EASTBOUND I-10 CLOSED AFTER FATAL CRASH IN CABAZON

The eastbound I-10 freeway was closed for almost four hours at Cabazon after a FedEx truck slammed into stalled flatbed truck, killing the driver, 59-year old Miguel Rolon of Thermal. The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday between Main Street and Haugen Lehman Way, according to a CHP traffic

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TWO TRAILERS REPORTED STOLEN IN JOHNSON VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of two trailers from Johnson Valley. According to investigators, the owner of the trailers said that sometime between Friday and Tuesday, someone broke into a Conex box on property near Cole Road and Old Woman Springs Road where two trailers were being stored.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH

A man was critically injured Wednesday afternoon following a roll-over crash in Joshua Tree. According to CHP officer Simon Miller, at about 1:50 p.m., William Gamble, 22, of Twentynine Palms, was driving his 2011 Dodge westbound on the highway at what witnesses said was a very high rate of speed.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PAVES THE WAY FOR COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE

One of the final steps in turning over the Twentynine Palms Fire Department over to the county was taken last night by the Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter David Haldane says the years-long process is close to being completed… It may be the dawning of a new age in Twentynine

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CADIZ PLAN TO BRING WATER FROM DESERT TO ORANGE COUNTY WINS APPEALS

The plan by Cadiz Inc. to bring groundwater from the Mojave Desert east of Twentynine Palms to Orange County won a big legal case yesterday. The California 4th District Appellate Court decision in Santa Ana upheld six lower court decisions on governmental approvals and environmental reviews of the controversial water

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WE REVIEW “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29’s newest production, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” opened last Friday to a standing ovation. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in the audience, and says this musical will have you laughing at and with the characters in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota… “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” directed by Marty Neider

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 11, are correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission, airport use agreements, and an update on the gate and fencing. Under new business, directors will discuss fees for parking non-flyable

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet tomorrow in a special and regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a look at the college board’s Agenda… A busy day awaits the Copper Mountain College Trustees tomorrow. At 1:30 p.m. they meet in special session to review the board’s self-evaluation procedure. Then

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MAY PAVE WAY FOR TRANSFER OF FIRE TO COUNTY TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City council meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the council is expected to take a big step toward facilitating the transfer of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department from water district control to the county… And the beat goes on! Or so it seems, as

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AFTER A STRUGGLE WITH DEPUTY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday on a robbery warrant following a routine traffic stop. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Barberry Avenue and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley about 2:20 p.m. for a defective windshield. In the back seat was Robert Deffenbaugh, 33,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FILM FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MORE THAN MOVIES

The 24 military films and documentaries being shown at the Twentynine Palms Military Film Festival this weekend will include some of the best war movies ever produced, from patriotic classics to original documentaries. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the film festival will feature more than movies, though… The Twentynine Palms

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GROVE’S THEATER PRESENTS “TEA AT 5” KATHERINE HEPBURN BIOGRAPHY SHOW

Groves Cabin Theatre will present “Tea at Five,” a one-woman play based on the life of Katharine Hepburn. Susan Brundage recounts stories from Hepburn’s memoire “Me: Stories of My Life” that will go from her Yankee childhood to winning four Oscars, to her heart-breaking romance with Spencer Tracy. The production

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MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS PREVIEW OF APPEALS ON TWO JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENTS

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met last night. Reporter David Haldane said they got a preview of upcoming appeals to be filed against the recent approval of two controversial Joshua Tree developments… The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is about to get an earful, judging from the tone

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LANDERS MAN INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN INVOLVING DIRT BIKE SUNDAY

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in a hit-and-run crash involving a dirt bike in Landers Sunday afternoon. About 2:25 p.m., an unknown man was driving was described by witnesses as a silver or gray Saturn southbound on Sage Avenue at about 20 to 25 miles

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COUNTY REPORT LEVELS HARSH ACCUSATIONS AT HOPE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL

Suspicions of financial mismanagement surrounding Hope Academy Charter School in recent months have been confirmed in a damning, new report. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … The report just issued by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, a state investigative agency commissioned to look into Hope Academy by

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VEGETATION FIRE IN BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE SUNDAY

Firefighters from Joshua Tree were the first on the scene for a vegetation fire in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Sunday. Morongo Valley firefighters and Yucca Valley firefighters were both on other calls when the fire was called in about 3:30 p.m. About one-half acre of heavy brush was burning

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THREE NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS DEDICATED THURSDAY

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was at Whitewater Preserve Thursday to celebrate three new California Desert National Monuments. Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountains designated by President Obama earlier this year. Jewell urged residents to come out and enjoy their new public lands.

THREE ARRESTED AFTER A SHARP-EYED NEIGHBOR ALERTS SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES

An alert neighbor notified the Sheriff’s Department when he saw strangers going in and out of a neighbor’s home in Twentynine Palms Thursday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, the neighbor called about 9:20 to report that a man was seen taking items out of a home in the 72400

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE PROVIDING LOW COST PETS SERVICES IN MAY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in May for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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STRETCH-N-TONE CLASS THROUGH TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley is offering a Stretch-N-Tone class. Reporter David Knutson has all the details… The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department offers over twenty leisure and enrichment classes throughout the year. One of the classes offered is titled Stretch-N-Tone. This class is offered Monday through Friday from

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