TWENTYNINE PALMS FOOD PANTRY STARTS SUMMER HOURS MONDAY

The Twentynine Palm Food Pantry provides meals for those in our community in need of assistance. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Food Pantry will shift to their Summer Hours starting Monday… The Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry will start its summer hours beginning June 12. The food pantry will

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YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley man was arrested in connection with a robbery at Payless Shoes last month. On May 21, deputies were called to the Payless Shoe Store in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. The clerk told deputies that a man entered the store,

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SECOND SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN TWO WEEKS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS PROPERTY

A Twentynine Palms property that had an arson fire two weeks ago had another suspicious fire early this morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, assisted by Wonder Valley and the Combat Center, were called to the 6400 block of Yucca Avenue at 2:25

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES $4.2 MILLION SHERIFF CONTRACT

Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten talked to the Yucca Valley Town Council last night about his vision for the school district 10 to 20 years in the future. Baumgarten hopes Yucca Valley and the Morongo Basin will work together with the school district to develop programs to train

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COUNTY FIRE CONFISCATES ILLEGAL FIREWORKS, WRITES 40 CITATIONS

A San Bernardino County multi-agency task force led by County Fire Investigators seized 7,500 pounds of dangerous and illegal fireworks during operations conducted June 3 and 4. Fire investigators issued 40 citations totaling $50,000 in fines for possession of illegal fireworks. With our county facing a dangerous wildland fire season,

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DESERT DAZE GETS A DO OVER PERMIT FOR JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER SHOW

In April, the County of San Bernardino denied a permit for the return of a controversial major music festival, “Desert Daze” at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Late night noise, traffic, and the clearing of three acres for parking had many residents upset. Now, it appears the county has decided

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: TAX LIENS AND SCHOOL ROAD PROJECTS ON AGENDA

Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council will start with a recognition of Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten, followed by recognition of the town’s employees of the year. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the rest of the agenda… Following a routine consent agenda, the Yucca Valley

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PIONEERTOWN COUPLE ACCUSED IN MOTHER’S CAR THEFT

A Pioneertown couple was arrested Saturday, accused of stealing a car from the woman’s mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, Dean Kee and Rachel Kee, went to Rachel’s mother’s home in Morongo Valley Thursday to demand money from her. When the woman refused to give them any money, Dean Kee,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION STUDYING FAILED DOWNTOWN PLAN

No specific actions are likely to come out of tonight’s Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting. There could, however, be plenty of discussion. Reporter David Haldane explains… What if they held a planning commission meeting with nothing on the agenda? That’s pretty much the situation in Twentynine Palms where commissioners will

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FREE FOOD GIVEAWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse in Yucca Valley will distribute surplus food Wednesday, June 7, at 3 p.m. until the food is gone. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN OFFERED LOCALLY

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Rebecca Havely says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer… Morongo Basin children up to age 18 can receive a free breakfast and lunch this

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MORE THAN 30 ANIMALS SEIZED IN ANIMAL NEGLECT CASE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms Animal Control officers and Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of suspected animal cruelty. According to a Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called to the 75100 block of Mayfair Drive in Twentynine Palms about 11 p.m. to perform a welfare check on a child living at the home. While

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of giving a boy a black eye. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 3700 block of Lucerne Vista in Yucca Valley about 11:15 a.m. because a boy there had a black eye. The boy said Reuben Kimball, 36,

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ROAD WORK IN THE MORONGO BASIN THIS WEEK

The California Department of Transportation will be performing road work on the Morongo Grade, and on State Route 247 all this week. Caltrans will be repairing guardrails on the Morongo Grade from the county line to Indian Canyon Avenue today through next Monday, June 12, from 9 until 3. In

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SUMMER CLOSURES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK START TOMORROW

During the summer when temperatures rise, the number of people camping in Joshua Tree National Park decreases. The park responds by closing some of the campgrounds. With the campground closures is managing editor Tami Roleff… In order to reduce maintenance costs and allow vegetation a bit of a breather, Joshua

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2,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED IN 3 LUCERNE VALLEY LOCATIONS, 6 ARRESTED

Sheriff’s officials seized nearly 2,000 marijuana plants when they served search warrants at three locations in Lucerne Valley Friday. Sheriff’s officials said the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team learned the three unrelated locations had outdoor marijuana farms that did not comply with California’s medical marijuana law or the County’s ordinance prohibiting

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BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is looking for new members to serve on its board of directors. The Community Action Partnership is a non-profit organization that serves over 800,000 low-income residents through programs such as Energy, Education, and Environmental Services, Family Development Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance,

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REGISTRATION FOR YUCCA VALLEY SWIM LESSON OPENS JUNE 5

Registration is open now for swim lessons in Yucca Valley. Managing Editor Tami Roleff shares how to sign up… The Town of Yucca Valley aquatic programs will begin Monday, June 19, at the community pool at the high school on Sage Avenue. Swim lessons are held in the morning; each

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, June 5. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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ASTRONOMY CLASS

Our Morongo Basin is blessed with some of the darkest night skies, and best views of space found anywhere on the continent. For anyone who wants to know more about the objects we see up there, Sky’s The Limit observatory offers a hands-on learning opportunity. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says this

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