TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD PUTS THE SKIDS ON COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE SERVICES

In a surprise last-minute vote change last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District board put the skids on the process for the annexation of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department to County Fire. In a move which one shocked resident called “Unbelievable,” Board president Sam Moore suddenly changed his vote on

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DAUGHTER LEFT FOR HOURS AT JOSHUA TREE GAS STATION; PARENTS ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree mother was arrested Wednesday after she left her young child alone at a gas station for hours Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a 4-year-old girl was with at least three other adults and several other young children at a gas station in the 61700 block

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS CITE 4 FOR VANDALISM, DRUGS

Joshua Tree National Park rangers, operating on a tip from park visitors, apprehended and cited four men for vandalism and possession of a controlled substance. About 2:30 p.m. April 15, climbers in the Oyster Bar area of the park called park officials to report they smelled and saw fresh paint

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HEARS OF MAJOR INCREASE IN CRIME, CITATIONS

The Twentynine Palms City Council heard some concerning news last night. A law enforcement update showed a dramatic rise in major crime, citations, and calls for service. Reporter David Haldane has the disturbing statistics… The Twentynine Palms Police Department has been busy this year. To date, officers have received 19

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TWO ARRESTED FOR DRUG SALES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two men were arrested early Saturday morning, accused of possessing heroin for sale. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop of a vehicle about 1:30 a.m. near Adobe Road and Foothill Drive in Twentynine Palms. The deputy determined that a passenger in the car, later identified

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YUCAIPA MAN FOUND WITH DRUGS, BURGLARY TOOLS

A Yucaipa man was arrested early Monday morning, after a deputy found drugs and burglary tools in his car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a silver Honda Civic about 1:30 a.m. at Highway 62 and Church Street in Yucca Valley for driving with its bright lights on.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES NEXTERA SOLAR FIELD DECISION AGAIN TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District canceled their meeting Tuesday night due to a lack of a quorum, but are meeting tonight in a special meeting. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says the NextEra Solar project is back on the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, General Manager

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WITH ONLY 3 PERCENT PROTESTING, COUNTY TAKEOVER OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE TO MOVE FORWARD

The Local Agency Formation Commission will move forward on a plan for County Fire to take over fire protection services from the Twentynine Palms Water District. Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino said yesterday’s LAFCO protest hearing received only 170 protests, which is just 3 percent of registered voters and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER

The Twentynine Palms City Council will see their financial house in order when they meet tonight. Reporter David Haldane had details… The City of Twentynine Palms has its financial house in order. At least it looks that way, judging from the preliminary general fund budget for fiscal 2016/17 to be

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TEENAGER BRANDISHES KNIFE IN STATER BROTHERS ROBBERY

A teenager was arrested Saturday in Yucca Valley after he allegedly pulled a knife on an employee at Stater Brothers following an attempted shoplifting. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boy, who was not identified due to his age, went into the old Stater Brothers, on the west end of

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YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE WOMEN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Saturday, accused of felony child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a young boy did not want to go to home from his grandfather’s house, and so his mother, identified as Leslie Middleton, 32, punched him in the back. After an investigation, Leslie Middleton

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SATURDAY IS NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

April 30 is National Drug Take-Back Day, and two organizations are hosting events Saturday from 10 to 2 to accept unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs and needles. The Hi-Desert Family Health Clinic in Yucca Valley is holding a drug take-back day as part of its community resource fair. The resource

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TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY LAST WEEK

Two men suspected of robbing the Flyer’s gas station in Yucca Valley at gunpoint Wednesday morning have been arrested. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the investigation led deputies Thursday morning to a motel in the 54800 block of 29 Palms Highway, where they found Anthony Sibley, 26, of Yucca Valley.

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NATIONAL PARK RESCUES: WHO RESPONDS AND WHO PAYS? A SPECIAL REPORT

Recent rescues of climbers and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park raised questions about who responds to the rescues, and who pays the bill? Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with County Battalion Chief Rick Denison recently and got some answers… Good news if you’re a San Bernardino County resident and

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TOURISTS INJURED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Five Korean tourists had a drive in Joshua Tree National Park Thursday that was a little more exciting that than they had planned. County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard said Joshua Tree firefighters were called about 7:15 to a roll-over crash on Geology Tour Road. Blanchard said that two tourists who

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS KEPT BUSY YESTERDAY

Firefighters were busy in the Morongo Basin Sunday. Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a car fire at the top of the eastbound Yucca Grade about 10:15 Sunday morning. The Mercury Sable’s engine compartment was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived; thanks to easterly winds, the fire did not spread to

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COUNTY REACHES OUT ON RURAL ROADS

Representatives from County Special Districts this week will reach out to some unincorporated communities to talk about declining road maintenance and options for improving road conditions in the future. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… Hundreds of miles of unpaved roads in the Basin’s unincorporated communities are maintained with funds

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HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is holding a free home energy education workshop Monday, April 4. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held at Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway, in Joshua Tree, from 9:30 to 3:30. Call 909-723-1620 for an appointment.

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER YOUTH THEATER

Applications are now available for the Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program. All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. The program will run Monday through Friday from July 5 through August 7. Two age groups of students—juniors, ages 7 to 12

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WOOF WALK VENDORS NEEDED

The fifth annual “Woof Walk” is seeking vendors for the fair. Here’s reporter David Knutson with the details… The Morongo Basin Humane Society runs a no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree and is seeking vendors for their fifth annual “Woof Walk” and fair. The Woof Walk will be on April

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