JTAG CALLS FOR ART CELEBRATING OUR THREE NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS

JTAG—the Joshua Tree Art Gallery—is putting out a call for artists for a June art show. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the theme is a popular subject… Artists are invited to celebrate California’s three new national monuments in a new show at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery. “Inspired by Our

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TWO MOTORCYCLISTS INJURED IN CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE

One motorcyclist died, and another was injured, in a crash on the Morongo Grade Thursday night. At about 6:39 p.m., Blake Creel, 20, of Twentynine Palms was riding a 2004 Yamaha R6 westbound on State Route 62 in the right lane, east of North Indian Canyon. Jared Patrick, 20, also

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER PORN IS FOUND AT A SCHOOL BUS STOP

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday after students found pornography at a school bus stop. According to a Sheriff’s report, students from Onaga Elementary school were at a bus stop near El Dorado Drive and Balsa Avenue in Yucca Valley where they found pornographic images. Deputies responded to the

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 3 OF THREE: PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATE

In part three of our three-part report on the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting, Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling gave a public safety report to the Town Council Tuesday night, breaking down calls for service, response times, and trends for various crimes in the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN TASED, ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO TAKE DEPUTY’S GUN

A Twentynine Palms man was tased and arrested Thursday night after he allegedly tried to grab a deputy’s gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, security at Tortoise Rock Casino spotted Christopher Blackler, 26, who was wanted by deputies on warrants on drug charges, playing slots, and called deputies shortly before

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning, accusing of possessing drugs for sales. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7200 block of Barberry Avenue about 8:45 a.m. where they found Aaron Walton, 36. After an investigation, Aaron Walton was arrested on suspicion of

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STUDENTS FIND PORN AT BUS STOP; YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday after students found pornography at a school bus stop. According to a Sheriff’s report, students from Onaga Elementary school were at a bus stop near El Dorado Drive and Balsa Avenue in Yucca Valley where they found pornographic images. Deputies responded to the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTS TO DOUBLE NUMBER OF VISITORS

If you visited Joshua Tree National Park this spring, you may have noticed long lines of cars at park entrances and lots of cars and people inside the park. Managing editor Tami Roleff says, in the second part of a three-part report, the park service expects our local national park

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THIRD ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY

A third man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Yucca Valley gas station last month. On April 20, two men entered the Flyers gas station at the corner of Highway 62 and Church Street and robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash at

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12-YEAR-OLD TWENTYNINE PALMS BOY HURT IN OFF-ROAD CRASH

A 12-year-old Twentynine Palms boy was injured in an off-road vehicle mishap Tuesday evening. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the boy was riding an all-terrain vehicle in a vacant lot on Larrea Avenue, near Highway 62 about 5:20 p.m. The boy hit a berm and the vehicle overturned and landed

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES BIG DECISIONS, PART 1 OF 2

Directors at Joshua Basin Water District have some big decisions on the horizon. Some, like the Joshua Tree airport solar project, have received lots of attention; others, like the Urban Water Management Plan, have gone largely unnoticed. Both were discussed at last night’s meeting. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE YUCCA VALLEY PUPPY

You’ve heard of firefighters rescuing kittens from trees, but Tuesday morning, Yucca Valley firefighters rescued a puppy from under a shed. About 7:30 a.m., a family in the 6300 block of Del Monte Avenue searched for 15 to 20 minutes for their 6-month old pit bull puppy before discovering she

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ON ROADS

The Yucca Valley Town Council got some good news and some bad news about the condition of its roads at its meeting Tuesday night during a report on the town’s capital improvement project five-year plan. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains in the first part of a three-part report… During the

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SEVEN BEAUMONT CITY OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING $43,000.000

Prosecutors Tuesday filed embezzlement charges against the former Beaumont city manager, finance director and other officials, alleging that they siphoned as much as $43 million from city coffers over the past three decades. As a result of a yearlong public corruption investigation, six officials were arrested Tuesday: Former City Manager

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS DISGRUNTLED TEACHERS, REJECTS CHARTER SCHOOL

The Morongo Unified School Board met last night to an audience of disgruntled teachers. Reporter David Haldane said a work action discussion was followed by a surprise rejection to a proposed charter school… It was a sea of blue t-shirts. That was the pervasive color last night as a standing-room-only

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NOTED MUSICIAN INJURED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH

A noted Yucca Valley musician was injured in a crash in Joshua Tree Monday afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol, Richard Bishop, 63, had stopped his 2002 Honda at northbound Hillview Road and Highway 62 about 5:20 p.m. As Bishop made a left-hand turn onto the highway, the CHP

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TWO INJURED IN REAR-END CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

Two people were injured in a rear-end crash in Yucca Valley Tuesday night. Just after 11 p.m., a Jeep crashed into the rear end of another vehicle on westbound Highway 62 near Ronald Drive. The collision started a small fire in the engine compartment of the Jeep, which was quickly

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MAN WHO ASSAULTED 12-YEAR-OLD AT THE JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an assault over the weekend at the Joshua Tree Music Fest. According to a Sheriff’s report, a mother brought her 12-year-old son to Hi-Desert Medical Center about 8 p.m. Saturday night. The mother said her son was strangled and body slammed by a man, identified

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN BUSY SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a very busy session will hear presentation from Joshua Tree National Park, approval of some projects, and a look at a two-year budget… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a presentation from Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent

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WOMAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING MAN AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

A woman was arrested Friday night after a man said she punched him in the face. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man was at Tortoise Rock Casino when Nikole Schroeder, 28, of Fresno, sat next to him. Schroeder and the man knew each other and have had problems in

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