MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST ACQUIRES AND TRANSFERS MORE PROPERTY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently acquired 50 acres that had been slated to be razed for development in Joshua Tree. The Joshua trees on the five parcels at Alta Loma and Alta Avenue had been marked with ribbons by the prior owners to mark them for removal. On Tuesday,

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YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION OFFERING BUS TRIP TO NIXON LIBRARY

A comfortable bus ride to a regional attraction is being offered to Yucca Valley residents. Reporter Edica Gonzales tells you how to be on the bus to the Nixon Library… The Town of Yucca Valley is sponsoring a trip to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.

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2017 GRUBSTAKE DAYS RODEO QUEEN AND COURT SELECTED

The 2017 Grubstake Days Rodeo has announced the results of their Rodeo Queen contest. Miss Grubstake Days Rodeo Queen is Serernity Shiotani, 19. Serenity is a fifth-generation cattle rancher who wants to carry on the ranching tradition. Junior Miss Grubstake Days Rodeo Queen is Taylor Ramirez, 13. Taylor plays soccer,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HOLIDAY CLOSURES

Copper Mountain College will be closed Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20, for Presidents’ Day weekend. The College will resume its normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 21.

FREE FEDERAL FOOD S DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, February 17, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

MARDI GRAS DINNER AND DANCE PARTY SATURDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Get out your beads, feathers, and masks for a Mardi Gras dinner and dance party sponsored by the Yucca Valley Senior Club. Managing editor Tami Roleff has all the details… The Yucca Valley Senior Club and the Town of Yucca Valley will host a Mardi Gras-themed dinner and dance event

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL WINS FIRST ROUND CIF GAME

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team defeated the visiting Alhambra Moors in the first round of the CIF division 3A playoffs last night with an 83-60 score. Coach TJ Stanford said D’Shaun Barrett had 23 points and 10 assists. Abraham Bell had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brother

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Thursday night, accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Derrick Lute-Rosario, 23, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 73300 block of 29 Palms Highway about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night when Lute-Rosario grabbed the woman and began to

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION SORTS OUT NATIVE PLANT INVENTORY

Huge discrepancies in numbers of Joshua trees and Mojave yuccas in just six years at the Sage Estates housing development in Yucca Valley led the Yucca Valley Town Council to order a third inventory of native plants. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the planning commission received the results last night,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS, WANTS PRIMARY PUMP BACK IN OPERATION

The Joshua Basin Water District meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda… Tonight’s regular session convenes at 6:30 p.m. On the agenda is a staff recommendation that the district award rehab of Well 14 to Tri-County Pump for approximately $160,000. Well 14 is the district’s primary

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday night, accused of selling methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies contacted William Bagley, 47 in the 6500 block of Cholla Avenue, and determined that he had in possession methamphetamine, a digital scale. The report also states that Bagley admitted to selling a

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WE REVIEW “EXIT LAUGHING” AT GROVE’S THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley opened the comedy “Exit Laughing” by Paul Elliott last weekend, helmed by veteran director Wendy Cohen. The show opens with a group of gal pals gathered after a memorial service with the stolen ashes of their deceased friend. Reporter Rebecca Havely says, the

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HUNGRY BURGLAR STEALS A SNACK IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley burglar must have been hungry Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owners of Sue’s Health Foods, in the 56800 block of 29 Palms Highway of Yucca Valley, discovered about 5 a.m. Monday that an unknown suspect forced open the store’s front doors, went inside and

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HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETS, $783,000 BUDGET ADJUSTMENT ON AGENDA

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Among items of interest is a major budget adjustment. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… At tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s board of directors, the first action item is to discuss changing the meeting time from

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DINNER, AUCTION, AND A SHOW AT YUCCA VALLEY UNITED METHODIST SATURDAY

The United Methodist Church of Yucca Valley and Boy Scout Pack 903 will hold a spaghetti dinner, variety show, and silent auction Saturday, February 18. The dinner includes pasta (including gluten-free pasta) with sauce (with or without meat), garlic bread, salad, and beverage. Dessert is an additional dollar. Doors open

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REACH OUT PARADE OF HOMES THIS SUNDAY

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s annual Parade of Homes happens this Sunday, February 19. Six homes have been selected for the showcase. The annual fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars to support services for area senior and disabled residents. The homes on the tour are selected for their artistic, historic, or

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CALTRANS LAYS OUT ITS PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, representatives from Caltrans floated the idea of instituting a pilot program aimed at more safely moving vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists through the Joshua Tree downtown business district. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… Last night’s agenda noted

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY FLASHED A GUN AT WALMART

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Sunday morning after customers and employees reported that he was flashing a gun in Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the store about 12:20 a.m. for a report of a man who lifted his shirt, showing a black gun

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING HIS CHILD WITH A BELT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of hitting his child with a belt. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was at Joshua Tree Elementary School on an unrelated call when the deputy was asked to look at the child, whose shoulders and buttocks had bruises. The child

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, WE HAVE A REPORT

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night and dealt with a smorgasbord of issues ranging from demolishing a house to building a pool. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this story… The owner of a fire-damaged house on the 74000 block of Serrano Drive has 45 days to

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