YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

CHP investigators arrested a Yucca Valley man after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on North Indian Canyon Drive Saturday night. The California Highway Patrol said Michael Bettasso, 39, was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, north of Dillon Road, at about 7:30 p.m.; 63-year-old Richard

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley woman was involved in a fatal crash in Desert Hot Springs Friday afternoon. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, the 53-year-old woman, who was not identified by the police, was driving eastbound in the 64600 block of Dillon Road in a 2016 Kia Sorrento just after

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL THIS WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling and partying during the Fourth of July holiday, which means law enforcement will also be out in force. The Desert Hot Springs police will be conducting a maximum enforcement period during the holiday weekend. All available officers will be out on the roads

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN NAMED INTERIM DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY MANAGER

The City Manager of nearby Desert Hot Springs announced his resignation Wednesday, effective July 21. A name familiar to Morongo Basin residents, Dale Mondary, a Yucca Valley resident and former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s captain, currently that city’s police chief, was appointed interim city manager. Martin Magana had been Desert Hot

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STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

During an investigation of a rash of residential burglaries, the Desert Hot Springs Police Department served search warrants at several locations in the city Monday and recovered multiple stolen items. However, investigators have not been able to identify the owners of a few items: a Tommy Hilfiger watch, a silver

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA FORUM TONIGHT IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Since Desert Hot Springs approved the cultivation of medical marijuana in 2014, city planners expect more than 46 acres of medical marijuana to be cultivated in coming years. Taxes on the cultivation and sales of medical marijuana are expected to more than double the city’s $15 million budget. A free

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COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER PLANNED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs—including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday. The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert. The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert

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COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER PLANNED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs—including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday. The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert. The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS APPROVES FIFTH MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION

Nearby Desert Hot Springs, missing industry, jobs and tax revenue, welcomed the announcement that CalCann Holdings plans to build a greenhouse to grow 6,000 pounds of organic medical cannabis each year. The pot will go to the company’s own Orange County dispensaries and others under a new state licensing system.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS ARSON

Sheriff’s officials have released the name of the man arrested in connection with an arson in Twentynine Palms last week. On Tuesday, December 29, about 3:45 a.m., firefighters and deputies were called to a home in the 74900 block of Alta Loma Drive for a fire that destroyed a boat

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ONE ARRESTED, 1 SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY ATTEMPTED MURDER

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about what is now being called an attempted murder shooting during a burglary in Yucca Valley last week. Investigators say a man–whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Department, was walking past a residence in the 5900 block of Avalon Avenue about

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JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—falls this year in the middle of September. Reporter Dan Stork urges Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin to reserve their places at the High Holy Day services offered by the Jewish Federation… Religious services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and for Yom Kippur,

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN RUGGED DESERT HOT SPRINGS WASH

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE

The Tri-Valley Little League Yucca Red All-Star team for 7- and 8-year-olds won the District 58 Tournament Championship in Desert Hot Springs last week. In the double-elimination tournament, Tri-Valley’s Yucca Red faced off against the Twentynine Palms Dirt Devils for the third time in the final battle to determine the

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MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN NAMED DESERT HOT SPRINGS CHIEF

The captain of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station will be leaving to become chief of police of the Desert Hot Springs police department. Dale Mondary, who has been with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, said his last day with the Sheriff’s Department will be June 12.

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a police chase from Morongo Valley to Desert Hot Springs. Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost said deputies responded to a family dispute in the 8700 block of Ramona Trail in Morongo Valley about 3 a.m. As deputies arrived, Catherine Engebretson, 38,

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PASSOVER SEDER IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Again this year, a public Passover Seder is being offered to Jewish residents of the area. Reporter Dan Stork tells how to reserve a spot at the table… Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs— including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s

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MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY WITH STOLEN CAR

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested in Yucca Valley yesterday, after he was found with a stolen car. According to a sheriff’s report, a man called the Sheriff’s Department about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning to report that he saw his car—which had been stolen in Desert Hot Springs—in the

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MARINE HUMVEE FIRE BLOCKS MORONGO GRADE

A military vehicle in a convoy on its way to the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms caught on fire yesterday afternoon, shutting down the Morongo Grade for about half an hour. According to the CHP, the last Humvee in the convoy caught on fire about 3:10 yesterday about a quarter

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BODY FOUND WEST OF YUCCA VALLEY

Hikers reported finding a man’s dead body in the mountains west of Yucca Valley near Desert Hot Springs, sheriff’s officials say. A 911 caller told dispatchers of their find at 10:32 a.m. Sunday, roughly seven miles east of Desert Hot Springs in the mountains north of Dillon and Aqueduct Roads.

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