LOOK UP IN THE SKY AT VENUS AND JUPITER TONIGHT

The two brightest planets that can be seen from Earth will come this close to one another tonight. For anyone looking at a clear sky in North America, Venus and Jupiter will be just one-third of a degree apart in a phenomenon known as a conjunction and will have the

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ONE HOME LOST, EVACUATIONS LIFTED, LAKE FIRE OVER 30,000 ACRES

One home burned, as well as three outbuildings, were confirmed burned in the Lake Fire this weekend. The home and outbuildings, owned by Diane Best on Burns Canyon Road, burned Wednesday when the illegal drone flying in the area grounded all the firefighting aircraft with fire retardant and water. Sheriff’s

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COUNTY WILL CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The National Fire Protection Association says that Fourth of July fireworks cause more fires in the U. S. than all other causes combined. All fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are illegal in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Sheriff’s

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TWO SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED IN YUCCA VALLEY YESTERDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for two male juveniles after one of them shot at a vehicle in Yucca Valley Sunday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, the boys, described as Hispanic, were in the 7300 block of Valley Vista about 1 p.m. when they attempted to steal a

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YUCCA VALLEY CRASH CAUSES POWER OUTAGE

A man who crashed a stolen vehicle into a power pole on the north side of the highway across from Walmart in Yucca Valley in the early hours Saturday is responsible for a power outage that affected parts of the Morongo Basin. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, about 12:30

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MARINE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AREA SENIORS

Reach Out Morongo Basin, the local people-helping-people organization, has helped over 100 senior homeowners with yard work and other home repairs. Reporter Dan Stork says that Reach Out is looking for more people to help…

Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard

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VA ON THE MOVE AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER TOMORROW

VA on the Move will be at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mobile Vet Center, along with multiple VA and state personnel, will be able to answer questions and provide information and services to local veterans, active duty military, and

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KEEP YOUR PET SAFE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

The fifth of July is the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters, as many dogs panic due to the loud bangs from fireworks celebrations, run off, and get lost. Managing editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to keep your dog safe this weekend…

Many dogs

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BLOOD DRIVE AT THE TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, June 30, at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms from 10 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match

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REV DR. LOU GERHARDT’S NINE-WEEK SEMINAR STARTS THIS THURSDAY

Local Reverend Dr. Lou Gerhardt will start a nine-week seminar series this week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

“In The Time of Your Life, LIVE!” that’s the title of the Rev. Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s free nine-week seminar beginning at 10 a.m. this Thursday, July 2, at St. Joseph Episcopal Church,

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“SHADE AND SHADOWS” ART SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITORS CENTER

The theme for the summer art show at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is “Shade and Shadows.” Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for possible inclusion in the show. Artwork can include painting, watercolor, mixed media, photography, and three-dimensional work such as

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A panel of jurors will select about 50 artists for inclusion in the show. Entry is open to all artists 18 years

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BURNS CANYON AND RIMROCK EVACUATED, THE LATEST ON THE LAKE FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department ordered mandatory evacuations of Burns Canyon and the Rimrock areas about 10:00 p.m. last night. Pioneertown is now under a voluntary evacuation. Residents are concerned about the huge plumes of smoke coming from the Lake Fire near Morongo Valley and Pioneertown. A U.S. Forest

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: LAKE FIRE, NON-PROFITS, MARKETING

Although the Twentynine Palms City Council was down to three members at its June 23 meeting (with members Cora Heiser and John Cole away with excused absences), the meeting was not short on topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: A Joshua Tree National Park presentation,

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VANDALS TRASH CLASSROOMS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vandals broke into the Twentynine Palms Elementary School last night and completely trashed two classrooms. Shortly before 7:30 p.m., firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies were called to the school because vandals broke the front windows to two classrooms. While inside the classrooms, the vandals broke six fire boxes and emptied the

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BURGLARS SCARED OFF AT TWO HOMES IN YUCCA VALLEY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Suspected burglars were scared off at two nearby residences in Yucca Valley early Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff’s reports, a resident in the 7400 block of Warren Vista Avenue said two suspects shined a light through his window about 4 a.m. When he got up to call 911, the power

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Twentynine Palms Water District board approved a new budget and general manager last night. Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and files this report…

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at nearly $3.6 million. Board President Sam Moore

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SECOND TIME IN A WEEK ON DRUG CHARGES

A woman who was arrested Thursday on drug charges was arrested again Tuesday, suspected of selling drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, Sheriff’s deputies were called to a motel in the 54800 block of 29 Palms Highway about 11 a.m. about a couple staying in a room who may be

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A CORRECTION ON A DRUG ARREST

We have a correction about a story we ran on Tuesday about a man, Richard Salazar, who was arrested Monday after he was found with methamphetamine. There were two men, both named Richard Salazar, who were arrested. Richard Allen Salazar, 21, was arrested Friday on Bannock Trail on suspicion of

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A BUSY SATURDAY SET FOR MORONGO VALLEY

A busy day is planned in Morongo Valley this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has a rundown on all the activities planned at the far west end of the Morongo Basin…

This will be a busy Saturday in Morongo Valley’s Covington Park. At 10 a.m. is the dedication of a monument

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