BEWARE THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were called by people pretending to be employees of Southern California Edison. The callers said the residents had outstanding bills, and demanded the customers make payments with prepaid cards over the telephone. Edica Gonzalez offers these tips on how to avoid being a victim of

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LANDERS WOMAN ACCUSED OF DUI AND LEAVING HER 7-MONTH-OLD BABY ALONE

A Landers woman was arrested Monday following a suspected drunk driving crash, in which officers discovered she had left her 7-month-old baby home alone. Per a Sheriff’s report, Erica Silva, 34, called 911 about 3 p.m. after she crashed her car on Winters Road near Sunburst Avenue. She told dispatchers

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VICTIM OF THREAT ARRESTED FOR WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man who said he was threatened with a gun by his daughter’s former boyfriend was arrested Monday when deputies determined he had warrants for his arrest. Sheriff’s reports say the daughter called the Sheriff’s Department about 9:20 p.m. to report that her ex-boyfriend had broken into her

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COUNTY DRAFTING ORDINANCE TO REGULATE VACATION HOME RENTALS

Short term or vacation rentals of private homes to out-of-towners has long been practiced by many local property owners looking for extra income. In the Morongo Basin’s unincorporated areas, the tradition has gone on unfettered, free from county oversight, permit fees, or regulations of any kind. All of that may

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RELAY FOR LIFE CALLED A SUCCESS BY ORGANIZERS

Organizers are calling the 2017 Relay for Life Morongo Basin, held at Yucca Valley High School Saturday, a success. The event leader, Cathy Inscore, said, “On behalf of the Relay for Life Morongo Basin, I would like to thank everyone who worked so diligently. Even though it was only a

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: CONTRACTS, A TRUCK, AND SALES TAX OVERSIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the agenda ranges from service contracts to a new truck to sales tax oversight… The consent agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council includes many requests for proposals, for street sweeping to

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YUCCA VALLEY FELON FOUND WITH STOLEN SHOTGUN

A Yucca Valley convicted felon was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of being in possession of a stolen shotgun. a Sheriff’s report said, deputies were called to the 1300 block of Inca Trail in Yucca Valley about 4:45 a.m. Saturday by a juvenile who was trying to leave a home,

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of riding a stolen off-road vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a blue Polaris off-road vehicle about 5:40 p.m. at Yucca Mesa Road and Drexel Road for driving an off-road vehicle on a roadway. The deputy determined during a

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ACTIVE-DUTY MARINE ARRESTED AFTER DOUBLE MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

An active duty U.S. Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms base, the suspect in a Twentynine Palms double murder, was arrested Thursday aboard the base. Homicide investigators say just after midnight, March 24, a 911 call was placed, stating that two women had been shot multiple times in the 7700

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THE PRICE OF WATER FOR PIONEERTOWN AND PART OF MORONGO VALLEY IS GOING UP

Water rates for residents of Pioneertown and the Hacienda Heights section of Morongo Valley are about to go up, way up. It’s just one of the topics up for discussion when county supervisors meet in San Bernardino tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … Among the many items on the

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THOUSANDS EXPECTED FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HILLTOPPER MOTORCYCLE RACES

There will be a large an influx of off-road motorcycle racers and their families and fans into the Twentynine Palms area this week. The American Motorcycle Association and Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club are hosting the 43rd Annual Grand Prix this Saturday and Sunday. Races are held on an 8-mile course off

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KING OF THE HAMMERS SET THE DATE FOR THE 2018 WEEK-LONG EVENT

The organizers of King of the Hammers have set the dates for week-long race next year. The opening of Hammertown in Johnson Valley will be February 2, with a week of off-road racing, and culminating in the 12th annual King of the Hammers race February 9, 2018. King of The

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PLANNING WORKSHOP TOMORROW AFTERNOON

The Yucca Valley Town Council will start updating its strategic plan this fall. The Town Council has requested a series of workshops to discuss some issues and priorities to include in the next strategic plan. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL 

The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 25 years. This year’s festival, set for April 7 through 9, will feature 30 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work and share their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National

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ANOTHER IRS TAX SCAM

Now that the end of tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS imposter scam tops the list of tax scams to be on the lookout for this year, according to law enforcement officials. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives tips on how

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ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES STAFF 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, April 3. 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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GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The annual golf tournament to benefit the Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways scholarship program is April 7 at Hawks Landing Golf Club. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there’s no greater time to T-off than when it supports local students … The annual Yucca Valley High School Career Pathways Foundation Golf

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RELAY FOR LIFE THIS WEEKEND

The annual “Relay for Life” event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, is set today. Edica Gonzalez has more on the 12-hour fundraiser… Hundreds of local residents will join the fight against cancer in the Morongo Basin’s Relay for Life event, a 12-hour walkathon to raise money for the American Cancer

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FOOD DRIVE TODAY AT ALL STATER BROTHERS GROCERY STORES

The Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin are once again partnering for a Basin-wide food drive. Rotarians will be at all three Stater Brothers in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All monetary or non-perishable food donations are welcome. Donations will go

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OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

An opening reception will be held Sunday, April 2, for a new show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery featuring paintings by Teal Buehler and artworks in clay. Artist guild members will also have works included in the show. The reception is set for 12 to 3 p.m. The show

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