TWO MARINE OFFICERS KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH ON BASE IDENTIFIED

Two Marine Corps officers were killed Friday evening when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Captain Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lieutenant Adam Satterfield died from injuries in the crash at about 4:30 p.m. Friday; they were the only two

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LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF MOLESTATION, PORNOGRAPHY

A school bus driver in the Morongo Basin is facing charges of child molestation and child pornography. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms was arrested Thursday night after a search warrant was served at his horse ranch on Mesquite Springs Road. The County District Attorney’s Office said he’s accused of

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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR YUCCA VALLEY PARK AND REC COMMISSION

The Town of Yucca Valley is looking for citizens to serve on their Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply… The Town of Yucca Valley is accepting volunteers to serve as commissioners on the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Applicants must be a

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FIRST OF THREE PUBLIC MEETING ON HOSPITAL AFFILIATION TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold the first of three special meetings to hear public input on its proposed lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare tonight. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center behind Town Hall; tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, they

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, January 27, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, from 1 to 5 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH ART PROGRAMS

Youth art programs are being offered in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells you how to apply for scholarships… The Public Arts Advisory Committee of Twentynine Palms will be offering small grants to support youth art programs in 2015. The committee aims to encourage and assist the community’s participation in

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BOARD MEMBER SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District is accepting applications for one seat on the board of trustees. The Board meets at 5:30 on the last Thursday of the month. Board members create policy for operating the public cemetery and hold annual performance review for the cemetery’s employees. Applicants must be registered

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LOCAL POULTRY ASSOCIATION MEETS WEDNESDAY

High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association’s next quarterly meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at Yucca Mesa Improvement Association Community Center. Founder Charla Shamhart will bring samples of many poultry feeds available locally and talk about nutritional content that chickens and other poultry need to grow properly

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JACKALOPE JUNCTION PART OF REACH OUT PARADE OF HOMES

Reach Out Morongo Basin offers its eleventh annual parade of homes fundraiser. Six homes were chosen this year. Reporter Rebecca Havely focuses on one of the chosen homes… This year the parade of homes stretches from Pioneer Town through Western Hills, Yucca Mesa and the West end of the Morongo

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GYM TO HONOR THE LATE RICHARD CASEY

The Twentynine Palms High School gym is being renamed the “Richard Casey Memorial Gymnasium” tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, during half-time of the girls’ varsity basketball game. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. Casey, of Twentynine Palms, died October 20 from an aggressive form of melanoma. He was 53 years old.

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SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District will be holding a District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, at Condor Elementary School at 3:45 p.m. They will be discussing: English Learners—How they are identified and reclassification procedures; the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and what it means;

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WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE KATIE FERRY

The annual Rotary Club sponsors the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant, set for February 7 at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Z107.7 radio is introducing you to the candidates as the pageant approaches. Today, we meet Katie Ferry… Today we visit with Katie Ferry, a junior at Joshua Springs Christian High

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Congratulations to Yucca Valley High School Trojan junior varsity wrestler Larry Williamson for placing first, and for girls Fernanda Macias placing second, and both Julianne Fuentes and Vanessa Contreras for placing first at the annual Trojan War tournament here at Yucca Valley High School on Saturday, January 24. Next up

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TWO MARINES KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two Marines have died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise aboard the Twentynine palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. According to a release from the Base Public Affairs office, a Third Marine Aircraft Wing helicopter crashed at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 23. Both Marines on board the

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LANDERS AREA WATER WILL COME FROM BIGHORN AS OF JULY

On July 1, water coming out of the taps at more than 650 homes in the Landers area will be from Bighorn Desert View Water Agency. Yesterday, the Local Area Formation Commission, or LAFCO, unanimously approved the dissolution of the County’s Special District 70W-1 and annexation of more than 5,700

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AN IDEAL HUSBAND, AN IDEAL SET, AT THEATRE 29

The comedy, “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde continues its run at Theatre 29 through February 7. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how “An Ideal Husband” created its ideal set… Veteran Theater 29 director Butch Pelfry is known for his beautifully designed sets. He came back from a vacation during rehearsals

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MARINE ARRESTED WEDNESDAY FOR SHOOTING, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A Twentynine Palms Marine who thought it would be fun to go shooting a rifle and shotgun in the desert east of Twentynine Palms shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning was arrested at gunpoint, accused of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents called 911 when they

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HI-DESERT WATER HEARS ABOUT NEED FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

The Hi-Desert Water District Board met in regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting centered on the hiring of a Sewer treatment plant design and construction manager…. The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors heard a presentation about choosing an engineering firm and construction manager for

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“KING OF THE HAMMERS” CO-FOUNDER ON Z107.7 TOMORROW

One of the co-founders of the King of the Hammers off-road race will be the guest on the Z107.7 Up Close Show Friday, January 23. Dave Cole, along with Jeff Knoll, started the rock-crawling and off-road race at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley with a dozen teams in 2007

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY THIS SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, January 24. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:45 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. The waxing moon will be visible in the early evening. Jupiter and the Milky Way will be visible later in the

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