ANY DRIVERS’ HANDHELD CELLPHONE USE IS NOW ILLEGAL

It’s now illegal for California drivers to even hold their phones while behind the wheel, no matter the reason. The new law is expected to cut down on distracted-driving accidents and deaths, in which eight out of 10 accidents involve inattentive driving, and talking or texting on a mobile phone

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TRASH CAN FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE RESTROOM

The Sheriff’s Department and the County Fire Department are investigating a fire set in the restroom at the Little League ball field in Yucca Valley Tuesday morning. About 9:30, a town employee discovered that unknown suspects had taken all the toilet paper in the men’s restroom and put it in

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ONE ARREST AFTER AN ARGUMENT TURNS VIOLENT

An argument over infidelity turned violent Friday, and a Twentynine Palms man was arrested for allegedly breaking his wife’s finger. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road texted her sister about 8 a.m. to say that Abram Martin, 22, a private first

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH A STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of being in possession of a stolen motorcycle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called about 1 p.m. to report a suspicious man in front of her home in the 56500 block of Antelope Trail. The arriving deputy discovered a motorcycle,

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CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANTS SCRAMBLING TO GET DOCUMENTS IN ORDER

Some Californians are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January 20. As Kirby Davis reports, they are immigrants—concerned about President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people… Immigrants in California are gathering their documents in anticipation of the new president’s swearing-in

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CACTUS SEWABLES QUILT GUILD MEET MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will hold its general meeting on January 9 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29Palms Hwy. Doors open at 12:30 and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. New officers will be installed and outgoing officers and committee chairpersons will be

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District starts the new year with a fairly routine agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meet in regular session tonight. There are no action items on the agenda, but there will be a fiscal 2015/2016 audit report, as

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JANUARY 20

The local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on the third Friday in January rather than the usual second Friday. The meeting will be held January 20, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Silver Sneakers instructor,

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YOUTH ART CLASS OFFERED AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery has an exciting new youth art class. Here’s Rebecca Havely with your invitation… Kicking off the new year at The 29 Palms Art Gallery is a youth art class called “The Tree House Project.” Artist Krista Wargo is a Yucca Valley High School teacher. She’ll

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team traveled up the mountain to Big Bear High School last night and came home with a 59-39 non-conference win. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Savannah Beasley led the squad with a season high 28 points, while sophomore Angie Reutgen chipped in

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MAN RESCUED WHEN CAR SKIDS OFF ROAD INTO WATER-FILLED DITCH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man escaped injury, but his car is totaled, when his car skidded off the roadway and landed in a water-filled ditch in Yucca Valley early New Year’s Day. Swift water rescue personnel were called about 3:30 a.m. to Kickapoo Avenue and Yucca Trail where they found the gray, four-door

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MAN RESCUED AFTER FALL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A man was rescued in Joshua Tree National Park Friday after he fell from rocks. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the unidentified man, who was in his 40s, was scrambling on rocks near the Hall of Horrors when he fell into a crevice from an undetermined height

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PEDESTRIAN HIT CROSSING HIGHWAY OUTSIDE CROSSWALK IN JOSHUA TREE IDENTIFIED

The California Highway Patrol has released its report on the pedestrian versus vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Thursday evening. According to the report, Ernest Ale, 56, of Idlywild, was driving a 1993 Dodge Ram westbound on Highway 62 just before 6:30 p.m. As he approached Veterans Way, he entered the

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SALES TAX DROPPING STATEWIDE, EXCEPT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lots of new laws went into effect on January 1. While some may be cause for concern, others are the harbingers of good news. Reporter David Haldane tells us about one change likely to draw applause in the Morongo Basin… The State of California has a New Year’s present for

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SWARM OF 250 EARTHQUAKES HITS NEAR BRAWLEY

Residents near the California-Mexico border are feeling a little uneasy after a swarm of more than 250 earthquakes have struck the Brawley area since Saturday. The strongest earthquake was measured a 3.9-magnitude quake, directly underneath Brawley. The temblors are in the Brawley Seismic Zone, which connects the San Andreas and

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DOD ANNOUNCES NEW REVIEW PROCESS OUTREACH FOR VETERANS

Veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice concerning their military discharge or in their military records can ask for a review. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how… The Department of Defense is reviewing its policies concerning post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, sexual orientation, and other issues to

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY YESTERDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 4, at the Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

NEWS LAWS FOR 2017, PART 1 OF A 4-PART SERIES

As we welcome a new year, several new laws took effect as of January 1. Minimum wage earners will notice an increase in their paychecks, as the minimum wage will go up to $10.50 an hour, up from $10, for businesses with 26 or more employees. And all K through

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMIST SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT OF “SYLVIA” AT THEATRE 29

The Soroptimists of Twentynine Palms will host the gala opening night of the tail-wagging comedy, “Sylvia,” at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Friday night, January 13, the comedy “Sylvia” at Theatre 29 will open with a gala benefit, hosted by the Twentynine Palms Soroptimists. Doors will open

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ basketball team competed in the Linfield Christian Caged Classic tournament last week. The ’Cats were 4 and 0, taking first place. The MVP of the tournament was D’Shaun Barrett.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Joshua Springs Christian School boys’ and

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