LANDERS WOMAN ACCUSED OF SPOUSE ABUSE

A Landers woman was arrested Tuesday night, accused of attacking another woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 100 block of Sunny Vista Road about 10 p.m. The victim said her attacker, later identified as Wendy Ann Walker, 48, slapped her, and got her on the

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER ROLLS OUT TWO NEW YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Hi-Desert Medical Center recently established two new volunteer programs for students and others interested in real-world experiences in the healthcare industry. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on how to get involved… Hi-Desert Medical Center volunteers have traditionally been funneled through the hospital’s multifaceted Auxiliary program. But recently, the hospital formed

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet Monday, March 20. If you own property, or live in Flamingo Heights, Landers, Yucca Mesa, or Johnson Valley, you can find out about any updates on a variety of issues that were discussed at the last meeting. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, County

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PUTS MORATORIUM ON MASSAGE PARLORS

The Twentynine Palms City Council last night took action on massage parlors and taxis, but not on vacation rentals. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this story… If you want to open a massage parlor in Twentynine Palms, you may have to cool your heels a bit. The City

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS MARIJUANA PROHIBITION ARGUMENTS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission heard from nearly three dozen residents at its public hearing Tuesday night about an ordinance that would prohibit all commercial marijuana uses with the town, and regulate personal use and cultivation of recreational marijuana. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting, and says the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING HAD NEARLY $200,000 IN ARREST WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested on nearly $200,000 in warrants after he was caught shoplifting. About 4 p.m., deputies were called to Walmart when a store employee observed the man, later identified as Jarod Davis, 30, put grocery and electronic items inside a backpack and reusable shopping bags and

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STAGE PLAY, “A FEW GOOD MEN” PLAYING WEEKENDS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley mount their largest production yet with the Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men.” Edica Gonzalez says seats are still available… “A Few Good Men” is the St. Joseph’s Players’ eighth show over the last four seasons. Smaller cast shows have been

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, EXHIBIT OPENS TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a new exhibit at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum that showcases artwork made from recycled or reused materials. It’s goal is to make people think about a throw-away society by sharing the artists’ visions of reused and recycled materials. The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: MASSAGE PARLORS, VACATION RENTALS, AND TAXIS

Massage parlors, vacation rentals and taxi stands are on tonight’s agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Here with more is reporter David Haldane… If you harbor feelings about massage parlors, you might want to attend tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. On the agenda: a proposal to

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING A DRUG LAB

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of running a drug lab. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 6300 block of Fortuna Avenue about 10:30 a.m. with a search warrant. There they found Eric Danielson, 31, along with tools that had been recently stolen from the

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Friday, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 71500 block of Sun Valley Drive for a probation and parole compliance check. While there, they found Jennifer Paoletto, 36, and Journey Robinson, 29, along with methamphetamine,

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TAKES UP RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission takes up the controversial subject of regulating recreational marijuana use in the town tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff say commissioners will also discuss a home variance and a new car wash… Recreational marijuana will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS “SUNSHINE PROPOSAL”

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight will once again consider a so-called “sunshine proposal” to guide negotiations with the California School Employees’ Association for next year’s contract. The idea, district officials say, is to avoid a protracted impasse over pay and working conditions like what the district

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO MEET; DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN REPORT POSTPONED

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will meet with a sparse agenda tonight, following the cancellation of a major presentation. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane… Joshua Tree residents anxious to learn more about a Caltrans plan to slow traffic through their business district will have to wait

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of child abuse. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, deputies substantiated allegations that Floyd Shaffer, 53, of the 1400 block of Sunrise, had choked a child. Floyd Shaffer was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, booked into the West

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MAN ARRESTED TWICE IN THE SAME WEEK

A man who was arrested Tuesday was arrested again Thursday, accused of different charges. Sheriff’s reports say deputies were called to the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers grocery store about 6 a.m. Tuesday for a man, later identified as Joshua Thompson, 31, for identity theft. Thompson was arrested and released. Two

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A DOZEN TEAMS COMPETE IN 26TH ANNUAL SPELL-A-THON SATURDAY

A dozen teams competed for bragging rights in the 26th annual spell-a-thon Saturday, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. For the fifth consecutive year, managing editor Tami Roleff was on one of the teams competing, and said the final two teams were well matched… After 10 teams

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DIAL 211 FOR COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES, HUMAN RESOURCES HOTLINE AVAILABLE

If you need help with health or social services, there is only one phone number you need to know; 211 is an information and referral service that helps residents find resources that may be able to help you with health and social services. By dialing 2-1-1, callers will be helped

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Daylight Saving Time started at 2 a.m. this morning. Spring forward, fall back. Did you remember to change your clocks? If you didn’t, you’re late! And while you’re at it, change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA CLOSED

A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks has temporarily closed some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Superintendent David Smith announced that all public entry and activities in the area described as Morongo Man Cliffs—about one-half mile northwest of the Split Rock parking lot—are prohibited during the hawks’ nesting

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