34-YEAR-OLD WONDER VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING CHILD UNDER 10

A Wonder Valley man was arrested on warrants Wednesday morning, accused of child molestation and intimidating a witness. According to Sheriff’s reports, on December 28, 2015, the parents of a young girl reported that they just discovered that a family friend, later identified as Nicholas Buskirk, 34, had sexually

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

Two Twentynine Palms parents were arrested Tuesday, accused of child cruelty. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6300 block of Smoke Tree Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 7 p.m. July 20, for an unresponsive 4-month-old boy. The baby was taken to the Naval Hospital in Twentynine

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APPROVAL OF JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL APPEALED TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

The latest in the continuing story of the fight against putting a Dollar General store at Sunburst and the highway in Joshua Tree: Having lost their appeal of the approval the store by the State District Court of appeals, the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance is now filing for a

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STATEWIDE TEST SCORES: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

The state of California released standardized testing scores for our local school district. Reporter David Haldane says it was good news and bad news… For the Morongo Unified School District, there’s good news and bad news in this week’s release of statewide test scores in math and English. The good

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“THE MUSICAL “SECRET GARDEN” OPENS TONIGHT AT THEATRE 29

The musical “The Secret Garden,” the redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal opens tonight for a five-week run through September 24, at Theatre 29. The opening night gala of the hit three-time Tony-Award winning Broadway musical is sponsored by Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys

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PARK SERVICE TURNS 100, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK JOINS THE OTHER 412

National Park Service supporters, visitors and staff are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service today at 413 parks nationwide. The NPS is inviting everyone to join the celebration by visiting a national park this week. There are hundreds of events taking place around the country to celebrate

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CONTRACT FRUSTRATION EVIDENT AT TUESDAY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The frustrations were evident at Tuesday’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District board. The school district’s teachers are into their second year without a contract, and teachers and board members are exasperated that the two sides have not yet been able to reach an agreement. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN SPECIAL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON

The Twentynine Palms City Council holds a special meeting tonight with only one item on the agenda: a resolution authorizing the city manager to accept property in preparation for Project Phoenix, a multi-million-dollar plan to revitalize the city’s commercial corridor along Highway 62. The city has already acquired several pieces

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WATCH FOR FRAUDULENT BLUE CUT FIRE VICTIM FUND-RAISING

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports that a man claiming to represent CalFire is asking residents for donations to help victims of the Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that CalFire is not soliciting donations, and that CalFire does not contact residents to ask for

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STATE SAYS TWO AREA FOR-PROFIT EVENTS CAN’T USE VOLUNTEER LABOR

Two Joshua Tree event promoters, one a candidate for public office, are conducting business illegally, according to the State of California. The Joshua Tree International Film Festival and the Joshua Tree Music Festivals both offer free event passes and perks in exchange for so called “volunteers” to work preparing for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL VOTES MONEY TO MARKET JOSHUA TREE

The Twentynine Palms City Council met in regular session last night. Reporter David Haldane said the question of whether Twentynine Palms should spend money to market Joshua Tree dominated the meeting. Joshua Tree or Twentynine Palms? If you were a would-be tourist, which would hold the most sway? That was

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SAY NO TO SODA MOUNTAIN PROJECT AND MARIJUANA

Yesterday in San Bernardino, county supervisors pulled the plug on the controversial Soda Mountain solar project, and said no to marijuana. In a late afternoon 3-to-2 split decision, the board voted not to certify the project planned for 2,000 acres—a stone’s throw from the Mojave National Preserve. The vote followed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT EMERGENCY PLANS TONIGHT

The Twentynine palms Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says most of the meeting will discuss preparing for emergencies… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is expected to adopt a resolution intended to assure the safety of employee families during

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF THREATS, MARIJUANA SALES

A Landers man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of selling marijuana and making criminal threats. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 58900 block of Mitch Lane in Landers called about 8:30 a.m. to report that her neighbor, Jay Wilson, 50, threatened to shoot her. When deputies questioned

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MOTHER ARRESTED AFTER CHILD FOUND ALONE IN YUCCA VALLEY PARK

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested after her young child was found alone in a park Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a park visitor reported about 6 p.m. that a 4-year-old had been at Jacob’s Park, at the corner of Hopi and Onaga Trails, for over an hour;

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YUCCA VALLEY POST OFFICE HAS 11 WINDOWS SHOT WITH BB’S

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating vandalism at the Yucca Valley post office Sunday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee was working in the back of the post office when he heard a loud crash at the front of the building about 5:30 p.m. When he came out to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL LOOKS AT BINGO, TOURISM, AND RELOCATION

The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the meeting will mostly be about… Bingo, tourism and relocation. Those are the subjects dominating the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. The bingo, if approved, would take place at the

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BURGLARS BUSY ACROSS THE MORONGO BASIN COMMUNITIES

Burglars were busy across the Morongo Basin Friday night. According to Sheriff’s reports, at least six residential burglaries were reported in Yucca Valley Saturday morning, two in Morongo Valley, and two in Twentynine Palms. In Yucca Valley, thieves stole: two quads from a home in the 1400 block of Cambria

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DEPUTIES “ESCORT A MAN TO THE GROUND” AFTER BASEBALL BAT INCIDENT

Yucca Valley deputies “escorted” a man to the ground Saturday morning, when he refused to follow their orders. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies responded to a home in the 6400 block of Hermosa Avenue for a vehicle burglary report. While there, David Scott, 24, of the 58500 block of

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS START TODAY, DRIVER SAFETY REMINDERS

Today is the first day of school for the Morongo Unified School District. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. Now that Morongo Basin schools are open, drivers must be more cautious than ever in

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