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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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT ADOPTS URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

Every five years, the state requires water districts with more than 3,000 customers to submit a water management plan. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors heard some good news about their plan… The Hi-Desert Water District, together with a consulting firm, prepared an Urban

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NEW MEDICAL CLINIC AT COMBAT CENTER

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Friday for a new medical clinic. The Adult Medical Care Clinic will deliver health care to active-duty service members at the Combat Center. The 45,000-square foot clinic cost $21 million to build and replaces a building that

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VENDORS NEEDS FOR INAUGURAL YUCCA MESA FALL FESTIVAL

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a new fundraiser this fall. Mesa Fest will include a chili cook-off, horseshoe competition, live music, craft fair, beer garden, children’s activities, and representatives from various public safety agencies. Artists and vendors are being sought for the event. Mesa Fest will be held

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BURGLARS STEAL POOL EQUIPMENT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Evidently some burglars needed equipment for a pool party in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, burglars stole patio furniture from the pool area of the community center in the 5900 block of Desert Knoll Drive Wednesday night. The furniture is described as dark brown plastic wicker including a

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LOCAL INPUT SOUGHT ON FEDERAL SOLAR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS COMPETITION

Do you have a great idea about a community solar program or project? Your idea could win you cash and help from the government to bring that idea to life. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says input is sought on the SunShot initiative… The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is soliciting

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ANIMALS SEIZED FROM MORONGO VALLEY PROPERTY NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

In June, county animal control officers seized about 180 animals that were being housed on a property in Morongo Valley. Stephen Caro, who owned the Paws Rescue Ranch and most of the animals at 9333 Belle Vista Drive, describes the ranch as a sanctuary for senior, abandoned, abused, and neglected

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STEP INTO ART AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

Visit Paris and the Louvre, and other art museums at an art-themed Family Fun Day in Yucca Valley Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 3. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is hosting a free “Step into Art” day at the museum with a wide variety of arts and crafts activities, as

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT SUSPECTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of suspected embezzlement at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Just five months after taking over as president of the chamber’s board of directors, the board filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department July 22, accusing Carey Alderson of using the chamber’s credit

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR BATTERY, WARRANT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of punching his girlfriend in the mouth. According to a Sheriff’s report, Erwin Boyd, 40, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 7300 block of Araby Avenue about 6 p.m. when she said he hit her in the mouth.

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BEARS SPOTTED IN COVINGTON PARK IN MORONGO VALLEY

A family of bears have been causing some concern at Covington Park in Morongo valley. Reporter Tami Roleff tells you what to do if you have a close encounter of the bear kind… A momma bear and at least one cub have been spotted in Covington Park in Morongo Valley.

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