CORONER IDENTIFIES VICTIM OF FATAL CRASH WITH SCHOOL BUS

The Coroner’s Office has released the name of the driver who was killed in a crash with a school bus last week. Lawrence “Larry” Parker, 57, of Joshua Tree, was driving his 1993 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck westbound on Alta Loma about 7 a.m. Friday when a school bus,

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SHERIFF’S LOOKING FOR MAN WHO ROBBED HOME DEPOT

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who robbed Home Depot Monday, and when confronted by store employees, told them he had a gun. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the suspect left the Yucca Valley store by the emergency exit about10:30 a.m. Monday with several hundred dollars worth of

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SUPERVISORS RAMOS HOSTS LOCAL LUNCH

Approximately 60 local residents came by the county government building in Joshua Tree on Tuesday to have their hands shaken by Third District Supervisor James Ramos, eat his sandwiches, and tell him their concerns. Reporter Dan Stork tells more about the meet-and-greet…

In the middle of a scheduled two-hour lunchtime

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MARINE BASE TO RELEASE DESERT TORTOISE HATCHLINGS

About 35 young desert tortoises will be released into the wild today, September 30, in a ceremony on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The baby tortoises, which are about 9 years old, have been raised in a “head start” program on the base since 2006 as part of

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MARK CALENDAR FOR OKTOBERFEST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Save the date for the third annual Oktoberfest and fall festival in Yucca Valley. Set for Saturday, October 10, the festival will feature a the American Bavarian Brass Band out of Beaumont, who will play polkas, marches, waltzes, schottisches, and Rheinlanders. Master of ceremonies and bergermeister will be Tom Huls

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MORONGO BASIN ORCHID FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The 20th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the event brings a unique array of sights and sounds… The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival promises to be a treat not just for the nose, but also for the ears and tongue. The high-energy sound of

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YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY BOOK SALE STARTS TODAY

The Yucca Valley Library’s fall book sale starts today and runs through Saturday, October 3. Library hours are 11 to 7 Wednesday; 10 to 6 Thursday, and 9 to 5 Saturday. The library is closed Fridays. The library is located next to the town hall on Dumosa Avenue. All proceeds

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COMEDY CHRISTMAS CAROL AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29 MONDAY

Theatre 29 announces auditions for “Farndale…Christmas Carol.” Reporter Rebecca Havely says director Marty Nieder is seeking four women and one man for the play… The comical play franchise with the exceptionally long titles such as, “Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s A Christmas Carol” is a set of

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET OCTOBER 9

California Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will enjoy a presentation by Morongo Unified School District Superintendent, Mr. Tom Baumgarten, who will speak about the year’s school and district events and discuss

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY RECRUITING FOR THEIR YOUTH COMMISSION

The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting for their youth commission. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to apply… Did you know the Town of Yucca Valley has a Youth Commission? Students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley are eligible to serve on the Yucca

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team traveled to Big Bear yesterday and lost in three sets. Coach Missy Bond said the Ladycats were led by sophomore Lindsey Scamman, who had four kills, one ace serve, and one block, and junior Mara Mapuatuli four kills and two blocks. Senior

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL OFF TO A GREAT START

Recently ranked as the number two team in their entire CIF Division, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats Football team is looking very good this year. ROP broadcast student and football player Kole Green tells us why… The Twentynine Palms varsity football team has started the season off well and

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School volleyball and tennis teams will host Rancho Mirage High School at home. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools cross country teams will participate in a DeAnza League meet tomorrow at Big

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DEPUTIES SEARCH FOR HOME DEPOT ROBBERY SUSPECT

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who robbed Home Depot Monday, and when confronted by store employees, told them he had a gun. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the suspect left the Yucca Valley store by the emergency exit about 10:30 a.m. Monday with several hundred dollars worth

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ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man suspected of armed robbery in Yucca Valley last night. According to a Sheriff’s report, just after 7 p.m., a man, wearing a beanie and dreadlocks and a yellow reflective vest, walked into No Limits, in the 57500 block of 29 Palms Highway,

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TWO HIKER RESCUES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Two hikers were rescued in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday in separate incidents. On Saturday, a 21-year-old man from Great Britain was hiking in the Rattlesnake Canyon area when he became separated from the others in his party. Search and rescue teams from Joshua Tree National Park, Desert Search and

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR LAFCO FINDINGS TOMORROW

Reacting to complaints from a Morongo Valley CSD board member. LAFCO, the Local Agency Formation Commission, recently conducted an investigation in to the workings of the CSD. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will review their findings with the CSD Board tomorrow night… In August 2014, the Local Agency Formation Commission

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DRIVER ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURIES IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLLOVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY MONDAY

A man escaped serious injury following a single-vehicle rollover crash in Morongo Valley Monday afternoon. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters were notified of the crash at Highway 62 and Fox Trail about 3 p.m. by someone who walked into the station. The unidentified driver was traveling

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF VEHICLE THEFT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday night after he was found with a off-road vehicle that had been reported stolen in June. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was checking vehicles in a motel parking lot in Yucca Valley about 10:30 p.m. He determined a 2001 Yamaha Banshee

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20TH ANNUAL MORONGO BASIN ORCHID FESTIVAL IN LANDERS THIS WEEKEND

Make plans to be at the 20th annual Orchid Festival in Landers this weekend. The event will also mark the 40th anniversary of Gubler Orchids and their significant contributions to the region Reporter David Knutson has your invitation… The 20th Annual Orchid Festival is going on October 3 and October

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