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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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Avalon Avenue and Paxton Road about 1:30 p.m. for not having a license plate. Inside the vehicle was Donald Palanuik, 40. During the traffic stop, the deputy

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“INTO THE WOODS” OPENING POSTPONED 1 WEEK AT THEATRE 29

The musical, “Into the Woods” at Theatre 29 postponed its opening for one week. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… The fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” helmed by director Charles Harvey, will be postponed one week at the Theater 29 due to a medical emergency affecting the family of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PROFESSIONALS NIGHT FOCUSES ON MORTGAGES

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly Professionals Night tonight, Thursday, April 13. Mary Jane Binge of First Nations Home Finance Corporation will answer your questions about the ins and outs of the mortgage industry and purchasing real estate. The event will be held from 6

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MINISTERIAL SERVICES ON GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER SUNRISE

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold a Community Good Friday service on Friday, April 14, at noon, at Little Church of the Desert. The church is located at 6079 Adobe Road. An Easter sunrise service will be held at the Rotary shelter in Luckie Park on Sunday, April 16,

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NOMINATIONS DUE NEXT WEEK FOR MARINE WIFE OF THE YEAR

Celebrating the sacrifices of military wives, an award will be given for Marine Wife of the Year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to make a nomination… Nominations are due next week for the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year Award. World War II veteran Major Glenn Ferguson

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SCHOOL BOARD NAMES TWO NEW PRINCIPALS

The Morongo Unified School District named two new principals for the 2017-18 school year. Justin Monical will be the principal at Yucca Valley High School. Jennifer Sands, who is currently the principal at Friendly Hills Elementary School, will become the principal at Black Rock High School. The board of trustees

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BLOOD DRIVE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, April 14, at Twentynine Palms High School, 72750 Wildcat Way in Twentynine Palms, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. Students who are at least 15 years of age may donate blood, but everyone under 18 must provide

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EARTH FEST IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Joshua Tree will host an EarthFest event this Saturday. Reporter Kirby Davis said the event will celebrate kids and pets… 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

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM TAKES A CHAMPIONSHIP

The Twentynine Palms High School robotics team, the Steamcats, came home winners last week from a national robotics championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Steamcats were among 172 teams from the United States and Canada that competed in various challenges. The Steamcats took first place in the Mega Alliance Challenge,

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REACH-OUT PLANS DESERT TEA FUND-RAISER

Reach Out Morongo Basin is holding a fund-raiser at a unique location later this month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has details… Reach Out Morongo Basin will hold a Desert Tea Social to raise funds for the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization. The tea will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans varsity softball team bested Twentynine Palms away with a mercy score of 20-1. The girls had a total of 15 hits, with many players hitting impeccably, bringing in runs since early in the first inning. Haley Smith pitched, striking out eight girls with

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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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TWENTYNINE PALMS RETAIL STUDY HAS SOME INTERESTING CONCLUSIONS

A retail marketing study commissioned by the City of Twentynine Palms came up with some interesting conclusions. Reporter David Haldane has the details…

Groceries, furniture and clothing. Those are three of the opportunities cited in a retail market study presented at last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DUI IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH

A Joshua Tree man who crashed his car in Twentynine Palms was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Adrian Garcia responded to the area of Highway 62 and Mantonya Road about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a reckless driver.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES SEMINAR ON TRAFFICKING TOMORROW MORNING

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services is hosting a free seminar on trafficking tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

Learn about the dangers of social media apps, recruitment, on line gaming and the psychology of grooming. This all-inclusive seminar is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program of Copper Mountain

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD CONSIDERS $100,000 FOR BELL CENTER SEATS

On the agenda for tomorrow’s 3 p.m. meeting of the Copper Mountain College board of trustees is a public hearing on contract negotiations with the California School Employee Association. Then under “action items” trustees will consider a slate of names for the California Community College Board, and likely approve an

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, April 12) are LAFCO correspondence, the aging airport lights and radio receiver, weeds and brush. Under new business, directors will discuss updating the webpage, and a March meeting with the Marine

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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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NATIONAL PARK WEEK STARTS SATURDAY; FREE ADMISSION NEXT TWO WEEKENDS

Federal officials are celebrating the nation’s 417 national parks with programs and events marking National Park Week, which is Saturday, April 15, through Sunday, April 23. Joshua Tree and other National parks that normally charge entrance fees will be free on April 15, 16, 22 and 23. Free or discounted

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