MAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY AFTERNOON

We have very limited information about a homicide in Yucca Valley yesterday. About 3:23 p.m., investigators were called to a location off Avalon where a man was killed. The man’s identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin. We will have more information as it becomes available.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK INTERPRETATION DIVISION

How can visitors learn on site about Joshua Tree National Park? Ranger Pam Tripp says, that’s what the Interpretation Division does…

Every year at Joshua Tree National Park, over a million visitors come to enjoy the scenery, activities, programs, and night skies of this beautiful desert landscape. About 2/3 of

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“SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Theatre 29’s final production of 2014, “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” is a hilarious comedy-farce. It’s 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically appeared on the Hollywood set for the filming of a big-budget feature film based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “Shakespeare In Hollywood” will run

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA PETITIONS DELIVERED TO YUCCA VALLEY TOWN HALL

Yucca Valley’s only medical marijuana dispensary was forced to shut down last December by a town ordinance that prohibited its operation in the town limits. Since then, residents have been trying to convince the Town Council to repeal its ban on dispensaries. Yesterday, representatives from the Alliance 4 Safe Access

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RETIREMENT BENEFITS STRAINING TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT FINANCES

Rate increases at the Twentynine Palms Water District were the topic of discussion at last night’s meeting of the Board of Directors. Water rates have not increased since 2011, and the water district does not charge ratepayers enough to fully cover the cost of its retiree health benefits and California

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL DRAWS FIRE ON NATIVE PLANT REQUIREMENTS, ADULT BUSINESSES

During a marathon four-hour meeting last night, the Yucca Valley Town Council faced a packed house and residents who were passionate about changes to the development code concerning the native plant ordinance and changes to the code that affect adult-oriented businesses. Town staff repeatedly told the council the town did

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CONGRESS MOVES TO NAME TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE FOR LATE MAC DUBE

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley introduced a bill earlier this year that was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday that would rename the post office in Twentynine Palms as the Colonel M.J. ‘Mac’ Dube United States Marine Corps Post Office Building. Before his death in April, Dube served

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN DEAD, BROTHER ACCUSED OF MURDER

A Yucca Valley man is dead, and his brother was arrested for his murder early Saturday morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Jerry Zimmerle, 25, and Justin Zimmerle, 24, were fighting in the 7500 block of Palm Avenue shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday when Jerry Zimmerle is accused

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WHAT IS DRECP?

We’ve reported frequently on the development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Ranger Pam Tripp has an overview of the effort to set guidelines for the siting of energy projects…

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, a major component of California’s renewable energy planning efforts, will help provide effective

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FULLER CENTER HOUSE BEING BUILT THIS WEEKEND IN 29 PALMS

The Fuller Center will be building a house for a Twentynine Palms veteran this weekend, and the public is invited to volunteer and to watch. Bleachers will be on site for seating, and food will be available for purchase. Help needed during the day will be trash collection, running errands,

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JOSHUA TREE HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND

A Joshua Tree home burned to the ground Thursday afternoon. Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick said a resident of the home in the 63600 block of Tilford Way kept oils and paints in his bedroom; due to poor ventilation the fumes combusted just after noon. The man’s mother tried to put

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SHERIFF SEARCHING FOR MISSING 12-YEAR-OLD YUCCA VALLEY BOY

Edward Lockhart, the 12-year-old Yucca Valley boy who had been missing since 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, has been found safe and sound and is now home. No further information on his return is available at this time.

STUDENT BRINGS MARIJUANA COOKIES TO TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

A high-school student was arrested Monday after she was found with marijuana cookies. According to a Sheriff’s report, the 15-year-old girl, who was not identified due to her age, said she found a box of cookies on the Twentynine Palms High School campus. She told the deputy that when she

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED CROSSING THE HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

A pedestrian was killed last night in Morongo Valley as he attempted to cross the highway. About 5:50 p.m., the elderly Morongo Valley man was crossing Highway 62 southbound at Desert Willow when he was struck by a Sheryl Scott, 50, of Morongo Valley, who was driving westbound in a

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MARINE CORPS CELEBRATES 239 YEARS TODAY

This is the 239th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the

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SOCIAL TRAILS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

The climbing is great in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp urges care and respect for the desert while walking to the rocks…

One of the largest concentrations of rock climbing on earth is found on 11 square miles of Joshua Tree National Park. The 8,000 climbing routes, 2,000

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK HEAD LISTS SHORTFALL EFFECTS

During a meeting to gather public input on proposed fee increases, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith gave the fee history of the Park.

An entrance fee was introduced in 1987, and camping fees in 2004. Both were increased, to $10 and $15 respectively in 2006. Smith estimated that

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SENATOR VOWS TO PROPOSE TWO NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN OUR AREA

Senator Dianne Feinstein said she would be introducing new legislation on the first day of the new Congress next year to establish two new national monuments in the Mojave Desert—totaling more than 1.1 million acres—with most of that land in San Bernardino County. Legislation that Feinstein will propose would create

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CAR ROLLS OVER INTO HOUSE IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS MORNING

We have sketchy information about an early morning traffic crash in Yucca Valley. About 2:18, an unidentified male driver was traveling on Palomar Avenue near Onaga Trail when he lost control of his car, which overturned and rolled into a house on the west side of the street. The driver

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COMPLETE LOCAL PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS

Here are the preliminary results from yesterday’s elections; provisional and some absentee ballots remain to be counted. Two races are relatively close, but are unlikely to change:

Yucca Valley Town Council: Rick Denison, Merl Abel, and Bob Leone. Twentynine Palms City Council: John Cole, Dan Mintz, and McArthur Wright (Adam

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