TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL REVIEWS COUNTY SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting began last night with introduction of a new employee, Brian Soster, who will be keeping the streets of Twentynine Palms clean. James Ramos’ representative, Mark Lundquist, then presented the county’s draft of its short-term rental ordinance. The still-changing document has been designed to accommodate

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$10,000 BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a commercial burglary in which about $10,000 worth of jewelry and jewelry supplies were stolen. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of the store, Findings to Fuse, in the 55200 block of 29 Palms Highway, called Monday to report her business had been

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN WHO LEFT CHILDREN ALONE ACCUSED OF CHILD NEGLECT

A Yucca Valley man who left his children home alone while he went to go buy beer was arrested Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to make a welfare check on three children in a home in the 6300 block of Dumosa Avenue about noon. The deputy

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST “RALLY FOR THE MONUMENTS” SEES 160 PARTICIPANTS

A group calling itself “Desert Defenders” rallied at the Mojave Desert Land Trust offices in Joshua Tree yesterday. In April, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Secretary of the Interior to review all national monuments over 100,000 acres that were created between 1996 and 2016 by the Antiquities

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A WARM RECEPTION TO CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLANS

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, representatives from Caltrans held a final presentation on their pilot plan for more safely moving vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists through the Joshua Tree business district. And for an audience not known for cordiality, the plan was

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SEX TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED FRIDAY

The Twentynine Palms residents who were convicted last month on sex trafficking charges were sentenced Friday in Joshua Tree Superior Court. Kevin Akins, 28, was sentenced by Judge Rodney Cortez to 20 years in state prison at Chino for pandering. In addition, he was sentenced to eight years for causing

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ROCK CLIMBER BREAKS LEG IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FALL

A woman climbing the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park fell and broke her leg Monday. The woman, who was described only as being in her 20s, was climbing on Dairy Queen Wall near Hemingway when she fell and broke her lower left leg. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, along

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING ON BANNING MARIJUANA TONIGHT

Acting at the direction of the Town Council, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold their second public hearing tonight as they come up with an ordinance that would ban marijuana in the town limits. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission,

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SHOULD SEE CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN TONIGHT

Anyone who’s ever walked or driven through Joshua Tree’s business district knows that it can sometimes be risky. After outlining a plan to fix that, a Caltrans spokesman was tardy in providing the details. Reporter David Haldane says that may be corrected tonight… Joshua Tree residents holding their breaths for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON A NO-BAIL WARRANT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested after he was found to have no-bail warrant for conspiracy and petty theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a pedestrian check on two men who ran across Adobe Road and Verbena Drive, carrying a case of beer about 6 a.m. Thursday.

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THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE AUDITIONS TONIGHT

Auditions for the Theatre 29 resident repertory improvisation troupe are set for tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… Whether or not you took advantage of the improv workshops at Theatre 29, you’re invited to audition for its resident rep improv troupe. The auditions will held tonight Monday, May 8

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LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ALARMED AT STOP LIGHT AND STOP SIGN SCOFFLAWS

Morongo Basin school bus drivers have seen an alarming trend lately of drivers ignoring the red lights and stop signs on their buses, putting kids at risk. They remind drivers that getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride. If you run

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24-HOUR CELEBRATION OF LOU HARRISON’S LIFE THIS SUNDAY

A special and unique day is planned at Harrison House Music Arts and ecology in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Reporter Kirby Davis says the 24-hour event will celebrate the 100th birthday of quintessential California Composer Lou Harrison… Harrison House will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lou Harrison’s birthday with a

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST TO HOLD RALLY MONDAY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will host a rally Monday afternoon to show its support for California’s desert national monuments. The rally, “Monuments for All” is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s office in Joshua Tree (60124 Twentynine Palms Highway), and will feature live music,

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COLDWELL BANKER AGENT AWARDED INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S ELITE AWARD

Andy Patel, a broker-associate with Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty, has been named to the company’s 2016 International President’s Elite. Only the top 2 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this distinguished group. Last year, Patel successfully closed 53 transaction, representing 29 sellers and

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REGISTER FOR CERT TRAINING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

New training classes will start May 19 for volunteers who are at least 18 years old who interested in becoming a part of the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. Edica Gonzalez tells you how to sign up… The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT classes will be held Friday,

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DALE BASIN WELL OWNERS ASSOCIATION MEETS SUNDAY

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association meets 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road, in Wonder Valley. Note the change of location. There will be an update on the state of water and wells in Wonder Valley, an update on the Cadiz project,

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DESERT PRESBYTERIAN CONCERT SUNDAY

Desert Hill Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will host a community concert Sunday, May 7. The concert will feature singer, songwriter, and guitarist Nolan McFadden. Doors open at 2:30 and the concert starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Desert Hills Presbyterian

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JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME CALLED A TOTAL LOSS AFTER FIRE THURSDAY

A Joshua Tree mobile home is a total loss following a fire Thursday afternoon. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and CalFire were called to the Joshua Estates Mobile Home Park in the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway at 3:28 p.m.

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TWENTYNINE PALM MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning after he led Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Sean Lenihan saw a white BMW without a license plate at the intersection of Adobe Road and Highway 62 about 12:20 a.m. Lenihan attempted a traffic

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