YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TO PUT LIBRARY IN FORMER PFF BUILDING

The Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency purchased the PFF Bank building for $1.6 million in October 2009, and the building has become an eyesore by sitting vacant ever since. In part two of a two-part report, managing editor Tami Roleff says the Yucca Valley Town Council held a special workshop Tuesday

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TWO INJURED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 247 IN LANDERS

Two Landers residents received minor injuries Tuesday during a roll-over crash when they were rear-ended on State Route 247 in Landers. The California Highway Patrol said Miguel Garcia, 64, was driving a 2001 Chevy Tracker northbound on 247 about 3 p.m. As Garcia approached the intersection of Encantado Road, the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AT CAPACITY, URGES CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

With campgrounds filling up fast at Joshua Tree National Park, rangers are urging visitors to make reservations first. Park Ranger George Land says they don’t want visitors to the over-capacity park turned away from campgrounds… Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing a record number of visitors. While it’s great to

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ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS OPEN AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TOMORROW

Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, Friday, December 16, for eight EV charging stations, including supercharging stations for Tesla electric cars. The Tesla supercharging stations can charge vehicles to 100 percent in 75 minutes; regular EV charging stations yields about 31 miles per

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”

The first major musical of the 2017 season at Theatre 29 is “Disney’s Mary Poppins.” The casting calls for 16 featured characters, two children and a dance ensemble; all roles are open. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details… Open auditions for “Disney’s Mary Poppins take place on Monday, January

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL GIVES HEISER A WATCH, MINTZ A GAVEL

It was time to re-organize at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this story… Cora Heiser got a watch. And Dan Mintz took home a gavel. Both were honored at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting; Heiser as an outgoing member

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SAYS GOODBYE, HELLO, AND OK’S IMPACT FEES

The Town of Yucca Valley said good-bye to two long-time public servants last night. In the first of a two-part report, managing editor Tami Roleff says a full house was at the meeting to thank Laurine Silver and George Huntington for their decades of service. Tomorrow, in part two, we’ll

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VICTIM OF BIZARRE SUICIDE IN TWENTYNINE PALM IDENTIFIED

The man whose body was found with a gunshot wound and hanging inside a burning home in Twentynine Palms has been identified by the county coroner’s office as Robert Thompson, 41. On November 14, firefighters were called to the 7400 block of Persia Avenue for a house fire; inside one

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PREGNANT JOSHUA TREE WOMAN FOUND DEAD IDENTIFIED, NO CRIME EVIDENT

The pregnant woman who was found dead inside an RV in Joshua Tree two weeks ago has been identified by the coroner’s office as Amy Lynn Faucett. According to a Sheriff’s report, Faucett, who was 7 months pregnant, was last seen alive about 4:30 a.m. November 28 in the 6800

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CORONER WANTS PUBLIC’S HELP LOCATING KIN OF TWO FOUND DEAD IN WONDER VALLEY

The county coroner’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating next of kin for two people whose bodies were found in a house in Wonder Valley in October. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a friend went to a home in the 80500 block of Norman Road October 15

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL SHOOTING EARLY THIS MORNING

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a fatal shooting early this morning. According to investigators, police were called at 2:56 a.m. to the 66100 block of 2nd Street after a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the courtyard of the

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CORONER IDENTIFIES 2 KILLED IN SATURDAY JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

The County Coroner has identified to two Phelan residents killed in a Saturday crash on State Route 62 in Johnson Valley. At 1:31 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a two vehicle collision on State Route 247 in Johnson Valley. Authorities responded to the scene and

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN A BUSY REORGANIZATION SESSION

Following a special workshop at 4:30 p.m., Yucca Valley council members will hear an update from staff concerning negotiations with the county for the proposed replacement of the Yucca Valley library in the old PFF Bank Building, on the corner of Joshua Lane and Highway 62. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO START SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

Plans are being made to bring a tourist shuttle bus service to Joshua Tree National Park. Called The “RoadRunner” Shuttle service, the new public transportation system would see specially marked buses bring visitors into the park from Park & Ride locations in Joshua Tree at Coyote Corner (State Route 62

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL REORGANIZES, GOODBYE HEISER, HELLO BILDERAIN

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s the catchword for tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Reporter David Haldane has the story… A Twentynine Palms City Council member says goodbye tonight. Cora Heiser, who did not run for re-election in November, will make her departing remarks at

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TWO KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

Two people were killed in a Johnson Valley crash early Saturday morning. According to the County Coroner, Saturday, at 1:31 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a two-vehicle collision on State Route 247 in Johnson Valley. Authorities responded to the scene and pronounced the driver and

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE ON A DIRT BIKE SUNDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Sunday morning following a high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a dirt bike, ridden by Timothy Smith, 40, about 1:40 a.m. near Yucca Trail and Warren Vista Avenue.

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SCHOOL BOARD TO REORGANIZE, DISCUSS HOW TO FILL OPEN SEAT TOMORROW

The death of long-time Morongo Unified School District board member Ronald Palmer, just days after being re-elected, will be a major topic of discussion at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Reporter David Haldane has more… The Morongo Unified School District will swear in two board members and discuss how

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY OF YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESS

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Yucca Valley business at gunpoint Friday night. Investigators say that at 7:48 p.m. Friday, the suspect, who had a black revolver, entered Toda Moda Fashion store at 57240 29 Palms Highway, and demanded money

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JOSHUA TREE FUGITIVE ARRESTED SATURDAY

A Joshua Tree man, who was featured in the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department “Fugitive Friday” was arrested Saturday morning for his warrants for burglary and battery. Kenneth Grier, 58, pleaded guilty to burglary in September for stealing a purse out of a vehicle at a Joshua Tree gas station in

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