HOT DOG CALL LEADS TO ARREST FOR HEROIN POSSESSION

Two people were arrested Tuesday evening after heroin was found in their possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident called at 6:10 p.m. to report that a dog had been locked in a vehicle parked at the Park-n-Ride at Kickapoo and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. The caller said

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM OFFERS YOUTH CAMP

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum of Yucca Valley is offering a summer fun and fitness youth camp that encourages healthy eating and exercise. Reporter Rebecca Havely describes the four weeks of fun… New topics are offered each week of this four-week youth camp which begins June 23, and runs Tuesdays through

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS A MIXER

Join the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce for a June Mixer this evening, Thursday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The mixer will be held at the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center, 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway. Network with area business owners and representatives and sample food from various local restaurants.

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FREE MOVIE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS’ LUCKIE PARK TONIGHT

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents “Movies in Luckie Park” Thursday nights through July 30, on the north side of the racquetball courts starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best. Refreshments will be offered

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STEAM CAMP OFFERED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

It will be STEAM-y in more ways than one in Twentynine Palms this August. Reporter Dan Stork says invites teenagers to sign up for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics camp at Twentynine Palms High School… Students in grades 7 through 12, throughout the Morongo Basin are invited to come

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

There will be a distribution of surplus food at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley, from 10 to noon tomorrow, Friday June 19.

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was killed in a roll-over crash Tuesday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, Kimberly Elliott, 28, was driving her 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant eastbound on Highway 62. As she approached Ronald Drive in Yucca Valley about 9:15 p.m., she lost control of her car. The car hit

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN THREATENS TO BLOW UP GIRLFRIEND WITH PROPANE TANK

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday evening, accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Hughes, 30, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6500 block of Pine Avenue when he punched the woman in the head. The report states Hughes then turned on

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CALTRANS MEETS WITH DISGRUNTLED LANDERS AREA RESIDENTS

Caltrans staff addressed about 50 residents at last night’s meeting of the Flamingo Heights Community Association. They came to discuss road improvements along an 8.8-mile stretch of Highway 247. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and provides the details… Motorists who frequent Old Woman Springs Road from El Cortez Road, on

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NAMED IN TOP 10 MUSICAL ATTRACTIONS

Joshua Tree National Park has been voted one of the top musical attractions in the world. After four weeks of voting, readers of USA Today and 10 Best chose their top 10 favorites from a list of 20 musical attractions, and Joshua Tree National Park came in ninth place. The

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS BIKE PATH VISION

The Morongo Basin is connected by Highway 62, but one local resident is hoping that a bike path may one day connect the communities from Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff said last night, Yucca Valley Town Council members heard about a

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EXTREME HEAT OPENS COOLING CENTERS LOCALLY

An excessive heat watch is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. Cooling centers have been designated. Yucca Valley Town offices are open normal business hours. The Yucca Valley Community Center is open five days a week during the hottest part of the day; Hi-Desert Nature Museum is

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS SITE PLANS, CONTRACTS, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

The MUSD Board of Education held a brief special meeting. Reporter Dan Stork says they covered four site plans, employment contracts, and special education matters…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education held a brief special meeting on Tuesday, June 16. Principals from Twentynine Palms Junior High School, Black

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SHERIFF ADVISES, DON’T GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is launching a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE, team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER HEARS PLANS TO CHARGE FOR INACTIVE METERS

The Joshua Basin Water District will start the process to charge a fee for unused water meters tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, Directors will likely start the ball rolling on a plan to charge inactive meter accounts

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HI-DESERT WATER IN ROUTINE MEETING TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… It looks to be a fairly routine meeting for the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the board will be asked to hire a firm to perform an organizational

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS TOUR OF ROUGHLEY MANOR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Morongo Basin Historical Society still has openings available for its field trip to the Roughley Manor in Twentynine Palms. Owners Gary and Jan Peters will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1926 ranch and three-story house that was the former home of Bill and Elizabeth Campbell, early homesteaders in

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD HEARS LAFCO KUDOS

Just a few months ago, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, warned the Morongo Valley Community Services District that it must get its financial house in order or risk dissolution. At last night’s meeting of the CSD board, directors received an update to LAFCO’s prior warning. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS ISSUED, COOLING CENTERS OPENED

The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing its hottest days so far, with temps in the triple digits. The National Weather service has issued an excessive heat watch for temperatures ranging from 110 today to 117 this weekend. Several buildings have been designated as cooling centers where you can get out

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CATS FROM LOCKED PICK-UP TRUCK

Joshua Tree firefighters rescued three cats that had been accidentally locked in a pick-up truck Monday morning. County Fire Captain Donnie Viloria said a little after 10 a.m., a worker at the Animal Action League accidentally locked the truck’s keys inside the pick-up truck, with three cats, contained in carriers

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