ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS HONOR VOLUNTEERS, CHANGE NAME

The St. Joseph’s Players community theater troupe held its annual volunteer appreciation party last weekend and honored some with special recognition. With more, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… At the St. Joseph’s Players 5th annual volunteer appreciation party last Saturday, all their volunteers were awarded certificates of participation for their work

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TWO HIKERS FOUND DEAD AT AMBOY CRATER SATURDAY

Just five hours after a couple from Yorba Linda started hiking at Amboy Crater, and 2 ½ hours after the woman called for help, saying she and her husband had become separated and were without water, Sheriff’s deputies found them dead, about 100 yards apart. According to a Sheriff’s report,

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING FRIDAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

We have limited information about a shooting Friday in Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s spokeswoman, deputies were called to the 9300 block of Navajo Trail about 4:20 p.m. following a report that a man had been shot. Upon arrival, the man told deputies an unknown woman had shot him,

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CORONER RELEASES IDENTITY OF WOMAN FOUND DEAD AUGUST 6 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The coroner’s office has released the identity of the woman who was found dead in Twentynine Palms August 6. Donna Myers, 42, of Kansas, was found by a pedestrian about 6:30 a.m. near a wash near Buena Vista and Aztec. There were no signs of foul play; the cause of

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DOWNED POWER LINES KNOCK OUT COUNTY TV SIGNAL

Morongo Basin residents who rely on the county for their television signal will be without TV for the foreseeable future. According to a county spokesman, the lightning storms over the weekend knocked out a power line, and the generator that was providing back-up power ran out of fuel. He told

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GIANT ROCK AREA TRASHED BY VISITORS, CLEAN-UP PLANNED

Everyone who comes here leaves a mark on the desert. Some leave a simple footprint in the sand; others however, leave a trail of trash and debris that can only be measured by the ton. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has a report on one such trash site that is particularly troubling

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Chris Jones made a traffic stop for a broken brake light just near Yucca Trail and Alta Avenue in Joshua Tree. The driver and sole occupant of the car Jilleen Davidson, 26, said she

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings may be helpful if your child has a speech delay; is hard to understand; communicates using gestures only; or if your child uses only two to three words in a

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REGISTER NOW FOR AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART CLASS

The Morongo Basin Area CHP will be hosting a “Drive Smart” class. Reporter Eric Knabe says one will be held this August 31…

The Morongo Basin CHP will host a Age Well, Drive Smart older driver program later this month. Join the CHP for the keys to driving safer and

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CALTRANS IS HIRING

Caltrans is hiring, looking to fill more than 1,100 open positions, and is hosting career fairs statewide to attract potential employees. With the passage of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which is projected to raise a total of $54 billion in the upcoming decade, Caltrans is

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DOG ATTACKS

Walking in the desert, or even in your own neighborhood, can be a relaxing way to exercise but encountering aggressive dogs can be terrifying and dangerous. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips about how to protect yourself if you are threatened by loose dogs…

Dog attacks can be vicious

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF HAVING EXPIRED VEHICLE REGISTRATION TABS

A Landers man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of having expired registration tabs on his Jeep Cherokee. About 6:40 a.m., Michael Garcia, 35, was stopped near Avalon and Drexel Roads in Yucca Valley. The deputy determined that the registration tabs on the vehicle had expired in 2012, and that Garcia

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD APPROVES DAYCARE FOR STUDENTS

If Thursday’s meeting of Copper Mountain College’s Board of Trustees was any indicator how fall semester will be, the students will be in good hands. Reporter Eric Knabe provides the highlights…

From the repaving of Rotary Way, to the delivery of the new modular buildings for the Student Success Center,

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SAN DIEGO MAN ARRESTED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS, ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A San Diego man was arrested in Desert Hot Springs Wednesday, accused of attempted murder and spouse abuse. According to Desert Hot Springs police, officers were called to the 68700 block of Panorama Drive in Desert Hot Springs about 11 a.m. for a disturbance. After an investigation, Denton Capell was

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY WARRANT

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Thursday morning, on an arrest warrant for a burglary in April. According to Sheriff’s reports, Michelle Davila, 41, allegedly squatted in a home in the 6000 block of Outpost Road in Joshua Tree. On April 17, a neighbor reported that Davila vandalized the

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TWO DESERT HOT SPRINGS MEN, FOUND IN STOLEN CAR, ARRESTED

Two Desert Hot Springs men were arrested Thursday, after they were found in a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:50 p.m. a deputy spotted a 2000 Honda Civic driving on Highway 62 near Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley. The deputy determined the car had been stolen

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR WITH DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITORS

With the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. And while many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives some tips on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous solicitors…

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ARREST MADE IN CASE OF BODY FOUND SUNDAY IN PIONEERTOWN

A 23-year-old man was arrested late last night, accused of murdering a Yucca Valley man and leaving his body in a parked car in Pioneertown. About 9:15 p.m. Thursday night, Sheriff’s deputies went to the 7100 block of Barberry Avenue in Yucca Valley with a search warrant. After an investigation,

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ARREST FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER MADE FOR TWO STABBINGS LAST WEEK

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of trying to kill two people last week. On Tuesday, August 1, deputies were called to the 55300 block of Santa Fe Trail when a woman said Ronnie Zink, 21, came to their home about 6:30 p.m. and stabbed Desiree Ramirez, 37,

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A registered sex offender who was arrested Thursday, accused of giving two teenage girls alcohol and drugs. About 5:30 p.m. Child Protective Services learned that Randy Myers, 58, a registered sex offender, had given two 14-year-old runaway girls alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamine over two days at his home in the

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