CANDIDATE FILING ENDS FRIDAY, BALLOTS ARE FILLING UP

With the deadline to file, local ballots are starting to fill up. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us who has filed so far for Yucca Valley Council, Hi-Desert Water, Copper Mountain College, HDMC, and Mojave Water Agency…. The filing period for local elections closes Friday. So far, five candidates have

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WEEK-LONG MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS FRIDAY ABOARD THE MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps will hold a week-long expeditionary brigade exercise on board the Combat Center starting THIS Friday, August 8. The Large Scale Exercise 14, (LSE-14), will assess the ability of the expeditionary brigade to command ground, air, and logistics combat elements’ capabilities to conduct combined-arms maneuver warfare. Participating in

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FOUR TIRES AND RIMS STOLEN OFF CAR IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree single mother is pretty upset after her tires and rims were stolen off her car Sunday night. Sometime between 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday morning, someone stole the tires and 17-inch Toro rims off Autumn Nulanz’s 2007 Chevy Aveo, parked in front of her home

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LEGAL WRANGLING OVER THE USE OF EAGLE MOUNTAIN

Although the Eagle Mountain mega-dump plan is legally dead, legal wrangling continues over usage of the Eagle Mountain area, most recently with regard to a hydropower project that was granted a federal license. Reporter Dan Stork says another front has been opened by activists… Monday, the Desert Protection Society issued

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MORONGO BASIN THEATERS GET 32 DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS

Hi-Desert theatrical productions have garnered 32 Desert Star Award nominations by the Desert Theater League for 2013-14. Leading the way with 16 nominations is Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. The nominations include “The Perils of Goldilocks” for Outstanding Production: Comedy/Drama—Youth Theatre, with Natalie Coughlin as Outstanding Lead Actress, and John

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LANDERS COUPLE ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD NEGLECT

A Landers couple was arrested Thursday, accused of felony child neglect. According to a Sheriff’s spokesman, deputies went to a home in the 56800 block of Marquita Thursday afternoon on another matter. When they entered the home of Fredrick Gange, 59, and Joanne Gange, 52, they discovered there was no

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER THREATENING TO KILL HIS WIFE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday evening after he threatened to kill his estranged wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Ferrell, 46, started fighting with his juvenile daughter in the 5900 block of Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 8:30. The daughter left the home, and Ferrell told

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MORONGO VALLEY ASSAULT LEADS TO DRUG POSSESION ARREST

An assault in Morongo Valley resulted in an arrest for drug possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man had dropped off a boy at a home in the 10800 block of West Drive in Morongo Valley about 6:30 Saturday morning. While he was there, he was assaulted by the

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD GETS TO WORK TONIGHT

After a respite from public meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets back to work on August 5. Reporter Dan Stork says the long agenda is highlighted by upper-level administrative contracts… Following an open workshop/study session at 5 p.m., devoted to self-evaluation, the Board of Education of

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODING, 400 CARS STRANDED EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Thunderstorms that swept across Southern California Sunday led to one death and caused flooding and mudslides that stranded more than 2,000 others. Locally, 26 people were rescued and 400 vehicles were stranded, due to flash flooding on Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. County Fire Captain Wayne Thompson

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SCRAPPERS ARRESTED ON BASE WITH UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE

Two people were arrested Wednesday on the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center after they were found with scrap metals, weapons, and drugs. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick, the base’s military police came across Strader Surratt, 29, and Ashley Dedrick, 22, both of North Carolina, on the base and noticed

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HI-DESERT WATER RELEASES ASSESMENT COST ESTIMATES

As the Hi-Desert Water District plans for a state mandated sewer system, residents have been wondering what their cost would be. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the District has released those estimates… The design for Yucca Valley’s sewer system is 90 percent complete, and the Hi-Desert Water District has updated

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of beating up his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Gerald Jonas, 30, was arguing with his wife in the 14700 block of Indian Cove Road about 11 a.m. The Sheriff’s report states that Jonas began to throw items around the

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FIRE DESTROYS AN SUV IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

An SUV was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening in Twentynine Palms. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Engineer Lee Martin, a GMC Envoy was traveling eastbound on Two Mile Road, a mile east of Lear Avenue, shortly before 7 when the interior caught on fire. The driver called 911 and

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WOMEN’S FITNESS CHALLENGE

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is holding a fitness challenge for women 21 years and older who want to see if they have what it takes to be a deputy sheriff. The event will consist of a “pursuit and rescue” obstacle course, push ups, sit ups, and a 1

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THEATRE 29 FUNDRAISER

Plans are afoot to enhance the grounds of Theatre 29. Reporter Taylor Thacker describes the upgrades, and how you can make a permanent record of your interest in the theatre…

Theatre 29 has big plans for their new “Serenity Patio” currently being constructed. This area will include a giant sculpture,

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ROAD CREW AT WORK IN THE NATIONAL PARK

The busy roads of Joshua Tree National Park need regular maintenance, and get it. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what the Road Crew does…

The Road Crew at Joshua Tree National is responsible for maintaining 85 miles of paved road, 109 miles of unpaved road and associated parking lots. Throughout the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSES COTTONWOOD VISITOR CENTER

In addition to regular maintenance, there’s a special project going on now that will affect visitors to the Park. The Cottonwood Visitor Center in Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close August 4 through August 15, due to road construction in the area. The closure will be Monday through Friday.

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FIRST QUARTER MOON, MARS, SATURN AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

The public is invited for a tour of the lunar landscape, Mars and Saturn tonight, August 2 at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. This free event begins around 8:20 p.m. and continues until approximately

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SCRAPPERS ARRESTED ON BASE

Two people were arrested Wednesday on the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center after they were found with scrap metals, weapons, and drugs. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick, the base’s military police came across Strader Surratt, 29, and Ashley Dedrick, 22, both of North Carolina, on the base and noticed

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