STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL AT 10:20 TOMORROW MORNING

The annual Great California Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. will involve more than 10 million people. Listen to Z107.7 as radio personality Pat Michaels leads you in the Shake Out earthquake drill. Before Thursday, make sure you, your family, and co-workers or students know

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS GOOD NEWS ABOUT CRIME

After appointing 20 Yucca Valley students to the town’s Youth Commission, the Yucca Valley Town Council agreed to add two more students as alternates during their meeting last night. Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten gave the council an update on projects in the school district and a preview

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TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN SINGLE-CAR CRASH ON OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD TUESDAY NIGHT

Two people were injured during a single-vehicle crash last night on Old Woman Springs Road, just north of Yucca Valley. About 8 p.m., Lacey Barnett, 31, of Hemet, was driving southbound on the highway, just north of Pipes Canyon Road, when 2001 Toyota left the road and went over the

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SHARP-EYED DEPUTY ARRESTS DANGEROUS MAN WANTED ON FELONY WARRANT

A sharp-eyed deputy recognized a driver who was known to be armed and dangerous, and made a felony traffic stop in Yucca Valley Monday night. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, the deputy recognized the driver of a black Silverado, stopped the vehicle at Palomar Avenue and Yucca

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LOCAL TEACHERS FINALLY HAVE A NEW CONTRACT

After more than a year of bitter argument, local teachers finally have a new contract agreement. Reporter David Haldane has the story… The Eagle has landed. That’s the sentiment around the Morongo Unified School District today following the board of education’s unanimous ratification of a contract agreement with district teachers

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TWO BODIES FOUND AT A WONDER VALLEY HOME, DECEASED FOR WEEKS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is investigating two bodies that were found in a Wonder Valley home Saturday morning. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a friend went to the home in the 80500 block of Norman Road about 8:20 a.m. and discovered the front door was wide open and a

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THREATS MADE TO MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S STATION, MINORITIES

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a mailed letter that threatens deputies and minorities, and praises Donald Trump and the Islamic State. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, the letter was addressed to the Sheriff’s Department and delivered to Twentynine Palms City Hall Monday morning. The letter made threats

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: STOP LIGHT BATTERIES AND PUBLIC SAFETY

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Batteries for stop lights, a public safety report and a closed session are on the agenda. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda for the Yucca Valley Town Council, council members will be asked to

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DESERT DAZE BRINGS SOCIAL MEDIA ANGER, BUT ONLY 14 COMPLAINTS

This weekend’s three-day, “outsider” rock music festival, Desert Daze, has come and gone. And like a classic deal with the devil, festival host Joshua Tree Retreat Center emerges from the ephemera with a new abundance that has come at a cost. In this story, reporter Mike Lipsitz helps clear up

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COUNTY UPDATES THE JURY DUTY INFORMATION WEBSITE

The San Bernardino County Superior Court system has updated its juror website. The new website allows those who are summoned for jury duty to defer jury service up to 90 days; fill out their juror questionnaire online; receive updates regarding reporting status by phone, text, or email; check juror status;

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SUMMARY OF FIRST WEEK OF CHRISTOPHER LEE’S MURDER TRIAL

The trial of the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin and dumping her body in a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms two years ago started Tuesday in a San Bernardino County courtroom. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty told jurors that a

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TAKES OVER NURSING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Copper Mountain College is taking over a nursing scholarship for its students. Reporter Mike Lipsitz offers more details… This year, the Martie Avels Registered Nursing Scholarships will fund the RN education of multiple students at Copper Mountain College. Martie Avels is a former emergency room nurse and Interim CEO at

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Edica Gonzalez has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS CELL PHONE TOWER BUILT BY SCENIC HIGHWAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will discuss the construction of a cell phone tower near Highway 247, in a vista area that was photographed for the presentation of the highway to be designated a state scenic highway. These and other items will be on the agenda for Monday’s meeting of

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FREE ENERGY WORKSHOP IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, October 17. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School tennis and volleyball teams will host Coachella Valley High School at home. Both matches begin at 3:15. The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles.

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UPDATE ON SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS EARLY TUESDAY

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a shooting in Twentynine Palms early Tuesday morning. According to a press release, deputies were called to the 72600 block of Indian Trail just after midnight Tuesday morning, and found two men, Robert Ash Junior, 29, and Norman Nelson, 54, both of

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BIG CROWD AT HOMELESS OUTREACH EVENT

Veterans affairs officials were surprised at the impressive turnout for last week’s Homeless Veterans Outreach Event in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this report…

The crowd was unexpected. Anyone passing VFW Post 7264 in Joshua Tree last Thursday would have noticed something awry. What they might

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HOUSE FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE

Firefighters were called to a small structure fire in Joshua Tree Thursday afternoon. Shortly before 5 p.m. Joshua Tree firefighters were called to a small house fire in the 64700 block of Sun Oro Road. Arriving firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the home when they arrived. A detached

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DEPUTIES CALLED TO REMOVE GRENADES FROM LANDERS HOME

The sheriff’s department was called to a Landers home Thursday morning to take custody of two grenades. According to a Sheriff’s report, the resident found two unexploded grenades in the desert, picked them up, and brought them home. The resident then had second thoughts about the grenades and called deputies

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