TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PLANNING 81ST ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce hosted a 2017 Pioneer Days planning session yesterday. Chamber President Jacob Smith gave a rundown for the 81st annual community celebration, set for the second and third weeks on October, with a kick-off event September 15. The theme, submitted by Ann Congdon, is “On

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REACH OUT GETS A NEW VAN FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR

When a local private organization wanted to help Reach Out Morongo Basin with its biggest need, there was no question about what the charity would ask for. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

Reach Out Morongo Basin received a welcome addition to its neighbors-helping-neighbors program last week when the charity purchased

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COUNTY TELEVISION SERVICES BACK ON FOR NOW; HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED

A raven, lightning, and flash flooding share the blame for this weekend’s troubles with the county television service. Scott Fritz with the county’s special services district, told Z107.7 News that a lightning strike blew several power poles out of the ground, and a raven landed on a transformer, causing the

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COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION CONSIDERS A MORONGO VALLEY GAS STATION

The County Planning Commission tomorrow will consider yet another gas station/convenience store on the highway in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details of a public hearing on the matter…

At tomorrow’s 9 a.m. meeting of the San Bernardino County Planning Commission, chairman Paul Smith will convene a public hearing

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES KEPT VERY BUSY MONDAY

From a shot-out window to stolen ceramic yard art, Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday. In Twentynine Palms, about 7 a.m., a resident in the 6300 block of Desert Queen Avenue called to report he was woken up by the sound of a loud pop. When he got up to investigate,

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DAV TO HOLD THIRD ANNUAL VETERANS SHOOTING COMPETITION

The Morongo Basin Chapter #60 of the Disabled American Veterans will hold its third air rifle shooting competition in Twentynine Palms October 7. Managing editor Tami Roleff sets her sights on when and where…

The Disabled American Veterans Morongo Basin Chapter #60 will hold its third air rifle shooting competition

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN HELD AFTER THEFT FROM HOME DEPOT

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested, after they tried to steal flooring from Home Depot. According to a Sheriff’s report, Daryll Speer, 22, and a woman are remodeling their home in the 5900 block of Baileya and had torn up their floor. They contacted Thomas Higgins, 34, and asked him

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TWENTYNINE PALMS TRIBE WANTS TO ADD PROPERTIES TO ITS SOVEREIGN NATION

With no public notice and little information available, Z107.7 News has learned that the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians have applied to add three local properties to their sovereign nation status. The process can go through Congress or be done administratively through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The local

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TAKES UP LONG-RANGE PLANNING TONIGHT

Long-term planning is just one of the items up for discussion at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… Under “new business,” the CSD board will discuss a long-term plan summary for the Local Agency Formation Commission or LAFCO. The topic

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Saturday, accused of hitting and pushing a boy. According to a Sheriff’s report, a boy called 911 about 5:30 p.m. Saturday to report that Mysti Thompson, 28, had attacked him, scratched his back, grabbed his throat, told him he was going to jail, and

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted sex offender was arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies made a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Star Dune Avenue and Highway 62 shortly before 4 a.m. for having an obstructed license plate. The deputy subsequently determined that

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS HONOR VOLUNTEERS, CHANGE NAME

The St. Joseph’s Players community theater troupe held its annual volunteer appreciation party last weekend and honored some with special recognition. With more, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… At the St. Joseph’s Players 5th annual volunteer appreciation party last Saturday, all their volunteers were awarded certificates of participation for their work

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TWO HIKERS FOUND DEAD AT AMBOY CRATER SATURDAY

Just five hours after a couple from Yorba Linda started hiking at Amboy Crater, and 2 ½ hours after the woman called for help, saying she and her husband had become separated and were without water, Sheriff’s deputies found them dead, about 100 yards apart. According to a Sheriff’s report,

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING FRIDAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

We have limited information about a shooting Friday in Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s spokeswoman, deputies were called to the 9300 block of Navajo Trail about 4:20 p.m. following a report that a man had been shot. Upon arrival, the man told deputies an unknown woman had shot him,

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CORONER RELEASES IDENTITY OF WOMAN FOUND DEAD AUGUST 6 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The coroner’s office has released the identity of the woman who was found dead in Twentynine Palms August 6. Donna Myers, 42, of Kansas, was found by a pedestrian about 6:30 a.m. near a wash near Buena Vista and Aztec. There were no signs of foul play; the cause of

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DOWNED POWER LINES KNOCK OUT COUNTY TV SIGNAL

Morongo Basin residents who rely on the county for their television signal will be without TV for the foreseeable future. According to a county spokesman, the lightning storms over the weekend knocked out a power line, and the generator that was providing back-up power ran out of fuel. He told

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GIANT ROCK AREA TRASHED BY VISITORS, CLEAN-UP PLANNED

Everyone who comes here leaves a mark on the desert. Some leave a simple footprint in the sand; others however, leave a trail of trash and debris that can only be measured by the ton. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has a report on one such trash site that is particularly troubling

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Chris Jones made a traffic stop for a broken brake light just near Yucca Trail and Alta Avenue in Joshua Tree. The driver and sole occupant of the car Jilleen Davidson, 26, said she

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings may be helpful if your child has a speech delay; is hard to understand; communicates using gestures only; or if your child uses only two to three words in a

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REGISTER NOW FOR AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART CLASS

The Morongo Basin Area CHP will be hosting a “Drive Smart” class. Reporter Eric Knabe says one will be held this August 31…

The Morongo Basin CHP will host a Age Well, Drive Smart older driver program later this month. Join the CHP for the keys to driving safer and

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