CONTROVERSIAL HOUSING PROJECT ON S.R. 62 AT MISSION CREEK KILLED

A controversial proposed housing project on State Route 62 near the Mission Creek Preserve and newly designated Sand to Snow Monument was killed, thanks to a procedural quirk. The Desert Hot Springs City Council voted 2-2 Tuesday to uphold a planning commission decision to deny a three-year extension of the

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COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO BE CHALLENGED IN THE NEXT ELECTION

A 17-year senior prosecutor in the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office is challenging his boss’s re-election bid in 2018. John Thomas announced his campaign for district attorney Monday, March 20. He will run against District Attorney Mike Ramos, who has served as the county’s top prosecutor for 15 years.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER LOOKS AT A “SMART” PLAN

At tonight’s water board meeting in Twentynine Palms, directors will look at water availability assessments and grapple with what they’re calling a SMART plan. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is expected to review—and likely leave unchanged—the current water availability

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DAV SERVICE OFFICER AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The Disabled American Veterans organization has teamed up with Copper Mountain College to offer DAV services twice a month on the college campus. A DAV chapter service officer will be in the college’s student services office tomorrow and every first and third Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to

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ORGANIZERS CALL TWENTYNINE PALMS CAR SHOW A SUCCESS; WINNERS NAMED

Organizers are calling the 17th annual Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Car Show and Street Fair held Saturday, March 18, a success, with close to 6,000 spectators attending. The event featured a mix of classic and late-model cars and trucks, and some special features. The event also included the ASYMCA

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A CALL FOR ART FROM THE TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITOR CENTER

Attention Morongo Basin artists, the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center Art Gallery is calling for art for their spring show. Reporter Edica Gonzales has details… “Spring Renewal” is the theme for the Art in Public Places exhibition at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Gallery. Desert artists are invited to submit an

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SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISCUSS THURSDAY HOW TO DISPOSE OF OLD JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The public is invited to give their input on how the Morongo Unified School District should dispose of surplus property, including the old Joshua Tree Elementary School, at 6051 Sunburst Avenue. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in the main conference room of the Morongo Unified School District

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MBTA BOARD MEETS, AGENCY GETS HIGHEST SAFETY RATING

At Thursday’s (March 23) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will hold a public hearing on a grant request of more than $855,000 to purchase five vehicles. Directors will also hear a presentation on the transportation reimbursement escort program. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA

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FREE TENNIS LESSONS OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A special cooperative program will provide free tennis lessons in Yucca Valley. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how to sign up… The Morongo Basin Tennis Association will offer lessons for adults, beginning April 1. The first four lessons are free and lessons for the next eight weeks are at low

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50 YOUTH BASKETBALL TEAMS COMING TO TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The City of Twentynine Palms will host the 59th Annual Youth Basketball Tournament this weekend. Twentynine Palms Recreation has organized 50 teams into seven different divisions, both boys and girls. Almost 80 games will be played over the course of the three days, in three different locations. Twentynine Palms High

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS, SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity tennis team hosted the Rams of Desert Mirage on Monday and came away with a 15 to 3 win. In singles, the Wildcats were led by Ben Pressnall and Nathan Thomas, who swept all three sets. In doubles, the Wildcats were led by

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FAKE BOMB SCARE IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fake bomb that was left in front of a Yucca Valley business Monday. About 6 p.m., deputies were called to JT Cross Fit, in the 58900 block of Business Center Drive for a suspicious gray box that had what appeared to be homemade pipe bombs

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MISSING MICHIGAN BOY BELIEVED TO BE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Just over a year ago, 16-year-old Cody Page went missing from Saginaw, Michigan. He was last seen on March 15, 2016. He is believed to be in the area of Twentynine Palms. Cody is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has light

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO SMALL FIRES MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause

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PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A single-engine, experimental plane made an emergency landing in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday. According to a Park spokesman, the plane landed on Pinto Basin Road, close to Smoketree Wash, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries or damages to the plane. Park employees contacted the Federal Aviation

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO HEAR A PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says an annual report on public safety in the Town will dominate the meeting… Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling will present his annual public safety report to the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting tonight. The

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION TAKES UP CARGO CONTAINERS TONIGHT

Cargo containers are on tonight’s Twentynine Palms Planning Commission agenda. Again. Reporter David Haldane explains… It seems like a case of déjà vu. At the top of the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission is a public hearing. Specifically, it’s about whether to allow Vista del

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FALSE ID TO A DEPUTY LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Giving deputies a false name won’t stop them from arresting you, and the arrest for a false ID led to a second arrest. Sheriff’s report say a deputy stopped a man riding a bicycle near Mohawk Trail and Highway 62 just before 3 a.m. Friday. The man gave the deputy

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accusing of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5800 block of Halsey Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 5:30 p.m. because a woman, who was sitting in some bushes, said she had been assaulted by her

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY RED HOT AUCTION SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host the Red Hot Auction fundraiser March 25. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… The Red Hot Auction, hosted by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, will raise funds to help expand the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The event takes place March 25 at the Old

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