A man is dead following an hours-long standoff in Flamingo Heights Friday.

Deputies were called just before 1 p.m. to the area of Napa Road and Fortuna for shots fired. A Sheriff’s spokesman said a man was barricaded inside a home and shot at deputies when they arrived. Deputies called for back-up, and it seemed as if the entire Sheriff’s Department responded; there were dozens of unmarked vehicles, multiple Special Enforcement Division—or SWAT—vehicles, an ambulance and fire truck, and three helicopters at the scene.

One helicopter circled the home near Napa Road and Fortuna in Flamingo Heights, while another rested on the ground Friday. Tami Roleff photo
Dozens of vehicles and Sheriff’s patrol units and Specialized Investigation Division vehicles were on the scene for an armed stand-off in Flamingo Heights Friday. Tami Roleff photo
The Sheriff’s command post at the scene of an hours-long stand-off with an armed man who barricaded himself inside his house in Flamingo Heights Friday. Tami Roleff photo

SWAT teams moved in close to the home and attempted to negotiate with the unidentified man inside the house.

A SWAT team prepares to move up to the house during an hours-long armed stand-off in Flamingo Heights Friday. Tami Roleff photo

When the man stopped negotiating, a robot was sent inside the house and it found a deceased male about 8:15 p.m. The cause of death is unknown as of Friday evening. The Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division is conducting the investigation.

The Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division will be conducting the investigation into the armed stand-off in Flamingo Heights where one man was found dead. Tami Roleff photo


We have limited information about a Yucca Valley man who was arrested Thursday, accused of stalking. Deputies were called to Walmart in Yucca Valley about 1:30 p.m. where they contacted Steven Sigala, 28. After an investigation, Steven Sigala was arrested on suspicion of stalking and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $300,000.


“Theatre 29 Home Edition,” a unique effort to bring live musical theater direct to your home from the performers of Theatre 29, continues this week. Rebecca Havely has more information about the on-going series and how you can watch performers—both veterans and newbies—sing in the comfort of your own home…

Three days a week Theatre 29 will release a video featuring theater  Veterans and current performers singing solos, duets, and group numbers. Some of the performers featured include Shelby Art, Jamie and Jeff Barber, Analisa Pilecki, Katie and Chris Fleischman, Liyan Largevardi, Jericho McWilliams, Scott Clinkscales, Sabrina Giron, Adonai Patu, the Bateman family, and more. A new video will be released every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Theatre 29’s social media pages.




The ongoing series will include Theatre 29 veterans and current performers such as Shelby Art, Jamie and Jeff Barber, Analisa Pilecki, The Bateman Family, Katie and Chris Fleischman, Liyan Largevardi, Jericho McWilliams, Scott Clinkscales, Sabrina Giron, Adonai Patu, and new faces too. There will be solo numbers, duets, and group numbers released one video at a time every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Theatre 29’s social media pages. With Directors Lisa Goldberg and Scott Clinkscales, the Theater 29 organization is doing this to give an outlet to “Make art from the heart” for performers who are missing having a space to perform, as well as bring it to our patrons near and far via the World Wide Web. Watch for new videos today at the Theatre 29 Facebook page. Organizers are excited that this event has brought many faces that we have not seen in a while into the spotlight.


Americans experienced months of heavy restrictions on their everyday life in order to fight the coronavirus, but now all states have at least partially reopened. In order to determine the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics, and determined that California is the state with the second-most coronavirus restrictions. Ernest Figueroa fills in the details of the study…

In order to identify the states that have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 relevant metrics, such as stay-at-home orders; requiring face masks in public; travel restrictions; restrictions on large public gatherings; closing schools, restaurants and bars, non-essential businesses, child care facilities, and when or if they were allowed to reopen; health checks and screening at businesses; and more. Based on these metrics, California ranked as having the second most restrictions of 50 states and the District of Columbia. It also showed that California ranked in the middle—twenty-third—of COVID-19 death rates versus restrictions.

Now that the state is loosening its restrictions, its death rate is climbing. According to the Los Angeles Times, over the last week, the state is averaging 2,795 new cases and 61.3 new deaths per day. Los Angeles County, which contains 25 percent of the state’s population, has 49 percent of the state’s new cases in June. For more information, visit the link below.


Our seniors are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 in our community. Many self-quarantine at home, afraid to venture out even to purchase groceries. The Yucca Valley Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a virtual run, the proceeds of which will go to help seniors who are in need. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about how you can help…

Demand for the Meals-on-Wheels services has increased 300 percent since March, since many seniors are self-quarantining at home and are reluctant to venture out, even to purchase groceries. The Town of Yucca Valley is partnering with San Bernardino County Senior Nutrition Program to help by sponsoring a virtual 5K run-walk. Time yourself as you run or walk 5 kilometers anywhere—a road, trail, track, treadmill, or gym—at your own pace; just finish your 5K by June 29. Then email your total time to an address in this story at for your commemorative 5K medal and to be entered into a raffle for prizes. The entry fee is $10 and goes to support the Meals on Wheels program, which provides more than 1000 meals each week to seniors in Yucca Valley and surrounding neighborhoods.