SCHOOL BOARD GETS NO PUBLIC INPUT ON CHANGING TO DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

Updated 12-7-17 6:30 p.m. to clarify the attorney’s fees.

Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met last night in a special meeting that was the first of two public hearings about the at-large versus district elections. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in… A handful of residents showed up for

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TWO AREA NATIONAL MONUMENTS ESCAPE CUTS, ONE MAY SEE A USE CHANGE

Two national monuments in our immediate area look to be safe from changes from Washington D.C., but one faces a use change. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t recommending any changes to Sand to Snow or Mojave Trails, two national monuments in our California desert that were established by then-President Obama.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

A full agenda awaits the Joshua Basin Water District’s governing board when they meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect… Among the first items of business, the board will consider the appointment of Joshua Tree merchant and tattoo artist, Gayle Austin, to the Citizens

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FELON FOUND WITH A GUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted felon was arrested Monday following a probation compliance check in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to a business in the 4800 block of Adobe Road to perform a probation compliance check on Matthew Sins, 24. As the deputy arrived, Sins walked into a

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HI-DESERT CHORUS WINTER CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

Come listen to the sounds of the season this weekend with the Hi-Desert Chorus. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… The Hi-Desert Chorus is again presenting its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert. The choral concert is scheduled for two performances this weekend at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December

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DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TODAY

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus tomorrow and the first and third Thursday of each month. Veterans who need assistance to file benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs are urged to stop at the Office of Student services

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT TOMORROW

Twentynine Palms High School will be presenting its annual holiday concert on Thursday, December 7. Andrew Dieleman has the details… Twentynine Palms High School has announced its annual holiday concert. The concert will feature performances by the high school band, Concert Choir, and Select Choir. The event will take place

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL GOES TO 11-2

The Copper Mountain Men’s Basketball team is ranked seventh in the state and improved to 11-2 on the year as they won last night 81-78 in the opening round of the 80th Annual Modesto Junior college Tournament against 12th ranked Yuba College. The Fighting Cacti will face the winner of

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, WRESTLING PULLS OUT A CLOSE WIN

Yucca Valley High School wrestlers won a close match against Cathedral City, breaking the tie of 36 to 36 yesterday. Coach Larry Giron said the tie was broken with pins from Timothy Harris, Malaky Chiu, Browdie Williams and Onkar Sandhu. Browdie had the fastest pin of the night in 26

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SHERIFF’S SWAT TEAM CALLED TO TWENTYNINE PALMS STAND-OFF MONDAY

The Sheriff’s Department sent in a SWAT team Monday following a report of a man who barricaded himself inside his home after stabbing a woman in the hand. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were sent to a home in the 6500 block of Oasis Avenue in Twentynine Palms about

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COLORADO FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN LANDERS

A Colorado fugitive and documented gang member was arrested in Landers Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies from the Yucca Valley Multiple Enforcement Team went to the 59000 block of Jana Lane in Landers about 10:30 a.m. with an arrest warrant for Larry Camfield. Camfield is a fugitive out

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a small vegetation fire alongside Yucca Mesa Road early Tuesday morning. County Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called about 7 a.m. to two 5-foot-by-5-foot fires near Security and Yucca Mesa Road. The cause was determined to be an open flame, but it’s not

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THREE CARS CATCH ON FIRE FROM EXPLODING PROPANE HEATER

An exploding propane heater started three vehicles on fire Friday night in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, a caller said he was camping on BLM land near Sunfair Road off the highway when he heard a loud explosion just before 10 p.m. He said he could see a

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COUPLE KILLED IN LANDERS CRASH FRIDAY IDENTIFIED

The two people killed in a head-on collision in Landers Friday evening have been identified. Krüe Karnbach, 22 from Johnson Valley and his 19-year-old female passenger Natalie Craddock were pronounced deceased at the scene after the 5:30 pm crash. CHP investigators said Michael Daugherty, 24, of Big Bear, was driving

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EDISON EXPLAINS NEW TIME-OF-USE RATE PROGRAM

The way you pay for electric power is about to change. A Southern California Edison representative spoke about time-of-use plans at a meeting in Twentynine Palms Monday, sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and explains what time-of-use-plans are… Southern California Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Cusack explained

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THREE ARRESTS MADE IN WONDER VALLEY BURGLARY

Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Saturday, accused of burglary. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Z. Carlos was called to the 6600 block of Godwin Road in Wonder Valley about 8:40 to investigate a burglary in progress. When he arrived he discovered Denise Singer, 32, Don Howard III, 48,

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A STATE OF THE TOWN ADDRESS AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council will begin with a State of the Town address by Mayor Merl Abel, followed by recognition of California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Eric Robles, who is retiring after 29 years of service. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the rest of the agenda…

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SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC HEARING ON AT LARGE VS. DISTRICT ELECTIONS TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education holds a special public hearing tonight for input on transitioning from at-large to district-based elections. The school district is one of several local government entities threatened recently with legal action should they continue holding at-large elections, which some deem as a violation

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CHAD MAYES STAFF HOLDS YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, December 6. Staff representatives will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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TREE LIGHTING AND LIGHT PARADE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

Back by popular demand, the 20th annual winter light parade in Twentynine Palms is tonight. Reporter Eric Knabe has the festive details.. Come and have a fun evening beginning at 5 p.m. with cookies and cocoa. At 5:30 the festivities start with a welcome by the mayor, followed by Christmas

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