AMBOY “ROCKET” LAUNCH CANCELLED

A plan to launch a steam powered rocket from Amboy today has been cancelled. Mike Hughes, 61, cancelled the event after the BLM demanded that he get proper permits for the widely publicized launch. Hughes, a member of the Flat Earth Society, had planned to launch himself into the air

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PALM DESERT WOMAN ACCUSED OF FORGERY ON MARINE BASE

A Palm Desert woman was arrested on board the Combat Center last week, accused of various counts of fraud and forgery. We have limited details about the arrest, but about 3 p.m. November 16, deputies were called to the base to arrest Kristin Fitzpatrick, 49. Her booking record lists her

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THAT HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET, A REMINDER

The majority of pet emergency room visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness in

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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON NATIONAL PARK FEE HIKES ENDS THURSDAY

The Trump administration is proposing to double, triple, or almost quadruple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks. Starting in January 2018, a 7-day car pass in Joshua Tree National Park will increase to $70, from the current $25, between January and

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN, 32, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF GIRL UNDER 14

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of sexually abusing a minor girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Cory Lopez went to the 7600 block of Sage Avenue about 2 p.m. Friday for a report of sexual abuse of an underage girl. The investigation led Lopez to the

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FOOD FOR LIFE NEEDS THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEERS

Thanksgiving is just a week away. Food For Life is busy preparing for this special day. The meal will be a full turkey dinner. This year the meal will be served at First Baptist Church on Split Rock, 29 Palms from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 23. Volunteers

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9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

The ninth annual gourd art festival, is this weekend at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned gourd artists and a raffle on Sunday

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9TH ANNUAL YUCCA VALLEY GOURD FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned

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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT SCAMMED OUT OF $15,000

A Yucca Valley resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a Nigerian scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim said a friend, whom she had never met, traveled to Nigeria in 2016 and recently asked for money to get out of Nigeria. The victim received several checks, supposedly

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HEARS DEFIANCE TO FORCED CHANGE IN ELECTIONS

Do at-large elections discriminate against minority voters? It’s a question being considered a lot these days by Morongo Basin cities and public agencies under pressure to elect their leaders by district. The matter came up at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting with some surprising results. Reporter David Haldane

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$2.5 MILLION CLAIM FILED AGAINST THE CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FOR WATER DAMAGE

A Twentynine Palms commercial property owner filed a claim for $2.5 million against the city, alleging the city caused water damage to his property. Minh Dang purchased the property at 5025 Adobe Road, a former miniature golf and go-cart attraction, for $70,000 in January of 2015. Dang is demanding the

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TAKES UP TRAFFIC FLOW AND TRANSPORTATION TONIGHT

Transportation is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Want to have a say in improving traffic flow throughout the high desert? Tonight may be your chance as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets to hear a

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9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned

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INAUGURAL HOME BASKETBALL GAME AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TONIGHT

Copper Mountain College will host its inaugural basketball game in the Bell Center Gymnasium, in Joshua Tree tonight, November 11, at 6 p.m. against Santa Monica College. In honor of Veterans’ Day, tickets are free for tonight’s game only for veterans and active duty service members. General admission tickets are

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TODAY IS THE 242ND BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

On this date 242 years ago, the United States Marine Corps was born when the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a battalion of Marines; the first Marines enlisted in Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Every year, Marines around the world—active duty and retired, and their families—gather to honor their heritage

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 2015 SHOOTING

A 23-year-old Joshua Tree man who pleaded guilty last month to shooting two people in Yucca Valley in 2015 was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in state prison. On April 15, 2015, Joseph Rojas, went to a home in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail where he started

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YUCCA VALLEY TO PUT COMMERCIAL CANNABIS PROPOSAL TO A VOTE

More than 40 people got up before the Yucca Valley Town Council last night to give their opinions on what the town should do concerning a citizens’ petition to permit commercial cannabis operations in town limits. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there during the marathon meeting and says residents will

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A Yucca Valley man was arrested for investigation of raping a 15-year-old girl. On Monday, deputies were called to the 55600 block of Onaga Trail about 7:30 p.m. to investigate a disturbance. The deputy found the girl’s father at the scene confronting Greyelk Tatu, 19, whom he said raped his

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CORONER IDENTIFIES VICTIMS IN FRIDAY’S YUCCA VALLEY CRASH

The County Coroner’s office has identified the victims in the multi-vehicle crash that killed two people in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. Doreen Hollingsworth, 83, of Yucca Valley, and Duane Griffin, 83, of Morongo Valley, were traveling eastbound in a silver Toyota Corolla on Highway 62 near La Honda Way about

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TWO KILLED IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS AFTERNOON

Updated 11/5/17 8 a.m. with second victim’s identity

Updated 11/4/17 9 a.m. with additional details from the Sheriff’s Dept.

Updated 11/4/17 7:30 a.m. with one victim’s identity

Two people were killed and two people were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. According to Deputy Ryan Arthurton,

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