TWO CIVIC MEETINGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK; WE HAVE DETAILS

There are two civic meetings in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork has the agendas of the City Council and the Oversight Board…

Among the presentations at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on September 24 will be one by County Sheriff John McMahon regarding AB109 (the prison reorganization bill);

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CADIZ STEAM TRAIN CALLED A RUSE TO GET AROUND FEDERAL REVIEW

The plan by Cadiz, Inc. to put in a steam train from Cadiz to Parker, Arizona, as a tourist attraction called “Cadiz Southeastern Railway,” announced by Z107.7 News Friday, is being called a superficial ruse by environmentalists. The National Parks Conservation Association said, “It is the latest in a series

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STEAM TRAIN ATTRACTION PLANNED FOR EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Cadiz Company, located near Amboy, east of Twentynine Palms, announced it has entered into an agreement with the Arizona & California Railroad Company to develop steam train excursions through the Mojave Desert between Cadiz and Parker, Arizona. The attraction, using historic steam locomotives and vintage passenger railcars, would be

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ANOTHER MARIJUANA RAID, THIS TIME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Five people were arrested in Twentynine Palms yesterday during a drug raid. Sheriff deputies from the Narcotics division were at a residence in the 1200 block of Luna Mesa about noon Wednesday and arrested five people for investigation of cultivating marijuana for sale: Thomas Page, 46, of Joshua Tree; David

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ONE MARINE KILLED, FOUR INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON BASE

A Marine was killed Monday, and four others injured, during a training accident on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. About 11:20 a.m. Monday morning, an amphibious-assault vehicle caught fire in the Bullion/Lead Mountain area, killing Corporal Nicholas Sell, 21, and injuring four others. One of the injured is

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM CONTRACT AND A PIPELINE ON THE AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Among items of interest are a contract with the registrar for Hi-Desert Nature Museum and discussion of converting a pipeline…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session at 6:00 tonight. On the consent agenda, the Council will

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY TRYING TO A RECOVER WITH 3 FEET OF MUD IN THEIR HOME

The flash floods in the Morongo Basin just over a week ago closed some roads, caused power outages, and washed out some yards. But a Yucca Valley family lost everything they owned, including their home, when a wall of mud smashed through the doors and windows of their house south

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FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, September 16th. The locations and times are:

The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10; Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers,

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VISIT KEYS RANCH

A piece of American social history is regularly brought to life in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp invites you to visit Keys Ranch…

Joshua Tree National Park is pleased to announce our Keys Ranch tours for the 2013 through 2014 season. Beginning October 4, tours of the historic

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ALTERCATION IN JT

A Joshua Tree woman whose blood alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit was arrested Thursday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a motorist called 911 to report that a woman, identified as Susan Finn, 29, was lying in the road at Hillview and Highway 62 about 9:30

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JOHN LINN BAND STEPS IN AT MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA

A featured event at Morongo Valley’s Fiesta Days was cancelled, but a local group stepped in to fill the spot. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, enjoy the John Linn Band, and more…

Morongo Valley’s big Fiesta Days event is this Friday and Saturday with non-stop events and surprises that will appeal

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HI-DESERT CHORUS LOOKING FOR LOCAL SINGERS

The Hi Desert Chorus has started rehearsals for “Sounds of the Season,” its’ annual winter concert. The performances will be held December 14 and 15. The chorus is in need of all voices: soprano, alto, bass and tenor. Reading music is helpful, but not mandatory. Rehearsals are held 6:30 to

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TASTE OF THE MORONGO BASIN TONIGHT AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BELL CENTER

The 6th Annual “Taste of the Morongo Basin” is set for tonight at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor, Mike Lipsitz gets out his knife and fork…

Local restaurants will serve samples of their best dishes at Joshua Tree Rotary Club’s sixth annual Taste

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REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO HEAR ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS

At the first meeting after a summer break, Yucca Valley Republican Women will hear from Colonel Mike Walker (retired) on the topic, “National Security threats facing America”. Retired from Morongo Unified School District, Walker spent 26 years in the Marine Corps on active and reserve duty and retired as a

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MONDAY DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW AND FAIR

This reminder for local artists that this Monday is the deadline for entries into the Joshua Tree national Park art show. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the details………

Monday is the last day to submit an entry application for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire, a judged

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DATES SET FOR FILING TWO ANTI-JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUITS

Parties to two law suits filed in July against a planned Dollar General store in Joshua Tree met in court in San Bernardino Thursday. Activist David Fick said a morning meeting was concerned only with setting a date—January 17—for when legal briefs are to be filed with the court. Trials,

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SCHOOL BOARD TO CHANGE ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY…NEXT WEEK

About 100 upset parents, students, and supporters showed up at a special meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education to let the Board know how they felt about the denial of athletic eligibility to six Twentynine Palms High School football players. Dan Stork was there and reports

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MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA DAYS TO FEATURE LOHN LINN BAND

This weekend is the annual Fiesta Days celebration in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says special entertainment will headline the event…

Morongo Valley’s big Fiesta Days event is this Friday and Saturday with non-stop events and surprises that will appeal to young and old. Many will be surprised to learn

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COUNTY TO GIVE UP ROADS IN MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

San Bernardino County turned over about a dozen roads in the Mojave Preserve to the National Parks Service this week. The county had sued in 2006 over its rights to the roads because county crews had been maintaining them for decades before the preserve was created as part of the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2 OF 3: CODES, TOURISM, NATIONAL PARK DRIVE CATCH-22

The Twentynine Palms City Council covered a wide range of topics in its meeting this week. Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today: Building codes, the strategic plan Workshop, the tourism group report, and a Catch-22 on National Park Drive…

Building codes: In a pro forma vote needed

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