TWENTYNINE PALMS JOINT PLANNING/COUNCIL MEETING CALLS FOR DOWNTOWN CHANGES

Change is in the atmosphere of Twentynine Palms. Reporter David Haldane attended a meeting last night that took a major step towards ushering it in…

Out with the old, in with the new! That was the gist of last night’s joint meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council and Planning

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TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN YUCCA VALLEY ARE SYNCHRONIZED ONLY FOR LIMITED TIMES

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard a year-end report from the town’s Youth Commission last night, and passed out certificates of appreciation for a job well done to the youth commissioners. During the rest of the 2 ½ hour meeting, council members heard some surprising news about synchronizing traffic signals

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DRUG SALES ALLEGED IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND JOSHUA TREE ARRESTS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday, accused of drug dealing. About 8:20 p.m., deputies stopped near Bonair Road and Highway 62 to check on a man, later identified as Jason Brown, 35, who had fallen off his bicycle. A deputy checked the area and found baggies of suspected methamphetamine

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE DOWN TO FOUR MASCOT CANDIDATES

When It comes to sports, a great deal often rides on a team’s name and mascot. When Copper Mountain College basketball hosts their historic first home game this fall, how they’ll be known has yet to be determined. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that’s where you come in … Following an

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DID THEY GET DOWNTOWN RIGHT? TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL AND PLANNERS MEET TONIGHT

Redeveloping downtown Twentynine Palms has lately been a major topic of discussion and debate. The discussion continues at a special workshop meeting tonight as city officials contemplate whether mistakes may have been made. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Did Twentynine Palms officials mess up in formulating the city’s Downtown

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: TRAFFIC SIGNAL SYNC, WASTE STATION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says councilmembers will hear about the waste transfer station, traffic signal synchronization, and legal services, among other matters… After hearing a presentation on the Yucca Valley Youth Commission’s year-long project, the Town Council be asked to

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT: BUDGET AND A SOLAR FIRE STATION

A public hearing will kick off tonight’s meeting of the Community Services District in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s all about… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will gather input during a public hearing on the proposed

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PIONEERTOWN MAN SCAMMED OUT OF ALMOST $2,000

A Pioneertown man was scammed out of nearly $2,000 Friday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, an unknown woman called the victim and said she was from the Federal Reserve Bank and that he was prequalified for a federal grant program. The victim was told to purchase two iTunes gift cards

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF TRASHING A HOUSE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Friday night, accused of causing about $4,000 worth of damage to a house. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Jemez Trail in Yucca Valley about 11 p.m. because Vaialae Tupu, 49, was throwing rocks at a man

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AN EDITORIAL OPINION: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

An editorial opinion from Z107.7 News… The Town of Yucca Valley is drafting a new ordinance to deal with the legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use. Opponents of Measure X—a ballot measure that failed in 2015, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Town

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HIGH SPEED BLAMED FOR CRASH THAT KILLED 2 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Speed is being blamed for a single-vehicle crash in Twentynine Palms that killed a Hemet man and an Ontario woman Saturday. The California Highway Patrol said Yovonne Marie Navarrette, 49, passed a vehicle traveling westbound in front of her on Indian Trail at a high rate of speed. As she

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ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms will conduct an active shooter exercise Tuesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The full-scale exercise will evaluate the installation’s emergency operations plans, policies and procedures as well as first-responders’ capability and capacity to operate in coordination with multi-jurisdictional agencies.

A WARNING ABOUT THE “FAKE CHECK” SCAM

AARP Fraud Watch Network wants us to be aware that fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to fake jobs. And scammers are good at making phony checks look legitimate. Reporter Eric Knabe tells us how to spot a scam… The scams typically involve

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME AND VEHICLE IN WONDER VALLEY

A resident living in his motor home while building a permanent home in Wonder Valley will have to find another place to live following a fire Sunday. According to County Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were called to the 83600 block of Amboy Road at 1 p.m. where they found

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GOLF 4 LIFE TOURNAMENT SATURDAY, MAY 20

The Golf 4 Life event is a great day of fun for all golfers, men, women and kids, Saturday, May 20, at Hawks Landing Golf Course. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Fees are $80 per golfer or $75 per golfer with a team

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REGISTER NOW FOR FREE VETERANS RESOURCE FAIR IN PALM SPRINGS

Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs will host the Second Annual Veterans University on Saturday, May 20, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Registration starts at 8:30, and the program runs from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Veterans University is a free one-day event that will cover topics such as: health

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HIGH DESERT TEST KITCHEN MONTHLY DINNER MAY 15

For many folks in Morongo Basin exploring the Mojave Desert is a favorite pastime. Now how about exploring our desert from a culinary perspective? Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains … The High Desert Test Kitchen is an informal monthly dinner gathering organized by artist Sarah Witt. This month’s dinner is at

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YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEER CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN

The Yucca Valley Lobos football and cheer camp registration is open. The camp takes place May 15 through 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway. The cost is $5. per day or $20. per week. Athletes already registered and paid for

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STILL TIME FOR PRE-REGISTRATION FOR ROUTE 62 CRUISERS CAR SHOW

The Route 62 Cruisers Car Show is set for next weekend, Saturday, May 20. Reporter Eric Knabe says there is still time to register your ride for the show… Rev up your engine; it’s time to register your vehicle for Route 62 Cruisers 10th annual car show, held May 20

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GUILTY PLEA IN DUI CRASH THAT KILLED TWENTYNINE PALMS DENTIST AND HIS WIFE

The Twentynine Palms Marine accused of killing a prominent dentist and his wife in a DUI crash in May 2015 pleaded guilty in court last month. Mariah Natividad, 22, a lance corporal with the Exercise Support Division on the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, was driving under the influence and

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