JURY SELECTION STARTS, COURT DATE SET IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

Preliminary jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Lee started this week, but due to a conflict with the judge’s schedule, the juror panels will be called back to court October 3. Lee, 27, is accused of strangling his neighbor and former lover, Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms,

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POWER OUTAGES AFFECT THOUSANDS IN MORONGO BASIN TUESDAY

Thousands of Morongo Basin residents were without power yesterday due to the rain that sparked shorts in electrical transformers in Joshua Tree. A soft gentle rain started Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the first transformer fire at Highway 62 and Sunkist about 3:15, but had to stand by for

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HELPFUL TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE

Between planned Edison outages and power outages caused by faulty equipment and storms, our Morongo Basin has seen a lot of power outages lately. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers these tips on preparing for power outages… Southern California Edison offers these tips to prepare for a power outage. If you have

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GETS SHORT TERM HELP. LOOKS TO LONG TERM SOLUTIONS

The Morongo Valley Community Services District has been struggling to keep operational both the district and its aging main fire engine. At last night’s board meeting, the public learned one of those issues appears to be solved, while the board took action that may address the other. Assignment reporter Mike

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YUCCA VALLEY STABBING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has named the man who was killed in a stabbing in Yucca Valley last week. A woman called 911 about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, to report that her boyfriend, identified as Luis Arroyo, 49, had been stabbed in the 7600 block of Cibola

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER HE RAMS ANOTHER CAR

A Twentynine Palms man who caused a car crash was arrested Saturday afternoon after he rammed one of the victim’s cars while trying to escape. According to a Sheriff’s report, two men were driving their vehicles in adjacent lanes southbound on Adobe Road about 10:40 a.m. when Kurtis Sims, 32,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IN ROUTINE MEETING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the routine agenda… After hearing a presentation from the California Highway Patrol, the Yucca Valley Town Council’s meeting tonight looks to be pretty routine. The council will be asked to approve a contract for consultants to update the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY OFFERING ADVANCED PLANNING CLASSES

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery will hold several presentations about advanced planning for burials. The first gathering will be this morning (Tuesday, September 20), at 10 a.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Road. Additional sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Wiefels Mortuary Chapel on Desert Queen

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RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN WILL LOOK FOR PRIVATE PROPERTIES

Now that the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan has said aside public lands for solar, experts say private land is next. Reporter David Haldane explains… Get ready to fight climate change. Last week government officials signed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, setting aside 600 square miles of federal land

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MEETING ON PROPOSED YUCCA VALLEY TAX MEASURES TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley will hold informational sessions for the two tax measures placed on the November ballot for Yucca Valley voters. Measure Y would provide local funds (that are protected by law from the state), for local town services, including public safety and street and pothole repair. Measure

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION NAMES WINNERS

Hundreds of people attended the opening reception for the fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition’s juried art show, held Saturday, September 17 at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Out of 92 artist entries, 49 artists were juried into the exhibition, and four received special awards for their work.

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2ND ANNUAL AIR RIFLE SHOOTING COMPETITION OCTOBER 8

The second annual air rifle shooting competition will be hosted by the Disabled American Veterans. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… The air rifle shooting competition will be held Saturday, October 8, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Sign-in and range safety instruction is from 7:30 a.m.

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MAN INJURED IN DIRT BIKE CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY NIGHT

A man was hospitalized following a dirt bike crash in Morongo Valley late Sunday night. About 11:30 p.m., Morongo Valley firefighters were called to Breezeway at the Little Morongo wash. The man had been riding his dirt bike on Breezeway when he came upon the wash unexpectedly and was unable

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COUNTY UPGRADES JURY WEBSITE

The San Bernardino County Superior Court system has updated its juror website. The new website allows those who are summoned for jury duty to defer jury service up to 90 days; fill out their juror questionnaire online; receive updates regarding reporting status by phone, text, or email; check juror status;

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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LIONS CLUB COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Sara Snyder explains how you can help… Imagine if you could help a child read, or an adult succeed in his or

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AUDITIONS FOR “A CHRISTMAS STORY” AT THEATRE 29 MONDAY

Auditions for Theatre 29’s final show of the season, “A Christmas Story,” are set for Monday. The hit comedy, will be cast by director Eric Ross, who has pre-cast the roles of the Mother, Father, and Teacher, but still has many roles available, including adult Ralphie, 20 to 40, and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO THIS WEEKEND

The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo starts Saturday morning with an art fair on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, and an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park

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SUNDAY MATINEE FOR THEATRE 29’S “THE SECRET GARDEN”

Based on the beloved Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, “The Secret Garden” is set in 1905 India. It tells the story of young Mary Lennox who— after the sudden death of her parent—is sent to live with an unknown uncle at the bleak Misselthwaite Manor in England. She finds solace in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHURCH TO HOLD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Apostolic Lighthouse Assembly Church in Twentynine Palms will celebrate its eighth anniversary Sunday, September 18, and the public is invited to a free picnic. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the church, 6450 Stardune Avenue, and then will move to Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. All food is free.

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