YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL HONORS LAW ENFORCEMENT, GETS GOOD NEWS ABOUT CRIME

Prior to the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting, council members, and planning and parks commissioners, led by Mayor Merl Abel, dedicated the newly remodeled Sheriff’s substation and a “blue line of support” that had been painted on the road leading to the substation. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling said those who

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CONTROVERSIAL HOUSING PROJECT ON S.R. 62 AT MISSION CREEK KILLED

A controversial proposed housing project on State Route 62 near the Mission Creek Preserve and newly designated Sand to Snow Monument was killed, thanks to a procedural quirk. The Desert Hot Springs City Council voted 2-2 Tuesday to uphold a planning commission decision to deny a three-year extension of the

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COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO BE CHALLENGED IN THE NEXT ELECTION

A 17-year senior prosecutor in the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office is challenging his boss’s re-election bid in 2018. John Thomas announced his campaign for district attorney Monday, March 20. He will run against District Attorney Mike Ramos, who has served as the county’s top prosecutor for 15 years.

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FAKE BOMB SCARE IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fake bomb that was left in front of a Yucca Valley business Monday. About 6 p.m., deputies were called to JT Cross Fit, in the 58900 block of Business Center Drive for a suspicious gray box that had what appeared to be homemade pipe bombs

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MISSING MICHIGAN BOY BELIEVED TO BE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Just over a year ago, 16-year-old Cody Page went missing from Saginaw, Michigan. He was last seen on March 15, 2016. He is believed to be in the area of Twentynine Palms. Cody is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has light

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO SMALL FIRES MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause

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PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A single-engine, experimental plane made an emergency landing in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday. According to a Park spokesman, the plane landed on Pinto Basin Road, close to Smoketree Wash, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries or damages to the plane. Park employees contacted the Federal Aviation

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO HEAR A PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says an annual report on public safety in the Town will dominate the meeting… Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling will present his annual public safety report to the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting tonight. The

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TWO FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN OVER WEEKEND; ONE DOG KILLED

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy with two house fires over the weekend, including one in which a dog was killed. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, Yucca Valley Fire Station 41, assisted by firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, and CalFire, were called just after 2 p.m. Sunday

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YUCCA VALLEY LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY TOMORROW

Tomorrow has been designated as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by the Yucca Valley Town Council. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a reception will be held after a ribbon cutting and unveiling of a blue line of support… The Town of Yucca Valley will show its support for local law enforcement

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HIGHWAY 62 ROAD WORK AND LANE CLOSURES THIS WEEK EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Road work and lane closures will continue this week on State Route 62 east of Twentynine Palms The Caltrans maintenance crews will continue crack sealing the pavement on State Route 62 between Vidal Junction and Earp today Monday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 22. They will be crack sealing a

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NATIONAL PARKS FACING BACKLOGS ON MAINTENANCE MAY HAVE TO RESTRICT ACCESS

The nation’s national park system is facing unprecedented use and unprecedented costs. Reporter David Haldane explains… A record number of visitors are enjoying America’s national parks, including the one in Joshua Tree. That’s both a blessing and a curse, park advocates say: with a $12 billion backlog in needed maintenance

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LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION CLASSES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Registrations are currently underway for the City of Twentynine Palms lifeguard certification course. This course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for health emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take

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ROAD WORK ON HIGHWAY 62 MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

Maintenance crews from the California Department of Transportation will continue crack sealing the pavement on Highway 62 near the Arizona border, from between Vidal Junction and Earp Monday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 22. Crews will be working on a seven-mile segment in the proximity of Rio Mesa Drive (post

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet Monday, March 20. If you own property, or live in Flamingo Heights, Landers, Yucca Mesa, or Johnson Valley, you can find out about any updates on a variety of issues that were discussed at the last meeting by County Supervisor James Ramos. Representatives

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PAINT NIGHT AT YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

A Yucca Valley church will hold a paint night for artists and wanna-be artists of all ages. Reporter Kirby Davis gets out her paint brushes… Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s youth group will hold a paint night Thursday, March 30, for painters and wanna-be artists of all ages. Canvases, paints, and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS UNITED METHODIST OBSERVE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SUNDAY

The United Methodist Women of Twentynine Palms will observe Women’s History Month this Sunday, March 19. In celebration of local women, guest speaker, historian and author Pat Rimmington will present a talk on “Pioneering Women of the Desert.” Rimmington volunteered to transcribe oral interviews of the homesteaders, cowboys, and miners

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO EXPAND COTTONWOOD VISITOR CENTER

The Joshua Tree National Park has a visitor center expansion planned. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the details… Joshua Tree National Park will be expanding the Cottonwood Visitor Center on the southern border of the park. The current visitor center is a 20-year-old double-wide trailer that can no longer meet the

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FATAL CRASH FRIDAY IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

One person is dead following a two-car crash in Desert Hot Springs early Friday morning. According to Desert Hot Springs police, just before 5:15 a.m., two cars collided on Palm Drive, just south of Camino Campanero. Both vehicles were badly damaged in the collision. Firefighters had to use the Jaws

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, EXHIBIT OPENS TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum has a new exhibit. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a new exhibit at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum that showcases artwork made from recycled or reused materials. It’s goal is to make people think about a throw-away society by sharing the

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