LAFCO SCRUTINIZING MORONGO VALLEY CSD

Morongo Valley’s Community Services District is a county-sanctioned form of local government in charge of street lights, parks, and the fire department in this unincorporated area, services that would otherwise be provided by the county. Compared to the county, the CSD is thought to offer more consistent, more responsive service,

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3-DAY WEEKENDS BRING HOLIDAY TRAFFIC: SOME SAFETY TIPS

Three-day holiday weekends typically bring a spike in traffic. Caltrans is advising motorists that traffic may impact your Labor Day weekend. To make your traveling easier, plan ahead so you know before you go. Monitor traffic and weather via radio, TV, and social media. Use Caltrans Quickmap to monitor traffic

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LABOR DAY CLOSURES

The symbolic end of summer, Labor Day, is Monday. As a federal holiday, many government offices and businesses will be closed Monday. Among those that are closed are banks, post offices, schools, including Copper Mountain College, and county, city, and town offices. Burrtec Waste and Recycling will not pick up

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YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY OFFERS MICROSOFT EXCEL CLASSES

The Yucca Valley library will offer a free computer class in Microsoft Excel. The courses will be held Tuesdays through September 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Yucca Valley library. Library staff will teach the course using Skillsoft, a database available to any resident with a San Bernardino

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FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS FOR FOURTH GRADERS

It’s back. Due to popular demand, the National Park Service is continuing its free annual pass to all national parks for fourth graders and their families. The 2017 pass is good through August 31, 2017. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has all the details… There is exciting news for all fourth

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SHERIFF’S WOMEN’S WARRIOR CHALLENGE IS BACK

Are you up for the challenge ladies? The Women Warriors fitness challenge, sponsored by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, is back October 8. Women can compete in the individual challenge, team challenge (for three to six women), and team challenge for sworn law enforcement personnel. These physical fitness challenges

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VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN JOSHUA TREE

Two vehicles just a few doors apart were burglarized in Joshua Tree sometime Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, two residents in the 60700 block of Mirada Trail went out to their cars parked in their driveways between 6 and 6:30 a.m. One resident discovered that a window in

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JOSHUA TREE VFW OPEN LABOR DAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post’s Sunday’s breakfast special is chicken fried steak. And the post will be open at 11 a.m. for lunch Labor Day, Monday, September 5. On the menu are chili hot dogs in cornbread and much more. The VFW Post is located on Veterans

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976 PLANNING 40TH REUNION

The Yucca Valley High School Class of 1976 will be holding their 40-year reunion on Saturday, September 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Hawk’s Landing Golf Resort in Yucca Valley. The evening will include dinner and dancing, with music provided by the Z107.7 Mobile DJ. All members

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HARRISON HOUSE OPEN HOUSE AND ART EXHIBIT SATURDAY

The works of sibling artists are on exhibit at Harrison House. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the details…A brother-and-sister duo of artists will be featured at an open house and art exhibit, Saturday, September 3, sponsored by Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology. Dominique Moody is an artist in residence,

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE CAT-A-PALOOZA

The Yucca Valley animal shelter is hosting another cat-a-palooza adoption event through Saturday, September 10. The adoption fee is $20 for the cat-a-palooza, and includes vaccines and spaying or neutering services. View the shelter’s adoptable pets on petfinder.com. The animal shelter is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5

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COUNTY CORRECTS RECORD ON JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Anyone who was looking toward the Joshua Tree Retreat Center as the villain in a string of negative stories involving the historic venue and several large concerts there has been looking in the wrong direction. The facility came under scrutiny following the recent, lawful clearing of three acres to improve

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PRESIDENT CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT

The District Attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against the former president of the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. On Monday, Carey Alderson, 46, was charged with embezzlement by an employee for allegedly using the chamber’s credit card to pay his personal gas and electric bills, totaling $678.65. The alleged

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY HOSTING TAX MEASURE EDUCATION MEETINGS

Two tax measures will be on the ballot in the Town of Yucca Valley this November. The town has set informational meetings for residents who want to be informed voters. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details… The Town of Yucca Valley will hold informational sessions for the two tax

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FROM THEATRE 29 TO THE SILVER SCREEN: LOCAL 12-YEAR-OLD IN A MAJOR MOVIE

From Theatre 29 to the Silver Screen, a 12-year-old Twentynine Palms actress will appear with Eddie Murphy in a new major film, set for release in two weeks. Reporter David Haldane talks with Natalie Coughlin… Natalie Coughlin hopes not to be remembered as the girl who dropped a can on

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DUI CHECKPOINT IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

The Desert Hot Springs Police Department will be conducting a DUI/drivers’ license checkpoint this Friday, September 2, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will

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STAR TWIRLERS CRAZY HAT SQUARE AND LINE DANCING TONIGHT

The Star Twirlers Square Dance club is hosting a crazy hat line and square dance tonight, Saturday, September 24. Line dancing will be held 7 to 7:30 and between tips; square dancing is at 7:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, on Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Wear your

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF SLASHING HER SON WITH A KNIFE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Tuesday evening, accused of slashing her son with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to the 72800 block of Sun Valley Drive in Twentynine Palms shortly before 8 p.m. concerning a domestic disturbance. Adena Sowell, 41, started arguing with

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER CLEARING AND CONCERT PERMITS, PART 2

Yesterday we reported on the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s lawful clearing of several acres on the property’s west side adjacent to Highway 62. The area will be used to organize and consolidate parking for upcoming and future events. And while the clearing was within the facility’s legal rights, it generated

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FIREFIGHTERS GET 60 PERCENT CONTAINMENT ON NEARBY BOGART FIRE

Firefighters have gained 60 percent containment on the 1,470-acre Bogart fire in nearby Cherry Valley as fire activity dies down. A Cal Fire spokesman said the fire made no forward progress Wednesday. The increase in acreage—from 1,250 in the morning to 1,470 at 7 p.m.—was due to pockets of vegetation

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