SEVEN BEAUMONT CITY OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING $43,000.000

Prosecutors Tuesday filed embezzlement charges against the former Beaumont city manager, finance director and other officials, alleging that they siphoned as much as $43 million from city coffers over the past three decades. As a result of a yearlong public corruption investigation, six officials were arrested Tuesday: Former City Manager

…View Full Story…

SCHOOL BOARD HEARS DISGRUNTLED TEACHERS, REJECTS CHARTER SCHOOL

The Morongo Unified School Board met last night to an audience of disgruntled teachers. Reporter David Haldane said a work action discussion was followed by a surprise rejection to a proposed charter school… It was a sea of blue t-shirts. That was the pervasive color last night as a standing-room-only

…View Full Story…

NOTED MUSICIAN INJURED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH

A noted Yucca Valley musician was injured in a crash in Joshua Tree Monday afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol, Richard Bishop, 63, had stopped his 2002 Honda at northbound Hillview Road and Highway 62 about 5:20 p.m. As Bishop made a left-hand turn onto the highway, the CHP

…View Full Story…

TWO INJURED IN REAR-END CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

Two people were injured in a rear-end crash in Yucca Valley Tuesday night. Just after 11 p.m., a Jeep crashed into the rear end of another vehicle on westbound Highway 62 near Ronald Drive. The collision started a small fire in the engine compartment of the Jeep, which was quickly

…View Full Story…

MORONGO VALLEY CSD DISCUSSES AUDIT, PROPOSED PARCEL TAX

The Morongo Valley CSD board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an audit and a proposed parcel tax dominated the meeting… At last night’s board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District there was extended discussion concerning the complexities and costs of performing an annual audit, then directors

…View Full Story…

A NEW FIRE ENGINE FOR JOSHUA TREE

Firefighters in the Morongo Basin have a “new” addition to their firefighting fleet. Fire Station 36 in Joshua Tree took possession of a 1994 four-wheel drive brush engine that once belonged to County Fire Station 96 in Fawnskin. The brush engine’s water tank can pump 500 gallons a minute and

…View Full Story…

WE REVIEW THE ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS, “BROADWAY BOUND”

“Broadway Bound” is a semi-autographical play by Neil Simon, and is the last chapter in his “Eugene” trilogy, that follows Eugene Jerome from his teenage years in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” to “Biloxi Blues” as he joins the Army, to his attempt to become a comedy writer for radio and television.

…View Full Story…

WILD WEST BINGO BENEFITS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SATURDAY

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert will hold its second annual bingo fundraiser Saturday, May 21, and players have the chance to win up to $500 in cash prizes. This year’s theme is Wild West Bingo. Along with bingo will be a wild west dinner, specialty drinks, and

…View Full Story…

JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR PROJECT TONIGHT… AGAIN

It will be déjà vu all over again tonight as the Joshua Basin Water Board again faces a decision on a controversial commercial solar project. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, General Manager Curt Sauer will again ask the board to consider

…View Full Story…

HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the items on tonight’s meeting (Wednesday, May 18) of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will continue its discussions on the local hazard mitigation plan and its strategic plan update. The board will also be asked to approve agreements for professional auditing services and with the

…View Full Story…

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST NURSERY TOUR SATURDAY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has a unique nursery operation at their Joshua Tree headquarters. Reporter David Knutson says you are invited to tour it Saturday… You’re invited to join Nursery Manager Madena Asbell on Saturday, May 21, to tour the Mojave Desert Land Trust Headquarters. The tour will include

…View Full Story…

MAN WHO ASSAULTED 12-YEAR-OLD AT THE JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an assault over the weekend at the Joshua Tree Music Fest. According to a Sheriff’s report, a mother brought her 12-year-old son to Hi-Desert Medical Center about 8 p.m. Saturday night. The mother said her son was strangled and body slammed by a man, identified

…View Full Story…

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN BUSY SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a very busy session will hear presentation from Joshua Tree National Park, approval of some projects, and a look at a two-year budget… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a presentation from Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent

…View Full Story…

WOMAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING MAN AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

A woman was arrested Friday night after a man said she punched him in the face. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man was at Tortoise Rock Casino when Nikole Schroeder, 28, of Fresno, sat next to him. Schroeder and the man knew each other and have had problems in

…View Full Story…

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: TEACHER PROTESTS, CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION

The Morongo Unified School Board of trustees meets tonight. The Board is expecting a presence from teachers in a contract impasse working only required hours and a charter school petition consideration. Reporter David Haldane takes a closer look… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District are hoping to see lots

…View Full Story…

MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR FIRE AND TAX COMMITTEE UPDATES

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will get a fire department presentation and an update from the fire tax committee, among other items… At tonight’s regular 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will hear a presentation

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted a blue Toyota with an expired registration being driven westbound on Sullivan Road, near Elm Drive in Twentynine Palms about 10:30 a.m. The deputy determined the driver, identified as Gary

…View Full Story…

MEDI-CAL INSURANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

As of yesterday, about 170,000 undocumented children in California are eligible for full scope Medi-Cal insurance. It’s part of the “Health4AllKids” program, extending coverage to children in low-income families who qualify. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… Health4AllKids, the expansion of Medi-Cal for low-income, undocumented children in California, includes full

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS ROLLOVER CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

A roll-over crash in Twentynine Palms Monday morning sent a man to the hospital. About 8:41 a.m., a Nissan Sentra was traveling northbound on Adobe Road when, for unknown reasons, the middle-aged driver lost control, hit an embankment, and the car rolled over, landing on its side north of Sullivan

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOK AT ALL-NEW DEVELOPMENT CODE

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will look at an update and replacement for their entire development code tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the new codes are the result of literally years of work… The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight with just one thing on its agenda: a public hearing

…View Full Story…