LIBRARY BOOK SALES

Today’s the day to pick up a good read or two at a good price. Both the Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree libraries are holding book sales today, 9 to 3 in Twentynine Palms, and 9 to 5 in Joshua Tree. The Joshua Tree sale will continue through Wednesday, during

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YUCCA MESA CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO TODAY

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Saturday, May 3. The event will be a celebration of Mexican food and drinks, live music by Roger Arnold and Bobby Furgo, and a piñata. The fiesta runs from 4 to 7, with the piñata at 5:30.

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SPUDTACULAR AT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will hold a “Spudtacular” baked potato dinner, Sunday, May 4, starting at 5 p.m. Load up your potato with mild chili, real bacon bits with all the extras, all for only $5. Fix a salad with a variety of dressings and choose from

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MARINE AND DAUGHTER RECOVERING FROM DUI CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN

More than two weeks after a Joshua Tree crash that killed the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, her husband and baby are slowly starting to recover from their life-threatening injuries. Lance Corporal Christopher Matthews, 28, is now in a wheelchair, and his 1-year-old daughter, Dakota, has regained consciousness at

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MARINE BASE ALERTED AFTER UNFOUNDED REPORT OF A MAN WITH A GUN

It was determined there was no threat after suspicious person was seen at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base yesterday. According to base sources, an investigation was launched and increased security was in place after the Provost Marshall’s Office received a call reporting a suspicious person was aboard the base. Investigation

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YUCCA MESA ELEMENTARY NAMED “DISTINGUISHED” SCHOOL

The California Department of Education has selected Yucca Mesa Elementary School as a Distinguished School for 2014. Reporter Dan Stork tells how that distinction was achieved…

Yucca Mesa Elementary School is one of 424 elementary schools in California, but one of only 11 in San Bernardino County, to be selected

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT SPLITS SEWER CONSTRUCTION INTO FOUR PROJECTS FOR BIDDING

At last night’s special meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors, the directors agreed to split up the construction of the sewer project into four construction packages. By doing so, the directors believe more contractors, and possibly local sub-contractors, will be able to bid on the $25-million- to

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS COMMUNITY FAIR

Yucca Valley’s traditional Grubstake Days is coming up Saturday, May 24, at the Hi-Desert Boys and Girls Club and Brehm Youth Park grounds on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. Vendors and non-profit groups who would like to have an outside booth offering games, food, fun, and information at the

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NO CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR THOUSANDS AFTER FIBER OPTIC CABLE CUT

Thousands of cell phone customers in the Hi-Desert were without service for about 10 hours Wednesday after a spliced fiber optic cable was blown apart during high winds in the Banning Pass. The cable carried phone lines for several carriers; Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers have all reported no cell

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LOCAL FIRE CREWS BATTLING ETIWANDA FIRE

Fire crews from the Yucca Valley Fire Station 41 and Yucca Mesa Station 42 have been sent to help fight the Etiwanda fire, near Rancho Cucamonga. The wildfire, which started about 8 a.m. Wednesday in the foothills north of the 210 freeway, quickly spread to 200 acres in just two

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RETIRED COLONEL, FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MAYOR “MAC” DUBE HAS DIED

The Twentynine Palms civilian and military communities are mourning the death of Col. M.J. “Mac” Dube, who passed away Tuesday at 80 years old. Dube was a longtime Twentynine Palms City Councilman and mayor who had retired from the Marine Corps with many accolades, including a Silver Star for gallantry

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“NUNSET BOULEVARD” AT THEATRE 29 OFFERS A SUNDAY MATINEE

The Hit Musical-Comedy, “Nunset Boulevard” is running now through May 24 at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a matinee performance will be offered this weekend… Theatre 29 will hold a Sunday matinee for “Nunset Boulevard” this Sunday, May 4, starting at 2:30 p.m. The latest in the blockbuster

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AN ARREST FOR ARMED ROBBERY AFTER A BEER RUN

Two Joshua Tree men on a beer run Tuesday evening were arrested after they allegedly stole a bottle of booze. According to a Sheriff’s report, Bradley Fraser, 26, and Kevin Spruell, 41, went to Stater Brothers East in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. for a beer run. An employee told

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A 54-year-old woman was killed in Morongo Valley last night when she was struck by a car on the highway. According to the California Highway Patrol, Geraldine Willis, 46, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2014 Dodge Avenger eastbound on Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when the still-unidentified woman attempted

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THREE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY ON DRUG CHARGES

Three people were arrested in Yucca Valley late Sunday night after drugs were found in their possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, Sheriff’s deputies stopped a 2002 Toyota just after 9:30 p.m. at Kickapoo Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. During the traffic stop, the deputy found heroin, drug

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TO RECONSIDER VACATION HOME RENTALS

About 60 people filled the chairs at the Twentynine Palms Community Center, to participate in a special joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission on vacation home rentals. Reporter Dan Stork says that a question was asked by the Planning Commissioners, and was answered by the City Council…

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UNITY HOME TALENT SHOW FRIDAY

A talent show to support the Morongo Basin Unity Home will be held Friday, May 2, at Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center. “An Evening against Violence” will feature a variety show filled with local talent—dancing, singing, acting, laughter, and a team of improv comics. A minimum $5 donation is requested.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT CONSIDERS FIRE TAX, CITY FUNDING

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board, meeting exclusively on Fire Department business, will hold a special meeting tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says fire tax options and city funding are the focus……

The Twentynine Palms Water District will hold a special meeting Wednesday, April 30, starting at 6 p.m. to discuss

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN’S FAMILY SUES THE GOVERNMENT OVER FATAL HUMVEE CRASH

The family of a daughter who was killed in a highway collision in 2013 in Joshua Tree, involving a Marine who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of a military-issued Humvee, has filed a federal lawsuit in Riverside District Court. Kristin Thrawl, 26, of Yucca Valley, was killed in the

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TWO FIRES BACK-TO-BACK IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

Yucca Valley fire fighters were called to two fires Monday afternoon. County Fire Captain Rick Denison said shortly before 1 p.m., shelving units, cabinets, and electronic equipment were burning in a large pile in a back yard of a home in the 6100 block of Mandarin Road. Neighbors were attempting

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