OUR TWO STATE REPRESENTATIVES TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY

Our state representatives are moving up the state pecking order. Yesterday, the Republican Caucus announced it has selected Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley to be its next leader. Mayes will take over from current Republican Leader Kristin Olsen in January. Mayes, a former council member and mayor of Yucca

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION MEETING TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold a special closed session meeting 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 2. The sole item on the closed session agenda is to discuss the significant exposure to potential litigation. The meeting will be held in City Hall on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT FOCUSES ON EASEMENTS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the board will focus on sewer system easements….. Easements will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. The water district has successfully negotiated easements on 207 properties, out

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT DROUGHT SURCHARGE TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, among other items, the board will consider a drought surcharge… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors will receive an update on conservation efforts which look to be just short

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School volleyball team Lady cats played the Rajahs at home and won in three sets. Coaches say the Lady Cats were led by senior Latasia Benevente with nine kills and Junior Tatiyanna Mackall with seven kills and three blocks. Sophomore Lindsey Scammon and junior Mara Mapuatuli

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TWO ARRESTS AFTER A YUCCA VALLEY HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two transients were arrested Saturday after a high-speed chase through Yucca Valley neighborhoods. Sheriff’s reports say a black F-350 pick up truck driven by Mark Hines, 28, failed to stop at a stop sign at Onaga Trail and Acoma Trail just before 6 p.m. Saturday. When a deputy attempted to

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MAN CAUGHT TOWING STOLEN SPRAYER BEHIND HIS BICYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested late Friday night when a deputy became suspicious about the pesticide sprayer the man was towing behind his bicycle. Sheriff’s reports say an off-duty deputy spotted Michael Matson, 38, towing a pesticide sprayer behind his bicycle away from the Tractor Supply store in Yucca

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO DISCUSS FORMER PFF BUILDING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Among items of interest is a discussion of the future plans for the eyesore former PFF building which has been sitting empty in the busiest intersection of the town since the Town bought it for $1.3 million in October of 2009. In April

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JOSHUA TREE VFW POST BROKEN INTO

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Veterans Way in Joshua Tree was broken into Saturday night. Employees said sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, thieves cut the lock off the gate and stole bags of aluminum cans, folding chairs with the VFW logo stamped

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WAL-MART SHOPLIFTER FOUND WITH GUN AND HEROIN

A Yucca Valley transient arrested Sunday evening, accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart, was found to be in possession of heroin and weapons. Sheriff’s reports say Ruben Minero, 36, went to Wal-Mart about 6:30 p.m. and was cutting items out of their packaging with razor blades putting them into a backpack.

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MAN ARRESTED SMASHING YUCCA VALLEY STORE WINDOWS

A Texas man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of smashing windows at two businesses in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s reports say a witness called deputies at 9:19 a.m. to report a man, later identified as Michael Hernandez, 29, of Irving, Texas, walked up to the windows at Marshall’s and Petco and

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SHERIFF WARNS OF ARREST WARRANT SCAMS

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Rebecca Havely says beware of the “Arrest Warrant” scam… In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose as the

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING INTO HER JOSHUA TREE BOYFRIEND

A San Bernardino woman was arrested Sunday morning, accused of running into her boyfriend with a vehicle. Sheriff’s reports say deputies were called to the 6100 block of Panorama Road in Joshua Tree about 8:30 due to a fight between a man and a woman, later identified as Jennifer Casas,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF DRUG DEALING

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of drug dealing. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Ruby Shaw, 50, near Stardune Avenue and Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms about 12:40 a.m. During the traffic stop, the deputy discovered that Shaw had

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15-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED AFTER STEALING GRANDMOTHER’S CAR

A 15-year-old boy who stole his grandmother’s car in Joshua Tree early Saturday morning was arrested several hours later in Landers. Sheriff’s reports say the car was reported stolen about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a neighbor said someone ran into her awning in the 6100 block of Valley View Street

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, TWO POLICIES UP FOR REVIEW

The Morongo Unified School District Board meets in closed and regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the school board will look at two policies involving parents… Following a 6 p.m. closed session meeting on student expulsions and re-admissions, public employee discipline, dismissal, release, the Morongo Unified School District

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COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT JOSHUA TREE CELL TOWER

The county’s planning commission will be asked to give its stamp of approval to a conditional use permit for a 55-foot cell phone tower, designed as a sign, in Joshua Tree. The project will also include 12-panel antennas, a 30-foot by 30-foot block building, a 30-kilowatt generator, and two GPS

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RETIREES MARINE BIRTHDAY BALL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Retirees’ Marine Corps Birthday Ball dinner and dance will go on sale Tuesday, September 1. The dinner and dance will be held November 7 at the Officers’ Club on board the Combat Center. Tickets are $38 each, and seating is limited. For information on where to buy

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CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING AVAILABLE

A Yucca Valley agency is offering mental health screening for children to recognize early signs of problems. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley Trojan volleyball and tennis teams kick off their seasons against San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto. Tennis starts at 3:15; first serve for volleyball is at 5 p.m.

Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms Wildcat girls’ tennis team hosts Banning

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