WOMAN KILLED FOLLOWING DUI T-BONE CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

A woman died following a T-bone crash in Morongo Valley Tuesday night. According to the CHP, the Morongo Valley woman, who has not been identified yet, was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 when she collided with a black Toyota at park Avenue about 8:50 p.m. The

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ARGUMENT LEADS TO A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

An argument over money led to a stabbing in Yucca Valley Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Augustine Sanchez, 60, was in a garage in the 57200 block of Old Haggard Road in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. when Sanchez accused the victim of taking an unspecified amount of

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING ELDERLY VICTIM

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Christmas morning, accused of choking a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, John Nobles, 28, was arguing with a woman about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Wamego Trail in Yucca Valley. The woman told deputies that Nobles put her in a

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF FELONY EVADING AND CAR THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested last Thursday, accused of vehicle theft and felony evading. Taylor Towne, 21, was arrested about midnight near the intersection of South Slope Drive and Aztec Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The Sheriff’s Department has not released any additional information about the arrest. In addition to

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APPLICATIONS TAKEN FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COMMISSIONS

The Town of Yucca valley is looking for a few good commissioners. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how to apply… The Town of Yucca Valley is accepting volunteers to serve as commissioners on the Planning Commission and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Applicants must be a resident within the

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 IN THE NEWS, PART 2 OF 4

As 2016 ends, we look back on some of the top stories of the year. Environmentalists had cheers and jeers for news affecting the Morongo Basin in 2016. After California Senator Dianne Feinstein tried unsuccessfully to pass a bill to establish three new national monuments in the California deserts, President

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THEATRE 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”

The first major musical of the 2017 season at Theatre 29 is “Disney’s Mary Poppins.” The casting calls for 16 featured characters, two children and a dance ensemble; all roles are open. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details… Open auditions for “Disney’s Mary Poppins take place on Monday, January

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BLM BLOCKS NEW MINING CLAIMS IN PROTECTED DESERT LANDS

The federal Bureau of Land Management wants to halt new mining claims on more than one million acres of California desert. The bureau will propose the temporary withdrawal of more than 1.3 million acres of state conservation lands from what the BLM said was, the “adverse impacts of mining.” The

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O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS ARE NEEDED

The area’s blood bank says that there is an urgent need for donations of O-negative blood right now. Reporter Sara Snyder put out the call… Lifestream, the region’s blood bank is in desperate need of O-negative blood, as there is insufficient supply to meet the demand of local hospitals. Only

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BLOOD DRIVE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TOMORROW

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, December 29, at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. For more information, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

FOOD FOR LIFE SERVES 359 CHRISTMAS MEALS IN TWENTYNINE

Christmas was indeed merry at Palms Baptist Church in Twentynine Palms where Food for Life served 359 Christmas dinners, gave toys and clothes to the children attending, and had Santa ready to get requests for presents. The drawing for the raffle to benefit the building fund was held. Food for

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports, today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ basketball team will compete in the Linfield Cage Classic.

MISSING ELDERLY YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DECEASED

An 89-year-old Yucca Valley woman, missing since Thursday evening, December 22, was found deceased in Yucca Valley Monday evening, December 26. The body of Dorothy O’Brien, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was found at 5:08 p.m. Monday night in a wash near the 56600 block of Little League

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POWER OUTAGE MONDAY AFFECTS TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE

A significant chunk of the Morongo Basin was without power for several hours Monday, when temps in some areas dipped down into the 30s. A live wire went down at a substation on Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms just after 8 a.m. More than 6700 customers in Twentynine Palms

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DISPOSE OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE SAFELY

Many residents take down their Christmas trees the day after Christmas, while others like to enjoy them into January. Whatever you do, if you use a real tree, the county fire department reminds residents to properly dispose of your tree when it begins to dry out. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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LOOKING BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS; THE FIRST IN A 4-PART SERIES

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year. Christopher Lee confessed during his trial in November to killing his former neighbor and one-time lover, Erin Corwin, by strangling her with a garotte and then dumping her body down a mine

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THEATER 29 REORGANIZES THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Theatre 29, the non-profit community theatre organization, held its yearly reorganization meeting December 13 and elected new officers and board members for 2017. Reporter Rebecca Havely names the new volunteers… Elected for two-year terms were incumbents Brian Tabeling, Kathryn Ferguson, and Charles Harvey. Joining the board were newcomers Patti Brown

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, December 27, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donors with O-negative blood are especially needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation.

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PROFESSIONAL KUDOS FOR HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

While life-saving in certain circumstances, unnecessary Cesarean-sections can pose serious health risks for babies and mothers. In this report, Mike Lipsitz says the Basin’s Hi-Desert Medical Center is leading the way in reducing unnecessary C-sections… Hi-Desert Medical Center was recently recognized for reducing its Cesarean-section rate for low-risk, first-time mothers.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, December 27). Directors will review and approve its revised policy manual, discuss potential pricing changes, select a date for a sale of surplus items, and discuss having employees share the cost of insurance premiums. Under

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