YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TAKES UP RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission takes up the controversial subject of regulating recreational marijuana use in the town tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff say commissioners will also discuss a home variance and a new car wash… Recreational marijuana will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS “SUNSHINE PROPOSAL”

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight will once again consider a so-called “sunshine proposal” to guide negotiations with the California School Employees’ Association for next year’s contract. The idea, district officials say, is to avoid a protracted impasse over pay and working conditions like what the district

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO MEET; DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN REPORT POSTPONED

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will meet with a sparse agenda tonight, following the cancellation of a major presentation. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane… Joshua Tree residents anxious to learn more about a Caltrans plan to slow traffic through their business district will have to wait

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of child abuse. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, deputies substantiated allegations that Floyd Shaffer, 53, of the 1400 block of Sunrise, had choked a child. Floyd Shaffer was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, booked into the West

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MAN ARRESTED TWICE IN THE SAME WEEK

A man who was arrested Tuesday was arrested again Thursday, accused of different charges. Sheriff’s reports say deputies were called to the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers grocery store about 6 a.m. Tuesday for a man, later identified as Joshua Thompson, 31, for identity theft. Thompson was arrested and released. Two

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A DOZEN TEAMS COMPETE IN 26TH ANNUAL SPELL-A-THON SATURDAY

A dozen teams competed for bragging rights in the 26th annual spell-a-thon Saturday, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. For the fifth consecutive year, managing editor Tami Roleff was on one of the teams competing, and said the final two teams were well matched… After 10 teams

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DIAL 211 FOR COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES, HUMAN RESOURCES HOTLINE AVAILABLE

If you need help with health or social services, there is only one phone number you need to know; 211 is an information and referral service that helps residents find resources that may be able to help you with health and social services. By dialing 2-1-1, callers will be helped

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Daylight Saving Time started at 2 a.m. this morning. Spring forward, fall back. Did you remember to change your clocks? If you didn’t, you’re late! And while you’re at it, change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA CLOSED

A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks has temporarily closed some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Superintendent David Smith announced that all public entry and activities in the area described as Morongo Man Cliffs—about one-half mile northwest of the Split Rock parking lot—are prohibited during the hawks’ nesting

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CAMPGROUND RULES AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger George Land reminds campers of some visitation rules…

As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park increases, many people are making the trip to come in and enjoy the park, including those who wish to camp. The park has eight campgrounds and a total of 494

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MINERVA HOYT CALIFORNIA DESERT CONSERVATION AWARD-WINNER ANNOUNCED

The Joshua Tree National Park Association has announced that Cindy Zacks is the winner of the 13th annual Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. The award honors those who have been an example of environmental leadership, inspiring past and future generations to take on the challenges the California deserts face.

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REGISTER NOW FOR YUCCA VALLEY SOFTBALL LEAGUES

Yucca Valley is getting ready to start the spring softball leagues. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us with the details…

What better way to start spring than joining one of four adult slow pitch softball teams? Registration is now open for the Town of Yucca Valley’s four adult slow pitch

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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. Kirby Davis says to move your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night…

March 12 is the start of Daylight Saving Time and it’s time to “spring forward” one hour, which

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GALLERY 62 RECEPTION TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE

Gallery 62 will hold an opening reception for its current show, Fantastic Fiber, during the Second Saturday Art Crawl, Saturday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Eight artists will showcase a variety of fiber-related artworks, such as quilts, baskets, fashions, and more. The show runs through March 28. The

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COMMUNITY CONCERT AT YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

A Yucca Valley church will hold a concert tomorrow at 2 p.m. featuring musicians who have played around the world. Kirby Davis fills in the details…

Desert Hill Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will host a community concert Sunday, March 12. The concert will feature Paulette Miller on the harp,

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ROTARY SPRING CARNIVAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club host a spring carnival in Luckie Park, through Sunday, March 12. The carnival will be on Joe Davis Drive, as Luckie Avenue is under construction. Food vendors will also be at the carnival. The carnival will be open Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and

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ST. JOSEPH'S PLAYERS’

The St. Joseph’s Players mounts their largest production yet with the Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men.” Edica Gonzalez says seats are still available…

“A Few Good Men” is the St. Joseph’s Players’ eighth show over the last four seasons. Smaller cast shows have been the norm in

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SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND AND CHANGE SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES

The days are getting longer and that means it’s time to change our clocks again. Kirby Davis says to move your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night…

March 12 is the start of Daylight Saving Time and it’s time to “spring forward” one hour, which

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PUBLIC’S HELP SOUGHT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in a burglary in Twentynine Palms. A resident in the 6000 block of Cahuilla Avenue called the Sheriff’s Department about 12:40 p.m. Sunday to report that handguns and jewelry had been stolen from the home. Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Tollefson identified Adrian

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN HELD AFTER STOLEN CAR FOUND

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of possessing a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a probation officer went to a home in the 10800 block of West Drive about 2:30 for a probation compliance check on Roger Peterson, 53. The probation officer determined that a Ford

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