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Young people looking for camaraderie and an opportunity to serve their communities may want to consider being a Fire Explorer. ROP Broadcasting student Kyle Jarrard has more on the Twentynine Palms program…
Have you ever wondered about the fire explorer program at the Twentynine Palms Fire Department? According to explorer advisor, Engineer Lee Martin, it is very easy to become a Fire Explorer with Twentynine Palms Fire. First, you need to attend one of their training sessions to see if this is really what you want to do. If so, then paperwork needs to be filled out. Martin also says trainings are every other Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Becoming an Explorer gives you a head start and a foundation to build on. According to Martin, anyone between the ages of 14 and out of the eighth grade to age 21 can be an Explorer. Active explorers must maintain a C average in school to remain in good standing.


Music is in abundance in Joshua Tree. Tonight come to a Bluegrass Jam this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the JT Trading Post. Organizers say come and sing a song, strum your guitar, or just come to enjoy the tunes. This is an acoustic jam, so do not bring electric instruments.

In addition the Joshua Tree Jazz Band is getting kind of low on jazz band members. The group is in need of lead trumpet and lead saxophones and anyone interested in being substitutes for any other instruments: bass, piano, guitar, drums and trombones. For information on the Joshua Tree Jazz Band, call Jesse or Susan: 760-574-5267, 760-574-5212.


On Friday, October 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Morongo Valley Chamber will hold a “Trick or Treat at the Park.” Local business owners will set up booths at Covington Park. There will be face tattoos, candy, popcorn, cider, and snow cones for the kids. Parents are encouraged to bring the kids to this safe Halloween event.


The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will be holding a trunk and treat night in their parking lot on Friday, October 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This will be a fun, safe time when members will hand out candy to local children. A table will be set up with goodies for parents too. Come out and enjoy the fun.


Twentynine Palms area skateboarders can use the skateboard park at Luckie Park. ROP Broadcast Student Cole Subriar has more on the city-operated facility…
Do you like to skateboard? If so, Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation has a skate park located in Luckie Park next to the youth club in Twentynine Palms. Just under 25,000 square feet, the concrete park consists of quarter pipes, bowls, half cones, spines, stairs rails and boxes. No admission fees are required. Soda machines, water fountains, and restrooms are also located close by. The park also has lights to keep the fun going after dark. Pads and helmets are required. The park is located at 74362 Joe Davis Drive.


The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan volleyball team travelled to Rancho Mirage High School to take on the Rattlers. The varsity team beat them, 3-1, head Coach Matt Jennings said. Leading the team were Ashley Priest, serving 16 for 17 with six aces,12 kills, and four blocks; Haley Rayburn with seven kills and two blocks; Jade Adair had 12 assists and four digs; Chloe Smith was 10 for 10 serving with 12 digs; Becky Messaros had 16 assists.

The junior varsity team fell 1-2. Leading the team were Emily Vigrass with four kills and one block; Kayla Harmon was 6 for 6 serving with three aces; Becca Dumas had five kills, 11 assists, served 14 for 14 with five aces; and Jackie Bohla had seven digs.

The varsity team will take on the senior football players in the annual Battle of the Ball tonight in Trojan gym at 6 p.m. The cost is $3. There will be a snack bar.

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team lost to Desert Hot Springs in four sets yesterday. The Ladycats were led by sophomore Tatiyanna Mackall with three kills and one block. Senior Hanna Beard had four kills and three assists, followed by junior Courtney Stanford with three kills, and senior Marie Linton with three kills and one ace serve. Freshman Lindsey Scamman had two kills and four blocks for the night. Captain Koko Cabrera had one kill, three tips, one ace serve and 12 assists.

Yucca Valley High School tennis players are currently in the CIF League individual tournament. In singles, Rachel Green lost 2-8; Carrie Scofield won 8-5 in the first round and 8-5 in the second round. She will be playing today in the semifinals. In doubles: Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan won 8-1, they are in the semifinals; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard 8-0; they are in the semifinals. In the second tournament: in singles, Sadie Mecham lost 3-8. In doubles: Myriya Rameriz and Miranda Green won 9-7 and lost 6-10; Aislinn Gueltzow and Christa Jenkins 10-6 and in the championship game lost 3-10. They came in second place.


Following September’s flash flood that inundated homes with up to two feet of mud in South Joshua Tree, residents begged the county for help. After touring the devastated area, Supervisor James Ramos told his staff to be creative in finding help for those who needed it. Field Representative Mike Lipsitz called Robin Schlosser at Reach Out Morongo Basin, who in turn contacted Chaplain Bill Broderick at the Combat Center. And then more than two dozen Marines and sailors showed up to help dig out one woman’s home. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the rest of the story…
Flood victim Joan Christensen stared in disbelief as more than two dozen Marines and sailors shoveled, hauled, swept and dumped tons of mud out of her Joshua Tree home October 18 in the 60900 block of Sandalwood Drive. A month earlier, a flash flood in the hills south of Joshua Tree sent a torrent of water, mud, and gravel roaring through residential neighborhoods south of Friendly Hills Elementary School. Christensen’s home, garage, and car were inundated with one to two feet of mud. The clean up at Christensen’s property would have been impossible without the volunteers from the Third Battalion, 7th and Third Battalion 11th Marines, and the First Tank Battalion, who answered the call. Schlosser said, “The Base has come through every time we’ve has asked for their help. Their eagerness to support the community the way they do says a lot about the character of those serving aboard the Base.” Chaplain Bill Broderick of the Combat Center says that volunteers from the base are eager to join community projects where they can be of service. As for Christensen, she was extremely grateful for the help. “Thank you everyone for helping me out of an impossible situation. Especially, thank you so much for putting me at ease, extending courtesy and respect at all times, and giving words of encouragement along the way.”


Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim

Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim


Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim

Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim


Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim

Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim


Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim

Sailors & Marines Aid Local Flood Victim


Three medical marijuana dispensaries will open soon in nearby Desert Hot Springs. Their city council voted last night on how many shops and the criteria for applications. The criteria includes financial and criminal backgrounds; how the business would be organized; the number of patients the shop expects to serve; and whether smoking will be allowed inside. The Council is expected to set application fees at its November 4 meeting. Applications for dispensaries will be accepted from November 7 through November 21. Desert Hot Springs is now the third city in the Coachella Valley to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Palm Springs allows four shops and Cathedral City is vetting permits for its first three dispensaries. Tuesday, Desert Hot Springs residents will vote on two marijuana tax measures. Measure II would establish a 10 percent sales tax on marijuana. Measure HH would tax the cultivators $25 per square foot for the first 3,000 square feet, and $10 per square foot after that. The city of Palm Springs taxes medical marijuana dispensaries 10 percent sales tax while those operating illegally must pay 15 percent. Cathedral City is asking voters to approve a 15 percent sales tax on dispensaries in next week’s election. While the Town of Yucca Valley has banned dispensaries, a group of citizens is working to place an ordinance permitting marijuana dispensaries in Yucca Valley on the ballot.


The clock is ticking on getting public input on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Reporter Dan Stork tells how you can have your voice heard…
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold 10 public meetings for the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) between October 20 and November 13. The one closest to the Morongo Basin will be on Friday November 7 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the UC Riverside, Palm Desert Center Auditorium, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr. in Palm Desert.
The draft DRECP proposes to protect areas in the California desert that are important for wildlife, recreation, cultural and other uses while also facilitating the timely permitting of solar, wind and geothermal energy projects and associated transmission in appropriate areas. The draft plan presents six alternative approaches for meeting renewable energy and conservation goals through 2040. Each alternative proposes a different conservation design and configuration of lands available for more efficient and predictable renewable energy project review. The draft plan also includes an analysis of the potential environmental impacts of these alternatives.
Visit to confirm meeting details and WebEx availability. Information on how to get and comment upon the DRECP document itself is given in this story at The DRECP’s formal public comment period runs through January 9, 2015.
The draft DRECP EIR/EIS is available for review and download at, and at local libraries and agency offices. A DVD will be provided upon request. To request a DVD, please send an email request to or call 866-674-9996 and provide a mailing address. For a list of local area libraries and agency offices that have the document on file (most are on DVD), please visit


Free acting classes are being offered at Theatre 29 for the month of November. The free classes, for beginners through experienced are being given to give attendees a chance to see how the classes work and what they offer. Ages 16 and up are welcome, classes are limited in size in order to give all participants an opportunity to work. Classes are held by Abe Daniels who has studied with Salome Jens of the Actors Studio in Los Angeles and has received several DTL awards. Daniels uses the Method Acting approach to theatre, where it is all about discovery, approaching the first rehearsal to the last performance as though it is for the first time. Acting classes will be held on Sundays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. at Theatre 29. For information or to register, call Abe Daniels at 626-233-4768.


The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a closed session meeting Thursday, October 30, at 9 a.m. On the agenda, the trustees will discuss the recruitment and employment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held in Room 111 of the college in Joshua Tree.


The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board, who saw major vandalism over the weekend and pushback on new rules recently, will meet in regular session tomorrow. Reporter Cassie Zimarik checks the agenda…
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow on Thursday, October 30, at 5:30 p.m. In the meeting, they will receive a presentation of their 2013-2014 audit, discuss graveside compliance, and the possibility of hiring a new employee, along with clarifying the Saturday service policy and receive an update on the status of the site directory sign. The meeting is held in the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms and the public is invited.


The Twentynine Palms Library’s toddler boot camp meets Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m., and is open to children 1-3 years of age. This program is designed for the more active toddler and will be focused on the development of gross motor skills, listening skills, following directions, stretching and being active. For more information about toddler boot camp, please call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.


The Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department, and Z107.7 Radio are co-sponsoring the Halloween Fun Fest Friday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be an evening of games, free trick-or-treat bags, candy, and a not-so-scary haunted house. The free event is for children ages 10 and under, and is provided as a safe alternative to traditional trick or treating. Z107.7 Radio will broadcast live from the event. The Halloween Fun Fest will be held at the Twentynine Palms Community Center on Joe Davis Drive. Call 760-367-7562 for more information.


180 Ministries will hold their annual harvest and chili cook off this Friday, October 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The free event will include a bounce house and games for the whole family. 180 Ministries has moved to a new location on Hallee Road next to the bicycle shop in Joshua Tree.


Joshua Tree Recreation is offering access to their tennis courts. ROP Broadcast student Brenden Nguyen has details…
Did you know that there people looking to play tennis with you? Have you ever wanted to join a tennis club or buy a key for individual play? Well, keys, giving district court access, are good from July 1 through June 30 and are available throughout the year for $10. Contact the Joshua Tree Recreation and Parks District for more information call 760-366-8415 or try visiting on the web.


At the Twentynine Palms Junior High School, parent visitation days will be the last two days of the month this year. On Thursday, October 30, parents can come visit A-day classes. On Friday, October 31, parents can visit B-day classes. They shall do this for each last A-day and B-day of the month to give parents an opportunity to visit all eight classes over the two day block. Parents are encouraged to come and see what is happening at Twentynine Palms Junior High School.


The Yucca Valley High School varsity tennis team beat Rancho Mirage High School 11-7 and took the league championship with a record of 12-0 for the season. In singles, Carrie Scofield went 1-2, Rachel Green 1-2, and Miranda Green 1-2. In doubles, Aimee Frank and Cionne Lonergan were 3-0; Dawn Rich and Moriah Goddard, 3-0; and Aislinn Gueltzow and Christa Jenkins 2-1.

Monday, the Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat tennis team travelled to Big Bear and came away victorious. The Ladycats took a strong early lead and kept the momentum going all through the match. The final score was 14-4.

Tuesday, the Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat girls’ tennis team defeated Desert Hot Springs High School by a score of 11-7, on the last league game of the season. The team was led by seniors Makayla Ogdahl, Jasmine Smith, Natasha Wright, Roberta Martinez and Keyonna Trader. The LadyCats won four out of the first six sets, taking an early lead. In the second round the ladies continued the charge and won an additional four. In the final round of singles, Smith closed it out sweeping all three. Likewise, in doubles, Ogdahl and partner Alex Morrissey, also swept all three. The Ladycats are now firmly in second place in the De Anza League, with a record of nine wins and three losses.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow is the De Anza Leage finals tournament for girls’ tennis. Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs girls’ volleyball team will travel away to Redlands Adventist Academy, with first serve at 5:30.


A former Twentynine Palms Junior High School custodian was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison on Friday. Matthew Frazer, 43, of Yucca Valley, had pleaded guilty in July to one felony count each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Frazer was arrested in January following a year-long investigation by the FBI. In 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children gave the FBI a series of pornographic images depicting a young girl being abused by a man, whom the FBI eventually identified as Frazer. In a plea agreement, Matthew Frazer admitted filming sexually explicit images of the young girl between 2008 and 2012. He also admitted to making a video in October 2009, when the victim was 6 years old, and again the following year when she was 7, and uploading the videos to the Internet. According to court documents, the images have been found in the possession of more than 250 people who collect child pornography.


Matthew Frazer

Matthew Frazer


Vandals destroyed the irrigation system at the Twentynine Palms cemetery sometime over the weekend. When cemetery workers arrived at work Monday morning, they noticed that the irrigation pipes for the cemetery’s rose garden had been ripped out of the ground and broken, and the sprinkler heads had also been broken off. In addition, the vandals ripped out part of the gazebo in the rose garden and threw the pieces around, including up into nearby trees. None of the gravesites were damaged by the vandalism. Damage to the sprinkler system and the gazebo is estimated by Sheriff’s investigators at about $1000 to replace and repair. Photos of the vandalism can be seen with this story at Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

Courtesy of 29 Palms Cemetery.

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