LUNCH LECTURE ON NATIONAL PARK  VANDALISM TOMORROW

The brown bag lunch lectures at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum are offered once a month. This month the topic is “Impacts of Graffiti and Vandalism at Joshua Tree National Park.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… The National Park has suffered repeatedly from incidents of graffiti and vandalism for decades. This

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH MONDAY

A motorcycle rider was hospitalized following a crash in Yucca Valley Monday evening. About 7:30 p.m., a bystander came upon a crashed motorcycle, with an unconscious male rider in the 57700 block of Joshua Drive. County Fire Captain Ed Noble said the rider, estimated to be in his 50s, was

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CONGRESSMAN COOK AUTHORS ANTI-DRONE BILL

During the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest that burned nearly 50 square miles, aerial firefighting efforts were grounded, to avoid the hazard of a private drone. Reporter Dan Stork says that the local congressman has responding by authoring a law against such activities…

Rep. Paul Cook introduced

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CANDIDATE FILINGS NOW OPEN FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

Some area elected boards will be decided this November. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the time to file to be a candidate is now thought August 7…

Candidate filing is underway for the November 3, 2015, consolidated election and several local board seats are open. Two seats are open on the

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD HAS TWO OPEN SEATS

The Yucca Valley airport has two seats of its four seats up for election. Forms may be obtained from the County Elections Office, 777 East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the elections website, sbcountyelections.com, or call 909-387-8300.

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TONIGHT’S MEETING OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CANCELED

The July 14 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council has been canceled. The next meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28.

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SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING OF “PETER PAN JR.”

The Summer Youth Theater Program is in full swing at Theater 29. Two productions of “Peter Pan Jr.” have been cast. In a two-part story, reporter Rebcca Havely has the cast list for the younger, junior, group today with the senior cast announcement coming soon…

The summer youth program at

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION LOOKING FOR AUCTION DONATIONS

The Basin Wide Foundation is asking for donations for its fundraising auctions during its 19th anniversary annual awards dinner, set for August 29. The Foundation plans to hold both a silent and live auction to support its philanthropic activities in the Morongo Basin. In addition, businesses are asked to sponsor

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS ABOUT AIR QUALITY

Regular features of the monthly meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are public safety reports from County Fire, CHP, and the Sheriff’s Department, community reports from the MAC members, and generally at least one informational presentation. Reporter Dan Stork says that the latest special presentation was on air

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MAY CHANGE ITS NAME TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the healthcare district may get a new CEO, and a new name…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today following a 5:45 closed session for labor negotiations in connection with

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SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES OFERRED BY YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION

Yucca Valley Recreation is offering specialized self-defense classes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the classes will be offered twice over the summer… Learn the time-tested art of the Samurai, tailored to today’s environment. An instructor with 20 years of experience will teach a variety of self-defense techniques in a 2

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYING IN STATE PLAYOFFS

The Twentynine Palms Little League minor division Ladycats 9- and 10-year olds, the District 58 and Section 9 champions won their first game at the state tournament held in Lancaster. They faced the combined representative of Section 6 and 7 from Oceanside Valley. Coach Ronda Locket-Morton said they bounced back

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION GETS 6 YEARS

Alex Gomez

The former school bus driver who pleaded guilty last month to possession of child pornography, and lewd acts with children on his school bus, was sentenced to six years in state prison Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, was sentenced to six years for each of the two counts of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT

The informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month is about the air. Reporter Dan Stork says two new members will be seated, too… The July 13 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features an informational presentation by Eldon Heaston, executive director of the Mojave

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING GUNS TO RELIEVE STRESS

A Yucca Valley man who tried to relieve some stress by shooting his firearms in his back yard was arrested Saturday night. About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, multiple calls were made to 911 saying that someone was shooting a gun in the 57800 block of Buena Vista Drive. The callers said

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DON’T BE FOOLED BY SCAM BANKING TEXTS

Local residents are being targeted by scam artists who are using text messaging to try and get your personal information. Reporter Sara Snyder joins us with this warning…

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it isn’t a surprise that scams quickly follow. One recent tactic is the use of scam

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SMOKE SEEN FROM FIRE NEAR MENTONE

The U.S. Forest Service announced Sunday that the cause of the Lake Fire, which burned 31,359 acres, was caused by humans, although the exact cause is still under investigation. Although the fire is 98 percent contained, contained does not mean “out” and smoke from the Lake Fire can still

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AUDITONS FOR “MAN FROM EARTH” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Theater 29 will hold open auditions tonight at 6:30 p.m. for their next offering. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… Auditions are tonight for the sci-fi drama, “The Man From Earth,” at Theater 29 at 6:30 p.m. Director Eddie Tucker will cast five men, three woman, and two to

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ROAD WORK ON STATE ROUTE 247 THIS WEEK

CalTrans has announced that Highway 247—Old Woman Springs Road—will be under construction this week. Both north- and southbound lanes will be under construction from El Cortez Road to Handley Road from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning.

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MOTORCYCLIST CRASHES ON PIONEERTOWN ROAD

A motorcycle rider was injured when he lost control in Pioneertown Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Ed Noble, Yucca Valley rescue personnel were called to the crash site on Pioneertown Road about 4:30 p.m. The unidentified male rider lost control just at the southern entrance to Pioneertown and

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