YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BRING METH IN TO JAIL

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of bringing methamphetamine into a jail. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Eduardo Villegas, 39, near the intersection of Joshua Lane and Onaga Trail about 2:40 p.m. Deputies determined that Villegas had a $75,000 felony warrant for his arrest. When

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER SAYS LAND CLEARING IS NECESSARY AND FAIR

Every day, thousands of motorists pass by the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, and only a fraction of them are likely to notice the subtle physical changes that take place on the 400 acres it has occupied for 80 years. But earlier this week, when the facility cleared three acres at

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NEARBY BOGART FIRE MAY BRING SMOKE TO OUR MORONGO BASIN

A wildfire ripped through more than 1,200 acres in the Bogart Park area in nearby Cherry Valley, northeast of Banning and Beaumont Tuesday, burning an outbuilding and triggering the evacuation of roughly 700 residents, fire officials say. The blaze was 20 percent contained at 7:00 a.m. this morning. Cal Fire

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WOMAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURY IN CAR VERSUS POWER POLE CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY

A woman suffered only minimal injuries following a crash in Morongo Valley last night. Just after 11 p.m., the woman was driving a cross-over SUV-type vehicle westbound on Highway 62 when for unknown reasons, the car left the road and crashed into a power pole at Big Morongo Canyon Road.

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DOVE HUNTING SEASON OPENS TOMORROW

This reminder, you may hear the sound of gunfire in some areas as dove hunting season opens tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details… The opening day of dove hunting is September 1. As a result, Sheriff’s dispatch is usually flooded with numerous “shots heard” and “man-with-a-gun” calls. Dove hunting

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MANE STREET STAMPEDE LOOKING FOR WESTERN REENACTORS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show, the cowboy-clad volunteers that perform Saturday in Pioneertown, are looking for volunteer gunfight reenactor’s. No acting experience is needed; they can train you in the art of comedy western performing. Shows re-start this Saturday, September 3, and run through the end of October

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MAN ESCAPES INJURY FOLLOWING CRASH OF GLIDER-STYLE AIRCRAFT

A man escaped injury following a crash of an ultralight aircraft in the Flamingo Heights neighborhood of Yucca Valley Monday evening. Just after 7 p.m., the man was coming in for a landing in the 600 block of Cherokee Trail, just west of Old Woman Springs Road, and missed the

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LANDERS HOME EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED IN FIRE THIS MORNING

A Landers home suffered serious damage in a fire early this morning. Just before 5 a.m., firefighters were called to a possible attic fire in the 3600 block of Dusty Mile Road, and found heavy smoke and flames showing when they arrived about 5:15 a.m. They had the fire knocked

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested Monday night, accused of burglary. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms just after 11 p.m. for a burglary. Deputies found that unknown suspects had forced entry into the Golden Barber. The owner was

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NOW ADVERSARIAL, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TEACHERS TO TRY FACT-FINDING

The standoff between the local teacher’s union and the Morongo Unified School District over a new contract has spiraled into what is now being described as arguing sessions as the negotiations have turned bitter. As teachers now enter their second year without a contract, Reporter David Haldane says the two

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BATTLING COUPLE BOTH ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Friday, following a fight in which they beat each other up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mariela Martinez, 28, and Shawn Weems, 27, got into an argument in the 73700 block of Raymond Drive about 6:30 p.m. that became physical when Martinez hit Weems

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER STABBING

A Yucca Valley man has been accused of attempted murder after a stabbing. Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Crowl said on Friday, August 26, deputies were called to a report of a stabbing in the 7100 block of Airway Avenue in Yucca Valley about 1:20 pm, . Responding deputies found the victim,

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MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING TWENTYNINE PALMS CHILDREN FOR YEARS

A Redlands man was arrested Thursday, accused of multiple counts of sexual molestation of two Twentynine Palms children. According to a Sheriff’s report, on February 25, deputies learned that Johnny Villanueva, 33, had sexually molested a child for several years in Twentynine Palms. The abuse began when the child was

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CHP INVITES YOU TO FOR COFFEE WITH A COP

The local CHP station is inviting you out for coffee. Managing editor Tami Roleff say “coffee a with a cop” is tomorrow… Got a beef or just want to say “thanks for a job well done?” Well, tomorrow is your chance to get up close and personal with the Morongo

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MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENT SCOPING SESSION IN YUCCA VALLEY WEDNESDAY

Residents are invited to share what they value most about the Mojave Trails National Monument during a meeting with staff from the Bureau of Land Management. The public will be able to provide comments on specific interests and concerns in an open house format. These sessions will be held in

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AUDITIONS FOR THEATRE 29 “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” TONIGHT

Theatre 29 is holding auditions tonight for the upcoming “Halloween Haunt.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has the auditions details… A haunted mansion that was unknowingly built on top of an abandoned mine after it’s’ collapse. “Resurgence” is the premise for this year’s Halloween Haunt at Theatre 29. Director Cyrus Short has

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMEN’S AGAPE TO MEET THURSDAY

Yucca Valley Women’s Agape International will host speaker Christine Potter at the club’s monthly meeting, Thursday, September 1. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Sizzler in Yucca Valley. The cost is $16.60. For more information, call Sonya Fox at 760-369-1318 or Bobbie Brewer at 760-409-9016.

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JOSHUA TREE FOOD PROGRAM CELEBRATES STONE FRUITS TODAY

The Joshua Tree food program celebrates stone fruits. Reporter Mike Lisitz has more… “Stone Fruits” include peaches and plums, apricots, cherries, and nectarines. They’re fresh, plentiful and at their best during the warm summer months when they’re in season. Stone fruits contain compounds that may help prevent diabetes, heart disease

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ANOTHER 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. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on how to avoid being a

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AUDITIONS MONDAY FOR “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 announces auditions for the highly anticipated return of the eleventh incarnation of their highly successful Halloween haunt. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the audition’s details… Director Cyrus Short has auditions planned for “Resurgence,” this year’s Halloween haunted house. Adventurous souls will explore a haunted mansion that was unknowingly

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