CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TO BE OFFICIAL GATEWAY TO MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENT

It’s no secret that the City of Twentynine Palms wants to attract more visitors. Last night the City Council took a couple of steps in that direction. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this report… Tourism. That was the main subject at last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO APPROVE SHORT TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

The final approval of the Yucca Valley town ordinance regulating short term vacation home rentals is on the agenda for the Yucca Valley Planning Commission tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the consent agenda includes the draft ordinance for

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MANZANITA FIRE NEAR BANNING UP TO 5,000 ACRES; FALSE ALERT RATTLES LOCAL RESIDENTS

A wildland fire burning in remote terrain south of Beaumont and Banning prompted a voluntary evacuation warning last night, and the closure of a key local commuter link, Highway 79. Residents in the Morongo Basin, including Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms, mistakenly received alerts last night notifying them

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SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS TO TAMP DOWN TEACHER’S CLASSROOM OPINIONS TONIGHT

In this time of dramatic public controversy, many school districts are re-examining their policies regarding classroom discussions. Morongo Unified is no exception, as reporter David Haldane explains… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District may find it more difficult to express personal opinions to students after tonight’s Board of Education

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Z107.7 TO BROADCAST BACKGROUND MUSIC FOR TWO COMMUNITY FIREWORKS SHOWS

Make plans to attend and enjoy the professional Fireworks shows this Fourth of July in the City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley. Pyro-Spectaculars, the same company that does the fireworks for the Olympics and the Super Bowl, will be putting on the shows in both communities.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN RARE MONDAY SESSION, TOURISM DOMINATES THE AGENDA

“Gateway community” is a term one hears a lot around the Morongo Basin these days, especially in Twentynine Palms where the city council meets tonight instead of its usual Tuesday. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If not one kind of gateway, perhaps another. That may be the upshot of tonight’s meeting

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, SEVERAL ITEMS AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Topics specific to our Morongo Basin are the subjects of several agenda items at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors’ in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Supervisors will likely approve agenda item 30 which would pay a San Diego firm $135,000 to $150,000 to

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17-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY

A 17-year-old boy was arrested early Friday morning, accused of attempting to rob a convenience store in Yucca Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the boy entered the AM/PM store, located at 58181 29 Palms Highway, about 3:15 a.m. The clerk told deputies the boy brandished an imitation firearm and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested, accused of child abuse. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Tamarisk Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning. Deputies arrested Elizabeth Stahl, 37, for investigation of child abuse. Elizabeth Stahl was booked

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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CREDIT CARD SCAM

Credit card fraud continues to be a major problem here in our Morongo Basin communities. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to protect yourself…

To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your PIN for your debit card, but sign for

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BUY TICKETS NOW FOR CHAMBER INSTALLATION DINNER

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will install its new officers and present awards at an Italian Laid-Back Luau. The dinner, featuring antipasto salad, pineapple chutney chicken or pork, roasted veggies, scalloped potatoes, and tiramisu, will be held at the Roost at Hawk’s Landing golf course June 29 from 5

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KEEP COOL THIS WEEKEND IN LOCAL POOLS

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley pools will be open to escape the heat. In Twentynine Palms, the pool at Luckie Park is open 1 to 5 p.m. every day through August 28, with a final weekend September 3 and 4. Admission is $3 per person, $1.50 for seniors, or

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS TOWN HALL MEETING SUNDAY

Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas will hold a town hall meeting Sunday, June 25. The meeting will consist of a 30-minute presentation by the mayor, followed by a question-and-answer session. City council members, along with Police Chief Dale Mondary and city staff will also be present to answer questions.

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ITALIAN IS THE THEME OF JUNE’S LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

If you enjoy eating and learning about good food, and meeting new people, and who doesn’t? Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report on the Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program…

Transition Joshua Tree holds its community dinner and produce giveaway on Sunday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR JOYCE BUTLER

Joyce Butler, a 64-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died June 13. She was 82 years old. Joyce Butler is survived by her sons, Roy Butler of Granada Hills and David Butler of Twentynine Palms; daughter Connie Butler of San Bernardino; and two grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Blessed

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JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND SCRAPPING ON BASE ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, after he was found scrapping on the Marine Corps base. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base about 1:30 by the military police who said Clarence Bodiford, 52, had been found in the base’s training area. Inside his truck

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EXTREME HEAT CONTINUES, COOLING CENTERS OPEN

The extreme heat warning has been extended until 9 p.m. Monday, but there are cooling centers where residents can get out of the heat. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Center is open Saturday 10 to 5. In Twentynine Palms, the Senior Center on Adobe Road is a cooling center

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NO SUNDAY BREAKFAST AT VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will not serve Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

JOSHUA TREE STONEWALL REMEMBRANCE DAYS

A celebration remembering the Stonewall riots is going on in Joshua Tree, through Sunday, June 25. In 1969, members of the gay community spontaneously rioted following a police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The Stonewall Riots are credited with

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SUSAN LUCKIE REILLY DIES AT 101

Susan Luckie Reilly, a longtime Twentynine Palms resident, died Thursday, June 22, on her birthday, at 101 years old. Reilly was the daughter of Dr. James B. Luckie, a Pasadena physician who recommended the healthy, dry, desert climate of Twentynine Palms to WWI veterans suffering from the effects of mustard

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