KING OF THE HAMMERS’ FIRST RACE TOMORROW, HAMMERTOWN OPENS TODAY

The annual King of the Hammers series of off-road competitions opens today and starts tomorrow at the Johnson Valley Off-Road area. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says up to 35,000 people will be in attendance… The 11th annual King of the Hammers off-road races is a week-long event that pits off-road

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AT LEAST 3 BURGLARIES

At least four properties were burglarized recently, and so far, one man has been arrested in connection with three of the burglaries. According to Sheriff’s reports, burglaries were reported Tuesday and Wednesday in the 3600 block of Bluegrass Avenue in Twentynine Palms, 60800 block of Campanula Street, 3600 block of

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PROBATIONER ARRESTED FOR WEAPONS POSSESSION

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday following a probation compliance check. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers went to a home in the 61300 block of Alta Loma Drive about 4 p.m. Tuesday to check on Aiden Smith, 22, who was convicted of and on probation for a

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A WARNING ABOUT THE GIFT CARD SCAM

The AARP Fraud Watch Networks helps raise awareness of consumer fraud. Reporter Rebecca Havely says beware of online sellers asking for gift card payments… If you’re purchasing a big-ticket item online, don’t pay with your Amazon gift card; this is a scam. Posing as sellers, scammers claim they need to

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WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING PINNED BY CAR AT GAS PUMP

A 35-year-old woman was hospitalized Wednesday evening after she was trapped between her car and a gas pump in Twentynine Palms. According to Battalion Chief Mike Snow, Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to the AM/PM gas station in the 73400 block of 29 Palms Highway about 6 p.m. to extricate

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KING OF THE HAMMERS’ “HAMMERTOWN” OPENS TOMORROW

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin this week for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Kirby Davis says get your motor running… One of the major off-road events in the country, “The King of the Hammers,”

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SENATOR JEAN FULLER NAMED ELECTED WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller was recognized Wednesday at the California Women Lead reception as “Elected Woman of the Year.” The annual event honors leaders in the political, business, and government communities. Senator Fuller is the first woman in California history to serve as Senate Republican Leader and represents Senate

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THE WONDERS OF ASTROLOGY AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Astrology is defined as the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Astrologist Jeff Harman says we are linked to the universe in ways most people can’t fathom. Reporter Mike Lipsitz looks to the heavens

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KIWANIS CLUB ANNOUNCES DATE FOR 26TH ANNUAL “SPELL-A-THON”

The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms has announced the date of its 26th annual spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 11 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three people

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SUSPECTED DUI CRASH IN PALM SPRINGS THAT KILLED ANOTHER YUCCA VALLEY MAN

A Yucca Valley man has been arrested after a suspected DUI Crash killed another Yucca Valley man in Palm Springs Monday evening. The Palm Springs Police Department said they arrested 50-year-old Robert Garcia Jr. for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs causing a deadly crash which killed Keyon

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of attempting to punch a store clerk who was trying to stop her from stealing merchandise. According to a Sheriff’s report, Sandra Schorer, 30, went in to the Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley about 4 p.m.

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT MAJOR PIPE PURCHASE

The Hi-Desert Water District is expected to make a big investment in piping tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the water agency’s agenda… The sole action item on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the HI-Desert Water District board of directors is a request to approve a purchase of mainline

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FRIENDS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TO HEAR FROM CITY MANAGER FRANK LUCKINO

The public is invited to attend the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library annual meeting scheduled for this Saturday, February 4, from 11 a.m. to noon. Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino will provide an update on the Phoenix Project and what it may mean for the library. Elections for

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER STRUGGLING WITH CHROMIUM 6 COMPLIANCE

For water districts that have tested positive for Chromium-6 above the state’s allowable threshold, treatment to bring their water into compliance is expected to be very costly. The board at Joshua Basin Water District is looking into alternative ways to satisfy state requirements. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more … The

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING A WOMAN WITH A GUN

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, after a woman said he threatened her with a gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, Branden Nesbit, 26, was arguing with a woman in the 5000 block of 1st Street West in Joshua Tree about noon. The woman told deputies that Nesbit grabbed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called deputies about 4 p.m. because her boyfriend, Derek Burns, 23, was not allowing her and her child to leave a home in the 71500 block of Juanita Drive in Twentynine

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TAX RELIEF AVAILABLE FOR RECENT STORMS AND FLOODING

If your property was damaged by the recent storms and flooding, you may be eligible for property tax relief. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can apply…

If your property suffered storm damage from flooding due to the recent storms, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In

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WONDER VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RANSACKING A HOME

A Wonder Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of burglarizing a home. Sheriff’s deputies who were called to a home in the 4500 block of Blower Road in Wonder Valley about 9:30 a.m. discovered the home had been ransacked. Several items, including cans of food and a chainsaw, were stolen

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN FOUND WITH WEAPONS AND DRUGS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accused of carrying a concealed weapon and drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Sunnyvale Drive and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms about 10:30 p.m. Inside the vehicle was Phillip Delacruz, 38. The deputy discovered a large fixed-blade

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN KILLED IN VEHICLE-VERSUS-PEDESTRIAN CRASH SUNDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was killed when she was hit by a pick-up truck last night. According to a preliminary report from the California Highway Patrol, 57-year-old Michele Fleming was crossing the highway northbound at Grand View Circle when she was struck by a silver Toyota Tacoma in the number

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