URINETOWN THE MUSICAL NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

The first Broadway musical production of the Theater 29 2015 season opened last night and runs through March. Directed by Desert Theatre League “Best Director, Musical” Award winner Gary Daigneault, with musical direction by Ed Will, and choreography by Mandi Pushkar, “Urinetown the Musical” is a hilarious tale of greed,

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SNOW SHOEING TRIP CANCELLED

The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s trip to Big Bear to go snow- shoeing on Sunday has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather. Apparently, it’s going to snow.

FREE GARDEN SEED EXCHANGE

If you’ve got extra garden seeds, Reporter Taylor Thacker says you can trade them tomorrow…

The 29 Palms Inn is holding a free Garden Seed Exchange event where participants will be able to trade their extra garden seeds with other participants. On March 1st, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, gardeners of

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JUPITER AND A WAXING MOON

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, February 28. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6:30 p.m. and end about 11:00 p.m. A waxing gibbous moon will be near Jupiter and will dominate the sky, offering the opportunity to observe dramatic craters and

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JOSHUA TREE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

Locally-grown food and helping local families — that’s the dual objective of the Joshua Tree Local Food Program Reporter Sara Snyder says that two organizations are jointly sponsoring a fundraiser for the program…

Transition Joshua Tree and the Community United Methodist Church of Joshua Tree want to provide organic

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MBTA MANAGER TO STEP DOWN JULY 1

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority’s general manager has announced he will be stepping down this summer. Joe Meer, who has been with the MBTA since 2002 and its general manager since 2006, said he plans to resign as of July 1 in order to pursue his graduate studies. During the

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STANDING ROOM ONLY AT SCHOOL DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR, 11 WINNERS NAMED

Twentynine Palms Junior High School hosted a standing-room-only crowd for the annual Morongo Unified School District Science Fair Tuesday night. Reporter Dan Stork celebrates the winners… Megan Pfau and Lori Anderson, the MUSD Science Fair coordinators, presented the medals and ribbons to the Science Fair contestants on Tuesday, February 24.

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER FIRED FROM ADELANTO

The Adelanto City Council Wednesday, discussing its looming bankruptcy, released City Manager Jim Hart, a former Twentynine Palms City Manager. Hart, who went on a two-week administrative leave last week, was absent from the meeting. According to Wednesday’s staff report, Hart’s departure will cost the city $225,352.93, which includes a

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH STOLEN TRAILER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday evening after he was found with a stolen trailer. According to a Sheriff’s report, the trailer’s owner called the Sheriff’s Department about 3:30 p.m. to report someone had stolen a trailer out of his yard earlier in the day. The caller reported he

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HEART-TO-HEART LUNCHEON IN CATHEDRAL CITY FOR MILITARY WOMEN

A Low-Desert service organization will be honoring military women. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to lunch with Heart-to-Heart… For the eighth year, Heart to Heart will host a luncheon and fashion show to honor military women—both active duty and wives of active duty service members from the Twentynine

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A SMALL EARTHQUAKE SOUTH OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

An earthquake rattled the Twentynine Palms area yesterday afternoon. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the shallow magnitude 3.7 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, 13 miles south of Twentynine Palms. The temblor occurred at 5:18 p.m. at a depth of 1.9 miles. According to the

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YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The final version of the Assessment District Engineer’s Report for the Wastewater Reclamation Project (the sewer project) was approved last week by the Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors and is now available to view online at www.protectgroundwater.org. In the report, property owners will find information about how each individual

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RAY KOLISZ NAMED TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT GENERAL MANAGER

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board met in regular session and appointed a new general manager last night. The board named Ray Kolisz, the District’s Operations Manager, who had been serving as the interim general manager. Public hearing and implementation dates for a proposed 15 percent rate increase have been

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COUNTY OFFERING LOW-TO-MODERATE INCOME-FREE TAX PREPARATION

The county is offering tax preparation for low- and mid-income individuals and families. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply… The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department is offering free tax preparation and e-filing services for qualifying low- to moderate-income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Services

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MARINE ARRESTED AFTER THEFT AT BASE EXCHANGE

A Twentynine Palms Marine was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of stealing more than $2000 worth of electronics items and games. According to a Sheriff’s report, Private First Class Blake Land, 24, a crewman with the 3rd Light Armored Recon Battalion, was in the Twentynine Palms Marine Base exchange about 11

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HIT-AND-RUN, VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER

A 70-year-old Yucca Valley man pleaded guilty yesterday to the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist in Yucca Mesa nearly a year ago. Ronald Svidergol was driving his pick-up truck eastbound on Buena Vista on the evening of March 3 when he turned north onto Surrey Court, right in front of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS LUCKINO, DISCUSSES RACE TRACK, FIRE IMPACT FEES

Much of the focus at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting was saying hello to its next administrator. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else happened in the relatively brief session… Twentynine Palms City Council, staff, and citizens in attendance at last night’s meeting welcomed Frank Luckino, who will assume the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD MEET WITH WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water Board met will meet tonight in closed and open session. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the board will discuss a new general manager and proposed rate increases… The Twentynine Palms Water District is scheduled to have their regular meeting on Wednesday, February 25, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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17-YEAR-OLD HOSPITALIZED FOR ALCOHOL POISONING

A 17-year-old Twentynine Palms girl was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after a party Saturday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl went to her friend’s home in the 3100 block of Mesquite Springs Road about 9 p.m. where the two girls were home alone. Shortly afterward, the report states

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HEROIN FOUND AFTER SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE CHASE

A Mentone man was arrested after a basin-wide chase Friday morning, accused of possessing heroin. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said Traffic Officer Jim Delgado attempted to stop a speeding motorcycle on Highway 62 near Elk Trail in Yucca Valley shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. The motorcycle rider, subsequently identified as

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