FEDERAL DIRECTIVE SAYS ALL SCHOOLS MUST GIVE TRANSGENDER BATHROOM ACCESS

School districts are being told that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender

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LOST, INJURED MOTORCYCLE RIDER RESCUED BY SHERIFF’S AVIATION

An injured Yucca Valley motorcycle rider was rescued Thursday night after he became lost in the desert south of Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, Chad Smithling, 48, was riding his motorcycle in the desert south of Kickapoo Avenue Thursday afternoon with a group of friends. When the group

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SPEED BLAMED FOR ROLLOVER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY

A man was critically injured Wednesday afternoon following a roll-over crash in Joshua Tree. According to CHP officer Simon Miller, at about 1:50 p.m., Willie Gamble, 22, of Twentynine Palms, was driving his 2011 Dodge westbound on the highway at what witnesses said was a very high rate of speed.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH

A man was critically injured Wednesday afternoon following a roll-over crash in Joshua Tree. According to CHP officer Simon Miller, at about 1:50 p.m., William Gamble, 22, of Twentynine Palms, was driving his 2011 Dodge westbound on the highway at what witnesses said was a very high rate of speed.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PAVES THE WAY FOR COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE

One of the final steps in turning over the Twentynine Palms Fire Department over to the county was taken last night by the Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter David Haldane says the years-long process is close to being completed… It may be the dawning of a new age in Twentynine

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MAY PAVE WAY FOR TRANSFER OF FIRE TO COUNTY TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City council meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the council is expected to take a big step toward facilitating the transfer of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department from water district control to the county… And the beat goes on! Or so it seems, as

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LANDERS MAN INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN INVOLVING DIRT BIKE SUNDAY

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in a hit-and-run crash involving a dirt bike in Landers Sunday afternoon. About 2:25 p.m., an unknown man was driving was described by witnesses as a silver or gray Saturn southbound on Sage Avenue at about 20 to 25 miles

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE PROVIDING LOW COST PETS SERVICES IN MAY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in May for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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THREE NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS DEDICATED THURSDAY

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was at Whitewater Preserve Thursday to celebrate the new California Desert National Monuments this morning. Joining Jewell were Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs, and County Supervisor James Ramos, to dedicate the three new national monuments, Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountains

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YUCCA VALLEY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT MIRRORS PRIOR ARREST

In an incident that is nearly identical to a similar call two months ago, a Yucca Valley man was arrested on multiple warrants following a call of suspected domestic violence. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 57400 block of Lupine Avenue about 12:30 a.m. after a

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IN ABOUT A MONTH, YOU WILL HAVE TO BE 21 TO BUY TOBACCO PRODUCTS, MILITARY EXCLUDED

In five weeks, you will have to be 21 to buy tobacco products. Wednesday, the governor of California signed a bill that raises the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21, effective June 9. The bill includes an exemption for active duty

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ONLINE GAMING FEUD RESULTS IN ASSAULT, VANDALISM ARREST FOR MORONGO VALLEY MAN

A feud between two men over their online gaming consoles escalated and resulted in the arrest of a Morongo Valley man for assault with a deadly weapon early Tuesday morning According to the Sheriff’s Department, Steven Ingersoll, 24, and the other man had been engaging in mutual text message harassment

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FIRE IN JOHNSON VALLEY DESTROYS GARAGE, HOUSE PARTIALLY SAVED

Firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and a water tender from Lucerne Valley were able to save a Johnson Valley home from being a total loss, although the detached garage burned to the ground Monday morning. County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard said that firefighters were called to the

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ONE ARREST AFTER A TWENTYNINE PALMS DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

A Twentynine Palms man accused of shooting another man in a drive-by shooting was arrested Saturday night. According to Sheriff’s Detective Daniel Popa, residents in the 5500 block of Cahuilla Avenue were arguing. One man, later identified as Clent Gibson, 40, left to get a gun, and returned about 9:30

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ONE PERSON SHOT, ONE ARRESTED AFTER 29 PALMS DRIVE BY SHOOTING

One person was shot and one arrested after a drive-by shooting in Twentynine Palms Saturday night.

According to Sheriif’s Detective Detective Popa, at about 9:30 Saturday night, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a subject shot at a residence in the area of Siesta

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MORONGO SHERIFF’S STATIONS WELCOMES NEW FACES, SAYS GOODBYE TO OTHERS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will be saying hello to some new faces, and saying goodbye to others. Detective Cory Emon was promoted to sergeant earlier this week, and will be leaving to work in one of the jails. Detective Marcel Silva and Deputy Brandon Abell are transferring to different

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT CALLS SPECIAL MEETING SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors called a special meeting for this morning. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

About a dozen people attended Saturday’s special Twentynine Palms Water District board meeting to plead with board members to delay the county’s annexation of the fire department, or

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300 PERCENT INCREASE IN TICKETS AS TWENTYNINE PALMS CRACKS DOWN ON TRAFFIC LAWBREAKERS

If you are driving in the City of Twentynine Palms, you had better mind your Ps and Qs. A crackdown on traffic laws has seen the number of tickets written more than triple. Reporter David Haldane says the increased enforcement is addressing a real problem in the city… A stepped-up

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT CALLS SPECIAL MEETING SATURDAY

In a surprise move that no one expected, Twentynine Palms Water District Board President Sam Moore and Director Carol Giannini voted against approving the two-party agreement between the City of Twentynine Palms and the water district at a regular meeting Wednesday night. Director Chancy Chambers was absent, making it a

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CHILD LEFT AT A JOSHUA TREE SERVICE STATION, MOTHER ARRESTED, FATHER SOUGHT

A Joshua Tree mother and father were arrested after they allegedly left their young child alone at a gas station for hours Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a 4-year-old girl was with at least three other adults and several other young children at the Valero gas station in

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