COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPOINT NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR

A director with 25 years of experience in meeting the social service and mental health needs of San Bernardino County residents, was appointed by the Board of Supervisors July 26 to lead the county’s Human Services. CaSonya Thomas, the director of the Department of Behavioral Health, will succeed Linda Haugan,

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT ADOPTS URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

Every five years, the state requires water districts with more than 3,000 customers to submit a water management plan. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors heard some good news about their plan… The Hi-Desert Water District, together with a consulting firm, prepared an Urban

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NEW MEDICAL CLINIC AT COMBAT CENTER

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Friday for a new medical clinic. The Adult Medical Care Clinic will deliver health care to active-duty service members at the Combat Center. The 45,000-square foot clinic cost $21 million to build and replaces a building that

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VENDORS NEEDS FOR INAUGURAL YUCCA MESA FALL FESTIVAL

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a new fundraiser this fall. Mesa Fest will include a chili cook-off, horseshoe competition, live music, craft fair, beer garden, children’s activities, and representatives from various public safety agencies. Artists and vendors are being sought for the event. Mesa Fest will be held

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SIGN UP NOW FOR MWA WATER ACADEMY CLASSES

The Mojave Water Agency is holding six water workshops, and those who attend all six classes will become water ambassadors for the region, and receive free gift cards. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us more… The Mojave Water Agency is hosting six ABCs of Water workshops, once monthly, on September

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR SWAP MEET

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a swap meet Saturday, August 6, starting at 8 a.m. Indoor and outdoor spaces, and tables are available for $10. Vendors can start setting up at 7 a.m. Swap meets are held the first and third Saturdays of each month.

REGGAE, CALYPSO AND SOCA AT YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW

It will be the popular island sounds of “UPSTREAM” tomorrow night at the Yucca Valley Summer Concert venue. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation to the free, family fun event… The fourth concert of the 22nd annual summer concert series, co-hosted by the town of Yucca Valley and Z107.7,

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STAR PARTY TONIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, July 30. The event begins at 9 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Volunteers will set up manual and battery-operated telescopes

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BURGLARS STEAL POOL EQUIPMENT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Evidently some burglars needed equipment for a pool party in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, burglars stole patio furniture from the pool area of the community center in the 5900 block of Desert Knoll Drive Wednesday night. The furniture is described as dark brown plastic wicker including a

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LOCAL INPUT SOUGHT ON FEDERAL SOLAR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS COMPETITION

Do you have a great idea about a community solar program or project? Your idea could win you cash and help from the government to bring that idea to life. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says input is sought on the SunShot initiative… The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is soliciting

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ANIMALS SEIZED FROM MORONGO VALLEY PROPERTY NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

In June, county animal control officers seized about 180 animals that were being housed on a property in Morongo Valley. Stephen Caro, who owned the Paws Rescue Ranch and most of the animals at 9333 Belle Vista Drive, describes the ranch as a sanctuary for senior, abandoned, abused, and neglected

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STEP INTO ART AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

Visit Paris and the Louvre, and other art museums at an art-themed Family Fun Day in Yucca Valley Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 3. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is hosting a free “Step into Art” day at the museum with a wide variety of arts and crafts activities, as

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EXPECT MORE “SOUNDS OF FREEDOM” FROM THE MARINE BASE NEXT MONTH

Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms over the next month. The Marine Corps will be conducting two exercises: integrated training exercise and a large-scale exercise. These exercises are comprised of intensive training for 3,500 active duty and

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER THIS EVENING

Meet other professionals and community members at a summer mixer hosted by the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce. The mixer will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Art Queen complex, 61855 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. There will be live music, a silent auction, and a

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ODOR ADVISORY FOR SALTON SEA

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an odor advisory Thursday for the Salton Sea. The winds and humidity allow water from the bottom of the sea to rise, which releases hydrogen sulfide, which produces the rotten egg smell. Some people may feel ill from the smell, but the

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“FOREVER MARILYN” MAY BE RETURNING TO NEARBY PALM SPRINGS

The popular, “Forever Marilyn” statue may soon be back permanently in Palm Springs. P.S. Resorts is negotiating with a charitable foundation that donates to causes it believes will improve a community, to cover half the cost of relocating the blonde bombshell. The remainder of the cost would be covered through

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT SUSPECTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of suspected embezzlement at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Just five months after taking over as president of the chamber’s board of directors, the board filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department July 22, accusing Carey Alderson of using the chamber’s credit

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR BATTERY, WARRANT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of punching his girlfriend in the mouth. According to a Sheriff’s report, Erwin Boyd, 40, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 7300 block of Araby Avenue about 6 p.m. when she said he hit her in the mouth.

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BEARS SPOTTED IN COVINGTON PARK IN MORONGO VALLEY

A family of bears have been causing some concern at Covington Park in Morongo valley. Reporter Tami Roleff tells you what to do if you have a close encounter of the bear kind… A momma bear and at least one cub have been spotted in Covington Park in Morongo Valley.

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SPECTACULAR FIREBALL STREAKS THROUGH SKY LAST NIGHT

A fireball seen streaking slowly across the northern sky before breaking into two pieces and vanishing late Wednesday left residents throughout Southern California and beyond wondering what they had just witnessed. The unidentified object was seen, and in some cases, recorded on cell phones, in the Southland skies shortly after

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