CONGRESS EXTENDS VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM

After a first attempt failed last week, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday unanimously passed a $2.1 billion bipartisan bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of the measure, which allows veterans who live 40 miles or more from a

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WHILE CURRENT FIRE FEES ARE SUSPENDED, PAST FEES ARE DUE

When the California state legislature passed the cap and trade bill recently, one of the provisions in the bill suspended the fire prevention fee for property owners in rural areas, including many here in the Morongo Basin. The fire prevention fee helps pay the costs of firefighting in state responsibility

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY, FREE BACK PACKS, IN JOSHUA TREE THIS FRIDAY

Community back-to-school day this Friday is sponsored by San Bernardino County Schools, Feed the Children and the JT Sportsman’s Club. Here with the details is Rebecca Havely… At the community back-to-school day, kids will get free back packs to start off a successful school year. The event takes place Friday,

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTY KILLED IN BIG BEAR PLANE CRASH

Two people, including a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, were found dead Sunday in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Saturday in the Mountains near Big Bear. Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, was assigned to the Barstow station, officials said. The name of the other victim, believed to be

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1 IN CUSTODY AFTER HOME INVASION SHOOTING IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a home invasion robbery and shooting. About 6:45 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 9700 block of Vista Del Valle for a home invasion robbery in which a person was shot. Arriving officers saw the suspect fleeing on a motorcycle and started a

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YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION PLANS A BUS TRIP TO THE U.S.S. IOWA

Yucca Valley Recreation is planning an adult excursion to the Port of Los Angeles and the U.S.S. Iowa, Reporter Eric Knabe tells you how to sign up for the trip… Spend the day at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro for a one-hour self-guided tour of the U.S.S. Iowa

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley on Tuesday, August 1, at Hi-Desert Water District, from 9 to 1. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery board of directors, the directors will hear about current staffing options, flag options for niches, and the status of a roof leak. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in district offices on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine

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YUCCA VALLEY STREETS TO GET SLURRY SEAL NEXT WEEK

Some Yucca Valley streets will receive slurry seal treatments in the next week. Slurry seal preserves the existing pavement and prevents the asphalt road from deteriorating to the point that road reconstruction is necessary. It’s a highly cost effective tool for maintaining existing roads. The contractor will provide notice to

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DON’T WALK DOGS ON HOT PAVEMENT

Most people are aware that they shouldn’t leave their dogs in cars during hot weather. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has this reminder about another danger for dogs in the heat…

If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and it’s been plenty hot recently—then it’s too hot for your

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH HIRES CROSS-COUNTRY COACH, ATHLETES TO MEET MONDAY

Twentynine Palms High School has named M.E. Wilson as their new cross-country coach. Coach Wilson would like to meet with potential cross-country athletes Monday July 31 at 9:00 a.m. at Luckie Park in front of the pool.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HIKING IN THE SUMMER HEAT

Don’t let the heat cheat you out of a good hike. Here’s some hot weather hiking tips from Joshua Tree National Park Ranger George Land…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead

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FREE BREAD IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread every Monday at 11 a.m. until the bread is gone. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms. The Social Club

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COUPLE MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Rescuers are searching for a missing couple in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a park spokesman, a ping of the man’s cell phone was recorded at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 27, inside the park. A car belonging to the couple was found in the vicinity of the Maze Loop,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT ISSUES BOIL ORDER

The Joshua Basin Water District issued a “boil order” Friday morning, warning its water customers to boil tap water for drinking or cooking purposes. A water main pipe broke Thursday night, and as a safety precaution, residents are urged to either use bottled water, and not drink tap water without

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FOUR ARRESTED DURING WARRANT SEARCH IN YUCCA VALLEY

Four people were arrested Thursday following a warrant search at a home in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a search warrant at home in the 5700 block of Linda Lee Drive about 9:10 a.m. During a search of the home, deputies located methamphetamine, heroin, and drug

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Thursday night, accused of child endangerment. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to a mobile home park in the 4500 block of Adobe Road about 9:30 p.m. when a neighbor reported that Brittany Phillips, 27, was abusing her child. According to the Sheriff’s

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CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE VISITED CMC

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office recently visited CMC. Here with more is Managing Editor Tami Roleff…

Representatives from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office visited Copper Mountain College recently. The Chancellor’s Office is the largest organization of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 114 community

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF POSSESSING STOLEN PROPERTY

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Thursday afternoon when deputies found a stolen credit card, driver’s license, and laptop computers in their possession. The credit card had been stolen from a victim’s mailbox and the license had been stolen from a victim while at the Tortoise Rock Casino. According to

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF DEALING HEROIN

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of dealing heroin. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies conducted a probation compliance check on a home in the 6400 block of Balboa Avenue in Yucca Valley about 2:05 p.m. At the home, deputies located Melinda Serafin, 53, who is on felony

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