THE “SOUND OF FREEDOM” WILL RATTLE LOCAL WINDOWS THROUGH JUNE 2

What local residents call the “Sound of Freedom” has been rattling windows in the Morongo Basin for the past few days and will continue for the next three weeks. The Marine Corps announced that Integrated Training Exercise 3-17 is currently taking place on board the Combat Center through June 2.

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LOCAL POSTAL MAIL CARRIERS COLLECTING FOOD THIS SATURDAY

This Saturday, May 13, letter carriers across the Morongo Basin will be collecting food for families in need. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag filled with non-perishable food such as canned meats, soups, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice, next to their mail box before the regular

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HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR THIS SATURDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Young and old, students, veterans, kids, and seniors will all discover something of value at an upcoming free event. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to take advantage… You’re invited for fun and information at the Health and Community Resource Fair, Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY WEDNESDAY

A Joshua Tree man escaped serious injury when his pick-up truck rolled over in Morongo Valley Wednesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Department Captain Jeff Rarey said the man was driving eastbound on Highway 62 when he fell asleep at the wheel about 4:19 p.m. The truck drifted over to the

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CAR STOLEN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS STOPPED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Desert Hot Springs man in a stolen car was arrested at gunpoint in Yucca Valley early Tuesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee at the Twentynine Palms Holiday Inn called deputies at 1:54 a.m. because she just saw someone driving her 2005 black Monte Carlo out of

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS MORE ABOUT MARIJUANA

Yucca Valley’s Planning Commission heard from more than two dozen people last night about an ordinance that would prohibit all personal and commercial uses of marijuana in town limits, but would allow residents to grow six plants indoors. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there, and files this report…

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A WIN FOR LOCAL WATER, JUDGE ORDERS CHANGE IN STATE CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS

In a ruling that will save Morongo Basin water agencies and their customers literally millions of dollars, a Superior Court judge ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to implement a new drinking water standard for chromium-6 that considers the limitations of disadvantaged communities. The court said the Department of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL REVIEWS COUNTY SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting began last night with introduction of a new employee, Brian Soster, who will be keeping the streets of Twentynine Palms clean. James Ramos’ representative, Mark Lundquist, then presented the county’s draft of its short-term rental ordinance. The still-changing document has been designed to accommodate

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$10,000 BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a commercial burglary in which about $10,000 worth of jewelry and jewelry supplies were stolen. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of the store, Findings to Fuse, in the 55200 block of 29 Palms Highway, called Monday to report her business had been

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN WHO LEFT CHILDREN ALONE ACCUSED OF CHILD NEGLECT

A Yucca Valley man who left his children home alone while he went to go buy beer was arrested Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to make a welfare check on three children in a home in the 6300 block of Dumosa Avenue about noon. The deputy

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST “RALLY FOR THE MONUMENTS” SEES 160 PARTICIPANTS

A group calling itself “Desert Defenders” rallied at the Mojave Desert Land Trust offices in Joshua Tree yesterday. In April, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Secretary of the Interior to review all national monuments over 100,000 acres that were created between 1996 and 2016 by the Antiquities

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A WARM RECEPTION TO CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLANS

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, representatives from Caltrans held a final presentation on their pilot plan for more safely moving vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists through the Joshua Tree business district. And for an audience not known for cordiality, the plan was

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SEX TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED FRIDAY

The Twentynine Palms residents who were convicted last month on sex trafficking charges were sentenced Friday in Joshua Tree Superior Court. Kevin Akins, 28, was sentenced by Judge Rodney Cortez to 20 years in state prison at Chino for pandering. In addition, he was sentenced to eight years for causing

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ROCK CLIMBER BREAKS LEG IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FALL

A woman climbing the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park fell and broke her leg Monday. The woman, who was described only as being in her 20s, was climbing on Dairy Queen Wall near Hemingway when she fell and broke her lower left leg. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, along

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING ON BANNING MARIJUANA TONIGHT

Acting at the direction of the Town Council, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold their second public hearing tonight as they come up with an ordinance that would ban marijuana in the town limits. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission,

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SHOULD SEE CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN TONIGHT

Anyone who’s ever walked or driven through Joshua Tree’s business district knows that it can sometimes be risky. After outlining a plan to fix that, a Caltrans spokesman was tardy in providing the details. Reporter David Haldane says that may be corrected tonight… Joshua Tree residents holding their breaths for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON A NO-BAIL WARRANT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested after he was found to have no-bail warrant for conspiracy and petty theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a pedestrian check on two men who ran across Adobe Road and Verbena Drive, carrying a case of beer about 6 a.m. Thursday.

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THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE AUDITIONS TONIGHT

Auditions for the Theatre 29 resident repertory improvisation troupe are set for tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… Whether or not you took advantage of the improv workshops at Theatre 29, you’re invited to audition for its resident rep improv troupe. The auditions will held tonight Monday, May 8

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LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ALARMED AT STOP LIGHT AND STOP SIGN SCOFFLAWS

Morongo Basin school bus drivers have seen an alarming trend lately of drivers ignoring the red lights and stop signs on their buses, putting kids at risk. They remind drivers that getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride. If you run

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24-HOUR CELEBRATION OF LOU HARRISON’S LIFE THIS SUNDAY

A special and unique day is planned at Harrison House Music Arts and ecology in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Reporter Kirby Davis says the 24-hour event will celebrate the 100th birthday of quintessential California Composer Lou Harrison… Harrison House will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lou Harrison’s birthday with a

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