TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING ARGUMENT IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man suspected of firing a gun during an argument, and a woman accused of hiding him in her home were both arrested Monday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steven Hernandez, 38, was arguing with a resident near David Avenue and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley about

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NO ARRESTS, NOISE COMPLAINTS MITIGATED, AT RECENT DESERT DAZE CONCERT

During the four-day Desert Daze music festival held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center last weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station received 39 noise complaints, with some of the complaints coming from the same person, who called multiple times. Deputies and county code enforcement officers, using decibel readers, determined that

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN WONDER VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

Firefighters were called to a small vegetation fire out at a location near Highway 62 and Godwin Road about 8:15 p.m. Monday night. It was quickly extinguished and the cause is unknown.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, T-O-T TAX COLLECTION ON AGENDA

The Town of Yucca Valley should be getting more revenue once the town council approves an agreement for AirBnB to collect transient occupancy taxes for short-term vacation rentals. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the rest of the agenda…

Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda for the Yucca Valley

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2 BODIES, POSSIBLY MISSING HIKERS, FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

After nearly three months of searching, it appears the bodies of the pair of hikers who have been missing in Joshua Tree National Park since July 27 have been found. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue reported that JOSAR searchers found the bodies Sunday morning. JOSAR said that Gilbert Orbeso, the

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HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF ONLINE SCAMS

Another woman is out money after she was the victim of a common online scam. The unidentified woman tried to buy two African gray parrots online from a person in Ohio. She sent the seller $700 in Moneygrams but the seller said he needed more money for shipping costs. When

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$22 MILLION FOR YUCCA VALLEY POOL AND GYM IN STATEWIDE PARK BOND

Assemblyman Chad Mayes, Yucca Valley native and former Mayor, has secured $22 million dollars in funding for Yucca Valley with the final funding decision to be made by voters on June 2018 ballot. Language inserted into the statewide Park Bond SB-5, a statewide general obligation bond, includes a $22 million

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LECTURE ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL ILLNESS AT HDMC TOMORROW

Valuable information is being provided by Hi-Desert Medical Center in a series if free lecture’s conducted by physicians. Reporter Eric Knabe says tomorrow’s lecture is about substance abuse and mental health…

Physicians from Hi-Desert Medical Center will be offering lectures on key topics to help residents be more informed about

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COMMISSARY REMAINS CLOSED ABOARD THE 29 PALMS MARINE BASE

The commissary aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center remains closed indefinitely. A base spokesman said “Due to a recently reported health code violation resulting from a pest control issue identified by a routine inspection in the commissary, it is now closed until further notice. Officials from the

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9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is accepting donations of pet food, cleaning supplies, blankets and other pet-related items for donation to the Morongo Basin no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. The shelter especially needs dry dog and cat food, all kinds of puppy and kitten food, cleaning supplies and pet

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FREE WOMEN’S WELLNESS SEMINAR TOMORROW

A free women’s wellness seminar will present issues relevant to women, such as uterine fibroids, pelvic disorders, peri- and post-menopause, and the importance of screenings for early detection of cancers and osteoporosis. Dr. Andrea Randall, a gynecologist with the Morongo Basin Community Health Center, will take questions following the seminar.

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TARANTULAS ARE OUT, LOOKING FOR LOVE

Desert visitors may not know how interesting the tarantula spider can be. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says while these large spiders may look scary, they are actually one of the least aggressive spiders…

Most visitors to the desert in and around Joshua Tree National Park recognize a tarantula, but few

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FOOD FOR LIFE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR THANKSGIVING

Food for Life needs volunteers to help with its Thanksgiving meal. The organization will provide a free dinner on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, at First Baptist Church in Twentynine Palms on Split Rock. The meal is served from 1 to 4 p.m. They will need many volunteers to help cook,

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COUNTY ISSUES FIRE WEATHER WATCH

San Bernardino County has issued a fire weather watch for the weekend. Strong gusty winds from the San Bernardino County mountains are expected; some locations could have sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Winds will increase Saturday morning, peak midday, calm

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PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM WILDFIRE

Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips on how to protect your home from wildfire…

As the threat of wildfire continues, The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® suggests some critical actions to take before, during, and after wildfires. Be prepared with a disaster safety kit in case evacuation is ordered.

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JUVENILE BURGLAR CAUGHT BY JOHNSON VALLEY VICTIMS

A juvenile was arrested Wednesday, accused of breaking into a home in Johnson Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a burglar alarm company called the Sheriff’s Department about 6:15 p.m. about a burglary in progress in the 51900 block of Quailbush Road. When deputies arrived, the suspect had been caught

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN WITH WEAPON ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was found with a weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Darrell Watson, 31, just after midnight near Desert Trail and Adobe Road for riding a bicycle without a light. During the stop, the deputy found a

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVES STATE GRANT

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $463,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding for educational

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SIX DESERT TORTOISES KILLED BY CARELESS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS

In recent months, six desert tortoises—including one estimated to have been 80 years old—have been killed by motorists driving over them in Joshua Tree National Park. The tortoises have been killed in the park’s parking lots, campgrounds, and on the park’s roads. Joshua Tree National Park ranger George Land urges

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