YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SAYS GOODBYE, HELLO, AND OK’S IMPACT FEES

The Town of Yucca Valley said good-bye to two long-time public servants last night. In the first of a two-part report, managing editor Tami Roleff says a full house was at the meeting to thank Laurine Silver and George Huntington for their decades of service. Tomorrow, in part two, we’ll

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VICTIM OF BIZARRE SUICIDE IN TWENTYNINE PALM IDENTIFIED

The man whose body was found with a gunshot wound and hanging inside a burning home in Twentynine Palms has been identified by the county coroner’s office as Robert Thompson, 41. On November 14, firefighters were called to the 7400 block of Persia Avenue for a house fire; inside one

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PREGNANT JOSHUA TREE WOMAN FOUND DEAD IDENTIFIED, NO CRIME EVIDENT

The pregnant woman who was found dead inside an RV in Joshua Tree two weeks ago has been identified by the coroner’s office as Amy Lynn Faucett. According to a Sheriff’s report, Faucett, who was 7 months pregnant, was last seen alive about 4:30 a.m. November 28 in the 6800

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CORONER WANTS PUBLIC’S HELP LOCATING KIN OF TWO FOUND DEAD IN WONDER VALLEY

The county coroner’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating next of kin for two people whose bodies were found in a house in Wonder Valley in October. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a friend went to a home in the 80500 block of Norman Road October 15

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CONSIDERS WILL-SERVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY

A busy agenda is on tap at tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meet in special session tonight. Among items on the agenda, directors will hear a review of the financial audit report of the

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DEPUTIES SEARCH FOR FOUR SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN VEHICLE THEFT, HOME BURGLARY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating four people suspected of burglary in Yucca Valley and Johnson Valley. According to investigators, shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, a witness saw two men loading tools and an all-terrain vehicle from a vacant home in the 51800 block of

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MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED BY DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE

Desert Hot Springs police arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting Tuesday. About 3 a.m. Tuesday, police were called to the 66100 block of 2nd Street for shots fired, where they found a man—still unidentified—who had been shot. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs where he died.

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SCHOOL BOARD WILL APPOINT MEMBER TO REPLACE RON PALMER

Change is in the air at the Morongo Unified School District. At last night’s meeting, the board selected new officers and decided how to replace a nine-year member who died just after being re-elected. Reporter David Haldane has the story… The Morongo Unified School District last night selected a new

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, (Wednesday, December 14), are notifications from the town of Yucca Valley; correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission; airport use agreements, and runway maintenance. Under new business, directors will discuss an emergency

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SCHOOL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Advisory Committee, which consists of any interested parent or community member, will be meeting Thursday, December 15, at Friendly Hills Elementary School at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

ROCK ART LECTURE AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

A lecture tomorrow at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is about efforts to save Rock Art. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Petroglyphs and pictographs, or rock art, are affected by weather, the passage of time, natural processes, and, of course, by human causes. Joshua Tree National Park rangers are

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School soccer Wildcats had their first away contest of the season against the Roadrunners of Loma Linda Academy. The varsity ’Cats won 5-2.

Individual stats: Coach Nathan Niles said all five goals were assisted by Nick Stowers, Carlos Herrera, Angel Zaragoza, Roy Rathbun, and Antonio Ramirez.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL SHOOTING EARLY THIS MORNING

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a fatal shooting early this morning. According to investigators, police were called at 2:56 a.m. to the 66100 block of 2nd Street after a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the courtyard of the

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CORONER IDENTIFIES 2 KILLED IN SATURDAY JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

The County Coroner has identified to two Phelan residents killed in a Saturday crash on State Route 62 in Johnson Valley. At 1:31 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a two vehicle collision on State Route 247 in Johnson Valley. Authorities responded to the scene and

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN A BUSY REORGANIZATION SESSION

Following a special workshop at 4:30 p.m., Yucca Valley council members will hear an update from staff concerning negotiations with the county for the proposed replacement of the Yucca Valley library in the old PFF Bank Building, on the corner of Joshua Lane and Highway 62. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO START SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

Plans are being made to bring a tourist shuttle bus service to Joshua Tree National Park. Called The “RoadRunner” Shuttle service, the new public transportation system would see specially marked buses bring visitors into the park from Park & Ride locations in Joshua Tree at Coyote Corner (State Route 62

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL REORGANIZES, GOODBYE HEISER, HELLO BILDERAIN

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s the catchword for tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Reporter David Haldane has the story… A Twentynine Palms City Council member says goodbye tonight. Cora Heiser, who did not run for re-election in November, will make her departing remarks at

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PUBLIC HEARING SET TO ADD 20,000 ACRES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Earlier this fall, the National Park Service solicited public comment on adding approximately 20,000 acres of federal, state, and private lands to the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park. At one time, these lands were a part of Joshua Tree National Monument. The property is bounded on the north,

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TIRE ROUND-UP CORRALS 800 WILD TIRES

Saturday’s tire round up brought Landers residents from all walks of life together for a single goal—to rid Landers rural roads, washes and private properties of discarded tires. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how it worked out… Vehicles began lining up well before the 8 a.m. start of what was

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting tonight (Tuesday, December 13), to discuss employee performance evaluations. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the cemetery office, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.