DON’T BE A VICTIM OF CHECK-CASHING SCAM

A scammer tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident recently with a check-cashing scam. The resident had placed an ad in a reputable magazine to sell a dog. The scammer sent a check for the dog plus additional funds to ship the dog, and then asked the seller to place

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IN PART 4, WE LOOK AT NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at new laws that took effect January 1. Terminally ill patients in California will be allowed to use experimental drugs, which do not have full regulatory approval, to decide when they want to end their lives. It authorizes, but does

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS

With New Year’s behind us, cities are beginning to plan their next moves. Reporter David Haldane tells us what’s happening in Twentynine Palms… Interested in shaping your city’s future? If so, and if you live in Twentynine Palms, you’ll get your chance on January 27 and 28. That’s when the

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LIFETREE CAFÉ TO DISCUSS EMBRYO ADOPTION

Lively discussions on issues and concepts that spark thought are offered every week at the Life Tree Café in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this week’s subject… The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at the next Lifetree Café Sunday, January 8. The free 4

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TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION STARTS TOMORROW

Registration for 2017 Tri-Valley Little League starts tomorrow. Early registration will be at the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center Saturday, January 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular registration will be Wednesday, January 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, January 21 from

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY EXHIBITION CLOSES SUNDAY

The final day to see the mini show now on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery is Sunday. Kirby Davis fills in the details… The 29 Palms Art Gallery’s current exhibition will close its mini show Sunday, January 8. Featuring original art by guild members, the art in this

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CALL FOR ART AT 29 PALMS VISITOR CENTER ART GALLERY

The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery’s upcoming show will feature the many moods and shades of the desert in the winter. Edica Gonzalez issues this reminder that the deadline to submit art for the show is Friday… The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is putting out

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ONE ARREST AFTER AN ARGUMENT TURNS VIOLENT

An argument over infidelity turned violent Friday, and a Twentynine Palms man was arrested for allegedly breaking his wife’s finger. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road texted her sister about 8 a.m. to say that Abram Martin, 22, a private first

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YOUTH ART CLASS OFFERED AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery has an exciting new youth art class. Here’s Rebecca Havely with your invitation… Kicking off the new year at The 29 Palms Art Gallery is a youth art class called “The Tree House Project.” Artist Krista Wargo is a Yucca Valley High School teacher. She’ll

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMIST SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT OF “SYLVIA” AT THEATRE 29

The Soroptimists of Twentynine Palms will host the gala opening night of the tail-wagging comedy, “Sylvia,” at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Friday night, January 13, the comedy “Sylvia” at Theatre 29 will open with a gala benefit, hosted by the Twentynine Palms Soroptimists. Doors will open

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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LAST NIGHT TO SEE SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Tonight is the last night to see a holiday light show set to music at the Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms. Tune your car’s radio to 88.7 and listen and dance to holiday songs while you watch the lights. The show is free, but a donation box for

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Spend the last night of 2016 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party tonight. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be the planets

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NEW CALPERS EXPECTATIONS WILL COST LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES

The state’s public pension system, Calpers, recently lowered its sights regarding future investment returns. That could cost California cities and public agencies—including those in the Morongo Basin—lots of money. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you work for a California municipality or public agency, your employer may have to pick up

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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MARINE COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY AFTER AIRCRAFT CRASHES

The commander of a Marine aircraft squadron plagued with crashes, including aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, was relieved of command Wednesday. The Marine Corps said Lieutenant Colonel Wade Workman, commander of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, was relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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FINAL SKY’S THE LIMIT’ STAR PARTY OF 2016 TOMORROW NIGHT

Spend the last night of 2016 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party, Saturday, December 31. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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