YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES TWO SALES TAX MEASURES FOR BALLOT

The Yucca Valley Town Council went ahead with two separate half-percent sales tax measures at last night’s meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff said the Council also appointed a new Planning Commissioner and heard a member says we would not run for reelection… At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS BROTHER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting his brother. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7400 block of Kickapoo Trail about 10:30 a.m. for an assault. The victim told deputies that he and his brother, Dell Cannady, 56, were arguing when Cannady

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PERRIS WOMAN GIVES FALSE NAME AFTER SHOPLIFTING AT WAL-MART

A Perris woman was arrested in the Yucca Valley Walmart Monday afternoon, accused of shoplifting and giving a false name to law enforcement. According to a Sheriff’s report, Walmart employees observed Tashianna Lewis, 23, along with two men, concealing food, liquor, and clothing under their clothes and in shopping bags.

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THE CON ARTISTS ARE SMISHING FOR YOUR MONEY

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that scams have quickly followed. One recent tactic is the use of scam texts. The practice is called “smishing,” a contraction of SMS phishing. Reporter Mike Lipsits says smishing is designed to steal your personal information… A smishing text appears to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS GANG MEMBER ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms gang member was arrested early Monday morning for violating the terms of his parole by associating with a known gang member. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. Monday morning near Utah Trail and Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms. Inside

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ST JOSEPH’S PLAYERS TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley are holding open auditions for their fall 2016 and spring 2017 productions. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… Auditions are set for Saturday, August 13, at 6 p.m. Two award-winning directors Rebecca Havely and Abe Daniels will be casting. Daniels’ will direct

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PICNIC IN DESERT CHRIST PARK PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK

Residents are invited to a picnic in the park at Desert Christ Park Thursday, August 11 to share their memories of this outdoor “museum of sculptures.” Bring a chair and a picnic dinner, and enjoy the wildlife, the views, and the park’s history and memories. The free picnic begins at

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEETS, KUDOS AND UPDATES ON TAP

It will be kudos, contracts, and updates tonight for the Hi-Desert Water District. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the Yucca Valley Water suppliers’ agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the board of directors of the Hi-Desert Water District, the district will be presented with two awards from the California Special Districts

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING HER 3 MONTH OLD

A Twentynine Palms woman pleaded not guilty in Joshua Tree Superior Court Monday afternoon to murdering her 3-month old baby. On September 1, 2015, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were called to the base hospital on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms for a case of possible child abuse. The

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARINGS ON TWO TAXES TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town council has a full agenda after being dark for a month. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the main items on the agenda will be approving two sales tax measures for the November ballot… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a quarterly public safety report from

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES

A Twentynine Palms man who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on his dirt bike a month ago was arrested Sunday for outstanding warrants and possession of drugs and weapons. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4 p.m. Sunday, a deputy saw Bruce Edginton, 25, arrive at a fast food

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASES IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday evening, following a high speed pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s report, just after 6 p.m. Friday, a deputy tried to stop a motorcycle near Elk Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. The report states that the bike rider, later identified as Dylan

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DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS FOR FOUR AREA THEATER COMPANIES

The community theaters of the Morongo Basin have been recognized by the Desert Theatre League for more than 100 Desert Star Award nominations for the 2015/2016 theater season. The awards cover the entire Coachella Valley and include both the Hi- and Low-Desert theaters. Twentynine Palms’ Theatre 29, Joshua Trees’ Hi-Desert

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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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