DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Sunday morning. About 2 a.m., a man, dressed in blue jeans, a greenish colored hooded jacket, and carrying a handgun, entered the Circle K convenience store on Highway 62

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER DONNA MUNOZ RESIGNS

In August, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, described three scenarios any one of which would place in jeopardy the short-term viability of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Last night, one of those scenarios presented itself. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… LAFCO’s August audit report cautioned that if

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640 ACRES SOUTH OF YUCCA VALLEY PURCHASED FOR EVENTUAL INCLUSION INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 640-acre parcel of land in Yucca Valley that had been slated for a housing development will instead be protected forever, thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The Land Trust announced Tuesday that it has purchased the acreage—located south of the intersection of Acoma Trail and Golden Bee Drive—and

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COST OF VISITING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO GO UP

It’s about to become more expensive to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The park conducted public outreach concerning an increase in fees in 2014, and a press release states that the public was generally in favor of the increases. Fees were slightly increased in June 2015, and a second increase

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, WE CHECK THE AGENDA

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the board will be asked to approve a draft hazard mitigation plan; update its

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FIREFIGHTERS ESCORT SANTA CLAUS THROUGH JOSHUA TREE NEIGHBORHOODS

Firefighters will be escorting Santa through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, Wednesday, December 21, and Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23. Starting about 5:30 p.m. each night, residents should listen for sirens and come outside and say hello to Santa, who’ll be handing out candy canes as he passes through

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CALL FOR ART FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITORS CENTER

Art showing the moods and shades of our desert is being sought. Reporter Kirby Davis says the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is putting out the call… The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is putting out a call for art for its winter exhibition. Desert artists

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will host Ayala High School from Chino Hills at home, starting at 5 p.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE KILLED TRYING TO HELP DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH

What was supposed to be the start of one family’s Christmas celebration ended in tragedy early Monday morning when a Twentynine Palms Marine driving his family to the airport was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, just west of Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda, after stopping to help

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COUNTY SEEKS TO DOUBLE LANDERS DUMP, EXTEND IT 50 YEARS, MEETING TOMORROW

Under existing permits, the Landers Landfill will reach capacity in 2018, but San Bernardino County wants to double the current capacity of the dump and extend its useful life for another 50 plus years. The county will lay out the plan for the public in a meeting tomorrow. Reporter Mike

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS ON LUCKIE AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council holds a special meeting tonight with only one item on the agenda: A $422,520 contract to Granite Construction for the Luckie Avenue Reconstruction Project. The meeting gets underway 5:15 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

ROADWORK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

The City of Twentynine Palms will be performing street maintenance on two roads, forcing them to be closed for two days this week. Cactus Drive, from Alpine to La Luna and from Mission to La Buena Tierra, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it’s an opportune time for crime. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these holiday

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT, INTERIM FIRE CHIEF NAMED

The Morongo Valley Community Services District meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building. Among the items on tonight’s agenda is the announcement of Andrew Arthen as Interim Fire Chief, an ad-hoc Committee report on staffing and budget, a recommendation for the Chuck Osborne Volunteer of the

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, December 21, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at

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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN THE MORONGO BASIN SKY TONIGHT

Traveling at about 17,500 miles per hour, the International Space Station circles the Earth every 90 minutes. The crew aboard sees 16 sunrises and sunsets daily. Weather permitting, you can easily spot the Space Station as it traverses the sky above our Morongo Basin tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us

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THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS LOSE CELL PHONE SERVICE

Thousands of residents in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms were without cell phone service Monday. Customers with Verizon and AT&T said they lost their signal about 2 p.m. Monday. A spokeswoman with AT&T said a cut line was responsible for the lack of service. Most residents had cell phone signal

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TLC HAS URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS, MEETING TONIGHT, WORKING TOMORROW

The organizers of the annual Tender Loving Christmas event, TLC, are in URGENT need of more volunteers. TLC has many jobs to be done before, during and after Christmas and is seeking people with many skills. Tender Loving Christmas needs hundreds of volunteers for TLC’s 33rd annual Christmas day event.

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REGISTER FOR WEE HOOPS YOUTH BASKETBALL IN YUCCA VALLEY

Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley youth basketball program. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how to register your first- and second-graders in the Wee Hoops basketball program… Wee Hoops is a four-week youth basketball program for first- and second- grade players. It’s designed to introduce participants to the

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TWO FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FIRES IN PIONEERTOWN, YUCCA MESA SATURDAY NIGHT

Two families are homeless following fires in Pioneertown and Yucca Mesa Saturday night. About 9 p.m. a home caught fire in the 300 block of Gilrock Lane, near Gamma Gulch Road and Parson Ranch Road in Pioneertown, believed to have been sparked by embers from a chimney. Water tenders from

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