THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS MURDER TUESDAY

Three Desert Hot Springs residents were arrested Tuesday night, following a murder in Desert Hot Springs. Police officers were called at 10:28 a.m. to the 13000 block of Via Real for a report of a possible dead body. Arriving officers discovered the man—who has not been identified yet, but is

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DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Sunday morning. About 2 a.m., a man, dressed in blue jeans, a greenish colored hooded jacket, and carrying a handgun, entered the Circle K convenience store on Highway 62

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER DONNA MUNOZ RESIGNS

In August, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, described three scenarios any one of which would place in jeopardy the short-term viability of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Last night, one of those scenarios presented itself. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… LAFCO’s August audit report cautioned that if

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640 ACRES SOUTH OF YUCCA VALLEY PURCHASED FOR EVENTUAL INCLUSION INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 640-acre parcel of land in Yucca Valley that had been slated for a housing development will instead be protected forever, thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The Land Trust announced Tuesday that it has purchased the acreage—located south of the intersection of Acoma Trail and Golden Bee Drive—and

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COST OF VISITING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO GO UP

It’s about to become more expensive to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The park conducted public outreach concerning an increase in fees in 2014, and a press release states that the public was generally in favor of the increases. Fees were slightly increased in June 2015, and a second increase

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE KILLED TRYING TO HELP DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH

What was supposed to be the start of one family’s Christmas celebration ended in tragedy early Monday morning when a Twentynine Palms Marine driving his family to the airport was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, just west of Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda, after stopping to help

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COUNTY SEEKS TO DOUBLE LANDERS DUMP, EXTEND IT 50 YEARS, MEETING TOMORROW

Under existing permits, the Landers Landfill will reach capacity in 2018, but San Bernardino County wants to double the current capacity of the dump and extend its useful life for another 50 plus years. The county will lay out the plan for the public in a meeting tomorrow. Reporter Mike

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS ON LUCKIE AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council holds a special meeting tonight with only one item on the agenda: A $422,520 contract to Granite Construction for the Luckie Avenue Reconstruction Project. The meeting gets underway 5:15 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

ROADWORK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

The City of Twentynine Palms will be performing street maintenance on two roads, forcing them to be closed for two days this week. Cactus Drive, from Alpine to La Luna and from Mission to La Buena Tierra, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it’s an opportune time for crime. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these holiday

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TWO FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FIRES IN PIONEERTOWN, YUCCA MESA SATURDAY NIGHT

Two families are homeless following fires in Pioneertown and Yucca Mesa Saturday night. About 9 p.m. a home caught fire in the 300 block of Gilrock Lane, near Gamma Gulch Road and Parson Ranch Road in Pioneertown, believed to have been sparked by embers from a chimney. Water tenders from

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REACH OUT REPORTS SUSPECTED EMBEZZLEMENT

An employee of Reach Out Morongo Basin was fired Friday after an investigation was opened for suspected embezzlement. Executive Director Robin Schlosser said that while reviewing the charity’s accounting records, several discrepancies were found. After further investigation, it was determined that several thousand dollars were missing. Schlosser added that the

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PROTECT YOURSELF SHOPPING ONLINE

That time of year is upon us once again, time to start holiday shopping. And with the spending season comes an upswing in identity thief. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips on how to reduce your risk of identity theft due to online shopping… To reduce the possibility

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Tuesday, December 20, at the Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry, 6450 Stardune Avene.

WINTER CLOTHING AND GEAR BEING COLLECTED FOR THE HOMELESS

Morongo Basin Haven is now accepting donations for winter clothing and gear for the homeless in the Morongo Basin. New or used adult-sized coats, sleeping bags, and scarves are especially needed, as well as cotton socks and hand and feet warmers. Drop off locations include the Morongo Valley Fire Department,

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ADOPT-A-CHILD” PROGRAM HELPS KIDS OUT OF THEIR HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Basin Wide Foundation needs help in making sure that children, out of their homes through no fault of their own, have a happy Christmas. Children in the Child Protective Services program are often found during the holidays in temporary homes or foster care. The Basin Wide Foundation sponsors an

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Edica Gonzalez has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it’s an opportune time for crime. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these holiday

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS 

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls soccer team will travel away to Cathedral City to compete in a three-day tournament.

MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT LOOKING TO HELP KIDS WITH TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS

The Morongo Valley Fire Department is participating in the Southern Californian Spark of Love toy drive, and is looking for a few more families who need toys for their children for Christmas. To put your child’s name on the list, call 760-363-6454 and leave your number. Someone will call you

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