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Bill Easter Runs for Council

Bill Easter Runs for Council

Its Official… I’m running and so are five others vying for three seats on the 29 Palms City Council. I wish my fellow candidates the best and can’t…

OOOPS! Website Crashed…Crew working overtime…

OOOPS! Website Crashed…Crew working overtime…

  Morongo Basin-It happens from time to time. Just sit tight as the web Master works out the kinks! Thanks for your patience and understanding. The Cactus Thorns…

The lineup of candidates wanting to take charge of Twentynine Palms

The lineup of candidates wanting to take charge of Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms – Incumbents Jim Harris and Dan Mintz are running for another four years with a legacy on the council of mismanagement, both have an anti-transparency record, they’ve shown they are…

City receives letter from State Controller’s Office regarding RDA transfers

City receives letter from State Controller’s Office regarding RDA transfers

Earlier this year, the State Controller’s Office (SCO) conducted a review of asset transfers made by the former Twentynine Palms Redevelopment Agency’s (RDA) to the City of Twentynine…

It was a Celebration for CZ Ron

It was a Celebration for CZ Ron

    Starting at Noon  there was  a gathering of friends and loved ones for a remembrance of our good friend, Ron Aldrich. The event was held at a house behind…

Project Phoenix gets a wing clipping

Project Phoenix gets a wing clipping

The Desert Trail has a current Online poll that may surprise you (shown below). “What issue would you most like to see addressed in the 29 Palms City…

CZ Ron Aldrich, 62, A man for the times

CZ Ron Aldrich, 62, A man for the times

CZ Ron Aldrich passed away Monday night from a massive heart attack. Ron was one of the founders of the CZ Club here on the west coast and…

A FPPC slap on the wrist for City Manager Andy Takata

A FPPC slap on the wrist for City Manager Andy Takata

Updated 6-23-14 @ 6:02 p.m. ♦ Twentynne Palms – Residents of this remote, business-starved desert city — with a fire department so underfunded it is incapable of proving public safety…

29 Palms Chamber invites Public to Installation Mixer Today

29 Palms Chamber invites Public to Installation Mixer Today

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to attend the annual Installation Event and Summer Mixer at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the…

Planning Commission:  Wants to take your sign down.

Planning Commission: Wants to take your sign down.

JUNE 17, 2014-The Planning Commission Plans to remove Your Commercial Sign. Yes, you heard it right. Once again the Black Shirts of Art are at it again. They…

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Water Wars

HJTA Files Class Action Against Pasadena Over Unfair Water Rates

HJTA Files Class Action Against Pasadena Over Unfair Water Rates

The lawsuit asks the court to declare Pasadena’s rate structure invalid, and to award refunds…

Is Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in compliance with Hi-Desert Water District Codes?

Is Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in compliance with Hi-Desert Water District Codes?

  This is a follow-uo to “Yucca Valley Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Blue skies…

Yucca Valley Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Blue skies imprudent on water useage

Yucca Valley Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Blue skies imprudent on water useage

Yesterday California water regulators — the State Water Quality Control Board to be specific —…

Hi-Desert Water Director Graham Silences “Free Speech”

Hi-Desert Water Director Graham Silences “Free Speech”

Hi-Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham’s letter to the editor quoted Thumper’s Rule, “If you…

Deadline Fast Approaching In Yucca Valley Water Quality Crisis

Deadline Fast Approaching In Yucca Valley Water Quality Crisis

  SB Sentinel: Yucca Valley, Ca.,-YUCCA VALLEY—The clock is ticking toward a deadline, less than…

City Council Rebuffs Meeting with Water Directors

City Council Rebuffs Meeting with Water Directors

Twentynine Palms – The Tuesday, May 27, city council meeting had to be an embarrassment. …

Hi Desert Water District Outreach Stumbles Coming out of the Gate

Hi Desert Water District Outreach Stumbles Coming out of the Gate

Yucca Valley, Ca.-After two meetings with dismal attendance, 8 citizens and 3 citizens, the Staff…

Riverside County:Tap Water Taste and Smell Unpleasant due to Algae

Riverside County:Tap Water Taste and Smell Unpleasant due to Algae

PE.com-An algae bloom at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet has affected the water supply for…

Lowest Gas Prices in Twentynine Palms
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Yucca Valley

Breaking News! Council Appoints Curtis Yakimow as New Town Manager

Breaking News! Council Appoints Curtis Yakimow as New Town Manager

  . PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    The Town Council of the Town of Yucca Valley is pleased to announce the unanimous appointment of Mr. Curtis Yakimow…

“Friday Frank’s” Two Year Manager Contract in Blythe

“Friday Frank’s” Two Year Manager Contract in Blythe

The Yucca Valley Town Council will set forth their plan to appoint a Town Manager instead of following the City of 29 Palms sage and wise decision to…

I’M BAAAACK! ;)

I’M BAAAACK! ;)

  Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Well okay, maybe not back in the saddle but I am walking upright without any pain and a new hip!  Two weeks ago I…

Was Fired MUSD Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg-English in Hot Water… or Holy Water?

Was Fired MUSD Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg-English in Hot Water… or Holy Water?

The following correspondence speaks for itself.       For the complete PFD letter sent to Cecelia Greenberg-English , Click here   The following case and explanation also speaks…

Yucca Valley Inching Toward Commercializing & Industrializing Residential Zones

Yucca Valley Inching Toward Commercializing & Industrializing Residential Zones

  (June 24)  The town of Yucca Valley this week took a major stride toward the liberalization of its land use policy, with the planning commission making a…

National CORE under the microscope: Mismanaged Senior Housing

National CORE under the microscope: Mismanaged Senior Housing

Indian Wells residents await turnaround Xochitl Peña10:14 p.m. PDT June 23, 2014 | The Desert sun INDIAN WELLS – For years, residents in Indian Wells Villas and Mountain View…

This n’ That…

This n’ That…

  Morongo Basin, Ca.,- Some questions and thoughts in no particular order… 1. Why is the Appointed Merl Abel still greeting visitors to the town website as if…

YV Planning Commission:Home Occupation Update-June 24, 2014

YV Planning Commission:Home Occupation Update-June 24, 2014

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- I did NOT receive any email noticing the Yucca Valley Planning Commission meeting to be held at the Yucca Valley Community Center at 6pm.  Anyway,…

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Comments

Dan OBrienDan OBrien on Measure K Tax Passes in Wonder Valley
Well written and I am in total agreement. We live in a republic in name only. The property owner was not …
cleghorn12 on Measure K Tax Passes in Wonder Valley
A lot of you are upset about Measure K. The very few numbers of property owner/voters it took to pass …
Branson HunterBranson Hunter on Is Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in compliance with Hi-Desert Water District Codes?
The better question is, "Does the HDWD care if their friends at Hawk's Landing Golf Club are in violation of …
Robert NelsonRobert Nelson on Measure K Tax Passes in Wonder Valley
“I’ll bet you a nickel it they left my road alone for a year I’d be happier than a pig …
Dan OBrienDan OBrien on Measure K Tax Passes in Wonder Valley
Well sir, Since my land is situated on the State Hwy, that tax is a total rip off for me …
Robert NelsonRobert Nelson on Measure K Tax Passes in Wonder Valley
That's good news. It's a small price to pay for the comfort of knowing an ambulance or fire truck …
Never come to a gun fight with a rock » Cactus Thorns on Beavis and Butthead Moment in Mohave Co.
[…] Beavis and Butthead Moment in Mohave Co. […]
Branson HunterBranson Hunter on Corwin Murder: getting closer to arrest
Basin news ought to be taking the lead, not following on the Corwin disappearence. In most national, controversial …
Candidates

State Democrats Prepare Breakout Candidate for Local Run

State Democrats Prepare Breakout Candidate for Local Run

Sacramento, Ca.,- Karalee Hargrove, Assembly Candidate for the 42nd District, was recently in Sacramento for a candidate briefing. The day long…

42nd Assembly Race: Karalee Hargrove Top Vote-Getter!

42nd Assembly Race: Karalee Hargrove Top Vote-Getter!

The semi-official results are in! State Assembly Race District 42- The Secretary of State website reports Riverside County voter turnout of…

Paul Schrader Thanks His “Posse”

Paul Schrader Thanks His “Posse”

Morongo Basin, Candidate Paul Schrader’s Press Release thanking his supporters… Wednesday, June 4, 2014Dear, Sheriff Paul Posse. When we entered this…

Susan Simmons Seeks Council Seat

Susan Simmons Seeks Council Seat

PRESS RELEASE: UPDATED:VOTE SUSAN SIMMONS>LINK   YUCCA VALLEY – Susan Simmons, a 25-year resident of Yucca Valley and a small business…

It’s Official…Councilman Harris to Seek Re-election

It’s Official…Councilman Harris to Seek Re-election

Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- After being asked at most council meetings by “inquiring minds,” Councilman Jim Harris has decided to run for…

Two SB Supervisorial Seats to be Decided June 3

Two SB Supervisorial Seats to be Decided June 3

  PressEnterprise.com-2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutheford is facing Randolph Beasley; Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Curt Hagman face off in…

Sheriff John McMahon Takes High Road in New Campaign Video

Sheriff John McMahon Takes High Road in New Campaign Video

  IEPolitics.com-San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon released his new campaign video today on YouTube. It highlights the positive influence he…

SB Sun Endorses District Attorney Mike Ramos

SB Sun Endorses District Attorney Mike Ramos

  SBSun.com-Since his election in 2002, District Attorney Michael Ramos has made steady progress on his pledge to fight corruption in…

Opinion

A 2014 ballot initiative to raise the parcel tax to fund the TPFD not likely

Twentynine Palms – A parcel tax hike for TPWD ratepayers could appear on the 2014 November ballot. Ostensibly, the purpose would be to fund a cash strapped Twentynine…

Blowback from the firing of City Manager Joe Guzzetta

Council, Guzzetta break silence on firing. See newspaper article below ♦ Twentynine Palms (Opinion and News)- The story below was published in the Desert Trail on Saturday, May 31, 2014.…

“What about that direction” Council Members?

Updated 7-15-14 @ 8:00 p.m. ♦ Twentynine Palms – Fiscal Armageddon pretty much sums it up for the city. Bad choices have been made. Now the city has to…

Here Come 29 Palms Vacation Home Rentals!

  Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Bowing to pressure of property owners seeking to recover lost rental income and the cheer leading efforts of the Chamber of Commerce Executive…

Random Thoughts

Sunday July 6th: I am hoping beyond hope that Erin Corwin has run off with her secret lover and is swimming on some beach in Tahiti. I am…

National Park Drive is super-duper, but…

Twentynine Palms – There was a grand celebration in the old town yesterday. The festivities began at the Old Schoolhouse Museum midway down National Park Drive. The Twentynine…

Man up, like you have a pair

Besides a fire about so high, what burns my ass more than anything is the complete cowardice of people to defend their own beliefs and space.  I…

OMG! Some questions about the City’s 2014-2015 budget

  Twentynine Palms – Tuesday evening the city approved the people’s 2014-2015 budget. The short-term fiscal outlook looks good, right? Its general fund revenue coming in are…

Morongo Basin

Voters invited to Meet Democrats for Office on May 22, 2014

  PRESS RELEASE: The Morongo Basin Democratic Club invites registered voters to meet the candidates this Thursday when the Joshua Tree Saloon opens its doors from 5…

Yucca Valley

ANOTHER Medians/Sidewalk Meeting June 25: 9am-10am

Highway (SR) 62 From Apache Trail to Palm Avenue Median Island and Sidewalk Project Public Information Workshop   UPDATE: PRESS RELEASE Town of Yucca Valley Press Release Highway…

Humphreville Campaigns for Anarchy

PRESS RELEASE Bulletin 1.5 Citizens’ HOP Workshop June 15, 2014 LOMBARDO’S HUMPHREVILLE CAMPAIGNS FOR ANARCHY IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS Town Council Candidate Tim Humphreville campaigns for industrial manufacturing…

HDWD Sewer Outreach Meetings…Liens on your Homes…WAKE UP!

  Yucca Valley, Ca.,-Ballots will be mailed out in August to seek approval to lien your residential/commercial and vacant land in the Town of Yucca Valley. Of…

Minutes Scrubbed to Conceal Tim Humphreville’s Bad Temper

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- In another example of cronyism, collusion and cover-up, Chair Tim Humphreville refused to correct the minutes of the May 13, 2014, Planning Commission meeting.…

Will Planning Commision Ignore Citizen Concerns…again?

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The Yucca Valley Planning Commission is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday June 10, 2014, at 6 pm at the Community Center, to discuss/review/revise the…

Stiffed $200,000 in Unpaid Bed Tax: Nuaimi’s “LoveNest?”

(OPINION) Yucca Valley, Ca.,- After trying to obtain documents through PRR, Public Records Requests from the Town confirming the amount of TOT bed tax paid by each…

Four Years Later:The Yucca Valley Grim Reaper

“THE YUCCA VALLEY GRIM REAPER” was first published on July 28, 2010. Here we are four years later, and the safety improvements at the new AM/PM Arco…

Planning Commission: Citizen Input on Home Occupation Permits

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Last evening, the Planning Commission heard from 51 residents to discuss the HOP, Home Occupation Permits draft ordinance. At the previous meeting, several residents…

Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs City Down to $450 in General Fund

  TheDesertSun.com-DESERT HOT SPRINGS – The city’s general fund has dipped to $450, but leaders say they can make payroll through June 30 with incoming tax revenue…

Needles Next California City Flirting With Insolvency

    Needles, Ca.,-The Needles city council was speechless when informed by its city manager that it will burn through all its reserves and be out of…

“Outspoken” blogger appointed to Planning Commission.

Desert Hot Springs, Ca.,- Dean Gray, Investigative reporter, Publisher, Editor and…..Blogger, was appointed to the DHS Planning Commission last evening after raising a few eyebrows. Gray, a…

DHS-Elects New Mayor…Parks is out.

Desert Hot Springs, Ca.,- For our readers following the election outcome of a neighboring city down the road in Riverside County, I have posted the results of…

City of DHS facing a 2nd Bankruptcy?

Desert Hot Springs, Ca.,- Will the city of Desert Hot Springs gain the title and be the poster child of the only city to have declared bankruptcy…twice? …

DHS Mayor Yvonne Parks Ousted by 12 Vote Upset!

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — Councilman Adam Sanchez eked out a 12-vote upset of incumbent Mayor Yvonne Parks to wrest the office, the Riverside County Registrar confirmed at…

DHS Mayor Survives Election- Loses Her Majority Vote

Desert Hot Springs, The early results are in and Mayor Yvonne Parks has survived another term as Mayor beating out her challenger Councilman Adam Sanchez.  While it…

Councilman Blames His Handicap Parking Violation on Photographer of Incident

"Congratulations for embarrassing me,” said Scott Matas to the disability activist confronting him with a photograph of his truck blocking two handicap parking spaces. The councilman's comments…

Feature

Hot August Nights: the Hounds of Summer…

  The Vortex of hot summer nights in the high desert has temporarily whisked away some of the recent posts on Cactus Thorns during this crash.  The…

**SOLD-OUT!** Performers From the World-Famous Hollywood MAGIC CASTLE!… “Magic Theater – Club Night!” July 26

Performers from the World-Famous Hollywood MAGIC CASTLE!… “Magic Theater – Club Night!” at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Featuring the great… Rob Watkins Joe Guzman Xtreme Dean UPDATE:…

Four Search Warrants Issued Under Seal in the Investigation of Missing 19-yr. Old Erwin Corwin:

TWENTYNINE PALMS – SYNOPSOS San Diego CBS 8 News reports that an eyewitness has come forward in the case of missing 19 year old Erwin Corwin. As a…

U.S. Forest Service ordered to stop charging recreational fees to visitors

Judgment puts U.S. Forest Service’s Adventure Pass program in jeopardy By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune A federal court judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to…

HEY, GOOFY: ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Thou Shall Not Hunt’ #ClashDaily

Here is an excerpt from my new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation: I wish I had a new gun…

Karalee Hargrove: A Solid Voice as MUSD Board Trustee

    Morongo Basin, Ca.,- It’s not easy to be the odd man out to vote no and hold the line on spending but Karalee Hargrove sticks…

Breaking News! MUSD Gives Superintendent the Boot!

Morongo Basin, Ca.,- It’s official! The Morongo Unified School District Board has given Superintendent Cecila English the boot! At last evening’s school meeting, Tom Baumgarten, MUSD Assistant…

Safety Tips For Summer Travel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –The California Highway Patrol (CHP) knows that as summer nears so does the desire to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather for which this…

Entertainment

Happy 25th Birthday to Z107.7

Hurry on down to the hoop-lah created by the owners of our local radio station, Z107.7! There are outdoor festivities until 1 PM today. Passing the 25…

God Bless the USA

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life, And I had to start again with just my children and my wife, I’d…

JT VFW 2nd Annual Poker Run

2nd Annual Poker Run Hosted by: Joshua Tree VFW Proceeds to help Wounded Warriors Saturday, September 27, 2014 Sign up 10 am – Leaving at 11 am…

Northern California man fined for poaching, skinning 60 bobcats, foxes

A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to illegally poaching 60 bobcats and gray foxes for their pelts, snaring them in traps he set over 900 square…

Muffin’s Celebration of Life: Public Invitation

“MUFFIN” HILL CELEBRATION OF LIFE           A Celebration of Life for Muffin Hill has been set for Friday, June 27 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Noble Hall.…

Supreme Court to hear arguments over free speech rights for people who use threatening language online

POSTED: 06/16/14, 7:23 AM PDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on…

Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival: A Great Success!

Updated June 15, 2014-The attendance was up this year and has been increasing every year for this family event of circus performers, live bands, art displays and…

The 97% Myth

Global warming advocates routinely toss out the statistic that 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made. Where did that figure come from?…

Desert Hot Springs

Sex Pics Police Officer Delivers City Council Endorsement

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – A police officer caught last year in a scandal of sexting naked pictures of himself spoke at last night’s city council meeting…

Skyborne Cancels Peter Chryssikos Alarm Contract

Skyborne HOA cancels contract of the unlicensed contractor. Under indictment by the DA, Chyssikos hires big name attorney John Patrick Dolan.…

Former DHS Police Officer Heath Dead

Former officer Andrea Heath was involved with a variety of high profile internal matters regarding the Desert Hot Springs police department.

Heath's $5 million…

Former City Councilman Hoped to Hide His Weiner Problem Applying for City Manager Job

He lost the election but now he is shopping for a job in of all places Needles, California. An Anthony Weiner problem still dogs Karl Baker. The…

City Manager Rick Daniels Endorsed by Convicted Felon

The city of Needles gets letters of endorsement for Rick Daniels job application for city manager. The alias known as "The People" is a felon.…

Desert City Protests Against Commemorating 9/11

The nine protesters picketing are affiliated with Mayor Parks' re-election campaign. Their protest appeared entirely politically motivated.…

Its official Daniels new City Manager – Needles Desert Star: Local

NEEDLES — City Council approved hiring Rick Daniels as the new city manager in a unanimous vote Aug. 13. All members were present. The vote didn’t come…

PSA:Desert Hot Springs Town Manager Opening

Breaking News! An unconfirmed rumor the Desert Hot Springs City Manager, Rick Daniels, accepted a position in Needles has yet to be confirmed. More information will be…

Mohave Co

Never come to a gun fight with a rock

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Valley View Medical Center in reference to a male subject with a gunshot wound on July 19, 2014. Joseph Raymond Farmer,…

Beavis and Butthead Moment in Mohave Co.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Justin Wayne Thompson, 28, and Michael Blaine Turner, 23, both of Kingman, late Wednesday (7/9) morning for burglary and possession of a…

You Lookin’ at Me?

On the Thursday, July 3, 2014, 26-year-old Rafael Paul Burshia struck his wife’s right arm and chest with a baseball bat. The victim ran from Burshia who…

What the Hell was She thinking?

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kristen Suzanne Plank, 38, of Kingman, Thursday (6/19) morning for child abuse, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and three counts…

Get off that Cell Phone or I’ll Shoot!

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bruce Monroe Ward, 49, of Mohave Valley, early Friday (6/6)morning for disorderly conduct with a weapon and possession of weapon by prohibited…

Mohave County Sheriff Retires

Kingman, AZ— Tom Sheahan, 42 year law enforcement veteran and 5 term Mohave County Sheriff has announced his retirement August 1st. Sheriff Sheahan has spent the last…

Havasu Deputies arrest DUIs

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the following people during the Memorial Day holiday weekend (5/22 through 5/25): The following minor was arrested for minor in possession of…

Stranded Elderly Couple, Age 78 & 69, Stuck 3 Days in Yucca Wash

  Mohave County- Two Las Vegas residents spent three days stranded in a wash near Yucca before they were rescued Sunday afternoon. Voytek Najgrodski, 78, and Eva…

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