HEALTH CARE DISTRICT GETS GOOD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met in regular meeting last night, Reporter Eric Knabe has the highlights…

The meeting began on a high point with the Morongo Transit Authority presenting checks for the two MBTA transportation grants in which they will purchase a new van that will

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NEW COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin welcomes a new county fire battalion chief as of Monday, November 20. Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria has been a firefighter for 30 years, which includes 15 years with Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin, before joining the county fire department in 2002. Prior to his new assignment here,

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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT SCAMMED OUT OF $15,000

A Yucca Valley resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a Nigerian scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim said a friend, whom she had never met, traveled to Nigeria in 2016 and recently asked for money to get out of Nigeria. The victim received several checks, supposedly

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VETERANS TARGETED BY SCAMMERS

Scams aimed at veterans are on the increase, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. So postal inspectors are teaming up with the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network in a new campaign called “Operation Protect Veterans.” Reporter David Haldane explains… Are you a veteran who’s been targeted by scammers? According to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN CLOSED SESSION TODAY

The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special closed session meeting at 1 p.m. today to discuss potential litigation regarding the at-large versus district elections for city council. The meeting is set for 1 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER MOVING TOWARDS RATE HIKES

Last night, the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors again reviewed the particulars of various scenarios coming out of the district’s rate study. Their dilemma? How to balance a backlog of needed maintenance and repairs with the financial limitations of those with fixed and low income. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING FRAUDULENT GIFT CARDS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of making fraudulent gift cards. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a warrant at his home in the 58700 block of Ocotillo Drive in Yucca Valley about 9 a.m. During the warrant search, deputies located Benjamin Lim, 47. Lim allegedly told

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HEARS DEFIANCE TO FORCED CHANGE IN ELECTIONS

Do at-large elections discriminate against minority voters? It’s a question being considered a lot these days by Morongo Basin cities and public agencies under pressure to elect their leaders by district. The matter came up at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting with some surprising results. Reporter David Haldane

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested late Monday night, accused of punching and kicking a child. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7800 block of Valley Vista in Yucca Valley about 3:15 p.m. Monday for a report that someone stole a stereo from the home. When

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY VANDALISM

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of felony vandalism. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called about 1:45 p.m. to the 55500 block of 29 Palms Highway for a man whose shirt was covered in blood. The man, Samuel Baker, 36, told deputies that he received psychic

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS YUCCA VALLEY CAREER CENTER PLAN

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met last night. Reporter Eric Knabe Fills us in on the details… Superintendent Tom Baumgarten presented an a update on the new Academy of College and Career Excellence. Plans now include partnerships with local government, the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center and

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JOSHUA TREE FELON FOUND WITH AMMUNITION

A convicted felon was arrested Monday during a probation compliance check of his home in Joshua Tree. According to the Sheriff’s department, deputies went to perform a probation compliance check on Anthony Burkins, 29, at his home in the 6000 block of Mount Shasta Avenue about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies

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$2.5 MILLION CLAIM FILED AGAINST THE CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FOR WATER DAMAGE

A Twentynine Palms commercial property owner filed a claim for $2.5 million against the city, alleging the city caused water damage to his property. Minh Dang purchased the property at 5025 Adobe Road, a former miniature golf and go-cart attraction, for $70,000 in January of 2015. Dang is demanding the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT WITH STARBUCKS ON THE AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets tonight with coffee on its agenda. Reporter David Haldane explains… Twentynine Palms may be a step closer to having its own Starbucks after tonight’s city council meeting. Among the public hearings on the agenda is one pertaining to a Newport Beach developer’s application to

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TWO INJURED, POWER OUT FOR HOURS, FOLLOWING SUSPECTED DUI ROLLOVER CRASH IN YUCCA MESA

Two people were injured, and power was out for hours, following a high-speed single-vehicle rollover crash in Yucca Mesa Saturday. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Simon Miller, Jeremy Roses, 28, of Yucca Valley, was driving his 2001 Dodge Durango southbound on Warren Vista Avenue about 5:15 p.m. Witnesses said

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN 2013 SHOOTING DEATH

The man accused of shooting and killing a Yucca Valley man more than four years ago pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter. Brian Cline, 34, accepted a plea bargain Wednesday for killing Martin Reyes, 35, on April 18, 2013. Cline and Reyes were arguing in the 6300 block of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

Two Twentynine Palms parents were arrested Thursday, accused of child endangerment. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to a home in the 72300 block of Old Dale Road about noon Thursday for a welfare check. The deputy determined the home was filthy with a strong odor of urine

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TAKES UP TRAFFIC FLOW AND TRANSPORTATION TONIGHT

Transportation is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Want to have a say in improving traffic flow throughout the high desert? Tonight may be your chance as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets to hear a

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WASTE NOT MORONGO BASIN FORMING TO REDUCE LOCAL FOOD WASTE

A new organization, Waste Not Morongo Basin, has been established to reduce organic food waste and facilitating the rescue of safe and wholesome food for local food pantries and feeding assistance programs. Waste Not will be holding a meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant in Yucca Valley at 6:00 p.m. this

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS EXPECTED TO MAKE LOCAL APPOINTMENTS TOMORROW

In what must be any politician’s dream come true, county supervisors are expected to appoint three candidates to three open seats on the Twentynine Palms Water District board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on that and other expected actions at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino…

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