SHERIFFS SEEK MAN WHO THREW ELDERLY MAN TO THE GROUND

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who threw an elderly man to the ground during a burglary in Yucca Valley early Monday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, a resident in the 7300 block of Barberry, who left his front door open for his cat, woke up just

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MORONGO BASIN MAC IN VERY FULL SESSION

The September meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council was rich with public comment, presentations, public safety reports, and community reports. Reporter Dan Stork hits some highlights…

Monday night, Morongo Basin MAC members heard the anguished concerns of residents over a cellular tower at a Joshua Tree church, dirt

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SHERIFFS LOOK FOR SUSPECT IN FIVE JOSHUA TREE AREA BURGLARIES

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for at least one suspect after five Joshua Tree residents reported their homes and vehicles were burglarized Friday and Saturday nights. Residents in the 6600 block of Sierra Avenue, 61500 block of Desert Air Road, and 62000 block of Grand View Circle said their vehicles were

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LANDERS WOMAN KICKS OUT SHERIFF PATROL CAR WINDOWS

A Landers woman who was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor child abuse charge is now facing a felony charge of damaging a patrol vehicle. The Sheriff’s department received a call about 10:30 a.m. Saturday that Elisa Price, 32, of the 58100 block of Burke Road, had locked a neighbor’s 4-year-old

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS AT LA CONTENTA TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board has an early 5 p.m. start for its meeting tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says the scheduled business includes finances, policy revisions, and textbook adoptions… In a 5 p.m. work/study session on September 15, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will review the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS REDEVELOPMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETS

The Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the Dissolved Twentynine Palms Redevelopment Agency meets at 4 p.m. on Wednesday September 16. Its sole agenda item is the discussion and consideration of the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule for the current fiscal year.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Fire department funding by committee or taxes will be discussed. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look at the agenda… The Morongo Valley Community Services District holds its regular third Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. tonight when directors are expected

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BABY BOBCAT CAUGHT AFTER TWENTYNINE PALMS CHICKEN DINNER

A bobcat kitten that was found having a chicken dinner was turned over to Twentynine Palms Animal Control Monday. The chickens’ owner saw the female kitten and her mother hanging around the chicken coop near Rainier Road and Mesa Verde for more than a week. About midnight Monday, the chickens’

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOR SEX

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of soliciting a 12-year-old girl for sex. Police from New Hampshire contacted the San Bernardino Crimes Against Children division August 31 about a 12-year-old girl who was receiving lewd photos and messages from Christopher Pate, 20, of the 9000 block of Ole

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WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL “TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2015 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The popular annual event is a fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree Foundation with proceeds going to local charities, community

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS ABOUT CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION

There are two informational presentations at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting this month. Reporter Dan Stork says they are about land conservation and public transportation… The September 14 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features two informational presentations. First, Frazier Haney will tell about new events of the

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HEARING CONTINUED ON MARINE ACCUSED IN DUI THAT KILLED TINERS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A preliminary hearing will continue today in the manslaughter case against Mariah Natividad, the 22-year-old Marine accused of driving under the influence and killing Lonnie and Patricia Tiner of Twentynine Palms in May. Three witnesses testified Thursday, with at least three more scheduled for today. According to the California Highway

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SHERIFF HOMELESS OUTREACH AND PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

The Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement team tries to stop the revolving door of arrest and incarceration, following the release of inmates who have nowhere to go. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the HOPE team also works with the homeless to get them off the streets… The Sheriff’s

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STATE WATER BOARD TO DISCUSS YUCCA VALLEY WASTEWATER DISCHARGE

Among items of local interest at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin, board Meeting September 17, the board of directors will issue waste discharge requirements for the Hi-Desert Water District. The meeting will be held at 9 am. September 17, at the California Regional Water Quality

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM CLOSING FOR MAINTENANCE THURSDAY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed for maintenance from September 17 through September 26. A new exhibit, “Convincing the Nation,” will open Thursday, October 1. The exhibit includes more than 30 posters from World War II that were designed to influence and change public behavior. Public officials relied on

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CON ARTISTS TARGET ELDERLY WITH “MEDICAL ALERT” SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely warns about the “medical alert” scam…

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A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering

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HOT AIR BALLOON, 5K RUN, FEATURED AT THIS YEARS ORCHID FESTIVAL

Big Plans are underway for this tears 20th annual Morongo basin Orchid Festival. In addition to tours, classes, and non-profit support, new features are being added. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a 5K run will be held this year… The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival, now in its 20th year, introduces a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PALMS RECREATION OFFER ZUMBA CLASSES FOR KIDS

The Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department will offer Zumba for kids ages 7 to 11 every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Services Building on Joe Davis Drive. This class is a rocking high energy dance fitness party packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines. This is

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CHP OFFERS “START SMART” CLASS THIS THURSDAY

The CHP will be offering their “Start Smart” classes for teen drivers this Thursday. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to sign-up… The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision

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A KEY WIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

The Twentynine Palms High School varsity football team traveled to Redlands Friday to face the the Arrowhead Christian Eagles. The ‘Cats jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead, and never looked back as senior Kyle Hope and junior Gunnar Moss forced a wild option pitch on the Eagles’ first

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