RASH OF FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD CHARGES IN MORONGO BASIN

Residents around the Morongo Basin are being reminded on a daily basis about the credit card breaches at Home Depot and Target. This past week, the Sheriff’s Department received at least six complaints of fraudulent use of credit cards, from Morongo Valley, to Landers, to Twentynine Palms. Several accounts had

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT CUTS RIBBON FOR WELL

The Hi-Desert Water District held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for its 12th well. Known as Well 20 West, the well is 944 feet deep, and can produce 900 gallons of water per minute; all 12 of the water district’s wells combined can deliver up to 1.3 million gallons of

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A FATAL CAR VERSUS PEDESTRIAN CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS LAST NIGHT

A Twentynine Palms woman was killed last night when she was struck by a car as she was crossing Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, Agnes Quitano, 19, was crossing Highway 62 near Mission Avenue in the middle of the block about 6:45 p.m. when

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AN ARREST FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested late Wednesday night after threatening his mother and his ex-girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 5 p.m. deputies were called about an argument in the 4500 block of Avenida del Sol. The caller said Thomas Pratt, 20, was angry and yelling and grabbed

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AFTER COURT FOR BURGLARY, MAN STEALS FROM WAL-MART

Less than a week after a Landers man was in court for burglary, he was arrested again Wednesday for stealing at Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, Walmart security called deputies about 2:50 p.m. to report that a man, later identified as Daniel Haverty, 18, was using a knife to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL FORUM, PART 1 OF 2

The six candidates for three seats on the Twentynine Palms City Council participated in a forum sponsored by z107.7 News at Theatre 29 on Thursday evening. A full house heard 2-minute opening and closing statements from each candidate, and 1-minute responses to 12 questions posed by moderator Gary Daigneault. Reporter

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD HEARS DISAGREEMENT OVER NEW RULES

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Trustees met last night in what became a very heated discussion over of new rules on what can and cannot be placed on grave sites. Residents present all spoke against the policies regarding the color of rocks, number and height of items placed, and

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GOURD ART FESTIVAL IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

The annual Gourd Festival is going on in Yucca Valley this weekend. Reporter Cassie Zimarik has your invitation…

The 6th annual Gourd Art Festival is coming to Yucca Valley. The event, “Spirit of the West,” is sponsored by the Town of Yucca Valley and the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GETS KUDOS

The Morongo Valley Community Services District was a top award winner at the fall California Special Districts Association conference held recently in Palm Springs. General Manager Donna Munoz and Fire Chief Jock Johnson accepted the award they won for Exceptional Public Outreach and Advocacy in small special districts. The award

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley Fire Department will give away 20 smoke alarms as part of its open house on Saturday, October 11. This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and the theme is Smoke Alarms Save Lives. To be entered in the drawing, pick up an application at the CSD office

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CERT COMMUNITY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DAY TOMOROW

The Morongo Basin Community Response Team, or CERT, will hold a community disaster preparedness day Saturday, October 11, in the Walmart parking lot from 10 to 2. Representatives from SoCal Edison, the fire department, the Sheriff’s Department, ham radio operators, and others, will be at the event. There will be

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TEEN CRAFTS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

Join the Twentynine Palms Library this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for teen crafts. This month’s craft is painting and decorating a Halloween pumpkin. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to teens in

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A NEW ART EXHIBIT AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Her work has been on display at the Joshua Tree Library since the beginning of the month, and now it’s time for Janis Commentz to talk about it. Reporter Dan Stork invites you to the reception…

The Friends of the Joshua Tree Library are hosting a reception and artist talk

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MEALS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will serve up a taste of Germany tonight with its Oktoberfest. Come enjoy bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, rye bread, and apple crisp from 4 to 6 p.m. for only $8. No Sunday breakfast is scheduled, but don’t forget Taco Wednesday from

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WRESTLING AT THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GYM TOMMOROW

The Amateur Athletic Union affiliated Morongo Basin Youth Wrestling Association, will host a tournament this Saturday at the Yucca Valley High School gymnasium. Weigh-ins start at 7:00 and go to 8:30 a.m. Wrestling from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be weight brackets for age divisions from 6 and

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AND SCHEDULES

Wednesday, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis team defeated Desert Mirage High School by a score of 14-4. Coach Joe Ingram said Roberta Martinez and Madison Gall won both of their sets. Samantha Crippen and Cortni Rahn won their set. The Wildcats are now 5 wins, 2 losses in

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ONE ARRESTED AFTER THREATS AT BLACK ROCK HIGH SCHOOL

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened to shoot up a school and threatened teachers. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were notified about noon Wednesday that Matthew Ross, 18, a student at Black Rock High School, located in the 59200 block of Sunnyslope Drive in

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MORE INFORMATION ON LANDERS FATAL ROLLOVER CRASH

We have more information about the fatal crash in Landers early Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Justin Mattern, 22, of Landers, was driving a 2001 Chevy Impala northbound on Old Woman Springs Road about 2:45 a.m. Just north of La Brisa Drive, the car drifted onto the

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MAN INJURED IN SKATEBOARD-VERSUS-TRUCK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A 23-year-old man was injured Wednesday afternoon when he collided with a vehicle while on his skateboard in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, the driver of a gray Chevy pick-up truck was traveling north on Bagley Avenue about 12:15 when the man, who was not identified, attempted to

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SCHOOL BOARD GETS BUSING UPDATE

As is usually the case at meetings of the Morongo Unified School District, all items on the action agenda passed with little or no discussion. Reporter Dan Stork says that there were some notable presentations and reports on busing, student recognition, and more… Patrick Lucci, the Director of Transportation for

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