MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CELEBRATES NATIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WEEK

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District is celebrating National Community Health Center Week, August 7 through August 13. Health centers started as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and have grown into the country’s largest primary care network. More than 24 million Americans use more than 9,000

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING HEROIN

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after he was found with drugs and a taser. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Cory Rifenberry, 26, near Hope Trail and Pueblo Trail shortly before 3:30 p.m. The deputy discovered that Rifenberry had in his possession methamphetamine, heroin, and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNTY FIRE STATION RENOVATION NEARING COMPLETION

A major clean up and renovation of the downtown County Twentynine Palms Fire Station 44 is nearing completion. Assistant City Manager Larry Bowden said new roofs, shower rooms, dorm rooms, flooring, counter tops, paint, insulation and air conditioners are all in and County Fire will start moving office equipment in

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TODDLERS LEFT ALONE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of leaving her toddler children alone at home while she drove to Palm Springs. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies received a call at 4:13 a.m. that Ashley Boughner, 27, had left her 1 ½ year-old and 3-year-old child at

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WOMAN’S DECOMPOSED BODY FOUND IN DESERT IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY EVENING

Two boys hiking in the desert in Yucca Valley Tuesday evening found a decomposed body. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boys’ father called law enforcement shortly before 9 p.m. to report his sons had found a woman’s body while hiking in the desert east of Western Hills that evening.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING HER 3 MONTH OLD

A Twentynine Palms woman pleaded not guilty in Joshua Tree Superior Court Monday afternoon to murdering her 3-month old baby. On September 1, 2015, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were called to the base hospital on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms for a case of possible child abuse. The

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MARINE CORPS PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed in a plane crash near Twentynine Palms Thursday night. Major Richard “Stranger” Norton, 36, of Arcadia, departed from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in an F/A-18C Hornet to take part in an integrated training exercise on board the Combat Center in Twentynine

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YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a board meeting Monday, August 1, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday night, accused of hitting his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called a friend about 9:45 Thursday night to report her boyfriend had hit her. After an investigation, Morries Sowell, 23, was arrested for felony spouse abuse. Morries Sowell was booked

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BURGLARS STEAL POOL EQUIPMENT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Evidently some burglars needed equipment for a pool party in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, burglars stole patio furniture from the pool area of the community center in the 5900 block of Desert Knoll Drive Wednesday night. The furniture is described as dark brown plastic wicker including a

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LOCAL INPUT SOUGHT ON FEDERAL SOLAR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS COMPETITION

Do you have a great idea about a community solar program or project? Your idea could win you cash and help from the government to bring that idea to life. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says input is sought on the SunShot initiative… The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is soliciting

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ANIMALS SEIZED FROM MORONGO VALLEY PROPERTY NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

In June, county animal control officers seized about 180 animals that were being housed on a property in Morongo Valley. Stephen Caro, who owned the Paws Rescue Ranch and most of the animals at 9333 Belle Vista Drive, describes the ranch as a sanctuary for senior, abandoned, abused, and neglected

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STEP INTO ART AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

Visit Paris and the Louvre, and other art museums at an art-themed Family Fun Day in Yucca Valley Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 3. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is hosting a free “Step into Art” day at the museum with a wide variety of arts and crafts activities, as

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT SUSPECTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of suspected embezzlement at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Just five months after taking over as president of the chamber’s board of directors, the board filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department July 22, accusing Carey Alderson of using the chamber’s credit

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JAMES WEBB GETS 26 YEARS TO LIFE FOR FATAL STABBING IN THE HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT

James Webb, the man convicted last month of stabbing a man to death in Yucca Valley nearly two years ago, was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison Monday. Webb, 36, killed John Rosin, 77, inside his RV while it was parked in the Home Depot parking lot in

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A RASH OF BB GUN VANDALISM IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY NIGHT

At least seven people reported vandalism caused by a BB gun to their businesses and vehicles in Yucca Valley Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, sometime Saturday night, unknown suspects shot a BB gun at four businesses in the 56900 and 55600 blocks of Yucca Trail and three vehicles

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO HELP FIGHT SAND FIRE

Morongo Valley Fire Department received an emergency call Sunday afternoon to help form a strike team to help fight the Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley. The emergency request meant the team, composed of Captain Andrew Arthen, Engineer Andrew Behrens, Firefighter Richard Gilmartin, and reserve Firefighter Rodriguez, left in

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HOME ENERGY EDUCATION WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 25. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Reach Out office, 7255 Joshua Lane, Suite C in Yucca Valley. Call 909-723-1500 for an

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT THROUGH YUCCA MESA

A 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after a pursuit through the Yucca Mesa neighborhood in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies attempted to stop a black Honda that was driving westbound on Patrick Avenue about 1 p.m. for having a cracked windshield. The vehicle with out-of-state plates

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE SENTENCED FOR SENDING CHILDREN INTO DESERT

The Twentynine Palms couple arrested last week after three young children were found wandering in the desert without water or shoes pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree courtroom Wednesday to child abuse. Mary Bell, 34—the mother of a 7-year- old girl, and 5- and 6-year- old boys—and her boyfriend, Gary

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