STOLEN VEHICLE SET FIRE IN THE SUNFAIR AREA

Authorities are investigating a stolen vehicle that was set on fire in the Sunfair Heights area of north Joshua Tree Saturday morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were sent to a remote area near Sonora Road and Copper Moon Lane about 8:40 a.m. for what was

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SEXUAL ASSAULT VOLUNTEER TRAINING STARTS TOMORROW

Volunteers are being sought for Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services starts tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the free training details… A few minutes of your time can help someone take back years of their life. Every two minutes, another woman, man or child is sexually assaulted and the effects can

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSED FIRE STATION

Just three months after Wonder Valley residents were told their fire station was funded for 2017-18 and would remain open, Wonder Valley firefighters packed up and left the fire station on Friday, September 22. In June, County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall told Wonder Valley municipal advisory council representative Teresa

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IF IT'S OCTOBER, IT'S JOHNSON VALLEY OCTOBERFEST

Save the date for the eighth annual Oktoberfest celebration in Johnson Valley, set for Saturday, October 7. The beer garden at the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest opens at 2 p.m. There’ll be a section of craft and domestic beers, hard cider, plus a German buffet dinner including a dessert bar. Dinner

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TOURS, CLASSES, MUSIC, FOOD, AND MORE AT ORCHID FESTIVAL

October is orchid month in Morongo Basin and an opportunity to experience displays of beautiful live orchids and much more at the 22nd annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview… The annual Orchid Festival is about much more than the world-class

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“MY OLD LADY” COMING TO GROVES CABIN THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

Get your tickets now for a new drama at the award-winning Groves Cabin Theater in Morongo Valley. “My Old Lady” is a three-character drama about a middle-aged American who inherits an apartment in Paris. His plans to sell it to solve his financial difficulties are thwarted by the fact than

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CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

For the next month, the Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. On Mondays, at 4 p.m., is the teen program, where teens can explore art and different artistic media. This program is for teens who are artistic or who would like

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YUCCA VALLEY RECRUITING YOUTH COMMISSIONERS

The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting for their youth commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply…

The Yucca Valley Youth Commission is made up of students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley. Youth commissioners produce informative video programs, present forums to

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SIX PEOPLE INJURED IN SUSPECTED DUI CRASH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS THURSDAY

Six people were injured, one critically, in a suspected drunk-driving crash in Desert Hot Springs Thursday evening. According to police, Brandon Byars, 23, of Palm Desert was driving a van when he struck a pick-up truck at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and La Mesa Drive about 8:20 p.m. Witnesses

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KIDS PROGRAMS AT AREA LIBRARIES

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms libraries offer classes for kids Tuesdays through Thursdays. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

If you have a child between the ages of one and five, the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley libraries have programs aimed specifically at kids their age. The Little Artists program

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MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Making difficult decisions will be explored at Lifetree Café Sunday. The free program features a screening of the award-winning short film “The Last Race,” the story of a family forced to decide whether to donate the organs of a loved one. The program starts at 4 p.m. Lifetree Café is

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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR MISS YUCCA VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT

Even though two orientation meetings have been held, there’s still time to sign up for the Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up…

It’s not too late for Yucca Valley High School junior girls to sign up to participate in the Miss

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IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An improv comedy workshop will be held Sunday, October 1, at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, participants will explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20 and reservations are required for the 1 p.m. workshop. Call 760-774-2553 for more information.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase through the Morongo Basin. About 2:30 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers were called about a red sport bike that was speeding near Yucca Valley High School and crossed over double yellow lines to pass a

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PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN FINDING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. Jamie Hermes, 58, was reported missing by his sister August 8. Hermes, who is homeless, normally frequents the eastern Stater Brother grocery store and the area of Yucca Trail and Pioneertown Road. Hermes suffered a brain

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UNKNOWN MAN FOUND WANDERING IN LIVE FIRE RANGE ON COMBAT CENTER

We have limited information about a man who was found wandering in the live fire area of the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, military police called deputies to the base about 8:40 a.m. about an unidentified man who is believed to have dementia.

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THEATRE 29 HOSTS ITS OWN OPENING NIGHT OF “THE MOUSETRAP”

The Theatre 29 organization is sponsoring its own opening night gala for the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery, “The Mousetrap.” With your invitation, here’s Rebecca Havely…

Friday, October 6, the evening begins with a pre-gala presentation from 5:30 to 6 to recognize, honor and memorialize the late Judy Andreshak, longtime volunteer

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SUSPECT IN ARIZONA IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATION ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man is in jail today on suspicion of identity theft. Local investigators followed up on an inquiry from Arizona Sheriffs about an Arizona resident whose name, social security number, and birthdate were being used by someone in this area to illegally gain credit. On Monday, a Morongo

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN SWINDLED OUT OF ALMOST $3,000.00 IN BABY SITTER SCAM

In a new twist on an old con, a woman in Twentynine Palms found herself swindled out of $2,860 from a long-distance perpetrator. According to Sheriff’s records, the victim told deputies she had supposedly been hired for babysitting work by a man who claimed to be moving from New York

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DOG ATTACKS

Walking in the desert can be a relaxing way to exercise but encountering aggressive dogs can be terrifying and dangerous. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips about how to protect yourself if you are threatened by loose dogs…

Dog attacks can be vicious and bloody. Reduce your risk of

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