CELEBRATE CHOCOLATE SUNDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Indulge yourself your sweet tooth and celebrate Chocolate Month during Chocolate Sunday, hosted by the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms. Dozens of chocolate confections and sweet treats will be available Sunday, March 6, from 2 to 4, at the church. The church is located at 6250 Mesquite Springs Road,

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NEW EXHIBIT OPENS AT GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

A new exhibit opened yesterday at Gallery 62’s new location in Joshua Tree. The featured exhibit, “Abstract Now in Joshua Tree,” includes a variety of two-and three-dimensional work by Valerie Davis, Kathi Klopfenstein, Hiroko Momii, James O’Keefe, Lenne Rosen-Kabe, Jeff Turner, Larry White, and Stella Vognar. An opening reception will

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ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROWS BUSTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the Yucca Valley Code Compliance officer, served search warrants on multiple residences in the last two weeks for illegal marijuana grows. According to the Town of Yucca Valley, a search warrant was served the last week of February in the 5100 block

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER PART 2: WATER CONSERVATION

Yesterday’s part one of Joshua Basin Water District’s Wednesday night meeting highlighted the board’s refusal to make a service commitment to NextEra Energy’s proposed solar plant. Today, assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz covers the other significant news coming out of that meeting … Wednesday night’s decision to deny a service commitment

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BLOOD DRIVE IN LANDERS TOMORROW

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, March 5, at the Moose Lodge in Landers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Moose Lodge is located at 58266 Reche Road. Donors with O-negative blood are especially needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING FOR DOGS OFFERED MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training March 7. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region; training is done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. The training cost is $75 per dog and the no-kill animal

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HIKE WITH THE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL; PARK SUPERINTENDENT TOMORROW

As part of the centennial year, Joshua Tree National Park is offering a hiking challenge. Hikers can pick up a free Centennial Hiking Challenge booklet at any of the Park’s visitor centers. Inside are suggested hikes, a log to record your hikes, and a page for rangers to sign which

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT RAIDS MULTIPLE YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENCES FOR ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROWS

The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the Yucca Valley Code Compliance officer, served search warrants on multiple residences in the last two weeks for illegal marijuana grows. According to the Town of Yucca Valley, a search warrant was served the last week of February at 5100 block of

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER PART 1: TWO EVILS ON CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR PROJECT

Wednesday night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District was again dominated by discussion of NextEra Energy’s efforts to secure water for their proposed solar plant at the old Joshua Tree airport site. Reporter Mike Lipsitz covers the district’s action on NextEra in part one of this two-part report… Last

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JUVENILE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH BURGLARIES IN LANDERS

A juvenile was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with several burglaries in Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 55800 block of Pleasant View Road called shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday to report his home had been burglarized Tuesday. Evidence at the scene led deputies to the

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TWO COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two commercial burglaries in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s reports, employees at businesses in the 3600 block of Adobe Road and 4000 block of Adobe Road were broken into overnight. Employees said cash, office equipment, a motorcycle, and an Audi car were stolen. Anyone with information

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HI-DESERT WATER DELAYS ACTION ON FEES

A decision on whether to pass County process fees on the customers paying sewer assessment fees was postponed at last night’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors postponed action at

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO CHOP UP GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of threatening to kill his off-and-on girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman called to report that Johnny Mungarro, 24, had beat her up and was threatening her with an ax in the 3300 block of Warren Vista Avenue. The woman

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED IN ARMED ROBBERY OF THE JOSHUA TREE INN

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the armed robbery of the Joshua Tree Inn. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Brandon Lamar, 32, went to the Joshua Tree Inn about 5:10 p.m. Friday and demanded money from the inn clerk at gunpoint. After receiving the undisclosed

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED OF STEALING FROM MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITY

A 32-year-old Yucca Valley man was sentenced in a Massachusetts court Tuesday for forging checks from UMass Amherst. According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, Andrew Wakewood pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts of larceny over $250. The DA said Wakewood stole over $15,000 from the Newman Catholic Center

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NATURAL GAS RELEASES IN WONDER VALLEY

The roar and smell of escaping natural gas with no warning, but this time not in Porter Ranch, it is in Wonder Valley. Reporter David Haldane said residents east of Twentynine Palms can expect more… A loud roar accompanied by a dirty plume jetting into the sky. That’s how residents

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DEPUTIES ACCUSED OF ASSAULT IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies accused of felony assault by a peace officer all pleaded not guilty yesterday in San Bernardino Superior Court. A new hearing was set for April 13. Nick Downey, Charles Foster, and Michael Phelps are accused of using excessive force on Francis Pusok following a

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CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR PROJECT ISSUE BACK AT JOSHUA BASIN WATER TONIGHT

The thorny question of a water will-serve letter for a controversial solar project will be back in front of the Joshua Basin Water District Board tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board must again consider if it will authorize

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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ARMED ROBBERY OF JOSHUA TREE INN

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the armed robbery of the Joshua Tree Inn. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Brandon Lamar, 32, went to the inn about 5:10 p.m. Friday and demanded money from the inn clerk at gunpoint. After receiving the undisclosed amount of

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MORONGO VALLEY SQUATTER ARRESTED

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested Saturday morning after he was found squatting in a vacant home in Morongo Valley with a stolen trailer. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a property in the 49600 block of Buena Vista Drive in Morongo Valley called about 9 a.m.

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