TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MOVES TO BAN STREET SALES

The Twentynine Palms City Council last night expressed its opinion regarding hawking and peddling on city streets in no uncertain terms: It doesn’t like it. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… If you’re a street vendor in Twentynine Palms, your days may be numbered. In a unanimous

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DEPUTIES INTERRUPT BURGLARY IN PROGRESS FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW, TWO ARRESTED

For the second day in a row, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have interrupted a burglary in progress and arrested two people. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 69600 block of Sunny Sands Road in Twentynine Palms about 11:20 p.m. for a suspicious vehicle in a home’s

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING COINSTAR MACHINE FRAUD

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple cases in which suspects alter a voucher from CoinStar and attempt to redeem it. A Sheriff’s report says a man went to Food 4 Less in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and deposited a few coins into the CoinStar machine. He then left

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT IN BUSY SESSION TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Among items of interest is the purchase of water, and the vehicles and equipment to keep it flowing… Among the items on the agenda at tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors, the directors will be

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STATE ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES VOICES MISGIVINGS ON IMMIGRATION BAN

State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley Monday joined several GOP leaders voicing misgivings about President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees from some majority-Muslim countries from entering the country. “Religious liberty is a core value of our nation. My ancestors immigrated to America to flee religious persecution,”

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING WITH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of fighting with a Sheriff’s deputy. Sheriff’s reports said the deputy was called to the 6600 block of Adobe Road about 7 p.m. for a report of a man brandishing a knife. When the deputy arrived, the man, later identified as David

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TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they were found hiding inside a home where a burglar alarm had been triggered. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary alarm at a home in the 3200 block of Gemini Lane in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC UNOFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLAN

Representatives from Caltrans attended an informal meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council last night to discuss three separate efforts to make Highway 62 safer; two in Joshua Tree and one in Morongo Valley. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… If you ride a bike, don’t

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: WANTS TO AVOID BITTER TEACHER CONTRACT DISPUTES

The Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education is already looking for ways to avoid last year’s protracted—and sometimes bitter—contract negotiations with its teachers. Future contract negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and its teachers may be about to get easier. Or at least less frequent. In the wake

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BIGHORN DESERT-VIEW WATER ASSESSES BUILDING ON LAND WITH HAULED WATER

A busy evening awaits directors at the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency. Tonight’s 6 p.m. regular meeting will be preceded by a 5 p.m. special closed session meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… Water agency directors meet at 5 p.m. for a closed session general manager evaluation then at 6

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JOSHUA TREE FAMILY LOSES THEIR HOME IN SATURDAY EVENING FIRE

A Joshua Tree family lost their home in a fire Saturday. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Mobile Estates in the 64200 block of 29 Palms Highway at 5:42 p.m. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames erupting from the double-wide

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SPECIAL MAC MEETING TONIGHT FOCUSES ON DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council holds a special meeting tonight with safety on the agenda. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Do you feel close to meeting your Maker while driving down Highway 62? If not, you probably should because you’re three times more likely to die in a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Thursday, accused of child endangerment. Limited information is available, but deputies went to a home in the 71600 block of 29 Palms Highway about 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a welfare check. The conditions at the home were unacceptable, and Jeanie Johnson, 39, was arrested

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested last week, accused of trying to break into an occupied home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were sent to the 72200 block of Sunnyslope Drive just after 4 a.m. Monday, February 20. The resident reported that a man, later identified as Rene Barrera,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN NAMED MARINE CORPS SPOUSE OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms woman who was named military spouse of the year for the Combat Center, has also been named as the Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year. Managing editor Tami Roleff shares the good news… Jessica Rudd of Twentynine Palms has seen many different aspects of military life,

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MARCH CLOSURES PLANNED FOR “BACK ROAD TO VEGAS”

Travelers who plan to take “the back roads” to Las Vegas in March, take note: several roads will be closed to all traffic between noon and 10 p.m. between March 2 and March 18 while Union Pacific upgrades the railroad tracks. The Kelbaker Road crossing at Kelso will be closed

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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS BEEN EXTENDED

The deadline to volunteer for the San Bernardino County grand jury for 2017-2018 has been extended. Kirby Davis explains who can apply, what a grand juror does, and how to apply…

To be eligible for selection to the county grand jury, a person must be at least 18 years of

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HUMANE SOCIETY ADOPTION FAIR MARCH 4TH NEEDS VENDORS AND SPONSORS

Vendors and raffle prizes are needed for an adoption fair to benefit the Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter. The adoption fair is set for Saturday, March 4, from 11 to 2, at the animal shelter on Sunview Avenue in Joshua Tree. Businesses and organizations interested in having a booth

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LEARN HOW TO SQUARE AND LINE DANCE

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to square dance or line dance now’s your chance. Here’s assignment reporter Kirby Davis with class information…

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club of Yucca Valley will hold classes to learn square and line dancing. The classes begin Thursday, March 2, but new students

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN, YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRAD, SERVING IN US NAVY

A Joshua Tree woman and Yucca Valley High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Petty Officer 2nd Class Merihia Koster works as an aviation electrician’s mate in the Commander Strike Fighter Wing, where she is responsible for the electrical components and

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