ROTARY TO HOST “39 STEPS” GALA

Lights go up on stage for the next production at Theatre 29 this coming Friday. Diana Jones says opening night will feature a Rotary Club gala…

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club will host the opening night gala of “The 39 Steps,” Friday, August 15, at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms.

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JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST PROGRAM

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artists in Residence program offers a new program Saturday, August 9, featuring two artists from Brooklyn, New York. Amia Yokoyama is a visual multimedia artist who works primarily in video and collage. She will be showing new stop-motion video work, alongside a set of 2-D works.

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CHICO IN YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT

For the 20th year, Saturday nights in the summer means music in Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff will be emceeing the concert tonight, and says to come out and listen and dance to Chico…

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for August 9 features the veteran LA band Chico. Led

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CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held on December 5-7, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A Call for Art has been issued for this year’s juried art exhibition, a highlight of the event, which features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree

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SOME LOCAL CANDIDATE FILINGS EXTENDED, INCUMBENTS NOT RUNNING

Because incumbents have not filed for reelection, filing deadlines have been extended for some local elected offices. The City of Twentynine Palms announced that as a result of the non-filing of incumbent Council member Jay Corbin, the nomination period for filing papers for the Office of Twentynine Palms City Council

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT POSTPONES ASSESSMENT DISTRICT BALLOT

An overflow crowd sat through more than 3 ½ hours of discussion on the Yucca Valley sewer project and assessment district vote at a special meeting held last night by the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that even after all that discussion, not much

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BELLFLOWER MAN HELD IN JOSHUA TREE KIDNAPPING

A Bellflower man is behind bars today, accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend. Sheriff’s press release said Galo Zurita, 35, went to the Valero station in Joshua Tree about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and hit Kayla Smith, 22, pushing her into his car. Zurita drove off with Smith westbound on Highway

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18-YEAR-OLD LANDERS MAN ARRESTED IN RAPE OF 15-YEAR-OLD

A Landers man was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. Sheriff’s investigators say, the girl’s father reported that his daughter had been raped about three weeks ago, and identified the suspect as Johnny Alaniz, 18. Deputy Shauna Ables contacted Alaniz at his home, and obtained evidence to

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YUCCA MESA MAN RESCUED AFTER TRAVEL TRAILER FELL ON HIM

A Yucca Mesa man can thank his lucky stars he is still alive today. County Fire Captain Matt Anderson said a man, identified only as being in his 50s, was working with his father on leveling a travel trailer on Wilhart Drive in Yucca Valley about 12:30 a.m. this morning

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“CHICO” IN YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT

For the 20th year, Saturday nights in the summer means music in Yucca Valley. Reporter Dan Stork says, come out and listen and dance to Chico… The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for August 9 features the veteran LA band Chico. Led by founder and bassist Joe Espinosa, Chico has been

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TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB REGISTERING FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club is taking registrations for its after-school program for Twentynine Palms school children. The after school program begins August 25. Applications can be picked up at the Youth Club, 5882 Luckie Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is free for

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER MAY NOT BE THE BEST

A favorite annual celestial phenomenon will be a challenge this year. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Perseid meteor shower may not be at its best… The Perseid meteor shower is a favorite among sky-watchers, but this year’s meteor shower may not be the best in recent years. While you

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TAY CENTER OFFERS SERVICES FOR THE YOUNG HOMELESS

Pacific Clinic’s TAY Center offers young adults a safe and comfortable place to define and accomplish their life goals. Clients can come to the TAY Center to meet their basic needs such as a meal, shower, laundry, enrichment groups, job training, housing referrals, and a place to meet new people.

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE 2015 SEASON SEPTEMBER 17

Theatre 29, the only continuous year-round live theater venue in the Hi and Low-Desert, will join forces with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil its 2015 performance season. Reporter Dan Stork tells how you can be among the first to find out what will be on stage

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SERVICES SET FOR PAULA GREENE

Paula Greene, a 37-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Sunday, August 3. She was 73 years old. Paula Greene is survived by her husband Bud Green, daughters Rene Skinner of Cathedral City, and Stacye Calvert of Twentynine Palms, son Butch Greene of Yucca Valley, and 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

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FORMER MARINE BASE ROLE PLAYERS TOLD LAYOFFS ARE PERMANENT

While most of former role players who populated the faux Afghani and Iraqi villages aboard the Marine Base have already been sent home, those layoffs have become final and permanent. Tatitlek Corporation, who at one time had employed more than 2,500 workers at the Villages maintained for pre-deployment training on

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NEARBY DESERT HOT SPRINGS FACING DIS-INCORPORATION

Desert Hot Springs City leaders declared a fiscal emergency Tuesday—Desert Hot Springs’ second in eight months—in order to place general tax measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. The previous fiscal emergency, declared last November, enabled the City Council to reduce employee benefits and holidays, eliminate staff by more than 70

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OFF-ROAD INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS IN LANDERS AND WONDER VALLEY

A cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management Barstow office and Community ORV Watch has resulted in guides to Off-Highway Vehicle routes and rules—on the highway. Reporter Dan Stork went to Landers take a look at one of the new displays…

Community member Peggy Kennedy and BLM Barstow

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LOW-COST MICROCHIP, VACCINATIONS AND SPAY AND NEUTER OFFERED

The Animal Action League has released its vaccine and microchip clinic schedule for August. In the Morongo Basin, clinics will be at 62762 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree (just west of the dinosaurs) on August 11, 19, 20, and 25, and at 49964 Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley

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HI-DESERT WATER CALLS SPECIAL MEEETING FOR TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board has called a special meeting for tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff said a code of conduct and wastewater project engineering are on the agenda…… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the Board

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