TWO ARRESTED, ONE CONVICTED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SEX TRAFFICKING RING

Accused of operating a brothel and sex trafficking of a minor, two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested last week. According to the Sheriff’s Department, in June, deputies discovered a teen girl who had been abandoned in the desert in Twentynine Palms, and realized she had been the victim of sex

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NEW BURRTEC TRASH TRANSFER AND MAINTENANCE YARD APPROVED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Commissioners Vickie Bridenstine and Jeff Drozd absent, the remaining three members of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission selected their new chair and vice chair at their meeting last night. Taking over as chair is Steve Whitten; vice chair is Jeff Evans. Managing editor Tami Roleff says Whitten, Evans, and Charles

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TWENTYNINE PALMS STRATEGIC PLANNING, DAY 1: PUBLIC SAFETY

The first of three strategic planning meetings for the City of Twentynine Palms were held last night. Reporter David Haldane says public safety was front and center… A three-night strategic planning workshop by the Twentynine Palms City Council got off to a spirited start Tuesday with a larger-than-expected crowd. At

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HALF A WATER TANK REPORTED STOLEN IN WONDER VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of half of a water tank in Wonder Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man in the 87800 block of Amboy Road was notified that a water tank at his abandoned property had been cut in half, and the missing half was

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW IN TESTY REORGANIZATION; RATE INCREASES REVEALED

A testy reorganization and a look at new rate increases. Reporter Mike Lipsitz reports on last night’s Bighorn Desert View Water Board meeting… At last night’s regular board meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, directors reorganized, but only after a tense nominating period and vote. In the end, Larry

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW-COST VACCINES AND MICROCHIP SERVICES

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

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE THREATENED TO KILL HIS MOTHER

A 40-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday evening after his mother said he threatened to kill her. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mynor Marroquin went to a home in the 7500 block of Bannock Trail about 8:30 p.m. and demanded that his mother give him $40. The woman refused

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STOLEN CIRCUS MOTORCYCLES FOUND, RETURNED

The show can go on with the circus in Yucca Valley thanks to an observant neighbor who noticed his neighbors suddenly had two new dirt bikes. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Greer, two performance motorcycles used in the circus were stolen sometime during the early morning hours Saturday. Officials with

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PUBLIC HEARING ON NEW YUCCA VALLEY TRASH FACILITY AT SUNNYSLOPE AND INDIO TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed new trash collection and transfer station and trash vehicle maintenance yard tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… A public hearing for an environmental assessment and conditional use permit for a new Burrtec transfer station and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETINGS START TONIGHT

The first in three strategic planning sessions will be held tonight by the city of Twentynine Palms. Reporter David Haldane says the public is urged to get involved… A three-day strategic planning workshop for the City of Twentynine Palms kicks off tonight with an introduction and discussion of community safety

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WONDER VALLEY SQUATTER ATTEMPTS TO RUN OVER MAN, ARRESTED

A Wonder Valley man who was squatting at a home was arrested Saturday after he tried to run over a man. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man went to check on a friend’s home in the 2500 block of Marks Road in Wonder Valley about noon Saturday when he

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5th 3.0 OR ABOVE EARTHQUAKE IN 30 DAYS RATTLES OUR REGION

The fifth regional earthquake of 3.0 magnitude or larger within the last 30 days rumbled through our Morongo Basin Sunday. The shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported at 7:32 a.m. Sunday morning, 38 miles from Joshua Tree, at a depth of 1.2 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was

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STRATEGIC PLANNING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

You can have some input in the future plans for the city of Twentynine Palms. Reporter David Haldane has a look this week’s three strategic planning meetings… People aren’t the only ones who begin the year with resolutions. Cities do too and to that end, the Twentynine Palms City Council

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100 TURNOUT TO HEAR ABOUT COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION

Suppose you had a choice of electric companies, that there was a local power provider offering rates at far less than you now pay, that the power was generated locally and provided local jobs, and that all the profits went to local schools, roads, and other local services? Reporter Mike

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN BOOKED ON $800,000 IN ARREST WARRANTS

Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday afternoon after deputies went to a home with an arrest warrant. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to the 7600 block of Cibola Trail about 3:30 p.m. with an arrest warrant for Ruben “Tony” Minero, 36, who was arrested without incident. During a

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN HELD FOR POSSESSION OF A VARIETY OF DRUGS

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Yucca Valley woman Thursday following a probation compliance check in the 55600 block of Navajo Trail. About 3:45 p.m., deputies went to the home where they found Natalie Barner, 32, along with heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia used to weigh and package narcotics. Natalie

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TILES AVAILABLE FOR THEATRE 29 SERENITY GARDEN

Theatre 29 has big plans for its new Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that you, too, can be

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PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp asks you to keep your park clean… Many visitors to Joshua Tree National Park make efforts to reduce the amount of waste they produce by re-using or recycling. While it is great to use a compost heap for kitchen scraps or organic waste

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TO HOLD STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOPS

The public is encouraged to attend a series of strategic planning workshops in Twentynine Palms this week. The workshops will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the city council chambers, beginning each evening at 5 p.m. Topics of discussion include the city’s mission and vision statement, community safety, community

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, January 26, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. O-negative blood is especially needed. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood

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