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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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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THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S “TASTE OF MORONGO” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2016 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The big winners for the night were the Middle Eastern Restaurant, taking the Judges’ Choice and best international, and Papa’s Smokehouse, taking

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HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, September 12. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

WARRANT ARRESTS REVEAL SUSPICIOUS ITEMS

Two people were arrested following a routine traffic stop early Wednesday morning for arrest warrants. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Two Mile Road and Lazy Joe Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 2 a.m. Inside the vehicle, the driver, Ryan Murdock, 41, of Twentynine Palms,

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TWO ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR ALTERED WEAPON

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Wednesday afternoon when they were found with a gun that had its serial number filed off. According to a Sheriff’s report, an absentee homeowner in the 58100 block of Pueblo Trail in Yucca Valley asked for a check on her home. When deputies arrived

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EIGHT MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MARIJUANA RAIDS IN MORONGO BASIN WEDNESDAY

DEPUTIES RAID EIGHT PROPERTIES, ARREST EIGHT, IN MARIJUANA ERADICATION SWEEP Sheriff’s deputies raided eight properties in Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Landers Wednesday, seizing more than 1,800 marijuana plants and arresting eight people. According to Sheriff’s reports, starting about 8:30 a.m., deputies from the specialized Marijuana Enforcement Team went to

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HI-DESERT HEALTH CLINICS TO PRESCRIBE “TAKE A HIKE” FOR FREE PARK ENTRY

The doctors at the Hi-Desert Family Health Clinics in cooperation with Joshua Tree National Park will be writing important prescriptions for health. Reporter Kirby Davis said they will recommend patients “Take a Hike”… The Hi-Desert Family Health Clinics are partnering with Joshua Tree National Park to get the clinics’ patients

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