TWO ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED MOTORCYCLE PURSUIT AND CRASH

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Wednesday morning following a high-speed chase on Highway 62 and through Yucca Valley neighborhoods at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. According to CHP and Sheriff reports, shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday, Jason Yoho, 31, was riding a Suzuki GSXR 750 motorcycle

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 2: COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ALLOCATIONS

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session. Managing Editor Tami Roleff broke her report into two parts, yesterday mandatory spay and neuter for pit bull dogs; today in part 2, community partnerships…

Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel cuts the ribbon officially opening the new playground equipment at

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LOW-COST RABIES CLINIC IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

The City of Twentynine Palms Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter will be conducting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs this Saturday, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the shelter, at 7086 Bullion Road, one block south of Sullivan Road, in Twentynine Palms. The cost is $6 per vaccination (cash

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SCHOOL DISTRICT WEIGHS PROS AND CONS OF SOLAR ENERGY

Solar-generated electricity is good thing, right? Maybe not for the local school district, says Morongo Unified staff. Dan Stork reviews some considerations… The prospects for substantial solar energy usage by the Morongo Unified School District are less than rosy, but conservation measures are a promising way to save on electricity

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEEETING IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

The latest developments in medical marijuana and marijuana legalization issues will be the topic at the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project’s meeting Saturday, October 5. The meeting starts at 2:30 at the Red Arrow Art Gallery, 61597 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The meeting is free and the public is invited

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SHERIFF’S DESERT RUN KICKS OFF TOMORROW IN JOHNSON VALLEY

The Annual “Desert Run” benefiting our local Sheriff’s Search and Rescue starts tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says fire up your off-road vehicles and come play… Morongo Basin Search and Rescue’s Desert Run Fundraiser kicks off tomorrow, Friday, October 4, at 4 p.m. at the Means Dry Lake at the Johnson

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TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITOR’S CENTER RECEPTION TONIGHT

A reception will be held tonight, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for the autumn Art in Public Places exhibition titled “Recollections: The 20th Century in the Morongo Basin.” The reception will be held in the gallery at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce downtown Twentynine Palms. The

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GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY RECEPTION SATURDAY

The Glass Outhouse Gallery is hosting an opening reception Saturday for an exhibit of contemporary quilts of Diane Mooradian. The reception will feature food and music from 5 to 9 p.m. The quilt exhibit will run October 5 through 27; the Glass Outhouse will be open both weekends of the

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HWY 62 ARTS TOURS COLLECTIVE SHOW RECEPTION TOMORROW

The collective exhibit for the 2013 Hwy. 62 Art Tours is open at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Taylor Thacker says an artist’s reception is set for tomorrow … The 12th annual Hwy 62 Art Tours returns to the Morongo Basin to showcase at first in Landers, Yucca Valley,

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FREE GARDENING CLASS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

St. Martin in the Fields Church will host a free gardening class Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at 72348 Larrea Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Tera Bottorff will teach some basics of composting and desert gardening. There will be a discussion about starting a community garden at St Martin’s. All

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WEED SHOW WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK

If you’d like to create an entry for the traditional Weed Show in Twentynine Palms in November, there’s help available in getting started. Dan Stork describes the Weed Show Workshop… The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is offering a hands-on workshop on October 12 for adults and children to learn how

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL WORKING FOR SUCCESFUL SEASON

The 29 Palms High School Girls Volleyball team is on track for success this season/ ROP Broadcast student and player Tusia Brown says the team is looking good… Twentynine Palms High School volleyball team finished their season last year with a record of 12-7. Returning this year as seniors are

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NO JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

Unfortunately, there will be no junior varsity football game as part of this Friday’s Homecoming at Yucca Valley High School. Due to a rash of injuries and a shortage of players, Rosamond High School will not have a JV team available for this week’s game. The undefeated Trojan varsity’s game

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A WIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms girls’ tennis team defeated Desert Hot Springs by a score of 16–2. The girls play at home against Big Bear today.

SIX TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COULD FACE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday that six Twentynine Palms High School students, all between the ages of 14 and 15, are being referred to the District Attorney’s office for possible charges related to possession and distribution of child pornography for a sexting video. Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell told Z107.7 News

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CRASH ENDS HIGH-SPEED CHASE THROUGH MORONGO BASIN

Sheriff’s deputies have one person in custody after a high-speed pursuit through the Morongo Basin this morning. According to Deputy Erdem Gorgolu, CHP tried to pull over a motorcycle rider in Morongo Valley shortly before 7 a.m. The motorcycle rider failed to yield, and led CHP and Sheriff deputies on

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YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC OFFICERS LOOKING FOR CELL PHONE OFFENDERS

Traffic officers for the Town of Yucca Valley will conduct traffic enforcement this week on Highway 62 between Hilton Avenue and Warren Vista. Officers will focus primarily on speeding and other vehicle code violations, and remind motorists that driving while holding a cell phone—even while in speaker mode—is a violation

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LOCAL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES PROTEST GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Federal employees protest furloughs in Twentynine Palms

Many Morongo Basin residents are dependent on paychecks from the federal government. Having weathered reduced paychecks from the earlier sequestration, the current government shutdown leaves them with no paychecks at all. Dan Stork spoke with some of them near the San Bernardino

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LOSING OVER $7,500 A DAY IN ENTRANCE FEES

West Entrance gate of Joshua Tree National Park, in Joshua Tree

The government shutdown that has forced the closure of our Joshua Tree National Park—and 400 other national parks—hurts not only park employees and visitors, but the communities surrounding the parks. Businesses in our area that cater to Park

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: PIT BULL SPAY/NEUTER ORDINANCE APPROVED

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff breaks her report into two parts. Today, in Part 1, mandatory spay and neuter for pit bull breed dogs… Owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Yucca Valley will be required

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