LUCERNE VALLEY MAN KILLED IN 4TH OF JULY OFF-ROAD CRASH

An Independence Day death for a Lucerne Valley off-road rider. According to the county coroner’s office, Monday, July 4, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Antonio Contreras, a 28-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, was operating a quad off-road vehicle in the area of Midway Avenue and Sunswept Drive in Lucerne Valley. For

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER MAKING DEATH THREATS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested last night, accused of threatening to kill a man. According to a Sheriff’s report, Fred Johnson, 49, was arguing with another man in the 6100 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree about 9:30 p.m. The victim said the Johnson threatened to put

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AFTER SUPREME COURTS DECISION ON IMMIGRATION: NOW WHAT

The Supreme Court’s decision to block two of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration may bring up many questions and fears in the immigrant community. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains some of the options… Immigration advocates are speaking out to clear up misconceptions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

CHP investigators arrested a Yucca Valley man after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on North Indian Canyon Drive Saturday night. The California Highway Patrol said Michael Bettasso, 39, was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, north of Dillon Road, at about 7:30 p.m.; 63-year-old Richard

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VEHICLE VANDALISM INCIDENT IN YUCCA VALLEY UNDER INVESTIGATION

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of vandalism to a woman’s car in Yucca Valley Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the unidentified woman was driving eastbound in the number 2 lane of Highway 62 near Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley about 7:15 p.m. Friday, when her car was struck

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NEW LAW TO CONTROL PAIN PILL ADDICTION

The state of California is trying hard to control an epidemic of those becoming addicted to painkillers. Reporter David Haldane says a new law would combat “doctor shopping”… Ever been tempted to go “doctor shopping” for pain pill prescriptions you don’t really need? A new law in effect this month

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO FINISH CITY MANAGER EVALUATION TONIGHT

At last week’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, the council ran out of time in its closed session for its evaluation of the city manager. The council continued its closed session for its city manager performance evaluation to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. The meeting will be held

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD: CHROMIUM 6 REIMBURSEMENT AND A FINANCIAL REPORT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Chromium 6 reimbursement and a financial report are on the agenda….. At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District the board is expected to receive the third quarter financial report and approve a resolution

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MUSD, SCHOOL EMPLOYEES STUCK ON “ME TOO” CONTRACT CLAUSE

The Morongo Unified School District and the California School Employees Association had a bargaining session Wednesday, and have tentatively agreed on three more items, but continue to disagree on the “me too” clause of salary negotiations. The CSEA is a union that represents classified employees such as security, food service,

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HI-DESERT WATER IN ROUTINE MEETING TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District will look for an industry group candidate and an operations plan tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will be fairly routine. Amonth the items on the agenda, the board will be asked to

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR UNITED METHODIST STREET MARKET THIS SATURDAY

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms is holding its street market again this Saturday, July 9, from 8 to 1 in the church parking lot on Mesquite Springs Road, next to the high school. Vendors can have a space for a $10 donation. Shoppers will be surprised at the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN INJURED IN HIGH-SPEED DIRT BIKE PURSUIT FRIDAY NIGHT

A 25-year-old man was seriously injured following a high-speed pursuit on a dirt bike in Twentynine Palms Friday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, Deputy Ryan Arthurton saw the bike rider, later identified as Bruce Edginton, illegally riding an off-road motorcycle westbound on Two Mile Road at Mariposa Avenue about

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley woman was involved in a fatal crash in Desert Hot Springs Friday afternoon. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, the 53-year-old woman, who was not identified by the police, was driving eastbound in the 64600 block of Dillon Road in a 2016 Kia Sorrento just after

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has an opportunity for some quality volunteerism. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about the Auxiliary program… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Auxiliary matches motivated local volunteers with vital and rewarding assignments. They complement the care provided by medical staff. From patient registration, to running the gift shop

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SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS IN MORONGO BASIN

The first-ever Fourth of July fireworks shows in the Morongo Basin that were synchronized to music, broadcast live on the air on Z107.7, went off without a hitch last night. The music was synced with the 25-minute shows in both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley to appreciative crowds. In Landers,

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MURDER TRIAL OF MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS ROOMMATE CONTINUES THIS WEEK

The murder trial of Brock Myers continues this week. Myers, 25, is accused of shooting and killing his roommate, 26-year-old Steven Kohus, in the head in March 2014. Both Myers and Kohus were corporals in the Marine Corps attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines at the Twentynine Palms Combat Center

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS PRODUCTION OF “THE NERD” CONTINUES IN YUCCA VALLEY

The St. Joseph’s Players’ production of the comedy “The Nerd” is mid-way through its run in Yucca Valley. Reporter Rebecca Havely says opening night raised a lot of money for the Kiwanis Club… After a very successful opening weekend, the St. Joseph’s Players’ production of “The Nerd” continues its run

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, July 6. Staff representatives will be available from 10 until 2 in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not

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DISTRIBUTION OF FREE SURPLUS FOOD TODAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANCELS TONIGHT’S MEETING

Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council has been cancelled due to a lack of an agenda. The next regularly scheduled meeting is for August 2.