WONDER VALLEY RESIDENTS QUESTION PLANNED POWER OUTAGE NEXT WEEK

Although temperatures next week are not expected to be as hot as the sizzling high temps of 114 a few days ago, it’ll still be plenty hot, and residents and their pets are depending on their swamp coolers and air conditioners to keep cool during the heat of the day.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER PLAN CALLED “LACKING, “SKEWED AND QUESTIONABLE” PASSED

The Twentynine Palms Water District board met in regular session last night. Even in the face of serious questions about their Urban Water Management plan, they approved it. In their last piece of fire business, after over 50 years as the County takes over the fire department July 1, the

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN NAMED INTERIM DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY MANAGER

The City Manager of nearby Desert Hot Springs announced his resignation Wednesday, effective July 21. A name familiar to Morongo Basin residents, Dale Mondary, a Yucca Valley resident and former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s captain, currently that city’s police chief, was appointed interim city manager. Martin Magana had been Desert Hot

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COURT RULES FOR DOLLAR GENERAL IN JOSHUA TREE

For nearly five years, some Joshua Tree residents have been fighting to prevent the construction of a Dollar General store at the corner of Sunburst Avenue and Highway 62 in Joshua Tree. Opponents claimed that the store would be inconsistent with the Joshua Tree Community Plan which encourages small independent

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY MANAGER RESIGNS

The city manager of Desert Hot Springs announced his resignation Wednesday, effective July 21. Dale Mondary, the city’s current police chief—and former Sheriff’s captain in the Morongo Basin and a Yucca Valley resident—has been asked to take over as the interim city manager. Martin Magana had been the city’s community

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SKETCHY INFORMATION ON A ROBBERY BY TASER IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men who allegedly robbed another man after threatening him with a taser in Yucca Valley late Monday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim told deputies that he met the two men about 10:30 p.m. at a nearby motel. The suspects told him

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HOSPITAL TREATS THREE JUVENILES FOR METH

Three juveniles were treated at Hi-Desert Medical Center after they drank an unknown liquid in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the three unidentified juveniles said they found a bottle with a clear liquid in it at the park and drank it. One of the

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RED CROSS DONATION BOX STOLEN FROM STORE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a Red Cross donation box at a Twentynine Palms business. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man and a woman came into the Circle K convenience store on Adobe Road and Two Mile Road Monday night and paid for several items. When

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL GIVES GO-AHEAD TO SALES TAX MEASURES

Earlier this year, more than 300 Yucca Valley residents participated in a telephone survey about whether they would support two separate half-cent sales tax measures that would reduce the cost of the sewer assessments, and support infrastructure in the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council heard the results

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YUCCA VALLEY OVERSIGHT BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The oversight board to the successor agency of the Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency will hold its regular quarterly meeting 8 a.m. Thursday, June 23. On the agenda, the board will be asked to approve an agreement between the town and the successor agency, concerning the expenditure of excess bond proceeds.

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EXTREME HEAT CONTINUES, OFFICIALS ASK FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION

The first day of summer featured an Extreme Heat warning and the heat will remain in triple digits well into next week, according to the National Weather Service. Summer officially began at 3:34 p.m. Monday. By 5 p.m., daytime temperature records were set in several Riverside County cities including Palm

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IN A WIDE RANGING MEETING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in a busy and wide ranging meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a close look at the council’s agenda… After recognizing Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard for 20 years of service, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked to approve the consent agenda,

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MASSIVE CHILD PREDATOR SWEEP NETS 238 ARRESTS ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

A two-month sweep of suspected child predators wanted for everything from negotiating sex tourism on the internet to possessing and selling pornography netted 238 arrests across Southern California, including a Buddhist monk, authorities announced Monday. The sweep was part of a national effort called Operation Broken Heart, launched by the

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HAM RADIO OPERATORS FIELD EXERCISE THIS WEEKEND

Local ham radio operators will join others around the nation for their annual field day exercise this weekend. Assignment reporter Edica Gonzalez invites you to see the invaluable service they provide… You may think that your cell phone or smart phone is all you need to communicate with others these

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT WITH A KEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Saturday morning after he used a key to assault a friend. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim was visiting a home in the 75100 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms when Dane Tomasko, 25, came home about 1:30 a.m. allegedly drunk.

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HEAT WAVE WILL PEAK TODAY AND TOMORROW, COOLING CENTERS OPEN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. Wednesday night, with the hottest days expected to be Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley to 118 degrees in Twentynine Palms today. Heat-related illnesses such

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A SERIOUS WARNING ABOUT CHILDREN AND HOT CARS

Most susceptible to heat-related illness are the elderly, homeless, people with chronic ailments, and children. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents should be extra careful—especially with children—in the summer heat… Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are seniors and children. Health Department Public Information Officer Henry Varela stresses

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE SENDS STRIKE TEAM TO BORDER FIRE NEAR SAN DIEGO

Morongo Valley firefighters sent a strike team Sunday night to the Border fire just east of San Diego. The Border Fire started Sunday morning near Highways 94 and 188 in Potrero, and jumped from 5 acres to 1,500 acres in a matter of hours. A fire engineer, two firefighters, and

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THEATRE 29 SETS AUDITIONS FOR MUSICAL, “THE SECRET GARDEN”, FOR JUNE 27

Theatre 29 is casting the classic musical “The Secret Garden.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the audition details… Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will cast the beloved musical “The Secret Garden” Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The

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PARENT ENRICHMENT GROUPS OFFERED TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

Family Service Association is taking enrollments for its free parent enrichment groups. The 16-week classes are open to Morongo Basin residents who are pregnant or who care for a child up to 5 years old. The classes are held once a week on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 1, or 3:30

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