TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE DIES IN AFGHANISTAN COMBAT

The military and civilian communities of the Morongo Basin mourn the loss of a Twentynine Palms Marine. The Department of Defense announced yesterday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, Texas, died June 25 while conducting combat operations

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VANDALISM IN OLD TOWN YUCCA VALLEY

Vandals have been making their obscene marks on the Old Town area of Yucca Valley business district, popular with visitors. Over the weekend, in two separate attacks, they targeted the east facing wall of Ma Rouge coffee house, Past Times Antiques, and Hoof and Horn at Pioneertown Road and the

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BATS IN OUR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS SUMMER

The warm weather and cool nights bring out a familiar desert sight. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says keep your eye out for bats…

When visiting Joshua Tree National Park during the warmer months, keep an eye out for the only flying mammal in the world: the bat.

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LOW-COST DOG VACCINES, MICROCHIPS, SPAY AND NEUTER LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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SUNDAY MATINEE FOR “A DOLL’S HOUSE” AT THEATRE 29 THIS WEEKEND

The riveting classic drama, “A Doll’s House,” continues its run at Theatre 29 this weekend, including a matinee this Sunday. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how get tickets…

Regular tickets are now available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 2014 season, the classic “A Doll’s House,” a gripping

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT KILLED IN LAUGHLIN; LOCAL FUNDRAISER PLANNED

A Yucca Valley man, who had moved to Laughlin, Nevada, just three weeks ago, was killed in a fight with a neighbor June 21. According to the Laughlin Times, Frederick Meyer, 27, was arguing with his neighbor when he was hit with a beer bottle and then stabbed with the

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ANY AND ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL HERE IN OUR MORONGO BASIN

While you are planning your family get together for the Independence Day celebration, remember all fireworks, including the so-called safe and sane type, are strictly prohibited in this county. Reporter Diana Jones reminds you the cost of illegal fireworks can be high…

Many people have fond memories of celebrating the

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YUCCA VALLEY CERT CLASSES IN NEW LOCATION AND TIME

The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team class for teens at the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert in Yucca Valley has been changed to a new location and time. As of Friday, June 27, the class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the class will

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“A DOLL’S HOUSE” DIRECTOR AT THEATRE 29 PROUD OF HIS SHOW

The classic and riveting Henrik Ibsen drama, “A Doll’s House,” continues its run this weekend at Theatre 29 with a matinee this Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says director Kurt Schauppner is proud of his show…

Sue Kelly as Anne, the nurse, keeps watch over her charges, from left,

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TAY CENTER OFFERS DROP-IN SERVICES FOR YOUNG HOMELESS

Pacific Clinic’s TAY Center offers young adults a safe and comfortable place to define and accomplish their life goals. Clients can come to the TAY Center to meet their basic needs such as a meal, shower and a place to do laundry. Once they become drop-in clients, they can utilize

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON ARRESTED A DAY AFTER GETTING OUT OF JAIL

A Twentynine Palms man who was released from jail on Sunday was arrested Monday, accused of violating a restraining order. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Farhat, 25, had been in jail for violating the terms of his parole; he was released Sunday. On Monday, the owner of a vacant

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DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS IDENTIFIED IN MONDAY’S TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH THAT CLOSED HWY 62

The Sheriff’s Department has identified the drivers and passengers involved in a crash Monday afternoon that shut down Highway 62 for an hour in Twentynine Palms. Thomas Ehret, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was driving a white VW Jetta northbound on Peterson Avenue, making a left turn onto westbound Highway 62

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PLANS A MEETING TO PLAN A MEETING

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for improvements on National Park Drive, featuring metal sculptures by artist Ricardo Breceda, the Twentynine Palms City Council moved to City Hall, where they planned a meeting whose purpose was to plan a meeting. Reporter Dan Stork explains, and relates what else transpired…

Metal sculptor

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NEW INTERIM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT NAMED

The Acting Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park Andrea Compton is going back to her regular assignment as the Park’s Chief Resource Officer. She provided Z107.7 with a copy of a note she sent her staff, introducing them to her temporary successor. Todd Suess will be the next acting superintendent

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION SETS UP CLASSES OF HOME OCCUPATION

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting was dominated by discussion of classes of Home Occupation Permits…

At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, commissioners were agreeable to developing different categories, or classes, for home occupation permits. The classes

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6 HURT, 2 CRITICAL, IN HWY 62 CRASH IN WEST TWENTYNINE PALMS

Six people were injured, three critically, in a two-car crash in Twentynine Palms yesterday afternoon that shut down Highway 62 for an hour. According to the Sheriff’s Department, about 4:07, a white VW Jetta attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 62 from northbound Pederson near the Eagles Aerie.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: PAYING FOR THE RECALL, BLACK ROCK CANYON ROAD

Last year’s recall petition against Yucca Valley Town Council members George Huntington and Robert Lombardo incurred additional expenses for the Town, which is responsible for paying the bill for verifying the signatures, counting the ballots, and for legal costs. At last night’s special meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: WATER DISTRICT MEETING & REDEVELOPMENT LITIGATION

At tonight’s City Council meeting in Twentynine Palms, a request by the Water District for a joint meeting returns to the agenda, as does litigation over the dissolved Redevelopment Agency. Reporter Dan Stork says that a ribbon cutting, Planning Commission issues, and aid to local businesses will be treated before

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next clean-up for the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25 ,at 7 a.m. at the Joshua Tree Post Office. Anyone interested is encouraged to join us for one short hour of work. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available to make

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AUDITIONS SET FOR “THE 39 STEPS” AT THEATRE 29 JUNE 30

Just four very talented performers are being sought for a unique, fast- paced comedy starting in mid August at Theatre 29. Reporter Dianna Jones say auditions for “39 Steps” are this Monday, June 30…

Auditions have been set for the fall production at Theatre 29, “The 39 Steps.” This frenzied

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