BIG RIG HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT THROUGH YUCCA VALLEY; DRIVER ARRESTED NEAR WHITEWATER

A Victorville man driving a stolen tractor-trailer led Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers on a pursuit for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon, including through Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley. According to the trucking company, ACT enviro, the truck had been parked overnight in Barstow on its way to Nevada

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SUPERVISORS SIDESTEP DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT

Those expecting to see an end to the protracted standoff over the planned Alta Mira project in Joshua Tree will have to wait a little longer. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why… Following presentations from the developer, county planners, and community leaders who brought the appeal, the Board of Supervisors

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TWEAKS DOWNTOWN PLAN, MONITORS TOW TRUCKS

The Twentynine Palms City Council took care of business last night. First it referred the city’s Downtown Specific Plan to the planning commission for revisions aimed at encouraging economic development. At issue: making sure the plan allows for drive-throughs and an auto parts store. The Council also vowed to spend

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DON’T FALL FOR RENTAL SCAMS

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The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has received several reports of residents who have been the victims of fraud when trying to rent a home. The victims respond to an online ad, and send off a deposit and rent—usually by wiring money—Western Union, Moneygrams, or other untraceable payments. Sometimes the

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley is looking for Yucca Valley area high school girl juniors to participate in the annual 2017 Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. The applications with the policies and procedures are available at www.yvrotary.org or on the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant on Facebook. You can

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, (Wednesday, September 14), are notifications from the town of Yucca Valley; correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission; airport use agreements, and an update on the entry gate. Under new business, directors

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity volleyball team Monday beat Cathedral City 15-3. The team is now 2-1 in the preseason. Coach Cindy Miller said it was a great preseason for the girls and everyone has improved since the start of the season. She is looking forward to a

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: A CSEA ACCORD, WE CLARIFY NO TEACHERS AGREEMENT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees meets in regular session tonight. An agreement with non-teaching employees is expected. While Z107.7 News yesterday indicated a pending teacher’s agreement, reporter David Haldane clarifies that the negotiation process is still unsettled and ongoing… The Morongo Unified School District is set to

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED AFTER NEARLY HITTING BICYCLIST

A Landers man was arrested Friday after he nearly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Felix Hernandez, 57, was traveling northbound on Yucca Mesa Avenue about 12:45 p.m. when he nearly hit a bicyclist when passing. The report states Hernandez has a suspended driver’s license

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DISABLED VETERANS AIR RIFLE COMPETITION COMING UP: REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE

The 2nd Annual Disabled American Veterans Air Rifle Shooting competition is coming up October 8. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there is still plenty of time to sign up to be a contestant… The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans hosts the second annual Air Rifle Shooting Competition to

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The hard-working, dedicated members of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14. The team invites you to join them at Hwy 62 and Mountain View (north side). The caring volunteers will work from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. with coffee and conversation following at the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT: DOWNTOWN PLAN, TOW TRUCKS

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says downtown revitalization and tow trucks dominate the agenda… The Twentynine Palms City Council kicks off a fairly light agenda at its regular meeting tonight. First up: a discussion of the city’s Downtown Economic Revitalization Specific Plan,

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THREE CHAMBER MIXER THURSDAY TO UNVEIL THEATRE 29 2017 SEASON

Theatre 29 will join with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season this Thursday. The special free Tri-Chamber mixer is planned for Thursday, September 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at which the 7 productions for Theatre 29’s 2017 season will be

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SIGN UP FOR THE SHERIFF’S OFF-ROAD DESERT RUN

The annual “Desert Run” fund-raiser to support the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers is planned for September 30 through October 2. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign-up… It’s that time of year again when the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding its family-friendly, off-road fundraiser

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YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CLUB SINGALONG AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Senior Club will be doing a sing-along once a month, the second Wednesday of every month from 1:15 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tomorrow, sing along with Cat and enjoy an ice cream social. Join veteran pro keyboard wizard Cat Cohen as he turns his Casio synthesizer into

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MORONGO BASIN MAC WANTS JOSHUA TREE TO BE A “DARK SKY PARK”

It was all about dark skies at last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Mac. Reporter David Haldane says the designation is being sought for Joshua Tree National Park… Score one for the twinkling stars. They were the winners last night as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council voted in

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “STORIES OF WILLIE BOY” TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Historical Society presents the legacy of Willie Boy in their second Wednesday lecture series tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m., join the Morongo Basin Historical Society as they present “Stories of Willie Boy: A Lasting Desert Legacy.” Presented by Ruth

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THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S “TASTE OF MORONGO” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2016 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The big winners for the night were the Middle Eastern Restaurant, taking the Judges’ Choice and best international, and Papa’s Smokehouse, taking

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SUPERVISORS MAY DECIDE CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT TOMORROW

Nearly a decade in the making, tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino looks to be the final showdown in a battle between the people of Joshua Tree and developers of the planned Alta Mira gated housing project next to Friendly Hills Elementary School.

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