BREAKING NEWS: YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS JOIN IN NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE TODAY

Today is National Day of Silence, a day held annually to protest the harassment and bullying of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered students. Student clubs at both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools have organized a Day of Silence, in which students—who have received permission from their parents and

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9 CHARGES FILED AGAINST YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOR LANDERS ASSAULT

The District Attorney filed nine charges last week against a Yucca Valley man, stemming from an assault in Landers in March. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ronnie James Salazar, 27, was kicked out of his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 57600 block of Mariquita Road on in mid March. The report

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EARTH DAY EVENT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the annual Earth Day event at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex from 9-2. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a lot will be offered in the hugely popular, family-friendly event…… Celebrate Earth Day during a festival in Yucca Valley Saturday. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will celebrate Earth Day

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TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE DEDICATED TO MAC DUBE THIS MORNING

The Twentynine Palms post office is being dedicated today as the Colonel M.J. “Mac” Dube USMC Post Office Building. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will speak at the official dedication ceremony this morning. Before his death last April, Dube served as a Marine for 38 years—earning four Purple Hearts,

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TWO SHOT IN YUCCA VALLEY, SUSPECT CAUGHT AFTER CRASH

A Joshua Tree man is in custody following a shooting and crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said Joseph Rojas, 20, was arguing with Terry Hill, 26, and Elaina Bixon, 21, in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail, when Rojas pulled out a handgun and shot

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BABY FOUND IN SHOPPING CART IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT

A baby was forgotten for a few minutes in a shopping cart in a Wal-Mart parking lot yesterday. According to Sheriff’s officials, a Wal-Mart employee found a 10-month-old baby in a shopping cart about 3:05 p.m. and brought the child into the store and called the Sheriff’s Department. The father

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MORONGO VALLEY HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to a suspicious fire late last night that burned a home to the ground. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, a resident in the 51400 block of 29 Palms Highway heard a loud boom about 11:30 p.m., and then about 10 minutes later saw flames

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CHP HONORS 911 DISPATCHERS

California Highway Patrol dispatchers handle the majority of California’s wireless 9-1-1 emergency calls. Not only are they responsible for sending fire, ambulance, or law enforcement in response to 911 calls, but they are in constant radio communication with the responders, providing needed information. Last year, more than 900 CHP dispatchers

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FINES FOREIGN VANDAL, 4 OTHERS CONVICTED

The Swedish-Portuguese street artist, Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre” has paid the fine for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on rock formations thought to be

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BABY FOUND AT WALMART

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of a baby that was found in a shopping cart in a Walmart parking lot. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said deputies were called to Walmart about 3:05 Wednesday afternoon about the baby. Thornburg said deputies have contacted the people who claim to be

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BREAKING NEWS–SUSPECT BEING QUESTIONED IN YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING THIS MORNING

A man is being questioned this afternoon following a shooting and crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, the Hispanic male suspect–who has not yet been identified– was arguing with a man and a woman in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail. An anonymous person

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STREET ARTIST PAYS FINE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VANDALISM

The Swedish-Portuguese street artist, Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre” has paid the fine for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on rock formations thought to be

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN BUYING CAR ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A Yucca Valley woman said she was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening when she tried to buy a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman was going to buy a car from a private party and had arranged for the seller to bring the car to her home in

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS, REVIEWS REQUIREMENTS FOR BTI

Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission last night. She says a review of commercial guidelines led to a set of requirements for a business… The 60-foot tall cell phone tower disguised as a pine tree on Primrose Trail in Yucca Valley was

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ACLU SAYS BEATING BY COUNTY DEPUTIES PART OF LARGER PROBLEM

A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming. The FBI announced Friday it would conduct a civil rights investigation into the televised beating of a man as he was taken into custody. Thursday,

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WE REVIEW “WAIT UNTIL DARK” AT THEATRE 29

The mystery thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” opened last weekend at Theater 29. Set in 1960 Greenwich Village, New York, this haunting tale follows three ex-con men on a desperate search for a drug-filled doll that leads them to the apartment of a young blind woman oblivious to the dangers the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT SAYS GOODBYE TO BOLHA, PLANS FOR CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS

The Joshua Basin Water Board will honor retiring Shirley Bolha and address new chromium-6 standards tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a close look at the agenda… Following recognition of Shirley Bolha, who retires after 47 years with the Joshua Basin Water District, the board of directors will take up a

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FBI INVESTIGATING THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

In the wake of a horrific beating captured on camera by a KNBC News Helicopter, the FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during the pursuit and altercation involving Francis Jared Pusok and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies.

“The results of the review will be

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VEHICLE FIRE BLOCKS THE EASTBOUND MORONGO GRADE YESTERDAY

A vehicle fire on the Morongo Grade Monday evening closed the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said a pick-up truck pulling a fifth wheel motor home going up the grade caught fire about 5:00 p.m. The truck was fully involved in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Fire and emergency vehicles blocked

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