TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HEARS DEFIANCE TO FORCED CHANGE IN ELECTIONS

Do at-large elections discriminate against minority voters? It’s a question being considered a lot these days by Morongo Basin cities and public agencies under pressure to elect their leaders by district. The matter came up at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting with some surprising results. Reporter David Haldane

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested late Monday night, accused of punching and kicking a child. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7800 block of Valley Vista in Yucca Valley about 3:15 p.m. Monday for a report that someone stole a stereo from the home. When

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY VANDALISM

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of felony vandalism. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called about 1:45 p.m. to the 55500 block of 29 Palms Highway for a man whose shirt was covered in blood. The man, Samuel Baker, 36, told deputies that he received psychic

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS YUCCA VALLEY CAREER CENTER PLAN

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met last night. Reporter Eric Knabe Fills us in on the details… Superintendent Tom Baumgarten presented an a update on the new Academy of College and Career Excellence. Plans now include partnerships with local government, the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center and

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JOSHUA TREE FELON FOUND WITH AMMUNITION

A convicted felon was arrested Monday during a probation compliance check of his home in Joshua Tree. According to the Sheriff’s department, deputies went to perform a probation compliance check on Anthony Burkins, 29, at his home in the 6000 block of Mount Shasta Avenue about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies

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$2.5 MILLION CLAIM FILED AGAINST THE CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FOR WATER DAMAGE

A Twentynine Palms commercial property owner filed a claim for $2.5 million against the city, alleging the city caused water damage to his property. Minh Dang purchased the property at 5025 Adobe Road, a former miniature golf and go-cart attraction, for $70,000 in January of 2015. Dang is demanding the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT WITH STARBUCKS ON THE AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets tonight with coffee on its agenda. Reporter David Haldane explains… Twentynine Palms may be a step closer to having its own Starbucks after tonight’s city council meeting. Among the public hearings on the agenda is one pertaining to a Newport Beach developer’s application to

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TWO INJURED, POWER OUT FOR HOURS, FOLLOWING SUSPECTED DUI ROLLOVER CRASH IN YUCCA MESA

Two people were injured, and power was out for hours, following a high-speed single-vehicle rollover crash in Yucca Mesa Saturday. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Simon Miller, Jeremy Roses, 28, of Yucca Valley, was driving his 2001 Dodge Durango southbound on Warren Vista Avenue about 5:15 p.m. Witnesses said

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN 2013 SHOOTING DEATH

The man accused of shooting and killing a Yucca Valley man more than four years ago pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter. Brian Cline, 34, accepted a plea bargain Wednesday for killing Martin Reyes, 35, on April 18, 2013. Cline and Reyes were arguing in the 6300 block of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

Two Twentynine Palms parents were arrested Thursday, accused of child endangerment. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to a home in the 72300 block of Old Dale Road about noon Thursday for a welfare check. The deputy determined the home was filthy with a strong odor of urine

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TAKES UP TRAFFIC FLOW AND TRANSPORTATION TONIGHT

Transportation is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Want to have a say in improving traffic flow throughout the high desert? Tonight may be your chance as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets to hear a

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WASTE NOT MORONGO BASIN FORMING TO REDUCE LOCAL FOOD WASTE

A new organization, Waste Not Morongo Basin, has been established to reduce organic food waste and facilitating the rescue of safe and wholesome food for local food pantries and feeding assistance programs. Waste Not will be holding a meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant in Yucca Valley at 6:00 p.m. this

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS EXPECTED TO MAKE LOCAL APPOINTMENTS TOMORROW

In what must be any politician’s dream come true, county supervisors are expected to appoint three candidates to three open seats on the Twentynine Palms Water District board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on that and other expected actions at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino…

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KUDOS FOR THE MORONGO BASIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

The Morongo Basin Community Health Center recently received national recognition for four programs it offers. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, identified the Take a Hike Program, Community Resource Directory, LIFT transportation services, and Coalition Formation as four programs that

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THEATRE 29 REORGANIZING, LOOKING FOR BOARD CANDIDATES

Theatre 29 is soliciting nominations for volunteers who would like to serve on its board of directors. With more information, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… Early next month the all-volunteer board of directors will be reorganized at Theatre 29. Anyone who is interested in serving a 2-year term on the non-profit,

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9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned

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TECH HELP AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS

Are you still trying to figure out all those new tech devices? Teens from the Yucca Valley Youth Commission will be available to help you out. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you when and where…

Need help setting up your cell phone, tablet or other electronic device? Want to

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TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTING DONATIONS

An annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves is gearing up in our Morongo Basin area. Donations of toys and money are now being accepted for Toys for Tots. A toy collection box is here in the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree and at other businesses throughout the Morongo Basin.

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EMPTY BOWLS BENEFIT FOR REACH OUT MORONGO FOOD BAN

The Center for Healthy Generations will hold the Empty Bowls Benefit to raise money for the Reach Out Morongo Food Bank. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more information on the event and how you can attend…

The Empty Bowls Benefit combines delicious home-made soups and breads made by local cooks, served

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DONATE SUPPLIES FOR NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is accepting donations of pet food, cleaning supplies, blankets and other pet-related items for donation to the Morongo Basin no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. The shelter especially needs dry dog and cat food, all kinds of puppy and kitten food, cleaning supplies and pet

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