PIONEERTOWN MAN SCAMMED OUT OF ALMOST $2,000

A Pioneertown man was scammed out of nearly $2,000 Friday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, an unknown woman called the victim and said she was from the Federal Reserve Bank and that he was prequalified for a federal grant program. The victim was told to purchase two iTunes gift cards

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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.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY LOBSTERFEST

Enjoy a lobster dinner under the stars during the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s second lobsterfest in Pioneertown in May. Managing editor Tami Roleff says pass the butter… Last year’s Lobsterfest, sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club, was a sell-out, and this year’s event promises to be bigger and

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PIONEERTOWN WOMAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Pioneertown woman was arrested about 11:15 Wednesday morning, after her husband said she punched and bit him. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man said he was driving and back-handed his wife, Rachel Kee, 47, in the face several times. Kee retaliated by punching her husband and biting him

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COUNTY BACKS OFF ON PIONEERTOWN, MORONGO VALLEY WATER RATE INCREASE

Last week’s Z107.7 report that water rates in Pioneertown and parts of Morongo Valley would be going up—way, way up—caught many by surprise. Well, ratepayers weren’t the only ones caught by surprise. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has part two of the story and this time there’s a happy ending… California’s Prop

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THE PRICE OF WATER FOR PIONEERTOWN AND PART OF MORONGO VALLEY IS GOING UP

Water rates for residents of Pioneertown and the Hacienda Heights section of Morongo Valley are about to go up, way up. It’s just one of the topics up for discussion when county supervisors meet in San Bernardino tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … Among the many items on the

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GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE STARTS PIONEERTOWN PERFORMANCE SEASON SUNDAY

Gunfighters for Hire will be back on Mane Street in Pioneertown, starting this Sunday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. The award-winning Gunfighters for Hire is a local western reenactment group watched by visitors from around the world and locals in Pioneertown here for years. The shows provide great entertainment for

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GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE STARTS PIONEERTOWN PERFORMANCE SEASON SUNDAY

Gunfighters for Hire will be back on Mane Street in Pioneertown, starting this Sunday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. The award-winning Gunfighters for Hire is a local western reenactment group watched by visitors from around the world and locals in Pioneertown here for years. The shows provide great entertainment for

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SIXTH ANNUAL WOOF WALK SATURDAY WILL BENEFIT NO-KILL SHELTER

The sixth annual “Woof Walk,” to support the Humane Society no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree, is set for Saturday, March 25, in Pioneertown. Edica Gonzalez has your invitation… The sixth annual Woof Walk in the Morongo Basin Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event features raffles, door

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PIONEERTOWN WESTERN RE-ENACTORS LOOKING FOR COWBOYS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West show, the volunteers that do the fun Western re-enactment shows at Pioneertown, is putting out a casting call for Western enthusiasts who want to join their fun, family-oriented group of actors. No experience is necessary. Shows begin in April. Contact Paden for details at

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VENDORS SOUGH FOR 6TH ANNUAL “WOOF WALK” IN PIONEERTOWN MARCH 25

The 6th Annual “Woof Walk” to support the Humane Society no-kill animal shelter is set for March 25. Reporter Rebecca Havely says vendors are now being sought for the event…

The Morongo Basin Humane Society no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree is seeking vendors for its sixth annual Woof Walk

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MANE STREET STAMPEDE LOOKING FOR PIONEERTOWN COWBOYS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West show, the volunteers that do the fun Western re-enactment shows at Pioneertown, is putting out a casting call for Western enthusiasts who want to join their fun, family-oriented group of actors. No experience is necessary. Shows begin in April. Contact Paden for details at

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING PAPPY AND HARRIET’S OWNERS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of making terrorist threats against his former employers. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owners of Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown contacted deputies about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday to report that Devon Murphy, 25, posted on Facebook that he was going to

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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TWO FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FIRES IN PIONEERTOWN, YUCCA MESA SATURDAY NIGHT

Two families are homeless following fires in Pioneertown and Yucca Mesa Saturday night. About 9 p.m. a home caught fire in the 300 block of Gilrock Lane, near Gamma Gulch Road and Parson Ranch Road in Pioneertown, believed to have been sparked by embers from a chimney. Water tenders from

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COMMUNITY PLAN WORKSHOPS: PIONEERTOWN, MORONGO VALLEY, AND LANDERS AREA

San Bernardino County is updating the Community Plans for several areas in Morongo Basin. Part of the larger “Countywide Plan,” the Community Plans serve the unincorporated areas much like the planning commissions serve Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us where those living in the unincorporated

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SPECIAL HALLOWEEN WILD WEST SHOW TOMORROW IN PIONEERTOWN

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West show will have a Rootin’ Tootin’ Halloween cowboy show 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29, especially designed for the kids. Come to the show wearing your Halloween costumes. The western re-enactors will give away Halloween goodies in front of the Pioneer Bowl in Pioneertown. This

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PAUL MCCARTNEY PLAYED PAPPY AND HARRIET’S LAST NIGHT

Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown Thursday night. The local honky-tonk and performance venue posted on Facebook Thursday morning that lines would form at 3 p.m. Thursday for people to buy the $50 tickets, which wouldn’t even go on sale until 6:30 p.m. for

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LAST FEW WEEKS FOR MANE STREET STAMPEDE WILD WEST SHOW

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show is looking for actors. No experience is needed; Shows run on Saturdays, April through the end of October at 2:30 p.m. at Pioneer Bowl on Mane Street in Pioneertown. For more information, call Paden at 760-366-3333.

WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING FROM CLIFF IN PIONEERTOWN

A woman visiting Pioneertown fell off a cliff and died late Friday night. According to the county coroner’s office, Daena Kirk, 35, of Tehachapi, was with another man and woman on top of a hill about midnight when Kirk didn’t see a cliff and fell down the shale-covered slope. Her

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