RAIN AND LIGHTNING BRING FIRES, FLOODS, AND POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal rain and lightning storms slammed parts of Morongo Basin again yesterday, flooding roads, sparking fires, and causing power outages. Thousands of residents in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa were without power for 10 hours or more, starting about 1 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road, Utah Trail,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 3: REINVESTMENT, PENSION DEDUCTION, STREET RENAMING

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today in part 3: The Community Reinvestment Program, a pension deduction, and a street renaming… Community reinvestment program Council agreed to set

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CAR VS. FIRE HYDRANT HIT-AND-RUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The California Highway Patrol is asking for assistance in a hit-and-run that sheared off a fire hydrant in Twentynine Palms early Thursday morning. About 12:30 Thursday morning, CHP officers and Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a sheared fire hydrant at Indian Trail and Meldora Avenue. Law enforcement determined

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STORMS BRING FLOODS, MUD, DEBRIS, CLOSURES & STRANDED MOTORISTS

An intense line of thunderstorms inundated parts of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Coming out of the east at about 1:30 p.m., parts of Twentynine Palms north of the highway saw rain and hail turn roads and washes into swiftly moving torrents of mud and debris. Winters Road was mostly impassable

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2 OF 3: RECOGNITIONS AND UPDATES

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today in part two of three: Recognitions, a legislative update, and the changes in the Healthcare District… Recognitions Long-time resident Betty Laferriere

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YOUTH THEATER PRESENTATION OF “PETER PAN JR.” OPENS TOMORROW

Theater 29’s summer youth theater program culminates this weekend with performances of “Peter Pan Jr.” Tickets are selling fast. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how to reserve your seat… The talented students of Theater 29’s summer youth program will be using all the skills they’ve learned this summer. Performing the delightful

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MOVIE IN THE PARK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents the final in the, “Movies in Luckie Park” series tonight on the north side of the racquetball courts with movie “Paddington,” starting at about 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best.

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BRITISH SOCCER CAMP STARTS MONDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION

Twentynine Palms Recreation has spots available for the British Soccer Camp that will take place starting this Monday, August 3, through Friday, August 7. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country, based upon innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING: PART 1 OF 3

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into 3 parts. Today in part 1: Processes in progress, animal control, the I-10 closure, and the planning commission stipend…

Luckino on processes At

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN DETAINED AFTER STALKING

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday, accused of burglary. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a motel in the 73300 block of 29 Palms Highway shortly before 4 p.m. when a woman said a man was stalking her and was staring at her motel room. Deputies

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NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO FRIDAY

The Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms continues its series of “Live At The Rock” free concerts. Friday night, a Neil Young Tribute band will be featured. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more…

Tortoise Rock Casino concludes its July concerts featuring tribute bands with a free concert Friday, July 31.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will discuss changing job descriptions, converting hourly employees to salary, and creating a new part-time position. The directors will also review and approve the

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT, NO NEW JUDGE…YET

The former Marine accused of killing his on-base neighbor, who he was having an affair with, and dumping her body into an abandoned mine east of Twentynine Palms, was in court yesterday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was in the courtroom as Christopher Lee’s lawyer seeks another judge…

The judge hearing

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HONORS COMBAT CENTER’S JIM RICKER, MAY CHANGE EL PASEO DRIVE

The agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council lists many presentations and discussion items, including the designation of Jim Ricker of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base as 42nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year by Assemblyman Chad Mayes. Reporter Dan Stork surveys the full agenda…

Among the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB OFFERS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Registration begins August 3 for the Twentynine Palms Youth Club after school program. The program offers literacy and math programs, P.E., as well as homework assistance for students in first through sixth grades. The after school program, which starts August 24, is free for students at Oasis Elementary School; $100

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AUDITIONS FOR “THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29

Theater 29 announces open auditions for the smash hit broadway show, “The Addams Family Musical.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson is seeking the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky for the ghoulish cast of “The Addams Family Musical.” Gomez Addams is a comedic role age

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CASE OF ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE CONTINUED AGAIN

The judge hearing the case of accused murderer Christopher Lee did not reassign the case to another judge today, despite a court opinion issued earlier this month by the Court of Appeals that his lawyer’s request for a new judge was timely. Lee’s attorney David Kaloyanides had requested a change

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 28, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OFFERED COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS

This year, the University of California application and the Common Application computer window will open early, on August 1, for students to begin to apply to colleges. Reporter Dan Stork says that Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools will hold workshops to help students get a jump on the

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