STATE SAYS TWO AREA FOR-PROFIT EVENTS CAN’T USE VOLUNTEER LABOR

Two Joshua Tree event promoters, one a candidate for public office, are conducting business illegally, according to the State of California. The Joshua Tree International Film Festival and the Joshua Tree Music Festivals both offer free event passes and perks in exchange for so called “volunteers” to work preparing for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL VOTES MONEY TO MARKET JOSHUA TREE

The Twentynine Palms City Council met in regular session last night. Reporter David Haldane said the question of whether Twentynine Palms should spend money to market Joshua Tree dominated the meeting. Joshua Tree or Twentynine Palms? If you were a would-be tourist, which would hold the most sway? That was

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SAY NO TO SODA MOUNTAIN PROJECT AND MARIJUANA

Yesterday in San Bernardino, county supervisors pulled the plug on the controversial Soda Mountain solar project, and said no to marijuana. In a late afternoon 3-to-2 split decision, the board voted not to certify the project planned for 2,000 acres—a stone’s throw from the Mojave National Preserve. The vote followed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT EMERGENCY PLANS TONIGHT

The Twentynine palms Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says most of the meeting will discuss preparing for emergencies… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is expected to adopt a resolution intended to assure the safety of employee families during

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF THREATS, MARIJUANA SALES

A Landers man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of selling marijuana and making criminal threats. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 58900 block of Mitch Lane in Landers called about 8:30 a.m. to report that her neighbor, Jay Wilson, 50, threatened to shoot her. When deputies questioned

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS WIFE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday afternoon, accused of assaulting his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Forrest Carter, 32, became enraged about noon when his wife of one year admonished him for the way he was treating his 12-year-old daughter. The report states Carter grabbed his wife by

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ACCUSED OF TRANSPORTING DRUGS

Two people were arrested early Monday morning, accused of transporting drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy conducted a traffic stop near Tamarisk Avenue and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms about 2 a.m. Monday morning. Neither the driver, Marty Crew, 36, or the passenger, Tasha Perales, 36, were wearing

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PIONEER PASS GOLF CHALLENGE A TWO-DAY EVENT

A two-day extreme golf challenge is planned at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to register for the extreme challenge… Save the date—September 2 and 3—for the Pioneer Pass historic golf challenge. Two full days of golf, fun and food, includes 18 holes on the links

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BIRTHDAY PARTY TOMORROW

The National Park Service turns 100 years old Thursday, and the staff at Joshua Tree National Park are inviting you to help them celebrate. Join the park staff at the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning for birthday cake. Admission to

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HI-DESERT PREGNANCY CENTER FUNDRAISER SATURDAY NIGHT

The Hi-Desert Pregnancy Clinic will hold their annual fund-raiser next month. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says save the date… The High Desert Pregnancy Clinic will hold its annual fundraiser, “A Night for Life Under the Stars,” on Saturday, September 24. This semi‐formal evening will feature entertainment by the Luminators, with

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PART OF GOLDEN BEE DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TO BE CLOSED FOR 6 WEEKS

Street renovations will close a residential street in Yucca Valley for about six weeks. As part of the Sage Estates housing subdivision project in Yucca Valley, Golden Bee Avenue will be closed between Sage Avenue and Aster Street, effective immediately. The street work is estimated to be completed by mid-October.

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MOTHER ARRESTED AFTER CHILD FOUND ALONE IN YUCCA VALLEY PARK

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested after her young child was found alone in a park Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a park visitor reported about 6 p.m. that a 4-year-old had been at Jacob’s Park, at the corner of Hopi and Onaga Trails, for over an hour;

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YUCCA VALLEY POST OFFICE HAS 11 WINDOWS SHOT WITH BB’S

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating vandalism at the Yucca Valley post office Sunday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee was working in the back of the post office when he heard a loud crash at the front of the building about 5:30 p.m. When he came out to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL LOOKS AT BINGO, TOURISM, AND RELOCATION

The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the meeting will mostly be about… Bingo, tourism and relocation. Those are the subjects dominating the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. The bingo, if approved, would take place at the

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BURGLARS BUSY ACROSS THE MORONGO BASIN COMMUNITIES

Burglars were busy across the Morongo Basin Friday night. According to Sheriff’s reports, at least six residential burglaries were reported in Yucca Valley Saturday morning, two in Morongo Valley, and two in Twentynine Palms. In Yucca Valley, thieves stole: two quads from a home in the 1400 block of Cambria

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DEPUTIES “ESCORT A MAN TO THE GROUND” AFTER BASEBALL BAT INCIDENT

Yucca Valley deputies “escorted” a man to the ground Saturday morning, when he refused to follow their orders. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies responded to a home in the 6400 block of Hermosa Avenue for a vehicle burglary report. While there, David Scott, 24, of the 58500 block of

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CHP OFFERS “START SMART” DRIVING CLASSES

Start Smart is a safe driving awareness class for teens and their parents. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the class details… The Morongo Basin Area CHP will be holding a Start Smart class August 25 at 6 p.m. for teens and their parents. The class will illustrate how poor choices behind

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FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS AT LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Whoever said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch obviously didn’t go to school in the Morongo Basin. Our local public schools are offering free and reduced price meals. Reporter David Haldane tells us who is eligible and how to sign up… As it does annually, the Morongo

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, August 24, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. O-negative blood is especially needed. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. To make an appointment to donate blood,

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THEATRE 29 OPENS “SECRET GARDEN” MUSICAL FRIDAY NIGHT

Theatre 29 announces the gala opening of the musical “The Secret Garden,” sponsored by Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys Carol Scholarship. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… “The Secret Garden” opening night festivities Friday, August 26, begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent

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