TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT FOR STEALING TOW TRUCK

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint early Monday morning, accused of stealing a tow truck. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Calvert, 28, used a bolt cutter to break into a tow truck yard in the 7500 block of Baseline Road about 4:30 a.m. and stole a tow

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, WE CHECK THE AGENDA

The decision items before the Twentynine Palms City Council at its next regular meeting concern environmental law, a lobbyist contract, and traffic light construction. Reporter Dan Stork has details…

The April 14 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council starts off with multiple proclamations, including recognition of April as Child

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FOUR ARRESTED IN SHOULDER TAP STING OPERATION

Four people were cited during a shoulder-tap sting in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms over the weekend. According to a Sheriff’s press release, underage juveniles, under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies, asked strangers at several liquor stores to buy alcohol or tobacco for them. Deputies made four citations for furnishing

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CHAIN LINK FENCING TARGETED BY THIEVES

Chain link fencing is apparently a hot commodity in Joshua Tree. The Sheriff’s Department received two reports of stolen fencing Friday.

About 200 feet of chain link fencing had been stolen sometime between Monday, April 6, and Friday, April 10, from a location near Avenida Del Sol and Canterbury Street.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a public hearing on a cell phone tower and a site plan review are on the agenda…

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, is a public

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BLOOD DRIVE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT INFORMATION AT CMC TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 15, at Copper Mountain College on Rotary Way in Joshua Tree from 10 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for

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SIGN UP FOR AN ANTI-SEXUAL VIOLENCE FLASH MOB

Participants are being sought for a flash-mob event planned for next week. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says it is to call attention to an important subject…

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services is organizing a flash mob to be held in the Wal-Mart parking lot

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION SEEKING NOMINATIONS

The Basin Wide Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual awards dinner. Award categories are: Together We Can, for the person or organization that best displays the BWF motto of “Together We Can”; Lifetime Achievement; Basin Wide Cultural Contributor; Volunteer of the Year; Youth Volunteer of the Year; and,

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will recognize its Doctors of the Year at their meeting tonight, followed by consideration of an agreement between the district and the community health center. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly

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TAI-CHI AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will offer weekly classes in ancient Chinese meditation and breathing and movement exercises. A class in Tai chi and qigong will be taught by Janice Pask every Wednesday from 11 to noon. Pask has been teaching mindful meditation, and has many hours of qigong as part

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AUDITIONS FOR THEATRE 29 MUSICAL MOVED TO TONIGHT

Theater 29 auditions for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” scheduled for last night, were postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details… Theater 29 veteran director Charles Harvey was unable to make it up the Morongo grade last night due to a fire that caused traffic to

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OUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ARE BUSY

It’s a busy day in high school sports tomorrow. The Yucca Valley High School Trojan softball, baseball, and track teams will host the Rancho Mirage Rattlers at home. Track starts at 3:15, baseball and softball at 3:30.

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat swim team will host the Yucca Valley

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SUSPECT IN FOUR LOCAL ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTED

Detectives with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station have arrested the man suspected of robbing three Twentynine Palms businesses in February and March, and a Yucca Valley business Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, Ramirez Brown, 35, of Victorville, robbed the Check-n-Go in the Vons shopping center in Yucca

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO REORGANIZE TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meeting for April 13 features reorganization and three informational presentations. Reporter Dan Stork tells what’s afoot…

The first order of business at the April 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will be the election a new chair and vice-chair. Then there will be

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FIRE AT BURRTEC FRIDAY REKINDLES SATURDAY

Firefighters were called back Saturday evening to the scene of a fire at Burrtec, when smoldering trash re-ignited. About 5:15 p.m. Friday, trash inside a half-acre enclosure caught on fire, and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine Palms all responded.

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ALL-STAR BURGERS FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY CAUSES EXTENSIVE SMOKE DAMAGE

Yucca Valley firefighters were also called to All Star Burgers in Yucca Valley early Sunday morning. County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff said passers-by called 911 at 12:53 a.m. to report the restaurant was filled with smoke. When firefighters arrived, the smoke had filled the restaurant almost to the floor. Firefighters

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AUDITIONS FOR COMEDIC MUSICAL AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Open Auditions will be held tonight for the next offering of Theatre 29. The unfinished Dicken’s based musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” will be solved by the audience in a fascinating theatrical twist. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the try-out instructions and details… Theatre 29 open auditions for the comedic

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a police chase from Morongo Valley to Desert Hot Springs. Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost said deputies responded to a family dispute in the 8700 block of Ramona Trail in Morongo Valley about 3 a.m. As deputies arrived, Catherine Engebretson, 38,

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BAT AND KNIFE COMBATANTS IDENTIFIED

The Sheriff’s Department has identified the victims involved in a stabbing in Landers Wednesday. Kirk Grieve, 58, and William Hall, 45, both of Landers, were arguing at a residence in the 1000 block of Yucca Mesa Road shortly before 2 p.m. Investigators believe Hall slapped Grieve, who responded by stabbing

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED IN SANTA CRUZ PARTY BUS DEATH

A Yucca Valley man who is the owner of a Santa Cruz party bus has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for failing to maintain the vehicle which caused a passenger to fatally tumble out from its faulty door. A Santa Clara County jury said Jon Reno St. James, 58,

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