FIRE BURNS OASIS OF MARA IN TWENTYNINE PALMS; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Updated with additional information 10:50 a.m.

A fire believed to be arson ravaged the historic Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms last night; a suspect was taken into custody by the National Park Service. The fire, between the Joshua Tree National Park visitor’s center and the 29 Palms Inn, was

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TWENTYNINE PALM CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS EXPANSION OF THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council takes another look at remodeling Theater 29 tonight. Reporter David Haldane has the details… $1.6 million. That’s about how much it will cost to expand and renovate Theater 29, the popular dramatic arts venue in Twentynine Palms. Two months ago, the City Council tentatively approved

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FELON FOUND WITH A LOADED HAND GUN AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

A traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Friday for not wearing a seatbelt led to an arrest for possession of a loaded gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped the vehicle near Bonita and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms about 2:30 p.m. Inside was Adam Weaver, 39, who is

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SCHOOL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District will hold the District Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday, March 28, at the District Office Instructional Services Conference Room at 2:30 p.m. Among the items up for discussion include a learning center model, planning for next year, and LCAP. The public is encouraged to attend.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, cross-basin rivals Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School softball teams will face each other in Twentynine Palms. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.

Also tomorrow, the Trojan golf team will host Coachella Valley High School at home; tee off is at 3

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THE RESULTS OF THE 60TH ANNUAL 29 PALMS YOUTH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley placed in the top three in six of the seven age divisions during last weekend’s 60th annual youth basketball tournament. Almost 80 games were played over the course of the three-day tournament on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Twentynine

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, March 27, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, from 1 to 6 p.m. Blood donors are especially needed to help fill a nationwide shortage. All blood types are needed. Donors will receive incentives. Those aged

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29 PALMS VISITOR’S CENTER ART GALLERY PUTS OUT A CALL FOR ART

Desert artists are invited to submit artwork for the next Art in Public Places exhibition in Twentynine Palms. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton to fill in the details… “The Bloomin’ Desert: Kaleidoscope of Color” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition on display at the Twentynine Palms

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boy’s tennis team will host Coachella Valley High School at home, starting at 3:15 p.m.

The Trojan golf team will travel away to Palm Desert to play Xavier Prep; tee time is 3 p.m.

Also today, the Twentynine Palms High

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD TO MEET MONDAY

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District will hold its regular meeting Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. Among the items on the agenda: the board will be asked to approve the final 2016-17 audit, adopt a resolution for additional coverage for worker’s comp and set a date for the 2017-18 budget

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LIFETREE CAFÉ WILL DISCUSS AFTERLIFE FOR PETS

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion is about the afterlife for pets. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…

Lifetree Café will be examining the program, titled “Do Good Dogs Go to Heaven?” on

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OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB BENEFIT AUCTION TONIGHT

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Twentynine Palms aboard the Marine base raises most of its funds for the club’s grants and scholarship program through a gala auction. Tonight’s gala will be held off base to make it easier for those without base access to attend. The gala auction is set

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LEARN ABOUT TELESCOPES AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the desert night sky. A variety of telescopes will be available for guests to view the incredible cosmic sights. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with your invitation… A special invitation goes out to people interested in learning about scopes as

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE GETS 10 YEARS FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A former Twentynine Palms Marine was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. In March 2017, Homeland Security investigators determined that a computer belonging to Matthew Benton, 36, who was then living in Jacksonville, North Carolina, had distributed a video of a prepubescent girl being

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ONE STEP FORWARD AND TWO STEPS BACK FOR CADIZ WATER PLAN

It seems to be one step forward and two steps back for Cadiz, Inc., the publicly-traded, multi-million dollar corporation with a plan to pump, then pipe, billions of gallons of water from a subterranean aquifer east of Twentynine Palms to thirsty water districts across Southern California. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings

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CONVICTED FELON FOUND WITH AR-15 RIFLE, BUMPSTOCK, ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THURSDAY

A Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputy who keeps close tabs on habitual offenders in Twentynine Palms arrested a known felon Thursday after he found him with multiple firearms, including an AR-15 rifle. Deputy Alexander Stumbo stopped by to check on Michael Calvert, 31, in the 75800 block of Baseline Road about

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BILLY IDOL TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Kick off your weekend at tonight’s Live at the Rock free concert with Idol X and a tribute to Billy Idol. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to try out your own “Rebel Yell” at Tortoise Rock Casino tonight…

Idol X nails the iconic sound and sneer of the singer who

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School LadyCat softball team came up short Thursday against Rancho Mirage High School, losing 20-1. The girls are now 3-2 in league play, and 8-3 overall.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING PEOPLE WITH A KNIFE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of threatening people with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6500 block of Oasis Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 9:15 p.m. Monday night, because a man, later identified as Troy Plummer, 20, had come

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50 YOUTH BASKETBALL TEAMS COMING TO TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The 60th Annual boys and girls youth basketball tournament is in Twentynine Palms this weekend. Some 50 teams have been organized into seven different divisions, both boys and girls, for the tournament. Almost 80 games will be played over the course of the three-day tournament Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (March

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