FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY YESTERDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 4, at the Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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RIDE ORVS RESPONSIBLY

An increase in the use of off-road vehicles is expected at this time of year. Reporter Sara Snyder has some reminders for riders…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private property and public lands by

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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A REMINDER ON THE RULES FOR RIDING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES LOCALLY

With the holidays come holiday visitors, and with visitors come increased use of off-road vehicles in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has this reminder to ORV users…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday afternoon in Yucca Valley. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the man was hit by an unknown vehicle on Pioneertown Road just south of Sunnyslope Drive shortly before 3:30 p.m. A Sheriff’s Department report says the victim was taking

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SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR 13TH ANNUAL REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOMES

The 13th annual Reach Out Morongo Basin “Parade of Homes” fund-raiser is set for this February. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says now is the time for local business to take advantage of prime sponsorship opportunities…

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s “Parade of Homes” is the organization’s primary annual fundraiser. It brings in

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A LOOK BACK AT MORONGO BASIN NEWS IN 2016, PART 3 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year.

After more than a year of bitter arguments, the Morongo Unified School District and the Morongo Teacher’s Association union finally reached an agreement on a new contract. The teachers received a stepped

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FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

As the weather turns cooler, many residents will throw another log on the fire to help stay warm. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safety tips for your fireplaces to decrease the chance of having a preventable home fire…

Follow these fireplace safety precautions to help you enjoy your fire

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SPONSORS UNIQUE ART LAB

Joshua Tree National Park, is partnering with Copper Mountain College, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BoxoHouse, along with the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, to create innovative programs and projects in the park. Kirby Davis fills in the details…

As part of the Joshua Tree

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ARGUMENT LEADS TO A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

An argument over money led to a stabbing in Yucca Valley Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Augustine Sanchez, 60, was in a garage in the 57200 block of Old Haggard Road in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. when Sanchez accused the victim of taking an unspecified amount of

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING ELDERLY VICTIM

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Christmas morning, accused of choking a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, John Nobles, 28, was arguing with a woman about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Wamego Trail in Yucca Valley. The woman told deputies that Nobles put her in a

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APPLICATIONS TAKEN FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COMMISSIONS

The Town of Yucca valley is looking for a few good commissioners. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how to apply… The Town of Yucca Valley is accepting volunteers to serve as commissioners on the Planning Commission and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission. Applicants must be a resident within the

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MISSING ELDERLY YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DECEASED

An 89-year-old Yucca Valley woman, missing since Thursday evening, December 22, was found deceased in Yucca Valley Monday evening, December 26. The body of Dorothy O’Brien, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was found at 5:08 p.m. Monday night in a wash near the 56600 block of Little League

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, December 27, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 1 p.m. 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.

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The administrative offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, as well as Copper Mountain College, are closed through January 2. The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree, as well as government offices and banks, will be closed Monday, December 26. The Hi-Desert Nature

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips for shopping safely: Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in

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HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness

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CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES AT DESERT HILLS CHURCH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas carols and candlelight service 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24. The Christmas Day service will be held at 11 a.m., one hour later than usual. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information call

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