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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REGISTER NOW FOR GENERAL PATTON MUSEUM CAR SHOW

The General Patton Memorial Museum will hold a car show March 26. The car show is open to all classic and custom cars, as well as hot rods, low riders, motorcycles, tear-drop trailers, and military vehicles. The entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show and

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SIGN UP FOR CABOTS PUEBLO MUSEUM FIELD TRIP

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is offering a field trip to a historic Desert Hot Springs museum. Here’s assignment reporter, Cassie Zimarik with your invitation… Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society for a field trip to tour the historic Cabots Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs on February 20th. In

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HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CEO

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has named a new CEO, effective February 22. Karen Faulis, the chief operations officer of Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, served as interim chief executive officer there for 18 months. Faulis has 25 years of experience in clinical and administrative leadership. While at Palmdale, she

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HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH LANDERS ENDS AFTER SPIKE STRIPS DEPLOYED

A man was arrested Thursday morning following a high-speed pursuit through Landers that ended only after deputies deployed spike strips. According to the California Highway Patrol, Officer Caleb Miller spotted a silver Nissan Quest driving approximately 95 miles per hour southbound on Highway 247, north of Boone Road, about 7:35

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STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT NEW FIRE STATIONS, FUNDS PARADISE PARK

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. The Council heard about new fire stations and approved park improvements. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report… Yucca Valley may be getting not one, but two new fire stations in the next five

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