CHILD ABUSE ALLEGED AT MARINE BASE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of multiple counts of abusing children in her care at the Child Development Center on board the Combat Center. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Child Development Center about 9 a.m. March 17 to review a videotape that

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADDS ADDITIONAL SPEAKER TO TODAY’S MEETING

The Homestead Valley Community Council has added an additional speaker to its monthly meeting today. Representatives from the Combat Center will play a video and have hand-out materials for residents. Officials from the fire department and Sheriff’s station will also be at the meeting, set for 3 p.m. at the

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REACH OUT AND MARINES LOOKING FOR SENIOR AND DISABLED WHO NEED HELP

Volunteers from Reach Out Morongo Basin and the Marine Corps are looking for seniors or disabled who can use some help. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…. Home repairs and yard work can present increasing challenges for seniors and disabled residents. If this is you or you know of a local senior

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MARINE CORPS’ PLAN TO AIRLIFT OVER 1,400 DESERT TORTOISES IS CANCELLED

The Marine Corps’ plan to move more than 1.400 desert tortoises from the Johnson Valley Off-Road area to a BLM-managed habitat has been cancelled. The Marines were going to move the endangered species reptiles to Bureau of Land Management habitat near Barstow, so the 88,000-acre Johnson Valley area could be

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PARK TO PARK BIKE RIDE AND FESTIVAL PLANNED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A community partnership of the Joshua Tree National Park, City of Twentynine Palms and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center present the Park to Park Ride and Festival to be held on Saturday, April 30, at Knott’s Sky Park in Twentynine Palms. The event is a leisure bike ride

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MILITARY WOMEN APPRECIATION DINNER PLANNED IN CATHEDRAL CITY

Residents are encouraged to support active duty military and their spouses at an appreciation dinner Saturday, March 12. Heart to Heart will host its ninth Military Women Appreciation luncheon from 9:30 to 2:30 at the Doubletree Resort in Cathedral City to honor the women of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps

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CRASH CLOSES BACK GATE TO THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

A woman received minor injuries in a spectacular two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Twentynine Palms. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin, Corbie Johnson, 30, of Twentynine Palms, and her 4-year-old son, were in a 2010 Hyundai Genesis traveling northbound on Morongo Road. At about 7:18 a.m., Johnson attempted

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MINOR INJURY ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES BACK GATE TO COMBAT CENTER

A woman received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Twentynine Palms. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin, Corbie Johnson, 30, of Twentynine Palms, and her 4-year-old son, were in a 2010 Hyundai Genesis traveling northbound on Morongo Road. At about 7:18 a.m., Johnson attempted to

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PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Be prepared for a step-up in training activity aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Marines from various units will be coming together next week to train prior to deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The three-day exercise, known as CERTEX, will bring together Marines and

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COMBAT CENTER IN THIRD DAY OF POWER OUTAGE

Two housing areas on the Combat Center have been without power since early Monday morning. The electrical distribution circuits that serve the Ocotillo and Fairway Heights housing areas suffered severe damage. Repairs are underway, but power is not expected to be restored until well into today, or possibly even later.

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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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MARINES PUT SEVERAL LOCAL AND COACHELLA VALLEY BUSINESSES OFF-LIMITS

According to a Marine Corps Combat Center order, several businesses in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and in the Coachella Valley are declared off limits to Marines, “in order to protect [them] from detrimental conditions in the civilian community.” The off-limits businesses include the Adobe Smoke Shop and STC Smoke Shop,

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LOCAL BUSINESSES OFF LIMITS TO MARINES

Several businesses in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and in the Coachella Valley are off limits to Marines. Local businesses include the Adobe Smoke Shop and STC Smoke Shop, both on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, and in Yucca Valley, Yucca Tobacco Mart and Puff’s Tobacco, on 29 Palms Highway. Off-limits

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MILITARY POLICE TAZE JUVENILE ON BOARD THE COMBAT CENTER

A juvenile was tazered by military police on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boy, who had been arguing with his mother, left his home and went to a nearby park. His father found him and confronted him and the father told

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CHRISTOPHER LEE CASE IN COURT FRIDAY; TRIAL DATE SET

A trial date has been set for the former Marine accused of killing his next-door neighbor and former lover a year and a half ago. Christopher Lee, 26, was in court again in San Bernardino Friday morning. Christopher Lee’s attorney requested that Judge Glenn Yabuno dismiss the case due to

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LARGE SCALE COMBINED EXERCISE ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

East end Morongo Basin residents will be hearing “The Sound of Freedom” this weekend. The Marine Corps’ will be conducting a large-scale combined arms, live-fire exercise on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The 1st Marine Division, along with support from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1stMarine Logistics Group,

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PENTAGON SAYS WOMEN CAN NOW SERVE IN FRONT-LINE COMBAT POSITIONS

The Pentagon says that women can now serve in front-line combat positions. Saying America’s military must draw from “the broadest possible pool of talent,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that women in the U.S. military—including the Army and Marines—can now serve in combat posts. The formal process to open

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HAPPY 240TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

On this date 240 years ago, the United States Marine Corps was born when the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a battalion of Marines, and the first Marines enlisted in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia. Every year, Marines around the world—active duty and retired, and their families—gather to honor their heritage

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A BUSY YEAR FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Among the speakers at last week’s State of the Basin presentation in Yucca Valley was the assistant chief of staff for the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Marines have been busy… “It’s been a very busy year for us; approximately 40,000 Marines, sailors, and

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PILOT ERROR, FAULTY PART CAUSED FATAL TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE HELICOPTER CRASH

Two Marine officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed at the Combat Center in January disregarded warning lights that indicated an emergency with the aircraft’s oil pressure. The Marine Corps Times obtained a copy of the investigation into the crash and reported Sunday that the UH-1Y Huey helicopter was

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