THE LEGEND OF THE FAN PALM

A distinctive desert feature offers shade and food and building materials. Ranger Pat Pilcher recounts the legend of the fan palm…

The California Fan Palm is a familiar sight at Joshua Tree National Park. This palm, the only native palm in California, grows at five different sites in the Park.

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SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

One man is in custody for attempted murder after shooting another man at a carwash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning.

According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, the victim, who has only been identified as a Hispanic male from Twentynine Palms, was washing his GMC Yukon in the self-service carwash

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MAN SHOT AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CARWASH FRIDAY MORNING

 

A man was shot at least two times Friday morning at a self-service carwash at the corner of Calle Todd and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. A witness told Z107.7 News that he heard an argument about 9:40, and then two quick shots. The victim was described only as

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CORONER ID’S TWENTYNINE PALMS MURDER VICTIM

The Coroner’s Department has released the name of the man who was killed in a shooting Monday night in Twentynine Palms. Wayne Kerr, 55, was arguing with Raymond Burney, 51, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in

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MAN SHOT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A man described only as being in his mid 30s was shot multiple times at 9:40 Friday morning at Calle Todd and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. He was taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to DesertHospital in Palm Springs.

MURDER SUSPECT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WAS AN EARLY-RELEASE PRISONER

The suspect in the murder of a Twentynine Palms man Monday night had been released from prison early and was on probation under California’s prison realignment plan, known as AB109. Police suspect Raymond Burney, 51, of Twentynine Palms, of shooting and killing a still-unidentified Twentynine Palms man about 9:40 Monday

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LOCAL TEACHER A FINALIST FOR CALIFORNIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms High School teacher was honored last week with 10 other teachers as a finalist for 2014 California Teacher of the Year for Region 10. Donna Petre was nominated for her work with students with severe disabilities at Twentynine Palms High School. She coordinates the efforts of many

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AN ARREST IN A TWENTYNINE PALMS MURDER

A Twentynine Palms man has been arrested in the shooting death of another Twentynine Palms man Monday night. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies responded to a call of shots fired at an apartment in the 6300 block of Palm View Avenue at 9:43 p.m. When they arrived, they

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ONE DEAD, ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER A SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS LAST NIGHT

One man is dead and another in custody after a shooting in Twentynine Palms last night. Early information is that deputies were called to a report of gunshots in the 6300 block of Palm View at about 9:45. They arrived to find the body of a man, described only as

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NEIGHBORS HELP 91-YEAR-OLD ESCAPE LANDERS FIRE

Neighbors helped a 91-year-old man escape from his home after his garage caught fire and flames spread to the house in Landers Saturday. County Fire said the two-car, detached garage in the 60000 block of Mitch Lane was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived after being dispatched around 5:45

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“SNOWBIRDS” IN THE NATIONAL PARK

While much of the nation suffers nasty winter weather, a wise species of wildlife flocks to our neighborhood. Ranger Pam Tripp welcomes 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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DISCOVERY DAY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will be hosting a stargazing Discovery Night Saturday, January 25. Two comets will be visible to those who are able to stay awake until 4 a.m. A full agenda for the evening is posted on the observatory’s website, skysthelimit29.org. The public is welcome

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY, 9 OTHERS, NAMED IN DEVELOPERS LAWSUIT

A development company filed a lawsuit against the Town of Yucca Valley and nine other defendants last week, alleging, among other things, that the Town is requiring it to make improvements that it contends should have been made by the developer from whom it bought the property. According to the

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YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCILMEMBERS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION

Two current council members, one on the Twentynine Palms City Council and one on the Yucca Valley Town Council, have announced they will not be running for re-election. Jay Corbin, the current mayor pro tem for Twentynine Palms, told Z107.7 news that he’s enjoyed being on the council and his

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL BORROWS FROM BONDS FOR SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT

Despite opposition from Council Member Bob Leone, the Yucca Valley Town Council voted last night to borrow from its bond funds to fulfill its loan obligation to the developer of the Town’s senior housing project. Of the project’s nearly $18 million cost, about $2.9 million is a loan from the

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FAMILY OF 7 RESCUED FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST NIGHT

A family of seven, who were taking advantage of the free admittance to Joshua Tree National Park yesterday, got a little more excitement than they planned. According to Sheriff’s Corporal Steve Everhart, Steve and Tamara Funk and their five children, ages 3 to 8 years old, were hiking the Desert

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JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUIT

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Dollar General store in Joshua Tree had their day in court Friday. Reporter Dan Stork has the status of the legal wrangling… The Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance had its day in a San Bernardino court on Friday morning. David Fick, one of

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CAMPFIRE SAFETY

With the example of the Colby fire very much in mind, campers need to use appropriate fuel for their fires. Ranger Pam Tripp has firewood advice…

Whenever camping, one of the main events of a good camping trip is the campfire. There is nothing like the smell of campfire smoke

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3.0 QUAKE HITS YUCCA VALLEY

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening. Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the earth. The

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YUCCA VALLEY GETS 3.0 QUAKE

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening, January 17. Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the

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