SHERIFF TO BE ON EXTRA OFF-ROAD VEHICLE PATROL THIS WEEKEND

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has a reminder over this Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders will be out riding their OHVs in the Morongo Basin desert areas and they will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR WARRANTS AND RESISTING ARREST

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of resisting arrest after deputies responded to a report of suspected illegal drug sales. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6600 block of Cholla Avenue about 3 p.m. when neighbors reported suspected drug sales at a residence.

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MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR THAT HOLIDAY ROAD TRIP

Now that Christmas is nearly here, many people will be traveling to grandmother’s house. The last thing anyone wants is a car that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather. Reporter David Knutson says winterize your vehicle now before you leave… Cold weather is hard on batteries. Check your batteries

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES FOR THE MORONGO BASIN

Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley municipal offices will be closed from Thursday, December 24, through Friday January 1. Municipal offices will reopen Monday, January 4. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 24 and 25. There will be no senior lunch on those dates. From Monday, December 28,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN SERVICES ON HOLIDAY RESTRICTIONS

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed for the holidays and will re-open January 2. The lunch program at the Yucca Valley Senior Center will remain open during the holidays, although no lunches will be served December 25 and January 1. Assignment reporter Cassie Zimarik says the town’s animal shelter

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RESULTS OF THE 2015 HOLIDAY BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST

Results are in for the annual Holiday Decorating Contest which saw Morongo Basin businesses large and small compete for free local advertising from contest sponsors Community Radio Station Z107.7 and Hi-Desert Publishing.

For an incredible fifth consecutive year, Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms takes first place for best

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BLOOD DRIVE SATURDAY AT VON’S IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, December 26, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 12 to 4 p.m. Donors with o-negative blood are especially needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. For

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TORTOISE ROCK CASINO DONATES TOYS FOR TOTS

Tortoise Rock Casino is helping to make Christmas extra special for some children in the Morongo Basin. The casino donated approximately 100 toys for boys and girls to the Toys for Tots program at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Tortoise Rock Casino General Manager Tom Sedlock

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APPLICATIONS FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Copper Mountain College is seeking applicants for its Greenleaf Scholarship. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares what the scholarship awards and how to apply… Mr. F. Roy Greanleaf Jr. created an education fund for Copper Mountain College after coming to the Morongo Basin 1970s. The fund requires that recipients begin their education

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SATURDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Saturday in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School Boys’ basketball team will travel down to Anaheim to participate in the Century Tourney until January 30. Also Saturday, the Yucca Valley High School Girls’ basketball team will participate in the MaxPreps Tournament until January 30.

JOSHUA TREE PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed last night running on State Route 62, just 20 to 30 yards west of a traffic signal with a marked crosswalk. According to the county Coroner, at 7:34 p.m., Jonathan Ramsey Dubois, 25, who was wearing dark-colored clothing, was in the eastbound

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ONE ARRESTED, 1 SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY ATTEMPTED MURDER

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about what is now being called an attempted murder shooting during a burglary in Yucca Valley last week. Investigators say a man–whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Department, was walking past a residence in the 5900 block of Avalon Avenue about

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DRUGS FOUND IN MORONGO VALLEY STRUCTURE FIRE

Morongo Valley firefighters joined the California Highway Patrol in passing out toys to children in Morongo Valley last night. But firefighters had to leave suddenly when they were called to a structure fire about 7:15 p.m. in the 52700 block of North Ridge Road. Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey

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BE ON THE GUARD FOR “SMISHING” SCAMMERS

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that scams have quickly followed. One recent tactic is the use of scam texts. The practice is called “smishing,” a contraction of SMS Phishing. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what smishing is and how to avoid it… Smishing is designed to steal

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF HEAD-BUTTING GIRLFRIEND

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday night, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Justin Morrow, 21, became upset when his girlfriend tried to wake him up just after 7 p.m. at a home in the 61500 block of Palm Vista in Joshua Tree. Morrow

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ONE SOUGHT AFTER MORONGO VALLEY MAN PISTOL-WHIPPED

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in an assault in Morongo Valley Monday afternoon. The male victim, who was not identified by the Sheriff’s Department, said about 1 p.m. a man, identified only as Hispanic, came to the 52300 block of Altadena Drive, pointed a gun at

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THIEVES HIT TWENTYNINE PALMS HOMES AND VEHICLES

Thieves have hit numerous homes and vehicles in Twentynine Palms the past few days. On Saturday, the owners of a home in the 7600 block of El Paseo reported that burglars entered the home through a sliding glass door, and a home in the 73900 block of Eagle Lane was

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ROTARY, SHRINERS TO TEAM OFFER FREE HEALTH SCREENING FOR KIDS

A rare and special service is coming to our Morongo Basin next month. The Yucca Valley Rotary club is partnering with the Shriner’s to conduct a free health screening for kids. Assignment Reporter Cassie Zimarik says mark January 23 on the calendar… The High Desert Shrine Club is teaming up

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FIREBALL CROSSING WESTERN SKY WAS DEBRIS FROM A RUSSIAN ROCKET

That fireball in the western sky last night was debris from a falling Russian rocket. U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn says the fireball seen over Arizona, Nevada and California in the Tuesday night sky was an SL-4 rocket body booster from Russia that was launched Monday. People took to

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BALLROOM AND SWING DANCING CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Fun and exercise? Ballroom and swing dancing classes offered through the Town of Yucca Valley can give you both. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to sign up… The Yucca Valley Community Center has been hosting winter dance classes instructed by Chris Perry. Winter sessions include ballroom dancing class and

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