HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team traveled to Bermuda Dunes to take on Desert Christian Academy yesterday and lost in three hard-fought sets. Coach Missy Bond said the Ladycats were led by Sr Lindsey Scamman with 13 Kills and some super back court defense. Senior Jasmine Rodriguez had

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FAMILIES OF MISSING HIKERS WILL NEVER STOP LOOKING, OFFER REWARD

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park held a press conference Saturday to announce they will offer a reward for the safe return of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso. With details, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff… “There’s a small, small

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN STABBING DEATH

A Morongo Valley man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a neighbor to death three years ago was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN THURSDAY IN MURDER

A Twentynine Palms man accused of shooting another man in January 2014 pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree courtroom Thursday. Raymond Burney, 55, was arguing with Wayne Kerr, 55, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in the upper chest. Kerr

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED IN WARRANT SEARCH

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday following a search warrant at his home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the home of Rene Villegas, 32, in the 6500 block of Sunset Road about 11:05 a.m. During the search, deputies found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, fraudulent and blank checks,

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NEIGHBORS NOT HAPPY WITH PROPOSED PIPE’S CANYON CAMPGROUND

In recent years, the steady increase of visitors to Joshua Tree National Park has put pressure on area hotels, Airbnb properties, and even campgrounds. Campgrounds in the National Park are routinely filled to capacity by Friday afternoon, leaving visitors to scramble for suitable spots to pitch their tent or park

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AUDITIONS FOR AGATHA CHRISTIES “THE MOUSETRAP” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “The Mousetrap” will take place tonight at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details… Director Katie Fleischman will cast the murder-mystery/thriller “The Mousetrap” at auditions on Monday, August 28, at Theatre 29. Roles to be cast include the Proprietors of Monkswell Manor,

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EARLY BIRD PRICING FOR FRIENDS OF JOSHUA TREE’S CLIMB SMART 2017

Friends of Joshua Tree’s Climb Smart 2017 starts October 13. For those who wish to attend and save some money, reporter Eric Knabe has a deal for you… Friends of Joshua Tree (FOJT) invites climbers everywhere to take advantage of the early bird discounted registration for Climb Smart 2017. For

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LOCAL VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DESTINY HOSPICE

Destiny Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in the Hi-Desert. Volunteers provide respite for the patients’ caregivers, or simply spend time visiting with the patient. Volunteers receive 20 hours of training prior to being assigned patients, and must be willing to commit to spending two to four hours a

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YUCCA VALLEY SALES TAX OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley citizen’s advisory committee that oversees the revenues received from the Measure Y sales tax will meet today. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives an overview of the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Revenue Measure Oversight Commission, commissioners will determine the priorities of how to allocate

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CLASS OF 1967 PLAN 50 YEAR REUNION

Twentynine Palms High School Class of ’67 is inviting ALL Wildcats to join in their 50th class reunion. The reunion is set for Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, at Desert Princess Resort in Cathedral City. Tickets are $70 each and include a pizza party Friday; dinner and dancing

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LOPSIDED WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY IN SEASON OPENER

The Yucca Valley High School Varsity Trojans beat Riverside Prep High School 56-13. Coach Andrew Amosa said both sides of the ball were dynamic in the win, scoring on offense, defense, and special teams. the defense was led by Joe Jennings and Chris Worrell with six tackles each. Elijah Lynch

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CRUSHES GRANITE HILLS IN HOME OPENER

The Twentynine Palms High School football team defeated Granite Hills 55-13 in their home opener. The Twentynine Palms varsity Wildcats scored 35 second-quarter points, which led to a 49-6 halftime lead over the visiting Cougars from Granite Hills. The Wildcats’ defense was just as impressive, forcing four turnovers, all of

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning starting today through Thursday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach 105 in Yucca Valley to 113 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Residents are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioned

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AVOID GETTING BIT BY SNAKES

California has eight different species of rattlesnakes, seven of which are found in southern California. Rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but if you give them space, they will retreat. Edica Gonzalez offers these tips on what to do if you are bitten by a snake…

Most snake bites

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ROTARY’S LOBSTERFEST

Enjoy a lobster dinner under the stars during the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s second annual lobsterfest near Pioneertown in September. Sara Snyder says pass the butter…

Tickets are now available for the second annual lobsterfest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. The event, which sold out last

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AUDITIONS FOR AGATHA CHRISTIE’S “THE MOUSETRAP” AT THEATRE 29

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “The Mousetrap” are set for tomorrow at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details…

Director Katie Fleischman will cast the murder mystery-thriller “The Mousetrap” at auditions Monday, August 28 at Theatre 29. Roles to be cast include: The Proprietors of Monkswell Manor,

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CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Reporter Eric Knabe fills in the details…

The Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. On Mondays, at 4 p.m., is the teen program, where teens

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FAMILIES OF MISSING HIKERS WILL NEVER STOP SEARCHING

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park held a press conference Saturday to announce they will offer a reward for the safe return of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso. With details, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

“There’s a small, small

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Sunday through Thursday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach 105 in Yucca Valley to 113 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be likely for people who spend a

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