CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT FAIR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEXT WEEK

It’s Christmas in July at the Twentynine Palms Elk Lodge next Saturday. A craft fair, featuring more vendors selling everything from Stampin’ Up to gourds to photography to aprons to beads and more, will be held from 7 to 3 at the Elk Lodge, 6501 Elk Trail in Twentynine Palms.

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 11. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

BEES ARE OUT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

At Joshua Tree National Park bees can be a bother. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some advice… As the desert temperatures heat up and natural water sources dry up, many animals will become thirstier. Some creatures, such as the tortoise, will retreat to their underground home for a long siesta.

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR JERRY HEWITT

Jerry Hewitt, a 37-year-resident of Twentynine Palms, died July 5. She was 76 years old. Jerry Hewitt is survived by her husband, John “Doc” Hewitt; her daughter Vera Brownsburger of Sand Point, Idaho; her son, Thomas Hewitt of Randleman, North Carolina; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Jerry Hewitt was a

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ART RECEPTIONS IN JOSHUA TREE DURING SECOND SATURDAY ART CRAWL

The Second Saturday Art Crawl continues tonight with opening receptions at several Joshua Tree art galleries. Gallery 62 will feature works by Kat Johnson, Noreen Lawlor, Erick Johnson, Mark Spangenberg, and Jeffrey Turner at their “Ides of Summer” show. The show is up through July 31, and the gallery is

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RECEPTION FOR JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS RESIDENT ARTISTS TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residency Program is holding an opening reception tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… For the past seven weeks, the Joshua Tree Highlands artists in residence have lived and created art in the Mojave Desert. The artists are: sculptors Robert Michael Jones and

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LIVE WRESTLING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ELKS LODGE TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge is hosting a wrestling showdown today, featuring professional wrestlers. Doors open at 3:30, the show starts at 4. Admission is $5; military service members and their families get in free. The Elks Lodge is located at 6501 Elk Trail in Twentynine Palms.

SIGN UP NOW FOR DAY TRIP TO REAGAN LIBRARY

A day trip from Yucca Valley to Simi Valley has been planned. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has registration information… Registration is now open for a day trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. The deluxe motor coach will leave the Yucca Valley Community Center at

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THE LIVE COMEDY “THE NERD” CONTINUES RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY

The live comedy, “The Nerd” is midway through its run in Yucca Valley. Directed by Rebecca Havely this smash hit is receiving rave reviews. Z107.7’s Tammi Roleff says, “The costumes, set, and music will instantly transport you back to the 1970s. “The Nerd” is a funny play that will have

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JURY DELIBERATING IN MURDER TRIAL AFTER A MARINE WAS BY SHOT ANOTHER MARINE

The jury in the murder trial of Brock Myers started their deliberations Thursday morning and will continue them today. Myers, 25, is accused of shooting and killing his roommate, 26-year-old Steven Kohus, in the head in March 2014. Both Myers and Kohus were corporals in the Marine Corps attached to

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SURPRISE RESIGNATION FROM A MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

The Morongo Unified School Board got a surprise resignation yesterday. Reporter David Haldane says the board will bid long-time member Ed Will farewell… The makeup of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is about to change. In a surprise announcement, 12 ½-year board member J. Edward Will said

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RECEPTION FOR JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS RESIDENT ARTISTS TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Highlands artist in residency program is holding an opening reception tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… For the past seven weeks, the Joshua Tree Highlands artists in residence have lived and created art in the Mojave Desert. The artists are: sculptors Robert Michael Jones and

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 11. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT THURSDAY MORNING

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early this morning after leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through residential neighborhoods. A Sheriff’s report states that deputies attempted to stop Cory Bryant, 33, for speeding near Alta Loma and Alta Avenue about 4 a.m. Bryant refused to stop and led deputies on

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HOMEMADE FIREWORKS AMPUTATE YUCCA VALLEY MAN'S ARM TUESDAY

Homemade fireworks are responsible for blowing off part of an arm of a Yucca Valley man Tuesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, paramedics were called to the 55600 block of Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley at 6:11 a.m. for a fireworks-related injury. There they found Wayne Sellar, 57,

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DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH ARRESTED

The driver of a vehicle involved in a roll-over crash in Twentynine Palms was arrested Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, the driver, who was not identified, was traveling westbound on Highway 62 about 8:20 a.m. when for unknown reasons, he lost control of the SUV near Mantonya Road.

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ARSON SUSPECTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FIRE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible arson in Yucca Valley Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a home in the 1300 block of Inca Trail received a call from a neighbor that her rental home—from which the tenant had just been evicted—was on fire. Firefighters

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FILING PERIOD FOR 2 SEATS ON THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL OPEN JULY 18

While some potential candidates have trumpeted their intentions to run for Yucca Valley’s Town Council, the filing period has not opened yet. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the period opens July 18… Two seats on the Yucca Valley Town Council will be up for election on the November 8, ballot.

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SEARCH FOR MISSING AZUSA MAN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CALLED OFF

Joshua Tree National Park re-opened Keys’ View Road Tuesday after an unsuccessful search operation over the weekend for a missing Azusa man. Michael Rodriguez, 58, left his home in Azusa June 20 and hasn’t been seen since then. The missing man’s blue Hyundai Elantra was seen on surveillance video entering

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LUCERNE VALLEY MAN KILLED IN 4TH OF JULY OFF-ROAD CRASH

An Independence Day death for a Lucerne Valley off-road rider. According to the county coroner’s office, Monday, July 4, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Antonio Contreras, a 28-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, was operating a quad off-road vehicle in the area of Midway Avenue and Sunswept Drive in Lucerne Valley. For

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