MINOR INJURY ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES BACK GATE TO COMBAT CENTER

A woman received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Twentynine Palms. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin, Corbie Johnson, 30, of Twentynine Palms, and her 4-year-old son, were in a 2010 Hyundai Genesis traveling northbound on Morongo Road. At about 7:18 a.m., Johnson attempted to

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LAFCO SUPPORTS TAKEOVER OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT BY COUNTY FIRE

With expenses outpacing revenue, the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission voted in support of a takeover of emergency medical services and fire protection services in Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at yesterday’s hearing in San Bernardino … County takeover of fire service from the Twentynine Palms

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PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Be prepared for a step-up in training activity aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Marines from various units will be coming together next week to train prior to deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The three-day exercise, known as CERTEX, will bring together Marines and

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WHY THE PRICE OF GAS IS HIGHER HERE

While the price of gas has gone below a dollar in some parts of the nation, it seems like Californians are paying more. That is because we are, and reporter David Haldane explains why… Ever felt like the price of gas where you live seems higher than almost anywhere else?

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD SEEKING A NEW BOARD MEMBER

The Morongo Valley Community Services District is seeking applications for a new board member. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Covington Park multi-purpose room. Qualified candidates must be registered voters living within the boundaries of Morongo Valley. Interested residents can pick up an

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CAUGHT WITH MARIJUANA COOKIES

A student at Twentynine Palms High was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of possessing a marijuana cookie. According to a Sheriff’s report, school officials called the Sheriff’s department about 9 a.m. when a juvenile had a chocolate chip cookie that smelled of marijuana. The boy allegedly told the deputy that he

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WE REVIEW “THE SEAHORSE” AT GROVE’S THEATER

Groves’ Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley held its opening night for the two-actor play, “The Seahorse,” last weekend. Directed by Abe Daniels, “The Seahorse” is a sensuous and testy love story between a woman who is afraid to fall in love, and the man who loves her. Managing editor Tami

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PARADE OF HOME ORGANIZERS DOING “THE HAPPY DANCE”

Organizers of the 12th Annual Parade of Homes are doing the “happy dance” due to great attendance and beautiful weather for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s longest-running fundraiser. Reach Out raised over $8,000 with more than 250 parade-goers from all over—the Morongo Basin, Coachella Valley, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER PART 1: SQUIRMING UNDER PRESSURE

Last night’s marathon three-hour meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District saw the little water agency squirming to get out from under the pressure being applied by energy behemoth NextEra Inc. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s meeting and files this report… With annual revenue well in excess of

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LINCOLN CLUB OFFERING LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Morongo Basin high school seniors are invited to apply for scholarships from the Lincoln Club of the Morongo Basin. Students must have a 3.0 or better grade point average and write an essay on the relevance of the U.S. Constitution. The deadline to enter is April 4. For complete rules

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“IN THE VILLAGE OF HOPE” AT HARRISON HOUSE SUNDAY

A special concert at Harrison House in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Reporter David Knutson invites you to “In The Village of Hope.”… The Harrison House Music, Arts and Ecology presents “In the Village of Hope,” by Composer-In-Residence Michael Byron. This also includes works by Lou Harrison and Peter Garland and

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms Wildcats boys’ basketball team hosted Xavier Prep High School last night in the first round of the CIF southern section playoffs. The Wildcats cut a six-point lead to three points with 18 seconds left on the clock. After several attempted three point shots, the Wildcats fell short

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YUCCA VALLEY EMPLOYEES GET A RAISE, A HARD LOOK AT THE COST OF PUBLIC SAFETY

An outside review of the salaries and benefits of the Town of Yucca Valley employees found that employees are being paid, on average, between 6 and 15 percent below median compensation compared to other cities’ employees. Yucca Valley Town Council members voted at last night’s meeting to gradually increase the

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY PLAN

Residents of Joshua Tree have an opportunity to weigh in on the Joshua Tree Community Plan; it’s part of the bigger countywide plan. Public input is being sought for the Joshua Tree Community Plan through a series of workshops, events, and through a comprehensive website. The first Joshua Tree specific

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACED WITH A HARD CHOICE ON WATER FOR SOLAR FIELD

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will meet tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they have a hard decision to make regarding the controversial NextEra solar farm at the former Joshua Tree airport… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board must decide if it

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MORONGO VALLEY UNVEILS SAND-TO-SNOW MONUMENT SIGN

The Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new welcome sign yesterday. The sign, located at the corner of Highway 62 and Hess Boulevard, says “Morongo Valley — Home of Sand-to-Snow National Monument.” The new Sand to Snow National Monument was part of a package proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein

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LAWSUIT MAY FORCE RELEASE OF ALL STUDENTS RECORDS

Concerned parents are being told that their child’s personal school records could be released as part of a lawsuit. Reporter David Haldane explains… It’s the irony of ironies. Parents concerned about children with disabilities filed a lawsuit alleging that the California Department of Education was not properly addressing their needs.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Monday after he shoved a Sheriff’s deputy. According to Sheriff’s reports, the man, identified as Westley Arnot, 48, called 9-1-1 about 2:30 a.m. for a report of domestic violence and help in removing his girlfriend from his property. When deputies arrived at the

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HI-DESERT WATER MAY APPROVE EMINENT DOMAIN TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the board will look at using eminent domain to clear the way for sewer lines… Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s board of directors, the directors will

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ANDROMEDA SOCIETY YUCCA MESA STAR PARTY FRIDAY

Explore the night sky and a lively film program on parallel universes at the Andromeda Society’s free star party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 19, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue. All ages are welcome, and participants can bring their own telescopes and binoculars or

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