TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL GOES OVER $8,000,000 BUDGET, MARKS PROJECTS

The Twentynine Palms City Council held a marathon, four-hour meeting Tuesday night. The council made a line-item review of the $8 million budget. Among the items reviewed, the Council directed staff to put aside funds to pay for two free dump days for residents. The city will also explore putting

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BURGLARS LEAVE PUPPY BEHIND

Instead of taking items from a vacant apartment, these burglars left something behind. About7:30 Tuesday night, a maintenance worker noticed a vacant apartment in the 73500 block of Sunnyslope in Twentynine Palms had been broken into. When a Sheriff’s deputy searched the apartment, a 2 ½-month-old pit bull puppy was

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ARTISTS GUILD GALLERY OPENS SUMMER SHOW TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery summer show will be on display in all three gallery rooms from today through August 26, exhibiting works by Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild members—paintings, drawings, collage, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. The gallery will be open weekends only—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday —from noon to 3

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SWIM LESSONS OFFERED BY TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION

Swim lessons are starting at the Luckie Park pool in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign-up…

Sign up for swim lessons to improve your swimming skills this summer! The City of Twentynine Palms will be offering swim lessons for children as young as 10 months up

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER NEARLY HITTING PATROL CAR

It’s never a good idea to drink and drive, but it’s an especially bad idea to drink and then almost drive your car into a Sheriff’s patrol car. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Tracy Davis, 52, of Twentynine Palms, pulled her vehicle out in front of

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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GET FURLOUGH NOTICES

Federal employees received their furlough notices yesterday. Due to the budget sequestration, federal employees will be forced to take off one day a week without pay starting July 8 through September 30. In addition, the Twentynine Palms Marine Base Commissary will be closing one extra day, most likely on Tuesday.

DEADLINE TOMORROW FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT AND MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS

Tomorrow is the deadline to file to run for the Morongo Valley CSD Board or the Twentynine Palms Water Board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the elections will be by mail…

Voters within the Morongo Valley Community Services District and the Twentynine Palms Water District will vote on open board seats

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Board of Directors for the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, May 30, at the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The meeting will start at 5 with a closed session to discuss performance evaluations for cemetery employees. The regular meeting begins at

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THEATRE 29 LOOKING FOR 2014 DIRECTORS SUBMISSIONS

Area theatrical directors are being invited to submit a play for consideration for the 2014 theater season. Special Correspondent Les Taylor has details…

Theatre29 has announced it’s looking for theatrical directors to submit shows for consideration to build their 2014 season of plays and musicals. Area directors are urged to

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JOSHUA TREE SHAKESPEARE GUILD CLEAN-UP/Q-UP THIS SATURDAY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The Joshua Tree Shakespeare Guild is gearing up to renovate its newly-acquired space, and is hosting “Clean-Up/Q-Up” this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. They invite Twentynine Palms Marines to help with the massive clean-up effort. Located at 61850 Chollita Road in Joshua Tree, the 15,000 square-foot facility known as

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BLOOD DRIVES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODAY, YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Twentynine Palms Today and Yucca Valley tomorrow. Blood donations will be taken today at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, from 2 to 6 p.m. Blood donations will be taken at Vons in Yucca Valley, tomorrow from 2

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, LEGAL ISSUES, TOURISM AND BUDGET ON AGENDA

A closed session devoted to legal issues, a tourism agency report, and staff responses to questions raised at a budget workshop are all scheduled for the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Dan Stork has details… The Twentynine Palms City Council starts work early on May 28, with a 5 pm

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SYNTHETIC DRUG RAIDS

Five smoke shops and two homes were raided in the Morongo Basin Thursday, and tens of thousands of dollars of synthetic drugs were seized. According to a Sheriff’s press release, detectives from the Narcotics division Marijuana Eradication Team raided the Adobe Smoke Shop, K Smoke Shop, and STC Smoke Shop

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“RAGTIME” MATINEE THIS WEEKEND

There are just two weekends left in the run of “Ragtime” at Theatre 29, with a matinee scheduled for tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says, reserve your tickets now and enjoy it…

Capacity crowds have enjoyed performances of the epic musical “Ragtime” at Theatre 29 since opening night. The production

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LUCKIE PARK POOL OPENS

The Twentynine Palms public pool in Luckie Park will open Memorial Day weekend. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the pool will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission prices are $3 for adults, $2.75 for children and $1.25 for senior citizens. Twenty use passes are available for $30. The pool

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HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION CATTLE SORTING

The Morongo Basin Horsemen’s Association is having an open cattle sorting this weekend, open to all levels of horses and riders. There will be free entertainment for spectators, so bring a lawn chair. Spokesperson Kim Ortamond says many horses in the desert have never seen or been near cattle, so

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FIVE LOCAL SMOKE SHOPS, TWO HOMES RAIDED IN SEARCH FOR SYNTHETIC NARCOTICS

Five smoke shops and two homes were raided in the Morongo Basin Thursday, and tens of thousands of dollars of synthetic drugs were seized. According to a Sheriff’s press release, detectives from the Narcotics division Marijuana Eradication Team raided the Adobe Smoke Shop, K Smoke Shop, and STC Smoke Shop

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he punched his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, when Colt Bergman, 22, and his wife returned home to the 6600 block of Mesquite Avenue about 2:30 a.m. from partying with friends, he started arguing with his wife. During the

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EIGHT LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS COMPETE IN DISTRICT SPELLING BEE

Local students from eight local students participated in a spelling bee… “Frequency…F-R-E-Q-U-E-N-C-Y, frequency!” That was the tie breaking word that won it for Yucca Mesa Elementary fifth grade student, Psypris Serano taking first place. When asked how it felt her reaction was, “When I heard I won, I

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up a free Meal and Fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. The Desert Congregational church will serve spaghetti, salad and dessert.