TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT WITH A KEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Saturday morning after he used a key to assault a friend. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim was visiting a home in the 75100 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms when Dane Tomasko, 25, came home about 1:30 a.m. allegedly drunk.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday morning, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, an argument between Gerald Russomano, 27, became physical and the woman ended up with a bloody nose and a lump on her forehead. After an investigation, Gerald Russomano was arrested on

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MAN FOUND WITH METAL KNUCKLES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday night when a deputy found him with a pair of metal knuckles. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop for expired license plate tabs about 10 p.m. near the intersection of Aztec Avenue and Homestead Avenue. During a search

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says adoption of the fire assessment and the setting of a date for a budget workshop are on the agenda… At tonight’s regular 7 o’clock meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board is expected to adopt a

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next scheduled meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team is tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 22. Volunteers meet at Highway 62 and Bonair on the south side from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Gloves, grabbers and trash bags available. The hard working volunteers will meet for coffee and conversation afterwards

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERS CHEER CAMP

Twentynine Palms Recreation is offering a cheer camp. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us what the kids will learn and how to sign up… The City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Cheer Camp. This fun-filled, team spirit camp will be instructed by Coach Tresa

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HEAT WAVE WILL PEAK TODAY AND TOMORROW, COOLING CENTERS OPEN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. Wednesday night, with the hottest days expected to be Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley to 118 degrees in Twentynine Palms today. Heat-related illnesses such

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A SERIOUS WARNING ABOUT CHILDREN AND HOT CARS

Most susceptible to heat-related illness are the elderly, homeless, people with chronic ailments, and children. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents should be extra careful—especially with children—in the summer heat… Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are seniors and children. Health Department Public Information Officer Henry Varela stresses

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE SENDS STRIKE TEAM TO BORDER FIRE NEAR SAN DIEGO

Morongo Valley firefighters sent a strike team Sunday night to the Border fire just east of San Diego. The Border Fire started Sunday morning near Highways 94 and 188 in Potrero, and jumped from 5 acres to 1,500 acres in a matter of hours. A fire engineer, two firefighters, and

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THEATRE 29 SETS AUDITIONS FOR MUSICAL, “THE SECRET GARDEN”, FOR JUNE 27

Theatre 29 is casting the classic musical “The Secret Garden.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the audition details… Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will cast the beloved musical “The Secret Garden” Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The

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PARENT ENRICHMENT GROUPS OFFERED TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

Family Service Association is taking enrollments for its free parent enrichment groups. The 16-week classes are open to Morongo Basin residents who are pregnant or who care for a child up to 5 years old. The classes are held once a week on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 1, or 3:30

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YUCCA VALLEY POOL OPENS TODAY

As we note the official beginning of summer here ins our Morongo Basin, just in time the Yucca Valley pool opens today. Reporter David Knutson says the pool offers many opportunities to cool down… The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will begin their summer aquatics programs on June 20

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COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR THIS WEDNESDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley Mayor Bob Leone will hold “coffee with the mayor” on Wednesday, June 22, and every fourth Wednesday of the month, in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Join the mayor and town staff for coffee and donuts from 8 to 9 a.m., and discuss your

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, June 20. On the agenda, the council—which represents residents in Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley—will present a slide show of existing and potential industrial solar fields on private lands. Officials from the Sheriff’s Department, county fire, and

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer… The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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YUCCA VALLEY POOL OPENS

Fitness is part of the fun this summer at Yucca Valley High School. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the schedule for their pool programs… The Yucca Valley High School pool will be open for water fun and fitness programs throughout the summer. These drop-in style programs do not require registration;

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RETREAT FROM THE HEAT IN THESE COOLING CENTERS

There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open noon to 5 Monday through Thursday; town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to 5. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms,

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, June 20. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Sportsman Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

DESERT RATS

At the Joshua Tree National Park, the term “Desert Rat” has an interesting meaning. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp to explain… What does a “Desert Rat” look like? While initially picturing a variety of rodents, “Desert Rats” are actually those of us who call the desert home. “Desert Rats” can

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