HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEETS, KUDOS AND UPDATES ON TAP

It will be kudos, contracts, and updates tonight for the Hi-Desert Water District. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the Yucca Valley Water suppliers’ agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the board of directors of the Hi-Desert Water District, the district will be presented with two awards from the California Special Districts

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING HER 3 MONTH OLD

A Twentynine Palms woman pleaded not guilty in Joshua Tree Superior Court Monday afternoon to murdering her 3-month old baby. On September 1, 2015, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were called to the base hospital on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms for a case of possible child abuse. The

…View Full Story…

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARINGS ON TWO TAXES TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town council has a full agenda after being dark for a month. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the main items on the agenda will be approving two sales tax measures for the November ballot… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a quarterly public safety report from

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES

A Twentynine Palms man who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on his dirt bike a month ago was arrested Sunday for outstanding warrants and possession of drugs and weapons. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4 p.m. Sunday, a deputy saw Bruce Edginton, 25, arrive at a fast food

…View Full Story…

MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASES IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday evening, following a high speed pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s report, just after 6 p.m. Friday, a deputy tried to stop a motorcycle near Elk Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. The report states that the bike rider, later identified as Dylan

…View Full Story…

DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS FOR FOUR AREA THEATER COMPANIES

The community theaters of the Morongo Basin have been recognized by the Desert Theatre League for more than 100 Desert Star Award nominations for the 2015/2016 theater season. The awards cover the entire Coachella Valley and include both the Hi- and Low-Desert theaters. Twentynine Palms’ Theatre 29, Joshua Trees’ Hi-Desert

…View Full Story…

RIBBON CUTTING THIS AFTERNOON AT PARADISE PARK IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a ribbon cutting today at Paradise Park. The council authorized an improvement project for the park, which included two lighted basketball courts, a pickle ball court, lighted concrete pathways with benches, and a new shade structure. The town received grants in the amount

…View Full Story…

ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES TO HOLD YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW

Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, August 3. Staff representatives will be available from 10 until 2 in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not

…View Full Story…

DESERT LIFE LESSONS 101: LIVING WITH COYOTES

Coyotes are part of our natural order here in our desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips to keep you, your pets, and the coyotes safe… Coyotes are smart, persistent and put pets at risk. Follow these tips to protect your animals. Never feed coyotes. Secure trash cans and keep

…View Full Story…

LOCAL ARTISTS A BIG PART OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Nearly half of the 49 artists whose art will appear in the fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition are residents of the Morongo Basin. A selection committee viewed 236 artwork images submitted by 92 artists from California, the United States, and British Columbia. Artwork ranged from paintings, mixed

…View Full Story…

MARINE CORPS PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed in a plane crash near Twentynine Palms Thursday night. Major Richard “Stranger” Norton, 36, of Arcadia, departed from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in an F/A-18C Hornet to take part in an integrated training exercise on board the Combat Center in Twentynine

…View Full Story…

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TOMORROW NOTES POLICE-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Tomorrow is National Night Out, an event that highlights the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… The Morongo Basin will join communities across the country for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2. This will be the first time any communities

…View Full Story…

FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER CRITICAL AFTER RESCUING HIS FAMILY FROM FIRE

A former Twentynine Palms father entered a burning house three times Wednesday to rescue his children from a house fire in Oregon. Michael “Jay” Kinard and his wife Tiffany recently moved to Vale, Oregon, from Twentynine Palms along with their three children. The local Sheriff’s Department said the fire broke

…View Full Story…

IT’S MONSOON SEASON, SOME SAFETY TIPS

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

…View Full Story…

FORGET ESCAPING, MAN CAUGHT SNEAKING INTO COUNTY JAIL

Forget escaping: A man was caught climbing into the San Bernardino county jail Sunday. About 6 a.m. Sunday, July 31, County Sheriff’s Sgt. Corey Emon spotted a man who was not a prisoner climbing up the perimeter fence of the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. Emon notified jail staff

…View Full Story…

HARRISON HOUSE OPEN HOUSE THIS EVENING

An open house this evening at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the talents of a brother and sister are featured… A brother-and-sister duo of artists will be featured at an open house Monday, August 1, sponsored by Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology. Dominique Moody

…View Full Story…

MARINE CORPS EXERCISE IN JOHNSON VALLEY SET FOR AUGUST 14 – 21

Three years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps had originally planned to hold the training exercises from August 1 to the 31. Under the shared-use agreement, public access

…View Full Story…

VOLLEYBALL CAMP SET IN YUCCA VALLEY AUGUST 8 – 11

The Town of Yucca Valley has joined with Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball team to offer a youth volleyball summer camp. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with all the details and how to register… This action-packed, four-day volleyball camp starts August 8 and through August 11 for girls entering

…View Full Story…

YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a board meeting Monday, August 1, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue.

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE’S WILDLAND FIRE BRANCH

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some fire safety tips for visitors… For almost 100 years the National Park has been a steward of public land and the Wildland Fire Branch has been part of the mission of protecting these lands. The wildland fire program is committed to

…View Full Story…