CALTRANS WARNS OF HEAVY TRAFFIC ON I-10 THIS WEEKEND

Caltrans is advising motorists to expect heavy traffic delays this weekend due to the Coachella music festival in Indio. Traffic delays are expected on Interstate 10 from Beaumont to Indio from Friday, April 21, through Monday, April 24. Motorists are urged to avoid traveling I-10 Friday through Monday night. If

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TWO LANDERS MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING WARRANT SEARCH THURSDAY

Two Landers men were arrested Thursday during the service of a search warrant in Landers. About 1 p.m.deputies went to the 2200 block of Tori Lane where they found James Shovey, 53, and Ethan Wichita, also 53. During the search, deputies found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. James Shovey was

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JOSHUA TREE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

If you like good food and good people, Edica Gonzalez says make time for the Joshua Tree Local Food Program … This month, the free Joshua Tree Local Food Program celebrates Indian cuisine at the all-vegetarian community dinner and produce giveaway. You’re invited this Sunday, April 23 from 5 to

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SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK’S WAL-MART ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTED

The man suspected of robbing Walmart last week was arrested in Yucca Valley Tuesday. About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, the man entered Walmart and demanded money from a cashier. He then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Sheriff’s Department publicized a photo of the suspect

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL NAMED A STATE GOLD RIBBON WINNER

Twentynine Palms High School has struck academic gold. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 275 state-wide winners of the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program yesterday. The honor replaces the California Distinguished Schools Program. Schools are lauded for doing a better job putting into action Common Core-based academic content

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Friday morning, after his wife said he hit her and their baby. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman called just after 1 a.m. to say that she and her husband, Dezell Carroll, 27, had been arguing in the 71600 block of Cactus

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LANDERS MAN KILLED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING LUCERNE VALLEY CRASH

An early morning crash killed a Landers man in Lucerne Valley yesterday. The County Coroner’s office said Sunday, April 16, at approximately 6:39 a.m., officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to a 911 call of a single overturned vehicle traffic collision, located near Old Woman Springs Road and Lafon

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ASKS FOR HELP IN LOCATING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Yucca Valley man. George “Marty” McKissen left his home in the 56800 block of Little League Drive about 9:30 Friday morning to ride his blue “Huffy” mountain bike, and never returned home. McKissen has the mental capacity

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FREE PTSD COURSE OFFERED ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS COMBAT CENTER

Veterans and their families who need help dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome and the after-effects of combat are invited to attend a free 12-week course at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… Reboot Recovery is not a support group, but a 12-week

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SUSPECTED OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Mariquita Road in Landers about 9:40 a.m. due to a fight involving four to five people. When deputies arrived, they found Shawn Thayer, 39, who had

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LOCAL CHURCHES OFFER EASTER SERVICES

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold an Easter sunrise at 6 a.m. Sunday, at the Rotary Shelter in Luckie Park on Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pastor Steven Byrnes at 714-376-3898.

Gospel Fellowship Christian Center

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EASTER EGG HUNTS AND ACTIVITIES PLANNED THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There will be all kinds of special events and church services in celebration of Easter this weekend, from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms. In addition to activities and church services, Easter egg hunts will be held all over our beautiful springtime Morongo Basin. The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Explorers will

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BAIL RAISED, COURT DATE SET, FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT

Double murder suspect Rafael Aikens was in Joshua Tree Superior court again Wednesday, and Judge Rodney Cortez acceded to the prosecution’s request to increase his bail. Aikens, 22, a Marine lance corporal assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7thMarine Regiment, was arrested two weeks ago on board the Combat Center. He is

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STATE ROUTE 62 GETTING $9.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS IN TWO PROJECTS

Construction started this week on a nine-mile project from the western border of Joshua Tree to the eastern border of Twentynine Palms. The $4.7 million project will add two-way left turn lanes and widen the existing shoulders to a standard eight feet. The California Department of Transportation says the project

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CHILD PLAYING WITH LIGHTER STARTS HOUSE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

A child playing with a lighter is responsible for a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, a 16-year-old was babysitting two younger siblings at home in the 6100 block of Morongo Road when one of the younger children found a lighter

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE ACCUSED IN NORTH CAROLINA DOUBLE-FATAL HIT AND RUN

A Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms was arrested in connection to a hit-and-run that killed two teens and critically injured a third in North Carolina earlier this year. Davis Christian Stewart, 21, a private first class student in the Communication Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School, was

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BRING CHILDREN, DOGS TO EARTHFEST IN JOSHUA TREE APRIL 15

EarthFest Joshua Tree is a family and earth-friendly day celebrating kids, animals and the planet! The free event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, in the courtyard at Art Queen at 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The day’s activities include a Mutt Strut, where children

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TWENTYNINE PALMS DEFENDANTS ACCEPT PLEA BARGAIN IN SEX TRAFFICKING TRIAL

Two Twentynine Palms residents accepted a plea bargain Thursday afternoon in the middle of their trial in Joshua Tree for sex trafficking. According to court records, deputies found a teen girl in the desert near Twentynine Palms in June 2015, and determined that she was the victim of a sex

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS TO REPORT GRAFFITI, VANDALISM

Joshua Tree National Park, as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Park Superintendent David Smith says that while 99 percent of

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75-YEAR-OLD PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A 75-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car in Desert Hot Springs. Police say the man, who has not yet been identified, was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Palm Drive and Ironwood Drive about 6 a.m. Witnesses said the man was

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