BODY FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY LAST WEEK IDENTIFIED AS MISSING WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that the woman’s body found in the desert in Yucca Valley Tuesday, August 2, is that of a woman who was reported missing August 1. According to the initial Sheriff’s report, Glenna Reed, 48, was arguing with her boyfriend in his vehicle about 2:30 p.m.

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TEEN ARRESTED AFTER HITTING PREGNANT WOMAN WITH A SKATEBOARD

A teenager was arrested Saturday evening, accused of hitting a pregnant woman with his skateboard. According to a Sheriff’s report, the teen, who was not identified due to this age, went with two friends into the Vons grocery store in Yucca Valley about 6 p.m. and started riding his skateboard

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NON-TEACHING SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENT

It looks like the non-teaching employees of the Morongo unified School District, after long stalled negotiations, have finally reached an agreement with the district over their contract, Reporter David Haldane looks at the proposed terms… “Houston, we have an agreement!” That was the headline on a press release sent out

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PILOT FIRE GROWS, MORE EVACUATIONS ORDERED

At nearly 7,000 acres and growing, the “Pilot” fire continues to burn through the nearby western San Bernardino Mountains, 4,700 mountain and desert residents have been told to evacuate. Crews had contained 6 percent of the fire by sunset Monday. On Monday, flames spread in all directions, fire officials said.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: PUBLIC HEARING, NEW COMMISSIONER

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in Regular session. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a new commissioner, a public hearing and a decision on a delay are all on the agenda… After swearing in its newest planning commissioner, Margie Trandem, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing

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YUCCA VALLEY PHARMACY BURGLARIZED

A Yucca Valley pharmacy was burglarized early Saturday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a burglary alarm went off just after 3:30 a.m. at the New Pharmacy in the Town Center Mall on Highway 62. Video surveillance showed two suspects threw rocks through the pharmacy’s glass window and entered the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RESTAURANT VANDALIZED

A Twentynine Palms restaurant was vandalized Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee at the Pizza Hut in the 72500 block of 29 Palms Highway reported someone shot a bullet through the restaurant’s front window. A Sheriff’s investigation found it was not a bullet, but a marble, that

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHURCH BURGLARIZED

A Twentynine Palms church was burglarized sometime last week. According to a Sheriff’s report, an unknown person entered the church office in the 72300 block of Larrea Avenue between Tuesday and 10 a.m. Sunday morning and stole several hundred dollars’ worth of grocery store gift cards. Anyone with information should

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RAPE CRISIS CENTER HAS 24-HOUR HOTLINE

While you may think it could never happen to you, sexual assault is a real danger and concern for both sexes and all ages. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is manning a 24-hour-a-day anonymous hotline… It could never happen to me is one of the

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER EXPECTED TO BE AN “OUTBURST” THIS YEAR

What’s often the best meteor shower of the year—the Perseids—is predicted to be even better when the shooting stars appear in the night sky later this week. Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of August 11-12, rates could soar to 200

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT LOOKING FOR APPOINTEE TO BOARD

At yesterday’s special meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the four remaining board members voted to fill by appointment the open seat left by the resignation of Chancy Chambers. The district will post a notice of vacancy and call for interested candidates to submit a letter of interest and

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The next regular meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10. The hard-working volunteers will meet at Highway 62 and Valley View (south side) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Coffee and conversation following at the Park Rock Cafe.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE YUCCA VALLEY 5K GLOW RUN

Some fun and exercise in the dark next weekend for area runners. Reporter Kirby Davis says it is time to sign up for Yucca Valley’s 5K Glow Run… Runners of all ages are invited to wear their best glow-in-the-dark gear for a 5K night run. The Light the Night 5K

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOR TONIGHT CANCELLED

The regular Twentynine Palms City Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight has been cancelled. The next regular city council meeting is set for Tuesday, August 23, at 6 p.m. at City Hall in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-367-6799.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED TOMORROW MORNING

Copper Mountain College will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, for faculty and staff development. Normal business hours will resume at 1 p.m.

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, will meet tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by

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PILOT FIRE BURNING IN NEARBY SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

A fast-moving fire on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains on Sunday burned 1,500 acres in eight hours and forced evacuations near Silverwood Lake. The 4,500-acre Pilot Fire is burning timber and brush east of the lake in the San Bernardino National Forest, filling the air with thick,

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SUPERVISORS TAKE UP CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM TOMORROW

The last item on tomorrow’s 64-item Board of Supervisor’s agenda looks to be the final showdown in the protracted battle between energy behemoth Nextera, and Morongo Basin environmental groups. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Thursday night, accused of beating on a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies received a report of a man beating a woman, who was bleeding, in the 75100 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms about 11 p.m. Thursday. The caller also

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONDUCTING HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has launched a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

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