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Donna Bauman, a 22-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died August 7 of complications of COVID-19. She was 72 years old. Bauman is survived by her son, Thomas Bauman of Corning, New York; two daughters, Janene DeRosia of Rochester, New York, and Eileen Bauman of Twentynine Palms; and her cat Hermana. Donna Bauman retired after eight years aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. She loved reading and had hundreds of books. Donna Bauman enjoyed walking, shopping, and the Z107.7 Morning Show. A private viewing will be held Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m. at Wiefels and Son in Yucca Valley; interment will be at Joshua Tree Memorial Park with a private graveside service at 10 a.m. Friday August 14.


The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of multiple bronze items at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park on the highway in Joshua Tree. Cemetery workers called deputies about 9:30 a.m. Friday morning to report that sometime between June 5 and 6, bronze marker plates, bronze flower vases, cremation rocks, and cenotaphs had been stolen, causing much damage to the cremation niches at the cemetery. The value of the items is estimated at $7400. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

It appears as if the bronze marker is missing from this cremation niche at Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Tami Roleff photo
The bronze vase at this cremation marker is missing at Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Tami Roleff photo


We recently reported that the Twentynine Palms Cemetery is battling a vicious weed problem. Naturally, they are having the same challenge over at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Graves at Twentynine Palms Cemetery after weeds have been pulled. Courtesy photo

If any life source is truly winning in 2020, it has to be the weeds. Over at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park, the unwanted, unplanned plants are tough challenge for the staff, especially this year.

Office Administrator Ken Darney stated that the late rains brought a second round of noxious weeds and the staff is working diligently to keep the invaders at bay. While the Park employs a regular landscaping crew of four, Darney says he and others often pitch in on some mornings, before the heat settles in.

The Joshua Tree Memorial Park also has a weed problem. Courtesy photo

Darney stated that the Park is currently developing a plan to alleviate the weed problem in a more permanent way so as to avoid facing the same battle every spring.

While internments are still being conducted at the Park at an average rate, social distancing rules allow for just one family member at the burial site while other mourners are asked to stay in their cars. Darney stated that these rules will remain in place until they receive instruction from the governor and the county.


Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a Twentynine Palms man suspected of damaging the Joshua Tree Memorial Park and fleeing from deputies Saturday morning. About 6 a.m., deputies were investigating two suspicious vehicles inside the cemetery in the 60100 block of 29 Palms Highway. During a vehicle check, the deputies recognized one of the drivers as Gilbert Gonzalez, 31, who has warrants for his arrest in San Bernardino and Orange Counties for separate vehicle thefts. Gonzalez fled from deputies, driving through the cemetery grounds, severely damaging the property. Gonzalez fled eastbound on the highway and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Deputies called off the pursuit when entering the city of Twentynine Palms for safety reasons. Gonzalez’s vehicle was located abandoned near the intersection of Sunnyslope Drive and Datura Avenue; Gonzalez had fled on foot into the neighborhood and was not located. During an area check subsequent to the pursuit, two Sheriff’s patrol vehicles were involved in a collision on Two Mile Road near Alpine Avenue. A warrant has been issued for Gilbert Gonzalez’s arrest. He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

Sheriff’s deputies suspect that Gilbert Gonzalez was the driver of a vehicle that damaged graves and the grounds at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park Saturday morning. Michelle Bass photo, courtesy Joshua Tree Memorial Park
Gilbert Gonzalez
Several Morongo Basin residents went to the Joshua Tree Memorial Park Sunday and cleaned up the damage caused by a vehicle fleeing from Sheriff’s deputies. Deputies suspect Gilbert Gonzalez, 31, is responsible for the damage. Tami Roleff photo


All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, post offices, and Copper  Mountain College will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, Burrtec will delay its trash pickup by one day. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day, and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, May 28.