DESERT SKY DINNER MARKS DESERT PROTECTION ACT ANNIVERSARY

Dinner and dancing this Saturday will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act. In addition, you can meet Matt Littrell, who has been riding horseback across the United States for four months, to raise awareness of suicide by military veterans and to raise donations for the Semper

…View Full Story…

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

…View Full Story…

MISSING 12-YEAR-OLD YUCCA VALLEY BOY FOUND SAFE

The 12-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday afternoon was found safe Thursday afternoon. Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick said the boy had been suspended from school at La Contenta Middle School for fighting, and he did not want to go home to face his parents. Warrick said the boy had thought

…View Full Story…

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND SHARP DROP-OFF AT HDMC TOMORROW

Look around your house. Are there dangerous prescription drugs or sharps around? You can dispose of them safely tomorrow. Reporter Caitlin Logan says bring them to the Hi-Desert Medical Center… Every year, thousands of pounds of prescription drugs and needles end up in landfills, posing a danger to the environment.

…View Full Story…

DESERT SUN ARTICLE SAYS HIGHWAY 62 DEADLIEST IN THE REGION

Highway 62 is the deadliest highway in the Hi- and Low-Desert, according to an article in the Desert Sun. The newspaper studied crash reports and autopsy results from 2002 through 2012 and found that 182 people have been killed in 158 crashes on Highway 62 , and that the highway

…View Full Story…

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.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY INDENTIFIED

The coroner’s office has identified the Morongo Valley man who was hit and killed by a car as he was crossing the highway in Morongo Valley Monday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., Arthur Dachroeden, 80, was in the highway’s westbound number one lane near Desert Willow Trail, when he was

…View Full Story…

FALLEN CLIMBER RESCUED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A man was rescued in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday morning, after he dislocated a hip following a fall while climbing near Jumbo Rocks campground. According to a park press release, David Mazal, of Bishop, was belaying for another climber on the Gem route of the Conan’s Corrider climb about

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL GREENLIGHTS HOUSING PROJECT, BOWDEN ACTING CITY MANAGER

Recently, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission unanimously recommended that an environmental impact report be prepared for The Ridge at Twentynine Palms, a 200-unit affordable housing project to be sited on the south edge of the Marine Base, across the fence from Condor Elementary School, before the project be allowed to

…View Full Story…

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CLOSE TO CHOOSING AFFILIATION PARTNER

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors heard presentations at its meeting last night from the two for-profit health care groups that are interested in affiliating with the hospital. Tenet Healthcare Group has 12 California hospitals, including Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK in the Coachella Valley. Strategic Global Management

…View Full Story…

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

…View Full Story…

AN ATTEMPTED CARJACKING IN LANDERS

A woman reported an attempted carjacking Saturday night in Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman—who was not identified—was coming to a stop at Landers Lane and Reche Road about 9:30 p.m. when she said a white male jumped out in front of her car, causing her to brake.

…View Full Story…

DEPUTIES COMING AND GOING, PROP 47 CHANGING LAW ENFORCEMENT

During his report to the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary told of personnel changes in his command, and of potential fallout from the passage of Prop 47. Reporter Dan Stork relates who’s going and who’s coming… Captain Mondary told the Morongo Basin MAC and community members

…View Full Story…

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT BLACK ROCK CAMPGROUND

An Oceanside man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jared Watts, 28, was camping with his girlfriend at Black Rock Canyon campground in Yucca Valley, when the woman called to report that he was hitting her. The report states that

…View Full Story…

WINDOWS SHOT AT YUCCA VALLEY STORE

Someone shot at the windows of the Yucca Valley Liquor store late Sunday night. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick, about 10:40 p.m., a clerk inside the store behind the cash register heard three “clicks” and then noticed three bullet holes in the south-facing windows of the store, which were

…View Full Story…

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

…View Full Story…

A COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY

Morongo Valley fire fighters were called to a commercial structure fire Monday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, an alarm went out at 12:16 p.m. from the Village Mart, on the corner of Senilis and the Highway. The store’s coolers had an electrical malfunction, which charged the building with

…View Full Story…

MORONGO BASIN MAC MET LAST NIGHT, TWO RESOLUTIONS PASSED

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council heard about Marine Base programs, met the new National Park superintendent, and hoped to prod the county into action in diverse areas. Reporter Dan Stork reports on those items, and on a rejected invitation revealed during public comment… Erin Adams, from the Community Plan

…View Full Story…

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF YUCCA VALLEY TACO SHOP BY FINGERPOINT

A Los Angeles man was arrested Monday night after he attempted to rob a taco shop with his finger. Shortly after closing, at 10:12 p.m., Michael Clark, 21, walked into Algoberto’s Taco Shop in the 56100 block of 29 Palms Highway, with his face covered and his hand under his

…View Full Story…

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER EVADING DEPUITES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday night after he fled from a Sheriff’s deputy in Landers. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick, a deputy tried to stop a blue pick-up truck about 11:35 p.m. near Reche Road and Belfield Boulevard for equipment violations. The driver sped off and turned

…View Full Story…