MARINE BASE, BLM, HOST MEETING ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY ORV AREA

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area Saturday, August 16. They will discuss future training aboard the base and shared land use. State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups

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NATIONAL PARK REGULATIONS

There are so many things to do and enjoy in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp requests us to observe a few simple rules…

Every year approximately 1.4 million visitors come to Joshua Tree NP to enjoy the desert and what it has to offer, such as camping, hiking,

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CHICO IN YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT

For the 20th year, Saturday nights in the summer means music in Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff will be emceeing the concert tonight, and says to come out and listen and dance to Chico…

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for August 9 features the veteran LA band Chico. Led

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SOME LOCAL CANDIDATE FILINGS EXTENDED, INCUMBENTS NOT RUNNING

Because incumbents have not filed for reelection, filing deadlines have been extended for some local elected offices. The City of Twentynine Palms announced that as a result of the non-filing of incumbent Council member Jay Corbin, the nomination period for filing papers for the Office of Twentynine Palms City Council

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FORMER MARINE BASE ROLE PLAYERS TOLD LAYOFFS ARE PERMANENT

While most of former role players who populated the faux Afghani and Iraqi villages aboard the Marine Base have already been sent home, those layoffs have become final and permanent. Tatitlek Corporation, who at one time had employed more than 2,500 workers at the Villages maintained for pre-deployment training on

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER TO ENFORCE WATER CONSERVATION

The State of California is facing a major drought and local water agencies are being urged to put measures in place to prohibit wasteful water use. The state has authorized local agencies to fine water wasters up to $500 per day or violation until April 28, 2015 or drought conditions

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MORONGO BASIN THEATERS GET 32 DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS

Hi-Desert theatrical productions have garnered 32 Desert Star Award nominations by the Desert Theater League for 2013-14. Leading the way with 16 nominations is Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. The nominations include “The Perils of Goldilocks” for Outstanding Production: Comedy/Drama—Youth Theatre, with Natalie Coughlin as Outstanding Lead Actress, and John

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODING, 400 CARS STRANDED EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Thunderstorms that swept across Southern California Sunday led to one death and caused flooding and mudslides that stranded more than 2,000 others. Locally, 26 people were rescued and 400 vehicles were stranded, due to flash flooding on Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. County Fire Captain Wayne Thompson

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ROAD CREW AT WORK IN THE NATIONAL PARK

The busy roads of Joshua Tree National Park need regular maintenance, and get it. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what the Road Crew does…

The Road Crew at Joshua Tree National is responsible for maintaining 85 miles of paved road, 109 miles of unpaved road and associated parking lots. Throughout the

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UPSTREAM IN FREE SUMMER CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

Get your reggae on at the Yucca Valley summer concert tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says attendees will be jammin’ to the Caribbean sounds of Upstream…

The Town of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival continues with the band Upstream scheduled to play on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. Upstream has

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE IS ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley man was arrested yesterday after a woman said he raped her last week. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman said she met a man named “Carlos,” later identified as Carlos Flores, 31, in an emergency room July 24. They went to Palm Springs, and the woman

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THREE FILE FOR TWO OPEN SEATS ON MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD

Two seats are available, and three candidates, so far, for the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork looks at how the contest is shaping up… With the deadline for filing approaching, three candidates have filed declarations of candidacy for the two open seats on the Morongo

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN GETS SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTING DEPUTY

A Yucca Valley man who has a rap sheet going back to 1998 was sentenced to six years in state prison recently for assaulting a police officer. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, about 2 p.m. on May 17, Deputy Sean Tabor recognized two men–at least one of whom was

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AFTER A MONTH, NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME, NO TRACE OF ERIN CORWIN

It was one month ago that pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms was reported missing. She told her husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, she was headed to Joshua Tree National Park on June 28. When she did not return, he reported her missing the next day. Sheriff’s Captain

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CONGRESSMAN COOK HELPS LOCAL VETERAN FIGHTING VA FOR TREATMENT

The problems for a former Marine in Twentynine Palms are being encountered all over the country as the Veteran’s Administration (VA) struggles to cope with what is called “Gulf War Illness.” The story of Sean Sanders, 44, is mirrored by many U.S Veterans who served in “Operation Desert Shield” and

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NATIONAL PARK ECONOMIC IMPACT

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 1.4 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2013 spent almost $63 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 770 jobs in the local area. Interim Park superintendent Todd Suess said, “National park tourism is a significant

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“PACIFIC ROSE” AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TONIGHT

Z107.7’s Pat Michaels will be the host for tonight’s Yucca Valley Summer Concert. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says hitch the horses up and come on down to hear “Pacific Rose”……. The third concert of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival will feature the Pacific Rose Band. The Pacific Rose Band is

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STILL NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME IN ERIN CORWIN DISAPPEARANCE

Twenty-seven days after Erin Corwin, 20, the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, was reported missing, specialized Sheriff’s investigators are still trying to find out what may have happened on June 28th, the day she told her husband she was going to Joshua Tree National Park. Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain

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SEARCH WARRANT FILINGS REVEAL MORE IN CORWIN CASE

The wife of a former Marine suspected of having an affair with Erin Corwin–the missing pregnant wife of another Marine– told a witness “detectives would never find her body.” Search warrants made public reveal Nichole Lee, 24, the wife of Christopher Lee–who may have been with Corwin on the day

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SHERIFF NOW LOOKING FOR A CRIME SCENE IN THE CORWIN INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department says its efforts in the case of Erin Corwin,20, a pregnant Twentynine Palms Marine spouse missing since June 29th, have turned into a search for a possible crime scene. Investigators said yesterday afternoon, quote – “Information regarding locations that may have potential evidence of foul play has

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