A LOOK BACK AT 2013 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Lots more than a change in City Manager happened in Twentynine Palms in 2013. Dan stork hits some of the highlights…

In 2013, · The city of Twentynine Palms declined to bail the water district out in its fire department financial dilemma. A citizens’ committee recommended going back to the

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AN ARREST MAY SOLVE SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN 29 PALMS

Sheriff’s detectives are working on several burglaries in Twentynine Palms that may be connected. December 24, residents in three neighborhoods reported burglaries, evidence led detectives to believe the same person was involved in several burglaries the following week. The night of December 23, burglars broke into a vehicle parked in

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR BEATING BOYFRIEND AND HIS DISABLED MOTHER

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Wednesday after she was accused of beating up her boyfriend and his disabled mother. According to a sheriff’s report, the man asked neighbors in the 1100 block of Coronado Drive in Morongo Valley to call police because his girlfriend, Casey Sansbury, 33, of the

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A REVIEW OF THE TOP JOSHUA TREE STORIES FROM 2013

As we start the new year of 2014, here are highlights of some of the top news stories for Joshua Tree in 2013…

The Bobcat Protection Act outlaws the trapping of bobcats in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. The act is a result of a Joshua Tree resident

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HELP SOUGHT FOR LOCAL HOMELESS VETERANS

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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MARINES DELAY FEMALE FITNESS PLAN AFTER HALF FAIL

The Marine Corps has indefinitely delayed a new physical requirement for all female Marines. A Marine Corps spokesman said that more than half of females in boot camp can’t do three pull-ups, and rather than risk losing female Marines and recruits at unacceptable rates, the new minimum standard will be

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1ST BABY OF THE YEAR BORN AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

It turns out Isaac David McKeown wasn’t the first baby born in the Morongo Basin after all. Isaac, born to Casey and Gunnery Sergeant Todd McKeown at 12:14 a.m. January 1 at the Naval Hospital, was about 14 minutes too late to claim the title of First Baby of 2014.

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A LOOK BACK AT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FOR 2013

Environmental issues continued to reflect differing visions of how life should be lived in the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork reviews some of the highlights of concerns publicly aired in 2013…

In 2013, environmental issues were at stake in all corners of the MorongoBasin:

A wind power project planned for Black

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SPORTSMAN’S CLUB SWAP MEET TOMORROW

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow, Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is free. Call Jose at 760-275-6876. the Sportsman’s Club, is on Sunburst Avenue just off the highway in Joshua

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FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA TOMORROW

The First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association is tomorrow from 8 to 11 am at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Five Bucks still covers a real belly full. As always, a great big helping of old fashioned neighborliness is added at no charge.

FREE MEAL IN 29 PALMS TOMORROW

Tomorrow the TPHS Interact Club will be serving Turkey, Stuffing, Vegetables and dessert to those attending the Food For Life meal at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in 29 Palms from 3-5 PM.

STUDENT PLAYS NEXT WEEK AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

The Theater students at Yucca Valley High School are hard at work rehearsing for a triple feature next week. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more…

The Yucca Valley High School Theatre Company presents their student-directed productions of “Happy Birthday, Heather Bigby”, “Flash Mob”, and “We’re Your Friends.” The shows are directed

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RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

The California Retired Teachers’ Association meet Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Educational Center. The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir, which is rehearsing for an upcoming performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, will provide the entertainment. Please call Sherry Craft at 760-881-5275 no later than

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TEEN CRAFTS TOMORROW AT THE 29 PALMS LIBRARY

Tomorrow, the 29 Palms Library will offer teen crafts from 1-4. This month’s crafts will include glass marble magnets and origami gift boxes. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. The event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information and to sign up call the Twentynine

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ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME AT JOSHUA SPRINGS TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Boys Basketball program is hosting its annual “Alumni Game” this Friday, January 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Former players will take on the 2013-14 varsity team, currently 7-3 on the season. All money raised will go toward the Lightning Boys Basketball program.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will travel away to San Jacinto High School. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.

In high school sports Saturday, the Yucca Valley High School wrestling team will play Rim of the World away, with the match starting at

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TWO DEPUTIES ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY WHEN THEIR PATROL UNITS COLLIDE WEDNESDAY EVENING

Two deputies escaped serious injury when their patrol cars collided Wednesday evening. About 6:35, the two cars were traveling westbound on Highway 62 at Arizona Street, just east of the CHP station, when one unit was rear-ended by the other. One patrol car rolled over, landing on its roof in

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THE FIRST BABY OF 2014 BORN AT THE NAVAL HOSPITAL

The Morongo Basin’s first baby of 2014 was born at the Naval Hospital on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Isaac David McKeown was born January 1 at 12:14 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. His parents are Casey McKeown and GySgt. Todd McKeown, a Marine with Installation

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NEW OFFICERS FOR THEATRE 29 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As Theatre 29 begins its 15th year in operation, the volunteer Board of Directors has just completed its annual reorganization. Reporter Sara Snyder has this year’s Theatre 29 new officers…

The Board of Directors for the non-profit community theater organization, Theatre 29, held its yearly reorganization meeting December 10 and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER SLAPPING EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Monday morning after his ex-girlfriend said he came to her home and beat her up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ethan Saleem, 21, of the 4000 block of Hilltop Drive, went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, in the 7500 block of Palm

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