COLLEGE BOARD GETS GOOD NEWS ON GOALS, APPROVES TRUCK-DRIVING CLASS

With a month away from the start of the fall semester, there was much to talk about at the CMC Board of Trustees meeting yesterday. The Classified Senate raised $5,085 for student scholarships at this year’s Bowl-A-Thon, the most EVER raised in 16 years. The Institutional Effectiveness Report showed an

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MARINE CORPS SHORTENS TIME FOR JOHNSON VALLEY TRAINING EXERCISE

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced

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BLOOD SUPPLIES ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW, DONORS NEEDED

Blood supplies across the country are at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations following the Fourth of July holiday. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on the details…

Locally, extreme heat has resulted in lower than expected turnouts at blood drives. Blood is constantly in demand

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CONGRESSMAN COOK WANTS 23 OF 27 NATIONAL MONUMENTS RESCINDED OR REDUCED

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was one of 17 members of Congress who sent a letter last month to the Secretary of the Interior, urging him to rescind or reduce in size 23 of 27 national monuments created under the Antiquities Act. Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing the national

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ANIMAL ADOPTION DAY SATURDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Saturday would be a great day to bring a new furry family member home to your household. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on pet adoption day at the Twentynine Palms animal shelter…

If you have the space, the Twentynine Palms animal shelter has the companion for you. The Palms-N-Paws

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF RAMMING EX-BOYFRIEND WITH A CAR

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Monday morning, accused of ramming her ex-boyfriend with her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 61400 block of Verbena Road about 1:40 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. The victim told deputies that he was arguing with Justine Owen,

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WE MAY SEE SOME RAIN THIS WEEK, MONSOON SAFETY REMINDERS

With rain expected later this week, the Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a

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A POUND OF METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND IN A YUCCA VALLEY HOME

A pound of methamphetamine was found in the home of a Yucca Valley man after he was arrested Saturday by Palm Desert police on various drug charges. A Sheriff’s report says police stopped Devin Faulkner, 35, near Dillon and Bubbling Wells about 6 p.m. During a search of the vehicle,

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SHERIFF’S SEEK ASSISTANCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS STORAGE UNIT BURGLARIES

For the second day in a row, a storage unit facility in Twentynine Palms was burglarized. According to Sheriff’s reports, employees at the storage facility in the 5100 block of Adobe Road called deputies Sunday morning to report that unknown burglars had cut off the locks at units in three

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PAY RAISE FOR THE BOARD ON TONIGHT’S HI-DESERT WATER AGENDA

A pay raise for the board of directors is on tonight’s agenda for the Hi-Desert Water District. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills us in on the details…

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, directors will vote on raising their compensation from $125

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MORONGO BASIN MAC VOTES TO SUPPORT LOCAL NATIONAL MONUMENTS

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council cut it uncomfortably close last night, voicing its opinion on an important national issue just hours before the deadline to do so. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…

The MAC basically told President Trump to take a hike. Preferably in one of two

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSE, STALKING, AND CRIMINAL THREATS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 60800 block of Alta Loma Drive about 9:40 a.m. The victim told deputies that Donald McGrath, 30, beat her up, and then held a knife to

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ALLEGED STOLEN VEHICLE INVOLVED IN HIT-AND-RUN CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a hit-and-run crash in Yucca Valley involving a stolen vehicle. According to witnesses, an unknown man stole a gray Jeep parked in the Burrtec Waste and Recycling parking lot at Buena Vista and Old Woman Springs Road, and took off southbound on OWS. Witnesses described

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CALIFORNIA TOPS THE NATION FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

California has the biggest problem of human trafficking in the nation, judging from the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. In 2016, the hotline received more than 19,000 calls that led to 5,415 cases in the Golden State. That’s more than five times as many

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM VOLUNTEERS OUT TOMORROW MORNING

Would you like to help clean-up Joshua Tree? The next regular meeting of our hometown heroes, the hard-working volunteers of the Joshua Tree Clean Team, is set for tomorrow morning, Wednesday, July 12. The team invites you to join them at Highway 62 and Park Avenue from 7 a.m. to

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SEVEN DOGS KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE SUNDAY

Seven dogs died in a fire in Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. According to County Battalion Chief Dave Mahan, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and the Combat Center were called to the fire about 2 p.m. in the 1500 block of Wilson Way. Mahan said an RV and a small

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CAR FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

On Saturday, firefighters responded to a car fire about 1:45 p.m. at Noel’s Knoll and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. The engine compartment was on fire; the car’s occupants all got out safely. Firefighters had the flames out in just a few minutes.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, PROTECTED LANDS AND TOURISM ON AGENDA

The Morongo Basin MAC has a busy agenda tonight, ranging from tourism to protected lands. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you’re alarmed by government threats to reduce the boundaries of federally protected lands, tonight’s your chance to be heard. That’s when the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council considers a resolution

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COUNTY WANTS TO SPEED UP JOSHUA TREE MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY CONSTRUCTION

It would be hard to overlook the large construction site on the south side of Highway 62 near Sunny Vista Road on the western edge of Joshua Tree. Going up is the new Crisis Residential Treatment facility. At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San

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TWO MEN TRACKED FROM YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY AND ARRESTED

Two men were arrested Thursday for a burglary in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, the residents of a home in the 54600 block of Martinez Trail came home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered the sliding door in the back of the home had been shattered. After performing a

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