VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR “POINT IN TIME” HOMELESS COUNT

The county is looking for local volunteers to participate in a count of the homeless population later this month. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… Later this month, the third annual census of local homeless people, known as the “Point-in-Time Count,” takes place. The results will be used in a

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JOB FAIR AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MONDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree will hold a job fair this Monday, January 11 in hopes of filling a number of openings in multiple departments. Job seekers are encouraged to attend the event which begins 1 p.m. and remains open until 4 p.m. on the hospital campus. Applicants will

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LAST SHOW AT GALLERY 62 OPENS TODAY

Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree will open their final exhibit today. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… “Clay Artists of the Desert” will be the last exhibit at Gallery 62 in downtown Joshua Tree. The first 3-dimensional show for the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council opens Friday, January 8,

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EL NINO RAINS SHOULD BRING BUMPER CROP OF WILDFLOWERS

As the Morongo Basin Communities begin to dry out after a series of “El Nino” based storms drenched them, experts say the surplus of rainwater should settle into the ground and germinate seeds that could soon blossom and bring an abundance of wildflowers to the Hi-Desert and Joshua Tree National

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMISTS TO HOST OPENING NIGHT OF “SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 opens its 2016 season with the hilarious Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys.” The opening night gala will benefit the Soroptimist Club of Twentynine Palms. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… The timeless classic Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys,” revolves around a former comedic duo that, in

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RAIN AND SNOW BRING TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS TO OUR MORONGO BASIN

Continued El Nino-spawned winter storms brought rain and some snow to our Morongo Basin overnight. A jack-knifed big rig closed the Morongo Grade eastbound lanes for about an hour from 4:10 to about 5:10 a.m. this morning. The CHP says both grades are currently open. Some light snow fell, making

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MORONGO BASIN SEARCH AND RESCUE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

When Twentynine Palms resident Erin Corwin went missing in 2014, volunteers with the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team spent more than 5,000 hours searching 300 square miles of desert for her body. The volunteer group associated with the Sheriff’s Department is looking for residents who are interested in being

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WE CLARIFY A STORY WHICH IDENTIFIED A BABY AS ABUSED

A clarification to a story we aired yesterday concerning a case about a 3-week old baby. The man who was arrested, Justin Morrow, 21, of the 61500 block of Palm Vista in Joshua Tree, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to spouse abuse, not child abuse. Despite the original call being for

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID

Theatre 29 has secured the rights to one of the first amateur productions in the United States of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” The auditions are set and reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast breakdown… “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” auditions are set for Monday, January 18, at 6 p.m. at Theater

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UPCOMING TWENTYNINE PALMS MILITARY FILM FESTIVAL LOOKING FOR SCREENPLAYS

Organizers of the Twentynine Palms Military Film Festival are looking for screenplays for its inaugural film fest to be held in May. The event will honor military films and the courage that inspired them. To enter a military-themed screenplay for consideration in the festival, call 323-782-1300 or email marcberry@basiclead.com. The

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TWO ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT AFTER A TWENTYNINE PALMS ARMED ROBBERY

Two Las Vegas men who are suspected of robbing a Twentynine Palms gas station were arrested at gunpoint early this morning. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Cantu, two men, later identified as Milton Fletcher, 24, and Cedric Russum, 28, walked into the Circle K at Adobe Road and Two Mile

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING 3-WEEK-OLD BABY

Update: 12:30 p.m.

A Joshua Tree man pleaded guilty this morning to spousal abuse. According to Sheriff’s reports, paramedics were called to the 61500 block of Palm Vista in Joshua Tree about 10 p.m. December 18, for a three-week-old baby who was not breathing. The newborn baby was taken to

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HELP AVAILABLE LOCALLY FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Both the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley areas have contacts offering help for veterans who may be feeling the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Reporter David Knutson has details…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can affect people who have gone through life-threatening events, such as military combat, natural disasters, serious

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A 4.5 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE REGION

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the Inland Empire at 6:42 this morning. The quake was centered about two miles north of Banning. Residents in the Morongo Basin felt the temblor from Morongo Valley to Pioneertown to Joshua Tree. In the Banning area, some residents reported some items falling off shelves after

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TWO DETAINED FOR STOLEN CAR AND DRUG POSSESSION

Two people were arrested early Monday morning following a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a 2000 Ford just after 3 a.m. near Baseline Road and Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms. After determining the vehicle had been reported stolen in November,

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TWO MEN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS GAS STATION ROBBERY

Two Las Vegas men who are suspected of robbing a Twentynine Palms gas station were arrested at gunpoint early this morning. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Cantu, two men, later identified as Milton Fletcher, 24, and Cedric Russum, 28, walked into the Circle K at Adobe Road and Two Mile

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THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY HOME-INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for three people who forced their way into an elderly woman’s home and robbed her New Year’s Day. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the 71-year-old woman was confronted by two men and a woman outside her home in the 7500 block of Palm Avenue about

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN COLD WEATHER

With a series of storms and cold weather on the horizon, Reporter Cassie Zimarik has some ides to stay warm while saving money… Cold weather is here, and with it, skyrocketing energy costs. Here are three of the best ways to save energy. First keep inside air in, outside air

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ANOTHER INCIDENT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY BEST WESTERN

Sheriff’s deputies were called for a second time in two days to the Best Western Hotel in Yucca Valley last week. According to the Sheriff’s Department, James Spencer, 30, of Yucca Valley, entered the hotel lobby in the 56500 block of 29 Palms Highway about 9:40 a.m., went over to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER MAYHEM AT A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested New Year’s Eve, accused of kicking and punching people at a party. According to a Sheriff’s report, Bishop Lawler, 25, went to a New Year’s Eve party in the 58300 block of Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. Guests at the party said Lawler was

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