MISSING 16-YEAR-OLD BOY, THOUGHT TO BE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, FOUND IN PALM SPRINGS

A 16-year-old boy reported missing more than a year ago from Michigan was found Wednesday morning in Palm Springs. Cody Page, who was living with a foster family in Saginaw, left school on March 15, 2016, and never went home. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children traced Cody’s Facebook

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BASEBALL BAT ATTACK

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of hitting her roommate with a baseball bat. Sheriff’s reports say a deputy was called to the 73800 block of Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms about 5 a.m. because a man said Montisha Harris, 24, hit him in the face and arm

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AN UPDATE ON THE YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PROJECT

The Yucca Valley Town Council received an update on the sewer project from the HI-Desert Water District at its meeting Tuesday night. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… Construction and repaving in the Paradise Park neighborhood is nearly complete. The construction process includes a 30-day notification to residents,

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FIVE ARRESTED IN TWO INCIDENTS OF IDENTITY THEFT

Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a black Acura about 2 a.m. at Adobe Road and Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms because it didn’t have any license plates. Inside the vehicle were Lisa Pacheco, 39, of Yucca

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CAMPING AT CAPACITY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park is struggling with over capacity visitation and managing the crowds. Park Ranger George Land is warning prospective visitors that there are just not enough Park camping sites to go around and there are rules on camping… As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park increases, many people

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING CASE OF CHECK FRAUD

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of check fraud, in which the suspect whited out the recipient’s name and inserted their own name. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim had her mail stolen from her mailbox in Joshua Tree sometime in February. When the victim received a cancellation

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THIS SUNDAY IS “WATER EDUCATION DAY” IN JOSHUA TREE

Think you can’t you wash your car with just a half gallon of water? Well you can. Learn how at the fourth annual Water Education Day. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there’s a lot of more to know about water and where you can soak it all up… Sunday, March 26,

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF THE YEAR HONORED

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony last night. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored Probation Officer Jairo Chamarro, Joshua Tree Court Services Deputy Scott Leach, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station Deputy Ryan Atherton, California Highway Patrol

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON SCHOOL SURPLUS PROPERTY, INCLUDING OLD JT EL, TODAY

The Morongo Unified School District’s Surplus Property Committee meets this morning to hear public input on acceptable uses of space and real property, including disposition of the old Joshua Tree Elementary School property on the 6000 block of Sunburst Avenue. The meeting gets underway at 10 a.m. this morning in

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Copper Mountain College will be closed Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, during Spring Break. The College will resume its normal operating hours on March 27.

FREE TEEN TECH HELP IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

If you are struggling with those new-fangled electronic devices, the Yucca Valley Youth Commission is ready give you a hand. Managing editor Tami Roleff says free teen tech help will be available tomorrow in Yucca Valley… Need help setting up your cell phone, tablet or other electronic device? Want to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SWIM TEAMS EARN THIRD WIN OF SEASON

In a last-minute change of venue, the Twentynine Palms High School Swim Team hosted Desert Mirage High School at home Wednesday. Both Wildcat teams overwhelmed the Rams: 127 to 31 for the boys, and 137 to 13 for the girls. The teams are now 3-0 for the season. The next

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TODAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports today, the Joshua Springs baseball team will host Temecula Prep at home. First pitch is at 3:15.

INVESTIGATION OF A FAKE BOMB LEFT IN YUCCA VALLEY IS ONGOING

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fake bomb that was left in front of a Yucca Valley business Monday. About 6 p.m., deputies were called to JT Cross Fit, in the 58900 block of Business Center Drive for a suspicious gray box that had what appeared to be homemade pipe bombs

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EXPERIMENTAL PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A single-engine, experimental plane made an emergency landing in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday. According to Park spokesman George Land, the plane landed on Pinto Basin Road, close to Smoketree Wash, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries or damages to the plane. Park employees contacted the Federal

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YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL HONORS LAW ENFORCEMENT, GETS GOOD NEWS ABOUT CRIME

Prior to the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting, council members, and planning and parks commissioners, led by Mayor Merl Abel, dedicated the newly remodeled Sheriff’s substation and a “blue line of support” that had been painted on the road leading to the substation. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling said those who

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CONTROVERSIAL HOUSING PROJECT ON S.R. 62 AT MISSION CREEK KILLED

A controversial proposed housing project on State Route 62 near the Mission Creek Preserve and newly designated Sand to Snow Monument was killed, thanks to a procedural quirk. The Desert Hot Springs City Council voted 2-2 Tuesday to uphold a planning commission decision to deny a three-year extension of the

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COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO BE CHALLENGED IN THE NEXT ELECTION

A 17-year senior prosecutor in the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office is challenging his boss’s re-election bid in 2018. John Thomas announced his campaign for district attorney Monday, March 20. He will run against District Attorney Mike Ramos, who has served as the county’s top prosecutor for 15 years.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER LOOKS AT A “SMART” PLAN

At tonight’s water board meeting in Twentynine Palms, directors will look at water availability assessments and grapple with what they’re calling a SMART plan. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is expected to review—and likely leave unchanged—the current water availability

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DAV SERVICE OFFICER AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The Disabled American Veterans organization has teamed up with Copper Mountain College to offer DAV services twice a month on the college campus. A DAV chapter service officer will be in the college’s student services office tomorrow and every first and third Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to

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