78TH ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS SUCCESSFUL FOR COMMUNITY AND CHAMBER

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce held an after-event meeting this week to discuss what went right and what went wrong with the recent 78th annual Pioneer Days event. Pioneer Days is a longtime October tradition event celebrating the rich mining, ranching, and military history of the Twentynine Palms areas.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT PROTECTION ACT

Today is the 20th anniversary of the signing of the California Desert Protection act, legislation that had a big affect on our Morongo Basin communities. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp marks the day… “Lands in the California desert shall be included within the National Park System and the

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY WILL NOT CHARGE PALM SPRINGS POLICEMAN IN KILLING OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

Nearly two years to the day after an unarmed Marine was shot by two police officers in a Palm Springs parking garage, Riverside County prosecutors said Thursday that they will not file charges against the police officers. Corporal Allan DeVillena II was killed by Officers Chad Nordman and Mike Heron

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Yucca Valley woman was arrested Wednesday evening after she allegedly punched her ex-boyfriend in the face. According to a Sheriff’s report, Terra Garcia, 28, was arguing with her boyfriend in the 7800 block of Valley Vista Avenue about 7:15 p.m. The report states a woman called the Sheriff’s Department saying

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SECOND WEEK OF OPEN STUDIO ART TOURS

This is the second weekend for the Open Studios Art Tour. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says artists on the west end of the Morongo Basin will be featured… This is the final weekend of the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. For 13 years, some of the Hi-Desert’s best artists

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CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT YESTERDAY

The former Twentynine Palms Marine who is suspected of killing Erin Corwin and dumping her body down a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms, made a brief appearance in Joshua Tree court yesterday morning. During the early disposition hearing, Christopher Lee’s lawyer advised the court he was still receiving discovery

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN VANDALIZING OF JOSHUA TREE AND SEVEN OTHER NATIONAL PARKS

The National Park Service has identified a suspect in vandalism at Joshua Tree and seven other national parks. A report from the Park Service says a 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in

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2015 SEASON TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE AT THEATRE 29

2015 season tickets are now available at Theatre 29. Season tickets offer a significant savings over the year. They are also a gift that keeps on giving as they are good for seven productions over the entire year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to order… Season tickets are

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER STOLEN BOAT FOUND IN HIS YARD

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday after a stolen boat was found in his yard. According to a Sheriff’s report, a boat was stolen from a yard in the 4900 block of Hermosa Court in Yucca Valley on August 3. A neighbor saw two men hook up the boat

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BLOOD DRIVE AT BLACK ROCK HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Friday, October 31, at the Black Rock High School, 59273 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley, from 8 to 1. Donors must be at last 15 years old to give blood, and those aged 15 or 16 must have signed parental

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MARINES HELP CLEAN OUT HOME OF JOSHUA TREE FLOOD VICTIM

Following September’s flash flood that inundated homes with up to two feet of mud in South Joshua Tree, residents begged the county for help. After touring the devastated area, Supervisor James Ramos told his staff to be creative in finding help for those who needed it. Field Representative Mike Lipsitz

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS APPROVES MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

Three medical marijuana dispensaries will open soon in nearby Desert Hot Springs. Their city council voted last night on how many shops and the criteria for applications. The criteria includes financial and criminal backgrounds; how the business would be organized; the number of patients the shop expects to serve; and

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STILL TIME TO COMMENT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN

The clock is ticking on getting public input on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Reporter Dan Stork tells how you can have your voice heard… The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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FREE ACTING CLASSES OFERRED AT THEATRE 29

Free acting classes are being offered at Theatre 29 for the month of November. The free classes, for beginners through experienced are being given to give attendees a chance to see how the classes work and what they offer. Ages 16 and up are welcome, classes are limited in size

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD IN CLOSED SESSION TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a closed session meeting Thursday, October 30, at 9 a.m. On the agenda, the trustees will discuss the recruitment and employment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held in Room 111 of the college in Joshua Tree.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHER, FORMER SCHOOL CUSTODIAN, SENTENCED

A former Twentynine Palms Junior High School custodian was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison on Friday. Matthew Frazer, 43, of Yucca Valley, had pleaded guilty in July to one felony count each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Frazer was arrested in January following

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY VANDALIZED

Vandals destroyed the irrigation system at the Twentynine Palms cemetery sometime over the weekend. When cemetery workers arrived at work Monday morning, they noticed that the irrigation pipes for the cemetery’s rose garden had been ripped out of the ground and broken, and the sprinkler heads had also been broken

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN OPEN AND CLOSED SESSION

A wide-ranging meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council covers administrative employees, medical marijuana definitions, and city signs and trails. Reporter Dan Stork lists those topics and more… Following a closed session at 5 p.m. to evaluate the performance of the City Development Director and to talk about recruitment of

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ONE ARRESTED IN A BOLD JOSHUA TREE VEHICLE THEFT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, after he allegedly stole a truck, then took it for a joyride. According to a Sheriff’s report, the truck’s owner called the Sheriff’s Department shortly before 6 p.m. Friday to report someone was in his truck and trying to steal it from the

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THREE ARRESTED WITH ILLEGAL DRUGS IN JOSHUA TREE

On Thursday, in the 6000 block of Outpost Road, three Joshua Tree residents were arrested for investigation of various drug charges: Richelle Hopperandrade, 30, on suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sales; and Richard Lane, 33, and Geoffrey Davis, 44, for keeping a place to sell drugs and possession

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