A PACKED HOUSE FOR A MORONGO VALLEY FIRE TAX TOWN HALL MEETING

The Morongo Valley CSD held a town hall meeting Saturday about the proposed Fire Tax for the community. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says it was a full house on hand… It was a packed house for Saturday morning’s town hall meeting on the proposed fire tax in Morongo Valley. If approved,

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED AT CEMETERY SUNDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested late Sunday night, after she was found inside a cemetery vehicle at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park. According to a Sheriff’s report, a cemetery employee arrived at the cemetery about 11:30 p.m. and discovered a woman, subsequently identified as Deseret Pinar, 29, sitting inside

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING HIS PARENTS

A 22-year-old Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday, accused of threatening his parents. According to a Sheriff’s report, Colby Thomason, was arguing with his mother and father in the 6400 block of Palm View Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1:45 p.m. Sheriff’s dispatchers could hear the argument, “He hit me

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet tonight. A dump truck and grants for off-road enforcement is on the agenda. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will be asked to: approve an amendment

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FORGERY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday night, accused of forgery. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle, with Allen Sins, 20, in it, near Cactus Drive and Adobe Road just after 9 p.m. Friday for having expired license plate tabs. During the stop, the deputy determined

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ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS FOR “DON’T HUG ME I’M PREGNANT” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Ever thought about being in a play at Theatre 29? Here is your chance. Theatre 29 is holding additional auditions tonight for the musical comedy “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” the hilarious musical-comedy directed by Marty Neider and musical director Kathryn Ferguson. The musical features 17 original songs including, “If

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY LIVE AUCTION FUND-RAISER SATURDAY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery Auction is back. For the first time in four years they will host a live spring art auction, “Shamrocks in the Desert.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… On Saturday, March 19, art supporters, artists, contributors, patrons and community members are invited to join

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CALL FOR ART FOR DOWNTOWN 29 PALMS VISITORS CENTER GALLERY

“Desert Hues” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition at the downtown Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery, from April 1 to June 24, 2016. Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition and can

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo valley CSD meets in regular session tonight. The board will be looking for a new member. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… At tonight’s regular 7 o’clock meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will interview candidates to fill the director’s seat vacated by Karen

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ALL-STAR BASKETBALL BIG BEAR TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Twentynine Palms youth basketball all-star teams ventured up the mountain this past weekend to participate in the Big Bear Basketball Tournament. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls team, led by MVP Kate Bobadilla and all-tournament selections Audrey Middleton and Gianna Bilderain, dominated the competition en route to the championship. The seventh-grade

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ACCUSED ARSONIST FLEES WHILE SETTING FIRES, ATTACKS DEPUTIES

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested Saturday, accused of setting more than a dozen fires and assaulting Sheriff’s deputies. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a vegetation fire in the wash behind the Stater Brothers grocery store about 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Fire Engineer Lee Martin

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LOOKS AT TWO CONTROVERSIAL DEVELOPMENT ISSUES TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC will take up two controversial development proposals at a meeting in Joshua tree tonight. Reporter David Haldane has the details… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets tonight to consider two hot button issues. First, it will discuss whether to adopt a resolution opposing a plan

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FIRE DESTROYS MORONGO VALLEY HOME EARLY SATURDAY

The Sheriff’s arson unit is investigating a fire in Morongo Valley early Saturday morning. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson, firefighters were called to the 49200 block of Palo Verde Road just after midnight Saturday morning where they found a 3,600-square foot residence 75 percent involved in flames.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ARRESTED AT ILLEGAL MARIJUANA FARM

A Twentynine Palms man and woman were arrested Thursday, accused of illegally growing marijuana. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were sent to a home in the 6600 block of Sage Avenue in Twentynine Palms for a possible illegal marijuana grow outside. The Marijuana Enforcement Team found more than 200 marijuana

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MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN CRASH WITH PICK-UP TRUCK SUNDAY

A motorcyclist escaped serious injury during a crash with a Ford F-150 pick-up truck in Twentynine Palms Sunday. The crash happened about 6:15 p.m. at Adobe Road and Two Mile Road. The driver was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with moderate injuries.

AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT FOR MUSICAL COMEDY

Theatre 29 is casting the musical comedy, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant”. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the audition details… The hilarious musical-comedy “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” will be cast tonight at Theater 29 by director Marty Neider and musical director Kathryn Ferguson. The musical features 17 original songs

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PLANS TWO NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETINGS LOCALLY

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will hold two Neighborhood Watch meetings next week. The first one will be held in the Yucca Valley Senior Center on Monday, March 21, with a meeting in Twentynine Palms in the Community Services Building on Wednesday, March 23. Both meetings will start at 6:30

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SPELLING BEE BRINGS IN MORE THAT $2,500 FOR ADULT LITERACY

Ten teams faced off against each other Saturday in the 25th annual spell-a-thon, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms to benefit the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. One by one, teams dropped out when they misspelled aquarium, persistent, dishevelment, equilibrium, reverie, demagoguery, kerflooey, and discotheque. Managing editor

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE TO RAISE FEES FOR SPAY AND NEUTERING

Effective April 1, the Animal Action League will raise the cost of its spaying and neutering services. The Animal Action League has not raised the costs of its clinics for six years. The new charge for spaying a female dog is $90; neutering a male dog (under 80 pounds) is

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WATER HARVESTING WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY

The techniques for harvesting water will be taught and discussed at an upcoming meeting. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says today in the deadline to sign-up… If you’re concerned about the future of water here and you’re ready to think outside the box when it comes to water conservation, check out

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