TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING ANOTHER MAN WITH HIS VEHICLE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of deliberately hitting another man with his vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Russell Pasos, 43, was arguing with the victim about 2 a.m. in the 6200 block of Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Pasos allegedly got in his vehicle

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MORONGO BASIN MAC VOTES ON SOLAR PROJECT NOT IN THEIR JURISDICTION

Apparently hijacked by area environmentalists, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council used their time that should go to local matters to comment and vote on a project way out of their jurisdiction. Reporter David Haldane was at last night’s meeting and files this report… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council

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TWO FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN WITHIN AN HOUR MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy fighting two fires Monday. Just after 11:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Booth Road in Landers. Yucca Mesa firefighters were not available, so firefighters from Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree responded. When they arrived, they found two Conex boxes, a vehicle,

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SOME TIPS ON HEAT STRESS DURING THE HOTTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR

It is summer in the Hi-Desert and in our Morongo Basin Region; that means summer heat. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says during these hot days take some simple steps to avoid heat stress… The hottest time of year, also known as the “dog days of summer,” are upon us and Cal

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETING FOR JULY CANCELLED

The July monthly meeting for The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends has been cancelled. The meeting will be held next month on August 10, 2016, at 4:30 pm. Thank you for your support. For more information, please contact Kristin Martin at 760-250-7295.

YOUR TRASH IS LEAVING A LONG IMPACT

Here’s one for you… Did you ever wonder exactly what kind of “footprint” you’re leaving on the planet? Managing editor Tami Roleff breaks down the decomposition of everyday trash… If you throw your “footprint-making” leather shoes out of the car window, they would take between 25 and 40 years to

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NEW DANCE PROGRAM OFFERED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation welcomes dance instructor Kristin Phelps. Her new dance program will be offered beginning the first week of August for ages 3 and older. Many different types of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern will be offered. Classes are 55 minutes long

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A BANNER YEAR FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED PLACEMENT

For academics, this was a very good year for the students of Twentynine Palms High School, especially Advanced Placement students. Reporter David Haldane looks at figures just released by school principal Justin Monical… Twentynine Palms High School has had a banner year for advanced college placements. Each May students are

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MARINE CONVICTED OF MURDER IN 2014 SHOOTING DEATH

Brock Myers, the 25-year-old Twentynine Palms Marine who shot another Marine in the face while horsing around while drunk two years ago, was convicted of murder by a jury Friday afternoon in Joshua Tree Superior Court. According to court records, the jury started deliberating 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and came back

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DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR HAVING SEX WITH INMATES

A Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday, accused of having sex with female inmates at the jail. According to a Sheriff’s report, the Sheriff’s Department received information Friday, July 1, that Deputy Brian DerryBerry, 24, was engaging in sexual activity with a woman who was in the Morongo Basin

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, MAY WEIGH IN ON A BAKER SOLAR FIELD

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, appointed to advise the County Supervisor about local matters, are expected to stick their noses into matters in the community of Baker tonight. Reporter David Haldane looks at the MAC’s agenda… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council tonight will consider endorsing a move to

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO HEAR ABOUT FRONTIER’S TAKEOVER OF VERIZON

Earlier this year Frontier Communications paid $10.5 billion for Verizon’s “wireline” assets in California, Florida, and Texas. The move affects 6.5 million voice, broadband, and FIOS video users. (Verizon wireless services were not part of the deal.) Frontier began providing those services in April and right away customers began reporting

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NEW RACIAL PROFILING BOARD MET FRIDAY FOR FIRST TIME

A new statewide effort to combat racial profiling in police stops got underway Friday, with the first meeting of the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board in Los Angeles. Managing editor Tami Roleff says in a week with news of shootings—both by and at police—California is taking concrete steps to

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CHANGE OF COMMAND SET ABOARD MARINE CORPS AIR-GROUND COMBAT CENTER

The commanding general of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will relinquish command at a ceremony Thursday, July 14. Brigadier General William Mullen III will take over command of the Combat Center and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Program from Major General Lewis Craparotta. The ceremony will

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FREE STEAM CAMPS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

A camp for STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, is being offered by Twentynine Palms High School. Reporter Edica Gonzalez tells you how to sign-up… Twentynine Palms High School is sponsoring two weeks of summer camps for junior and senior high school students who are interested

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FRENCH GRAFFITI ARTIST APOLOGIZES FOR VANDALIZING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A well-known French graffiti artist, Andre Saraiva, who became the target of social-media harassment for tagging a boulder in Joshua Tree national park has apologized, saying the crime for which he was vilified stemmed from a naive impulse. There wasn’t a ranger in sight that day in February of 2015,

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ENROLL NOW FOR AREA HEAD START PROGRAMS

Enrollment is now open for the local Head Start program. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up your little one… The San Bernardino County Head Start programs in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are accepting enrollment applications for children up to 5 years old for the 2016-17

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FRIDAY NIGHT TEEN TENNIS KICKS OFF IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Morongo Basin Tennis Association held its first Friday Night Teen Tennis event of the summer last Friday at Jacob’s Park in Yucca Valley. Although attendance was low, the competition was fierce. Winning the gold medal was Daniel Steinbeck; Jessica Fairfield won silver, and Ish Patel won the bronze. On

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT FAIR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEXT WEEK

It’s Christmas in July at the Twentynine Palms Elk Lodge next Saturday. A craft fair, featuring more vendors selling everything from Stampin’ Up to gourds to photography to aprons to beads and more, will be held from 7 to 3 at the Elk Lodge, 6501 Elk Trail in Twentynine Palms.

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 11. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.