MARRIAGE LICENSES NOW AVAILABLE IN JOSHUA TREE

Getting married just got much more convenient for residents of our Morongo Basin. For the first time marriage licenses will now be available at the County Government Center in Joshua Tree. Reporter Edica Gonzales has more… Morongo Basin residents who want to get married no longer have to travel to

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CORRUPTION CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER PALM SPRINGS MAYOR, TWO DEVELOPERS

The former mayor of Palm Springs and two developers have been charged with corruption after an FBI investigation. In a criminal complaint listing 21 felony charges against him, prosecutors allege that during his two years as mayor, Steve Pougnet accepted bribes from local real-estate developers in exchange for favorable decisions

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RAMOS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AT HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MONDAY

County Supervisor James Ramos is scheduled to appear and answer your questions at Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting. The Council will also discuss how the State Route 247 Scenic Highway campaign has stalled, and how it’s being threatened by massive solar projects. The Council plans to

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MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENTS INVITED TO WELCOME NEW MAIN FIRE ENGINE

The Morongo Valley Community Services District, along with the fire department it oversees, has struggled to keep its aging main fire engine operational for well over a year. Now the CSD, the fire department, and the residents of Morongo Valley can breathe a collective sigh of relief. In this report,

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CHARGES EXPECTED IN FEDERAL CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION IN PALM SPRINGS

The former Mayor of Palm Springs and two Developers have been charged with corruption after an FBI investigation. In a criminal complaint listing 21 felony charges against him unveiled today, prosecutors allege that during his two years as mayor of Palm Springs, Steve Pougnet accepted bribes from local real-estate developers

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS TO RULE ON MASSIVE PROJECT ALONG STATE ROUTE 62

The Desert Hot Springs City Council will hear an appeal of a planning commission decision to deny an extension for a massive home subdivision on the west side of State Route 62 just south of Mission Creek Road and the entrance to Mission Creek Preserve, bordering the new Sand to

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AUDITIONS FOR “INTO THE WOODS” SET AT THEATRE 29

The classic Broadway hit musical “Into the Woods” is the next big musical slated for Theatre 29’s season. Veteran director Charles Harvey is seeking a cast of nine female and seven male musical performers. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast break down…

The cast of the darkly whimsical Stephen Sondheim

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST ACQUIRES AND TRANSFERS MORE PROPERTY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently acquired 50 acres that had been slated to be razed for development in Joshua Tree. The Joshua trees on the five parcels at Alta Loma and Alta Avenue had been marked with ribbons by the prior owners to mark them for removal. On Tuesday,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Thursday night, accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Derrick Lute-Rosario, 23, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 73300 block of 29 Palms Highway about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night when Lute-Rosario grabbed the woman and began to

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION SORTS OUT NATIVE PLANT INVENTORY

Huge discrepancies in numbers of Joshua trees and Mojave yuccas in just six years at the Sage Estates housing development in Yucca Valley led the Yucca Valley Town Council to order a third inventory of native plants. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the planning commission received the results last night,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS, WANTS PRIMARY PUMP BACK IN OPERATION

The Joshua Basin Water District meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda… Tonight’s regular session convenes at 6:30 p.m. On the agenda is a staff recommendation that the district award rehab of Well 14 to Tri-County Pump for approximately $160,000. Well 14 is the district’s primary

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday night, accused of selling methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies contacted William Bagley, 47 in the 6500 block of Cholla Avenue, and determined that he had in possession methamphetamine, a digital scale. The report also states that Bagley admitted to selling a

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WE REVIEW “EXIT LAUGHING” AT GROVE’S THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley opened the comedy “Exit Laughing” by Paul Elliott last weekend, helmed by veteran director Wendy Cohen. The show opens with a group of gal pals gathered after a memorial service with the stolen ashes of their deceased friend. Reporter Rebecca Havely says, the

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CALTRANS LAYS OUT ITS PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, representatives from Caltrans floated the idea of instituting a pilot program aimed at more safely moving vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists through the Joshua Tree downtown business district. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… Last night’s agenda noted

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY FLASHED A GUN AT WALMART

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Sunday morning after customers and employees reported that he was flashing a gun in Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the store about 12:20 a.m. for a report of a man who lifted his shirt, showing a black gun

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING HIS CHILD WITH A BELT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of hitting his child with a belt. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was at Joshua Tree Elementary School on an unrelated call when the deputy was asked to look at the child, whose shoulders and buttocks had bruises. The child

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, WE HAVE A REPORT

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night and dealt with a smorgasbord of issues ranging from demolishing a house to building a pool. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this story… The owner of a fire-damaged house on the 74000 block of Serrano Drive has 45 days to

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A BURGLARY AT A YUCCA VALLEY CIGARETTE SHOP

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at a cigarette shop in Yucca Valley early Friday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a burglar alarm in the 56800 block of 29 Palms Highway was activated at 3:49 a.m. Video surveillances showed two suspects walked up to the front door and

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ONE KILLED ONE MAJOR INJURY AT KING OF THE HAMMERS JOHNSON VALLEY

UPDATE: Victims were not participants.

A 55-year-old Perris man was killed in the Johnson Valley Off-Road area just after the King of the Hammers off-road race Saturday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 1:30 p.m., Todd McLaughlin was driving a 2013 Can-Am 1000 side-by-side westbound along the ridge of

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CORONER RELEASES NAME OF MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH THURSDAY

The County Coroner has released the name of the Twentynine Palms man killed in a head-on crash in Wonder Valley Thursday. At 6:12 p.m., Nikos Lukaris, 43, was riding a 1981 600R Honda dirt bike westbound in the 86900 block of Amboy Road riding without proper lights or a helmet,

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