ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GAS TAX

California State Assemblyman and minority leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley issued a statement Thursday on the new gas tax recently passed by the California legislature. Mayes spoke out against the tax increase, saying that it passed due his colleagues being bought off with transportation projects, arm twisting, and deals

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“TAKE A HIKE” WITH PARK SUPERINTENDENT DAVID SMITH APRIL 23

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SUSPECTED OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Mariquita Road in Landers about 9:40 a.m. due to a fight involving four to five people. When deputies arrived, they found Shawn Thayer, 39, who had

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FREE TAX PREP FOR LOW-INCOME CALIFORNIANS

In the final days before the April 18 tax deadline, Californians are reminded of free tax preparation centers and tax credits. Thousands of California families are unaware they are eligible for an even larger tax refund by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Kirby Davis has more about how you

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST RECEIVES GRANT

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently received a grant to continue its programs to bring youth to Joshua Tree National Park for camping and outdoor education. In partnership with Outdoor Outreach, the land trust’s project promotes urban outreach and connecting youth to the outdoors. It was one of 19 projects

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EASTER EGG HUNTS AND ACTIVITIES PLANNED THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There will be all kinds of special events and church services in celebration of Easter this weekend, from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms. In addition to activities and church services, Easter egg hunts will be held all over our beautiful springtime Morongo Basin. The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Explorers will

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE PACKED; PLAN ACCORDINGLY

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during spring break. Edica Gonzalez reminds visitors

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AN ARMED ROBBERY AT WAL-MART

In a story still developing, Sheriff’s deputies called in a helicopter to search for a suspect in an armed robbery at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley Thursday night. About 9:30 p.m., the suspect, described as a man, possibly in his 20s, wearing light pants, a gray hoodie and blue bandana, showed

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TWO VALUABLE MOUNTAIN BIKES STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of two mountain bikes in Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the bikes’ owner had the bikes in the bed of a pick-up truck while he was hiking at the Boy Scout trailhead in the park. When he returned to

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VEGETATION FIRE AT BOTTOM OF MORONGO GRADE THURSDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to assist Desert Hot Springs firefighters with a 2-acre vegetation fire at the bottom of the Morongo Grade about 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Firefighters battled the flames for about one and a half hours on the corner of Highway 62 and Indian Canyon. The cause

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BAIL RAISED, COURT DATE SET, FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT

Double murder suspect Rafael Aikens was in Joshua Tree Superior court again Wednesday, and Judge Rodney Cortez acceded to the prosecution’s request to increase his bail. Aikens, 22, a Marine lance corporal assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7thMarine Regiment, was arrested two weeks ago on board the Combat Center. He is

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Avalon Avenue and Paxton Road about 1:30 p.m. for not having a license plate. Inside the vehicle was Donald Palanuik, 40. During the traffic stop, the deputy

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“INTO THE WOODS” OPENING POSTPONED 1 WEEK AT THEATRE 29

The musical, “Into the Woods” at Theatre 29 postponed its opening for one week. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… The fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” helmed by director Charles Harvey, will be postponed one week at the Theater 29 due to a medical emergency affecting the family of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PROFESSIONALS NIGHT FOCUSES ON MORTGAGES

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly Professionals Night tonight, Thursday, April 13. Mary Jane Binge of First Nations Home Finance Corporation will answer your questions about the ins and outs of the mortgage industry and purchasing real estate. The event will be held from 6

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MINISTERIAL SERVICES ON GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER SUNRISE

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold a Community Good Friday service on Friday, April 14, at noon, at Little Church of the Desert. The church is located at 6079 Adobe Road. An Easter sunrise service will be held at the Rotary shelter in Luckie Park on Sunday, April 16,

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STATE ROUTE 62 GETTING $9.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS IN TWO PROJECTS

Construction started this week on a nine-mile project from the western border of Joshua Tree to the eastern border of Twentynine Palms. The $4.7 million project will add two-way left turn lanes and widen the existing shoulders to a standard eight feet. The California Department of Transportation says the project

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RETAIL STUDY HAS SOME INTERESTING CONCLUSIONS

A retail marketing study commissioned by the City of Twentynine Palms came up with some interesting conclusions. Reporter David Haldane has the details…

Groceries, furniture and clothing. Those are three of the opportunities cited in a retail market study presented at last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DUI IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH

A Joshua Tree man who crashed his car in Twentynine Palms was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Adrian Garcia responded to the area of Highway 62 and Mantonya Road about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a reckless driver.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES SEMINAR ON TRAFFICKING TOMORROW MORNING

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services is hosting a free seminar on trafficking tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

Learn about the dangers of social media apps, recruitment, on line gaming and the psychology of grooming. This all-inclusive seminar is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program of Copper Mountain

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD CONSIDERS $100,000 FOR BELL CENTER SEATS

On the agenda for tomorrow’s 3 p.m. meeting of the Copper Mountain College board of trustees is a public hearing on contract negotiations with the California School Employee Association. Then under “action items” trustees will consider a slate of names for the California Community College Board, and likely approve an

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