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TWENTYNINE PALMS — The whirling lights and excited screams on the midway can make it easy to miss the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Rotary Club carnival, held at Luckie Park Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17 .

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Sarah Bartlett, whose grandparents brought the family to the Morongo Basin and who grew up in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, has come back home to manage the Twentynine Palms public library.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Rock and Roll pioneer Dick Dale, who passed away Saturday, March 16, at the age of 81, was an active part of the Twentynine Palms community, in spite of his continued touring.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Joshua Tree man and his Twentynine Palms girlfriend are being sought by sheriff’s deputies in connection with an attempted murder.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Approximately 5,500 marijuana plants in different stages of growth were ceased and removed from seven location here and in Yucca Valley during raids conducted Friday morning, March 15.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Morongo Basin sheriff’s deputies are looking for information about a 23-year-old man found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound here Wednesday afternoon, March 13.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Guests  of Tortoise Rock Casino learned more about the animals, environment and history of the Morongo Basin at a Desert Wildlife Celebration at the casino Saturday, March 9.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — A sold out house welcomed the musical “Oklahoma” back to the Morongo Basin Friday, March 8.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Antonio Prado, 62, of Twentynine Palms, died when he was hit by a car while crossing Twentynine Palms Highway Tuesday morning, March 12.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twentynine Palms Water District board of directors will consider purchasing a 2020 Kenworth Dump Truck when it meets in special session this week.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Twentynine Palms man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with several potential sentence enhancements after deputies said he kept a woman in his house against her will and assaulted her.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Fictional characters came to life for the annual Book Character Parade Friday, March 1, at Condor Elementary School.

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WONDER VALLEY — After a year of planning, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Health Clinic took to the road for the first time Wednesday, Feb. 27.  

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Residents and visitors are invited to a free, family-friendly event at the Rock Outdoor Venue at Tortoise Rock Casino, 73829 Baseline Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Heath Grimes’ family, friends and fellow scouts helped him celebrate his ascendancy to Eagle Scout status as a court of honor Friday, March 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS —  The city of Twentynine Palms’ Public Works Department has some street closures for this week for street paving.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — Searchers from Joshua Tree National Park located the body of a man who had been reported missing. The subject, Marty Kenney was found approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 1.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — A week after a man’s body was found in the wreckage of a house fire, county investigators are still looking for the cause of the fire and the man’s death.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — From a backpack umbrella to the water content of fruit, about 100 elementary and middle school science projects filled the multi-purpose room at Joshua Tree Elementary School for the Morongo Unified School District science fair Wednesday, Feb. 20.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — “Birds, Buds & Bees” is the theme for the spring Art in Public Places exhibition at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery, 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway, from April 6 through June 28.

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MCAGCC — Three Twentynine Palms children, age 1, 9 and 10, were taken into custody by Children and Family Services after they were found living in what deputies described as filthy conditions Sunday, Feb. 24.

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TWENTYNINE PALM — The Party in the Parking Lot scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24 at Jeanine beauty supply has been canceled due to cold weather. Organizers Karen Harper, along with her sister Carrie Williams, hope to possibly reschedule for March.  

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Council members will consider eliminating $3.1 million in revenue and expense connected to the PERS UAL payoff from the 2018-19 fiscal year budget when they meet this week.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Mayor Steve Bilderain wants to continue community meetings but instead of meeting for lunch, he would like to meet for dinner.  

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — A woman who has been walking her way across the country since 2016 paused in Twentynine Palms Thursday, Feb. 14, to spread her message about keeping active to stay healthy.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Student cultural groups from Twentynine Palms High School brought a world of dance and tradition to life at the 2019 International Festival on Valentine’s Day.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — The city of Twentynine Palms’ Public Works Department will continue the street paving project through February and the beginning of March. Street closures and dates are as follows:

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Little is known about a two-vehicle accident that forced east- and west-bound traffic on Twentynine Palms Highway to detour around the intersection at Encelia Avenue Friday afternoon, Feb. 15.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Dozens of science fair projects filled the multi-purpose room at Oasis Elementary School, giving students and their friends and families the chance to view their breakthroughs, at this year’s science fair Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — Acting on the latest National Weather Service Advisory, park officials have preemptively closed Geology Tour Road and Berdoo Canyon.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Community support for Joshua Tree National Park during the recent partial government shutdown earned a day-long thank you from the Joshua Tree National Park Association Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Donald Thursby’s first message to his new congregation at Little Church of the Desert Sunday,  Feb. 3, was about demonstrating Christ’s love.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — A six run second inning helped the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat softball team open the season with a 12-9 home win over Desert Christian Academy of Bermuda Dunes Monday, Feb. 11.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — Park cultural resource staff recently installed a scaled replica of what is known as the Worth Bagley Marker.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Nathan Pfeifer, 23, of Twentynine Palms, was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing his car into a house early Tuesday morning, Feb. 12.

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JOSHUA TREE — Supporters of this year’s Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy Spell-a-Thon will be given the chance to win an original piece of art by Morongo Basin artist Linda Shrader.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — The city of Twentynine Palms’ Public Works Department has some street closures for this week for street paving.

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IRVINE — The Twentynine Palms High School boys varsity basketball team is out of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs after the first round.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — The City Council will consider whether to authorize the city manager to negotiate and execute a $441,000 contract with Holt Architecture to help design and plan the Project Phoenix downtown community center when it meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — The city of Twentynine Palms’ Public Works Department has a street closure for Thursday, Feb. 7, for street paving.

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