TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE KILLS TWO DOGS

A house fire in Twentynine Palms killed two dogs yesterday. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, Twentynine Palms firefighters and units from the Combat Center and Wonder Valley fire stations were called to a fully involved house fire in the 6600 block of El Rey Avenue at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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PILOT HELICOPTER PROGRAM RESCUES MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

A new pilot program between the San Bernardino County fire Department and Sheriff’s Department was put to good use yesterday. A motorcycle rider, who was wearing his helmet and full motorcycle gear—was riding in the desert in Johnson Valley when he lost control of his bike while riding off Bodick

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VICTIMS OF MAILBOX THEFTS NOW GETTING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS

In the wake of a mailbox theft rampage in December, fraudulent transactions have now shown up in the bank accounts of several area residents and victims. Dan Stork tells of the repercussions…

During the night of December 20, many locked community mailboxes in the Morongo Basin were vandalized and emptied.

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TOP NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

As we take a look back at 2013, there are some news highlights of note: More than 1,000 residents attended a job fair in Twentynine Palms in July for 100 to 150 jobs at the new Tortoise Rock Casino being developed by the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians. The

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THE TOP YUCCA VALLEY STORIES FOR 2013

As we start the new year of 2014, here are highlights of some of the top news stories for YuccaValley in 2013…

A recall effort against two members of the Yucca Valley Town Council failed when the Registrar of Voters determined the recall petitions did not have enough valid signatures.

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SODA MOUNTAIN SOLAR PROJECT OPPOSED

Local environmentalists are gearing up to oppose the Soda Mountain Solar Project, a proposed 2691-acre renewable energy development that would be constructed adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve. A press release from the California Desert Coalition says, “This project is the poster child for inappropriately sited renewable energy projects and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR RADIOTHON

Next Saturday, z107.7 leads the push for funds to send a local student choir on a dream trip. Taylor Thacker gives a heads-up for the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir Radiothon…

The Twentynine Palms Select Choir has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, New York by American

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM MEETS WEDNESDAY

Start the new year out by pledging to join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of the month with their goal to keep the community clean. The first scheduled clean-up in 2014 will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at the Rock House located on

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MATURE DRIVER CLASS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Twentynine Palms Branch Library will offer a FREE Mature Driver Education Class every Wednesday from 2 – 3:30 pm, beginning January 8, 2014. This continuous class will cover everything needed to pass the DMV written exam over any given 6-week period. Seniors can join the class at any time

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ANIMAL VACCINATION CLINICS IN JANUARY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62,

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2013 MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to a change in its top staff position, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education heard frequent reports on financial issues, and heard from several constituencies on hot-button issues. Here are some of the highlights of 2013…

In 2013:

The Morongo Unified School District opened a replacement

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SENIOR DANCE IN YUCCA VALLEY

Celebrate the New Year with music, dancing and refreshments tonight Saturday, January 4th at the Yucca Valley Senior Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join Z107.7’s voice of the night, radio personality Sam Smith as he hosts a magic evening of dancing the night away in celebration of the

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THEATRE 29 OPENING GALA

The first show of the Theatre 29 2014 season will open this January 10th. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the opening night will be a special gala… Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms will host the opening night of the first show of Theatre 29′s 2014 season, “The Importance of Being

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HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING

Residents are reminded to recycle their live Christmas trees and ornamental greenery this holiday season and save these items from taking up valuable space in the local landfill. A special collection program provided by the City of Twentynine Palms and Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services offers curbside recycling services within

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP IN JOSHUA TREE

A bereavement support group meets twice a month to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free meetings provide a safe and comfortable setting to help heal and recover after a loved one’s death. Gloria Beatle, a hospice social worker with the Hi-Desert Home Care

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DEPUTIES IDENTIFIED IN NEW YEARS DAY PATROL CAR CRASH

The CHP and Sheriff’s Department released more information on the crash of two Sheriff’s patrol cars in Joshua Tree New Year’s Day. Two deputies, Brandon Abell and Scott Andrews were returning to the Sheriff’s station westbound Highway 62 about 6:35 p.m. when the driver of the patrol car in the

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29 PALMS POLICE TO TARGET MESQUITE SPRINGS ROAD

Twentynine Palms police officers will conduct traffic enforcement on Mesquite Springs Road between Two Mile Road and Indian Trail. Officers will focus primarily on speeding and vehicle code violations. The Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists the maximum speed limit on any two-lane road is 55 miles per hour.

CLIMBER FALLS INTO CREVICE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Kennya Pimentel, 20 of Las Vegas, Nevada fell while climbing at the Hemmingway Buttress area of Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday. Park Rangers say she fell about six feet and became wedged in a crevice about 100 feet above the ground. She was not wearing a safety helmet and initially

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A LOOK BACK AT 2013 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Lots more than a change in City Manager happened in Twentynine Palms in 2013. Dan stork hits some of the highlights…

In 2013, · The city of Twentynine Palms declined to bail the water district out in its fire department financial dilemma. A citizens’ committee recommended going back to the

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AN ARREST MAY SOLVE SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN 29 PALMS

Sheriff’s detectives are working on several burglaries in Twentynine Palms that may be connected. December 24, residents in three neighborhoods reported burglaries, evidence led detectives to believe the same person was involved in several burglaries the following week. The night of December 23, burglars broke into a vehicle parked in

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