FATAL CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY MORNING

A woman was killed and a man critically injured in a head-on crash in Twentynine Palms early this morning. According to CHP Officer Randy O’Brien, Samantha Reyes, 19, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear Avenue at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour,

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WONDER VALLEY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE THURSDAY NIGHT

A Wonder Valley home is a total loss following a fire Thursday night. Firefighters were called to the 3100 block of Shelton Road at 11:37 where they found the 2-story home 50 percent involved with flames when they arrived. Due to a lack of water in the area, the fire

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JURY DECIDING THE FATE OF MAN ACCUSED OF SETTING WOMAN ON FIRE, KILLING HER

A Yucca Valley man was convicted Thursday of the 2011 torture and burning death of his ex-girlfriend, Maria Banuelos. A Rancho Cucamonga jury found 43-year-old Hector Meza guilty of one count of first degree murder, with the jury finding true the special circumstances that the murder was committed during the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING TWO YOUNG CHILDREN

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexual molestation of two young children. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called about 2 p.m. to Bannock Trail in Yucca Valley for a report that Joshua Jackson, 23, had touched a 4-year-old and 6-year-old child in a sexual manner.

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAPE

A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of rape. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman went to the Sheriff’s station in Joshua Tree about 4 p.m. Wednesday to say that she had been raped a couple days earlier at an unidentified location on Two

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GO TAKE A HIKE, WITH THE MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST TOMORROW

Breathtaking views and some heavy breathing are guaranteed on Saturday’s hike with the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Reporter Mike Lipsitz laces up his hiking boots … Join the Mojave Desert Land Trust for a guided hike in the Sand to Snow National Monument this Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m.

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CADIZ INC. RAISES MONEY FOR CONTROVERSIAL GROUNDWATER TRANSFER PLAN

Cadiz Inc. has raised more than $9 million to be used to advance the company’s environmentally controversial project to transfer groundwater from east of Twentynine Palms to parts of south Orange County. The cash was raised in a in a public stock offering held Thursday. Money from the sale can

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FINAL WEEKEND FOR “KITCHEN WITCHES” AT ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH

The St. Joseph’s Players offers the comedy “Kitchen Witches” for one final weekend and offers a two-show deal. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… December 3 and 4, come see the hysterical comedy “Kitchen Witches,” and get a two-show deal. The St. Joseph’s Players spring show, “A Few Good Men”

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LOCAL RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Friday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will share in some holiday spirit as The Twentynine Palm High School Select Choir, under the direction of Mr. Michael Mayes, entertains them with its

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COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

It’s time for Pancakes! Served from 8am to 11 am at The First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Seven Bucks gets you all your breakfast favorites served by your local favorites.

FREE CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church will hold a free gospel concert Saturday, December 3, at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located at 8035 Church Street in Yucca Valley.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will open an exhibition with a reception this Sunday. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The 29 Palms Art Gallery’s newest exhibition is a holiday mini show with original art by guild members. The art in this show is 12×12 inches or smaller, with

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys basketball team traveled to Rancho Mirage High School to play the Brawley Wildcats in the Rancho Mirage invitational. Twentynine Palms was victorious with a 81-67 score. Coach T.J. Stanford said Twentynine Palms will have a home game Tuesday, December 6, against Cathedral City.

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ART EXHIBITION AT ST. MARY’S IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

An Art exhibition and sale will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Yucca Valley tomorrow. Reporter Kirby Davis says proceeds will benefit church projects….. St. Mary’s of the Valley Altar Rosary Guild invites you to join in the Christmas spirit with live music, light refreshments, and an exhibition of

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

It’s a busy day in high school sports today. The Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball teams will be participating in the West Valley Mustang Tip-Off Classic tournament in Hemet. The Joshua Springs boys’ basketball team will host Calvary Chapel Christian School at home. Tip-off

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SERVICES SET FOR CRYSTAL LEBO

Crystal Lebo, a 20-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Monday, November 28. She was 39 years old. Crystal Lebo is survived by her husband, J.W. Lebo, of Yucca Valley; her parents, Lynn and Kelly Schumacher of Twentynine Palms; sisters Nina Centner, Caitlyn Cross, Shannon Schumacher, and Amanda Van Gyven; and

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN’S CONVICTION FOR RAPING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL UPHELD

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld a former Yucca Valley resident’s conviction for breaking into a Claremont home and raping a 12-year old girl. The three-justice panel rejected the defense’s contention that the trial court’s failure to grant Joseph Chandler Davall’s motion for a change of venue from Pomona deprived

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ONE ARRESTED, TWO SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY WALMART BURGLARY

A man was arrested in Yucca Valley Tuesday night, accused of helping to two other men steal merchandise from Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness saw two men carrying electronics run out of Walmart’s emergency exit about 10 p.m., and get into a white van. The witness followed

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HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is out with its annual tips for holiday safety. Reporter David Haldane outlines a few… You never think it will happen to you, of course. And yet, every year it happens to someone whose thinking was just like yours. We’re talking about holiday-related accidents,

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT OVER A DOG

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday after fighting with her roommate over a dog. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor in the 7500 block of Shafter Avenue called deputies about 4:30 p.m. to report that a woman with blood on her face came to his home asking for

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