AN ATTEMPTED MURDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man is in custody, on suspicion of attempted murder, after shooting at his tenant at point-blank range three times. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Octavio Diaz, 50, went to the home of Brian Sturmreiter, 49, in the 62400 block of Blemont Avenue in Joshua Tree about

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: INVOCATIONS, FIRE TRUCK PAYMENTS, ASSIGNMENTS

It’s a busy night for the Twentynine Palms City Council, covering city manager evaluation, invocations, fire truck reimbursement, and more. Reporter Dan Stork has the list of topics… The Twentynine Palms City Council gets an early start to its January 14 meeting with a 5 p.m. closed session devoted to

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS COMMERCIAL SOLAR DEVELOPMENT CONCERNS

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, representatives heard from Greg Rice who heads up Code Enforcement for the desert region. Rice put into perspective the County’s General Plan and related how it is used to develop County Code, which his office must enforce. The

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS, FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH DOCTORS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says financial arrangements with physicians will be discussed….. New Board President Martie Avels presides when the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meet in regular session at 6 p.m. tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center. Also new tonight, Bob

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KING OF THE HAMMERS AND HAMMERTOWN COMING JANUARY 31

One of the major off-road events in the country, “The King of the Hammers,” will be held in the nearby Johnson Valley off-road area. The eighth running of the King of the Hammers desert race and rock crawl takes place Friday, January 31, to Friday, February 7, at Means Dry

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NCIS RELEASES REPORT ON 2013 DEATH OF MARINE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Ten months after a Marine was killed aboard the Twentynine Palms base, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service released information on the death of Pfc. Casey James Holmes. Holmes, 20, of Chico, California, joined the Marines in May 2012. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Holmes’ unit was

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

The format of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features several regular reports, and one highlighted topic. Dan Stork tells what’s in store for this month… The featured special report at the January 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC is on County Code Enforcement. The subcommittee on Land Use

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GRANDPARENTS TARGETED IN PHONE SCAM

An old phone scam that is making the rounds again. It’s called the “grandparents scam,” because the caller pretends to be the victim’s grandchild. The “Hi Grandma, it’s me” scam starts with a phone call from a “grandchild” in urgent need of money because they’re in jail in Mexico, or

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TWENTYNINE PALMS POLICE TARGET SPEEDERS AND CELL PHONE USE

This week, the Twentynine Palms traffic units will be enforcing speed violations and cell phone violations on the main streets and residential areas throughout the city. Speeding and distracted driving is a major cause of collisions. The traffic team will also be focusing their attention on failure to yield violations

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HISTORICAL SOCIETIES CHRONICLING 100 YEARS OF THE MORONGO BASIN

Local Historical Societies are working to highlight the top events in our Morongo Basin over the past 100 years. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to assist and participate in the document… The Twentynine Palms and Morongo Basin Historical Societies have joined in a project that will culminate in the

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WILDLIFE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

On a recent hike on Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, a friend of mine saw and photographed big horn sheep right on the trail! Ranger Pam Tripp describes some other wildlife you might see…

Bighorn sheep posing on the Ryan Mountain trail in Joshua Tree National Park

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FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29

Director Marty Neider has announced auditions are set for Theatre 29’s second show of the 2014 season. A Farndale Murder Mystery, “Murder at Checkmate Manor.” Auditions are on Monday, January 13th at 6 pm at Theatre 29 at 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms. This play is a fast-paced (at times)

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FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTIONS MONDAY

The second Monday of January is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places…

 

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday,

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CHP START SMART CLASSES

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another FREE Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Tuesday, January 21, in the CHP offices on the

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MATURE DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS IN 29 PALMS

The Twentynine Palms Library will offer a FREE mature driver education class every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., beginning January 8. This continuous class will cover everything needed to pass the DMV written exam over any given six-week period. Seniors can join the class at any time during the

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FIRE SAFETY ADVICE

A fire in Yucca Valley Thursday evening was caused when the residents kept combustible items too close to a water heater in their garage. Flames quickly spread to the items around the water heater. The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of fire safety when storing

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AMBER ALERT AWARENESS DAY

Monday is Amber Alert Awareness Day. The day was created to raise public awareness of the nationwide Amber Alert program, which enlists the public’s help in the search for and rescue of abducted children. The public can get involved during an AMBER Alert by listening to television and radio reports,

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“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” AT THEATRE 29

The first production of 2014 opened last night at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us who’s who in the cast of “The Importance of Being Ernest”…

Theatre 29 veteran director Butch Pelfry said he knew his cast of the Oscar Wilde comedy of errors, “The Importance of Being

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TWO PERFORMANCES OF THREE PLAYS AT YVHS TODAY

Theater students at Yucca Valley High School conclude a run of three plays with two performances today. Diana Jones says, don’t miss your last chance to see them…

Today is your last chance to see three plays directed and performed by the Yucca Valley High School Theatre Company. The triple

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BINGO TO BENEFIT YVHS SWIM TEAM

Bingo at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree will benefit the Yucca Valley High School swim team on Sunday, January 19. There will also be a silent auction. Money raised from the bingo and silent auction event will go toward paying the team’s bill for use of the pool. Doors

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