FAMILY OF WOMAN KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAISING BURIAL FUNDS

The family of a woman killed in Twentynine Palms is trying to raise funds. Agnes Quitano, 19, who graduated from High School in Guam in 2013, was six months pregnant when she was killed in Twentynine Palms Thursday evening, October 9. The fetus also did not survive. “We lost them

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD CANDIDIATES EXPRESS SIMILAR VIEWS

In a crisp event that ran barely an hour, the three candidates for two open seats on the Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District showed little substantive difference in their responses during a forum on Wednesday night. Reporter Dan Stork gives a snapshot of what was said…

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AARON’S FINED OVER $28 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT

The state on Monday announced a $28.4 million settlement with Aaron’s, Inc., the nation’s second largest rent-to-own business, to resolve allegations the company violated California consumer protection and privacy laws. Aaron’s has a store in the Von’s Center in Yucca Valley. “Aaron’s concealed its illegal privacy and business practices from

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AN ARREST FOR PROWLING IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday night after he was caught breaking into a house. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor reported that a prowler had been in the 7400 block of Cibola Trail for the last few nights, and that she heard glass breaking and saw a

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CREDIT CARD PHONE SCAMMERS WORKING LOCALLY

The phone scammers are busy locally. Managing Editor Tami Roleff described her experience… I received a phone call recently from a blocked phone number and when I answered it, I heard an automated voice message saying that my MasterCard account had been locked, and to “press 1 to unlock the

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HAY TRUCK TIPS IN YUCCA VALLEY, ONE INJURED

A Joshua Tree man sitting at a stop sign in Yucca Valley was in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday, when a trailer full of hay fell on his van and sent him to the hospital. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Adrian Garcia, Kenneth Sanderson, 58, newly arrived from

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WASHINGTON STATE FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A fugitive wanted in Seattle, Washington, was arrested in Yucca Valley early this morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Deputy Yu was patrolling near Barron and Camarilla Avenues about 3:10 Wednesday morning when he came across a man with a backpack on a skateboard, who said he was

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STATE-WIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL TOMORROW

A statewide earthquake drill will be held tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says join in “The Great California Shakeout” at 10:16 on 10/16… 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

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PIONEER DAYS EVENTS START TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The schedule has been set for Pioneer Days in Twentynine Palms. The carnival in Luckie Park will open 4 p.m. Thursday, October 16, and Friday, October 17. The Little Miss and Master will be held at the Elk’s Lodge at 6 p.m. Thursday. Theatre 29’s presentation of “Young Frankenstein” plays

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SCHOOL BOARD SOLAR WORKSHOP GETS SOMEWHAT HEATED

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met in a special study/workshop session Tuesday evening, to review the three proposals for solar energy electricity generation that were presented to it last week. Most of the audience were members of the solar advisory committee. Reporter Dan Stork reviews how discussions

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Z107.7’S MAYES VERSUS HARGROVE DEBATE NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES

The only debate in the race for 42nd State Assembly District is now available as a podcast. The October 10 face-off on the Z107.7 “Up Close Show” was the only debate of the race between Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Karalee Hargrove of Twentynine Palms. During the on-air debate,

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NO TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

The regular Twentynine Palms City Council meeting scheduled for October 14 will not be held. The next City Council meeting will be October 28.

HOUSING PLANNING MEETING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

The federal government requires communities to have plans for affordable housing. The City of Twentynine Palms will hold a community meeting on Wednesday October 15 to solicit public input on two projects mandated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. In one effort, the City will work with

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS HEARS JOSHUA TREE FLOODING COMPLAINTS

A large turnout at the Joshua Tree Community Center listened to Supervisor James Ramos, and told him plenty about flood control concerns. Reporter Dan Stork says that housing planning, unhappiness about block grant funding, and help for the homeless were other subjects at the meeting… The October meeting of the

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SCHOOL BOARD IN A SPECIAL SOLAR WORKSHOP MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has called a special meeting for tonight, October 14. It will be an open workshop on the solar energy project, about which it heard presentations last week. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School.

A SERIES OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES RATTLE THE DESERT REGION

A series of small earthquakes rattled our desert region over the weekend. The US Geological Survey reports two rumbled nearby Saturday; a magnitude 3.2 earthquake struck about 10 miles northwest of Desert Hot Springs at 2:02 p.m., and a 2.9 near Anza just before noon. Then Sunday, a magnitude 3.3

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS TO ADDRESS MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETING TONIGHT

Third District Supervisor James Ramos pays a visit to the Morongo Basin MAC this week. Reporter Dan Stork tells what the supervisor will talk about, and what else is planned for the meeting… The featured speaker at the October 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will be

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FAIR HOUSING BOARD MEETS IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Race, disability, or other personal characteristics should not limit your options when choosing a place to live. Join the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14, from 10 to noon for a free informative workshop. The workshop will be held at the Morongo Basin station of the

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FREE ENTERTAINMENT SATURDAY FOR PIONEER DAYS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

This Saturday is the big Pioneer Days parade in Twentynine Palms. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says free entertainment follows the parade at Luckie Park… Three local bands will provide live musical entertainment during the Pioneer Days festivities all afternoon on Saturday, October 18. Performing from noon to three p.m. is

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MORONGO BASIN UNITY HOME MASQUERADE BALL THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Unity Home will hold a masquerade party Saturday, October 18. The event includes food, drinks, contests, a silent auction, and a chance to win prizes. The John Waybrant Band will provide music. Tickets are $20. The masquerade party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at

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