“FACTS AND FARCE” BRING A FULL HOUSE TO A MORONGO VALLEY CSD BUDGET MEETING

In a demonstration of community interest rarely seen at a budget planning workshop, nearly 50 residents turned up at last night’s budget workshop at the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report … Empowered by last week’s defeat of the proposed Fire Tax, and hopped

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CONVICTED ARMED ROBBER ARRESTED AFTER WONDER VALLEY MOTORCYCLE THEFT

A Wonder Valley man, already on probation for Armed Robbery, was arrested Sunday, accused of stealing a motorcycle from his neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man in the 85800 block of Eddie Albert Drive in Wonder Valley called the Sheriff’s Department about 12:30 Sunday afternoon to say he

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE CAR ROLLOVER EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Woman was killed and a passenger injured in a single-car rollover crash on State Route 62 east of Twentynine Palms yesterday afternoon. According to the County Coroner, at 2:31 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call reporting a single-vehicle rollover on

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CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS

While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties. This suspension

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERS CHEER CAMP

The City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Cheer Camp. This fun-filled, team spirit camp will be instructed by Coach Tresa Oden and Twentynine Palms High School cheerleaders. Participants will learn cheers, chants, dances, stunts, teamwork, and much more. Participants in kindergarten through eighth grades

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A 5.2 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE MORONGO BASIN THIS MORNING

Morongo Basin Residents were rattled out their beds this morning by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. Geological Society said the trembler hit at 1:04 a.m. and was centered at 13.7 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs, 14.9 miles east-southeast of Anza, and 26.7 miles south of Palm Springs. Between 1:06

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FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS, POLICE BADGE AND EQUIPMENT

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday night, after he was found with weapons and law enforcement equipment. About 9 p.m., deputies received a tip that John Channell, 37, of Twentynine Palms, was in a room at America’s Best Motel, in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS, LAW ENFORCEMENT GEAR

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday night, after he was found with weapons and law enforcement equipment. About 9 p.m., deputies received a tip that John Channell, 37, of Twentynine Palms, was in a room at America’s Best Motel, in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

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IN REGIONAL ELECTION RESULTS, INCUMBENTS HOLD LOCAL SEATS

Incumbents were winning all local seats in yesterday’s primary election in San Bernardino County, in most cases by a two-to-one margin. U.S. Representative Paul Cook, a Republican from Yucca Valley, had more than twice as many votes as his nearest competitor, Democrat Rita Ramirez, for his seat in the 8th

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of child endangerment. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were making extra patrols in the 4300 block of Adobe Road. An abandoned home in the neighborhood had been burglarized recently, and deputies noticed about 9:45 p.m. Friday night that items

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED WITH MILITARY SMOKE GRENADE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday after he was found with a military smoke grenade. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were investigating a case of assault with a deadly weapon about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. James Baele, 40, was identified as a suspect in the assault. About 5:30

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ONE OF NINE SOLDIERS KILLED IN TEXAS FLOOD

A Twentynine Palms woman was among nine soldiers killed Thursday when their light vehicle overturned in a training exercise during severe flooding in Texas. Specialist Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, of Twentynine Palms entered active-duty military service in February 2014. She was assigned to Fort Hood that September. According to

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CHECK WITH FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR BURN PERMITS

County firefighters remind residents that permits are needed for campfires, warming fires, and burning vegetation. The permits are free, simply stop by your local fire station to get a permit. After you’ve received your permit, call to see if the burn permits have been suspended. Regardless of location or permit

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN WAS ARRESTED ON WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Thursday morning after a sharp-eyed CHP officer noticed him sitting in a car on the highway with the door open in Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, the California Highway Patrol was driving westbound on Highway 62 near Highland Road in Morongo

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EXTREME HEAT THROUGH THIS WEEKEND, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

An excessive heat warning has been issued through Sunday. Hot weather is a part of summer in the Morongo Basin and heat waves are not uncommon. Take precautions to make sure you don’t suffer heat-related injuries. Long exposure to high heat can result in heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or even

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A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT RENTING OUT PARTY VENUES

A complaint about a Joshua Tree vacation rental being used as a special event venue for weddings has resulted in a warning to the owner by the county. In May, a listener contacted Z1077 News about homes at 59729 and 59727 Melton Trail being used and marketed as a venue

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SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS ARMED ROBBERIES

Sheriff’s investigators have arrested two Marines in connection with three armed robberies in Twentynine Palms since Sunday. On Sunday about 9:30 p.m., the Motel 6 was robbed by one suspect wearing a mask over his face, who displayed a handgun, demanded money, and then fled on foot to a car

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ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY NIGHT

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Monday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9:30 p.m., a man entered the Circle K market, pointed a six-shooter gun at the clerk, and demanded money. The suspect then fled on foot toward the east. The suspect is described

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OUTRAGE OVER BRITISH SINGER SPRAY PAINTING JOSHUA TREE FLORA

Morongo Basin residents are in an uproar over a music video that shows a British singer spray painting a Joshua tree and cholla cactus. Beth Orton filmed the video for her song “1973” on a vacant Joshua Tree lot said to be owned by the Noah Purifoy Foundation; in the

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MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

The origins of Memorial Day go back to the American Civil War, when more lives were lost than in any other war in U.S. history. The first celebration of Memorial Day — which was originally called Decoration Day — was held in Waterloo, New York, in 1866. Memorial Day was

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