CHAIN LINK FENCING STOLEN FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS HOME

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft—for the third time—of chain link fencing from a residence in Twentynine Palms. About 9 a.m. Thursday, the homeowner in the 71400 block of Venus Street called to report that chain link fencing, worth about $2000 had been stolen from his property sometime Wednesday.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY

A small boutique hotel in Twentynine Palms is once again putting on a spectacular holiday light show, and is inviting Morongo Basin residents to enjoy the twinkling and sparkling display. Andrew Dieleman has the details…

The Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel is once again hosting a holiday light show set to

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DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN HOLDING CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will hold special Christmas Eve services. Its regular service is at 10 a.m., followed by special Christmas music performed by Tommy and Norma Hernandez at 11:15. Hot hors d’oeuvres will be served during fellowship time. At 5 p.m., a Christmas Eve candlelight service

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“PSYCHO” SHOWER SCENE DOCUMENTARY WITH Q & A

Local talent Marli Renfro was Janet Leigh’s body double in the famous shower scene in the thriller “Psycho.” She’s a part of an all new documentary about how that scene was shot; and will attend special showings of the film to answer questions. With the details here is Rebecca Havely…

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BODIES FOUND IN BOTH TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY

After a night of bitter cold, bodies were found Thursday morning in a vacant lot in Yucca Valley and in a park in downtown Twentynine Palms. Death investigations are ongoing in both of the grisly discoveries. The two deaths do not appear to be related.

The body of a woman

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YOU’RE INVITED TO “MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH” DINNER CHRISTMAS DAY

With the passing of Mara Cantelo earlier this year, the fate of the annual Christmas Day feast, formerly TLC, was in doubt. Some volunteers have stepped up, though, to ensure that the event goes on as Mara’s Christmas Wish. With your invitation, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff… For a variety

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WINNERS OF THE Z107.7 HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Results are in for the 2017 Holiday Decorating Contest which saw a record number of Morongo Basin businesses large and small compete for free local advertising on Z107.7 Community Radio and Z1077FM.com.

For an incredible seventh consecutive year, Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms takes first place for best

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NEW STATE GUN LAWS COMING TO CALIFORNIA FOR 2018

Many new laws will be implemented in California in 2018, including new legislation regarding the use and ownership of firearms and ammunition. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

As California residents welcome the new year, we will need to take note of several new gun laws that take effect as

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TWO ARRESTED IN SEPARATE SPOUSE ABUSE INCIDENTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of choking his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Otto Schaffenberg, 29, and his wife were arguing in their home in the 58400 block of Desert Gold Drive about noon Wednesday. The woman told deputies that Otto grabbed her in a bear

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BODY FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY, DEATH CALLED

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating after the body of a woman was found this morning in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin told z107.7 news at the scene that a Medical Aid call was made to the County Fire Department at about 10:00 am Thursday morning. Arriving medical personal discovered

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PURCHASING MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL JANUARY 1ST, BUT NOT HERE

One of the most talked-about new laws in place for the new year is the statewide initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Reporter David Haldane tells us what it will mean for desert dwellers of the Morongo Basin… If you’re a fan of recreational marijuana, 2018 may seem like a banner year;

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ANNOUNCES DISTRICT-WIDE DOUBLE-DIGIT RATE INCREASES

A notice of proposed rate increases will soon be in the mail for the 4,500 accounts served by the Joshua Basin Water District. That was one of the items decided on last night in Joshua Tree; our reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin

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VERIZON CELL PHONE SERVICE OUT IN YUCCA VALLEY

If you have cell phone or internet service with Verizon Wireless, you may have noticed you don’t have service today. A Verizon spokeswoman confirmed that service outage is limited to Yucca Valley. Crews are working on the problem, but at this time it’s not known when service will be restored.

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY HOURS

Except for emergency services and specifically scheduled programs, Yucca Valley town offices will be closed from Friday, December 22, until Tuesday, January 2. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the hours for other town departments… Building and Safety services in Yucca Valley will be limited to inspections only from December 26

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FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING HAM DINNER THIS SATURDAY

Merry Christmas to all from Food For Life in Twentynine Palms. This Saturday, December 23, Food for Life will be serving up a ham dinner with all the fixings. The meal will be served at Palms Baptist Church from 1-4 p.m. In addition to the meal, Santa will be on

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LANDERS RESIDENT SHOOTS AT, BUT MISSES, SUSPECTED BURGLAR

A Landers resident whose vacation home was burglarized twice in the last month shot at a suspected burglar caught on the property Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a home in the 57300 block of Camulos Road was burglarized in November, and the thieves stole eight dirt bikes along with

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ACCUSED IN LONG LIST OF CRIMES

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Monday night, with complaints of fraud, theft, conspiracy, and burglary. About 8:30 p.m. Monday, a California Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle near Highway 62 and Highland Avenue in Morongo Valley for having an expired registration. Inside the vehicle were Travis Sihock, 23, and

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN TRAILER ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday after he was found with a stolen trailer. According to a Sheriff’s report, the Yucca Valley Multiple Enforcement Team made a vehicle check on a white van with an attached black trailer in the parking lot of Dollar General in Yucca Valley about

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD DISCUSSES PARAMEDIC INCENTIVE PAY

The Morongo Valley Community Services District board met last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and files this report… At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD board discussed a $25 payment incentive for on-shift paramedics. While all board members expressed the need for the incentive, the official vote on

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4 BEAUMONT CITY OFFICIALS PLEAD GUILTY IN EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME

Four former Beaumont City officials entered guilty pleas Tuesday for their role in a $43 million embezzlement scheme involving a handful of city officials, including the former city manager and police chief. The defendants, former City Manager Alan Kapanicas, former Economic Development Director David Dillon, former City Planner Ernest Egger,

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