PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY PLAN

Residents of Joshua Tree have an opportunity to weigh in on the Joshua Tree Community Plan; it’s part of the bigger countywide plan. Public input is being sought for the Joshua Tree Community Plan through a series of workshops, events, and through a comprehensive website. The first Joshua Tree specific

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACED WITH A HARD CHOICE ON WATER FOR SOLAR FIELD

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will meet tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they have a hard decision to make regarding the controversial NextEra solar farm at the former Joshua Tree airport… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board must decide if it

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MORONGO VALLEY UNVEILS SAND-TO-SNOW MONUMENT SIGN

The Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new welcome sign yesterday. The sign, located at the corner of Highway 62 and Hess Boulevard, says “Morongo Valley — Home of Sand-to-Snow National Monument.” The new Sand to Snow National Monument was part of a package proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein

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LAWSUIT MAY FORCE RELEASE OF ALL STUDENTS RECORDS

Concerned parents are being told that their child’s personal school records could be released as part of a lawsuit. Reporter David Haldane explains… It’s the irony of ironies. Parents concerned about children with disabilities filed a lawsuit alleging that the California Department of Education was not properly addressing their needs.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Monday after he shoved a Sheriff’s deputy. According to Sheriff’s reports, the man, identified as Westley Arnot, 48, called 9-1-1 about 2:30 a.m. for a report of domestic violence and help in removing his girlfriend from his property. When deputies arrived at the

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HI-DESERT WATER MAY APPROVE EMINENT DOMAIN TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the board will look at using eminent domain to clear the way for sewer lines… Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s board of directors, the directors will

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ANDROMEDA SOCIETY YUCCA MESA STAR PARTY FRIDAY

Explore the night sky and a lively film program on parallel universes at the Andromeda Society’s free star party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 19, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue. All ages are welcome, and participants can bring their own telescopes and binoculars or

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BOYS’ SENIOR CAPTAINS READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS AFTER A SEASON OF TURMOIL

With the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team in first round CIF playoffs tonight, ROP broadcast student and senior co-captain Jimmy Schragge says his team is ready… The Twentynine Palms Wildcat varsity boys’ basketball team stands at an overall record of 20-5 and have clinched a playoff spot in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL CIF PLAYOFF TONIGHT, GIRLS TOMORROW

Both the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host first round CIF playoffs this week. The boys’ team will host Xavier Prep tonight, at 7 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs. The girls’ team will host St. Margaret’s Episcopal tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, at

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER BRING HOME A WIN

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team traveled to take on Rubidoux High School in CIF playoff action. Girls’ varsity soccer coach Scott Phillips said the Lady Trojans battled extreme heat on the field with temperatures over 100 degrees and won by a score of 2-1. Junior Alexia Missett

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WONDER VALLEY MAN SHOOTS OFF TOE WITH SHOTGUN

A Wonder Valley man shot off his little toe with a shotgun Monday night while checking his property for intruders. The man, who was identified by Twentynine Palms firefighters only as being in his late 20s or early 30s, was driven to the Twentynine Palms fire station by his girlfriend

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3.9 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEARBY BIG BEAR THIS MORNING

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.9 followed by numerous aftershocks in the nearby San Bernardino mountains early this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor hit at 1:24 a.m. about 3 miles north-northwest of Big Bear City. Weak shaking from the quake was felt as far

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LAFCO MEETS TOMORROW ON COUNTY TAKEOVER OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT

Takeover of fire protection services in Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms is the subject of tomorrow’s 9 a.m. hearing by the Local Agency Formation Commission. The public will have an opportunity to comment at the hearing which takes place at San Bernardino City Hall at 300 North D Street in

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL GET PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the agenda includes job revisions, public safety, and a budget report… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, council members will be asked to approve a revision to the job classifications and compensation

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SCHOOLBOARD HOLDS HEARING ON NAMING TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GYM

Even though it was announced and celebrated months ago, the Morongo Unified School Board will hold a public hearing on changing the name of the Twentynine Palms High School Gym tonight. Reporter David Haldane has more… The Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education will hold a public hearing Tuesday

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SEMINAR ON “REVOCABLE LIVING TRUSTS” TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

In years past, anyone with some property and savings was advised to draw up a will in order to determine how their estate would be handled after death. But times have changed, especially for those whose home, savings and other assets are worth more than $150,000. Learn how to protect

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD PLANS TO FILL SEAT LEFT BY RESIGNATION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the process for filling the seat of a director who resigned and details of the fire tax are on the agenda… At tonight’s regular 7:00 o’clock meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board

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BREATH AND MEDITATION CLASSES OFFERED AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center will hold an online breath and meditation class on Wednesdays, which are expected to start in April. For more information, call the Retreat Center at 760-365-8371.

PUBLIC INVITED TO DISCUSS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ISSUES

Starting tomorrow, the public will be able to meet with Joshua Tree National Park Rangers to discuss their thoughts and opinions about issues in the Park. Ranger Pam Tripp explains… This spring, as Joshua Tree National Park celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th year, there is a diverse line-up of

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRL WRESTLERS IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Two wrestlers from the Yucca Valley High School girls’ team will be competing in the state championships later this month. Vanesa Contreras placed third, and Katherine Kennedy placed fifth at the CIF-state qualifier meet last weekend. The state championships will be held in Visalia February 26 and 27.