HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats Volleyball team lost to shadow hills in three sets yesterday. Coach Missy Bond said the Ladycats were lead by junior Tatiyanna Mackall who had four kills and one block. Senior Latasia Benevente had three kills, one ace serve, and one assist. Junior Mara Mapuatuli

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING GIRLFRIEND'S DOG

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman called about 4 p.m. asking for help with her live-in boyfriend, Michael Sommers, 68, who had been drinking and arguing with her. The woman took a nap, and when she

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NEW YUCCA VALLEY FIRE ENGINE TOO BIG FOR THE STATION

More than two years after it was ordered, the Yucca Valley Fire Department finally has its new fire truck. Sort of. The truck, which was built on the East Coast and then driven to the West Coast—and then made the rounds of firefighting conventions—arrived at Station 41 in Yucca Valley

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT FUNNY MONEY

The Sheriff’s Department reports that funny money is being passed at local businesses. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee at a restaurant in Joshua Tree said a customer had paid with a counterfeit $20 bill on September 14, and the same woman returned on September 22 and used a

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SERIAL CAR THIEF ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree man accused of stealing a car in August, and another car last week, was arrested September 15. According to Sheriff’s reports, the owners of a green 1997 Nissan 4-door reported the vehicle had been stolen August 15 from a driveway in the 61500 block of Granada Drive

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD VOTES ON A 6 PERCENT ANNUAL RATE INCREASE

The cost of water may soon be going up in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s Twentynine Palms Water Board meeting and files this report… Last night in Twentynine Palms, Water District directors voted 4-0 to move forward on instituting a 6 percent annual rate increase. Director

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will hold an open house and membership drive Friday, September 25. Enjoy light refreshments while the chamber’s tech-savvy board members help post your business or organization through the chamber’s online resources. The mixer will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the chamber

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YUCCA VALLEY FLUTE CIRCLE FORMING

A newly formed Yucca Valley flute circle invites all who want to learn to play the Native American flute. They provide a supportive learning environment, including an opportunity to play and listen to others. All levels from beginners to experienced are invited. Join the Yucca Valley Flute Circle on the

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TURKEY ON THE MENU TONIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Thursday night dinner tonight from 4:00 to 7:00. On the menu is turkey breast, mashed potatoes or stuffing, veggies, and salad, for $9. Don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW post is located at

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE “EVERY KID IN A PARK” PROGRAM

The National Park Service is mounting an effort targeted at fourth graders to get them to visit our national parks. Reporter Dan Stork explains how area children can take advantage of the free program—Every Kid in a Park—to visit Joshua Tree National Park or hundreds of other national parks… With

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERING TAI CHI CHUAN

The Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department is offering tai chi chuan, a Chinese martial art characterized by gentle, rounded movements that harmonize breathing with mental concentration. Body alignment, balance and health are improved with tai chi chuan classes. Classes are for anyone age 15 and older and will be

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION TAKING SLOW-PITCH UMPIRE APPLICATIONS

The City of Twentynine Palms is accepting applications for contract umpires for their upcoming 2015 adult slow pitch softball leagues. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have the ability to work evenings Monday through Wednesday on an “as scheduled” basis beginning October 19. Thorough knowledge of the

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GIRLS SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TEAM

Twentynine Palms High School girls soccer season is approaching. ROP Broadcast Student Melisa Vasquez says players are being sought… Soccer season at the Twentynine Palms High School is quickly approaching, and all girls are highly encouraged to join. The team consists of hard working and friendly girls, all looking forward

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School girls varsity tennis team beat Desert Hot Springs 15-3 Tuesday. In singles, Carrie Scofield went 3-0, Katie Brattain 3-0; Chiara Celis 1 -0; April Bratcher 2-0. In doubles: Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard went 3 for 3; Aislinn Gueltzow and Miranda Green went 2-0 and

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*******CRITICAL MISSING PERSON ALERT*******

UPDATE 5:15 P.M. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling found Ronald Anderson. He is safe and OK, and is being returned to his care facility.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in finding a critical missing person. Ronald Anderson is 84 years old, has white hair and brown eyes,

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TRIAL FOR CHRISTOPHER LEE, CHARGED IN MURDER OF ERIN CORWIN, MOVED TO SAN BERNARDINO

Christopher Lee—charged with the murder of Erin Corwin—and his attorney were in court again yesterday, to hear if a new judge will be assigned to their case. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details… In a Joshua Tree courtroom today, Judge Rodney Cortez followed a court decision handed down by

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER TWENTYNINE PALMS BRAWL THAT INJURED DEPUTY

Two people were arrested Monday night following a brawl in Twentynine Palms that injured a Sheriff’s deputy. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called to the Hacienda Mobile Home Park in the 4500 block of Adobe Road about 8:45 p.m. because onlookers were afraid a fight was about to break

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PIONEERTOWN MAN TASED AFTER ATTACKING DEPUTY WITH SKATEBOARD

A Pioneertown man was tased and arrested Monday after he attempted to hit a deputy with a skateboard. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called at 2:45 p.m. Monday to the Crisis Walk-In Clinic in the 7200 block of Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley because a man, identified as

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN FIRE EQUIPMENT COST DILEMMA

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in a special session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the Board is struggling with funding for fire equipment… At last night’s special meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District Fire Chief Jock Johnson reported that the department’s primary vehicle, the medic engine,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN CHARGED AFTER DOG IS SHOT AND KILLED

The District Attorney’s Office charged a Twentynine Palms man in the shooting death of a dog in July in the unincorporated area of Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a neighbor in the 2700 block of Sunrise Road heard gunshots, and then the sound of a dog whimpering, about

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