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DEPUTIES RECOVER $50,000 IN STOLEN PROPERTY; ONE ARRESTED

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have made at least one arrest and recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property this week. According to Sherriff’s Department press releases, deputies served a search warrant Tuesday at a home near the intersection of Sunny Sands Drive and Wesley Road. Deputies were investigating...
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SHERIFFS RECOVER THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN STOLEN PROPERTY, MAKE ARREST, MORE PENDING

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have made at least one arrest and recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property this week. According to Sherriff’s Department press releases, deputies served a search warrant Tuesday at a home near the intersection of Sunny Sands Drive and Wesley Road. Deputies were investigating...
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LANDERS WOMAN USES TWO DAUGHTERS TO HELP ROB LANDERS LIQUOR STORE

A Landers woman was arrested after deputies determined she used an elaborate scheme to rob a liquor store. According to Sheriff’s reports, Jennifer Brannon, 35, sent a juvenile daughter into Mojave Liquor store in Landers about 10:30 p.m. February 2, who requested help at the back of the store from...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS FAMILY EVACUATED AFTER MAN DRILLS INTO GAS PIPE

A military family was evacuated from their house in the 801 housing area in Twentynine Palms after the husband accidentally drilled a hole into a gas line. According to Twentynine Palms Engineer Tim Cole, the man was trying to install a wall-mounted television set when he drilled through the wall...
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STATE REJECTS NEARBY PALEN SOLAR FIELD PROPOSAL

The California Energy Commission rejected a new plan for the Palen solar project Wednesday, in essence killing the six-year project. First licensed in 2010, the 8-square-mile project has been stuck with ownership transfers, technology changes, and corporate bankruptcies. The newest owner had asked to extend the December 15, 2015, deadline...
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FINAL WEEKEND FOR “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29

The hilarious Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys” has one more weekend of performances at Theater 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…
“The Sunshine Boys” has been delighting audiences at Theater 29. Don’t miss your last chance to see the hysterical Neil Simon comedy this weekend. Al Lewis...
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MOST GOVERNMENT SERVICES CLOSED FOR A 4-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Most government offices, Yucca Valley town offices, Twentynine Palms city offices, county offices, Copper Mountain College, and the courts will be closed Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day. They will resume their normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 16.

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LEADERSHIP KUDOS FOR HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

More than water is transparent at the Hi-Desert Water District. The District announced Wednesday that for the second time, it has received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation. The certificate is awarded to special districts that fulfill eight requirements, including ethics training for all...
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29 PALMS ART GALLERY PLANS “PAINT NIGHT” FUNDRAISER

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is planning a Paint night fund-raiser for next weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to be part of this fun experience…
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is sponsoring a “Paint Night” fundraiser Friday, February 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery will...
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GALLERY 62 REOPENING IN NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

Gallery 62, the Morongo Basin Cultural Art Council’s cooperative art gallery, is re-opening Saturday, February 13, at a new location in Joshua Tree. The grand re-opening and artists’ reception coincides with the monthly Joshua Tree Second Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 8 p.m. A larger-than-ever eclectic mix of works by...
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SANTA FE CLUBHOUSE PLANNING 14TH ANNIVERSARY

Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will be marking their 14th year. Reporter David Knutson says call today to RSVP to the party…
You are invited to join the celebration for the Santa Fe Clubhouse’s 14th year anniversary on February 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lunch, games,...
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PARADE OF HOMES TO INCLUDE TANNER HOUSE

Today we wrap up our previews of the stops on this year’s Parade of Homes with a showcase of one of Twentynine Palms’ outstanding properties. The annual Parade of Homes fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars to support services to local senior and disabled residents. Each home on the tour...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms Wildcats boys’ basketball team traveled to Desert Mirage High School last night for the last De Anza League game of the season. The Wildcats came away with a 86-51 win. Coach Jeremy Johnson said D’Shaun Barrett lead the cats with 25 points, Kyle Hope 20 points, and...
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CELEBRATION OF LIFE SET FOR REVEREND JANE CRASSE

A celebration of life is set for the late reverend Jane Crasse of St. Joseph’s Church in Yucca Valley. Reporter Rebecca Haveley has details……
A Celebration of Life service is set for The Reverend Jane Lieberg Crase at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Yucca Valley. The church is...
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SERVICES SET FOR MAGGIE MELDRUM

Margaret Ann “Maggie” Meldrum, a Pasadena native and long-time Morongo Basin resident, died February 8 after a long illness. She was 70 years old. Maggie Meldrum is survived by her husband, Mike Meldrum, her sister, Donna Munoz; and brother Walt “Bud” Reed; as well as three nieces (Shannon Luckino, Darcy...
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SMOKE ALARM SAVES A YUCCA VALLEY HOME

A Yucca Valley family was very fortunate that they were home Tuesday morning when their smoke alarm went off alerting them to a fire in the house. According to County Battalion Chief Rick Denison, the family had a plug-in air freshener plugged into an outlet in a closet that had...
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MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN VEHICLE-VERSUS-PEDESTRIAN HIT-AND-RUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TUESDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of hit-and-run in which a pedestrian was hit by a car in Twentynine Palms Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the male victim was walking in the crosswalk with a green light at Adobe Road and Highway 62 about 6 p.m., when...
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COMBAT CENTER IN THIRD DAY OF POWER OUTAGE

Two housing areas on the Combat Center have been without power since early Monday morning. The electrical distribution circuits that serve the Ocotillo and Fairway Heights housing areas suffered severe damage. Repairs are underway, but power is not expected to be restored until well into today, or possibly even later....
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TERMINATES FAULTY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Twentynine Palms City Council dropped a failed improvement plan that was flawed last night. Reporter David Haldane explains…
If you were planning to get the City of Twentynine Palms to front you a few thousand bucks for a new coat of paint on your business, forget about it. That...
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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES CELL TOWER HEARING

Residents of Yucca Mesa are unhappy about a proposed 52-foot tall cell phone tower—disguised to look like a water tower—that is supposed to be constructed on the southwest corner of Aberdeen Drive and Sage Avenue. Managing editor Tami Roleff says their complaints to the town of Yucca Valley are paying...
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