LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF THE YEAR HONORED

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony last night. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored Probation Officer Jairo Chamarro, Joshua Tree Court Services Deputy Scott Leach, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station Deputy Ryan Atherton, California Highway Patrol

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON SCHOOL SURPLUS PROPERTY, INCLUDING OLD JT EL, TODAY

The Morongo Unified School District’s Surplus Property Committee meets this morning to hear public input on acceptable uses of space and real property, including disposition of the old Joshua Tree Elementary School property on the 6000 block of Sunburst Avenue. The meeting gets underway at 10 a.m. this morning in

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Copper Mountain College will be closed Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, during Spring Break. The College will resume its normal operating hours on March 27.

FREE TEEN TECH HELP IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

If you are struggling with those new-fangled electronic devices, the Yucca Valley Youth Commission is ready give you a hand. Managing editor Tami Roleff says free teen tech help will be available tomorrow in Yucca Valley… Need help setting up your cell phone, tablet or other electronic device? Want to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SWIM TEAMS EARN THIRD WIN OF SEASON

In a last-minute change of venue, the Twentynine Palms High School Swim Team hosted Desert Mirage High School at home Wednesday. Both Wildcat teams overwhelmed the Rams: 127 to 31 for the boys, and 137 to 13 for the girls. The teams are now 3-0 for the season. The next

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TODAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports today, the Joshua Springs baseball team will host Temecula Prep at home. First pitch is at 3:15.

INVESTIGATION OF A FAKE BOMB LEFT IN YUCCA VALLEY IS ONGOING

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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EXPERIMENTAL 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 Park spokesman George Land, 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

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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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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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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER LOOKS AT A “SMART” PLAN

At tonight’s water board meeting in Twentynine Palms, directors will look at water availability assessments and grapple with what they’re calling a SMART plan. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is expected to review—and likely leave unchanged—the current water availability

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DAV SERVICE OFFICER AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The Disabled American Veterans organization has teamed up with Copper Mountain College to offer DAV services twice a month on the college campus. A DAV chapter service officer will be in the college’s student services office tomorrow and every first and third Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to

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ORGANIZERS CALL TWENTYNINE PALMS CAR SHOW A SUCCESS; WINNERS NAMED

Organizers are calling the 17th annual Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Car Show and Street Fair held Saturday, March 18, a success, with close to 6,000 spectators attending. The event featured a mix of classic and late-model cars and trucks, and some special features. The event also included the ASYMCA

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A CALL FOR ART FROM THE TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITOR CENTER

Attention Morongo Basin artists, the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center Art Gallery is calling for art for their spring show. Reporter Edica Gonzales has details… “Spring Renewal” is the theme for the Art in Public Places exhibition at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Gallery. Desert artists are invited to submit an

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MBTA BOARD MEETS, AGENCY GETS HIGHEST SAFETY RATING

At Thursday’s (March 23) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will hold a public hearing on a grant request of more than $855,000 to purchase five vehicles. Directors will also hear a presentation on the transportation reimbursement escort program. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA

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FREE TENNIS LESSONS OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A special cooperative program will provide free tennis lessons in Yucca Valley. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how to sign up… The Morongo Basin Tennis Association will offer lessons for adults, beginning April 1. The first four lessons are free and lessons for the next eight weeks are at low

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50 YOUTH BASKETBALL TEAMS COMING TO TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The City of Twentynine Palms will host the 59th Annual Youth Basketball Tournament this weekend. Twentynine Palms Recreation has organized 50 teams into seven different divisions, both boys and girls. Almost 80 games will be played over the course of the three days, in three different locations. Twentynine Palms High

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS, SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity tennis team hosted the Rams of Desert Mirage on Monday and came away with a 15 to 3 win. In singles, the Wildcats were led by Ben Pressnall and Nathan Thomas, who swept all three sets. In doubles, the Wildcats were led by

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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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