YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES TWO SALES TAX MEASURES FOR BALLOT

The Yucca Valley Town Council went ahead with two separate half-percent sales tax measures at last night’s meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff said the Council also appointed a new Planning Commissioner and heard a member says we would not run for reelection… At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS BROTHER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting his brother. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7400 block of Kickapoo Trail about 10:30 a.m. for an assault. The victim told deputies that he and his brother, Dell Cannady, 56, were arguing when Cannady

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PERRIS WOMAN GIVES FALSE NAME AFTER SHOPLIFTING AT WAL-MART

A Perris woman was arrested in the Yucca Valley Walmart Monday afternoon, accused of shoplifting and giving a false name to law enforcement. According to a Sheriff’s report, Walmart employees observed Tashianna Lewis, 23, along with two men, concealing food, liquor, and clothing under their clothes and in shopping bags.

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THE CON ARTISTS ARE SMISHING FOR YOUR MONEY

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that scams have quickly followed. One recent tactic is the use of scam texts. The practice is called “smishing,” a contraction of SMS phishing. Reporter Mike Lipsits says smishing is designed to steal your personal information… A smishing text appears to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING HER 3 MONTH OLD

A Twentynine Palms woman pleaded not guilty in Joshua Tree Superior Court Monday afternoon to murdering her 3-month old baby. On September 1, 2015, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were called to the base hospital on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms for a case of possible child abuse. The

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARINGS ON TWO TAXES TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town council has a full agenda after being dark for a month. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the main items on the agenda will be approving two sales tax measures for the November ballot… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a quarterly public safety report from

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES

A Twentynine Palms man who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on his dirt bike a month ago was arrested Sunday for outstanding warrants and possession of drugs and weapons. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4 p.m. Sunday, a deputy saw Bruce Edginton, 25, arrive at a fast food

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASES IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday evening, following a high speed pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s report, just after 6 p.m. Friday, a deputy tried to stop a motorcycle near Elk Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. The report states that the bike rider, later identified as Dylan

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DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS FOR FOUR AREA THEATER COMPANIES

The community theaters of the Morongo Basin have been recognized by the Desert Theatre League for more than 100 Desert Star Award nominations for the 2015/2016 theater season. The awards cover the entire Coachella Valley and include both the Hi- and Low-Desert theaters. Twentynine Palms’ Theatre 29, Joshua Trees’ Hi-Desert

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MARINE CORPS PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed in a plane crash near Twentynine Palms Thursday night. Major Richard “Stranger” Norton, 36, of Arcadia, departed from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in an F/A-18C Hornet to take part in an integrated training exercise on board the Combat Center in Twentynine

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TOMORROW NOTES POLICE-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Tomorrow is National Night Out, an event that highlights the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… The Morongo Basin will join communities across the country for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2. This will be the first time any communities

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER CRITICAL AFTER RESCUING HIS FAMILY FROM FIRE

A former Twentynine Palms father entered a burning house three times Wednesday to rescue his children from a house fire in Oregon. Michael “Jay” Kinard and his wife Tiffany recently moved to Vale, Oregon, from Twentynine Palms along with their three children. The local Sheriff’s Department said the fire broke

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IT’S MONSOON SEASON, SOME SAFETY TIPS

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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FORGET ESCAPING, MAN CAUGHT SNEAKING INTO COUNTY JAIL

Forget escaping: A man was caught climbing into the San Bernardino county jail Sunday. About 6 a.m. Sunday, July 31, County Sheriff’s Sgt. Corey Emon spotted a man who was not a prisoner climbing up the perimeter fence of the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. Emon notified jail staff

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YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a board meeting Monday, August 1, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue.

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE’S WILDLAND FIRE BRANCH

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some fire safety tips for visitors… For almost 100 years the National Park has been a steward of public land and the Wildland Fire Branch has been part of the mission of protecting these lands. The wildland fire program is committed to

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HARRISON HOUSE OPEN HOUSE

A pair of artists will show at a free open house tomorrow at Harrison House. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… A brother-and-sister duo of artists will be featured at an open house Monday, August 1, sponsored by Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology. Dominique Moody is an artist

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DONATIONS ACCEPTED FOR RUMMAGE SALE

The Santa Fe Social Club in Yucca Valley is accepting donations for a rummage sale. The sale is set for Friday, August 5, and Monday, August 8, from 9:30 to 4. The clubhouse is located on the corner of Apache Trail and Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley at 56020

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday night, accused of hitting his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called a friend about 9:45 Thursday night to report her boyfriend had hit her. After an investigation, Morries Sowell, 23, was arrested for felony spouse abuse. Morries Sowell was booked

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPOINT NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR

A director with 25 years of experience in meeting the social service and mental health needs of San Bernardino County residents, was appointed by the Board of Supervisors July 26 to lead the county’s Human Services. CaSonya Thomas, the director of the Department of Behavioral Health, will succeed Linda Haugan,

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