YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday after deputies determined he was an out-of-compliance sex offender. Deputies contacted Justin Howe, 28, at the Food 4 Less grocery store about 1:45 p.m. After an investigation, Justin Howe was arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender every 30

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BOOK SIGNING AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

A Yucca Valley author will hold a book signing Sunday, September 17, at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley. Yasmine Anne Fernandez will sign copies of her book, “Moonlight ’pon the Wire: A True Circle about Coming Full Circle” from 1 to 3 p.m. The story follows a young girl from

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FRIDAY’S FUGITIVE FINALLY FINGERED

A sharp-eyed deputy arrested 24-year-old Autumn Harris on Wednesday. Harris caught the deputy’s attention as she walked down the middle of Apache Trail near Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley. The officer recognized Harris from a recent “Fugitive Friday” poster at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station. When the officer attempted

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GETTING BLEACHERS AND FIRE INSTRUCTORS

Almost a quarter of the way into the fall semester, The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees had a full day yesterday. Reporter Eric Knabe was at the meeting and fills us in…

The college board toured the Student Success Center. The much-needed space is coming along well. During the

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POLE POINTS TO STOLEN POWER

A Landers man was arrested Wednesday for suspected utilities theft. According to the Sheriff Department, John Allen, 38, was arrested at his residence in the 600 block of North Giant Rock Road in Landers after a neighbor noticed a cord hanging from a utility pole on the property. The neighbor

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPOSITION OPENS TOMORROW

The fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo starts Saturday morning with an art fair on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, and an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…

The fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT CONTESTANTS MEET MONDAY

Attention high school junior girls in Yucca Valley as well the unincorporated areas of Morongo Valley, Yucca Mesa, Landers, and Joshua Tree. The Miss Yucca Valley scholarship orientation is this Monday at 6 p.m. at Joshua Springs school in room f-5. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Applications are

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER TWO STUDENTS CONSUME POT BROWNIES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, after two middle school students were found to be under the influence of pot brownies. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to La Contenta Middle School about 9:21 a.m. by the principal after school staff noticed that two students were exhibiting

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO LOOK INTO BUYING WATER FROM OLD WOMAN SPRINGS RANCH

The Hi-Desert Water District, which currently buys its water from Mojave Water Agency, is always looking for new sources of water. Managing editor Tami Roleff says last night, the board agreed to look into buying some water from a new source… The Hi-Desert Water District said it was approached by

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REGISTER BY TODAY FOR A YUCCA VALLEY SEWER TOUR

The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold its quarterly meeting at the Hi-Desert Water District’s office in Yucca Valley Thursday, September 21. The board will receive an update on the status of the sewer project. The water district will also provide a free tour of its

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TAKES STEPS TO ASSURE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY

In response to a recent complaint to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health or OSHA, the Morongo Valley Community Services District hired a safety consultant to evaluate conditions at the fire station. In its report, the consultant acknowledged several areas where improvements are warranted, none, however, were considered

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THREE SMALL EARTHQUAKES RATTLE JOSHUA TREE AND EL CENTRO YESTERDAY

Three small earthquakes occurred in our region Wednesday afternoon, with the U.S. Geological Survey recording 3.3 in Joshua Tree and a 3.5 and a 2.6 in the Imperial Valley. The first, a 3.3 magnitude trembler in Joshua Tree, occurred at 2:59 p.m. at a depth of 2.4 miles, and two

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MORONGO BASIN ICON, MARA CANTELO, DIES OF NATURAL CAUSES

A Morongo Basin icon, Mara Cantelo, founder and driving force behind the annual Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, events, has passed away. Cantelo, who suffered multiple illnesses, passed away of natural causes at her home, she was 64. A caregiver reported that she had not been heard from since Friday September

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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW TEACHERS CONTRACT

Eureka! That pretty much describes the mood among those in the know at last night’s school board meeting. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains… To the casual observer, it looked completely routine; without a word of discussion, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education last night unanimously approved

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A SPATE OF BURGLARY AND VANDALISM IN YUCCA VALLEY

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday investigating at least four commercial burglaries and vandalism. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called to the 56400 block of 29 Palms Highway about 8 a.m. where an unknown suspect broke through a back door and stole the cash register and cash, along

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SUSPECTED IN MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday in connection with multiple burglaries. According to a Sheriff’s report, detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation for several Yucca Valley burglaries and identified Thomas Brown, 37, as a suspect. When deputies located Brown in the 2900 block of Star Lane, he resisted arrest,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR OSHA-REQUIRED FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY REPORT

A month ago to the day, the Morongo Valley Community Services District received notice from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health that a complaint had been filed. The complaint alleged hazardous and unhealthy work conditions at Morongo Valley’s Fire Station. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from

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MBA PARAMEDIC SUSPECTED OF USING FENTANYL

A paramedic was terminated Monday after he tested positive on a drug test for Fentanyl. Two weeks ago, the operations supervisor of Morongo Basin Ambulance in Joshua Tree realized that sometime between August 11 and August 26, 39 vials of Fentanyl had been used, an unusually high number for such

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AUSTRIAN WOMAN RESCUED MONDAY AT AMBOY CRATER

An Austrian woman was rescued out at Amboy Crater Monday morning after she injured her ankle while hiking with her husband. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle says the woman, who is in her 50s, was unable to hike back to the parking lot due to possibly breaking her ankle.

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FACING A LAWSUIT, TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL REDUCES SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

In a turnabout from the hysteria surrounding past discussion on repeal of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code 11.32, the City Council last night held their noses and voted 5-0 to do away with the local law which forbids registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or day

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