TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL LOOKS AT BLOCK GRANTS AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council is scheduled to consider block grant rules, medical marijuana dispensaries, city manager recruitment, and science education. Reporter Dan Stork has more details… The January 27 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council gets off to an early 5:15 start, with a public workshop session on

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TWO NEW SHERIFF’S SERGEANTS AT THE MORONGO BASIN STATION

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station welcomes two new sergeants, Sergeant Jim Thornburg has been with the county Sheriff’s department for 16 years, and was assigned to the Morongo Basin as a deputy and detective. He was promoted to sergeant seven months ago. Thornburg’s experience includes narcotics and he came here

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WE FOLLOW UP AN A STRICKEN YUCCA VALLEY GIRL

The family of a Yucca Valley girl who had a very special Christmas thanks to donations from County fire fighters, the Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol, is in need of more help. Abigail Snipes, 12, was diagnosed eight years ago with neurofibroma. Over the last few months, the

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TWO MARINE OFFICERS KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH ON BASE IDENTIFIED

Two Marine Corps officers were killed Friday evening when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Captain Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lieutenant Adam Satterfield died from injuries in the crash at about 4:30 p.m. Friday; they were the only two

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LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF MOLESTATION, PORNOGRAPHY

A school bus driver in the Morongo Basin is facing charges of child molestation and child pornography. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms was arrested Thursday night after a search warrant was served at his horse ranch on Mesquite Springs Road. The County District Attorney’s Office said he’s accused of

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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR YUCCA VALLEY PARK AND REC COMMISSION

The Town of Yucca Valley is looking for citizens to serve on their Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply… The Town of Yucca Valley is accepting volunteers to serve as commissioners on the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Applicants must be a

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FIRST OF THREE PUBLIC MEETING ON HOSPITAL AFFILIATION TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold the first of three special meetings to hear public input on its proposed lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare tonight. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center behind Town Hall; tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, they

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, January 27, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, from 1 to 5 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those

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IN AND OUT DAY FOR STUDENT ART AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is inviting all students in grades 7 through 12 to submit art for its annual judged student art show. Art must be brought to the gallery Sunday, January 25, from 3 to 5, or Monday, January 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The show will

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HOSPITAL BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETINGS ON MERGER THIS WEEK

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold three special meetings to hear public input on its proposed lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare Corporation. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 26, at the Yucca Valley Senior Center behind Town Hall; Tuesday, January 27, at

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APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR CEMETERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District is accepting applications for one seat on the board of trustees. The Board meets at 5:30 on the last Thursday of the month. Board members create policy for operating the public cemetery and hold annual performance review for the cemetery’s employees. Applicants must be registered

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION BRANCH

The parks are America’s greatest classroom, telling our stories, and conserving the best natural spaces offered. At Joshua Tree National Park our Environmental Education branch provides curriculum-based programs to students from kindergarten through 12th grade throughout the southern California desert area. Offering both in-park and in-class programs, education staff present

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TRAINING SET FOR COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, has a new training academy starting tomorrow, Thursday evening February 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There are eight weekly classes. The final exam, practical, and graduation will be on April 9. All classes will be held at the Senior Center at

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TWO MARINES KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two Marines have died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise aboard the Twentynine palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. According to a release from the Base Public Affairs office, a Third Marine Aircraft Wing helicopter crashed at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 23. Both Marines on board the

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District was arrested Thursday evening, accused of possessing child pornography and two acts of child molestation. A search warrant was served at the home of Alex Gomez, 57, of the 4600 block of Mesquite Springs Road in Twentynine Palms, on December 30,

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SKY’S THE LIMIT HOLDS STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tonight. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:45 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. The waxing moon will be visible in the early evening. Jupiter and the Milky Way will be visible later in the evening, as

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PUTS OUT CALL FOR ART

The Copper Mountain College Art Program is calling all artists in the Morongo Basin and Palm Springs to join them in their first invitational themed art show, Invention, Reinvention. All types of media are welcomed. The entries will go on display in February in the Ada Hatch Center for public

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HARRISON HOUSE JAZZ PERFORMANCE TONIGHT

Harrison House hosts a jazz collaboration performance tonight. Three artists have combined their talents to create a unique entertainment experience. Michael White is a jazz violinist, composer and QiGong artist. He will perform with jazz vocalist Leisei Chen, a musical prodigy since age 4 and founder of QiArts, bringing movement

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FIRE PLACE SAFETY TIPS

Accidents involving fireplaces are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges residents to keep safe while they keep warm. Here is reporter 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

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BREAKING NEWS: SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District was arrested Thursday evening, accused of possessing child pornography and two acts of child molestation. A search warrant was served at the home of Alex Gomez, 57, of the 4600 block of Mesquite Springs Road in Twentynine Palms, on December 30,

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