EXHIBIT CHANGE AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

In-and-out day for 29 Palms Art Gallery guild members is Monday, February 23. Guild members may submit up to two pieces of art between 9 and 11:30. The featured artists in March are Chuck Caplinger and Vann Nguyen, and guild members in the Pickering Room. An opening reception will be

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NEW “EVERY KID IN A PARK” INITIATIVE WILL IMPACT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Starting this fall, fourth graders and their families can visit Joshua Tree National Park–and any of the other national park–for free. President Barack Obama unveiled his Every Kid in a Park initiative yesterday in an effort to get more young people out into the great outdoors. All fourth grade students

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LANDERS AREA RESIDENTS MEET TOMORROW FOR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Landers area residents interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch are urged to attend a meeting tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz, the Honorary Mayor of Landers, puts out the call… Neighborhood Watch is the topic at a special meeting this Saturday in Landers. Sheriff Service Specialist Bob Anderson and Citizen Patrol Agent

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BLOOD DRIVE IN LANDERS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, February 21, at the Moose Lodge in Landers, from noon to 5:30. The Moose Lodge is located at 58266 Reche Road. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All

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DRUG AND SHARPS DROP-OFF AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

Protect yourself and the environment by taking old drugs and needles to the Hi-Desert Medical center tomorrow. Reporter Cassie Zimarik has more on the free drop-ff event… Each year, thousands of pounds of prescription drugs end up in landfills, endangering the environment. Medicines are a special type of hazardous chemical

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TWENTYNINE PALMS OVERSIGHT BOARD MEETS MONDAY

At long intervals, an official group meets in Twentynine Palms to mop up issues related to the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency. Reporter Dan Stork says the next such meeting is Monday… The Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the Dissolved Twentynine Palms Redevelopment Agency will hold a regular

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TWENTYNINE PALMS U-TURN CRASH SENDS THREE TO THE HOSPITAL

A Twentynine Palms man who tried to make a U-turn on Adobe Road is believed to be responsible for a crash that sent three people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Lewis Roller, 91, was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki Grand Vitara northbound on Adobe

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NEW TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER IS A FAMILIAR FACE

It was anticipated that the Twentynine Palms City Council would name a new permanent city manager following its special closed session meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork says the council’s choice is someone well-known locally… The Twentynine Palms City Council has selected Frank Luckino to be the next city manager

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SHERIFF ASKING FOR HELP IN TROUBLED NEIGHBORHOOD

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in helping to shut down drug activity in a neighborhood in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, deputies have been called numerous times to the 6900 block of Tamarisk Avenue, where they have made arrests for drug paraphernalia, possession

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HI-DESERT WATER APPROVES ASSESSMENT REPORT

Calling its meeting last night one of the most important meetings the Hi-Desert Water District has ever had, the Board of Directors approved the engineer’s assessment district report during a marathon 4-hour meeting, in which directors discussed the report for more than an hour. Assuming the voters pass an assessment

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD THREATENED WITH DISSOLUTION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the Board heard they are under threat of dissolution and being taken over by the County… At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, General Manager Donna Munoz confirmed a LAFCO requirement

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ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, SUSPECT SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man with a black bandana over his face entered the Adobe Smoke Shop in the 6400 block of Adobe Road

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ACCEPTS BREHM PARK, MARIJUANA INITIATIVE SET FOR MARCH 17TH

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report… The Yucca Valley Town Council burned through a lot of business in short order during its regular meeting last night. Council members agreed the town was getting

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MAY NAME A CITY MANGER IN CLOSED SESSION

When is a public meeting neither “regular” nor “special”? Reporter Dan Stork has the answer to the riddle: it applies to a meeting tonight of the Twentynine Palms City Council… In a meeting that is technically a continuation of last week’s regular meeting that was adjourned to February 18, the

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MEMORIAL TO DEAD WOMAN STOLEN

A memorial for a Yucca Valley woman who died 2 ½ years ago was reported stolen Monday. In June 2012, Jennifer “Nikki” Alkire-Woolworth, 27, went for a walk from Yucca Valley to Morongo Valley with her small dog, Lucy, but never arrived at her destination. Her family suspects she may

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT, DIRECTOR CENSURE POSSIBLE

Morongo Valley’s CSD Board may censure a director, among other items in their agenda tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a close look… A lot of business is on the agenda for tonight’s 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, including possible censure of a director in connection with

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SPILLED GAS PLUS SHOP VAC EQUALS TWO BURNED OUT CARS

A Marine learned yesterday that using a shop vac to clean up spilled gasoline probably isn’t such a good idea. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, Benjamin Potter, 27, had spilled gas in the back of his Jeep parked under a carport in the 801 Housing area off

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RASH OF BURGLARIES IN MORONGO VALLEY

At least three residents reported burglaries and attempted burglaries of vehicles in Morongo Valley over the weekend. According to Sheriff’s reports, a neighbor called the Sheriff’s Department about 8 a.m. Saturday to report that a man was trying to break into a Honda Civic in the 49500 block of Paradise

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, REPORT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE ON AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will hear the impact report on the citizen’s initiative for medical marijuana dispensaries in the town… The Yucca Valley Town Council will begin its meeting tonight with a closed session at 5:30 at

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER DRUG AND SHARP DROP-OFF SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place this Saturday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of

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