YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER TWO STUDENTS CONSUME POT BROWNIES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, after two middle school students were found to be under the influence of pot brownies. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to La Contenta Middle School about 9:21 a.m. by the principal after school staff noticed that two students were exhibiting

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO LOOK INTO BUYING WATER FROM OLD WOMAN SPRINGS RANCH

The Hi-Desert Water District, which currently buys its water from Mojave Water Agency, is always looking for new sources of water. Managing editor Tami Roleff says last night, the board agreed to look into buying some water from a new source… The Hi-Desert Water District said it was approached by

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REGISTER BY TODAY FOR A YUCCA VALLEY SEWER TOUR

The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold its quarterly meeting at the Hi-Desert Water District’s office in Yucca Valley Thursday, September 21. The board will receive an update on the status of the sewer project. The water district will also provide a free tour of its

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TAKES STEPS TO ASSURE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY

In response to a recent complaint to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health or OSHA, the Morongo Valley Community Services District hired a safety consultant to evaluate conditions at the fire station. In its report, the consultant acknowledged several areas where improvements are warranted, none, however, were considered

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THREE SMALL EARTHQUAKES RATTLE JOSHUA TREE AND EL CENTRO YESTERDAY

Three small earthquakes occurred in our region Wednesday afternoon, with the U.S. Geological Survey recording 3.3 in Joshua Tree and a 3.5 and a 2.6 in the Imperial Valley. The first, a 3.3 magnitude trembler in Joshua Tree, occurred at 2:59 p.m. at a depth of 2.4 miles, and two

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MORONGO BASIN ICON, MARA CANTELO, DIES OF NATURAL CAUSES

A Morongo Basin icon, Mara Cantelo, founder and driving force behind the annual Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, events, has passed away. Cantelo, who suffered multiple illnesses, passed away of natural causes at her home, she was 64. A caregiver reported that she had not been heard from since Friday September

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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW TEACHERS CONTRACT

Eureka! That pretty much describes the mood among those in the know at last night’s school board meeting. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains… To the casual observer, it looked completely routine; without a word of discussion, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education last night unanimously approved

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A SPATE OF BURGLARY AND VANDALISM IN YUCCA VALLEY

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday investigating at least four commercial burglaries and vandalism. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called to the 56400 block of 29 Palms Highway about 8 a.m. where an unknown suspect broke through a back door and stole the cash register and cash, along

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SUSPECTED IN MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday in connection with multiple burglaries. According to a Sheriff’s report, detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation for several Yucca Valley burglaries and identified Thomas Brown, 37, as a suspect. When deputies located Brown in the 2900 block of Star Lane, he resisted arrest,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR OSHA-REQUIRED FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY REPORT

A month ago to the day, the Morongo Valley Community Services District received notice from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health that a complaint had been filed. The complaint alleged hazardous and unhealthy work conditions at Morongo Valley’s Fire Station. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from

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MBA PARAMEDIC SUSPECTED OF USING FENTANYL

A paramedic was terminated Monday after he tested positive on a drug test for Fentanyl. Two weeks ago, the operations supervisor of Morongo Basin Ambulance in Joshua Tree realized that sometime between August 11 and August 26, 39 vials of Fentanyl had been used, an unusually high number for such

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AUSTRIAN WOMAN RESCUED MONDAY AT AMBOY CRATER

An Austrian woman was rescued out at Amboy Crater Monday morning after she injured her ankle while hiking with her husband. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle says the woman, who is in her 50s, was unable to hike back to the parking lot due to possibly breaking her ankle.

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FACING A LAWSUIT, TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL REDUCES SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

In a turnabout from the hysteria surrounding past discussion on repeal of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code 11.32, the City Council last night held their noses and voted 5-0 to do away with the local law which forbids registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or day

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ARMED ROBBERY AT THE YUCCA VALLEY DOMINOS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Yucca Valley Domino’s Pizza Saturday afternoon. Deputies say they were called to 58100 block of 29 Palms Highway about 3:15 p.m. The employee told deputies that an unknown man came in, showed him a gun and demanded cash. When the employee

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PEDESTRIAN HOSPITALIZED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HIT AND RUN

A pedestrian was hospitalized Friday morning following a hit-and-run in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, the male pedestrian, described only as being in his mid-20s, was crossing Baseline Road near Adobe Road at 7:45 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle that turned northbound onto Adobe Road.

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APPEAL FILED IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER CONVICTION

The lawyer for Christopher Lee, the former Marine convicted last year of murdering Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in 2014 and dumping her body down a mine shaft, filed an appeal Thursday with the 4th Appellate Court District Division 2. Richard de la Sota told Z107.7 News that he feels

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EASING SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS ON TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT

The agony continues at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council when officials again consider the issue of residential restrictions on registered sex offenders. The city has been slapped with a lawsuit for remaining out of compliance with a State Supreme Court decision ruling the current residential restrictions unconstitutional.

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RAIN BRINGS POWER OUTAGES, FLOODING, ROAD CLOSURES AND SOME DAMAGE

The Morongo Basin region was buffeted over the weekend with a string of squalls and thunderstorms which brought heavy rains and flooding, and has closed Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms. Saturday, one trained weather observer in the Knott’s Sky Park area of Twentynine Palms reported 1.2 inches of rain

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ABOUT 65 VOLUNTEERS SHOW TO EXTENDED GIANT ROCK AREA CLEAN-UP

About 65 volunteers helped clean up five sites near Giant Rock Saturday, a clean-up effort that was organized by the Landers Community Association, the Bureau of Land Management, Blight Sites, and the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The clean-up was spurred in response to a Z107.7 News story about trash—including tires,

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A CAR EXPLOSION IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Update 9-12-17 to correct the date and include more details.

One person was injured in Joshua Tree National Park September 3 from a car explosion. A spokesman with Joshua Tree National Park said the person was lying down in the front seat of his new car near Stirrup Tank when

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