A VIOLENT ASSAULT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly attacking a neighbor with a metal pipe. According to the sheriff’s department, Ricardo Rocha, 34, went to a home in the 6500 block of Eucalyptus Ave. just after midnight where he found his wife with another man. The men argued

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NEW CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO RESCUE ACT EXPLAINED

There’s nothing more infuriating or heartbreaking than seeing a dog locked in a car on a hot day. Even on cool 70-degree days, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to more than 100 degrees in a short time. On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Right to Rescue

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PLANS FOR PROJECT PHOENIX

Twentynine Palms’ Project Phoenix will have a multipurpose facility including a gymnasium, meeting rooms and banquet rooms with kitchens as well as a public library. That’s the direction City Council gave its staff last night for the city’s ambitious plan to expand and modernize its downtown corridor. In other business,

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EARTHQUAKE SWARM HITS SALTON SEA AREA

The Salton Sea has been hit by more than 200 small earthquakes in the last day or so. The largest, a 4.2, hit Monday night, and nine of them registered at 3.0 or higher. The earthquakes were fairly localized, with most of them hitting Bombay Beach area.

DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED TOMORROW

Like a cruel cliffhanger on a daytime drama, the last meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors ended moments before the board would have voted on the planned Alta mira gated housing project in Joshua Tree. That was two weeks ago and county supervisors are expected to finally

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FREE FALL FESTIVAL COMING TO DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Mark your calendars for a free fall festival featuring carnival rides, music, fireworks, and petting zoo in Desert Hot Springs. The Desert Hot Springs Fall Festival is a family-friendly event set from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 1, and is free. Live music will be provided by Gin Piston,

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VANDALS STRIKE BREHM SPORTS PARK

Vandals struck at the Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, sometime between 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and 12:30 Thursday afternoon, the door to the handicapped stall in the men’s restroom was kicked off, and a concrete picnic table was damaged. Damages are estimated in the

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RACE OF THE CENTURY 2016 MOTORCYCLE RACE TO STOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Race of the Century, a cross-country motorcycle race featuring motorcycles that are at least 100 years old, will be making a stop in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says, “kick stands up”… Only 100 riders, whose motorcycles were manufactured in 1916 or earlier, will be riding 3,400 miles

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT

A Joshua Tree woman was convicted Wednesday of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn in August and October 2014, for a total of $1,927.

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CHP INVESTIGATING ROLL-OVER CRASH IN PIONEERTOWN

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a roll-over crash in Pioneertown Thursday afternoon. County firefighters from Yucca Mesa who were called to the crash about 5:10 p.m. near Pipes Canyon Road and Rim Rock Road found a white Nissan truck on its passenger side in a home’s front yard, but

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED IN STABBING WEDNESDAY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stabbing a woman during an argument. According to a Sheriff’s report, Earnest Finister, 53, was arguing with the woman about 1 p.m. in the 56600 block of Mountain View Trail when he allegedly stabbed her multiple times in both arms with

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL FOCUSES ON DISASTER PREPARATION

A hazard mitigation plan helps communities lessen the impact of disasters by identifying the risks associated with natural disasters. The plan also provides strategies for protecting people and property from events such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says at its meeting last night the Yucca Valley

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YUCCA VALLEY STABBING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has named the man who was killed in a stabbing in Yucca Valley last week. A woman called 911 about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, to report that her boyfriend, identified as Luis Arroyo, 49, had been stabbed in the 7600 block of Cibola

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MEETING ON PROPOSED YUCCA VALLEY TAX MEASURES TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley will hold informational sessions for the two tax measures placed on the November ballot for Yucca Valley voters. Measure Y would provide local funds (that are protected by law from the state), for local town services, including public safety and street and pothole repair. Measure

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO THIS WEEKEND

The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo starts Saturday morning with an art fair on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, and an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park

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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN STABBING DEATH OF MAN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man was stabbed to death in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning, and Sheriff’s deputies have a man in custody. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called 911 at 7:37 Wednesday morning to report her boyfriend had been stabbed in the 7600 block of Cibola Trail. Responding paramedics pronounced the

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN YUCCA VALLEY MURDER

The Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the suspect arrested for the murder of a Yucca Valley man. Carlos Herrera, 40, of Twentynine Palms, is accused of stabbing a still-unidentified man to death in the 7600 block of Cibola Avenue in Yucca Valley about 7:30 Wednesday morning. The victim’s

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PICK UP TRUCK VERSUS SCHOOL BUS CRASH SNARLS TRAFFIC; TWO MINOR INJURIES

A crash between a school bus and a pick-up truck snarled traffic on Highway 62 during the morning commute today. There were no children on the school bus, and two minor injuries. Thomas Knie, 69, of El Toro, was driving his 2002 Chevy pick-up truck eastbound on Highway 62. A

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: A CSEA ACCORD, WE CLARIFY NO TEACHERS AGREEMENT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees meets in regular session tonight. An agreement with non-teaching employees is expected. While Z107.7 News yesterday indicated a pending teacher’s agreement, reporter David Haldane clarifies that the negotiation process is still unsettled and ongoing… The Morongo Unified School District is set to

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