HELICOPTER SEARCH UNSUCCESSFUL FOR SUSPECT

Deputies called in a helicopter to help search for a suspect who fled following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a green Chevy Camaro traveling eastbound on Old Dale Road at a high rate of speed about 3 p.m. As

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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LAKE FIRE STALLS, NOW 70 PERCENT CONTAINED

For the last two days, the mammoth Lake Fire has stalled at 49 square miles, allowing hand crews and bulldozer operators to laboriously strengthen and extend their fires lines. As a result, 70 percent of the perimeter was surrounded by fire lines by last night. Fire officials are beginning to

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MARINE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, KIDNAPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine says he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man called at 9:13 p.m. to report that about a half hour earlier, he was sprayed with pepper spray and tasered by one suspect, while another man hit him over

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LAKE FIRE COULD INCREASE THREATS OF FLASH FLOODING

The Lake Fire, which has burned more than 31,000 acres in the beautiful stands of timber in the San Bernardino National Forest, could wreak more havoc on the high desert neighborhoods of Burns Canyon, Rimrock, and Pioneertown. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

“This was a devastating fire. It burned away

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MAN CAUGHT IMPERSONATING A FIREFIGHTER AT LAKE FIRE COMMAND POST

A man accused of impersonating a firefighter at the Lake Fire near Barton Flats was arrested at the Fire Incident Command Post on multiple criminal charges. David Battle, 44, of San Bernardino, was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, being a

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SCHOOL BOARD RAISES MEAL COSTS, REVIEWS NEW PROGRAMS AND RULES

Business-wise, the June 30 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education was a mop-up exercise. Reporter Dan Stork says that the focus of the meeting was a far-ranging and eye-opening presentation by a district staffer. Also, actions at the state level that will have local repercussions were

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ACCUSED MURDERER OF ERIN CORWIN IN COURT BRIEFLY YESTERDAY

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was temporarily

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CHRISTOPHER LEE COURT CASE CONTINUED AGAIN

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer had filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was

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LAKE FIRE DOWN, BUT NOT OUT; WE SPEAK WITH THE FOREST SERVICE

The Lake Fire, which started June 17, spread rapidly the first eight or nine days of the fire as it burned in timber that hadn’t burned for 100 years or more. But then the fire started bumping up against the burn scar area from the Sawtooth Fire from 2006. With

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SMOKE ADVISORY LIFTED

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has cancelled the smoke advisory issued on June 27 for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and nearby communities. Please be aware that conditions may change due to shifting wind patterns or fire conditions. For a link to the latest air quality information, visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov

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SCHOOL BOARD MOPPING UP THE FISCAL YEAR TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a long list of mop-up items on the agenda for its next meeting. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown…

Following an open work/study session at 5:30 to review the single plans for student achievement at four schools, and a 6:30 closed

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SON ARRESTED AFTER SEVERE NEGLECT OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

An elderly woman was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday afternoon with what was described as one of the worst cases of elder abuse ever seen by the emergency room doctor. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:15, the woman was brought in non-responsive and with numerous ant bites on

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JOSEPH PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY

Jury selection will begin today (Tuesday) in the murder trail of Joseph Phipps of Joshua Tree. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Christy Utley Phipps, in the head in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista in Joshua Tree in January 2013. Phipps has been

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ONE HOME LOST, EVACUATIONS LIFTED, LAKE FIRE OVER 30,000 ACRES

One home burned, as well as three outbuildings, were confirmed burned in the Lake Fire this weekend. The home and outbuildings, owned by Diane Best on Burns Canyon Road, burned Wednesday when the illegal drone flying in the area grounded all the firefighting aircraft with fire retardant and water. Sheriff’s

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COUNTY WILL CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The National Fire Protection Association says that Fourth of July fireworks cause more fires in the U. S. than all other causes combined. All fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are illegal in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Sheriff’s

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TWO SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED IN YUCCA VALLEY YESTERDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for two male juveniles after one of them shot at a vehicle in Yucca Valley Sunday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, the boys, described as Hispanic, were in the 7300 block of Valley Vista about 1 p.m. when they attempted to steal a

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YUCCA VALLEY CRASH CAUSES POWER OUTAGE

A man who crashed a stolen vehicle into a power pole on the north side of the highway across from Walmart in Yucca Valley in the early hours Saturday is responsible for a power outage that affected parts of the Morongo Basin. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, about 12:30

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MARINE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AREA SENIORS

Reach Out Morongo Basin, the local people-helping-people organization, has helped over 100 senior homeowners with yard work and other home repairs. Reporter Dan Stork says that Reach Out is looking for more people to help…

Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard

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