MORONGO BASIN ICON, MARA CANTELO, DIES OF NATURAL CAUSES

A Morongo Basin icon, Mara Cantelo, founder and driving force behind the annual Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, events, has passed away. Cantelo, who suffered multiple illnesses, passed away of natural causes at her home, she was 64. A caregiver reported that she had not been heard from since Friday September

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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW TEACHERS CONTRACT

Eureka! That pretty much describes the mood among those in the know at last night’s school board meeting. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains… To the casual observer, it looked completely routine; without a word of discussion, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education last night unanimously approved

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A SPATE OF BURGLARY AND VANDALISM IN YUCCA VALLEY

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday investigating at least four commercial burglaries and vandalism. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called to the 56400 block of 29 Palms Highway about 8 a.m. where an unknown suspect broke through a back door and stole the cash register and cash, along

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SUSPECTED IN MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday in connection with multiple burglaries. According to a Sheriff’s report, detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation for several Yucca Valley burglaries and identified Thomas Brown, 37, as a suspect. When deputies located Brown in the 2900 block of Star Lane, he resisted arrest,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR OSHA-REQUIRED FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY REPORT

A month ago to the day, the Morongo Valley Community Services District received notice from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health that a complaint had been filed. The complaint alleged hazardous and unhealthy work conditions at Morongo Valley’s Fire Station. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD FACES A BUSY AGENDA TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will have a busy day tomorrow. The board will meet at 1 p.m. for an accreditation workshop. At 2 p.m., it will tour the Student Success Center, after which it will go into closed session to confer with labor negotiators and discuss employee

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HI-DESERT WATER CONSIDERS OLD WOMAN SPRING RANCH AS A WATER SOURCE

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors meets in regular session tonight. A potential new water supply source is just one items on tonight’s agenda. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors, the board will be given a

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

Among the old business items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, Sept 13) is correspondence with LAFCO. Under new business, directors will approve payment for cleaning up the weeds and new fencing. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room

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BHAKTI FEST SAYS IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, BRINGS 3,000 TO JOSHUA TREE

Anyone who’s driven along Highway 62 west of downtown Joshua Tree in the past week has probably noticed the commotion. Reporter David Haldane tells us what it’s about… They say it’s a vibration. It starts in the cosmos, winds its way to earth and somehow – through music or dance

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ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST THIS SATURDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Make plans to attend the annual prayer breakfast Saturday, September 16, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Twentynine Palms. The keynote speaker will be Daniel White, who will talk about worship and discipleship. The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. in Mercy Hall of the church. Tickets are $15. The

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PEACE CHANTING TONIGHT, FUND-RAISER ART SHOW TOMORROW AT RAINBOW STEW

There will be a fund raiser art show at Rainbow Stew in Old Town Yucca Valley. Reporter Eric Knabe provides the charitable details… Rainbow Stew will host a fund raiser for St. Mary’s Of The Valley Altar Rosary Guild Thursday, September 14, through Wednesday, October 11. They are featuring a

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CHARCOAL SEED BUGS INVADE THE MORONGO BASIN

Many Morongo Basin residents have reported that thousands of black-and-red bugs are swarming around their doors and windows and lights at night. Managing editor Tami Roleff says don’t panic; the bugs are harmless and will be leaving the area soon… If you opened your front door to find thousands of

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School tennis team took a 8-10 loss against Banning High School Tuesday. In Cathedral City Friday they lost 7-11. Coach Cindy Miller said they are looking better with every match they play together.

In Tuesday’s match, Katie Brattain went 6-0, 6-0, 6-1,

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MBA PARAMEDIC SUSPECTED OF USING FENTANYL

A paramedic was terminated Monday after he tested positive on a drug test for Fentanyl. Two weeks ago, the operations supervisor of Morongo Basin Ambulance in Joshua Tree realized that sometime between August 11 and August 26, 39 vials of Fentanyl had been used, an unusually high number for such

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AUSTRIAN WOMAN RESCUED MONDAY AT AMBOY CRATER

An Austrian woman was rescued out at Amboy Crater Monday morning after she injured her ankle while hiking with her husband. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle says the woman, who is in her 50s, was unable to hike back to the parking lot due to possibly breaking her ankle.

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FACING A LAWSUIT, TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL REDUCES SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

In a turnabout from the hysteria surrounding past discussion on repeal of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code 11.32, the City Council last night held their noses and voted 5-0 to do away with the local law which forbids registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or day

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ARMED ROBBERY AT THE YUCCA VALLEY DOMINOS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Yucca Valley Domino’s Pizza Saturday afternoon. Deputies say they were called to 58100 block of 29 Palms Highway about 3:15 p.m. The employee told deputies that an unknown man came in, showed him a gun and demanded cash. When the employee

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PEDESTRIAN HOSPITALIZED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HIT AND RUN

A pedestrian was hospitalized Friday morning following a hit-and-run in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, the male pedestrian, described only as being in his mid-20s, was crossing Baseline Road near Adobe Road at 7:45 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle that turned northbound onto Adobe Road.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS AT TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH TEACHERS

It looks like last year’s bitter and protracted contract negotiations between the school district and its teachers may not be repeated. At least not this time around. Reporter David Haldane explains… In an apparent effort to avoid the mistakes of the past, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The neighborhood heroes of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow, volunteering to keep our desert clean. You are invited to join the team at the next regularly scheduled pickup for the Joshua Tree Clean Team Wednesday, September 13, meeting at the corner of Highway 62 and El

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