A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday afternoon in Yucca Valley. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the man was hit by an unknown vehicle on Pioneertown Road just south of Sunnyslope Drive shortly before 3:30 p.m. A Sheriff’s Department report says the victim was taking

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SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR 13TH ANNUAL REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOMES

The 13th annual Reach Out Morongo Basin “Parade of Homes” fund-raiser is set for this February. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says now is the time for local business to take advantage of prime sponsorship opportunities…

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s “Parade of Homes” is the organization’s primary annual fundraiser. It brings in

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A LOOK BACK AT MORONGO BASIN NEWS IN 2016, PART 3 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year.

After more than a year of bitter arguments, the Morongo Unified School District and the Morongo Teacher’s Association union finally reached an agreement on a new contract. The teachers received a stepped

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FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

As the weather turns cooler, many residents will throw another log on the fire to help stay warm. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safety tips for your fireplaces to decrease the chance of having a preventable home fire…

Follow these fireplace safety precautions to help you enjoy your fire

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WOMAN KILLED FOLLOWING DUI T-BONE CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

A woman died following a T-bone crash in Morongo Valley Tuesday night. According to the CHP, the Morongo Valley woman, who has not been identified yet, was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 when she collided with a black Toyota at park Avenue about 8:50 p.m. The

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ARGUMENT LEADS TO A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

An argument over money led to a stabbing in Yucca Valley Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Augustine Sanchez, 60, was in a garage in the 57200 block of Old Haggard Road in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. when Sanchez accused the victim of taking an unspecified amount of

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING ELDERLY VICTIM

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Christmas morning, accused of choking a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, John Nobles, 28, was arguing with a woman about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Wamego Trail in Yucca Valley. The woman told deputies that Nobles put her in a

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF FELONY EVADING AND CAR THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested last Thursday, accused of vehicle theft and felony evading. Taylor Towne, 21, was arrested about midnight near the intersection of South Slope Drive and Aztec Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The Sheriff’s Department has not released any additional information about the arrest. In addition to

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APPLICATIONS TAKEN FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COMMISSIONS

The Town of Yucca valley is looking for a few good commissioners. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how to apply… The Town of Yucca Valley is accepting volunteers to serve as commissioners on the Planning Commission and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Applicants must be a resident within the

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MISSING ELDERLY YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DECEASED

An 89-year-old Yucca Valley woman, missing since Thursday evening, December 22, was found deceased in Yucca Valley Monday evening, December 26. The body of Dorothy O’Brien, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was found at 5:08 p.m. Monday night in a wash near the 56600 block of Little League

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POWER OUTAGE MONDAY AFFECTS TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE

A significant chunk of the Morongo Basin was without power for several hours Monday, when temps in some areas dipped down into the 30s. A live wire went down at a substation on Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms just after 8 a.m. More than 6700 customers in Twentynine Palms

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DISPOSE OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE SAFELY

Many residents take down their Christmas trees the day after Christmas, while others like to enjoy them into January. Whatever you do, if you use a real tree, the county fire department reminds residents to properly dispose of your tree when it begins to dry out. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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LOOKING BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS; THE FIRST IN A 4-PART SERIES

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year. Christopher Lee confessed during his trial in November to killing his former neighbor and one-time lover, Erin Corwin, by strangling her with a garotte and then dumping her body down a mine

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THEATER 29 REORGANIZES THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Theatre 29, the non-profit community theatre organization, held its yearly reorganization meeting December 13 and elected new officers and board members for 2017. Reporter Rebecca Havely names the new volunteers… Elected for two-year terms were incumbents Brian Tabeling, Kathryn Ferguson, and Charles Harvey. Joining the board were newcomers Patti Brown

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The administrative offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, as well as Copper Mountain College, are closed through January 2. The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree, as well as government offices and banks, will be closed Monday, December 26. The Hi-Desert Nature

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HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness

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Public asks for help in locating critical missing person in Yucca Valley

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a critical missing person in the Yucca Valley area. Dorothy O’Brien age 89, 5 foot tall and weighing 121 pounds was last seen wearing a tan coat, tan slacks, and white shoes. O’Brien was last seen Thursday evening December

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTED TO BE AT CAPACITY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end of the year holidays. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors,

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