CALIFORNIA JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM BENEFITTING FROM REFORM

California stands out for its work in turning young lives around, according to a new report on youth prisons. The report recommends closing all youth prisons and reinvesting in other types of programs. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows youth correctional

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested November 10, accusing of being a drug dealer. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle for expired registration tags near Sunset Road and Alta Vista Drive in Joshua Tree about 2:30 a.m. Inside the vehicle was Kevin Saville, 53. During a

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested November 12, accused of possession of stolen property. According to a Sheriff’s report, Angela Cranfill, 38, was stopped near Palm Avenue and Stardust Trail in Yucca Valley about 1:40 a.m. After an investigation, Angela Cranfill was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property,

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YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY SPONSORS OPENING OF “A CHRISTMAS STORY” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 will open the classic Christmas comedy, “A Christmas Story” with a gala event Friday, November 18 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with your invitation… Ralphie Parker is on a quest for the Christmas gift of his dreams: A Red Ryder BB

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SHERIFF’S STATION COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR THE NO KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is collecting donations for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter. Residents can drop off dry dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, blankets, bedding, and other pet-related items at the Sheriff’s Station on the highway at Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. All donations will be brought

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FESTIVAL OF WREATHS THIS SUNDAY

What has become a holiday season tradition will be held this Sunday at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to the Festival of Wreaths… For many, the Copper Mountain College Foundation Festival of Wreaths event signals the Basin’s start of the holiday season. This year’s seventh annual Festival

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A GRANT WILL HELP A LOCAL CHARITY SERVE HOLIDAY MEALS

A local charity has received a grant to assist them in serving Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to low-income families and individuals in Twentynine Palms. Stater Bros. Charities awarded the $3,100 grant to Food for Life. Spokesperson Linda Geddis said the funds will be used to support the holiday meals that

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD GIVEAWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, November 18, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

WE REVIEW “KITCHEN WITCHES” AT ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Opening night of “Kitchen Witches,” performed by the St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley, opened last weekend at St. Joseph’s Church to a full house. The opening night gala raised $1,500 for the fledgling theater company. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers this review… “Kitchen Witches” is a recipe for comedy.

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CUB SCOUT FUND-RAISER AT PANDA EXPRESS TOMORROW

Cub Scout Pack 903 will hold a fund-raising event tomorrow, Friday, November 18 at Panda Express restaurant, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Yucca Valley. All diners must present a flyer—either a hard copy or on their phone—for the Cub Scout pack to receive credit for the meals. A

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JURASSIC QUEST RETURNS TO THE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN VICTORVILLE

The “Jurassic Quest” event, which features life-like, animatronic dinosaurs, will be at the County Fairgrounds in Victorville this weekend. Reporter Kirby Davis says this is a great way to spend a day with your kids… Jurassic Quest is returning to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds bigger and better than ever.

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LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND AND CHOIR CONCERT TONIGHT

La Contenta Middle School’s Fall Band and Choir Concert will be held tonight, Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. The concert is free and all are welcome to attend. The La Contenta Parent Group will be selling hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda and candy.

LOS ANGELES COUPLE HEADING TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ARE MISSING

Relatives and friends of a Los Angeles couple, who were supposed to have gone camping in Joshua Tree, are asking for the public’s help in finding them. Aaron Morganstein and Mariya “Masha” Mitkova were last seen leaving Los Angeles on November 11, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They

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COUNCIL GIVES YUCCA VALLEY TOWN MANAGER A RAISE, HEARS STATE OF THE TOWN

The Yucca Valley Town Council gave their town manager a raise last night before hearing the Mayor outline the state of the Town. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and filed this report… With no public comment, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved a raise and a 3-year contract extension

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL LOOKS AT THE NUMBERS FOR CITY LOGO CHANGE

Twentynine Palms is about to change the way its spelled. Reporter David Haldane attended last night’s City Council meeting and filed this story… It’s all about the spelling. In a quirkiness known to anyone familiar with Twentynine Palms, the city’s name has always been written out in letters rather than

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED CROSSING HIGHWAY 62

A Joshua Tree man was seriously injured Friday night when he was hit by a pick-up truck on the highway. According to the California Highway Patrol, Dylan Davis, 26, who was intoxicated and wearing all dark clothing, was on the south shoulder of Highway 62 east of Bonair Road and

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF FIRE CHIEF

More changes are on the horizon for Morongo Valley’s cash strapped Fire Department as Morongo Valley’s loss is Calimesa’s gain. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on last night’s bombshell… Last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District began with the addition of a hastily convened closed session

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MARINE KILLED IN CABAZON MOTORCYCLE CRASH IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has finally released the identity of a Marine stationed at the Combat Center who was killed in a motorcycle crash November 6. According to the CHP, Danny Tran, 19, of Florida, was riding a blue 2009 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 10 shortly before 1

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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE VISITS THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE YESTERDAY

The Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, MAGTAF Training command, hosted the Unites States Secretary of Defense yesterday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why he was in our Morongo Basin… The Secretary of the Defense was at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Tuesday to observe Marine

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIDING IN THE SHOWER

A Yucca Valley man who was attempting to hide in the shower was arrested Monday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped an Isuzu Rodeo SUV for not having a front license plate at Sage Avenue and Cassia Drive shortly before 3 p.m. After getting the driver’s and

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