TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TERMINATES FAULTY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Twentynine Palms City Council dropped a failed improvement plan that was flawed last night. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you were planning to get the City of Twentynine Palms to front you a few thousand bucks for a new coat of paint on your business, forget about it. That

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES CELL TOWER HEARING

Residents of Yucca Mesa are unhappy about a proposed 52-foot tall cell phone tower—disguised to look like a water tower—that is supposed to be constructed on the southwest corner of Aberdeen Drive and Sage Avenue. Managing editor Tami Roleff says their complaints to the town of Yucca Valley are paying

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FORMER RADIO PERSONALITY ARRESTED TWICE IN DECEMBER ON DRUG CHARGES

A former disc jockey with Z107.7 was arrested twice in December on drug charges. Sam Smith, 48, of Twentynine Palms, was stopped about 4 a.m. December 2, near Stardune Avenue and Highway 62. After an investigation, Smith was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of

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A BRAWL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY EVENING

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a massive brawl in Twentynine Palms Monday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Adobe Road about 5:40 p.m. for a report of about 30 people fighting. Deputies determined that a gang of people arrived at the location in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT PROPERTY CRIME INCREASE

A packed house was on hand for last night’s Morongo Basin MAC Meeting. Reporter David Haldane said concerns about local crime were front and center… An overflow crowd turned out for the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting last night to hear a panel of law officers tell it like

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ARRESTED FOR BEING A FELON WITH A FIREARM

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Sunday night, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Sheriff’s officials, Deputy Gerardo Jimenez made a traffic stop about 11:15 p.m. on a vehicle driven by Ronald, 68, near West Court Way and Court Place in Twentynine Palms.

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN VEHICLE

A Johnson Valley man was arrested Sunday after a stolen motorcycle was found on his property. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 60600 block of Cole Lane in Johnson Valley said his Suzuki motorcycle was stolen a year ago, in February 2015. On Sunday, a woman came

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ALAINA TROFLER NAMED 2016 MISS YUCCA VALLEY

Alaina Trofler, a 16-year-old junior at Yucca Valley High School, was crowned the 2016 Miss Yucca Valley in the pageant’s 49th year Saturday night. The scholarship, based on academics and poise, has been sponsored for the past 18 years by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley under the leadership of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC FOCUSES ON CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meets tonight in regular session, Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the focus will be on crime and public safety… Local crime and public safety is the focus of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Following brief reports, the public will have an opportunity to

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO DEMOLISH 8 BUILDINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider two items relevant to our Morongo Basin. First the board is likely to give the go ahead for demolition of structures on eight local properties; five in Joshua Tree, two

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EVEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS NEED A PERMIT

With the perceived rise in crime in the Morongo Basin, many residents are forming neighborhood watch groups. As part of these efforts, they want to install signs warning people that they are entering a neighborhood watch area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents have to get permission prior to installing

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JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

Surplus federal food will be distributed Monday. Staff Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and locations… The third Monday of the month is the usual day for monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the President’s Day holiday, surplus food will be distributed on

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REGISTER NOW FOR GENERAL PATTON MUSEUM CAR SHOW

The General Patton Memorial Museum will hold a car show March 26. The car show is open to all classic and custom cars, as well as hot rods, low riders, motorcycles, tear-drop trailers, and military vehicles. The entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show and

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GLADYS CAROL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS OPEN

Applications are now being taken for the Gladys Carol Scholarship program. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, graduates, and undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time science, technology, engineering or math field of study. The scholarship, which is awarded based on merit and financial need,

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HELP PRESERVE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK’S HISTORIC SITES

Recent vandalism to some historic sites in the Joshua Tree National Park is the topic of Park Ranger Pam Trip’s report this week… Here at Joshua Tree National Park, there are numerous historic sites near trails, roads, and campgrounds. Places such as Ryan Ranch, Wonderland Ranch and other remnants of

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SIGN UP FOR CABOTS PUEBLO MUSEUM FIELD TRIP

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is offering a field trip to a historic Desert Hot Springs museum. Here’s assignment reporter, Cassie Zimarik with your invitation… Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society for a field trip to tour the historic Cabots Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs on February 20th. In

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AMENDMENT TO PREVENT USE OF ANTIQUITIES ACT FAILS

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to defeat an amendment that would have put major restrictions on a U.S. president’s power to create national monuments. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the attempt to modify the Antiquities Act…

Environmental groups are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Senate

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HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CEO

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has named a new CEO, effective February 22. Karen Faulis, the chief operations officer of Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, served as interim chief executive officer there for 18 months. Faulis has 25 years of experience in clinical and administrative leadership. While at Palmdale, she

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY OFFERS $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP IN ESSAY CONTEST

The Mojave Water Agency is offering a $5,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships for students who win an essay contest on the future of water in the desert. The scholarship is open to students in grades 9 through 12, as well as freshmen and sophomores in college. Essays on “What

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