YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL FOCUSES ON DISASTER PREPARATION

A hazard mitigation plan helps communities lessen the impact of disasters by identifying the risks associated with natural disasters. The plan also provides strategies for protecting people and property from events such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says at its meeting last night the Yucca Valley

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JURY SELECTION STARTS, COURT DATE SET IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

Preliminary jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Lee started this week, but due to a conflict with the judge’s schedule, the juror panels will be called back to court October 3. Lee, 27, is accused of strangling his neighbor and former lover, Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms,

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POWER OUTAGES AFFECT THOUSANDS IN MORONGO BASIN TUESDAY

Thousands of Morongo Basin residents were without power yesterday due to the rain that sparked shorts in electrical transformers in Joshua Tree. A soft gentle rain started Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the first transformer fire at Highway 62 and Sunkist about 3:15, but had to stand by for

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HELPFUL TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE

Between planned Edison outages and power outages caused by faulty equipment and storms, our Morongo Basin has seen a lot of power outages lately. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers these tips on preparing for power outages… Southern California Edison offers these tips to prepare for a power outage. If you have

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GETS SHORT TERM HELP. LOOKS TO LONG TERM SOLUTIONS

The Morongo Valley Community Services District has been struggling to keep operational both the district and its aging main fire engine. At last night’s board meeting, the public learned one of those issues appears to be solved, while the board took action that may address the other. Assignment reporter Mike

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HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETING CANCELED

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, has been cancelled.

TETHERED BALLOON RIDES AVAILABLE AT ORCHID FESTIVAL

Big Plans are underway for this year’s 21st annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival. In addition to tours, classes, food, music, and non-profit support, a tethered balloon ride will be available. Edica Gonzalez has more… Have you ever wanted the thrill of going up in a hot air balloon and viewing

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SAVE THE DATE: BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB BLUE AND WHITE AUCTION NOVEMBER 5

Save the date: The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert is holding their third annual “Blue and White” gala, live and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, November 5, at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Yucca Valley. One of the great

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VFW MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN THIS SATURDAY

Get that motorcycle charged up and gassed, air in the tires and polish the chrome. The Joshua Tree VFW will be holding a fund-raising motorcycle poker run this Saturday. Reporter Kirby Davis gets her kickstand up… The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7264 will hold its fourth annual

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MORONGO BASIN HAVEN COLLECTING WINTER CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS

Morongo Basin Haven is now accepting donations for winter clothing and gear for the homeless in the Morongo Basin. New or used adult-sized coats, sleeping bags, and scarves are especially needed, as well as cotton socks and hand and feet warmers. Drop off locations include the Morongo Valley Fire Department,

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YUCCA VALLEY STABBING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has named the man who was killed in a stabbing in Yucca Valley last week. A woman called 911 about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, to report that her boyfriend, identified as Luis Arroyo, 49, had been stabbed in the 7600 block of Cibola

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER HE RAMS ANOTHER CAR

A Twentynine Palms man who caused a car crash was arrested Saturday afternoon after he rammed one of the victim’s cars while trying to escape. According to a Sheriff’s report, two men were driving their vehicles in adjacent lanes southbound on Adobe Road about 10:40 a.m. when Kurtis Sims, 32,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IN ROUTINE MEETING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the routine agenda… After hearing a presentation from the California Highway Patrol, the Yucca Valley Town Council’s meeting tonight looks to be pretty routine. The council will be asked to approve a contract for consultants to update the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY OFFERING ADVANCED PLANNING CLASSES

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery will hold several presentations about advanced planning for burials. The first gathering will be this morning (Tuesday, September 20), at 10 a.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Road. Additional sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Wiefels Mortuary Chapel on Desert Queen

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RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN WILL LOOK FOR PRIVATE PROPERTIES

Now that the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan has said aside public lands for solar, experts say private land is next. Reporter David Haldane explains… Get ready to fight climate change. Last week government officials signed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, setting aside 600 square miles of federal land

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CHILI COOKS SOUGHT FOR YUCCA MESA ANNUAL MESA FEST THIS SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Community Center is holding its first annual Mesa Fest this Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at 3133 Balsa Avenue just off of Aberdeen. There will be a chili cook-off and Mesa Fest is in need of more entries. The entry fee is $20

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets tonight. Mike Lipsitz said the board will issue a proclamation, consider use requests, and take nominees for an award, with punch and cookies beforehand… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board is expected to adopt a

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NEW 12-HOUR RELAY FOR LIFE PLANNING MEETING TONIGHT

A planning meeting will be held tonight for the new 12-hour format for Relay for Life. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society by taking pledges for time spent walking a track. Are you excited about the new 12-hour model? Thinking about starting a team? Want more information

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT LITTLE HOUSES TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the biggest thing on the agenda is not very big at all… Little houses, anyone? The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight to hold a public hearing on just that: a proposal to build two complexes,

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SIGN UP FOR SQUARE DANCE CLASSES BY THURSDAY

The last night for new dancers to sign up for line and square dance classes is Thursday, September 22. The first class is free; additional classes are $5 each for square dancing and $3 for line dancing. Line dance classes are from 6 to 7 p.m.; square dance classes run

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