PIONEERTOWN MAN SCAMMED OUT OF ALMOST $2,000

A Pioneertown man was scammed out of nearly $2,000 Friday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, an unknown woman called the victim and said she was from the Federal Reserve Bank and that he was prequalified for a federal grant program. The victim was told to purchase two iTunes gift cards

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF TRASHING A HOUSE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Friday night, accused of causing about $4,000 worth of damage to a house. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Jemez Trail in Yucca Valley about 11 p.m. because Vaialae Tupu, 49, was throwing rocks at a man

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WESTERN UNION REACHES SETTLEMENT IN SCAM CASE, YOU MAY HAVE MONEY COMING

Western Union admitted in a court settlement that scammers have been using its services for years. More than 550,000 customer complained to the company between January 2004 and August 2015. If you were tricked into wiring money to scammers using Western Union, you may be eligible to get at least

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS CARNIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE, STILL TIME TO GET INTO THE PARADE

Discount tickets for the Grubstake Days carnival are now available. Discount tickets are 10 for $6 until May 25. Tickets may be purchased at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, Yucca Valley Boys and Girls Club, at the Z107.7 Studios in Joshua Tree and in front of Vons in Yucca

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JTAG EXTENDS THEIR DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO JURIED SHOW

Attention artists, the Joshua Tree Art Gallery “JTAG” has extended the deadline to apply for the “The Drawing Show,” the JTAG invitational show. The open call for artists’ work has been extended to until May 20. Application and prospectus are on their website at www.joshuatreeartgallery.com. Entry fee is $30. Cash

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SPECIAL ORIGINAL SHOW TOUR KICKS OFF AT THEATRE 29 JUNE 3

Broadway and television performer Alan Palmer returns to Theatre 29 with an all-new show. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… You may remember Alan Palmer from his previous one-man show performances at Theatre 29: “The Fabulous Divas of Broadway” in 2014 or “The Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” in 2015. He’s

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING STARTS THIS FRIDAY

New training classes will start this Friday, May 19, for volunteers who are at least 18 years old interested in becoming a part of the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. The classes will be held Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN SOLAR COOK-OFF

Six Twentynine Palms Junior High School students traveled to Apple Valley Saturday to compete in the fifth annual Solar Oven Cook-Off, sponsored by the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium. Managing editor Tami Roleff said the students came home with some prizes… For the past two months, six students at Twentynine Palms

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AN EDITORIAL OPINION: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

An editorial opinion from Z107.7 News… The Town of Yucca Valley is drafting a new ordinance to deal with the legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use. Opponents of Measure X—a ballot measure that failed in 2015, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Town

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HIGH SPEED BLAMED FOR CRASH THAT KILLED 2 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Speed is being blamed for a single-vehicle crash in Twentynine Palms that killed a Hemet man and an Ontario woman Saturday. The California Highway Patrol said Yovonne Marie Navarrette, 49, passed a vehicle traveling westbound in front of her on Indian Trail at a high rate of speed. As she

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ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms will conduct an active shooter exercise Tuesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The full-scale exercise will evaluate the installation’s emergency operations plans, policies and procedures as well as first-responders’ capability and capacity to operate in coordination with multi-jurisdictional agencies.

A WARNING ABOUT THE “FAKE CHECK” SCAM

AARP Fraud Watch Network wants us to be aware that fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to fake jobs. And scammers are good at making phony checks look legitimate. Reporter Eric Knabe tells us how to spot a scam… The scams typically involve

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME AND VEHICLE IN WONDER VALLEY

A resident living in his motor home while building a permanent home in Wonder Valley will have to find another place to live following a fire Sunday. According to County Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were called to the 83600 block of Amboy Road at 1 p.m. where they found

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOUND HIDING A MACHETE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday after he was found hiding a machete under his clothes. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was looking for a burglary suspect at Tortoise Rock Casino about 6:30 p.m. when he found a man, later identified as Josh Roggenbuck, 39, who matched

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING DRUGS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested last week, accused of dealing drugs in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Tollefson said he was conducting a check around the Yucca Valley Library just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tollefson saw a man, later identified as Ryan Elm, 22, standing near the rear

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1ST STAGES OF YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PROJECT COMPLETED

The largest public works project in the history of the Morongo Basin, the Yucca Valley sewer project, is moving along nicely. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the first stages have been completed… The first two stages of construction for the Hi-Desert Water District’s sewer project in Phase I have been

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LEARN ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS AT RAINBOW STEW WEDNESDAY

If you are wondering what essential oils are all about, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will hold three free informational introduction classes. You’ll be able to experience the oils and see for yourself how many uses they have. Classes are set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 17; 11 a.m. Monday,

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HIGH DESERT TEST KITCHEN DINNER TONIGHT

For many folks in the Morongo Basin exploring the Mojave Desert is a favorite pastime. Now how about exploring our desert from a culinary perspective? Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… The High Desert Test Kitchen is an informal monthly dinner gathering organized by artist Sarah Witt. This month’s dinner is at

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FIVE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GO TO CIF PRELIMINARY TRACK MEET SATURDAY

Twentynine Palms High School track and field team sent five athletes to the CIF preliminary meet at Carpinteria High School Saturday. Coach Ronda Lockett-Morton said senior Captain Spencer Walton ran a personal record 4:24.31 in the 1600m and placed third overall. Sophomore thrower Adam Mapuatuli threw a personal record in

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GOLF 4 LIFE TOURNAMENT SATURDAY, MAY 20

The Golf 4 Life event is a great day of fun for all golfers, men, women and kids, Saturday, May 20, at Hawks Landing Golf Course. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Fees are $80 per golfer or $75 per golfer with a team

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