RIBBON CUTTING THIS AFTERNOON AT PARADISE PARK IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a ribbon cutting today at Paradise Park. The council authorized an improvement project for the park, which included two lighted basketball courts, a pickle ball court, lighted concrete pathways with benches, and a new shade structure. The town received grants in the amount

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ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES TO HOLD YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW

Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, August 3. 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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DESERT LIFE LESSONS 101: LIVING WITH COYOTES

Coyotes are part of our natural order here in our desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips to keep you, your pets, and the coyotes safe… Coyotes are smart, persistent and put pets at risk. Follow these tips to protect your animals. Never feed coyotes. Secure trash cans and keep

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LOCAL ARTISTS A BIG PART OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Nearly half of the 49 artists whose art will appear in the fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition are residents of the Morongo Basin. A selection committee viewed 236 artwork images submitted by 92 artists from California, the United States, and British Columbia. Artwork ranged from paintings, mixed

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MARINE CORPS PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed in a plane crash near Twentynine Palms Thursday night. Major Richard “Stranger” Norton, 36, of Arcadia, departed from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in an F/A-18C Hornet to take part in an integrated training exercise on board the Combat Center in Twentynine

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TOMORROW NOTES POLICE-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Tomorrow is National Night Out, an event that highlights the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… The Morongo Basin will join communities across the country for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2. This will be the first time any communities

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER CRITICAL AFTER RESCUING HIS FAMILY FROM FIRE

A former Twentynine Palms father entered a burning house three times Wednesday to rescue his children from a house fire in Oregon. Michael “Jay” Kinard and his wife Tiffany recently moved to Vale, Oregon, from Twentynine Palms along with their three children. The local Sheriff’s Department said the fire broke

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IT’S MONSOON SEASON, SOME SAFETY TIPS

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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FORGET ESCAPING, MAN CAUGHT SNEAKING INTO COUNTY JAIL

Forget escaping: A man was caught climbing into the San Bernardino county jail Sunday. About 6 a.m. Sunday, July 31, County Sheriff’s Sgt. Corey Emon spotted a man who was not a prisoner climbing up the perimeter fence of the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. Emon notified jail staff

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HARRISON HOUSE OPEN HOUSE THIS EVENING

An open house this evening at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the talents of a brother and sister are featured… A brother-and-sister duo of artists will be featured at an open house Monday, August 1, sponsored by Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology. Dominique Moody

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MARINE CORPS EXERCISE IN JOHNSON VALLEY SET FOR AUGUST 14 – 21

Three years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps had originally planned to hold the training exercises from August 1 to the 31. Under the shared-use agreement, public access

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VOLLEYBALL CAMP SET IN YUCCA VALLEY AUGUST 8 – 11

The Town of Yucca Valley has joined with Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball team to offer a youth volleyball summer camp. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with all the details and how to register… This action-packed, four-day volleyball camp starts August 8 and through August 11 for girls entering

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YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a board meeting Monday, August 1, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue.

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE’S WILDLAND FIRE BRANCH

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some fire safety tips for visitors… For almost 100 years the National Park has been a steward of public land and the Wildland Fire Branch has been part of the mission of protecting these lands. The wildland fire program is committed to

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HARRISON HOUSE OPEN HOUSE

A pair of artists will show at a free open house tomorrow at Harrison House. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… A brother-and-sister duo of artists will be featured at an open house Monday, August 1, sponsored by Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology. Dominique Moody is an artist

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DONATIONS ACCEPTED FOR RUMMAGE SALE

The Santa Fe Social Club in Yucca Valley is accepting donations for a rummage sale. The sale is set for Friday, August 5, and Monday, August 8, from 9:30 to 4. The clubhouse is located on the corner of Apache Trail and Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley at 56020

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday night, accused of hitting his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called a friend about 9:45 Thursday night to report her boyfriend had hit her. After an investigation, Morries Sowell, 23, was arrested for felony spouse abuse. Morries Sowell was booked

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPOINT NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR

A director with 25 years of experience in meeting the social service and mental health needs of San Bernardino County residents, was appointed by the Board of Supervisors July 26 to lead the county’s Human Services. CaSonya Thomas, the director of the Department of Behavioral Health, will succeed Linda Haugan,

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT ADOPTS URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

Every five years, the state requires water districts with more than 3,000 customers to submit a water management plan. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors heard some good news about their plan… The Hi-Desert Water District, together with a consulting firm, prepared an Urban

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NEW MEDICAL CLINIC AT COMBAT CENTER

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Friday for a new medical clinic. The Adult Medical Care Clinic will deliver health care to active-duty service members at the Combat Center. The 45,000-square foot clinic cost $21 million to build and replaces a building that

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