FIRE DESTROYS HALF OF TWENTYNINE PALMS DUPLEX, TWO CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED

An early morning fire destroyed half of a Twentynine Palms Duplex and sent two young children to the hospital. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the residential fire was reported at 5:00 a.m. this morning in the 6400 block of East Court Way. Arriving firefighters found one half of

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TWO JOSHUA TREE MEN HELD FOR BURGLARIZING MULTIPLE HOMES

Two Joshua Tree men were arrested Friday, accused of burglarizing homes in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were called to the 62000 block of Desert Air Road in Joshua Tree shortly before 3 by a neighbor who saw two men force their way into a home,

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RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STEVE RIEMAN SCULPTURE

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program is offering the opportunity to win a Steve Rieman sculpture. Tickets for “Walking Critter” are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the program’s scholarship fund. The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residence scholarship fun provides artists with accommodations, studio space, a stipend, and a gallery

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SOROPTIMISTS SOLICITING DONATIONS OF NEW ITEMS TO GIVE TO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

For the last four years, the Soroptimist Club of Yucca Valley has been giving gift baskets at Christmas to residents of the Continuing Care Center in Joshua Tree. The club is soliciting donations of the following new items: pajamas and night gowns, fleece blankets, non-skid socks, windbreakers, sugar-free candy, and

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RESIDENT ACCUSED OF ARSON AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS MOBILE HOME PARK

Fires at a Twentynine Palms mobile home park prompted the arrest of a 58-year-old park resident. According to Deputy Christopher Bingham, about 10:45 p.m., a neighbor in the Blue Horizons Mobile Home Park in the 7300 block of Didsbury Road, saw Gregory Curcio, pouring lighter fluid on a tree in

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LARGE SCALE COMBINED EXERCISE ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

East end Morongo Basin residents will be hearing “The Sound of Freedom” this weekend. The Marine Corps’ will be conducting a large-scale combined arms, live-fire exercise on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The 1st Marine Division, along with support from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1stMarine Logistics Group,

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BREAKING NEWS: YUCCA VALLEY APPLEBEE'S RESTAURANT EVACUATED

Sheriff’s Deputies evacuated the Yucca Valley Applebee’s today choosing to take caution in what could have been a potentially dangerous situation. At 2:19 this afternoon a man, described by Restaurant employees as a transient, came into the lobby of the restaurant with two wheeled suitcases. The man then pushed them

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1 ARREST, 8 CITATIONS, IN YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL BROUHAHA

One juvenile was arrested, and 8 others were cited Tuesday following an incident Sheriff’s deputies called a “riot.” It started at 11:10 am when two students started fighting in class at the Yucca Valley Community Day School in the Green Building at Yucca Trail and Barberry Avenue. When Deputy Shaunna

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LOCAL DEPUTY SAVES A JAIL INMATE ATTEMPTING SUICIDE

A Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputy saved a Twentynine Palms man who attempted suicide in the Morongo Basin Jail November 30. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies made a traffic stop about 1:15 p.m. November 30 near Split Rock Avenue and Joshua Drive in Twentynine Palms. Inside the car was

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING 9-1-1 AND MAKING THREATS

A Joshua Tree man who consistently abused the 9-1-1 emergency phone number was arrested Saturday morning. According to Sheriff’s Detective Corey Emon, Joshua Dunn, 37, had been calling and texting 911 numerous times a day since November 28, and was verbally abusive to dispatchers. Despite being warned that misusing 911

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SOME HOPE FOR THE END TO THE SAGA OF THE BELEAGUERED TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a joint meeting with the Twentynine Palms Water District Monday, December 7, to work out an agreement on the future of the city’s fire department. The council members and the board of directors will attempt to finalize an agreement between the two agencies

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FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE IN MORONGO VALLEY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

A Morongo Valley home suffered significant damage due to an early morning fire Friday. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters from Morongo Valley, CalFire, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and a breathing support unit from Loma Linda were called to a structure fire at 6:14 a.m. in the

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PALM SPRINGS MAN SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING

A Palm Springs man is wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Yucca Valley early Thursday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, Gary Clayton, 27, was visiting his girlfriend at her apartment in the 54600 block of 29 Palms Highway when they began to argue. Clayton left the

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SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING KILLS 14, INJURES 17

At least 14 people were killed and 17 others injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at a holiday party of county employees at a San Bernardino facility that serves the developmentally disabled. The shooting at the Inland Regional Center, on Waterman Avenue is one of the largest mass shootings in

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CHP LOOKING FOR JOSHUA TREE HIT AND RUN DRIVER

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in finding a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash in Joshua Tree Tuesday afternoon. According to CHP Officer Joan Griffin, about 12:30 p.m., Jan Jueschke, 43, of Yucca Valley, was driving a white 2011 Dodge Caravan owned by the County

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29 PALMS & MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT

The annual 29 Palms Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 29 Palms City Hall on Tuesday, December 1st starting at 5 pm. The Gospel Fellowship Christian Center Church choir, led by choir director Cassandra Haney, will perform holiday songs for the crowd as well as join with the

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HISTORIC JOSHUA TREE BURNED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

An iconic Joshua Tree in Joshua Tree National Park, describes as “historic” by Park officials, was discovered burning Saturday night, and park officials say the fire was set intentionally. According to a park press release, park officials were notified at 8:10 p.m. Saturday about the burning tree, located along the

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GIVE BIG TO SUPPORT NON-PROFITS ON TUESDAY

Tuesday, December 1, is “Give Big San Bernardino County,” a 24-hour online giving campaign that allows residents to give to their favorite causes in the Morongo Basin and San Bernardino County. The goal is to raise a minimum of $300,000 in just 24 hours through online donations. From 12:00 a.m.

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SEND IN ENTRIES NOW FOR YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT PARADE

Entries are now being accepted for the 18th annual Yucca Valley Festival of Lights parade. The light parade is set for Saturday, December 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bannock and Santa Fe Trail, and heads west on Santa Fe to the Hi-Desert Water District’s office at Inca Trail. The

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BUCKLE UP AND DRIVE SAFELY THIS WEEKEND

As you travel to and from Grandma’s house, or during Black Friday shopping, remember that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times in American, and by extension, one of the deadliest. Over the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people died in collisions on California roadways, a 36 percent

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