COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF RICK DENNISON TO RETIRE

Yucca Valley County Fire Battalion chief and town councilman Rick Dennison is retiring. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a look at a successful career… Saying that it was time to close one chapter of his life, Battalion Chief Rick Denison will retire today from the San Bernardino County Fire Department

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FIVE CRASHES AND TWO PILOT DEATHS RESULT IN STAND-DOWN OF MARINE JETS

The Marines have ordered a stand-down of all non-deployed jets following a series of crashes. Captain Sarah Burns, a spokesman for the Marines said, “The pause will last one day within the next seven to allow units to “discuss best practices and to look at ways to continue to improve.”

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Combat Center just after midnight for a report that Xe Lee, 25, kicked a man in the mouth and punched him in the chest. The victim refused

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SELF DEFENSE CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department is offering a personal self-defense workshop. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to enroll… Instructor Norma Rose is a black belt in Ketsugo Jujitsu and has over 20 years of experience. She will instruct a personal self-defense class on Saturday, August 20, from

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, August 6, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors with O-negative blood are especially needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation.

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MAJOR KUDOS FOR HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, the water district was presented with two awards that recognize the district’s transparency, fiscal management responsibility and sound practices. The awards, District of Distinction, as well as a Transparency Certificate of Excellence, were presented on behalf of the California Special Districts Leadership

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HEART TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

The Live at the Rock concerts continue at Tortoise Rock Casino Friday nights. Reporter Kirby Davis invites you to hear a Heart tribute band tonight… August kicks off with Heart Attack and a tribute to Heart on August 5. Their spot-on recreation of Heart’s music takes guests on a journey

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GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE AT YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT

It will be a Garth Brooks tribute band for the Yucca Valley summer concert tomorrow evening. Managing editor Tami Roleff says she has friends in low places… Join Z107.7 radio personality Pat Michaels Saturday during the town of Yucca Valley’s summer concert. Enjoy the cool desert evening listening and dancing

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CAT-A-PALOOZA AT THE YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER

The Yucca Valley animal shelter is holding a Cat-a-Palooza adoption event through Tuesday, August 9. Adoption fees for all cats will be $20 and include vaccines and spaying or neutering. The Cat-a-Palooza runs Friday, August 5; Saturday, August 6; and ends Tuesday, August 9. Shelter hours are noon to 5.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW MORNING

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 6, is the first Saturday breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association, located in north Joshua Tree at 65336 Winters Road. All of your breakfast favorites will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by the friendly volunteers. Come on out for fellowship with your

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TODDLERS LEFT ALONE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of leaving her toddler children alone at home while she drove to Palm Springs. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies received a call at 4:13 a.m. that Ashley Boughner, 27, had left her 1 ½ year-old and 3-year-old child at

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SHOTS FIRED IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of shots fired in Flamingo Heights. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 1900 block of Yellow Knife Road called about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning to report that someone was driving in circles on the property, shouting, and shooting at a

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be collecting school supplies tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to come fill a cop car… The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is holding its first fundraising event to provide area children with everything they need to go

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday night accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boy returned home after a visit with his father—identified as David Flaningam, 30, of the 62200 block of Verbena Road—with a hand print on his back. The boy told his mother that

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JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND WITH DRUGS, WEAPONS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of possessing dangerous weapons and drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 10:30 a.m., a deputy stopped a white, four-door car near Hallee Road and Highway 62 for having an expired vehicle registration. After an investigation, the driver, Cesar Espinoza, 52,

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FLASH FLOODS SAFETY TIPS

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for today. Flash floods can strike any time and any place with little or no warning. In mountainous or flat terrain, distant rain may be channeled into gullies and ravines, turning a wash into rampaging torrent in minutes. City streets

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TWO CASES OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

The County Health Department has confirmed two human cases of West Nile virus in San Bernardino County, the first in the county this year, Infected mosquitos transmit the virus when they bite. Both victims are elderly men; both are receiving medical care. One man lives in the west side of

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SOME CALIFORNIA ROADS MAY SOON GENERATE POWER

California has almost 400,000 miles of roads and a ton of truck traffic that together may soon become a source of renewable energy. Reporter Kirby Davis explains… When a truck rumbles down the road, it sends out powerful vibrations. The California Energy Commission is set to test something called piezoelectric

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP SET FOR MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, August 8. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

SCHOOL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree church is giving away free school supplies and backpacks Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the giveaway is first come-first served… Morongo Basin students from kindergarten to sixth grade are eligible for a free back-to-school backpack from Lighthouse Christian Center. Students with a parent or guardian may pick

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