CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted sex offender was arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies made a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Star Dune Avenue and Highway 62 shortly before 4 a.m. for having an obstructed license plate. The deputy subsequently determined that

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS HONOR VOLUNTEERS, CHANGE NAME

The St. Joseph’s Players community theater troupe held its annual volunteer appreciation party last weekend and honored some with special recognition. With more, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… At the St. Joseph’s Players 5th annual volunteer appreciation party last Saturday, all their volunteers were awarded certificates of participation for their work

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FIRE IN BANNING BRINGS SMOKE TO OUR MORONGO BASIN

A fire in Banning burning toward the Morongo Indian Reservation is causing smoke to travel into the Morongo Basin. More than 200 CalFire and Riverside County firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire near the 10000 block of Mias Canyon Road in Banning, according to the Riverside County Fire

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SOUND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR JOHNSON VALLEY MILITARY TRAINING

There will be increased sound in the area of the Johnson Valley shared use area from Marine Large Scale Exercise training through August 25. The Integrated Training Exercise is the longest-lasting activity that occurs aboard the Combat Center and is comprised of an intensive training cycle involving a series of

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LOCAL ARTISTS COMPLETE DRAMATIC VIETNAM WAR MURAL

Visitors to Menteca, California – located in the Central Valley about 76 miles east of San Francisco – may notice a large mural in one of the town’s main intersections depicting gut-wrenching scenes from the Vietnam War. It’s the work of two Yucca Valley artists who say they were deeply

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, August 16, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening with

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LOCALS PREPARE TO VIEW A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE MONDAY

Monday, August 21, will be the first total eclipse of the sun visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, although here in the Morongo Basin, we’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.

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PARENTS OF NEW STUDENTS NEED TO GO TO LANDERS ELEMENTARY

Parents of new students at Landers Elementary School need to stop by the school to pick up an enrollment packet prior to the first day of school on August 21. The office is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by September

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TWO HIKERS FOUND DEAD AT AMBOY CRATER SATURDAY

Just five hours after a couple from Yorba Linda started hiking at Amboy Crater, and 2 ½ hours after the woman called for help, saying she and her husband had become separated and were without water, Sheriff’s deputies found them dead, about 100 yards apart. According to a Sheriff’s report,

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING FRIDAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

We have limited information about a shooting Friday in Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s spokeswoman, deputies were called to the 9300 block of Navajo Trail about 4:20 p.m. following a report that a man had been shot. Upon arrival, the man told deputies an unknown woman had shot him,

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CORONER RELEASES IDENTITY OF WOMAN FOUND DEAD AUGUST 6 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The coroner’s office has released the identity of the woman who was found dead in Twentynine Palms August 6. Donna Myers, 42, of Kansas, was found by a pedestrian about 6:30 a.m. near a wash near Buena Vista and Aztec. There were no signs of foul play; the cause of

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DOWNED POWER LINES KNOCK OUT COUNTY TV SIGNAL

Morongo Basin residents who rely on the county for their television signal will be without TV for the foreseeable future. According to a county spokesman, the lightning storms over the weekend knocked out a power line, and the generator that was providing back-up power ran out of fuel. He told

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GIANT ROCK AREA TRASHED BY VISITORS, CLEAN-UP PLANNED

Everyone who comes here leaves a mark on the desert. Some leave a simple footprint in the sand; others however, leave a trail of trash and debris that can only be measured by the ton. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has a report on one such trash site that is particularly troubling

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Chris Jones made a traffic stop for a broken brake light just near Yucca Trail and Alta Avenue in Joshua Tree. The driver and sole occupant of the car Jilleen Davidson, 26, said she

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COUNTY TAKING NOMINATIONS FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS AWARD

Do you know someone who has inspired you to be healthy and exercise or who promotes physical fitness? The San Bernardino County Vision2BActive campaign is seeking nominees for its Action Heroes campaign. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can nominate someone for this honor… If you know someone who’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS’ PIONEER DAYS PLANNING MEETING WEDNESDAY

Yes, we are in the dog days of summer, but it’s never too early to think about Pioneer Days in Twentynine Palms, set for October 19-22. A planning session for residents who want to help with Pioneer Days is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at the Twentynine Palms

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RIDE YOUR BIKE BACK TO SCHOOL SAFELY

Schools in the Morongo Unified School District will start the 2017-18 school year Monday, August 21. Do you have fond memories of riding your bike to school as a kid? Reporter Rebecca Havely has tips to bring the joy of biking to school to your own children, and help them

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YUCCA VALLEY’S FOOD 4 LESS STORE IS CLOSING

After having a presence in Yucca Valley for more than 15 years, Food 4 Less grocery store is calling it quits. The low-price grocery store told its employees Thursday that the store would be closing in 60 days. Its employees will have the option of transferring to another Food 4

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PROSPECTIVE PARENTS INVITED TO TOUR HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FACILITY

Prospective parents are invited to join a free tour of the Special Additions birthing suite at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Hospital staff will be able to answer questions and concerns, and parents can pre-register their medical information prior to the mothers’ admission. The tours are set for 6 to 8 p.m.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANS SUNSET 5K RUN AUGUST 25TH

Yucca Valley recreation has a great way end the work week and start the weekend. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in… Yucca Valley Recreation announces a Sunset 5K fun run Friday, August 25. Early bird registration is $20 through August 15 and includes a themed race shirt, souvenir gift and

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