents. They are specifically for first-dose vaccinations for those aged 65 and over. The Joshua Tree location is at Copper Mountain College on Rotary Way. The Victorville location is at the Hook Community Center (14973 Joshua Street). The clinics are currently accepting appointments for Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, from 10 to 2. See sbcovid19.com for more information. Proof of age and residency will be required prior to vaccination. Those without access to the Internet can make appointments and receive other valuable information by calling 909-387-3911 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vaccinations are also being conducted at a state-operated location in Bloomington as well as hospitals, pharmacies, and other sites throughout the county. Appointments for all locations can be made at https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations. Supplies from the state are limited and securing an appointment is often difficult. Vaccinations for other sectors will open when vaccine supplies from the state are sufficient to support additional appointments without interfering with access to seniors 65+.


At one time in your life, you’ve surely been anxious or scared enough to say, “I think I’m having a heart attack.” The question is, would you really know if you were having a heart attack? Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. During the month of February, we’ll be airing a series of stories about heart health. Managing editor Tami Roleff says to watch out for these symptoms that may indicate you’re having a heart attack…

There are nine symptoms that could signal you are having a heart attack. If you begin to experience these symptoms, seek help immediately.

Chest pain or discomfort

Chest pain that comes and goes and returns

Pain in shoulder, arm, back, neck, jaw or stomach

Lightheadedness or fainting



Shortness of breath

Nausea or vomiting

Pain in back or jaw

Some of these symptoms are more common for women than men, and not all people who have heart attacks experience the same symptoms or to the same degree. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately for an ambulance to take you to the hospital. Do not try to drive yourself. Put your health first. Don’t ignore the signs, they could save your life.

Courtesy American Heart Association


If you are a registered voter in Landers or Flamingo Heights, reporter Mike Lipsitz has news of a part-time local job opening that might float your boat…

Judy Corl-Lorono

Directors at the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency are opting to fill an open director’s seat by appointment. Their decision follows the resignation last month of long-time board member Judy Corl-Lorono. Citing pandemic-related family circumstances, Corl-Lorono has relocated to Arkansas. Eligible candidates for the seat must be registered to vote within the water agency’s district. The successful applicant will hold office until the election of November 2022. Completed applications must be submitted by noon Thursday, February 18. The board is expected to name a new director

following open interviews at a special public meeting tentatively set for February 23. To arrange for an application, call the water agency at 760-364-2315.