FORMER YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN & UNBORN CHILD KILLED BY FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

A former resident of Yucca Valley and her unborn child were shot and killed by her husband, a former Twentynine Palms Marine, in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday, October 8. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Kenneth Blair of Prescott was booked for the murder of his wife, 41-year-old Delissa Blair.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN PALMS SPRINGS

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver in Palms Springs early this morning. The California Highway Patrol said Austin Ulshafer, 29, from Cathedral City was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the two-car crash. CHP Investigators said Ulshafer was driving a GMC pickup truck

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER

A Joshua Tree woman who threw a drink on a Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday afternoon, along with her companion. According to a Sheriff’s report, the deputy stopped Gerald Shaw, 28, and Shelby Moses, 23, both of Joshua Tree near Hopi Trail and Santa Fe Trail about 4:30 p.m. After

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SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY NIGHT

We have limited information about a shooting in Twentynine Palms Monday night. About midnight, deputies and paramedics were called to a residence near Indian Trail and Mesquite Springs Road where they found two men who had been shot. Morongo Basin Ambulance took both men to Desert Regional Hospital. Their condition

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WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING FROM CLIFF IN PIONEERTOWN

A woman visiting Pioneertown fell off a cliff and died late Friday night. According to the county coroner’s office, Daena Kirk, 35, of Tehachapi, was with another man and woman on top of a hill about midnight when Kirk didn’t see a cliff and fell down the shale-covered slope. Her

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EARLY VOTING BEGINS MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Beginning Monday, October 31, voters in the Morongo Basin can cast an early ballot in Yucca Valley prior to the November 8 presidential general election. The early voting site at the Yucca Valley Town Hall will also collect mail-in ballots from voters. Earlier this month, early voting began at the

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FOUR MARINES ARRESTED AFTER A BAR FIGHT AND SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Four Active duty Marines were arrested following a fight and shots fired outside a Twentynine Palms bar last night. At about 1:31 am, Sunday Morning, sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight involving multiple subjects at the Break N’ Run Bar at 72143 Twentynine Palms Highway. As deputies were responding, they

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CITY OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY FOR COLUMBUS DAY

All City offices will be closed Monday, October 10 in observance of Columbus Day. The offices will reopen Tuesday morning at 7 a. m.

YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE FIRE FRIDAY

Six fire engines and two ambulances were dispatched to a Yucca Valley home fully engulfed in flames about 9:40 a. m. Friday. Scott Tuttle, a battalion chief with the San Bernardino County Fire Dept., said one person was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The two-story home, roughly at

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FIRE THIS MORNING IN YUCCA VALLEY

Six fire engines and two ambulances were dispatched to a Yucca Valley home fully engulfed in flames about 9:40 a.m. Friday. Scott Tuttle, a battalion chief with the San Bernardino County Fire Dept., said one person was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The two-story home, roughly at Nelson

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TIP LEADS TO HASH OIL LAB IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies early Wednesday arrested three Yucca Valley men for investigation of operating a butane hash oil lab in a home. Albert Taylor, Travis Sharp and Teyana Poole were booked into Morongo Basin Jail about 1 a.m. after deputies, who had received a tip from a local neighborhood watch group

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AREA RESIDENTS GETTING IRS SCAM CALLS, DON’T FALL FOR THEM

Recently, Morongo Basin residents have been receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Managing editor Tami Roleff says don’t fall for these scammers who say you owe money… The phone rings, and the caller says he is from the IRS and that you

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JOSHUA TREE ART OBJECT USED FOR TARGET PRACTICE

Apparently not everyone in Joshua Tree is an art lover. A 5-foot-tall object, described as a “polished aluminum piece of art” made from a semi-trailer door welded together and cemented into the ground near some rocks in the 62900 block of Sullivan Road, ended up full of bullet holes sometime

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STATE WARNS TO BE ON HEIGHTENED ALERT FOR EARTHQUAKE

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said Southern California residents should remain on heightened alert until Tuesday for the increased possibility of a major earthquake. The warning comes in the wake of a series of small temblors deep under the Salton Sea, which is on the far Southern 800-mile-long San

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VFW SEEKS DONATIONS FOR RUMMAGE SALE

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is accepting donations of clean usable items for its parking lot sale, set for October 8 and 9. Funds raised from the sale will be used toward the post’s expenses. The VFW is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua

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GAS POLE VANDALISM IN YUCCA VALLEY EARLY THURSDAY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a gas meter transmission pole in Yucca Valley that was cut down sometime Thursday night. Deputies were called to the intersection of Navajo Trail and Chaparral Drive at 7:45 a.m. where they found the pole lying in the road. Evidence indicated that the pole had been

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A VIOLENT ASSAULT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly attacking a neighbor with a metal pipe. According to the sheriff’s department, Ricardo Rocha, 34, went to a home in the 6500 block of Eucalyptus Ave. just after midnight where he found his wife with another man. The men argued

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NEW CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO RESCUE ACT EXPLAINED

There’s nothing more infuriating or heartbreaking than seeing a dog locked in a car on a hot day. Even on cool 70-degree days, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to more than 100 degrees in a short time. On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Right to Rescue

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PLANS FOR PROJECT PHOENIX

Twentynine Palms’ Project Phoenix will have a multipurpose facility including a gymnasium, meeting rooms and banquet rooms with kitchens as well as a public library. That’s the direction City Council gave its staff last night for the city’s ambitious plan to expand and modernize its downtown corridor. In other business,

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EARTHQUAKE SWARM HITS SALTON SEA AREA

The Salton Sea has been hit by more than 200 small earthquakes in the last day or so. The largest, a 4.2, hit Monday night, and nine of them registered at 3.0 or higher. The earthquakes were fairly localized, with most of them hitting Bombay Beach area.