MAJOR LIVE-FIRE, LARGE-SCALE EXCERCISES THIS WEEK ABOARD BASE

A combined-arms, live-fire, large-scale exercise will be taking place in our entire region this week starting today. During the Desert Scimitar exercise, Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th Marine Regiments, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

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A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of a stabbing another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, during an argument with the victim in the 6800 block of Center Lane in Joshua Tree, Fredick McElroy, 28, is alleged to have pulled a knife and cut

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MAKE-A-WISH REQUEST WILL SEE 13-YEAR-OLD FIRE A MARINE HOWITZER

What boy hasn’t dreamed about blowing stuff up? A 13-year-old boy from San Diego will have his dream come true tomorrow, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Marines with Third Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment at Twentynine Palms Marine base. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Ryan and his

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FIRE FIGHTERS SAVE HOME IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

Fire fighters were called out to a garage fire in the Flamingo Heights area of Yucca Valley early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, about 12:30, a two-car detached garage in the 56000 block of Luna Vista Lane caught on fire. Fire fighters aggressively attacked the fire

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TWO HELD AFTER ALLEGED GUN THREAT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Friday afternoon after another man said they threatened him with a gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mario Rabanales, 32, and Joey Arredondo, 21, went to a home in the 6400 block of Goleta Avenue in Yucca Valley shortly before 3:30 p.m. and confronted

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AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART

The California Highway Patrol works at improving the driving skills of motorists at all parts of the age spectrum. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells how older drivers can sharpen their abilities behind the wheel…

Morongo Basin Area drivers age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the upcoming Age

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VOTER INFORMATION PACKETS SENT OUT

Voter Information Guides were delivered to voters’ mailboxes earlier this week for the June 3, Statewide Primary Election. Mail ballots will be delivered to voters on the permanent mail ballot list beginning May 10. The Voter Information Guide contains a sample ballot, as well as information regarding voting, candidates, and

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CALTRANS WORK ON ROUTE 62

CalTrans is working on Highway 62 from Indian Canyon Avenue to Interstate 10. The project involves repaving of the existing roadway, widening the existing inside shoulder from two to five feet, upgrading the metal beam guardrail and replacement of an existing dike. Lanes in each direction will be closed 6

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TRASH OR TREASURE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

It may look like trash, but if it’s old enough, and it’s in the National Park, it’s not. Ranger Pam Tripp says, leave it lay…

Let’s fact it: Many artifacts within Joshua Tree National Park seem like old trash. However, anything over 50 years old is considered historic, and in

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

There are many resources in the Morongo Basin for individuals and families struggling with mental health problems. Mike Lipsitz points out some of them…

May is mental health month and no better time to make a mental note of some of the services available in Morongo Basin. County Supervisor James

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TWENTYNINE PALMS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION

Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the City of Twentynine Palms Planning Commission. Citizens residing within the city limits of Twentynine Palms who are registered voters and are interested in serving on the Planning Commission may submit a completed application to the City Clerk’s office at City

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SUMMER DAY CAMP AT TWENTYNINE PALMS PARK AND REC

School’s almost out! Managing Editor Tami Roleff says it’s time to sign up your elementary school-age children for summer day camp…

The Twentynine Palms Park and Rec Department has the solution for how to keep children busy during the summer when school is out. Summer day camp runs five, two-week

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START SMART CLASS

The California Highway Patrol works at improving the driving skills of motorists at all parts of the age spectrum. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells how younger drivers can sharpen their abilities behind the wheel…

Teen drivers are at great risk of collisions, but with the proper amount of control and focus,

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GIVE BIG RESULTS

The Give BIG San Bernardino County web-a-thon raised a total of $548,214 from 2,465 individuals making 3,533 donations to the participating 262 nonprofits throughout our county, exceeding the goal of raising $300,000. These nonprofits offer a variety of services from education to healthcare to recreational activities.

Give Big is a

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“NUNSET BOULEVARD” DIRECTOR KATHRYN FERGUSON

Behind every successful play is a successful director. Mike Lipsitz puts the spotlight on Kathy Ferguson, the director of “Nunset Boulevard”, currently at Theatre 29…

Audiences are raving about NUNSET BOULEVARD. Yes, it’s a musical comedy and yes it’s hysterical, but making comedy takes more than a good script. It

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TWO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS GET AWARD FOR VALOR

Two Joshua Tree National Park rangers were presented with a prestigious award for valor by the Department of the Interior at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Danielle Sandoval and Jeremie Johnston were members of a trail crew working near Covington Flats in the park in July 2011 when they

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WOMAN HIKER RESCUED AT 49 PALMS OASIS THURSDAY

Twentynine Palms fire fighters rescued a woman hiking near 49 Palms Oasis in Twentynine Palms yesterday. Shortly before 3:30, the Twentynine Palms Fire Department was called to the popular hiking trail for a report that a woman was passing out and possibly unconscious.

Fire fighters met with park

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HOUSE FIRE IN LANDERS THURSDAY

Landers residents were surprised to see fire engines in their yard when they returned home after a short trip to town yesterday. According to County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree were called to a house fire in the 5200 block of

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BEHAVIORAL SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS AVAILABLE

Help for those coping with behavioral problems is available locally. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where to go for help… Therapeutic Behavioral Services is designed to provide help and support to children and young adults, up to age 21, who exhibit moderate to severe behavioral problems. Clients learn coping

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CLEAN-UP DAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

A Twentynine Palms Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Community Services Center parking lot across from Luckie Park. Items that will be accepted, free of charge, at the drop-off site include household trash in bags (no garbage), scrap metal, appliances, tires

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