SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH BACKS UP TRAFFIC ON MORONGO GRADE

A single vehicle traffic crash on the Morongo Grade backed up traffic for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson said about 4:20 p.m., a vehicle going up the grade crashed into the concrete center divider at the county line, and then careened into the metal

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SHALLOW EARTHQUAKE HITS JOSHUA TREE EARLY TUESDAY

Did you feel it? A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit Tuesday morning 37 miles from Joshua Tree, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:21 a.m. at a depth of 0.6 miles. Another quake, with a magnitude of 3.0, was reported in the same area at 6:34

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: FIREWORKS AND A RODEO

Representatives from the Yucca Valley Rotary Club told the Town Council last night that the club is no longer able to put on the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks, and asked the town to take over the popular event. The fireworks have an estimated budget of about $35,000. After

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD VOTES TO PUT $350 FLAT PARCEL TAX ON THE BALLOT

Last night in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District board approved a plan to put a flat tax proposal to voters this June. The proposed annual $350 per parcel tax must win a two-thirds majority to pass. If approved, it would replace the current property assessment. Revenue generated would be

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY DISTRICT CLOSED SESSION TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting 11 a.m. Thursday, January 21. The sole item on the agenda is a mid-year employee evaluation and job description review. The meeting will be held in the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

WE REVIEW “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29

“The Sunshine Boys” opened last weekend at Theatre 29. The Neil Simon comedy follows the story of Lewis and Clark, a former vaudevillian duo who reunite for a TV special. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review… The hilarious Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys,” opened to enthusiastic audiences

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FOUR ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS PROBATION CHECK

Four Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Monday morning after deputies went to a home with an arrest warrant for two of them. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7500 block of North Star Avenue about 10:30 a.m. There they found Angela Vasquez, 36; Morgan

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ATTEMPT TO BREAK IN TO A YUCCA VALLEY BANK SUSPECTED

Someone tried to break into Union Bank in Yucca Valley sometime over the weekend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a customer went to use the outdoor automatic teller machine on the south side of the building about 9 a.m. Monday and noticed a window facing the highway had been shattered.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT 2 NEW EMPLOYEES, 3 NEW TRUCKS

The Joshua Basin Water District will look at acquiring two new employees and three new trucks tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… Among the items up for board vote at tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District is the hiring of a human resources/labor contract administrator and an

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HI-DESERT WATER MAY SPEND SOME SERIOUS MONEY TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board will look at some major expenditures tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks that agenda… The board of directors of the Hi-Desert Water District will be asked to authorize the spending of lots of money at tonight’s meeting. First up is an authorization to enter into

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL MID-SEASON BASKETBALL COACHING CHANGE

Twentynine Palms High School has experienced mid-season coaching changes with the boys’ basketball program. In a brief statement, Twentynine Palms High School Principal Justen Monical said, “Administration has appointed athletic director Jeremy Johnson interim coach through the remainder of the season.” Two assistant coaches, Matt Shragge and Mike Hill, will

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams will face Desert Mirage High School with girls traveling away and boys playing at home. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

Also tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL LOOKS AT A SALES TAX AND A LANDERS RODEO TONIGHT

A request for money for a rodeo in Landers, and discussion about putting a sales tax measure on the ballot this November are two of the items the Yucca Valley Town Council will discuss tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details… The Yucca Valley Town Council meeting will start

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MORE VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

At least four vehicle burglaries that happened Friday night and Saturday morning in Twentynine Palms are believed to be linked. According to Sheriff’s reports, the vehicles were parked in the 73700 block of Raymond Drive, and at a business in the 4900 block of Adobe Road, when the burglaries were

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called for help about 3:20 a.m., saying that her boyfriend had beat her up and refused to leave her home in the 4500 block of Adobe Road in Twentynine

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SHRINER’S, ROTARY, OFFER HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club is teaming up with the Hi-Desert Shrine club to screen local children for a variety of conditions and possible admission to a Shriner’s Children’s hospital. Those hospitals are free for their patients. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says the screening will be held this Saturday… On Saturday,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SEEN BURGLARIZING A HOUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday after he was seen burglarizing a residence. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man went to a relative’s home in the 7000 block of Outpost Road in Joshua Tree shortly before 9 a.m. The witness saw another man removing items from the home

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MAN FLEES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP, HELD ON WEAPONS CHARGES

A passenger who fled when Sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle for an obstructed rear license plate, was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of possessing a dangerous weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the car was stopped near Adobe Road and Baseline Road about 1 a.m. While the deputy was talking

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PAROLE COMPLIANCE CHECK RESULTS IN ARREST OF WOMAN FOR POSSESSION OF TEAR GAS

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday, accused of possessing tear gas. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 71100 block of Taco Drive Friday about 9:20 p.m. to assist with a parole compliance check of Maria Bassett, 33. During the search, deputies located a

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“THE SEAHORSE” AT GROVE’S THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Groves Cabin Theater of Morongo Valley is now taking reservations for the drama, “The Seahorse.” Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how to reserve your tickets… “The Sea Horse,” a drama by Edward J. Moore, is in rehearsals now at the Groves Cabin Theater in Morongo Valley. Director Abe Daniels has

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