YUCCA VALLEY PARKS COMMISSIONERS SOUGHT

The Town of Yucca Valley is looking for volunteers to serve as a commissioner on the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Applicants must be a resident within the Town’s jurisdiction. The Parks and Rec Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month and acts as an advisor to the

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SYMPOSIUM ON POVERTY SET FOR MARCH

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is sponsoring a symposium on poverty Friday, March 11. Sasha Abramsky, who has written several books on poverty, hunger, and crime, will be the keynote speaker, followed by a special presentation on economic security. The symposium is free; an optional lunch is

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MORONGO VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS SAVE TWO HOMES, RV LOST

Morongo Valley firefighters were able to save two houses that were threatened by a motorhome fire last night. Captain Andrew Arthen said when they arrived at the fire in the 49400 block of Conejo Road about 5:30, the motorhome was fully involved in flames. It was parked between two homes,

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BOMB THREAT SHUTS DOWN HOSPITAL FOR AN HOUR

Hi-Desert Medical Center was locked down for about an hour Thursday morning, due to a bomb threat. According to the hospital’s Director of Facilities Bob Baker, a man riding on a bus, told the woman he was seated next to, that he was going to blow up the hospital, and

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MINOR INJURY ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES BACK GATE TO COMBAT CENTER

A woman received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Twentynine Palms. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin, Corbie Johnson, 30, of Twentynine Palms, and her 4-year-old son, were in a 2010 Hyundai Genesis traveling northbound on Morongo Road. At about 7:18 a.m., Johnson attempted to

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LAFCO SUPPORTS TAKEOVER OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT BY COUNTY FIRE

With expenses outpacing revenue, the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission voted in support of a takeover of emergency medical services and fire protection services in Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at yesterday’s hearing in San Bernardino … County takeover of fire service from the Twentynine Palms

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YUCCA VALLEY EMPLOYEES GET A RAISE, A HARD LOOK AT THE COST OF PUBLIC SAFETY

An outside review of the salaries and benefits of the Town of Yucca Valley employees found that employees are being paid, on average, between 6 and 15 percent below median compensation compared to other cities’ employees. Yucca Valley Town Council members voted at last night’s meeting to gradually increase the

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WONDER VALLEY MAN SHOOTS OFF TOE WITH SHOTGUN

A Wonder Valley man shot off his little toe with a shotgun Monday night while checking his property for intruders. The man, who was identified by Twentynine Palms firefighters only as being in his late 20s or early 30s, was driven to the Twentynine Palms fire station by his girlfriend

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LOOTING CAUSES CLOSURE OF TWO HISTORICAL SITES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park officials have temporarily closed two historical sites in the park due to looting. Due to recent press and social media postings, the number of visitors to Carey’s Castle and the El Sid Mine have increased and historic artifacts have disappeared. Park Superintendent David Smith said the

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DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR RUMMAGE SALE IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse is accepting donations for its annual rummage sale, set for March 9, 10, and 11. No bedding or stuffed animals can be accepted. The clubhouse is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Susie or Phebe at 760-369-4057.

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A transient was arrested Tuesday, accused of being in possession of a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Victorville deputies were called Sunday for a report of a stolen 2001 Chevy Cavalier. The owner suspected that a relative, Eric Hurtado, 25, a transient from Victorville had stolen the car

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JOSHUA TREE MAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY ROLL-OVER CRASH LAST NIGHT

A Joshua Tree man was killed in a roll-over crash in Yucca Valley Thursday night. According to the County Coroner’s office, at 7:27 p.m., a single-vehicle, rollover traffic accident was reported near the intersection of Yucca Trail and La Contenta Rd. in Yucca Valley. Eric Lee, 24, was driving a

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ONE KILLED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

We have limited details about a fatal roll-over crash in Yucca Valley Thursday night. About 7:30 p.m., a vehicle traveling on Yucca Trail near La Contenta lost control and rolled over. The male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene; firefighters extricated the female passenger who was then flown to

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PRESIDENT TO CREATE THREE NATIONAL MONUMENTS

The White House is expected to announce today that President Obama is creating three national monuments in California, covering 1.8 million acres. The new Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains, and Sand to Snow national monuments will protect wildlife corridors and historic areas in the deserts of Southern California. The 154,000 acres

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DEPUTIES RECOVERS $50,000 IN STOLEN PROPERTY; ONE ARRESTED

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have made at least one arrest and recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property this week. According to Sherriff’s Department press releases, deputies served a search warrant Tuesday at a home near the intersection of Sunny Sands Drive and Wesley Road. Deputies were investigating

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SHERIFFS RECOVER THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN STOLEN PROPERTY, MAKE ARREST, MORE PENDING

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have made at least one arrest and recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property this week. According to Sherriff’s Department press releases, deputies served a search warrant Tuesday at a home near the intersection of Sunny Sands Drive and Wesley Road. Deputies were investigating

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LANDERS WOMAN USES TWO DAUGHTERS TO HELP ROB LANDERS LIQUOR STORE

A Landers woman was arrested after deputies determined she used an elaborate scheme to rob a liquor store. According to Sheriff’s reports, Jennifer Brannon, 35, sent a juvenile daughter into Mojave Liquor store in Landers about 10:30 p.m. February 2, who requested help at the back of the store from

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SMOKE ALARM SAVES A YUCCA VALLEY HOME

A Yucca Valley family was very fortunate that they were home Tuesday morning when their smoke alarm went off alerting them to a fire in the house. According to County Battalion Chief Rick Denison, the family had a plug-in air freshener plugged into an outlet in a closet that had

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FORMER RADIO PERSONALITY ARRESTED TWICE IN DECEMBER ON DRUG CHARGES

A former disc jockey with Z107.7 was arrested twice in December on drug charges. Sam Smith, 48, of Twentynine Palms, was stopped about 4 a.m. December 2, near Stardune Avenue and Highway 62. After an investigation, Smith was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of

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ALAINA TROFLER NAMED 2016 MISS YUCCA VALLEY

Alaina Trofler, a 16-year-old junior at Yucca Valley High School, was crowned the 2016 Miss Yucca Valley in the pageant’s 49th year Saturday night. The scholarship, based on academics and poise, has been sponsored for the past 18 years by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley under the leadership of

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