ONE DEAD, ONE ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE STABBING

A Joshua Tree man is dead, and another arrested, following an argument early Sunday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report and press release, a man called 911 about 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning to report Lionel Blankenship, 50, had been “accidentally” stabbed. When deputies arrived, they located Blankenship near the road

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HIKER RESCUED IN BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE MONDAY

A woman had to be rescued Monday afternoon in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve after she fell while hiking. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson, rescue personnel, assisted by Cal Fire, hiked about 30 minutes into a steep canyon to rescue the woman, described as being in her

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ANOTHER SCAM TARGETS LOCAL RESIDENTS

The scammers are hard at work trying to separate you from your money. Last week, another Morongo Basin resident received a phone call from a man claiming to be from the IRS Tech Department. The caller said the business owner owed a substantial amount of money, and if the owner

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, A SIGN AND HOUSING PLANS ON THE AGENDA

Energy savings, an electronic sign, and housing plans fill up the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Dan Stork has details… The October 8 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council starts with a presentation by city staff on energy savings program for city facilities. Also scheduled is the

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TWO MORONGO BASIN THEATERS TAKE TOP AWARDS

Grove’s Cabin Theater of Morongo Valley and Theatre 29 of Twentynine Palms garnered some top honors at the Desert Theatre League Desert Star Awards in Indio Sunday Night. The Desert Theater League is made up of 31 community, school, and professional theatrical producing organizations in the high and low deserts.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SPRING PRODUCTION OPENS TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley High School student-directed productions of the, “Downhill” and “Seth’s Anxiety” will open tomorrow at the Yucca Valley High School Multipurpose Room (MPR). That’s right! You get two shows for the price of one! The show dates are October 9, 10, 11, and 12. All shows start at

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE THIS WEEKEND

Twentynine Palms High School theater students will present the second weekend of their fall murder mystery dinner theater this weekend. Student Kelsy Holder tells you how to get tickets… A night of awards, romance, and murder? Twentynine Palms High School’s International Thespian Society is proud to present their annual audience

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER AT GROUND CONTROL TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its October mixer at Ground Control Hobbies in Yucca Valley, this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Mixers are an opportunity for businesses and business professionals to make new acquaintances, exchange business cards and pass out brochures. Ground Control Hobbies has expanded

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMISSION LOOKS AT TWO NEW STORES TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hear more about two major stores coming tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details… The sole item on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission is a site plan review for Marshalls and Petco. The two stores are planned for

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Team Clean Team will meet Wednesday, October 9, at 8 a.m. to pick up trash by the 29 Palms Highway in front of the Hospice Thrift Store. Everyone is invited to join this jovial, dedicated group to work for one short hour. Afterwards there is optional coffee and

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP SET FOR THIS THURSDAY

Copper Mountain College in inviting you to a series of job search workshops this Thursday, Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… A series of workshops on resumes, job search techniques, interview skills, and professionalism at work is being offered by the Business Honor Society at Copper Mountain College. The free workshops

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LAS PALMAS EVENT TONIGHT TO BENEFIT UNITY HOME

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant at the west end of Yucca Valley is teaming up with the Morongo Basin Unity Home to raise funds for the domestic violence shelter. Dine at Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, October 8, from 4 to 9 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds from

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 p.m. It will hold its meeting at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of

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MOST DOD EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO WORK TODAY

The Pentagon is bringing back to work at least 90 percent of the estimated 350,000 defense civilian employees who were furloughed in the government shutdown. The decision announced Saturday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act, that

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WOMAN CARJACKED, KIDNAPPED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a woman said she carjacked at gunpoint Friday night in Twentynine Palms, and forced into her vehicle’s trunk. According to Detective Erik Smoot, about 9 p.m. Friday, a woman, whose identity was not released by the Sheriff’s Department, called 911 to report she was

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN 2011 SHOOTING

A woman who shot and killed her abusive boyfriend in 2011 pleaded guilty Friday in a plea bargain that will give her 17 years in prison. According to court and Sheriff reports, Jeanne Rosser, now 65, and her 52-year-old boyfriend, David Wenzel, both of Yucca Valley, had “on-going domestic disturbance

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR 29 PALMS ART GALLERY CHILI DINNER

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is holding one of its biggest fundraisers of the year next week, and tickets are now on sale. Reporter Taylor Thacker says get your tickets now for the annual chili dinner… Tickets are now on sale for the 29 Palms Art Gallery’s Pioneer Days Chili

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS ANNOUNCE MORONGO BASIN MAC

There is an item of local interest on the consent agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors will approve the appointment of the 9-member regional Municipal Advisory Committee for the unincorporated area of the Morongo Basin. The appointees are: Jack Dugan, Elizabeth Karman,

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ANOTHER DONATION FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE’S STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER

Copper Mountain College’s Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center has received another generous donation from a Morongo Basin resident. Retired Marine Colonel Bud Garret’s donation of $25,000 will allow for the design and designation of an area in the Center to be named “Bud and Betty’s Place for Veterans” and will

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SIGN UP FOR LITTLE MISS AND MASTER FOR PIONEER DAYS

One of the cutest events during Twentynine Palms’ Pioneer Days festival, set for next weekend, is the Little Miss and Little Master contest. ROP broadcasting student Crystalfaith Rickman joins us with the details for signing up your child for the event… The annual 2013 Pioneer Days needs children between the

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