TRAFFIC CRASHES PLAGUED THE ENTIRE MORONGO BASIN YESTERDAY

Besides Wednesday morning’s bus crash in Yucca Valley, firefighters responded to two other roll-over crashes at opposite ends of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Just before 12:30 p.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a two-vehicle crash at Adobe Road and Desert Trail where a Jeep and a Ford SUV collided.

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CHP OFFERING “AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART” CLASSES FOR SENIORS

The California Highway Patrol is offering classes in Yucca Valley for drivers age 55 and older. Reporter Kirby Davis has all the details… “Age Well, Drive Smart” are free classes being offered by the California Highway Patrol. The goal is to help seniors maintain their driving independence for as long

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TRIAL STARTING FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Joshua Tree woman accused of embezzling from Morongo Unified School District two years ago. Court records show the alleged embezzlement occurred in August 2014, and school administrators called police about the embezzlement in November 2014. Karin Buttinelli, 50—who worked in the

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ARRESTED AFTER COMPLIANCE CHECK

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested Tuesday after a probation compliance check. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers made a compliance check at a home in the 81000 block of Valle Vista in Wonder Valley about 2:40 p.m. Probation officers found Darren Caudel, 45, with a firearm, and Justyn

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PICK UP TRUCK VERSUS SCHOOL BUS CRASH SNARLS TRAFFIC; TWO MINOR INJURIES

A crash between a school bus and a pick-up truck snarled traffic on Highway 62 during the morning commute today. There were no children on the school bus, and two minor injuries. Thomas Knie, 69, of El Toro, was driving his 2002 Chevy pick-up truck eastbound on Highway 62. A

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A RAUCOUS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, TEACHERS INDICATE POSSIBLE STRIKE

Last night’s school board meeting was a loud one. With a room full of angry teachers, flyers warning of a possible strike, and angry speeches, the board heard loud and clear that two years without a contract is unacceptable. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… Teachers in

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BIG RIG HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT THROUGH YUCCA VALLEY; DRIVER ARRESTED NEAR WHITEWATER

A Victorville man driving a stolen tractor-trailer led Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers on a pursuit for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon, including through Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley. According to the trucking company, ACT enviro, the truck had been parked overnight in Barstow on its way to Nevada

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SUPERVISORS SIDESTEP DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT

Those expecting to see an end to the protracted standoff over the planned Alta Mira project in Joshua Tree will have to wait a little longer. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why… Following presentations from the developer, county planners, and community leaders who brought the appeal, the Board of Supervisors

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TWEAKS DOWNTOWN PLAN, MONITORS TOW TRUCKS

The Twentynine Palms City Council took care of business last night. First it referred the city’s Downtown Specific Plan to the planning commission for revisions aimed at encouraging economic development. At issue: making sure the plan allows for drive-throughs and an auto parts store. The Council also vowed to spend

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: A CSEA ACCORD, WE CLARIFY NO TEACHERS AGREEMENT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees meets in regular session tonight. An agreement with non-teaching employees is expected. While Z107.7 News yesterday indicated a pending teacher’s agreement, reporter David Haldane clarifies that the negotiation process is still unsettled and ongoing… The Morongo Unified School District is set to

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED AFTER NEARLY HITTING BICYCLIST

A Landers man was arrested Friday after he nearly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Felix Hernandez, 57, was traveling northbound on Yucca Mesa Avenue about 12:45 p.m. when he nearly hit a bicyclist when passing. The report states Hernandez has a suspended driver’s license

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DISABLED VETERANS AIR RIFLE COMPETITION COMING UP: REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE

The 2nd Annual Disabled American Veterans Air Rifle Shooting competition is coming up October 8. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there is still plenty of time to sign up to be a contestant… The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans hosts the second annual Air Rifle Shooting Competition to

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The hard-working, dedicated members of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14. The team invites you to join them at Hwy 62 and Mountain View (north side). The caring volunteers will work from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. with coffee and conversation following at the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT: DOWNTOWN PLAN, TOW TRUCKS

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says downtown revitalization and tow trucks dominate the agenda… The Twentynine Palms City Council kicks off a fairly light agenda at its regular meeting tonight. First up: a discussion of the city’s Downtown Economic Revitalization Specific Plan,

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THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S “TASTE OF MORONGO” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2016 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The big winners for the night were the Middle Eastern Restaurant, taking the Judges’ Choice and best international, and Papa’s Smokehouse, taking

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SUPERVISORS MAY DECIDE CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT TOMORROW

Nearly a decade in the making, tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino looks to be the final showdown in a battle between the people of Joshua Tree and developers of the planned Alta Mira gated housing project next to Friendly Hills Elementary School.

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STATE WATER BOARD TO DISCUSS MARINE BASE WATER TREATMENT THURSDAY

The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board will discuss a couple items of local interest at its next meeting on Thursday, September 15, starting at 9 a.m. The board will discuss waste discharge requirements for the Combat Center’s Mainside wastewater treatment facility in Twentynine Palms. The board will

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO NAME JOSHUA TREE A “DARK SKY PARK”

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, the MAC, who advises the county on local concerns, will meet tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the meeting is mostly about dark skies… If you’re the kind of person who loves looking up at a beautiful night sky, you just may be in luck.

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, will hold a fund-raising spaghetti dinner September 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children for spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread and salad. The Elks will have a

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HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, September 12. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.