67TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAYS UNDERWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The 67th annual Yucca Valley Grubstake Days celebration kicked off last night with a mixer at the Elks Lodge. Events through May 29 include a golf tournament, parade, carnival, rodeo, pancake breakfast, Pony Express rider, and 5K and 10K run, and 2K walk. Saturday, May 27, enjoy a pancake breakfast

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES PLANNED IN AREA COMMUNITIES

Three Memorial Day ceremonies will be held locally Monday, May 30. The Twentynine Palms cemetery, at 5350 Encelia Avenue, will hold its annual ceremony in the rose garden, starting at 9 a.m. Major General William Mullen of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will be the guest speaker.

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MARINES, DEPUTIES LOCATE ARIZONA WOMAN MISSING FOR A DAY IN DESERT

Marines and Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies helped rescue an Arizona woman Wednesday who had been missing in the desert for at least a day. According to a Sheriff’s report, Johnnie Savage, 57, left her home in Chloride about 1:30 p.m. Monday, to go rock hunting near Ludlow. When she did

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

UPDATE Saturday, May 27, 2017

The 4-month-old dog appeared to have received serious injuries from the beating; Animal Control officers took the dog to a local shelter.

 

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of kicking and beating his dog. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness saw

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JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS WELCOME PARTY SATURDAY

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency will hold an artist welcome party this Saturday night. With your invitation, here’s Rebecca Havely…

Come help welcome the new artist in residence at the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, at an Artist Welcome Party 2017. This Saturday, May 27, from 5 to 8

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BRITISH APPAREL MARKETING TEAM CRITICIZED FOR ILLEGAL NATIONAL PARK ABUSE

A group of young men who travel the world and film themselves doing stunts to promote a British clothing brand recently released a video of themselves breaking several laws in Joshua Tree National Park. The group of nine men can be seen running up and launching themselves off a Joshua

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VACANT HOUSE BURNS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS…AGAIN

A vacant house caught fire in Twentynine Palms Wednesday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Bobby Cox, the house in the 6400 block of Yucca Avenue had burned before and was uninhabitable, and all utilities had been turned off. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and the

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BEWARE THE “YES” SCAM

A good reason not to answer calls from unknown numbers is because of a fraud, like the “Say ‘yes’” scam. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… News reports warn the of the “Say Yes” scam. A scammer will call and ask a question to attempt to get the victim to say

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YUCCA VALLEY MEN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND DRUG POSSESSION

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Tuesday, accusing of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 57300 block of Warren Way about 1:30 a.m. A woman told deputies she and Nekoda Pardee, 20, had an argument that turned physical. The deputy saw

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SIGN UP FOR THE THEATRE 29 SUMMER YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM

Applications are now available for the Theatre 29 summer youth theater program. The program will run Monday through Friday from June 26 through July 27. Juniors (ages 7 to 11) meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and seniors (ages 12 to 17) meet from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Generous grants

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FIRE DESTROYS A JOSHUA TREE HOME

A home in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms is a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon, and smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and Joshua Tree were called to the home of Joanie Johnson and

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION DENIES RECONSIDERATION OF MARIJUANA BAN

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission made a few tweaks to the short-term vacation rental ordinance, changing quiet time hours to 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.; requiring (removable) signs with 24-hour contact information; and requiring a minimum age of 21 for renters of short-term rentals. The ordinance will now go to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS NEW TOURISM DISTRICT HAS SOME BUSINESSES CRYING FOUL

Twentynine Palms is implementing a new measure to increase tourism over the objections of some local business owners who are crying foul. Reporter David Haldane attended last night’s City Council meeting and filed this report… Hoteliers of Twentynine Palms, get out your wallets! That was the main takeaway from last

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LOCAL DESERT DEFENDERS DISAPPOINTED IN PROPOSED PARK SERVICE BUDGET

Local desert lands supporters are “disappointed and troubled” at the new fiscal year 2018 figures for the National Park Service included in the latest budget proposal. President Trump proposed a $2.55 billion budget for the National Park Service, including funding increases for Administration priorities like deferred maintenance. The administration says

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CHP OFFERS START SMART CLASSES FOR NEW DRIVERS

The California Highway Patrol Morongo Basin is hosting a Start Smart driving awareness class for newly licensed drivers. Reporter Eric Knabe has the class details… Start Smart is designed to provide teens and their parents with an interactive, safe driving awareness class. This class is one and a half to

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ARMED ROBBERY AT PAYLESS SHOES IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Payless Shoe Store in Yucca Valley. About 6:30 p.m. Monday, the suspect entered the store in the 57900 block of 29 Palms Highway, lifted his shirt to show a gun, and demanded the store clerk give him cash from the

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BIG RIG CRASH SNARLS THE MORONGO GRADE

Traffic was snarled on the Morongo Grade for most of Monday due to a big rig that crashed through the guardrail. The truck was hauling two tanks with about 40,000 pounds of soda ash used to make glass when a front tire blew out about noon yesterday. The blow out

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FIRE AT THE LANDERS COUNTY LANDFILL LAST NIGHT

Firefighters spent Monday evening battling a fire at the county landfill in Landers. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said the call came in about 6 p.m. and Yucca Mesa firefighters arrived at the dump to find refuse about 100 feet by 100 feet on fire. Firefighters called in a

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION: REVISIT MARIJUANA BAN, SHORT TERM RENTALS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meet tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says they will discuss whether to revisit their marijuana ban after getting incorrect information. They will also hold a public hearing on short-term vacation rentals… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, commissioners will once again hold

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL: TOURISM DISTRICT, $3.5 MILLION LAW FOR ENFORCEMENT

The Twentynine Palms City Council wants to promote tourism in the city. Listen up, because you could be paying for it. Reporter David Haldane has the story… If you own a hotel or rent your house to vacationers in Twentynine Palms, you might want to pay attention to tonight’s City

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