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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SPECIALTY FLUTE CONCERT SUNDAY AT RAINBOW STEW

Yucca Valley Flute Circle presents Jesse Kalu from Sedona, Arizona, in concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, January 24, at Rainbow Stew. Using handcrafted bamboo flutes, Kalu performs the sounds of nature and wildlife, such as doves, quail, loons, hawks, owls, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk and more. There is

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HDMC OPEN ENROLLMENT

The Hi Desert Medical Center’s open enrollment ends this month. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the remaining dates and times… Open enrollment for Covered California and the Affordable Care Act ends January 31st. If you’ve not secured health insurance, then plan to attend one of the upcoming enrollment events at Hi-Desert

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FILM FEST SEEKS SCREENPLAYS

Organizers of the 29 Palms Military Film Festival are looking for screenplays for its inaugural film fest to be held in May. The event will honor military films and the courage that inspired them. To enter a military-themed screenplay for consideration in the festival, call 323-782-1300 or email marcberry@basiclead.com. The

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS CENSUS

Later this month, the third annual census of local homeless people, known as the “Point-in-Time Count,” takes place. The results will be used in a variety of ways, including to help determine where County funds and other resources will be best allocated. The count is conducted primarily by volunteers from

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY HAS IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO WITH THAT RAINWATER

With El Nino bringing more rain to our region, the Mojave water Agency wants to show you how to use it. The Mojave Water District is hosting a meeting on January 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m., to help you prepare your landscape for the harsh winter season. You can learn how to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HOME EXPLODES; DRUGS SUSPECTED

Suspected drugs inside a refrigerator at a Twentynine Palms mobile home blew up yesterday, completely destroying the home. About 8:25 p.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to the Desert Oasis Mobile Home Park, in the 72200 block of Joshua Drive, for an explosion. The explosion blew out the windows and

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MILITARY POLICE TAZE JUVENILE ON BOARD THE COMBAT CENTER

A juvenile was tazered by military police on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boy, who had been arguing with his mother, left his home and went to a nearby park. His father found him and confronted him and the father told

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MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE HOME BURGLARIZED

A Yucca Valley home used by paramedics with Morongo Basin Ambulance was burglarized sometime yesterday. Paramedics said thieves kicked in the front door of the home in the 55300 block of Santa Fe Trail between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and stole a flat-screen television. Anyone with information should call

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CAMPING CAPACITIES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park saw two million visitors in 2015, and it looks like 2016 will be just as, if not more, busy. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some reminders about camping capacity… As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park increases, many people are making the trip to come in

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY MEN ARRESTED IN TWO INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday night, accused of choking and biting a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, Benjamin Benstead, 24, was arguing with a woman about 9:45 p.m. in the 7400 block of Hopi Trail. Benstead is accused of wrapping his arm around her neck. After she

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