LOCAL STORM SPOTTERS SOUGHT BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

If your secret dream is to be a storm spotter, here’s your chance. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Does severe weather make your heart beat faster? Do you get an adrenalin rush at the first sign of hail, thunder, wind or flood? If so, the town of Yucca Valley

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HI-DESERT WATER IN SPECIAL AND REGULAR SESSIONS TONIGHT

Prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors, the directors will hold a special meeting at 5:15 to approve a contract change order of $49,200 for the repair and maintenance of the Upper Fox Tank. After draining the tank for routine maintenance, workers discovered the

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball team will host Desert Mirage at home, with the game starting at 3:15. The Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will travel away to Thermal to play Coachella Valley High School. Both games start at 3:15.

SHERIFFS DETAIN SUSPECTED ESCAPED CONVICT, NEARBY SCHOOL LOCKED DOWN

A man suspected of being an escaped convict from Colorado was arrested Friday in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were dispatched to the area around La Contenta Middle School just after 1 p.m. for a report of two escaped inmates who were near the school. School officials,

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YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL EXPECTED A TO APPROVE SHERIFF LICENSE PLATE READER

The Yucca Valley Town council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says highlights include forming service districts, adding public safety officers, and the purchase of a license plate reader… After holding routine public hearings on creating special community service districts for the new Burrtec Waste facility and

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TOWN SEEKS INPUT IN ITS HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

The Town of Yucca Valley is seeking public input on updating its local hazard mitigation plan. The plan identifies hazards, potential losses, mitigation needs, goals, and strategies as part of local disaster preparedness measures. The plan is available at Town Hall and on the town’s website at yucca-valley.org. Comments should

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ARRESTS FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of violating a restraining order and spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 73900 block of Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms about 1:30 a.m. due to an argument between Adarryl Futrell, 23, and a woman.

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA food distribution tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there

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YUCCA VALLEY MOTORCYCLE RIDER KILLED IN CRASH SUNDAY

A motorcycle rider was killed Sunday when a vehicle pulled out in front of him on the highway in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Arthurton said the unidentified female driver of the 2005 H3 Hummer was at Katje Way and Highway 62 at 4 p.m. when she pulled out to

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN INJURED WHEN CAR FALLS ON HIM

A Yucca Valley man was injured when the car he was working on fell off its jack on top of him. According to County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters were called to the 58300 block of Carlyle Drive at 11:44 a.m. Friday. Tuttle said a neighbor pulled the unidentified man—who

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY MEN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM POSTAL DELIVERY TRUCK

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Thursday, accused of stealing mail out of a mail delivery truck. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the mail carrier parked his mail truck in the Food 4 Less parking lot about 1:45 and went into Rent-a-Center to deliver mail. When he emerged, he saw

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MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN LOCATED IN IDAHO

A Yucca Valley man who was reported missing April 14 was found safe Thursday in Idaho. According to the Sheriff’s Department, George “Marty” McKissen left his home in the 56800 block of Little League Drive to ride his bicycle the morning of April 14 and never returned home. McKissen has

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BIG LOTS TO PAY $3.5 MILLION FINE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE

A San Bernardino County judge has ordered Big Lots Stores, who has a store in Yucca Valley, to pay more than $3.5 million. The judgement is the result of an investigation into illegal disposal of hazardous waste at its distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga and trash bins at 206 stores

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GET YOUR TEAM SIGNED FOR THE GRUBSTAKE DAYS HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT

Grubstake Days, an annual celebration of Yucca Valley’s rich history, is later this month. Managing editor Tami Roleff says it is time to get your horseshoe team together and sign up… Grab your shoes and your best pitchers for the Grubstake Days Horseshoe Tournament. Organizers are recruiting teams to pitch

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ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, May 1. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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YUCCA VALLEY OFFERING LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE

Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley Lifeguard Certification Course. To enroll, participants must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session and be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation. The course fee of $220 includes American Red Cross registration fee, lifeguarding manual,

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YUCCA VALLEY SEEKS COMMENTS ON ITS HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

The Town of Yucca Valley is seeking public input on updating its local hazard mitigation plan. The plan identifies hazards, potential losses, mitigation needs, goals, and strategies as part of local disaster preparedness measures. The plan is available at Town Hall and on the town’s website at yucca-valley.org. Comments should

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LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL PLACED ON PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FOR SAFETY

Yucca Valley’s Contenta Middle School was placed on lockdown Friday while sheriff’s deputies combed the area looking for two escaped convicts. “We had sheriff’s deputies surrounding the school,” Garrett Gruwell, the school’s principal, said. “Even though the imminent danger wasn’t close, they wanted to make sure we felt safe.” The

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CONTROLLED BURN IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS MORNING

The County Fire Department will clear out overgrown brush at the Hi-Desert Water District’s recharge ponds in Yucca Valley through a controlled burn exercise Friday morning. Starting at 9 a.m., county firefighters will participate in the training drill to clear debris at the pond that may disrupt the water recharge

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CALTRANS WARNS OF TRAFFIC DELAYS, UPCOMING FREEWAY WORK

CalTrans is advising motorists to expect heavy traffic delays this weekend due to the StageCoach music festival in Indio. Traffic delays are expected on Interstate 10 from Beaumont to Indio Friday, April 28, through Monday, May 1. In addition, CalTrans has scheduled some road work next week on the on-ramp

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