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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING THEFT OF OVER $11,000.00 FROM YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of check theft against a Yucca Valley church. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church about 12:30 Monday afternoon. The church’s treasurer discovered that an unknown suspect had made multiple unauthorized transactions from the church’s checking account, totaling more than $11,000. Pacific...
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INTENTIONAL FLOODING OF HOMES IN YUCCA VALLEY AND 29 PALMS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating two similar cases of vandalism in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. On Saturday, deputies were called to the 6500 block of Desert Queen Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 7:30 p.m. when neighbors noticed water in the front yard of an apartment building. Neighbors and the landlord went inside...
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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION DISCUSSES SHORT TERM RENTALS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission held its first public hearing last night on its draft ordinance concerning short-term vacation rentals. Managing editor Tami Roleff said commissioners heard from residents who spoke on both sides of the issue…
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LOTS OF TALK, NOT MUCH ACTION AT 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night with lots on its plate, but not on its spoon. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…
There was lots of discussion, but not much action. That was the tone of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting last night, where only one...
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FIREFIGHTERS UNION QUESTION TWENTYNINE PALMS EQUIPMENT LEVELS

A Twitter notice and a Facebook post from the local professional firefighter’s union says public safety is at risk in the city of Twentynine Palms. The postings question a decision by County fire to have just one medic engine in Twentynine Palms, claiming it places public safety at risk. The...
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CHANGE IN LUNCH POLICY MISUNDERSTANDING AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

A robocall to parents of students at Onaga Elementary School has caused some misunderstanding. Interim Superintendent Doug Weller said it appears that a parent may have misunderstood a robocall that went out the other day. The school used to have a Friday-only policy for parents; in other words, parents were allowed...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER TO END MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION

Tonight in Twentynine Palms, the Water District looks to put an end to the mandatory water conservation measures it had instituted in response to the statewide drought. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…
Looking beyond routine items on the consent agenda, a single action item awaits board vote at tonight’s meeting...
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POSTAL CUSTOMERS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST MAIL THEFT

Postal customers fed up with their mail being stolen and seeming indifference by the U.S. Postal Service are taking it on themselves to thwart the thefts and solve the crimes. A new service, Informed Delivery, allows them to see images of their letters before they are delivered. “We have to...
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HIT MUSICAL “INTO THE WOODS” OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

The Broadway musical, “Into the Woods,” will open with a gala performance at Theatre 29 this Friday, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…
Opening night gala tickets for “Into the Woods” at Theatre 29 are available through any Twentynine Palms Rotarian or at...
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PIONEERTOWN TROUPE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER COMEDY WESTERN ACTORS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show, based in Pioneertown, is looking for volunteer comedy western actors. No experience necessary. They are a non-profit group and donate part of their donations back to local children’s charities. For more information, call Paden at 760-366-3333.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DRUM LINE PERFORMS TONIGHT

The award-winning Yucca Valley High School Drumline is giving up Prom for more competition. They will give a final and sendoff performance tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
Some students in the Yucca Valley High School Winter Percussion Ensemble will not be going to Prom on Saturday because...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity tennis team hosted the Trojans of Yucca Valley on Monday. The Wildcats came away with a decisive win, 12 to 6, over the Trojans.  In singles action the Wildcats were led by Brett Hope, who won all three of his sets, while Nathan Thomas and...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, VIOLATING RELEASE BOND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of hitting his wife and pulling her hair. Deputies were called to the 7400 block of Kellogg Avenue about 2 a.m. for a report of a man and woman yelling at each other. After an investigation, Craig Carter, 44, was arrested on suspicion of...
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WONDER VALLEY HOMESTEAD CABIN TOTAL LOSS IN FIRE MONDAY

An abandoned homestead cabin in Wonder Valley is a total loss following a fire Monday evening. Firefighters from Wonder Valley, Twentynine Palms, and the Combat Center were called to the small cabin at Schooler Road and Raymond Drive just after 7:30 p.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said smoke...
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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TAKES UP SHORT TERM RENTALS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission wants to hear from you tonight about what you think about short-term rentals or vacation home rentals in the town. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the input will be taken in a public hearing…
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight...
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MORONGO VALLEY CSD SPECIAL BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETING TONIGHT

On the far west end of the Morongo Basin, the Morongo Valley Community Services District will hold a special meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s about …
The Morongo Valley Community Services District will convene a special workshop session at 7 p.m. this evening. On the agenda...
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SIDEWINDER REMOVED FROM LANDERS POST OFFICE

Landers residents agree that the Post Office there is the de facto town center, meeting place, transportation hub and community grapevine. It’s certainly the place where you can meet all kinds. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings us this story that left these involved a bit rattled …
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MYSTERY ATM FOUND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

ATMs are usually found in or near stores or banks, or other high-traffic areas. But about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, a Twentynine Palms Sheriff’s deputy was called about a Tranax ATM that was found in a dumpster behind the Stater Brothers grocery store. The machine was locked and appeared to be empty, but...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: CARGO CONTAINERS AND CHURCHES

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets tonight with an agenda that could potentially give residents more places to put their stuff and more places to pray. It could also cost them more money. Reporter David Haldane explains…
Sea-going cargo containers and places of worship top tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS: PROPOSED BUDGET AND A VACANCY

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, April 25). Directors will announce a vacancy on the board due to the resignation of Pat Flynn-Zawojski; review the proposed budget for 2017-18; continue discussions on landscape and memorial options; discuss a general manager leadership...
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