MARINE CORPS SAYS JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISES ARE OVER UNTIL NEXT YEAR

The Marine Corps has announced that the shared use area in Johnson Valley is open once again to the public. The area was closed for the last two weeks while the Marine Corps conducted training exercises in the area. The closure included time for training and to clear the land

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LIVE MORTAR SHELL FOUND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two people riding dirt bikes in Twentynine Palms found a live mortar round Sunday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called about 11 a.m. Sunday to an area in the desert east of Adobe Road and north of Indian Trail. The bike rider found a partially buried ammunition

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SOUND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR JOHNSON VALLEY MILITARY TRAINING

There will be increased sound in the area of the Johnson Valley shared use area from Marine Large Scale Exercise training through August 25. The Integrated Training Exercise is the longest-lasting activity that occurs aboard the Combat Center and is comprised of an intensive training cycle involving a series of

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AIRSPACE RESTRICTED OVER COMBAT CENTER STARTING TODAY

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a temporary special use airspace in support of an exercise taking place at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center starting today. The temporary special use airspace allows the Marine Corps to undertake required, large-scale, combined-arms and maneuver training during the exercise. This temporary special

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FEDERAL BILL WOULD EASE THE WAY FOR JOINT TWENTYNINE PALMS-MARINE BASE SEWER SYSTEM

Twentynine Palms and the neighboring Combat Center may be receiving some federal help in building a joint wastewater treatment facility. On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its annual national security authorization bill, HR 2810, which encourages the base to cooperate with the city to provide a community sewage

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MARINE CORPS ANNOUNCES TRAINING TIME FOR LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced

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FAA ESTABLISHES MILITARY AIRSPACE OVER JOHNSON VALLEY FOR MARINE EXERCISE

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a temporary special use airspace in support of an exercise taking place at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in August. The temporary special use airspace allows the Marine Corps to undertake required, large-scale, combined-arms and maneuver training during the exercise. This temporary special

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EVEN IN SEARING HEAT, MARINES HELPING NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Extreme heat drives most of us inside, but there are some notable exceptions. Reporter David Haldane explains…

It was a scorching 115 degrees in the shade. Most residents of Twentynine Palms spent the recent heat wave huddled in air conditioned homes or offices waiting for the weather to change. Not

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JOSHUA TREE MAN CAUGHT TRESPASSING ON THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, after he was found trespassing, possibly trying to steal scrap metal, on the Marine Corps Base. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base about 1:30 by the military police who said Clarence Bodiford, 52, and another man had been

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EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR MARINE WHO KILLED TWENTYNINE PALMS DENTIST, WIFE IN DUI CRASH

Mariah Natividad, a Twentynine Palms Marine who pleaded guilty in April to a DUI crash that killed a prominent Twentynine Palms dentist and his wife, was sentenced to eight years in state prison Wednesday. Natividad, 23, was a lance corporal with the Exercise Support Division on the Combat Center in

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EXPECT “SOUNDS OF FREEDOM” FROM THE MARINE BASE

Expect more “Sounds of Freedom” from the 29 Palms Marine Base. Marine officials say Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual. The Marine Corps is in the middle of a 29-day integrated training exercise conducting battalion-size, live-fire maneuvers and will incorporate combat support, combat service support, and aviation

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TWO LA MEN LOST IN DESERT, FOUND ON MARINE BASE SATURDAY

Two Los Angeles-area men who got lost after leaving a party in Joshua Tree, got their truck stuck in the desert, and thought they’d walk to Big Bear, were guests of the county Saturday night until they were sober again. Marco Salinas, 21, of Los Angeles, and William Ruiz, 35,

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MARINE TRAINING EXERCISE WILL BRING NOISE TO THE AREA

Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms over the next month. The Marine Corps will be conducting a 29-day integrated training exercise called ITX 4-17. The exercise will conduct battalion-size, live-fire maneuvers and will incorporate combat support, combat

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MARINE BASE ECOLOGIST DECODES DESERT TORTOISE GENOME

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms does more than just prepare for war. Sometimes it helps save a species. Reporter David Haldane has the details… What is a desert tortoise really made of? That’s the question absorbing a group of scientists for the last several years. Now

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MARINES, DEPUTIES LOCATE ARIZONA WOMAN MISSING FOR A DAY IN DESERT

Marines and Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies helped rescue an Arizona woman Wednesday who had been missing in the desert for at least a day. According to a Sheriff’s report, Johnnie Savage, 57, left her home in Chloride about 1:30 p.m. Monday, to go rock hunting near Ludlow. When she did

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FLAGPOLE REDEDICATION IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will hold a ceremony Saturday, May 27, to rededicate the veterans’ marker and flag pole in downtown Joshua Tree. The marker and flag pole are at the corner of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. Representatives from the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, the

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CHANGE OF COMMAND FRIDAY FOR ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL

The Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a change of command 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 26. Commanding officer Captain John Lamberton will be relieved by Captain “Nadji” Hariri. Hariri was the executive officer at the Naval Health Clinic in Cherry Point

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“SOUNDS OF FREEDOM“ CONTINUES TO RATTLE LOCAL WINDOWS

The “Sound of Freedom” is still rattling windows in the Morongo Basin and will for the next two weeks. The Marine Corps is conducting Integrated Training Exercise 3-17 on board the Combat Center through June 2. Early Wednesday morning a series of big booms had some residents thinking there were

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE TO GET SILVER STAR FOR SAVING LINGUIST DURING ENEMY FIRE

The Marine Corps will present the third-highest combat award to an Iraq War veteran Thursday, following a review that upgraded his commendation. Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Glenn M. Walters, will present the Silver Star Medal to Capt. Andrew Kim, an officer with Marine Corps Tactics and Operations

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ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms will conduct an active shooter exercise Tuesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The full-scale exercise will evaluate the installation’s emergency operations plans, policies and procedures as well as first-responders’ capability and capacity to operate in coordination with multi-jurisdictional agencies.