20TH ANNUAL STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL IN YUCCA MESA TODAY

The Morongo Basin is known for its dark skies, and the Andromeda Society’s 20th annual Starry Nights Festival will take full advantage of the billions of stars on view. The festival is Saturday, September 10, from noon to midnight, but come early for the pancake breakfast from 8 to 11,

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EIGHT MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MARIJUANA RAIDS IN MORONGO BASIN WEDNESDAY

DEPUTIES RAID EIGHT PROPERTIES, ARREST EIGHT, IN MARIJUANA ERADICATION SWEEP Sheriff’s deputies raided eight properties in Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Landers Wednesday, seizing more than 1,800 marijuana plants and arresting eight people. According to Sheriff’s reports, starting about 8:30 a.m., deputies from the specialized Marijuana Enforcement Team went to

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HEMET WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER MURDER OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS WOMAN

A Hemet woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of murdering a 59-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman. According to Desert Hot Springs police, detectives were called to investigate the suspicious death of Chandra Saras in the 64100 block of Mont Blanc Court about 10 a.m. Monday, August 15. Detectives served search warrants

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THREE LOCAL COUNTY COMMUNITY PLAN MEETINGS NEXT WEEK   

San Bernardino County is updating the community plans for several areas in the Morongo Basin. Part of the larger countywide plan, the community plans establish development guidelines, and goals with the aim of creating or maintaining the type of communities that residents there want to see. You might say that

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING TO USE STUN GUN ON WOMAN

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of threatening to use a stun gun on a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joshua Stevens, 35, was arguing with a woman in the 6500 block of Lupine Avenue about 2:30 p.m. The woman went into her bedroom and closed the

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HI-DESERT CHORUS ANNOUNCES NEW CHOIR DIRECTOR

The High Desert Chorus knew it would be a challenge to replace Jeff Lantz as musical director when he stepped down last December, however they have announced their new director. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… The High Desert Chorus has announced that Bill Barrett will return as musical director

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HI-DESERT HEALTH CLINICS TO PRESCRIBE “TAKE A HIKE” FOR FREE PARK ENTRY

The doctors at the Hi-Desert Family Health Clinics in cooperation with Joshua Tree National Park will be writing important prescriptions for health. Reporter Kirby Davis said they will recommend patients “Take a Hike”… The Hi-Desert Family Health Clinics are partnering with Joshua Tree National Park to get the clinics’ patients

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ARREST FOR BURGLARY, DRUGS, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE, AND LANDERS

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested last week, accused of burglary. According to a Sheriff’s department, a neighbor in the 6200 block of Cholla Avenue reported seeing an unknown man in a nearby back yard about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1, apparently trying to break into a vacant home. The

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AUDITIONS SEPTEMBER 19TH FOR “A CHRISTMAS STORY” AT THEATRE 29

Auditions are set at Theatre 29 for the hit comedy “A Christmas Story.” Director Eric Ross will cast the beloved Christmas classic September 19 at 6 p.m. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast break down… “A Christmas Story” follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red

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UNITY HOME ANNOUNCES STAFF OPENINGS

Morongo Basin Unity Home Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach Center has openings for part-time and full-time domestic violence advocates. Applicants must be self-starters, able to work with minimal supervision with a heart for helping others. Must have computer skills, and be detail-oriented. Morongo Basin Unity Home offers proper training to

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY INVITES YOU TO UNDERSTAND GROUNDWATER

The Mojave Water Agency is offering a unique opportunity to learn about our areas Groundwater. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to sign up… The Mojave Water Agency has worked with scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to understand and manage our region’s groundwater basins for 25 years.

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CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE CONCERT RESULTS IN ONLY TWO ARRESTS

The three-day concert at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center last weekend was relatively quiet and peaceful. The Sheriff’s Department reports that only two arrests were made during the event. Daniel Cruz, 22, of Anaheim, allegedly approached security guards about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and asked if they had any drugs for

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: POOLS, GRUBSTAKE DAYS, AND A NEW STOP SIGN

Only a handful of residents showed up last night to hear a presentation about Measure Y and Measure Z—the proposed tax measures on the November ballot—prior to last night’s Yucca Valley Town Council meeting. The half-cent tax measures would each add about $1.5 million to the town’s coffers, to be

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COUNCIL CANDIDATE CLAIMS 5 FALSE NON-PROFITS, 2 FAKE TITLES

Town and city council candidates ask for the public’s trust to control millions of dollars in public funds that affects thousands of lives and one Yucca Valley Candidate has violated that trust. As a result of an investigation, Z107.7 News discovered that candidate Eric Quander has fraudulently claimed non-profit status

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TAKING PUBLIC INPUT ON PROJECT PHOENIX TOMORROW

Residents of the City of Twentynine Palms are invited to find out what Project Phoenix is all about, and give their suggestions as well. Reporter David Haldane says the meeting is tomorrow evening… Wondering what all the fuss is about in downtown Twentynine Palms? If so, you can find out

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT NETS 28 CITATIONS, NO DUI DRIVERS

No drunk or drugged drivers were arrested during the Desert Hot Springs Police Department DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday night. Police screened 605 vehicles between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the 13700 block of Palm Avenue; of those vehicles, police cited or arrested 14 drivers for driving with a suspended

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN KILLED IN I-10 CRASH IN WHITEWATER SUNDAY

A 75-year-old Yucca Valley man has been identified as the fatal victim in a collision on the 10 freeway in Whitewater early Sunday. Paul James Preshaw was driving eastbound in a 2015 Dodge van in the slow lane approaching the Highway 62 interchange about 12:30 a.m. when he collided with

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCIDENTLY SHOOTS HIMSELF WITH HOMEMADE GUN

A Morongo Valley man shot himself in the leg Sunday with a homemade shotgun. According to Sheriff’s reports, Michael Oneal, 31, of the 11000 block of Cholla Avenue, was making the shotgun out of pipes in his garage about 1:30 p.m. While trying to see if the pipes would fit,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council will hear reports and look at traffic at La Contenta and Yucca Trails… After a routine consent agenda, the Yucca Valley Town Council will hear reports about Grubstake Days, and a traffic and

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TWO BURGLARIES AT JOSHUA TREE MINI STORAGE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating at least two burglaries at the Joshua Tree Mini Storage facility. According to Sheriff’s reports, two people reported similar burglaries at the storage facility in the 61300 block of 29 Palms Highway Saturday afternoon, in which the padlocks to their units had been removed sometime

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