TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINES BOLSTER MIDDLE EAST CRISIS RESPONSE UNIT

Marines from our local Twentynine Palms Base, along with those from Camp Pendleton, and Miramar air station, are deploying to the Middle East as part of the military’s “crisis response capability.” The Marine Corps said yesterday that the 2,300 Marine force will be spread throughout the U.S. Central Command area.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES, PART 1 OF 3

All nine candidates for the Yucca Valley Town Council took part in a forum last night, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. During the two-hour event, the candidates were asked a variety of questions, such as how they would they would promote the town to businesses; what experience they had

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR PIONEER DAYS PARADE

Entries are being sought for this year’s 79th annual Pioneer Days Parade in Twentynine Palms. This year’s theme is, “Pioneers and Patriots” and the parade will step off at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18. Sign up for your school, club, business, or organization, and become a part of this year’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION CLAMPS DOWN ON MARIJUANA DELIVERY

Before an audience that peaked at four people, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission tightened the ordinance against medical marijuana, and scheduled future agenda items. Reporter Dan Stork reports on the very quick session… When Twentynine Palms banned medical marijuana dispensaries in the City in 2009, the concept of “medical marijuana

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFER LOW-COST VACCINES, CHIPS, AND SPAY/NEUTER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in October for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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MAN MURDERED IN JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY

We have limited information about a man who was murdered in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, paramedics responded to a medical aid call at 3:56 p.m. in the 6700 block of California Avenue where they discovered that Marko Bewersdorff, 46, of Joshua Tree was

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MORE DETAILS ON FATAL ATV CRASH IN LANDERS SATURDAY

We have more information on that fatal ATV crash in Landers Saturday night. The Sheriff’s Department was called at 11:43 p.m. Saturday about a missing person in the 59900 block of Applegate Way. The caller said that Jacob Harvel, 26, had been drinking and had taken Katrina Eberhardt, 29, of

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LARGE AMOUNT OF PILLS COLLECTED AT DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department and the Drug Enforcement Administration took in 977 pounds of expired or unused and unwanted prescription drugs during the nationwide prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, September 27. The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station took in 21 pounds of prescription drugs during the free and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA LOOPHOLE

In 2009, the Twentynine Palms City Council outlawed medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Reporter Dan Stork says that this week the Planning Commission will work to close a perceived loophole in that ordinance… The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will work on the wording of a 2009 amendment to the

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42ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT DEBATE SET FOR Z107.7’S “UP CLOSE” SHOW

With both 42nd California Assembly District candidates being from the Morongo Basin, it is only fitting that the only live appearance (that we are aware of) with both of them together would be on their local radio station. Chad Mayes, Republican, of Yucca Valley, and Karalee Hargrove, Democrat, of Twentynine

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LANDERS WOMAN KILLED IN FATAL ATV CRASH

A Landers woman was killed late Saturday night following a crash of the all-terrain vehicle she was riding. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday night near Joshua Tree Lane and Booth Road when the driver of the ATV, as yet unidentified, left the road, and Katrina Eberhardt, 29, was

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ABANDONED MORONGO VALLEY HOMESTEAD DESTROYED BY FIRE

An abandoned homestead in Morongo Valley was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m., multiple witnesses informed Morongo Valley fire fighters that billowing black smoke could be seen from a structure fire in the 51000 block of Aspen Drive. Fire fighters from Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Cal

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN RESCUED AFTER SPENDING A NIGHT IN A SEPTIC TANK

A Twentynine Palms man spent a cold and wet night in a septic tank before he was rescued by fire fighters Saturday morning. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, the elderly man, who was not identified, was walking around his property in the 2400 block of Lear Avenue about 7

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CONTROVERSIAL PALEN SOLAR PROJECT WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL

Environmentalists have been alarmed at the prospect of a solar concentrator in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork reports that it appears that the 750-foot tower surrounded by thousands of mirrors is not going to happen… On Friday, Palen Solar Holdings of Oakland filed a Notice

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ALL FIRES NOW REQUIRE PERMITS BECAUSE OF DROUGHT

The drought and regional weather conditions have added up to a requirement of the permit for any fires. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the restrictions… Due to the drought in California, there is an increased potential for major wildfires. Fire fighters are on high alert, and they are asking everyone

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KEYS RANCH TOURS

The popular Keys Ranch Tours are about to resume. Ranger Pam Tripp has the time and fee schedules…

Joshua Tree National Park is pleased to announce our Keys Ranch tours for the 2014 through 2015 season. Beginning October 17, tours of the historic ranch will be offered three times a

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BE A PART OF THE GREAT SHAKEOUT

Are you ready for the Big One? Managing Editor Tami Roleff says there’s still time to register for the Great California Shakeout…

The earth starts shaking. It could be “The Big One.” Do you know what to do the moment the shaking starts? Your instinctive actions can save you from

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RELAY FOR LIFE SPONSORS “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS” OPENING NIGHT GALA

Relay for Life of Morongo Basin will be hosting the Opening Night Gala of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, by Neil Simon, on Friday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea in Yucca at the corner of Church St. and Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will

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CALIFORNIA BAG BAN

Do you have your reusable grocery bags with you when you shop? Reporter Caitlin Logan says that next year it’ll cost you if you don’t…

California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. While opponents argue

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Indio to play Shadow Hills High School. The tennis match starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will travel away tomorrow to

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