A 5.2 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE MORONGO BASIN THIS MORNING

Morongo Basin Residents were rattled out their beds this morning by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. Geological Society said the trembler hit at 1:04 a.m. and was centered at 13.7 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs, 14.9 miles east-southeast of Anza, and 26.7 miles south of Palm Springs. Between 1:06

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FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS, POLICE BADGE AND EQUIPMENT

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday night, after he was found with weapons and law enforcement equipment. About 9 p.m., deputies received a tip that John Channell, 37, of Twentynine Palms, was in a room at America’s Best Motel, in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

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CALIFORNIA NEW TOBACCO LAWS GO INTO EFFECT TODAY

Starting today, a new law goes into effect concerning the buying of all tobacco products, including vaping. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… Starting today, you have to be 21 to purchase tobacco products in California. “Anyone who wants to purchase any product that’s tobacco related cannot purchase

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SOLAR PANELS STOLEN FROM MORONGO VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Last fall, the Morongo Unified School board approved a contract with NextEra Energy Resources to install solar panels at 15 elementary, middle, and high schools in the district. The solar panels are projected to provide 80 percent of the energy needs for the school district and save the school district

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JOSHUA TREE HARMONY TOUR CONTINUES TOMORROW

The JT Harmony Tour continues in Joshua Tree tomorrow at the J.T. Coffee Company. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the laid-back series featuring free performances by noted local musicians starts at 3:00… Free live concerts continue on the JT Harmony tour. Local musicians from the high and low desert perform at

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FLAG RETIREMENT SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

In honor of Flag Day, a flag retirement ceremony will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Torn or tattered American or POW flags may be dropped off at the cemetery or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 6402 Veterans Way, in Joshua Tree. Flags may

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS, LAW ENFORCEMENT GEAR

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday night, after he was found with weapons and law enforcement equipment. About 9 p.m., deputies received a tip that John Channell, 37, of Twentynine Palms, was in a room at America’s Best Motel, in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

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IN REGIONAL ELECTION RESULTS, INCUMBENTS HOLD LOCAL SEATS

Incumbents were winning all local seats in yesterday’s primary election in San Bernardino County, in most cases by a two-to-one margin. U.S. Representative Paul Cook, a Republican from Yucca Valley, had more than twice as many votes as his nearest competitor, Democrat Rita Ramirez, for his seat in the 8th

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES BIRTHDAY PARTY, SETS SPEED LIMITS

The Yucca Valley Town Council met last night. An $8,000 birthday party and speed limits dominated the meeting. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report…

After being reassured by Town staff that most if not all of the $8,000 in costs to celebrate the 25th

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MARINE BASE COMMANDING GENERAL TO GET PROMOTION AND A NEW ASSIGNMENT

President Obama has nominated the commanding general of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center for a promotion and reassignment to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. Major General Lewis Craparotta’s promotion to lieutenant general must be confirmed by the Senate before he can assume command of the First Marine Expeditionary Force. Craparotta

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MUSICIAN WHO SPRAY PAINTED JOSHUA TREE TO WORK WITH MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST

The Mojave Desert Land Trust announced Tuesday that the musician who spray painted a Joshua tree and cholla cactus while filming a music video in Joshua Tree will work with the non-profit to educate others about the desert. Beth Orton said in a statement: “I have learned that it doesn’t

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD LOOKS AT 5-YEAR PLAN TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board meets tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an ambitious agenda includes a five-year plan and a 2016-17 budget… At tomorrow’s 2 p.m. meeting of the Copper Mountain College board, trustees aim to work through an ambitious agenda. But before that, the board will adjourn to closed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of child endangerment. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were making extra patrols in the 4300 block of Adobe Road. An abandoned home in the neighborhood had been burglarized recently, and deputies noticed about 9:45 p.m. Friday night that items

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ANOTHER MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON THE MORONGO GRADE

Morongo Valley firefighters responded to their third motorcycle crash yesterday on the Morongo Grade in about two and a half weeks. About 9:43 a.m. Monday, a man in his 20s was riding a Kawasaki Ninja west on Highway 62 when he lost control near the bottom of the grade and

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: AN $8,000.00 BIRTHDAY PARTY, HOTEL LITIGATION

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff has a closer look at an agenda that includes an $8,000 birthday party and a possible lawsuit with a local hotel… After recognizing the Star Twirlers Square Dance club, hearing an update for Southern California

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN RAMS VEHICLE, FOUND WITH MILITARY SMOKE GRENADE

This story was corrected June 8, 2016.

 

A correction on a story we aired Tuesday about a man who was arrested Sunday morning when he was found with a military smoke grenade. James Baele, 40, was a friend of one of the roommates in a home in the 74400

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CAUGHT STEALING A WATER TANK

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday night, accused of trying to steal a water tank from a foreclosed home. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called the Sheriff’s Department about 8 p.m. to report that a man, later identified as Rusty Scoggins, 53, was loading a large water

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED WITH MILITARY SMOKE GRENADE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday after he was found with a military smoke grenade. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were investigating a case of assault with a deadly weapon about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. James Baele, 40, was identified as a suspect in the assault. About 5:30

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ONE OF NINE SOLDIERS KILLED IN TEXAS FLOOD

A Twentynine Palms woman was among nine soldiers killed Thursday when their light vehicle overturned in a training exercise during severe flooding in Texas. Specialist Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, of Twentynine Palms entered active-duty military service in February 2014. She was assigned to Fort Hood that September. According to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

The Twentynine Palms City Council will take up some business in a special meeting this afternoon. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special meeting 4 p.m. Monday, June 6. On the agenda, councilmembers will be asked to approve a routine item

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