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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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is holding a free home energy education workshop Monday, May 9. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held at Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway, in Joshua Tree, from 9:30 to 3:30. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MILITARY FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES FOREIGN FILMS

The 24 military films and documentaries being shown at the Twentynine Palms Military Film Festival May 13 through May 15 will include some of the best war movies ever produced, from patriotic classics such as “Flags of our Fathers,” “Casablanca,” “Jarhead,” “A Few Good Men,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “The Killing

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RETIRED TEACHERS RESERVATIONS DUE MONDAY

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will enjoy a presentation by their own Michelle Stoops, who will speak about the founding and history of Hi-Desert Division 62. Lunch will be provided at

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THREE NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS DEDICATED THURSDAY

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was at Whitewater Preserve Thursday to celebrate the new California Desert National Monuments this morning. Joining Jewell were Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs, and County Supervisor James Ramos, to dedicate the three new national monuments, Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountains

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF BITING, CHOKING GIRLFRIEND

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday evening, accused of biting and choking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called just before 6 p.m. Thursday to report that her boyfriend, Christopher Kimmel, 34, had hit her in the face, bit her, and choked her to the point

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VFW MENU FOR MOTHER’S DAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will be serving up a special Mother’s Day breakfast on Sunday with chicken fried steak, along with other menu items from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans

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“DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 opens the hilarious musical, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” with a gala fundraiser benefiting The Kiwanis Club. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” a musical comedy directed by Marty Neider and Kathryn Ferguson, is set in a little bar called “The Bunyan” in Bunyon

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EVENT SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR REACH-OUT ART AUCTION FUND-RAISER

The art auction benefiting Reach Out Morongo Basin will take place today from 2 to 7 p.m. at ArtFx & Furnishings in Old Town Yucca Valley. The event will include a live auction plus live music, food, refreshments and desserts. Registration for the auction is from 2 to 3; the

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YUCCA VALLEY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT MIRRORS PRIOR ARREST

In an incident that is nearly identical to a similar call two months ago, a Yucca Valley man was arrested on multiple warrants following a call of suspected domestic violence. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 57400 block of Lupine Avenue about 12:30 a.m. after a

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