MARINES START JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISE TODAY

The Marine Corps will be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley starting today. The shared use area will be temporarily closed to the public between August 14 and 21. The Marine Corps has already announced that it will use the

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner has identified the man who was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon as a Yucca Valley man. Eugene Bess Junior, 28, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle on the southbound connector of Highway 62 to eastbound Interstate 10 about 4 p.m. when he drifted to the

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DOGS PRESUMED DEAD IN YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE FIRE

Two dogs died in a fire that destroyed a Yucca Valley home Thursday morning. Firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree were called to the 7000 block of Palomar Avenue at 11:15 a.m. Smoke was pouring from attic vents in the home when fire fighters arrived. Flames were

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HITTING MARINE CORPS BASE GATE GUARD WITH HER VEHICLE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after a gate guard at the Marine Corps Combat Center said she hit him with her vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michelle Anders, 47, went to the main gate of the base on Adobe Road about 9 a.m. Military police officers

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MAN DROWNS IN MISHAP AT POOL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A man drowned early Tuesday morning in a pool in Twentynine Palms. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman called for help about 1:40 Tuesday morning to say that her boyfriend, who was not identified, was in a pool in the 72300 block of Larrea Avenue. The

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BODY FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY LAST WEEK IDENTIFIED AS MISSING WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that the woman’s body found in the desert in Yucca Valley Tuesday, August 2, is that of a woman who was reported missing August 1. According to the initial Sheriff’s report, Glenna Reed, 48, was arguing with her boyfriend in his vehicle about 2:30 p.m.

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PILOT FIRE BURNING IN NEARBY SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

A fast-moving fire on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains on Sunday burned 1,500 acres in eight hours and forced evacuations near Silverwood Lake. The 4,500-acre Pilot Fire is burning timber and brush east of the lake in the San Bernardino National Forest, filling the air with thick,

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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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