DUMPSTER FIRE AT VONS IN YUCCA VALLEY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT

Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a fire at the Vons grocery store late Tuesday night. About 11:30 p.m., passers-by reported a significant amount of smoke rising from the Vons store, but firefighters determined the blaze was actually in a dumpster behind the store. It was quickly extinguished and the

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BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALMOST ALL FIRES

Yucca Valley firefighters were recently called out to an illegal burn. County Fire Chief Donnie Viloria said the fire was illegal because the resident did not have a burn permit. Viloria reminds residents that permits are needed for campfires, warming fires, bonfires, and burning vegetation. The permits are free, simply

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SHOPLIFTING LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR A LANDERS WOMAN

A 40-year-old Landers woman was arrested on multiple charges Friday morning after she was spotted shoplifting a sweater. According to a Sheriff’s report, Walmart employees called deputies about 9 a.m. after a woman, later identified as Jacqueline Worley, was seen putting on a sweater inside the store. The report states

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MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE COLLECTING TOYS AT WAL-MART

Morongo Basin Ambulance has a long history of helping those in need. And in this season of giving, Morongo Basin Ambulance will be helping youngsters in need. Staff will be in front of Yucca Valley WalMart from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday from December 2 through December 16.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN, 32, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF GIRL UNDER 14

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of sexually abusing a minor girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Cory Lopez went to the 7600 block of Sage Avenue about 2 p.m. Friday for a report of sexual abuse of an underage girl. The investigation led Lopez to the

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LIGHT PARADE ENTRY CATEGORIES

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Festival of Light parade and friendly competition. Reporter Mike Lipsitz names the categories under which judges will be looking for the best and the brightest…

“Light up the World;” that’s the theme of this year’s Festival of

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9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

The ninth annual gourd art festival, is this weekend at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned gourd artists and a raffle on Sunday

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24-HOUR HOTLINE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services provides a 24-hour crisis hot-line to help survivors of sexual assault. Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. Speakers are available to talk to schools and community groups about sexual assault, and rape prevention. The

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EMPTY BOWLS BENEFIT FOR REACH OUT MORONGO FOOD BANK

The Center for Healthy Generations will hold the Empty Bowls Benefit to raise money for the Morongo Basin food banks. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more information on the event and how you can attend…

The Empty Bowls Benefit combines delicious home-made soups and breads made by local cooks, served in

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9TH ANNUAL YUCCA VALLEY GOURD FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE, SPOUSE ABUSE, AND BURGLARY

A Johnson Valley man was arrested last Thursday, accused of felony spouse abuse, burglary, and attempted rape. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home in the 56300 block of Joshua Drive in Yucca Valley about 11 a.m. for a report that a man, later identified as

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HEALTH CARE DISTRICT GETS GOOD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met in regular meeting last night, Reporter Eric Knabe has the highlights…

The meeting began on a high point with the Morongo Transit Authority presenting checks for the two MBTA transportation grants in which they will purchase a new van that will

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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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JOAN OF ANGELS AND WRITING CLASSES AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

If you believe in angels, make plans to attend Rainbow Stew’s next class Saturday, November 18. Joan of Angels is a spiritual teacher and messenger for angelic and celestial beings. The $20 class is set for 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Rainbow Stew, located in Old Town Yucca Valley on

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LOCAL MAN WINS BAJA 1000 MOTORCYCLE RACE

A prestigious win for a local off-road competition team—Yucca Valley’s Mark Samuels, 27, and team won the 50th running of the Baja 1000 in the motorcycle division; that’s 1,134 miles of fun in just about 21 hours.

Mark Samuels

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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT SCAMMED OUT OF $15,000

A Yucca Valley resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a Nigerian scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim said a friend, whom she had never met, traveled to Nigeria in 2016 and recently asked for money to get out of Nigeria. The victim received several checks, supposedly

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING FRAUDULENT GIFT CARDS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of making fraudulent gift cards. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a warrant at his home in the 58700 block of Ocotillo Drive in Yucca Valley about 9 a.m. During the warrant search, deputies located Benjamin Lim, 47. Lim allegedly told

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER TONIGHT AT RAINBOW STEW

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold an after-hours mixer tonight (Thursday, November 16). The mixer is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at Rainbow Stew, 55509 29 Palms Highway, in Old Town Yucca Valley. All Chamber members and guests are invited to attend.

BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT VONS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, November 17, at Vons in Yucca Valley from noon to 5 p.m. Donors with O-negative blood are especially needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. For

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BLACK AND GOLD WRESTLING SCRIMMAGE AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley High School Wrestling team invites the public to their “Black and Gold Scrimmage” tonight, Thursday, November 16. Coach Larry Giron says there is no charge for admission but they will accept donations at the door. There will be a snack bar and souvenirs for sale. This is

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