HOMELESS FAMILY’S CHILDREN DESCRIBED AS “WELL CARED FOR” BY FRIENDS

Friends and family of the parents accused of child abuse for living in a plywood box in Joshua Tree showed up at their first court appearance Friday afternoon to demonstrate their support for the couple. After the couple entered their pleas of Not Guilty, managing editor Tami Roleff talked with

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GRAND THEFT ARREST AT WALMART WHEN GETAWAY TRUCK WON’T START

A stolen get-away truck that didn’t start helped deputies arrest a Tujunga man accused of shoplifting more than $1400 worth of merchandise from Walmart Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Julian Sarkissian, 29, went to the Yucca Valley Walmart about 1 p.m. Thursday and put $1,475 worth of merchandise into

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING A WOMAN WITH A ROPE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of beating his girlfriend with a rope. According to a sheriff’s report, Denver Pinkerton, 47, was arguing with his girlfriend last Sunday, February 25, when Pinkerton grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. The woman told deputies on

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AUDITIONS FOR “FIRST DATE, THE MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Theatre 29 will hold open auditions tonight for the modern Broadway musical comedy, “First Date, The Musical” Reporter Rebecca Havely shares the cast of characters… Tonight Monday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 mainstage Director Charles Harvey will cast five singers in “First Date, The Musical.” Opposites

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PROGRAMS FOR KIDS UNDER 5 AT THE JOSHUA AND YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARIES

For the next month, the Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley libraries are offering programs for children up to age 5. On Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. is preschool story time for children ages 3 to 5. The story time promotes a love of reading and provides an opportunity for socialization

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ADULT BOOK CLUB AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY

The Yucca Valley Library will hold a book club for adults who are interested in discussing books they love, or who are looking for recommendations of new books to read. The adult book club will be held Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the library. Then following the book club, the

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NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING ROUTES CLOSED FOR NESTING RAPTORS

Joshua Tree National Park has issued a temporary emergency closure for all public activities in certain areas inside the park to protect nesting raptors. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the list of closed areas… A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks and prairie falcons have closed some areas of the park

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FREE ESSENTIAL OILS CLASSES AT RAINBOW STEW

If you are wondering what essential oils are all about, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will hold free informational introduction classes. You’ll be able to experience the oils and see for yourself how many uses they have. Classes will be held Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, at 1

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats fast pitch softball team traveled to the Palm Springs invitational tournament Friday and Saturday for four games, and came home with second place honors. The girls won their first game Friday against Palo Verde High School, 6-5. They won their second game against Moreno

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VENDORS NEEDED FOR EARTH DAY FAIR IN YUCCA VALLEY

The deadline for vendors and exhibitors to register for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s annual Earth Day fair in Yucca Valley is coming up soon. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

Each April, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley celebrates Earth Day with a community fair. This year’s fair is

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HIGH SCHOOLS TO HOLD JOINT CONCERT NEXT WEEK

Mark your calendars for the 15th anniversary combined concert featuring the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High School music departments. The joint concert will include the Wildcat concert choir, select choir, and band, and the Trojan select choir. The concert is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in

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MAYES SETS OFFICE HOURS FOR MARCH

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center on Wednesday, March 7. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state

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REGISTER NOW FOR GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT VETERANS

Area golfers are invited to the fourth annual American Outreach Invitational golf tournament. Major General William Mullen of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the gala dinner scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. The tournament will have a

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MORONGO BASIN YOUTH TENNIS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

The Morongo Basin Tennis Association will host a youth tennis league at Twentynine Palms High school from March 13 to May 12. Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Saturdays there will be family play days from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ tennis team will host Desert Mirage High School at home. First serve is at 3:15.

JOSHUA TREE PARENTS ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Two Joshua Tree parents were arrested Wednesday, accused of felony child abuse when they and their three minor children were found living in a plywood box in the 7000 block of Sunfair Road. Daniel Panico, 73, and Mona Kirk, 51, made their first appearance in court Friday. The courtroom was

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR CARRYING A KNIFE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested late Wednesday night after he was found carrying a knife in his pocket. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Earnest Akins, 43, who was walking near Airway Drive and Highway 62 about 11 p.m. When the deputy asked Akins to take his

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE VISITS WERE STEADY IN 2017

The National Park Service announced Thursday that the number of visits to all the national parks in 2017—330,882,751– was almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While the numbers were steady, officials said visitors spent more time in the parks during their 2017 visits compared to 2016.

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IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN RECOVERY OF NUMEROUS PERSONAL ITEMS

Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Lenihan was conducting an identity theft investigation when he received information that led to a home in the 7000 block of Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley. Deputies searched the home and recovered numerous victims’ personal information including Social Security cards, birth certificates, death certificates and tax returns.

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APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR GLADYS CAROL SCHOLARSHIP

High school and college students accepted or enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math programs at accredited colleges may apply for scholarships providing funds for up to two years. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers more information on how to apply…

Applications are now being taken for the Gladys Carol Scholarship program.

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