MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOR SEX

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of soliciting a 12-year-old girl for sex. Police from New Hampshire contacted the San Bernardino Crimes Against Children division August 31 about a 12-year-old girl who was receiving lewd photos and messages from Christopher Pate, 20, of the 9000 block of Ole

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WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL “TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2015 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The popular annual event is a fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree Foundation with proceeds going to local charities, community

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WATER – TOO MUCH AND TOO LITTLE

In the summer here, we can simultaneously have too little and too much of our most precious resource. Ranger Pam Tripp talks about water in the desert…

The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry, hot, summer desert. Visitors to Joshua

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TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

It’s mid-September, so it’s time to get your yum on! Managing Editor Tami Roleff previews the lineup at the Taste of Morongo Basin tonight…

The Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo Basin is tonight! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree, the extremely popular event will be held from 6

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ANOTHER NEAR-DROWNING OF A CHILD, THIS TIME IN JOSHUA TREE

There was another near-drowning of a child in a pool yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman was sitting with her 3-year-old daughter out by the spa at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 2 p.m. The report states the woman looked at the Bhakti Fest schedule for less

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING SON WITH A BASEBALL BAT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday, accused of fighting with his mother, and hitting his son with a baseball bat. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Inman, 52, of the 61600 block of El Reposo Circle, was arguing with his elderly mother and hit her about 5:30 p.m. A

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MORONGO BASIN TV IS DOWN; WHEN WILL IT BE FIXED?

Downed power lines and an impassable road have conspired to knock out service for those Morongo Basin residents who get their television for the Morongo Basin Television Service. A landslide and six-foot gullies in the road have prevented maintenance crews from getting up to the top of Pinto Mountain to

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TODDLER FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE AFTER NEAR-DROWNING IN YUCCA VALLEY

An 18-month old girl is fighting for her life after nearly drowning in a Yucca Valley pool Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a family in the 56000 block of Desert Gold had finished swimming and were in the house with the sliding door locked. While the family was eating

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REMOTE CONTROL TOYS

Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park. An example is remote-controlled vehicles, such as cars, trucks, helicopters, airplanes, and drones. These toys are not natural to

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MAN FROM EARTH AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29’s current production, “The Man from Earth,” directed by Eddie Tucker, runs through September 19. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more details about this science fiction drama… Under the direction of Eddie Tucker, this thought-provoking play centers on Professor John Oldman as a party in his honor turns into

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CHP TO HOLD A DUI CHECKPOINT TONIGHT, AND MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD THIS WEEKEND

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday, September 4, at an undisclosed location in the Morongo Basin. Officers trained in the detection of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers will provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of driving under the influence. Depending on traffic, all drivers can

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN RUGGED DESERT HOT SPRINGS WASH

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 7:47 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN WAKES TO FIND MAN TRYING TO RAPE HER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of breaking into a home and attempting to rape a woman. The Sheriff’s department received a call about 5:45 a.m. that a man, later identified as Lawrence Carruthers, 51, of the 6100 block of Avalon Court, was in a bedroom in

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TWO ARRESTS AFTER A YUCCA VALLEY HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two transients were arrested Saturday after a high-speed chase through Yucca Valley neighborhoods. Sheriff’s reports say a black F-350 pick up truck driven by Mark Hines, 28, failed to stop at a stop sign at Onaga Trail and Acoma Trail just before 6 p.m. Saturday. When a deputy attempted to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN, EX-WIFE, ACCUSED OF MURDER, DISMEMBERMENT, BURNING BODY

A Twentynine Palms man and his ex-wife are behind bars in Pennsylvania, accused of murdering, dismembering, and burning the body of a man they say stole drugs and money from them more than a decade ago. Police in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, say Stacy Britton, 46, showed police text messages earlier

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR HOLDS OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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HARRISON HOUSE CONCERT TO MARK ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

There will be a very special concert at the Harrison House in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Chamber music concert will commemorate the Armenian Genocide… Harrison House will commemorate the centennial of Armenian genocide with a performance by the Pogossian family string quartet and quintet.

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HOLLYWOOD KNOCK-OUTS AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN OCTOBER

A one-of-a-kind special event will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in October. It’s Hollywood Knockouts, featuring gorgeous women, exciting dance performances, oil wrestling, and hot cream mania. The production is 8 p.m. October 3. Tickets for Hollywood Knockouts are $20 and are available at TortoiseRockCasino.com or call 800-585-3737. Doors

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ENJOY THE NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out to explore our neighboring national park during the heat of the summer. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper says that night time is a good time to experience your national park too… At Joshua Tree National Park summertime temperatures often climb above 100

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