TORTOISE ROCK CASINO OPENS TO CAPACITY CROWDS

The new Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms is a hit. Less than half an hour after the casino opened its doors to the public, it had reached its capacity crowd of just over 1100 people. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley, Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs, San Bernardino

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OPTIONS OUTLINED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT WORKSHOP MEETING

What was billed as a special workshop meeting to “Determine the future of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department” was held Saturday at Twentynine Palms Water District offices. Not counting people not related to the district, only five residents attended. Among the 20 people there were Twentynine Palms Mayor Dan Mintz

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ART IN THE PARK

The time is near for one of the Morongo Basin’s don’t-miss annual events. Ranger Pam Tripp invites you to see the Art in the Park…

Spring is in the air and art is in the park! This year’s 20th annual Arts Festival takes place at Joshua Tree National Park. The

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FOOTPRINT ASSOCIATION AWARDS

CHP Officer Simon Miller receives his Footprint Award from CHP Sgt. Green.

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony Thursday in Yucca Valley. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored representatives from the Joshua Tree National

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Earthquake Jolts Southern California

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake, centered in La Habra, jolted Southern California at 9:11 p.m. tonight. The earthquake came about an hour after a 3.6 earthquake, also centered in La Habra, and was followed by two more aftershocks, with a magnitude of 3.4 at 9:11 and 3.6 9:30. The Morongo Basin

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THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR CRIME SPREE

Sheriff’s investigators may have broken a major regional crime spree. Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing merchandise and attempting to return it for a refund. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Suzanne Torres, 32, Patrick Wunderlee, 30, and Scott Downen, 61, went to the Food for Less

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS PRELIMINARY PROPERTY OWNER COSTS FOR SEWER SYSTEM

At its meeting last night, the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors received a preliminary estimate for four options for property tax assessments facing property owners in the three phases of the proposed sewer project. The board will also be faced with the decision of using a contractor who can

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COUNTY FIRE SAYS HIGH WINDS BRING FIRE DANGER

With the high winds blowing through the Morongo Basin today, the San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents to be smart and safe about open flames. The high winds and low humidity result in a high fire potential, and the County suspends all burn permits when there is a high

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS NO CHARGES AGAINST SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN FATAL CRASH

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office announced Monday that it will not be pressing charges against the Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a fatal traffic crash in Twentynine Palms last year, in which a Perris man was killed. According to spokesman Christopher Lee, the DA’s office declined to

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FOUR INJURED IN TWO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CRASHES

Two people were injured when their off-road vehicle went over a cliff in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. About 12:40 p.m., rescue personnel were called after the sand rail went over a 40-foot vertical cliff and rolled over in the hills east of the Joshua Tree dry lake bed. The female

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SNAKES ALIVE!

Do you dream about snakes? Ranger Pat Pilcher says you’re not alone…

Throughout the world, the most dreamed about animal is the serpent. In Joshua Tree National Park, as spring begins and temperatures start to warm up, snakes are turning up in more places than just people’s minds. Red racers

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FATAL ACCIDENT DETAILS

We have a little more information about the Twentynine Palms man who was killed in Twentynine Palms Thursday night while riding his bicycle. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 32-year-old man—who has been identified as Mickey Mroz—was riding a BMX-style bike eastbound along the north shoulder of Valle Vista

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TWO KILLED IN TWO FATAL CRASHES THURSDAY NIGHT

Two people were killed Thursday night in two separate traffic crashes. At 8:41 p.m., a bicyclist, riding the wrong way against traffic on westbound Valle Vista, just east of Condor Road in Twentynine Palms, was struck and killed by a vehicle. The names of the driver and the bicyclist have

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS SOLAR ENERGY PRESENTATION

Environmental activists, union electrical workers, and other citizens packed a classroom at Joshua Tree Elementary School to hear—and participate in—a presentation by a solar energy firm to the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork attended also, and summarizes the proceedings…

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MOBILE HOME PARK FIRE DESTROYS 2-STORY RESIDENCE

A fire at a Twentynine Palms mobile home park completely destroyed a two-story residence Tuesday afternoon. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, the Combat Center, and Wonder Valley were called to the blaze at the Singing Trees Mobile Home Park, 74685 Amboy Road, at

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25 ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY WARRANT SWEEP

About 25 people were arrested in Yucca Valley Sunday during an arrest warrant sweep. Some of the people arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail during the 10-hour operation were: Jackie Singer, 57, on a misdemeanor traffic warrant, with his bail set at $50,000; Stoney Thomas, 27, on a

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TURTLE ROCK CASINO TO OPEN MARCH 31

After 10 months of construction, Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will hold its grand opening March 31. The opening ceremony will start with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m., after which patrons will be invited inside to play slots, poker, table games, and listen to live entertainment. Tribal Chairman

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KEEP IT CLEAN IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy the National Park, and keep it clean. Ranger Pam Tripp asks for your considerate behavior…

The question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is “What will we see as we drive through?” Our common answer is that you will see some animals, lots of vegetation, and

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HELPING HOMELESS VETS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare,

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YUCCA VALLEY TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH STUDENT BOOKED AND RELEASED

As expected, the Yucca Valley High School teacher who had a warrant out for his arrest, surrendered himself in to the Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning. Sheriff records indicate that Zachary Miller, 33, of Yucca Valley, was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail at 11:40 a.m. Miller’s bail was set at

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