LAFCO SUPPORTS TAKEOVER OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT BY COUNTY FIRE

With expenses outpacing revenue, the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission voted in support of a takeover of emergency medical services and fire protection services in Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at yesterday’s hearing in San Bernardino … County takeover of fire service from the Twentynine Palms

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PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Be prepared for a step-up in training activity aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Marines from various units will be coming together next week to train prior to deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The three-day exercise, known as CERTEX, will bring together Marines and

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WHY THE PRICE OF GAS IS HIGHER HERE

While the price of gas has gone below a dollar in some parts of the nation, it seems like Californians are paying more. That is because we are, and reporter David Haldane explains why… Ever felt like the price of gas where you live seems higher than almost anywhere else?

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD SEEKING A NEW BOARD MEMBER

The Morongo Valley Community Services District is seeking applications for a new board member. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Covington Park multi-purpose room. Qualified candidates must be registered voters living within the boundaries of Morongo Valley. Interested residents can pick up an

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CAUGHT WITH MARIJUANA COOKIES

A student at Twentynine Palms High was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of possessing a marijuana cookie. According to a Sheriff’s report, school officials called the Sheriff’s department about 9 a.m. when a juvenile had a chocolate chip cookie that smelled of marijuana. The boy allegedly told the deputy that he

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YUCCA VALLEY EMPLOYEES GET A RAISE, A HARD LOOK AT THE COST OF PUBLIC SAFETY

An outside review of the salaries and benefits of the Town of Yucca Valley employees found that employees are being paid, on average, between 6 and 15 percent below median compensation compared to other cities’ employees. Yucca Valley Town Council members voted at last night’s meeting to gradually increase the

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY PLAN

Residents of Joshua Tree have an opportunity to weigh in on the Joshua Tree Community Plan; it’s part of the bigger countywide plan. Public input is being sought for the Joshua Tree Community Plan through a series of workshops, events, and through a comprehensive website. The first Joshua Tree specific

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACED WITH A HARD CHOICE ON WATER FOR SOLAR FIELD

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will meet tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they have a hard decision to make regarding the controversial NextEra solar farm at the former Joshua Tree airport… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board must decide if it

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MORONGO VALLEY UNVEILS SAND-TO-SNOW MONUMENT SIGN

The Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new welcome sign yesterday. The sign, located at the corner of Highway 62 and Hess Boulevard, says “Morongo Valley — Home of Sand-to-Snow National Monument.” The new Sand to Snow National Monument was part of a package proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein

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LAWSUIT MAY FORCE RELEASE OF ALL STUDENTS RECORDS

Concerned parents are being told that their child’s personal school records could be released as part of a lawsuit. Reporter David Haldane explains… It’s the irony of ironies. Parents concerned about children with disabilities filed a lawsuit alleging that the California Department of Education was not properly addressing their needs.

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WONDER VALLEY MAN SHOOTS OFF TOE WITH SHOTGUN

A Wonder Valley man shot off his little toe with a shotgun Monday night while checking his property for intruders. The man, who was identified by Twentynine Palms firefighters only as being in his late 20s or early 30s, was driven to the Twentynine Palms fire station by his girlfriend

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3.9 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEARBY BIG BEAR THIS MORNING

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.9 followed by numerous aftershocks in the nearby San Bernardino mountains early this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor hit at 1:24 a.m. about 3 miles north-northwest of Big Bear City. Weak shaking from the quake was felt as far

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LAFCO MEETS TOMORROW ON COUNTY TAKEOVER OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT

Takeover of fire protection services in Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms is the subject of tomorrow’s 9 a.m. hearing by the Local Agency Formation Commission. The public will have an opportunity to comment at the hearing which takes place at San Bernardino City Hall at 300 North D Street in

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL GET PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the agenda includes job revisions, public safety, and a budget report… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, council members will be asked to approve a revision to the job classifications and compensation

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LOOTING CAUSES CLOSURE OF TWO HISTORICAL SITES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park officials have temporarily closed two historical sites in the park due to looting. Due to recent press and social media postings, the number of visitors to Carey’s Castle and the El Sid Mine have increased and historic artifacts have disappeared. Park Superintendent David Smith said the

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MORONGO VALLEY TO UNVEIL SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT SIGN

The community of Morongo Valley is wasting no time in getting ready for the new Sand-to-Snow National Monument, which will include parts of the historic far west end of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a new sign will go up tomorrow… With the ink barely dry on President

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VEGETATION FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY NIGHT

A vegetation fire in Twentynine Palms kept firefighters busy for more than an hour last night. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, the fire was reported at 11:05 p.m. in a homeless encampment in the wash behind Stater Brothers, east of Encelia Avenue. Bushes, trash, and debris were burning in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday afternoon, accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s press release. Justin Babbdodd, 25, was arguing with his girlfriend’s 9-year-old child in the 6000 block of Chia Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 3 p.m. and shoved the child with enough force that the

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID”

Over 60 people packed Theatre 29 for its “Disney’s Little Mermaid” auditions, and 25 roles were given to actor/singers to make up the cast of the musical. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the cast list… Director Gary Daigneault cast the following in “Disney’s Little Mermaid.” Ariel the Little Mermaid will

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EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION SERVICES

Assessing a child’s mental health issues at an early age can significantly change their life. Assignment Reporter David Knutson has more… Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her chance

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