LANDERS WOMAN KILLED IN FATAL ATV CRASH

A Landers woman was killed late Saturday night following a crash of the all-terrain vehicle she was riding. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday night near Joshua Tree Lane and Booth Road when the driver of the ATV, as yet unidentified, left the road, and Katrina Eberhardt, 29, was

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ABANDONED MORONGO VALLEY HOMESTEAD DESTROYED BY FIRE

An abandoned homestead in Morongo Valley was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m., multiple witnesses informed Morongo Valley fire fighters that billowing black smoke could be seen from a structure fire in the 51000 block of Aspen Drive. Fire fighters from Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Cal

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CONTROVERSIAL PALEN SOLAR PROJECT WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL

Environmentalists have been alarmed at the prospect of a solar concentrator in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork reports that it appears that the 750-foot tower surrounded by thousands of mirrors is not going to happen… On Friday, Palen Solar Holdings of Oakland filed a Notice

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“YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

“Alive. It’s alive! It’s alive!” “Young Frankenstein,” a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, opens this Friday at Theatre 29 for a five-week run. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s

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AUDITIONS FOR “SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” IN ONE WEEK

Even as one show opens, the hard-working volunteers at Theatre 29 are preparing for their next production. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says auditions will be held a week from today… Auditions for the last production of Theatre 29’s 2014 season, “Shakespeare in Hollywood”, have been scheduled for Monday, October 6 at

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JOSHUA TREE GEM, MINERAL, AND CRAFT SHOW OPENS WEDNESDAY

The 39th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft show is coming to the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree. The show runs from Wednesday, October 1, through Sunday, October 5, with doors opening at 9 a.m. daily. More than 60 vendors will offer rough and polished gems, jewelry, beads, gifts, minerals, geodes,

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CONTESTANTS SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS PIONEER DAYS OUTHOUSE RACES

Signups are now being accepted for the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Outhouse Races. Build it, sit on it, and push your outhouse to the finish line! Roll it the fastest and your team will win the coveted Toilet Seat Trophy! Challenge your friends, heck, challenge your enemies. Four walls, a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMISTS SEEKING TRAINING AWARD APPLICANTS

The Twentynine Palms Soroptimist Club is giving young women in our area and opportunity for educational cash awards. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply… Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms is actively seeking applicants for their 2014 “Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.” This program is

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AND SPORTS SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats football team opened the 2014 De Anza league season with a 30-22 win over the newest De Anza league school, Rancho Mirage. Coach Ernest Martinez said key standouts from Friday’s game were Beayahn Carrllo with 215 yards on 17 carries, and Jimmy Shragge with

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AS ELECTIONS APPROACH, CAMPAIGN SIGN ISSUES

At least one candidate for a local office has complained about disappearing campaign signs. What can be done about it? Reporter Dan Stork says, not much … State law has a fair bit to say about the responsibilities of parties who put out campaign signs in the run-up to balloting.

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES THE PRODUCTION FOR THEIR 2015 SEASON

Theatre 29 announced its 2015 season at a special gala event hosted by the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce last week. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives a run-down on the upcoming shows… Beginning the year is the comedy “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde and directed by Butch Pelfry.

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THEATRE 29 SELLING MEMORIAL BRICKS FOR “SERENITY GARDEN”

Theatre 29 has big plans for their new Serenity Patio being constructed to the east of the theater building. This area will include a giant sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Theatre-goers will be able to enjoy the peaceful seating area

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DESERT RUN FUNDRAISER BENEFITS MORONGO BASIN SEARCH AND RESCUE

The annual Desert Run is a fund-raiser for the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue Team. Assignment reporter Cassie Zimarik says get your 4-wheel drive vehicle for some big fun for a good cause… It’s that time of year again! The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue will be holding their Desert

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ORCHID FESTIVAL OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL NON-PROFITS

In addition to the orchids, food, entertainment, wine and cheese tasting, bounce house, pottery, and art and jewelry vendors at the Orchid Festival, the festival is a showcase for participating non-profit organizations. Reporter Dan Stork tells which nonprofits are participating this year, and how you can help your favorite charities

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“SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE” GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community.

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JOSHUA TREE VFW DINNER TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4 to 6, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $6. Sunday breakfast this week is a pancake breakfast with breakfast burritos, omelets, and more from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

An opportunity to be an informed voter is coming up next week. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a Yucca Valley Town Council Candidates forum is set for this coming Tuesday… With nine people running for Yucca Valley Town Council there are a lot of candidates to get to know before

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STAR TWIRLER SQUARE DANCING TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Rob Grigsby will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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CHURCH’S MEN’S GROUP HOLDS FUNDRAISER SATURDAY

The men’s group at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold their end-of-season fund-raiser tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join them for hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, watermelon and soft drinks! All this for $8 for adults and $4 for kids. The church

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SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUES STARTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The slow-pitch softball season kicks off next week in Twentynine Palms. ROP broadcast student Michael Gandara gets out his cleats… Twentynine Palms fall slow-pitch softball leagues begin October 1. The all-men’s league will be on Monday nights and the co-ed league will be Tuesday and Thursday nights. Anyone interested in

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