HOUSE FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY AFTERNOON

This story was updated at 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday with more information about the fire and the arrest.

Two suspected THC extraction labs have caused two house fires in two days in the Morongo Basin. A suspected illegal marijuana grow and drug lab are

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SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND AND CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES

The days are getting longer and that means it’s time to change our clocks again. Rebecca Havely reminds you to not only change your clocks tonight, but your smoke alarm’s batteries as well…

Sunday, March 11, is the start of Daylight Saving Time and that means it’s time to “spring

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SAFETY OF CHURCHES AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion will be about the safety of churches. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…

Approaching the issue of church security will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday,

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NEW ART SHOW AT GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

Things are getting a bit surreal this month at Gallery 62 in downtown Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there’s a new art exhibit called “What Dreams May Come”…

March’s art show at Gallery 62 in downtown Joshua Tree features the art of six local artists: intriguing sculptures by

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INVESTIGATORS SAY MORONGO VALLEY HOUSE FIRE CAUSED BY A DRUG LAB

The Sheriff’s Department has announced that a drug lab caused a house fire in Morongo Valley Wednesday evening. Morongo Valley firefighters were called to the 49800 block of Visnaga Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. where they found the back bedroom and contents on fire. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze

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YUCCA VALLEY TRIPLETS MAKE MILITARY HISTORY

A set of Yucca Valley triplets—two girls and a boy—made a bit of military history this week. Reporter David Haldane has the story…

Staff Sergeant Benjamin Shumaker was astounded at what recently walked through the door of the Yucca Valley Army Recruiting Center. For starters, he’d never seen triplets before.

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YUCCA VALLEY SEARCH WARRANT NETS 2 ARRESTS ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Thursday morning following a search warrant in Yucca Valley. About 8:20 a.m., deputies from the Multiple Enforcement Team went to a home in the 56800 block of Little League drive with a search warrant. During a search of the home, deputies found a large

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Johnson Valley man was arrested Wednesday night, accused of punching and biting his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to the 50100 block of Golden Ray Road in Johnson Valley about 9 p.m. because a man, identified as Cody Sansbury, 40, came to get his

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WONDER VALLEY MEETING ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT TOMORROW

Wonder Valley residents with an opinion on future development there have an opportunity to make their wishes known. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us how…

The county wants input on the future of development in Wonder Valley from residents there. A special meeting on the topic will be held on

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN NORTH JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

The county fire department is investigating a suspicious fire in north Joshua Tree last night. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Mesa, and Yucca Valley were called to the blaze in the 62600 block of Sun Mesa Road at 9:56 p.m. He said the

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WE REVIEW “THE WIZARD OF OZ” AT THEATRE 29; TWO PERFORMANCES ADDED

“The Wizard of Oz” opened last weekend at Theatre 29 to sold-out crowds, both young and old. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review of the production…

The yellow brick road at Theater 29 is filled with a colorful cast. Audience favorites include the Cowardly Lion played by Kevin

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FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING THIS MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Counselors will be available Monday, March 12, to help seniors and disabled residents who have questions about Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Reporter Eric Knabe explains… Reach Out Morongo Basin and HICAP, the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, will have a representative at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Monday,

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YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY OFFERING FLEXIBLE-HOURS LITERACY PROGRAM

The Yucca Valley library is offering a flexible-hours literacy program for anyone looking to improve their literacy skills. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details… The San Bernardino County library system strives to help every member of the community develop a passion for reading. If you, or someone you know, struggles

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will distribute free surplus food Friday, March 9, at the Way Station on Commercial Street in Joshua Tree, from 10 to noon.

AUTOPSY OFFERS FEW CLUES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MURDER-SUICIDE

The County Coroner released the results of an autopsy of a young couple who died in a murder-suicide in Joshua Tree National Park. The decomposed remains of Joseph Orbeso, 21, of Lakewood and Rachel Nguyen, 20, of Westminster were found Oct. 15. 2017. They were last seen July 27 when

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JOSHUA TREE HOMELESS ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

Mona Kirk and Daniel Panico, the homeless couple arrested last week and charged with felony child abuse, were freed yesterday following a hearing at San Bernardino County Superior Court in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and fled this report…

Things were different at the courthouse

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TOWARD DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten addressed school safety in his comments to the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting last night. He said the Sheriff’s Department has access to each school’s layout and video surveillance cameras from their patrol vehicles. Baumgarten also discussed the new Academy of

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FIRE DAMAGES MORONGO VALLEY HOME

Morongo Valley firefighters didn’t have far to go to fight a residential structure fire last night—it was just around the corner from the fire station, in the 49800 block of Visnaga Avenue. Assisted by firefighters from Desert Hot Springs, the firefighters found a back bedroom and contents on fire about

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER STILL PAYING FOR CHROMIUM 6

Local water agencies dodged what looked to be a very expensive bullet last year when the state was forced to back away from a plan that would have significantly raised the threshold for how much chromium-6 could be present in our water. The naturally-occurring element is a known carcinogen. Removing

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HOMELESS COUPLE RELEASED

Mona Kirk and Daniel Panico, the homeless couple arrested last week and charged with felony child abuse, were freed today following a hearing at San Bernardino County Superior Court in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report…

Things were different at the courthouse today. For starters,

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