JOSHUA TREE MAN MISSING AFTER HOUSE BURNS TO THE GROUND

A man is missing after his Joshua Tree home burned to the ground last month, and his family is asking for help in finding him. On Sunday, November 23, about 8 p.m., neighbors reported hearing several explosions coming from a home on fire at 63025 Sunny Sands Drive. The occupant,

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD CHOOSES TENET TO TAKE OVER HOSPITAL OPERATIONS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors held a special meeting last night in which they chose which of the two organizations the hospital would affiliate with: Tenet, a $16 billion corporation that owns 80 other hospitals, including Desert Regional in Palm Springs, and JFK in Rancho Mirage; or Strategic

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ONE ARREST AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday evening after his girlfriend said he hit her. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 6 p.m., Rocky Duarte, 30, went to his girlfriend’s home in the 6500 block of Mesquite Springs Road in violation of a restraining order and hit his girlfriend and

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JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL DEVELOPERS APPEAL COURT DECISION

Another move has been made in the ongoing battle over the Dollar General store proposed for Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork says that this time it’s from the store’s developers… According to a social media posting by Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Fjallstam, the developer of the proposed

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ART FEATURED AT GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY

Students from Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools will hold an exhibit of their art at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Twentynine Palms. The opening reception is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 6. Refreshments will be served. The show will run for one week only, from December

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FREE WORKSHOP OFFERED FOR LOCAL ARTISTS

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artists Residency offers a free workshop to local artists. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely has details on how to enroll… Are you a local artist interested in exploring drawing, painting and mixed media work? Then enroll now for the first ever community art workshop on December 20

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERING DRAWING CLASSES

Twentynine Palms Recreation is offering basic drawing classes. Participants ages 13 and older are invited to learn the basics of drawing, taught by local artist Mark Spangenberg. If you can hold a pencil, you can learn to draw. A total of four classes will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30

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SANTA LIGHTING CHRISTMAS TREES IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY

Santa Claus will be lighting Christmas trees in Yucca Valley this Saturday. ROP Broadcast student Domineque Torrey has Santa’s Saturday schedule… Have you ever wanted to see a tree lighting ceremony by Santa? On Saturday, December 6, Santa will be stopping at Jacobs Park at 4:00 p.m. and Paradise park

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TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE OPEN SUNDAYS THROUGH CHRISTMAS

The Twentynine Palms Post Office will be open Sunday, December 7, from 10 to 2. No other post office in the Morongo Basin will be open on Sunday. The post office is located at 73839 Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-367-1161.

BLUEGRASS JAM IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

There will be another bluegrass jam in Joshua Tree tonight at 6 p.m. at the JT Trading Post in downtown Joshua Tree. Please bring your acoustic instrument to strum along, or a song you’d like to sing, and join us in the fun; come on down.

MAKE SURE YOUR FIREPLACE IS SAFE

Accidents involving fireplaces are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges residents to keep safe while they keep warm. Here is Caitlin Logan with some cool-weather safety tips to help you stay warm safely… Stay safe while you stay warm. Have your chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly.

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HULA CLASSES OFFERED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms Recreation is offering hula classes. Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to learn traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian dances taught by instructor Pasi Larsen. Classes will be held at the Twentynine Palms Community Services Building on Saturday mornings, beginning January 10. The fee is just $5 per class.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ soccer at West Shores High School on Thursday, December 4, has been cancelled due to their field situation.

MARINE ARRESTED AFTER GIRLFRINED'S BABY FOUND IN COMA

A Marine living in Joshua Tree was arrested last month after his girlfriend’s infant daughter was found in a coma. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the 5 1/2- month-old girl was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center November 19 where doctors determined she had a brain hemorrhage, due to injuries

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BODY OF ERIN CORWIN RETURNED TO FAMILY, VENUE CHANGE POSSIBLE

Three and a half months after the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin was found at the bottom of a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms, a judge has released her body to her family in Tennessee. During a preliminary hearing in September for Christopher Lee—a former Marine who is charged

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION SENDS VACATION HOME RENTAL ORDINANCE TO CITY COUNCIL

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission finished its work on the vacation home rental ordinance at its meeting last night, and Okayed a staff report on donated land. Reporter Dan Stork gives a run-down on the long session… After a final painstaking session of crossing T’s and dotting I’s in the

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY PROMOTES TWO NEW MANAGERS

Two management positions for the Town of Yucca Valley have been filled by current employees. Sharon Cisneros, who has been employed as the town’s senior accountant since 2012, has been appointed as the Town’s finance manager. Sue Earnest, who is a former council member and mayor and has been working

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION THIS WEEKEND

The 2nd Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo will start this Friday with an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… A gala opening reception for the second Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will kick off the three-day event Friday,

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35-ACRE LANDERS SOLAR FARM ON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

At its meeting on Thursday, December 4, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed solar project in Landers. The 3-megawatt field is planned for 35 acres south of Herdsman Road, between Sunny Vista and Summers Roads, a few blocks south of Reche Road.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE “SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” DIRECTOR

The hilarious comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood” continues its run at Theatre 29. ROP Broadcast student Kylie Robinson interviewed Director John Wright … I interviewed the director of Theatre 29’s production, “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” I asked John Wright what the play was all about. “Shakespeare in Hollywood” is about Oberon and

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