SECRETARY OF DEFENSE VISITS THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE YESTERDAY

The Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, MAGTAF Training command, hosted the Unites States Secretary of Defense yesterday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why he was in our Morongo Basin… The Secretary of the Defense was at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Tuesday to observe Marine

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIDING IN THE SHOWER

A Yucca Valley man who was attempting to hide in the shower was arrested Monday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped an Isuzu Rodeo SUV for not having a front license plate at Sage Avenue and Cassia Drive shortly before 3 p.m. After getting the driver’s and

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GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE OUT IS TOMORROW

It’s not easy to quit smoking. Studies have indicated that cigarettes are more addictive than heroin, and the first three weeks after you quit are said to be the most difficult. The American Cancer Society has designated a national day for people to quit smoking. Edica Gonzalez has more on

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD LOOKS AT THEIR OWN COMPENSATION TONIGHT

At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District the board is expected to consider their own stipends, currently set at $100 per meeting and limited to ten meetings per month. That item is for discussion only; any vote on the matter would come later. Also tonight, an outside consulting

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HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors, the directors will discuss the implementation of the strategic plan, and receive an update on the sewer project. The board will go into closed session to negotiate price and terms of payment on five properties. The

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LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, CERT, MEETS TOMORROW

In the case of a local emergency—trained first responders—the Community Emergency Response Team, will swing into action. If you are interested in getting that invaluable training, a meeting has been set for tomorrow. Reporter Kirby Davis has details… The County Fire Department and the Department of Emergency Services will hold

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THE ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS HOLDS CALL BACK AUDITIONS FOR “A FEW GOOD MEN”

The St. Joseph’s Players will be holding call back auditions for the Aaron Sorkin court room drama, “A Few Good Men” tonight. Those who missed the first round of auditions are invited to try out as well. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more audition details… The St. Joseph’s Players community

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BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUND FATALITY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE

A bizarre set of circumstances surround a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday, where a man was found hanged and shot. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called to the 7400 block of Persia at 4:12 p.m. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, Yucca Mesa,

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$5.6 MILLION MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY COMING TO JOSHUA TREE

Joshua Tree is about to get a new mental health facility. Reporter David Haldane has more… At Sunny Vista Road on Highway 62. That’s the location of Joshua Tree’s soon-to-be-constructed crisis residential treatment facility, according to a report presented at last night’s packed meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL GETS “STATE OF THE TOWN” AND TOWN MANAGER RAISE

The Yucca Valley Town Council meeting will begin its meeting tonight with a State of the Town address by Mayor Bob Leone. Leone will give an update on the highlights of the past year as well as a look ahead. Managing editor Tami Roleff hits the highlights of the other

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF TRANSPORTING DRUGS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of transporting drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle for an expired registration near Lupine Avenue and Joshua Drive in Twentynine Palms about 3 a.m. During an investigation, the driver, Craig Carter, 43, was found to

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MAN TRIES TO BURN FENCE AROUND LANDERS HOME

A man was arrested Sunday afternoon, accusing of trying to burn down a fence surrounding a Landers home. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman saw Donnie Johnson, 25, outside her home in the 1900 block of Alta Avenue about 1 p.m. pouring gasoline on her fence and then trying

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HEARS EARLY SEWER PLAN, NEW AMPHITHEATER

The Twentynine Palms City Council tonight considers several issues including sewage, birthday logos and an observatory amphitheater. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Sewage is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Specifically, something called the Twentynine Palms Wastewater Master Plan, a conceptual sewer collection

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TONIGHT’S TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The regularly scheduled Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting for tonight has been cancelled. The next planning commission meeting will be held Tuesday, November 29, at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday night, accused of punching his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jesus Majarrez-Soto began arguing with his wife in the 7500 block of Lucerne Vista about 10:30. During the argument, the woman slapped Majarrez-Soto on the face, and he responded by punching her

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A WARRANT SEARCH RESULTS IN ARREST OF ANOTHER ON WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday during a warrant search for another suspect. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7500 block of Hopi Trail about 12:40 p.m. with an arrest warrant for another man. During a search of the home, deputies located Tricia

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SET DATE TO LOOK AT FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING CUTS

Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board is expected to set a date for a meeting to discuss cutting Fire Department staffing… The Morongo Valley Community Services District meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building. Among the business items on tonight’s agenda, directors are expected to set

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WATER FROM WELL TEST MAY CROSS JOSHUA TREE ROADS

Joshua Basin Water District will be conducting a 48-hour test on Well 14, beginning today, Tuesday, November 15, through Thursday morning, November 17. This is part of the maintenance and rehabilitation process of the well. Water released from this pumping test may cross Rice Road and possibly Sunfair Road. Cautionary

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RELAY FOR LIFE CAPTAINS MEETING TONIGHT

Relay for Life meeting tonight and tomorrow. Relay For Life, Morongo Basin will hold a team captain meeting, tonight Tuesday, November 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Copper Mountain College, room 101, phase one on campus. Team captains and interested participants are urged to attend this meeting. Information

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HONOR ED WILL TONIGHT

There may be marching at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Here with more is reporter David Haldane… Attendees of tonight’s Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting may find it difficult to stay in their seats. Or, at the very least, there’s likely

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