TURTLE ROCK CASINO TO OPEN MARCH 31

After 10 months of construction, Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will hold its grand opening March 31. The opening ceremony will start with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m., after which patrons will be invited inside to play slots, poker, table games, and listen to live entertainment. Tribal Chairman

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TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS OVER THE WEEKEND

Saturday, firefighters from Wonder Valley were called to a structure fire shortly before 6:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Marks Road in Wonder Valley. The home was filled with smoke when firefighters arrived. The resident told firefighters she had left a candle burning unattended in a bedroom, which is

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY LOOKING FOR HARD-WORKING VOLUNTEERS

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is looking for volunteers who want to do some hard work for a great cause. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains…

Volunteers are needed for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s newest fundraising project. Committed volunteers are needed immediately to collect and transport the recyclable materials in the

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FRIENDS SAY MARINE SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WAS AN ACCIDENT

Hometown friends say a 22-year-old Marine charged in the fatal shooting of his roommate in Twentynine Palms was involved in a regrettable accident. Cpl. Brock Myers was arrested at the scene of a shooting on Saladin Road that occurred around 9:20 p.m. March 2. The victim, Cpl. Steven Kohus, 26,

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN PALMS SPRINGS PARTY BUS SHOOTING

A 29-year-old former Yucca Valley resident pleaded not guilty Friday to gunning down a man next to a party bus in Palm Desert more than two years ago, leaving the man, Juan Eliasarrars, 35, paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support,

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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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VISIT JTNP

ROP Broadcasting student Jean Dizon emphasizes the attractions of Joshua Tree National Park… Have a little extra time on your hands? Do you love spending time outdoors and enjoying nature itself? Come visit the Joshua Tree National Park today and experience the many attractions and beautiful views Joshua Tree has

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting 3 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, just off Aberdeen Road. Representatives from the fire department and Sheriff’s office usually make community reports and can answer questions. Residents from Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights,

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KEEP IT CLEAN IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy the National Park, and keep it clean. Ranger Pam Tripp asks for your considerate behavior…

The question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is “What will we see as we drive through?” Our common answer is that you will see some animals, lots of vegetation, and

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HELPING HOMELESS VETS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PLANS “IDES OF MARCH” EVENT

The students of Copper Mountain College will celebrate the Ides of March. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… Celebrate the Ides of March at Copper Mountain College with a Roman Banquet and entertainment fundraiser on March 15. Be transported to ancient Rome with food, drink, theater, raffles, costume contest, and

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER SATURDAY AT YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

This Saturday, March 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association is having its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, from corned beef through dessert including drink, served to you for only $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The club will offer accordion music

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“FORBIDDEN BROADWAY” AT TPHS

It’s a Broadway Musical Production at Twentynine Palms High School. “Forbidden Broadway” will run at 7:00 p.m. the next two Fridays and Saturdays. ROP broadcasting student Amber Flores says tickets are available at the door…. Twentynine Palms High School is having a musical. The musical “Forbidden Broadway” is produced with

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LOCAL REPUBLICANS TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

The Morongo Basin Republicans are hosting the San Bernardino County Republicans Monday, March 17, and invite the public to attend. U.S. Congressman, Paul Cook will present current information from Washington. Lunch is $15, at the Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley, at noon. For more information, go to

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YUCCA VALLEY TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH STUDENT BOOKED AND RELEASED

As expected, the Yucca Valley High School teacher who had a warrant out for his arrest, surrendered himself in to the Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning. Sheriff records indicate that Zachary Miller, 33, of Yucca Valley, was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail at 11:40 a.m. Miller’s bail was set at

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FELON ARRESTED WITH GUN IN PLAIN VIEW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted felon was arrested in Twentynine Palms Wednesday after he was seen walking down the street with a weapon in plain view. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly before 8 a.m., a resident in the 72600 block of Juanita Drive reported seeing Darkise Gorman, 31, of Los Angeles, walking

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BUSTING OUT WINDSHEILD

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Wednesday, after her boyfriend said she busted out his car’s windshield. According to a Sheriff’s report, Tracy James, 39, had a heated argument with her boyfriend in the 5600 block of Lupine Avenue about 7:30 a.m., and threw a large rock at him, hitting

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BLM MEETING TOMORROW ON RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN

As the federal plan for siting renewable energy facilities nears completion, the BLM wants to educate the public on how to participate in the process. Reporter Dan Stork has the notice for a meeting on Saturday in the Low Desert on that subject… The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT/CEO

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected a new president/chief executive officer. Wanda Stadum, owner of Signs by Wanda in Yucca Valley for 28 years, will assume her new duties as of May 16. Cheryl Nankervis, who has been with the Chamber since 1993, will be retiring as of

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