ELKS HOOP SHOOT WINNERS NAMED

Two boys and one girl won the first round of the “Elks Hoop Shoot” Sunday. For the boys, the 10-11 year old winner was Jonathon Aguirre and 12-13 was Carlos Williams. For the girls, it was Adrianna Olmeda in the 10-11 year old division. The three Twentynine Palms champions will

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School boys basketball team finished the Rancho Mirage Invitational with a third place finish after defeating Victor Valley High School, 69-59. Coach T.J. Stanford said All-Tournament recipients were Adam Bell and Abraham Bell along with Javier Soriano. This brings the ’Cats’ record to 4-1. The Yucca

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DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY MORNING TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has identified the woman who was killed in a crash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning as Samantha Reyes, 19, of Joshua Tree. According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Randy O’Brien, Reyes, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear

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WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS PROBATION

A Joshua Tree woman who was convicted in September of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District was sentenced to three years’ probation on Friday. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn

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BEWARE OF THE JURY DUTY SCAM

Con men are getting more aggressive in their attempts to part you with your money, or personal information. Reporter Rebecca Havely has this warning about the jury duty scam… The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you

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JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME DESTROYED, GOATS DIE, IN FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A mobile home burned to the ground, and at least three goats were killed, in a fire in Joshua Tree Friday morning. Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Border Avenue about 11:24 a.m. where they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Tuttle

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LANDERS AREA TIRE ROUND-UP THIS SATURDAY

The Landers landfill sits on 630 acres near the southern edge of Landers. It is the Morongo Basin’s primary landfill and can accept as much as 1,200 tons of refuse daily. All manner of things end up there, but almost no vehicle tires. Instead discarded vehicle tires can be found

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CAMPING FEES BEING STOLEN FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

New evidence has come to light, and the Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple cases where fees for camping in Joshua Tree National Park have been stolen out of the campground fee canisters. According to the Sheriff’s Department, for years, unknown suspects have been stealing money from envelopes deposited in campground

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

The Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, event set for this Christmas Day is in the preparation stage and volunteers are needed. Reporter Kirby Davis says volunteers will meet tomorrow… So much to do, so little time do it. Tender Loving Christmas needs hundreds of volunteers for its 33rd annual Christmas Day

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PASTORS, CHOIRS, AND CHURCHES SOUGHT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT

Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church is seeking pastors, choirs, and churches who are interested in being a part of the program for the Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration in January. The theme of the event is All Lives Matter. The annual march on January 16 will be followed by

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TOMORROW

Santa Claus will make an appearance at the official Twentynine Palms Tree lighting tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Santa Claus will make a visit to Twentynine Palms Tuesday, following the lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree in Veterans’ Park. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with opening

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats’ soccer team finished the 10th annual Lady Rams Soccer tournament at Desert Mirage High School with a record of 1-2. Coach Richard Sanchez said after a hard-fought 3-0 loss to Indio High School Friday afternoon, the ’Cats took the field for a second

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THEATRE 29’S SERENITY PATIO

Theatre 29 is developing a Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Reporter Sara Snyder says that you, too, can be a part of the

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, December 5. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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DONATE TOYS FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters have been busy throughout Morongo Basin this week. They’ve been placing collection boxes at area businesses, including Z107.7 studios, in Joshua Tree as part of the Tender Loving Christmas event. The hope is to fill the boxes with new, unopened toys and help bring Christmas

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING WOMAN BY SETTING HER ON FIRE

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

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO STEAL A CAR

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of trying to hotwire and steal a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6900 block of Manzanita Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1:45 p.m. for a report that two men and a child were wandering around

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PROTECT YOUR DOG AGAINST PARVOVIRUS

If your dog contracts the parvovirus it can be hard to eradicate. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some helpful hints…

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that is often fatal, especially for young puppies. Parvo is prevalent in the Morongo Basin, and the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter receives calls

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING FATHER WITH PIPE

A 21-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly hit his father with a pipe. Deputies were called to the 55900 block of Navajo Trail following an argument between the two men about 3 p.m. After an investigation, Steven Levitt was arrested on suspicion of assault with a

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PAN HANDLERS STEAL CASH FROM WOMAN IN JOSHUA TREE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of strong arm robbery Thursday evening. About 6:20, a woman was approached in the 61800 block of 29 Palms Highway in downtown Joshua Tree by pan handlers for money for food. The woman took out $10 to give to them, and the unidentified

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