Latest Full Newscast

Full Newscast



The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is calling the death of a Joshua Tree man suspicious. Deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a report from a pedestrian walking his dog of a body in the wash. Just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, the body of Jesse Stoneburner, age 32, of Joshua Tree was found near Aberdeen Drive east of Sunfair Road. Detectives from the Homicide Detail of the Specialized Investigations Division are looking into the circumstances. An autopsy is expected to determine the cause and manner of death. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective David Lara or Sergeant John Gaffney at 909-387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.


Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Sara Snyder says beware of the “arrest warrant” scam…

In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow them to pose as the office of the local sheriff or other law enforcement agency. They call to say there is a warrant out for your arrest, but that you can pay a fine to avoid criminal charges. Of course, these “police” don’t take credit cards; only a wire transfer or prepaid debit card will do. Sometimes these scams seem very personal; the scammer may refer to a loan or other financial matter. It may just be a lucky guess, but don’t be fooled into thinking you are about to be arrested.


A packed house of Business, Government, Civic, and Community leaders joined enthusiastic Theater supporters from throughout the Morongo Basin and beyond at the Joshua Tree Community Center Wednesday evening. September 20. The three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce, Yucca Valley, Twentynine palms, and Joshua Tree, joined Theatre 29 volunteers to reveal the exciting 2018 theatrical season.

Theatre 29 Board President Gary Daigneault opened the event by welcoming the overflow crowd to the 9th annual event with a brief look at the remarkable history, ongoing growth, and unquestioning community support for the all-volunteer Community Theater organization since its inception in 1999.

Representatives of each of the Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce greeted the full house, giving an overview of their plans and information about Chamber events and opportunities in their individual communities.

As the formal season announcement unfolded, the six directors for the season took the podium, and with humor, snippets of shows and outstanding vocal and theatrical performances, they introduced the much-awaited 2018 season.

For 2018, Theatre 29 will present six Main Stage productions, their wildly successful Summer Youth Theater Program, and nine fan-favorite Improvisational Theater troupe performances. The 2018 season brings a well-balanced season of live arts with an eclectic mix of new shows, classic shows, and even more opportunities for young people to participate.

Musicals will run 12 performances over a four-week run (three performances, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend) with allowance to extend the run another weekend. Non-Musicals will run nine performances in a three-week run, also Friday, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. Each play will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.. All shows are produced at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

1/19/18 – 2/4/18
Classic Comedy, “Odd Couple”
by Neil Simon
Directed by Katie Fleischman
When Felix becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his friend, the jovial but messy Oscar. Felix drives Oscar and the poker playing gang crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two British neighbors, Cecily and Gwendolyn. When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test. Neil Simon at his best in this fast-paced comedy that will keep you laughing!

3/2/18 – 3/25/18
Broadway and Cinematic musical icon, “Wizard of Oz”
by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harlen Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Artistic Director, Gary Daigneault, Musical Director Bill Barrett, Choreographer, Sarah Fleischman
Click your heels together three times and join The Scarecrow, The Tinman, The Cowardly Lion, Dorothy… and Toto too, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. This production contains all of the beloved Oscar-winning songs from the movie including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way. Rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

4/27/18 – 5/20/18
“First Date”, Musical, Inland Empire Debut!
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner – book by Austin Winsberg
Directed by Charles Harvey, Music Director Kathryn Ferguson
Opposites attract in this uproarious romantic musical comedy about the chances we take to find love. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dining disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one? A recipe for a great date night, this show has something for everyone who has ever been in love.

6/25/18 – 7/29/18
Summer Youth Theater
Theatre 29’s highly successful Summer Youth Theatre program continues into its fifth consecutive year, bringing to life Theatre 29’s mission statement of “…offering opportunities to our children…”. Over the course of five weeks, five days a week, our Summer program teaches a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for Musical Theater, Choreography, costuming, make-up, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.

Run 8/17/18 – 9/2
“Harvey”, Classic Comedy
By Mary Chase
Directed by Wendy Cohen
Elwood P. Dowd is a good-natured, mild-mannered eccentric who is polite and cheerful and always friendly toward any strangers he might encounter, there is just one problem: his best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, Harvey. Wherever he goes, he brings an extra hat and coat for Harvey, and he buys theater tickets and railroad tickets in twos so that they can go everywhere together. His sister and her daughter try to have Elwood committed to the local sanitarium, where the behavior of the prominent psychologist and his staff raise the age-old question of who is more dangerous to society: the easy-going dreamer with a vivid imagination or the people who want him to conform to the accepted version of reality.

10/5/18 – 10/28/18
“Carrie, the Musical”, Musical, Inland Empire Debut
Book by Lawrence D Cohen-Music by Michael gore-lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Based on the Novel by Stephen King
Directed by Charles Harvey, Music Director Kathryn Ferguson
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel and classic film: in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. A true horror musical who does not lend itself to campy cliché, CARRIE contains language, dark themes, and mature subject matter. THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13! This is a Halloween exclusive!

11/23/18 – 12/16/18
“Annie” Broadway hit Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on Little Orphan Annie, permission by Media Tribune Services
Artistic and Musical Direction by Katherine Ferguson
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The perfect family musical!

February 10
April 14
May 26
June 16
July 14
August 11
September 15
November 10
December 29
“Baker’s Dozen” Theatre 29 Improvisational Troupe
Directed by Chris Fleischman
Theatre 29’s smash hit improvisational comedy troupe, THE BAKER’S DOZEN, is back and DOUGHIER than before! Monthly shows will tickle the funny bone and bust those ribs with non-stop insanity, goofy characters and quick, unscripted cleverness. Each show is different. You never know what will happen next! As such, there can sometimes be some adult content.

2018 Season tickets are available now, individual show tickets will be available soon. Visit or call 760-361-4151.


Wildly enthusiastic audiences are clamoring for more, more, more from The Baker’s Dozen, Improv Troupe at Theatre 29. “School Glaze” is the theme for the next Baker’s Dozen performance this Saturday September 23 at 7 p.m. be prepared to have your ribs tickled and your sides split by a top notch cast of improvisers. Improv troupe performances are rated PG 13. Ticket prices are reduced with General Admission at $10, Military, and Seniors are $7. and $5. for students with ID. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders may attend one performance at no charge. For tickets visit or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


October is orchid month in our Morongo Basin and an opportunity to experience displays of beautiful live orchids and much more at the 22nd annual Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview…

The annual Orchid Festival is about much more than the world-class judged orchid show, greenhouse tours every half hour offering acres of blooming orchids, and free orchid-growing classes for children and adults. It’s also about great food like burgers, dogs, barbeque, tacos at the Sunset Grill; live entertainment from the Yucca Valley High School Jazz Band, craft beers from Joshua Tree Brewery, and wine and cheese tastings to enjoy in the shade Sunset Rotary Wine and Beer Garden. Then there’s mini-golf, a bounce house, vendors and booths showcasing community non-profits. The festival happens Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information call Gubler Orchids at 760-364-2282 or visit or

The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is at Gubler Orchids at 2200 Belfield Blvd. off Reche Road in Landers. Just follow the signs.


The Desert Oasis Car Show in Twentynine Palms is tomorrow, Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Luckie Park. Check in is at 9 a.m., the show begins at 10 a.m. Stick around for the awards ceremony and trophies at 4 p.m. For more information visit, call 760-367-7562.


The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show will be performing this Saturday, September 23 on Mane Street at Pioneer Bowl at 2:30 p.m. sharp in Pioneertown. Shows are free to the public. For more information call 760-366-3333.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will hold its fifth annual Poker Run fundraiser tomorrow, September 23. The Poker Run is open to all riders and vehicles. Registration is $25, or $30 for a couple, and includes live music and a barbecue lunch. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the VFW, 6402 Veterans Way in Joshua Tree. Kick-stands up at 10 a.m. There will be cash prizes. Proceeds will help veterans and active duty military and their families. For more information, call 760-366-2717.


Rise 4 the People Inc. has organized a Krusin’ 4 Kids Poker Run fundraiser, with all the details here’s Rebecca Havely…

Gunny’s 2017 Krusin’ 4 Kids Poker Run is seeking merchants, vendors, sponsors and stop locations for poker hands. All motorcycles, street rods, classic and custom cars are invited. Pre-register your vehicle by mail or in person, at the Palm Springs Elks Lodge, the day of the event Saturday, October 21 from 8 to 10 a.m. Kickstands up and keys on at 10 a.m. finishing up at Willy Boys BBQ for food, dancing and live music; families are welcome. Bring a new unwrapped Toys for Tots donation. All other proceeds benefit the Rise 4 The People Inc. outreach programs. For more information call Gunny Solares at 951-801-1077.

Mailing address for pre-registration:
Rise 4 The People
56925 Yucca Trail #413
Yucca Valley, CA 92284


This Saturday Food For Life in Twentynine Palms will be serving beef and rice, salad, fruit, and dessert. Organizers will also be celebrating September birthdays. The meal is served from 3 to 5 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene in Twentynine Palms. Look for signs on the highway and at the church.


Desert Hills Presbyterian Church on Mountain Trail in Yucca Valley is breaking out the fine china and serving up ham and all the fixings, dessert, and beverage beginning tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the church choir with a special appearance by “F Troop.” Pastor Wayne Morrow will serve as MC. This is the major fundraiser for the Men’s Group with funds used mainly for minor church repairs and maintenance. Tickets are available for a requested donation of $12. Call the church office at 760-365-6331 for more information or to reserve a ticket.


The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting for their youth commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply…

The Yucca Valley Youth Commission is made up of students in grades seven through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley. Youth commissioners produce informative video programs, present forums to local schools, and volunteer at community events. Commissioners meet the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center or online at The deadline to apply is October 2. For more information, call the Community Services Office, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m. at 760-369-7211.


The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department is still looking for a few adult softball teams to round out their winter league. The league will run from the end of September to the end of November. The Men’s division will play on Tuesday nights and co-ed will play on Wednesdays. For all the details contact Kevin Cole at 760-668-5176.


In Volleyball action. The Lady Trojans of Yucca valley Beat the Lady Cats of Twentynine Palms in three sets. Coach Darrell Sterling said Senior setter Alessa Luckino spread the ball to all her hitters giving everyone the opportunity for quality kills. Middle blocker Zena Yakimow served 12 in a row along with kills and blocks. Twentynine Palms Coach Missy Bond said her Ladycats were led by Senior Lindsey Scamman with five kills and three blocks. Junior Gabby Mackall had three kills, one block and 10 assists.

Senior Cheryl Jenson had three kills and one ace serve. Senior Samantha Bauer had two ace serves. Senior Hope Culver played some super defense.

The Yucca Valley High School Tennis team played at Twentynine Palms. Yucca Valley Coach Cindy Miller said It was a good match between both schools. The final score was Twentynine Palms 11 and Yucca Valley 7.

Yucca Valley stats:
In singles Katie Brattain went 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles Savannah Beasley and Kloee Scacclanoce 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; April Bratcher and Mackenzi Monical 6-7(6-8), 5-7, 6-2

Twentynine Palms stats:
In singles action, the Ladycats were led by Alicia Gilchrist, Tamesha Jefferson, and Shaelita Chestnut all winning two of their sets. In double action the Ladycats were led by the teams of Danny Morrissey/Alexis Soster and Saniyah Solwazi/Rosalind Carrllo both winning two of their sets while the team of Emma Romano and Bella Crank won one of their sets.

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will host the Palo Verde High School Yellowjackets from Blythe. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

Also today, the Wildcat cross-country team will participate in the Hi-Desert Classic, starting at 4:30 p.m.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will travel away to play the Big Bear Bears. Game time is 1:30 p.m.


Twentynine Palms Mayor John Cole and City Manager Frank Luckino will be the guests on tomorrow’s Up-Close Show at 10 a.m. Call in with your questions about the city’s plans for Project Phoenix, or a possible sewer project with the Marine base, or any other city-related question. Twentynine Palms mayor and city manager featured guests tomorrow on the Up-Close Show at 10 a.m.


All municipal offices in the City of Twentynine Palms will be closed today from noon to 1 p.m. for a city employee meeting. For emergencies call 760-910-3886.


Theatre 29 closed the musical production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” last weekend. However, the production is all packed up and ready to travel to the Barstow Performing Arts Center for a final weekend of performances. The show’s director, Z107.7’s own, Rebecca Havely has more…
Last Sunday when the curtain closed on the Theatre 29 stage for its production of “Joseph…” instead of striking the set, it was all packed into trucks and trailers in preparation for the performances this weekend in Barstow. Long-time Theatre 29 volunteer Ed Will, whom you may remember as a multi-award winning Musical Director of many Theatre 29 productions; is behind the move. He suggested that a Theatre 29 production travel to the nearly 700-seat, state-of-the-art facility. Will, who is now the Civic Center and Special Events Manger at the Barstow PAC, worked with the Theatre 29 Board of Directors and the show’s artistic director to plan the event move. So, if you missed the show at Theatre 29 or just want to see it one more time, reserve your seats now. The cast and crew are excited to be a part of this unique community theatre experience!

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has two performances in Barstow; Saturday September 23 at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee September 24.

For tickets:


Due to an all staff training day, the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter will be closed for adoptions and visitations on Friday, September 22. The Animal Shelter lobby will be open from noon to 5 p.m. for the acceptance of stray animals and animal license sales. The Animal Shelter will resume normal business hours on Saturday, September 23. Normal business hours for the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter are Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The shelter location is at 4755 Malin Way in Yucca Valley. For questions, contact the animal shelter at 760-365-3111.

View adoptable pets here:


Even though two orientation meetings have been held, there’s still time to sign up for the Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get involved…
It’s not too late for Yucca Valley High School junior girls to sign up to participate in the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship pageant. Scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $750 will be awarded to Miss Yucca Valley and her three princesses. Girls must be at least 16 years old, a junior at a Yucca Valley school, and maintain a C average during the school year. The deadline to enter to participate in the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship pageant is October 10.

For more information:


With fall—and the flu season—coming, residents are urged to get a free flu shot at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center. Reach Out Morongo Basin is sponsoring two flu shot clinics, this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, September 26 and 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A licensed pharmacist will provide the flu shots to adults and children. No appointment is required and walk-ins are welcome. The Senior Center is located at 6539 Adobe Road, across from the fire station in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.

- Read Older Newscasts >>


Special Article: UFOs In The Desert – Summer 1991

Special Article: The Legend of Giant Rock – Summer 1991

Special Article: The Little Radio Station That Could – Sunday, June 28, 1992