SMALL FIRE IN YUCCA MESA THURSDAY MORNING

Firefighters were called to a small fire early this morning. About 5:40 a.m., Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a small structure fire near Aberdeen and Balsa Avenues. The fire was in a room filled with gaming equipment that was attached to one of the two

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JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY PRESENTS “SHREK, THE MUSICAL”

Joshua Tree Elementary school will perform “Shrek The Musical, Jr.” Reporter Rebecva Havely has all the details… The students at Joshua Tree Elementary school will present, for one night only, “Shrek The Musical Jr.,” on Friday June 3. This family-friendly show is for all ages. The musical comedy follows the

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LAST WEEKEND FOR “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” AT THEATRE 29

The hysterically funny musical comedy, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” finishes up its run at Theatre 29 with two final performances this weekend. “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” is set in a little bar called “The Bunyan” in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Clara, played by Kylie Robinson, is 8 1/2 months

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SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS ARMED ROBBERIES

Sheriff’s investigators have arrested two Marines in connection with three armed robberies in Twentynine Palms since Sunday. On Sunday about 9:30 p.m., the Motel 6 was robbed by one suspect wearing a mask over his face, who displayed a handgun, demanded money, and then fled on foot to a car

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER HEARS FROM LAFCO, CONSIDERS WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Joshua Basin Water District Board has a full plate for their meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they will hear from LAFCO, look at a draft water management plan, and consider budgets… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, attendees will hear from the Executive Director of

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TWO ARRESTS AFTER TWO INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two Twentynine Palms men accused of felony spouse abuse were arrested in separate incidents Monday. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called about 12:20 a.m. early Monday morning for a report of a loud argument in the 6400 block of Desert Queen Avenue. Kiara Williams, 22, told deputies that her

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DEATH VALLEY JIM RELEASES 7TH BOOK ON SECRETS IN OUR MOJAVE DESERT

Adventurer, author, blogger, and radio host Jim Mattern, better known as “Death Valley Jim” has released another of his popular books on the secret places you can discover in our own back yard. Reporter David Haldane say Death Valley Jim is unapologetic to some critics… It started as a rumor

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CONTACT IN THE DESERT UFO CONVENTION STARTS FRIDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

Thousands of UFO enthusiasts from around the globe are expected to congregate this weekend at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center for Contact in the Desert. The fourth annual UFO convention kicks off Friday and runs through Monday, June 6. The convention will feature guest speakers including Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, star

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ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY NIGHT

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Monday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9:30 p.m., a man entered the Circle K market, pointed a six-shooter gun at the clerk, and demanded money. The suspect then fled on foot toward the east. The suspect is described

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OUTRAGE OVER BRITISH SINGER SPRAY PAINTING JOSHUA TREE FLORA

Morongo Basin residents are in an uproar over a music video that shows a British singer spray painting a Joshua tree and cholla cactus. Beth Orton filmed the video for her song “1973” on a vacant Joshua Tree lot said to be owned by the Noah Purifoy Foundation; in the

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MEMORIAL DAY TOUCHES YOUNG HEARTS

Memorial Day touches us in many ways. Honoring those who gave their life so others can live in freedom cause moments of reflection, and for some people, a moment of respect and history. Reporter David Haldane said the day’s meaning touched deeply for some young people in Twentynine Palms… There

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PUBLIC’S HELP SOUGHT AFTER ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Sunday night. About 9:30 p.m., an unidentified man walked into the Motel 6 on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. After the

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MORONGO VALLEY PLAGUED BY VANDALS AND BURGLARS

Just after midnight Friday, security cameras at the Morongo Valley fruit market caught two men who were breaking into the water dispenser machine outside the store. And also that night, a mirror was broken off a postal truck at the post office, next door to the fruit market. The previous

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YUCCA VALLEY GROCERY STORES ROBBED OF DIAPERS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two cases in which Yucca Valley grocery stores were robbed of hundreds of dollars of diapers in the same night. According to Sheriff’s reports, a man and a woman entered the Von’s grocery store about 7:30 p.m. Friday and loaded up a cart with boxes of

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MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

The origins of Memorial Day go back to the American Civil War, when more lives were lost than in any other war in U.S. history. The first celebration of Memorial Day — which was originally called Decoration Day — was held in Waterloo, New York, in 1866. Memorial Day was

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND JOSHUA TREE

Two Memorial Day ceremonies will be held in the Morongo Basin Monday, May 30. The Twentynine Palms cemetery, at 5350 Encelia Avenue, will hold its annual ceremony in the rose garden this year, starting at 9 a.m. Boy and Girl Scouts placed flags on graves Saturday morning, and both scout

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FREE MEAL FOR MILITARY AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO MONDAY

In honor of Memorial Day, Tortoise Rock Casino will offer a free meal to all active-duty and retired military. From noon to 6 p.m., the Oasis Grill will serve a free Nathan’s chili dog and French fries to military service members who present an ID. Tortoise Rock Casino is on

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HEAVY TRAFFIC EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND

It is a three-day holiday weekend and the regional thoroughfares will be full of holiday travelers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds you to be careful out there…

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the heaviest travel times in the Inland Empire region. CalTrans is expecting lengthy delays on some

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HIKING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK DURING SUMMER DAYS

As spring weather turns into summer weather, it seems like we go from one extreme to the other without any breathing room. Plans made to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park may now seem a bit more difficult. But if you can’t get that hike out of your mind,

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WONDER VALLEY MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A Wonder Valley man says he was tased and then robbed at gunpoint by suspects he says were members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man went to his neighbor’s home about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning where he saw two men who said they

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