SUSPECT IN ARIZONA IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATION ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man is in jail today on suspicion of identity theft. Local investigators followed up on an inquiry from Arizona Sheriffs about an Arizona resident whose name, social security number, and birthdate were being used by someone in this area to illegally gain credit. On Monday, a Morongo

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN SWINDLED OUT OF ALMOST $3,000.00 IN BABY SITTER SCAM

In a new twist on an old con, a woman in Twentynine Palms found herself swindled out of $2,860 from a long-distance perpetrator. According to Sheriff’s records, the victim told deputies she had supposedly been hired for babysitting work by a man who claimed to be moving from New York

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DOG ATTACKS

Walking in the desert can be a relaxing way to exercise but encountering aggressive dogs can be terrifying and dangerous. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips about how to protect yourself if you are threatened by loose dogs…

Dog attacks can be vicious and bloody. Reduce your risk of

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER AT DESERT IMAGES AND COPY CENTER TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer this evening. John Zaccaria, chairman of the board of directors for the Chamber, owner of Desert Images and The Copy Center, and his staff warmly welcome you. The event will feature good old-fashioned networking, finger food, beer, wine, door prizes

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AUDITIONS SET FOR “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 announces auditions for the family musical “Meet Me In St. Louis,” based on the 1944 heartwarming film of the same name. Director Kathryn Ferguson is holding open auditions at Theatre 29. With the list of roles available here’s Rebecca Havely… Auditions are October 9 at 6:30 p.m. on

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YUCCA VALLEY GETS COMPLETED PETITION FOR PRO-MARIJUANA BALLOT PROPOSAL

The Yucca Valley Town Clerk received a completed petition regarding the “Town of Yucca Valley Exemption of State Licensed Commercial Cannabis Operations from Town Prohibition on Commercial Marijuana Activities” from the proponents of the voter initiative. Proponents received approval to circulate the petition among local voters April 9. Yucca Valley

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL WAIVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUILDING FEES

Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Probably not, though it may have appeared that way at last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains… The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will spend less than expected expanding its Old Schoolhouse Museum. Housing the city’s tourists,

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CORONER INVESTIGATION BODY FOUND IN A WASH NEAR THE HIGHWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The County Coroner is trying to determine the cause of death after the body of a man was found in Yucca Valley Monday evening. A resident had driven by the wash area in the 57500 block of State Route 62, just West of Rite-Aid in Yucca Valley Saturday, and saw

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REPORTED STABBING FOUND TO BE EFFORT TO AVOID MILITARY SERVICE

What was first reported as a stabbing and a robbery in Joshua Tree turned out to be an attempt to avoid military service. Shortly after midnight Monday, deputies were notified that a man came into a downtown Joshua Tree business and said he had been stabbed and robbed. The victim,

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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY THIS SATURDAY

National Public Lands Day is the largest single day of volunteerism each year on America’s public lands. It is also a fee-free day for visitors to Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this on other ways to get involved… Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS TOURISM DISTRICT FUNDING TONIGHT

The recently formed Twentynine Palms Tourism Business Improvement District is about to get its due. Reporter David Haldane explains… Attention hospitality providers doing business in Twentynine Palms is about to get more expensive. That’s the word from the City Council, which tonight will consider a 1.5 percent nightly assessment on

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LEAR ROAD CRASH RESULTS IN EXTRICATION AND SERIOUS INJURY

A two-vehicle crash just before 7 p.m. last night at Lear and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms left one man with serious injuries. According to Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the victim was transported to Desert Hospital via Morongo Basin Ambulance following an extrication by units from Twentynine Palms.

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DEPUTY CHECKS RESULT IN TWO ARRESTS

According to a sheriff’s report, a 22-year-old Yucca Valley man is in jail today following a pedestrian check early Monday morning. A sheriff’s deputy conducted the check of William Phillips shortly after 5:17 a.m. near Highway 62 and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. A records check showed Phillips was out

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS LOOK AT PIONEERTOWN PUMP STATION

A number of issues relevant to our Morongo Basin are on the agenda for tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the rundown…

Supervisors will likely approve item 8, the sale of 30 tax-defaulted properties. The Mojave Desert Land Trust aims to

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DIRT BIKE BANDITS, GIVE SHERIFF’S A RUN FOR THE MONEY… ALL THE WAY TO JAIL

A Yucca Valley man and woman on a stolen motorcycle led sheriff deputies on cat-and-mouse chase for more than two hours on Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies attempted a traffic stop on a dirt bike near Winters Road and Border Avenue in North Joshua Tree about 5:45 p.m. Charles Goutin, age 31,

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ON BICYCLE WITH LARGE AMOUNT OF METHAMPHETAMINE

According to a sheriff’s report, a Yucca Valley woman who caught the attention of deputies for creating a traffic hazard was arrested for investigation of methamphetamine for sale. Sheriffs indicate a traffic stop was made about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Condalia Avenue near Pueblo Trail where Kimberly Hunter, 38, was

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEMINAR OFFERED NEXT WEEK

Morongo Basin professionals are getting educated on a subject that, directly or indirectly, effects almost all of us. Reporter David Haldane explains… Have you or someone you know been touched by domestic violence? If so, you’re not alone; one in four women will experience it in their lives, and one

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FREE FLU SHOTS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

With fall—and the flu season—coming, residents are urged to get a free flu shot at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center. Reach Out Morongo Basin is sponsoring two flu shot clinics, September 26 and 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A licensed pharmacist will provide the flu shots to adults and

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE HOLDS COMMUNITY DINNER

If you enjoy eating and learning about good food, and meeting new people … and who doesn’t? … Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report on the Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program…

Transition Joshua Tree holds its community dinner and produce giveaway on tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR MARA CANTELO SET FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

A Celebration of Life is set for Mara Cantelo, founder of the annual “Tender Loving Christmas” event. Rebecca Havely has the service details…

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. All are welcome to attend the service, “Christmas in September.” To honor her favorite time of year,

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