“SNOWBIRDS”

We camped at Jumbo Rock mid-week in mid-February, and marveled at the influx of wildlife. Ranger Pam Tripp says watch out for the snowbirds…

The Snowbird is a common winter migrant easily recognized by its lightly covered, bright colored plumage. Traveling in well-appointed nests, they usually arrive in early January

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URINETOWN THE MUSICAL NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

The first Broadway musical production of the Theater 29 2015 season opened last night and runs through March. Directed by Desert Theatre League “Best Director, Musical” Award winner Gary Daigneault, with musical direction by Ed Will, and choreography by Mandi Pushkar, “Urinetown the Musical” is a hilarious tale of greed,

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MBTA MANAGER TO STEP DOWN JULY 1

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority’s general manager has announced he will be stepping down this summer. Joe Meer, who has been with the MBTA since 2002 and its general manager since 2006, said he plans to resign as of July 1 in order to pursue his graduate studies. During the

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A SMALL EARTHQUAKE SOUTH OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

An earthquake rattled the Twentynine Palms area yesterday afternoon. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the shallow magnitude 3.7 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, 13 miles south of Twentynine Palms. The temblor occurred at 5:18 p.m. at a depth of 1.9 miles. According to the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HIT-AND-RUN, VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER

A 70-year-old Yucca Valley man pleaded guilty yesterday to the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist in Yucca Mesa nearly a year ago. Ronald Svidergol was driving his pick-up truck eastbound on Buena Vista on the evening of March 3 when he turned north onto Surrey Court, right in front of

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SECOND ARMED ROBBERY IN A WEEK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a second armed robbery in Twentynine Palms in less than a week. About 7 p.m. Sunday, an armed man walked in to the liquor store in the Historic Plaza, demanded cash, and tried to make the clerk walk into the back room, but the clerk ran

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BLM REPORT SAYS ILLEGAL HOLIDAY OFF-ROADING OVERRAN OUR DESERT

A report from the Bureau of Land Management said some 30,000 off-road vehicles descended on the Mojave Desert over Thanksgiving weekend, and many went where they were not supposed to go. In his report, Ranger Patrick Chassie of the BLM’s Barstow Field Office said that a number of riders were

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HISTORIC SITES IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park celebrates and preserves human history as well as nature. Ranger Pam Tripp asks visitors to be respectful of historic sites…

Here at Joshua Tree NP there are numerous historic sites near trails, roads, and campgrounds Places such as Ryan Ranch, Wonderland Ranch, and other remnants of

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2 GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAMS IN CIF PLAYOFFS TONIGHT

Both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools girls’ basketball teams will be competing in CIF play-off games tonight. The Yucca Valley Lady Trojans are 20-7 overall, 9-and-7 in DeAnza League play. They won their first play-off game Thursday night against San Dimas High School, 51-38. They will travel away

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NEW “EVERY KID IN A PARK” INITIATIVE WILL IMPACT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Starting this fall, fourth graders and their families can visit Joshua Tree National Park–and any of the other national park–for free. President Barack Obama unveiled his Every Kid in a Park initiative yesterday in an effort to get more young people out into the great outdoors. All fourth grade students

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TWENTYNINE PALMS U-TURN CRASH SENDS THREE TO THE HOSPITAL

A Twentynine Palms man who tried to make a U-turn on Adobe Road is believed to be responsible for a crash that sent three people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Lewis Roller, 91, was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki Grand Vitara northbound on Adobe

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ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, SUSPECT SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man with a black bandana over his face entered the Adobe Smoke Shop in the 6400 block of Adobe Road

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SPILLED GAS PLUS SHOP VAC EQUALS TWO BURNED OUT CARS

A Marine learned yesterday that using a shop vac to clean up spilled gasoline probably isn’t such a good idea. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, Benjamin Potter, 27, had spilled gas in the back of his Jeep parked under a carport in the 801 Housing area off

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DRUG USE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ROBBERY ARREST

Three people were arrested on various charges following a complaint of drug use in front of a home in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called to report that two people, later identified as Anthony Sacco, 26, and Kaylene DeForest, 37, were sitting in a car

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OASIS OF MARA CONSTRUCTION

We were camping at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week, and read a notice that the visitor center in Twentynine Palms is temporarily in smaller quarters. Ranger Pam Tripp explains what’s going on…

Joshua Tree National Park is currently addressing the design and construction of seismic

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ART EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ART SHOW RECEPTION SATURDAY

The “Invention, Reinvention” art show, hosted by Copper Mountain College’s Art Program, will hold an artists’ reception tonight at the Ada Hatch Center from 6 to 9 p.m. “Invention, Reinvention” is a multi-disciplinary showcase of artworks by Morongo Basin residents and regional artists.

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22 MARINES TREATED AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT ABOARD THE 29 PALMS BASE

Twenty-two Marines were treated for exposure to a fire-retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries. Marine Base representatives said an equipment malfunction caused the fire suppression system to go off inside an amphibious

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TRAINING MISHAP ABOARD THE COMBAT CENTER

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER

Twenty-two Marines sustained injures today while conducting training aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, were participating in Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 when a fire extinguisher system

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HOMICIDE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 4-WEEK-OLD BABY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Homicide investigators are investigating the death of a four-week-old baby boy in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies and paramedics were called to a home in the 8500 block of Amador about 4:30 a.m. Monday for a baby who was not breathing. Despite life-saving attempts, the baby

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL WANTS MORE TIME ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today. The sole item on the agenda is to approve an agreement with the proponents of the medical marijuana dispensary initiative. The agreement would buy more time for the council to continue its negotiations with the proponents

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