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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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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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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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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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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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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TODDLER BOOT CAMP AND STORYTIME AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

Toddler Boot Camp is offered every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. through February 12 at the Twentynine Palms Library, open to children 1 to 3 years of age. Toddler Boot Camp is designed for the more active toddler, focused on the development of gross motor skills, listening skills, following directions, stretching

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3RD ANNUAL CHOCOLATE SUNDAY AT UNITED METHODIST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

On Sunday, January 25, the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will host its third annual Chocolate Sunday. From 2 to 4 p.m., you are invited to the church on Mesquite Springs Road to share in “heavenly indulgencies”—a variety of foods made from chocolate. In addition to eating, you can

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BEATING EACH OTHER

Two Twentynine Palms women were arrested early Friday morning accused of beating each other up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Brooke Bolton, 26, and Jodie Willenbecher, 34, who are engaged to each other, had been out drinking, and when they returned to their home in the 5500 block of Adobe

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING ON HIGH DENSITY HOUSING

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely says they will focus on zoning for high density housing… Among the items on the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission agenda tonight is a public hearing on the draft high density residential zoning district ordinance. The zoning district

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT, SIGNUPS THIS WEEKEND

Twentynine Palms Little League will be hosting its inaugural adult slow pitch co-ed softball tournament this Sunday, January 25. The entry fee is $200 per team and includes a three-game guarantee. All games will be held at Luckie Park. For more information, please contact Rick Jenkins at 760-333-5824. Little League

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FUND-RAISING SITE SET UP FOR FAMILY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH LAST WEEK

The husband of the Twentynine Palms woman who was killed last week in a crash which sent their three young children to the hospital is trying to raise money for expenses. Tylor Brooks, a Marine with 2nd Marines, 7th Regiment on board the Combat Center, lost his wife Terri Brooks,

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THEATRE 29 SELLING COMMEMORATIVE TILES

Theatre 29 has big plans for their new Serenity Patio being constructed to the east of the theater building. This area includes 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 before,

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will travel to Los Osos to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament.

AN IDEAL HUSBAND AT THEATRE 29 THIS WEEKEND

Theatre 29 offers a matinee performance tomorrow of the Oscar Wilde comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” co-directed by Butch Pelfrey and Tom Highfill. This delightfully witty English comedy boasts a wonderful cast, a beautiful set and stunning costumes, a feast for the eyes as well as an afternoon full of laughs.

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