COMMUNITY NEEDS FORUM IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is known to many for distribution of surplus food to those in need throughout Morongo Basin. The non-profit, non-governmental agency has a lot more to offer. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to let them know what you need … The Community

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GAS TAX

California State Assemblyman and minority leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley issued a statement Thursday on the new gas tax recently passed by the California legislature. Mayes spoke out against the tax increase, saying that it passed due his colleagues being bought off with transportation projects, arm twisting, and deals

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

Among the items up for discussion at this month’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council are the latest information on hauled water; progress on the campaign for designating State Route 247 a scenic highway; and whether off-highway vehicles are banned from county-maintained dirt roads. Residents from Yucca Mesa, Landers,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SUSPECTED OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Mariquita Road in Landers about 9:40 a.m. due to a fight involving four to five people. When deputies arrived, they found Shawn Thayer, 39, who had

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LOCAL CHURCHES OFFER EASTER SERVICES

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold an Easter sunrise at 6 a.m. Sunday, at the Rotary Shelter in Luckie Park on Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pastor Steven Byrnes at 714-376-3898.

Gospel Fellowship Christian Center

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST RECEIVES GRANT

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently received a grant to continue its programs to bring youth to Joshua Tree National Park for camping and outdoor education. In partnership with Outdoor Outreach, the land trust’s project promotes urban outreach and connecting youth to the outdoors. It was one of 19 projects

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“INTO THE WOODS” OPENING POSTPONED A WEEK AT THEATRE 29

The fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” helmed by director Charles Harvey, which was supposed to open at Theatre 29 yesterday, has been postponed one week due to a medical emergency affecting the family of a key cast member. Patrons who have reserved seats can be rescheduled to another date.

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JOSHUA SPRINGS CALVARY CHAPEL ASKS COURT FOR GUIDANCE AFTER FUND-RAISER

Saeed Abedini, a former Muslim turned Christian pastor, became famous after his 2012 arrest in Iran for allegedly “attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam” by creating a network of Christian home churches. During his four-year imprisonment, his then-wife, Naghmeh, worked tirelessly for his release by, among other things,

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TIRE ROUND-UP IN LANDERS TOMORROW

Last December, volunteers from the Landers Community Association partnered with County Code Enforcement in an all-out effort to remove mostly illegally dumped vehicle tires from rural roads, private properties, just about everywhere. So successful was that effort, tomorrow they’ll do it again. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… Dubbed the “Greater

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LOCAL CHURCHES OFFER EASTER ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Sky View Chapel Church of God will hold an Easter egg hunt for children ages 3 to 12 on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. The egg hunt will be held at Friendly Hills Park on Sunny Vista Road in Joshua Tree. Gospel Fellowship Christian Center Church will host Easter

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BAIL RAISED, COURT DATE SET, FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT

Double murder suspect Rafael Aikens was in Joshua Tree Superior court again Wednesday, and Judge Rodney Cortez acceded to the prosecution’s request to increase his bail. Aikens, 22, a Marine lance corporal assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7thMarine Regiment, was arrested two weeks ago on board the Combat Center. He is

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Avalon Avenue and Paxton Road about 1:30 p.m. for not having a license plate. Inside the vehicle was Donald Palanuik, 40. During the traffic stop, the deputy

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“INTO THE WOODS” OPENING POSTPONED 1 WEEK AT THEATRE 29

The musical, “Into the Woods” at Theatre 29 postponed its opening for one week. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… The fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” helmed by director Charles Harvey, will be postponed one week at the Theater 29 due to a medical emergency affecting the family of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PROFESSIONALS NIGHT FOCUSES ON MORTGAGES

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly Professionals Night tonight, Thursday, April 13. Mary Jane Binge of First Nations Home Finance Corporation will answer your questions about the ins and outs of the mortgage industry and purchasing real estate. The event will be held from 6

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MINISTERIAL SERVICES ON GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER SUNRISE

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold a Community Good Friday service on Friday, April 14, at noon, at Little Church of the Desert. The church is located at 6079 Adobe Road. An Easter sunrise service will be held at the Rotary shelter in Luckie Park on Sunday, April 16,

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NOMINATIONS DUE NEXT WEEK FOR MARINE WIFE OF THE YEAR

Celebrating the sacrifices of military wives, an award will be given for Marine Wife of the Year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to make a nomination… Nominations are due next week for the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year Award. World War II veteran Major Glenn Ferguson

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SCHOOL BOARD NAMES TWO NEW PRINCIPALS

The Morongo Unified School District named two new principals for the 2017-18 school year. Justin Monical will be the principal at Yucca Valley High School. Jennifer Sands, who is currently the principal at Friendly Hills Elementary School, will become the principal at Black Rock High School. The board of trustees

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BLOOD DRIVE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, April 14, at Twentynine Palms High School, 72750 Wildcat Way in Twentynine Palms, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. Students who are at least 15 years of age may donate blood, but everyone under 18 must provide

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EARTH FEST IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Joshua Tree will host an EarthFest event this Saturday. Reporter Kirby Davis said the event will celebrate kids and pets… EarthFest Joshua Tree is a family and earth-friendly day celebrating kids, animals and the planet. The free event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, in the courtyard

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM TAKES A CHAMPIONSHIP

The Twentynine Palms High School robotics team, the Steamcats, came home winners last week from a national robotics championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Steamcats were among 172 teams from the United States and Canada that competed in various challenges. The Steamcats took first place in the Mega Alliance Challenge,

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