BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUND FATALITY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE

A bizarre set of circumstances surround a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday, where a man was found hanged and shot. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called to the 7400 block of Persia at 4:12 p.m. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, Yucca Mesa,

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FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED HOME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to an early morning fire today. An abandoned stone house on Yucca Avenue, just north of 29 Palms Highway, had flames and smoke coming from the front door and eaves when firefighters arrived about 2:15 a.m. Firefighters from Wonder Valley and the Combat Center assisted

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MARKS FIRE TURNOVER, ELIMINATES TV COVERAGE

The Twentynine Palms City Council marked the turnover of the fire Department to county control last night. Reporter David Haldane said they also eliminated TV coverage of their meetings… The moment was almost one for the history books. After years of discord, the Twentynine Palms City Council last night ceremoniously

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FIREFIGHTERS SAVE HOUSE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Firefighters were able to prevent a garage fire from spreading to a house Monday evening in Twentynine Palms. About 6:45 p.m., firefighters from Twentynine Palms, the Combat Center, and Joshua Tree were called to a structure fire on El Bandido near Gemini in the Desert Heights neighborhood. The garage and

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MONDAY A LONG DAY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

Twentynine Palms firefighters got little rest Monday. After fighting a house fire on the corner of Utah Trail and Serrano Drive, firefighters were called to a home in the 4500 block of Bullion Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Monday night. Initial callers described an explosion with multiple buildings on fire. Twentynine

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NEW COUNTY-RUN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE RESPONDS TO FIRST STRUCTURE FIRE SUNDAY

The county take-over of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department got off to a running start Sunday afternoon when a fire broke out at a garage in Twentynine Palms. County Battalion Chief Rick Denison was at the fire stations’ temporary home (the fire station is under renovation) briefing Twentynine Palms firefighters

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER PLAN CALLED “LACKING, “SKEWED AND QUESTIONABLE” PASSED

The Twentynine Palms Water District board met in regular session last night. Even in the face of serious questions about their Urban Water Management plan, they approved it. In their last piece of fire business, after over 50 years as the County takes over the fire department July 1, the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE STATION CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

The Twentynine Palms fire station is temporarily closed while the station is undergoing renovations. The fire crew has been relocated to a nearby residence until the remodeling is completed, which is expected to be the first week of August. The renovations, which are being paid for out of Project Phoenix

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS ON WATER AND THE FINAL FIRE BUSINESS MEETING

The Twentynine Palms Water Board meets in regular session tonight. A proposed budget, water plans and a commendation are all on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz notes tonight will also be the last time they conduct any fire department business… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District the

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A FIRE CAUSES EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A DESERT HEIGHTS AREA HOME THIS MORNING

An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a single-story home in the Desert Heights area west of Twentynine palms early this morning. Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the fire was reported at about 2:00 a.m. this morning at a single family residence in the 2100 block of Pampas. Twentynine

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER MEETS WITH WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District board holds the regular monthly water and fire meetings tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some of the details… At tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board will hold a public hearing on its draft urban water management plan. Then following

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PAVES THE WAY FOR COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE

One of the final steps in turning over the Twentynine Palms Fire Department over to the county was taken last night by the Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter David Haldane says the years-long process is close to being completed… It may be the dawning of a new age in Twentynine

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IN A RE-DO, TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT APPROVES CITY ASSISTANCE IN FIRE TRANSFER

After a surprise 2-2 tie vote last week that forced the Twentynine Palms Water District board of directors to table an agreement between the water district and the City of Twentynine Palms, in which the city would take over the water district’s unfunded pension liabilities, the water district held a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD PUTS THE SKIDS ON COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE SERVICES

In a surprise last-minute vote change last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District board put the skids on the process for the annexation of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department to County Fire. In a move which one shocked resident called “Unbelievable,” Board president Sam Moore suddenly changed his vote on

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS WITH WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District board hold the regular monthly water then fire meetings tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some of the details … The Twentynine Palms Water District aims to tackle an ambitious agenda at tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting. Following public comments, the board will adjourn for a closed

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WITH ONLY 3 PERCENT PROTESTING, COUNTY TAKEOVER OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE TO MOVE FORWARD

The Local Agency Formation Commission will move forward on a plan for County Fire to take over fire protection services from the Twentynine Palms Water District. Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino said yesterday’s LAFCO protest hearing received only 170 protests, which is just 3 percent of registered voters and

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MONDAY IS DEADLINE TO PROTEST TAKE-OVER OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT

In February the Local Agency Formation Commission voted to move forward on a plan for County Fire to take over fire protection services from the Twentynine Palms Water District. The Commission’s decision, however, is not necessarily the last word on the matter. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says residents have until

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE OFFERING FIRE EXPLORER PROGRAM

The Twentynine palms Fire Department is offering a Fire Explorer program. ROP Broadcast Student Shelby Shupp got more information from Fire Captain Robert Marquez… The Twentynine Palms Fire department offers an annual program called fire explorers. I talked to Captain Robert Marquez and asked him what a fire explorer was.

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IMMINENT COUNTY TAKEOVER OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE CAN BE PROTESTED

In February the Local Agency Formation Commission voted to move forward on a plan for county fire department to take over fire protection services from the Twentynine Palms Water District. The Commission’s decision, however, is not necessarily the last word on the matter. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… The Local

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FAULTY WIRING BLAMED FOR FIRE THAT DESTROYED TWENTYNINE PALMS TRAVEL TRAILER

Faulty wiring is believed to be responsible for a fire that destroyed a travel trailer in Twentynine Palms yesterday. According to Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, firefighters arrived in the 1000 block of Canyon Road about 5:20 p.m. to find the travel trailer fully involved in flames, and threatening two nearby

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