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ANOTHER BRIEF COURT APPEARANCE FOR JOSHUA TREE COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD CRUELTY

The Joshua Tree couple who were arrested in February after they and their three children were found living in a wooden structure on their property, were in court this morning. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there and files this report…

Several protesters gathered outside the Joshua Tree court house in support of Daniel...
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MISSING HIKER FOUND ALIVE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 76-year-old hiker, who had been missing in Joshua Tree National Park since Saturday, was found alive about 11 a.m. Tuesday by searchers. David Sewell, who is legally blind, had gone to the park to go hiking in Johnny Lang Canyon Saturday. He parked his car in the...
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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW DISTRICT VOTING MAP

The Yucca Valley Town Council held a special meeting last night at which it discussed adopting a new district map for the November election. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council heard from an attorney who specializes in the Voting Rights Act who soothed any fears the council may have...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $3.7 MILLION SHERIFF’S CONTRACT

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night dealt with the battle of needing funding for several projects. Reporter Tanisha Cureton speaks on how these funds were approved and how they were distributed…
The Twentynine Palms City Council approved 5-to-0 the $3.7 million Sherriff’s contract. Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Lt. Mike...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DEPUTY AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday following an attempted traffic stop in which he allegedly assaulted a deputy. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy tried to stop a yellow Ford Mustang just before 6 p.m. near Highway 62 and Mojave Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The driver, subsequently identified as Dennis Moralez, 44,...
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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CALLS SPECIAL MEETING THIS MORNING

It looks to be a busy morning for the board and top management at the Joshua Basin Water District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s up…
The governing board for the Joshua Basin Water District will hold a special meeting today at 11 a.m. The lone item on this morning’s...
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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors will meet tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in some of the items on the board’s agenda…
Among the items on tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will be asked to approve stucco work on the administration...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT TO DISCUSS CERTIFICATES, GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

The Twentynine Palms Water District will hold its regular monthly board meeting tonight. Reporter Andrew Dieleman tells us what to expect…

Items of interest for this week’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District board of directors include a presentation on the special district governance certificate as well as discussion on...
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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (April 26) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the board of directors will be asked to approve the purchase of six Class C and four Class E vehicles. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.

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GERTIE THE RV ARRIVES AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Humane Society no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree received a special donation yesterday—a 30-foot RV, nicknamed “Gertie.” Gertie was donated to the shelter by Palm Springs community activist Shann Carr, who posted videos of its trip from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree live on Facebook. Gertie was...
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8TH ANNUAL DESERT-WISE LANDSCAPING TOUR THIS WEEKEND

Drought-tolerant landscaping and energy efficient homes are the focus of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s eighth annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation.…
The Desert-Wise Landscape Tour has become a de facto right of Spring. The popular, self-guided tour spotlights two dozen unique properties. Saturday, April 28,...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats tennis team will host Desert Hot Springs at home. The match begins at 3:15 p.m. 

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan boys’ tennis team will host Rancho Mirage at home. The match begins at 3:15 p.m.

Finally, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan swim team...
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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR ELDERLY HIKER MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Search efforts continue for a second day to locate a legally blind senior citizen who went missing this weekend while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Park officials said David Sewell, 76, of Joshua Tree, left a note in his car indicating that he was departing “For...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

On the consent agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, the council will be asked to approve more funds for the traffic light at Lear Avenue. On the action agenda, the council will be asked to approve a $3.7 million contract with the county Sheriff’s Department for fiscal...
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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council will take the final step tonight in selecting a map for electoral districts in the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…
A final public hearing will be held on district maps at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council. Members of the public...
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THREE INJURED IN CRASH MONDAY AT LEAR AVENUE AND HIGHWAY

We have limited information about a two-vehicle crash in Twentynine Palms Monday afternoon. About 3 p.m.,a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 62 attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Lear Avenue, and turned into a second vehicle, traveling westbound on the highway. Two patients from the westbound vehicle suffered moderate injuries...
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NEIGHBORHOOD ARGUMENT ESCALATES INTO ASSAULT WITH A BARBEQUE GRILL

An argument between neighbors escalated Sunday until one was arrested for hitting the other in the head with the lid to a barbecue grill. According to a Sheriff’s report, Brandon Pettis, 33, was arguing with a neighbor in the 6400 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms about noon. The victim told deputies...
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YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY STOPPED BY SHARP-EYED NEIGHBOR

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Saturday after a sharp-eyed neighbor noticed a man going back and forth into a house where he didn’t belong. According to a Sheriff’s report, the neighbor called deputies just after 4 p.m. Saturday to report he saw a man allegedly burglarizing a home in the 7400 block of Del...
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THIRD ANNUAL PARK TO PARK RIDE BICYCLE EVENT THIS SATURDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Morongo Basin Active Transportation Plan team will host the third annual Park-2-Park Bike Ride on Saturday, April 28. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with his safety gear on and bicycle ready…
The Park-2-Park bike ride represents a partnership effort among the City of Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park. and...
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AN ARREST AFTER A MAN TRIES TO SELL A STOLEN TRAILER TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER

An Arizona man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly tried to sell a stolen trailer back to the owner. According to a Sheriff’s report, the trailer’s owner saw her trailer parked on a corner at Sunburst Avenue and Highway 62 in Joshua Tree and listed as being for sale. The owner called...
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