FORMER RADIO PERSONALITY ARRESTED TWICE IN DECEMBER ON DRUG CHARGES

A former disc jockey with Z107.7 was arrested twice in December on drug charges. Sam Smith, 48, of Twentynine Palms, was stopped about 4 a.m. December 2, near Stardune Avenue and Highway 62. After an investigation, Smith was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of

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A BRAWL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY EVENING

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a massive brawl in Twentynine Palms Monday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Adobe Road about 5:40 p.m. for a report of about 30 people fighting. Deputies determined that a gang of people arrived at the location in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT PROPERTY CRIME INCREASE

A packed house was on hand for last night’s Morongo Basin MAC Meeting. Reporter David Haldane said concerns about local crime were front and center… An overflow crowd turned out for the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting last night to hear a panel of law officers tell it like

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ARRESTED FOR BEING A FELON WITH A FIREARM

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Sunday night, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Sheriff’s officials, Deputy Gerardo Jimenez made a traffic stop about 11:15 p.m. on a vehicle driven by Ronald, 68, near West Court Way and Court Place in Twentynine Palms.

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN VEHICLE

A Johnson Valley man was arrested Sunday after a stolen motorcycle was found on his property. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 60600 block of Cole Lane in Johnson Valley said his Suzuki motorcycle was stolen a year ago, in February 2015. On Sunday, a woman came

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO RULE ON 52-FOOT CELL TOWER AT ABERDEEN AND SAGE

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission may make a decision on a controversial cell tower tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the commission will be asked to approve an environmental assessment and conditions use permit for a 52-foot tall cell

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REACH OUT OFFERING FREE FLU SHOTS THURSDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Reach Out Morongo Basin is hosting a free flu shot clinic for adults and children. The free flu shots will be held Thursday, February 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road. Seniors, chronically ill people, and children are especially susceptible to the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER TERMINATING REINVESTMENT PLAN

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the council will consider terminating a fund designed to assist local business… The Twentynine Palms City council meets tonight to, among other things, consider terminating the city’s community reinvestment plan. Created in 2014, the plan was

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10 at the Joshua Tree Library. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, and gloves. Afterwards the team will, as always, meet for

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FISH TACOS BACK AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Fish tacos are back at Taco Wednesday at the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, starting tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, February 10 from 11 to 1. The VFW Post will also hold a chili cook-off Friday, February 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $3 for a taste

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center in Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by

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REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOME FEATURES SWEET ROCK RANCH

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s annual Parade of Homes is back down to six homes, after the owner of Life in the Slow Lane had to withdraw from the tour. The annual fund raiser happens Sunday, February 14, and brings in thousands of dollars to support services for area senior and

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer won a match with crosstown rival Twentynine Palms 4-1. Yucca Valley Coach Jorge Rodriquez said senior Andrew Bellucci scored two goals, Junior Nate Bellucci scored one goal and also one assist. Junior Vincenzo Costagliola scored one goal and five steals. Junior Oscar Hernandez also

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ALAINA TROFLER NAMED 2016 MISS YUCCA VALLEY

Alaina Trofler, a 16-year-old junior at Yucca Valley High School, was crowned the 2016 Miss Yucca Valley in the pageant’s 49th year Saturday night. The scholarship, based on academics and poise, has been sponsored for the past 18 years by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley under the leadership of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC FOCUSES ON CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meets tonight in regular session, Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the focus will be on crime and public safety… Local crime and public safety is the focus of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Following brief reports, the public will have an opportunity to

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO DEMOLISH 8 BUILDINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider two items relevant to our Morongo Basin. First the board is likely to give the go ahead for demolition of structures on eight local properties; five in Joshua Tree, two

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EVEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS NEED A PERMIT

With the perceived rise in crime in the Morongo Basin, many residents are forming neighborhood watch groups. As part of these efforts, they want to install signs warning people that they are entering a neighborhood watch area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents have to get permission prior to installing

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JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT IN SPECIAL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON

At this afternoon’s Special Meeting of the governing board of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, an amended Memorandum of Understanding with the Twentynine Palms Professional Fire Fighter’s Union is under consideration. The board is also looking at amended stipend and reimbursement rates for the Fire Department’s Volunteer Personnel. The 3

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WEDNESDAY LECTURE ON “REPTILES OF THE MORONGO BASIN”

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday lecture series offers some insight on desert reptiles. Reporter Rebecca Havley has more… “Reptiles of the Morongo Basin” is the topic of The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday lecture series. Wednesday, February 10, at 5:30 p.m., meet herpetologist Robert Black. He will

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