MORONGO VALLEY PLAGUED BY VANDALS AND BURGLARS

Just after midnight Friday, security cameras at the Morongo Valley fruit market caught two men who were breaking into the water dispenser machine outside the store. And also that night, a mirror was broken off a postal truck at the post office, next door to the fruit market. The previous

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YUCCA VALLEY GROCERY STORES ROBBED OF DIAPERS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two cases in which Yucca Valley grocery stores were robbed of hundreds of dollars of diapers in the same night. According to Sheriff’s reports, a man and a woman entered the Von’s grocery store about 7:30 p.m. Friday and loaded up a cart with boxes of

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MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

The origins of Memorial Day go back to the American Civil War, when more lives were lost than in any other war in U.S. history. The first celebration of Memorial Day — which was originally called Decoration Day — was held in Waterloo, New York, in 1866. Memorial Day was

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND JOSHUA TREE

Two Memorial Day ceremonies will be held in the Morongo Basin Monday, May 30. The Twentynine Palms cemetery, at 5350 Encelia Avenue, will hold its annual ceremony in the rose garden this year, starting at 9 a.m. Boy and Girl Scouts placed flags on graves Saturday morning, and both scout

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FREE MEAL FOR MILITARY AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO MONDAY

In honor of Memorial Day, Tortoise Rock Casino will offer a free meal to all active-duty and retired military. From noon to 6 p.m., the Oasis Grill will serve a free Nathan’s chili dog and French fries to military service members who present an ID. Tortoise Rock Casino is on

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HEAVY TRAFFIC EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND

It is a three-day holiday weekend and the regional thoroughfares will be full of holiday travelers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds you to be careful out there…

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the heaviest travel times in the Inland Empire region. CalTrans is expecting lengthy delays on some

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HIKING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK DURING SUMMER DAYS

As spring weather turns into summer weather, it seems like we go from one extreme to the other without any breathing room. Plans made to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park may now seem a bit more difficult. But if you can’t get that hike out of your mind,

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WONDER VALLEY MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A Wonder Valley man says he was tased and then robbed at gunpoint by suspects he says were members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man went to his neighbor’s home about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning where he saw two men who said they

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HONORS MAN WHO HELPED IN SEARCH FOR ERIN CORWIN

The man who helped the Sheriff’s Department narrow its scope in the search for Erin Corwin nearly two years ago was honored by the County Sheriff’s Department recently. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains why…

Doug Billings, a cave and mine expert, was awarded the Sheriff’s Medal for Meritorious Service. The

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SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

There are a couple days left in May, which is Military Appreciation month. You can submit an online message of thanks and support to military families by going to operationhomefront.net/mission2honor. For more information, go to operationhomefront.net.

VISIT THEATERS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

Residents have their choice of two plays to tickle their funny bones this weekend. In Twentynine Palms, Theatre 29 is putting on “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant.” “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” is set in a little bar called “The Bunyon” in Bunyon Bay, Minnesota. Clara, played by Kylie Robinson,

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OFFICE HOURS SET WEDNESDAY FOR ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, June 1. Staff representatives will be available from 10 until 2 in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK SWIRLING IN CONTROVERSY

Some Yucca Valley parents and students are upset about two photos in the high school’s recently published yearbook. In the Senior Superlative section of the yearbook, under the heading of “Teacher’s Nightmare,” a male student is pointing a gun at an American government textbook, and the female student is holding

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VICTIM, DRIVER’S NAMES RELEASED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FATAL CAR VERSUS PEDESTRIAN N CRASH

The County coroner’s office has released the name of the man who was killed Wednesday morning while walking along the highway in Twentynine Palms. Timothy Gleason, 49, of Twentynine Palms, was walking eastbound on the south side of State Route 62 on the bridge over the wash at Mojave Avenue

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HEAVY TRAFFIC EXPECTED THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

It is a three-day holiday weekend and the regional thoroughfares will be full of holiday travelers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds you to be careful out there…

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the heaviest travel times in the Inland Empire region, and with gas a dollar cheaper than

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, Burrtec will delay its trash pickup by one day. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day, and

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CHP TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT TOMORROW NIGHT

The CHP will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tomorrow. Reporter David Knutson has more…

This Saturday, May 28, the California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Morongo Valley. The checkpoint will be staffed by officers trained in the detection of alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. The officers will be

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MAN HIT AND KILLED WALKING ON SIDE OF STATE ROUTE 62 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A man was hit from behind by a pickup truck and killed while walking along Highway 62 Wednesday morning. According to Deputy Jared Dominick, at about 10:48 a.m., Timothy Gleason, 49, of Twentynine Palms, was walking eastbound on the south side of State Route 62 on the bridge over the

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A PERSONAL LOOK AT JURY DUTY

The notice for jury duty brings widely differing reactions; some vigorously try to avoid it, others think of jury duty as a small price to pay for freedom and a system of justice. Citizens who serve the duty learn the legal system literally from the inside. For veteran journalist, author,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN SHOOTS GUN, MAKES THREATS, TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday, after witnesses said he threatened and shot at people with a gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, Brian Huff, 20, was arguing with people on the highway near Desert Queen Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 5:30 p.m. A witness said Huff waved a

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