WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING THIS SATURDAY

Community meetings often bring together those in the farthest reaches of the Hi-Desert. Wonder Valley’s community meeting is no exception. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… At this Saturday’s 11 a.m. Wonder Valley community meeting, a Veterans Administration representative will give a brief presentation on chronic fatigue syndrome and its

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TODAY’S WONDER VALLEY FOOD DISTRIBUTION CANCELLED

Today’s Salvation Army food distribution at the Wonder Valley Community Center, normally scheduled for 11 a.m., has been cancelled. It’s unclear if the food distribution will be rescheduled for a later date. For more information, call the Wonder Valley Community Center at 760-367-9880.

MARINE BASE REPRESENTATIVES MEET WITH WONDER VALLEY RESIDENTS TOMORROW

Representatives from the Combat Center will be at the Wonder Valley community meeting Wednesday, December 13, to discuss illegal shooting, the dumping of animals, and other issues. A representative from the county fire department will also give a report. The meeting is set for 11 a.m. at the Wonder Valley

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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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AMBOY “ROCKET” LAUNCH CANCELLED

A plan to launch a steam powered rocket from Amboy today has been cancelled. Mike Hughes, 61, cancelled the event after the BLM demanded that he get proper permits for the widely publicized launch. Hughes, a member of the Flat Earth Society, had planned to launch himself into the air

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NEW COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin welcomes a new county fire battalion chief as of Monday, November 20. Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria has been a firefighter for 30 years, which includes 15 years with Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin, before joining the county fire department in 2002. Prior to his new assignment here,

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DALE BASIN WELL OWNERS TO MEET SUNDAY

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association will hold its semi-yearly meeting 4 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at the Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road, in Wonder Valley. Note the change of date. There will be an election of officers; volunteers are needed. For more information, call Mary Quamme at

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TWO BOYS SUSTAIN SERIOUS INJURIES WITH FIREWORKS EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two boys were seriously injured Saturday when they were shooting off illegal fireworks. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters were called to a campsite on Gold Crown Road in Wonder Valley about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A 12-year-old boy received severe injuries to his right arm, from his

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FINAL WEEKEND OF OPEN STUDIO ART TOURS

This is the final weekend of the annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. More than 135 artists will showcase their work at 85 locations throughout the Morongo Basin: Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley. Get your catalogs at local visitors

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN WONDER VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

Firefighters were called to a small vegetation fire out at a location near Highway 62 and Godwin Road about 8:15 p.m. Monday night. It was quickly extinguished and the cause is unknown.

TWO LOST HIKERS RESCUED IN WONDER VALLEY THURSDAY

Two lost hikers were rescued out in Wonder Valley Thursday night. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called about 10 p.m. to help rescue a man and a woman who got lost while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Firefighters went to Mile Marker 53, which is

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OPEN STUDIO ART TOURS NEXT TWO WEEKENDS

For the next two weekends, local artists will entertain visitors in the annual Highway 62 Open Studios Art Tours. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her checkbook…

The annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours starts this weekend and continues next weekend. More than 135 artists will showcase their work

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BAD WATER FORCES CLOSURE OF WONDER VALLEY COUNTY FIRE STATION

There’s been lots of talk lately about the fate of the Wonder Valley Fire Department, which is currently devoid of firefighters. Reporter David Haldane, who attended a community meeting yesterday at which the topic was discussed, provides this report…

It’s all about the water. That’s the message delivered by Scott

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSED FIRE STATION

Just three months after Wonder Valley residents were told their fire station was funded for 2017-18 and would remain open, Wonder Valley firefighters packed up and left the fire station on Friday, September 22. In June, County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall told Wonder Valley municipal advisory council representative Teresa

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HELICOPTER RESCUES ONE OF TWO MEN WITH VEHICLE STUCK IN SAND IN WONDER VALLEY

A missing person’s report Wednesday led to the rescue of two men who had gotten their vehicle stuck in the sand in Wonder Valley. Deputies were called to the 80500 block of Amboy Road about 8:20 p.m. for a report of missing persons, where they learned that a father and

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TOMORROW

Following a three-month hiatus, Wonder Valley’s community meeting returns. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on tomorrow’s agenda … The monthly Wonder Valley community meetings pick back up tomorrow, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. Among items on the

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES KEPT VERY BUSY MONDAY

From a shot-out window to stolen ceramic yard art, Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday. In Twentynine Palms, about 7 a.m., a resident in the 6300 block of Desert Queen Avenue called to report he was woken up by the sound of a loud pop. When he got up to investigate,

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER WONDER VALLEY STORAGE CONTAINER BURGLARY

Two Wonder Valley men were arrested Wednesday morning, accused of burglarizing a storage container. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses interrupted two men, later identified as Randell Vessells, 48, and Justyn Holsclaw, 20, who had broken a lock on the storage container in the 4000 block of Steeg Road in

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, SEVERAL ITEMS AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Topics specific to our Morongo Basin are the subjects of several agenda items at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors’ in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Supervisors will likely approve agenda item 30 which would pay a San Diego firm $135,000 to $150,000 to

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