CHP TO HOLD A DUI CHECKPOINT TONIGHT, AND MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD THIS WEEKEND

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday, September 4, at an undisclosed location in the Morongo Basin. Officers trained in the detection of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers will provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of driving under the influence. Depending on traffic, all drivers can

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN RUGGED DESERT HOT SPRINGS WASH

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 7:47 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN WAKES TO FIND MAN TRYING TO RAPE HER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of breaking into a home and attempting to rape a woman. The Sheriff’s department received a call about 5:45 a.m. that a man, later identified as Lawrence Carruthers, 51, of the 6100 block of Avalon Court, was in a bedroom in

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TWO ARRESTS AFTER A YUCCA VALLEY HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two transients were arrested Saturday after a high-speed chase through Yucca Valley neighborhoods. Sheriff’s reports say a black F-350 pick up truck driven by Mark Hines, 28, failed to stop at a stop sign at Onaga Trail and Acoma Trail just before 6 p.m. Saturday. When a deputy attempted to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN, EX-WIFE, ACCUSED OF MURDER, DISMEMBERMENT, BURNING BODY

A Twentynine Palms man and his ex-wife are behind bars in Pennsylvania, accused of murdering, dismembering, and burning the body of a man they say stole drugs and money from them more than a decade ago. Police in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, say Stacy Britton, 46, showed police text messages earlier

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR HOLDS OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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HARRISON HOUSE CONCERT TO MARK ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

There will be a very special concert at the Harrison House in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Chamber music concert will commemorate the Armenian Genocide… Harrison House will commemorate the centennial of Armenian genocide with a performance by the Pogossian family string quartet and quintet.

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HOLLYWOOD KNOCK-OUTS AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN OCTOBER

A one-of-a-kind special event will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in October. It’s Hollywood Knockouts, featuring gorgeous women, exciting dance performances, oil wrestling, and hot cream mania. The production is 8 p.m. October 3. Tickets for Hollywood Knockouts are $20 and are available at TortoiseRockCasino.com or call 800-585-3737. Doors

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ENJOY THE NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out to explore our neighboring national park during the heat of the summer. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper says that night time is a good time to experience your national park too… At Joshua Tree National Park summertime temperatures often climb above 100

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RUBBER DUCKIES ARE BACK

The Rubber Duckies are back! The Center for Healthy Generations, formerly the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center in Yucca Valley, is hosting a Rubber Ducky fundraiser September 18 at 6 p.m. The Center for Healthy Generations is located at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive. Call 760-365-9661 for more information.

HUNKS COMING TO TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN SEPTEMBER

Las Vegas-style show will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in September. It’s Hunks: The Show, featuring chiseled men that have been hand-picked from around the world. The production is 8 p.m. September 19, and includes choreographed dance numbers, elaborate costume changes, acrobatics, comedy, and singing, with everything from “A

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RIDE YOUR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE RESPONSIBLY

Next weekend is Labor Day, and the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Make sure that your actions do not ruin the off-road experience for others. Reporter Sara Snyder has some tips on how to ride responsibly… According to county, state, and federal laws,

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SAVE THE DATE FOR TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

Mark your calendar to save the date for the Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree’s Foundation, the extremely popular event will be held Saturday, September 12 at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Taste of Morongo features food from about a dozen

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MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS SUNDAY ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a battalion-level exercise on the Twentynine Palms Marine base starting today, August 30, through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, will take part in the

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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING ARSON FIRE AT WALMART

A suspect is in custody following an arson fire at Wal-mart early this morning. About 1:30 a.m., propane tanks stored outside the garden area caught on fire in front of the store. When firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and Morongo Valley arrived,

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HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT ENDS IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH, ARREST

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested following a high-speed pursuit through residential streets and crash. Shortly after 2 p.m., a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Rene Ruiz, 19, near Highway 62 and El Rey Avenue in Twentynine Palms. A Sheriff’s report states that Ruiz fled on his

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STATE SUSPENDS EXIT EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

Since 2006, all California high school students have been required to pass the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, before they could receive their diploma. The exam tests students’ knowledge and competency in math and English. However, with the change over to Common Core standards, the testing was abruptly

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MORONGO BASIN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KICKS OFF TONIGHT

High school sports are back today with three football games. The Yucca Valley High School Trojans will host Granite Hills at home at 7 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats will host a scrimmage against Temple City at home. The junior varsity game starts at 5, with the varsity

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PIONEER DAYS CONTESTS KICK OFF THE EVENT SEPTEMBER 19TH

The 55th annual Pioneer Pass Challenge sees the unique event returning to its roots. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to sign up for this very extreme golf event… The 2015 Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge returns to the original site of the Blue Skies Golf Course and the new Hawk’s

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