SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH BACKS UP TRAFFIC ON MORONGO GRADE

A single vehicle traffic crash on the Morongo Grade backed up traffic for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson said about 4:20 p.m., a vehicle going up the grade crashed into the concrete center divider at the county line, and then careened into the metal

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SHALLOW EARTHQUAKE HITS JOSHUA TREE EARLY TUESDAY

Did you feel it? A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit Tuesday morning 37 miles from Joshua Tree, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:21 a.m. at a depth of 0.6 miles. Another quake, with a magnitude of 3.0, was reported in the same area at 6:34

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: FIREWORKS AND A RODEO

Representatives from the Yucca Valley Rotary Club told the Town Council last night that the club is no longer able to put on the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks, and asked the town to take over the popular event. The fireworks have an estimated budget of about $35,000. After

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD VOTES TO PUT $350 FLAT PARCEL TAX ON THE BALLOT

Last night in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District board approved a plan to put a flat tax proposal to voters this June. The proposed annual $350 per parcel tax must win a two-thirds majority to pass. If approved, it would replace the current property assessment. Revenue generated would be

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL LOOKS AT A SALES TAX AND A LANDERS RODEO TONIGHT

A request for money for a rodeo in Landers, and discussion about putting a sales tax measure on the ballot this November are two of the items the Yucca Valley Town Council will discuss tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details… The Yucca Valley Town Council meeting will start

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MORE VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

At least four vehicle burglaries that happened Friday night and Saturday morning in Twentynine Palms are believed to be linked. According to Sheriff’s reports, the vehicles were parked in the 73700 block of Raymond Drive, and at a business in the 4900 block of Adobe Road, when the burglaries were

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called for help about 3:20 a.m., saying that her boyfriend had beat her up and refused to leave her home in the 4500 block of Adobe Road in Twentynine

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SHRINER’S, ROTARY, OFFER HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club is teaming up with the Hi-Desert Shrine club to screen local children for a variety of conditions and possible admission to a Shriner’s Children’s hospital. Those hospitals are free for their patients. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says the screening will be held this Saturday… On Saturday,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SEEN BURGLARIZING A HOUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday after he was seen burglarizing a residence. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man went to a relative’s home in the 7000 block of Outpost Road in Joshua Tree shortly before 9 a.m. The witness saw another man removing items from the home

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FATHER AND SON LEFT HOMELESS AFTER FRIDAY FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A father and son are homeless after a Friday morning fire in Yucca Valley. Firefighters were called to the 57400 block of Lupine Avenue just before 9 a.m. There were no flames showing when firefighters arrive, but the windows in the second story apartment were black with smoke. The two

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WORKSHOP SET FOR NEW YUCCA VALLEY SEWER DEADLINES

Late last year, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board extended the deadline for when Yucca Valley homes and businesses must stop using their septic systems, from 2016 to 2021 for Phase 1, and to 2025 for Phases 2 and 3. Managing editor says the board will hold a workshop

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK HONORS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING TODAY

Today, Joshua Tree National Park will join in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to civil rights in this country, by waiving entrance fees to the park. Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions will still be collected as normal. January 18 will be

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AUDITIONS TONIGHT FOR “LITTLE MERMAID” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” auditions are tonight at Theater 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…

Tonight Director Gary Daigneault and Musical Director Ed Will will cast the musical, “Disney’s,THE LITTLE MERMAID” at Theater 29 at 6 p.m. They are seeking singers for the roles of Ariel, the Little

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TO HOLD STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOPS

The City of Twentynine Palms urges the community to attend a series of Strategic Planning Workshops Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening January 26, 27, and 28, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

Topics of discussion will be the City’s Mission and

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY

The City of Twentynine Palms will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Offices will re-open 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 19.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR DAY CELEBRATED MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Monday, January 18, in Twentynine Palms. The theme this year is the Black National Anthem, “Life Every Voice and Sing.” The day will start with a walk at 8 a.m. from Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, to

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AUDITIONS MONDAY FOR “DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID” AT THEATER 29

Auditions for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” will be held 6 p.m. tomorrow at Theater 29 by director Gary Daigneault and musical director Ed Will. They are seeking male and female performers ranging in age from 15 to 50. Some ensemble roles for children 8 to 15 are also available. Rehearsals

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FEE FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

On Monday, January 18, Joshua Tree National Park will join in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to civil rights in this country, by waiving entrance fees to the park. Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions will still be collected as normal. January

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

Hear from Fire and Sheriff’s Department officials. Talk to the field rep for State Senator Jean Fuller. Hear about developments in the campaign for Scenic Highway status for Hwy 247. Guest comments are first on the agenda at the monthly public meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council. Make your

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Tomorrow in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball jv and varsity teams will travel to Los Osos High School to compete in their Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament.