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JOSHUA TREE MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN FIERY COLLISION
LANDERS STANDOFF SUSPECTS HAD CALLED TALKING OF SUICIDE
SUNDAY MATINEE FOR MUSICAL "BIG" RIVER" AT THEATRE 29
126 MARINES AND SAILORS EXPECTED BACK FROM IRAQ TOMORROW
"COATS OF RED AND BLUE" CONCERT ABOARD MARINE BASE TONIGHT
YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO TOMORROW
CINCO DE MAYO DANCE AT BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
SQUARE DANCE CLASSES OFFERED AT 29 PALMS ELKS LODGE *
THE DESERT TORTOISE, ENVIRONMENTAL CANARY IN THE COAL MINE
LANDERS ASSOCIATION FUND-RAISER TOMORROW *
BREAKFAST TOMORROW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA *

JOSHUA TREE MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN FIERY COLLISION
A JOSHUA TREE MOTORCYCLIST WAS KILLED ON HIGHWAY 62 YESTERDAY MORNING IN A SPECTACULAR HORRIFIC FIERY CRASH WHEN HE RAN A RED LIGHT AND COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK, IGNITING IT, HIS 2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON AND HIMSELF. CHP INVESTIGATORS SAY AT 9:20 A.M. CHARLES OWENS, 28, WAS EASTBOUND ON THE HIGHWAY APPROACHING SUNBURST AVENUE AND RAN THE RED LIGHT, HITTING HIT THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF A 2000 1500 DODGE TRUCK DRIVEN BY 68-YEAR-OLD RICHARD DAVISON OF JOSHUA WHO WAS TURNING ONTO THE HIGHWAY WITH A GREEN LIGHT. THE AREA AROUND THE DODGE'S GAS CAP RUPTURED AND ESCAPING FUEL CAUGHT THE TRUCK, THE HARLEY AND OWENS ON FIRE. CHARLES OWENS SUFFERED TRAUMATIC INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE BY PARAMEDICS AT 9:32 A.M. DAVISON AND HIS WIFE, JUDITH DAVISON, ALSO 68, ESCAPED THE BURNING PICKUP WITHOUT INJURIES. THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED AND TRAFFIC DETOURED AROUND THE SCENE FOR THREE HOURS WHILE THE CHP INVESTIGATED.

LANDERS STANDOFF SUSPECTS HAD CALLED TALKING OF SUICIDE
EVEN MORE DETAILS COMING OUT TODAY AFTER SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SHOT AND KILLED STANLEY MUSIAL, 59, TUESDAY. INVESTIGATORS SAY MUSIAL AND HIS GIRLFRIEND KARENA AKHAVI, 58 CALLED 9-1-1 AT 4:20PM, SAYING THEY WERE HAVING AN ARGUMENT AND THAT SOMEONE IN THE LANDERS HOUSE WAS FEELING SUICIDAL, AUTHORITIES DID NOT WHICH ONE WAS SUICIDAL. MUSIAL STARTED SHOOTING AT DEPUTIES FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE WHEN THEY ARRIVED. A HELICOPTER AND SWAT TEAM WERE CALLED IN, DEPUTIES EVACUATED NEARBY RESIDENTS AND CLOSED A STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 247. MUSIAL CAME OUT SHOOTING AT 7:35 P.M. WITH A GUN IN EACH HAND AND DEPUTIES RETURNED FIRE KILLING HIM. SHERIFF'S SPOKESWOMAN CINDY BEAVERS SAID AKHAVI REFUSED TO COME OUT OF THE HOUSE, SO DEPUTIES USED THE ARMORED VEHICLE TO BREAK INTO THE HOUSE AND TO ENSURE MUSIAL WAS DEAD. DEPUTIES USED A TASER ON AKHAVI TO SUBDUE HER. SHE WAS BOOKED FOR INVESTIGATION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER ON A PEACE OFFICER WITH BAIL SET AT $500,000.

SUNDAY MATINEE FOR MUSICAL "BIG" RIVER" AT THEATRE 29
THERE WILL BE A MATINEE PERFORMANCE OF "BIG RIVER", THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, AT THEATRE 29 THIS SUNDAY. REPORTER TAMMI ROLEFF TELLS YOU HOW TO GET TICKETS FOR THE BROADWAY MUSICAL BASED ON THE WRITINGS OF MARK TWAIN... WITH A BIG CAST, BIG VOICES, AND A POWERFUL STORY RIGHT OUT THE RICH HISTORY OF AMERICA, BIG RIVER, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN IS WINNING BIG AUDIENCES AT THEATRE 29 IN 29 PALMS. DIRECTOR CHARLES HARVEY HAS STAGED A DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING AND DEEPLY NUANCED PRODUCTION OF THE MARK TWAIN CLASSIC. JONATHAN BROPHY, A STUDENT AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL, GIVES A DEEPLY INSIGHTFUL PERFORMANCE AS HUCK FINN, AND M.E. WILSON, AN ARMY SOLDIER, CAPTIVATES THE AUDIENCE AS ESCAPED SLAVE JIM WITH A VOICE AS BIG AS THE RIVER. MUSIC IS BY ROGER MILLER, AND THE SONGS, LIKE "WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE," "MUDDY WATERS," AND "WORLDS APART," ACCURATELY REFLECT THE PERIOD WHEN AMERICA WAS WAKING FROM THE NIGHTMARE OF SLAVERY. SPECIAL EFFECTS AND SPECIALLY MADE RAFTS ALLOW THE AUDIENCE TO FOLLOW HUCK DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AS HE ACCOMPANIES JIM IN HIS QUEST FOR FREEDOM AND HIS SEARCH FOR HIS FAMILY. THE MUSICAL PLAYS THROUGH MAY 10TH WITH PERFORMANCES ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00. THE ONLY SUNDAY MATINEE WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND AT 2:30. TICKETS ARE $10.00 FOR REGULAR ADMISSION, $8.00 FOR SENIORS AND MILITARY, AND $6.00 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 AND STUDENTS WITH ID. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE ON-LINE AT WWW.THEATRE29.COM OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 361-4151.

126 MARINES AND SAILORS EXPECTED BACK FROM IRAQ TOMORROW
126 MARINES AND SAILORS FROM LIMA BATTERY, 3RD BATTALION 11TH MARINE REGIMENT ARE DUE TO RETURN TO THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW FOLLOWING A 6 MONTH DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ. Z107.7 NEWS WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THEY’RE ARE ABOUT AN HOUR OUT, THEN BROADCAST THEIR LOCATION LIVE, AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE MORONGO BASIN.

"COATS OF RED AND BLUE" CONCERT ABOARD MARINE BASE TONIGHT
THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASER PRESENTS "COATS OF RED AND BLUE" CONCERT WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE COMBINED COMBAT CENTER BAND AND MEMBERS OF THE "PRESIDENT'S OWN" US MARINE BAND. THE BANDS WILL BE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF WARRANT OFFICER STEVEN GIOVI. THE CONCERT STARTS AT 7:00 THIS EVENING AT HE COMBAT CENTER BASE THEATER. SEATING IS NOT RESERVED AND IS LIMITED. DOORS WILL OPEN ONE HOUR BEFORE THE CONCERT. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT 830-6404.

YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO TOMORROW
THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY WILL CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO TOMORROW. REPORTER DAN STORK GETS OUT HIS SOMBRERO... THE YUCCA VALLEY BRANCH LIBRARY IS CELEBRATING CINCO DE MAYO ON TRES DE MAYO, SATURDAY MAY 3RD. BETWEEN 2 AND 4 PM, COME LISTEN TO THE JAROCHO KINGS MARIACHI BAND AND SEE MAYO DANCE AT BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
THERE WILL BE A CINCO DE MAYO DINNER AND DANCE PARTY SATURDAY, FROM 6 P.M. TO 10 P.M. AT THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH HALL ON THE CORNER OF UTAH AND COTTONWOOD IN TWENTYNINE PALMS. FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION, CONTACT JESSE LEY AT 367-5901. THE EVENT IS HOSTED BY THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4482. GREAT MEXICAN CUISINE, DANCING, AND DOOR PRIZES WILL BE PART OF THE PARTY. THE COST IS $15 FOR SINGLES AND $25 FOR COUPLES. THIS EVENT IS FOR PEOPLE 21 YEARS OLD AND OLDER.

CINCO DE MAYO DANCE AT BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH *

THE DESERT TORTOISE, ENVIRONMENTAL CANARY IN THE COAL MINE
OUR ICONIC DESERT TORTOISE MAY BE THE PROVERBIAL "CANARY IN THE COAL MINE" FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. REPORTER JOHN HUFF JOINS US... FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO MODERN, PEOPLE HAVE ADVANCED INTO AREAS SUSPECTED OF BEING HAZARDOUS WITH A CANARY IN A CAGE. ADVANCING WITH A CANARY IN A COAL MINE HAS BEEN A TECHNIQUE USED FOR CENTURIES. WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT THIS OR THAT SPECIES ENDANGERED THERE IS OFTEN A POLITICAL ECONOMICAL SPIN THAT COMES WITH THE NEWS. JUST LIKE THE ISSUES SURROUNDING DESERT THE CONDOR, THE AVERAGE FINCH OR EVEN THE HONEYBEE. BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT ALL THESE DISAPPEARING SPECIES, INCLUDING THE DESERT TORTOISE, IN SOME WAY ARE ALL "THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE" FOR US. THAT OUR DESERT TORTOISE, WHICH HAS ADAPTED FOR MILLENNIA IS IN DANGER OF DISAPPEARING IN THIS HUMAN GENERATION, IS NOT A POLITICAL OR SOCIAL STATEMENT FOR SPIN, IT IS A SIMPLE FACT OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NATURAL SCIENCE. A LESSON TO BE ABSORBED OR IGNORED. BUT STILL, THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE FOR US ALL.

LANDERS ASSOCIATION FUND-RAISER TOMORROW *

BREAKFAST TOMORROW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA *

 

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