COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETING FOR JULY CANCELLED

The July monthly meeting for The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends has been cancelled. The meeting will be held next month on August 10, 2016, at 4:30 pm. Thank you for your support. For more information, please contact Kristin Martin at 760-250-7295.

MARINE CONVICTED OF MURDER IN 2014 SHOOTING DEATH

Brock Myers, the 25-year-old Twentynine Palms Marine who shot another Marine in the face while horsing around while drunk two years ago, was convicted of murder by a jury Friday afternoon in Joshua Tree Superior Court. According to court records, the jury started deliberating 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and came back

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DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR HAVING SEX WITH INMATES

A Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday, accused of having sex with female inmates at the jail. According to a Sheriff’s report, the Sheriff’s Department received information Friday, July 1, that Deputy Brian DerryBerry, 24, was engaging in sexual activity with a woman who was in the Morongo Basin

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, MAY WEIGH IN ON A BAKER SOLAR FIELD

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, appointed to advise the County Supervisor about local matters, are expected to stick their noses into matters in the community of Baker tonight. Reporter David Haldane looks at the MAC’s agenda… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council tonight will consider endorsing a move to

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO HEAR ABOUT FRONTIER’S TAKEOVER OF VERIZON

Earlier this year Frontier Communications paid $10.5 billion for Verizon’s “wireline” assets in California, Florida, and Texas. The move affects 6.5 million voice, broadband, and FIOS video users. (Verizon wireless services were not part of the deal.) Frontier began providing those services in April and right away customers began reporting

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NEW RACIAL PROFILING BOARD MET FRIDAY FOR FIRST TIME

A new statewide effort to combat racial profiling in police stops got underway Friday, with the first meeting of the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board in Los Angeles. Managing editor Tami Roleff says in a week with news of shootings—both by and at police—California is taking concrete steps to

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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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