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84TH ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS TO CELEBRATE WITH TRIBUTE FILM

For 84 years, Pioneer Days has been a major celebration for the community of Twentynine Palms. But 2020 is so very different thanks to COVID-19, so this year’s event will be mostly comprised of a remembrance video, and the organizers need your help. Reporter Heather Clisby has more details…

The City of Twentynine Palms’ 84th Annual Pioneer Days is still happening, sort of. No parade, but there will be a compilation video recalling Pioneer Days pre-coronavirus. The Pioneer Days organizers are asking the public to contribute by sharing their own photos, videos and news clippings from the first 83 Pioneer Days. Submissions must be emailed by September 30 to Community Events Coordinator Christina Benton: cbenton@29palms.org.

The resulting tribute film, “Rediscovering Our Pioneer Past,” will be available for viewing on the City’s website, 29palms.org, October 15th through the 18th.

The Grand Marshal will be Frank Buckley, award-winning KTLA news anchor and alumnus of Twentynine Palms High School.

SUSPECTED YUCCA VALLEY DRUG DEALER ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A suspected drug dealer was arrested Thursday night when he was found with a large amount of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and cash. Deputies were patrolling the Motel 6 in the 72500 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms just before midnight Thursday where they saw a man, later identified as Christopher Browne, 39, of Yucca Valley, sitting in his car outside the motel. Deputies stopped to talk to Browne and discovered he was on probation. During a probation compliance check, deputies found about four pounds of methamphetamine and two ounces of heroin, drug paraphernalia, and more than $4000 in cash. Christopher Browne was arrested on suspicion of sales of a controlled substance, for $200,000 in warrants, and for his probation violation. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held on a no-bail probation hold.

SUSPECTED YUCCA VALLEY DRUG DEALER ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A suspected drug dealer was arrested Thursday night when he was found with a large amount of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and cash. Deputies were patrolling the Motel 6 in the 72500 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms just before midnight Thursday where they saw a man, later identified as Christopher Browne, 39, of Yucca Valley, sitting in his car outside the motel. Deputies stopped to talk to Browne and discovered he was on probation. During a probation compliance check, deputies found about four pounds of methamphetamine and two ounces of heroin, drug paraphernalia, and more than $4000 in cash. Christopher Browne was arrested on suspicion of sales of a controlled substance, for $200,000 in warrants, and for his probation violation. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held on a no-bail probation hold.

Deputies found four pounds of methamphetamine, two ounces of heroin, and a large amount of cash in the possession of Christopher Browne, 39, of Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Department photo

MARINE OSPREY MAKES AN EMERGENCY LANDING AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS AIRPORT

Smoke inside a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft forced the pilot to land at the Twentynine Palms airport Tuesday. Just after 5:30 p.m., the Miramar-based pilot radioed that there was smoke inside the cabin and requested assistance as the Osprey made an emergency landing at the airport east of Twentynine Palms. The aircraft from the VMM-161 squadron landed safely, and everyone on board got out without incident. Fire crews from the Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree, as well as Morongo Basin Ambulance were called to the scene, but the fire was out by the time the engines arrived. The combat-assault aircraft was participating in the seven-week Weapons-Tactics Instructor course and Integrated Training Exercise 1-21 in Yuma, Arizona.

Smoke inside the cabin of the MV-22 Osprey forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing at the Twentynine Palms airport Tuesday evening. Roger Thomas photo
The MV-22 pilot poses with EMT/EMS Capt. Jason Jones from Morongo Basin Ambulance following an emergency landing of the Osprey at the Twentynine Palms airport. Photo courtesy MBA.
The crew of the MV-22 Osprey presented patches and challenge coins to the crew of Morongo Basin Ambulance, who responded to an emergency landing at the Twentynine Palms airport Tuesday. Photo courtesy MBA.
The call record of the request for an emergency landing at the Twentynine Palms airport. Photo courtesy Morongo Basin Ambulance.

NAIL SALONS CAN OPEN; RULES FOR SERVING ALCOHOL MODIFIED

Nail salons can open, and the state modifies the rules for restaurants serving alcohol. The state has cleared nail salons to operate indoors effective immediately under all tiers in compliance with guidelines, which include the use of disposable gloves, specific disinfectant measures after each service, staggered appointments, face coverings, and other protocols to ensure the safety of both patrons and employees. The state also announced some minor loosening of restrictions on restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages. The sale of such beverages no longer needs to occur in the same transaction as a food sale. However, to qualify, a business’s primary focus must be meal service, rather than a bar or saloon.