TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS, FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COUNTY ON AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms Water District may give the final approval to a plan to turn responsibility for fire protection over the the county tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look… When the Twentynine Palms Water District meets at 6 p.m. tonight, directors are expected to consider amending this fiscal

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NEARBY SUMMIT FIRE BACK TO 50 PERCENT CONTAINED

Firefighters will start heading home today from the nearby Summit fire in Big Bear. Cloud cover over Big Bear Lake helped firefighters battling the 100-acre Summit fire once again bring containment to 50 percent. Earlier Tuesday, fire authorities had dropped the containment estimate to 30 percent after reassessing the lines

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MORE LOCAL BUSINESSES SUED FOR ADA NON-COMPLIANCE

At least five more businesses, most in Yucca Valley, have been sued by a man who claims they are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Some of the violations include not having proper handicap-accessible parking spaces, lack of signage for the parking spaces, and faded paint

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GOOD PROGRESS MADE ON THE SUMMIT FIRE IN BIG BEAR

Firefighters are making good progress on the Summit Fire in nearby Big Bear. Monday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service lifted mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for all but one street: Knickerbocker Road, south of Pennsylvania Avenue. If all goes well, that evacuation order will be lifted sometime today, said Forest

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, T.O.T. LATE FEES, DOG PARK, AND A STATUE ON A BUSY AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting tonight will begin with a presentation and a discussion of the city’s disaster preparedness policy. Among the items on the consent agenda is a recommendation that the city council establish a stipend for planning commissioner of $150 per meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff details

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NO ACTIONS REPORTED AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD CLOSED MEETING

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors held a special closed session meeting yesterday in which the two items of business were a discipline/dismissal/release of an employee, and a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. General Manager Ray Kolisz said the board came out of closed session with

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING A REMINDER AT FLASH FLOODS

With rain in the forecast, the Morongo Basin is at risk for flash flooding. Area fire stations have sand bags available for residents they can use to prepare for rains in advance of the storm. Most fire stations will give residents up to 10 sand bags for free. Joshua Tree

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UNEVEN PAVEMENT BLAMED FOR ROLL-OVER CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A rollover crash on Old Woman Springs Road Monday afternoon is being blamed on uneven pavement. Just about noon, a woman was driving on Old Woman Springs Road just south of Sunset Drive when she said the wheels of her car got caught on the lip of the pavement on

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THE LATEST ON THE SUMMIT FIRE IN THE BIG BEAR AREA

Hundreds of firefighters battled a 100-acre blaze near the Snow Summit resort in Big Bear as darkness fell Sunday. Evacuations were ordered, and hundreds of homes were threatened by what is being called the Summit fire. Containment of the blaze was reported at 50 percent today as plane after plane

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OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION THIS WEEK

Old Woman Springs Road, also known as State Route 247, will be under construction all this week through Friday morning. The highway will have lane closures between El Cortez Road and Handley Road between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO STREAMLINE ROOFTOP SOLAR PERMITTING

The County Board of Supervisors meets in regular session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says streamlining solar and formalizing the Morongo Basin Supervisor’s representative are all on the agenda…

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At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors, the expected passage of a new ordinance will

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 4 p.m. today. The first item on the agenda is the discipline/dismissal/release of a public employee. The second item in closed session is a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. The meeting will

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YUCCA VALLEY HOMEOWNER ALMOST THE VICTIM OF A RENTAL SCAM

A homeowner was almost the victim of a rental scam. She had listed the home in Yucca Valley for sale, and saw that her home was also being listed online as a home for rent. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips to help you avoid being the victim

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SCHOOL BUS ROUTES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School bus routes have been updated and some revisions have been made. Bus route information is available on the Morongo Unified School District website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us under the Transportation tab and also on the front page. Please check your child’s route and bus number to make sure you have the

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT AT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL THURSDAY

La Contenta Middle School will hold a back-to-school night Thursday, September 3, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Parents should bring their child’s schedule. The evening is designed to give parents a chance to visit their’ child’s classrooms and meet their teachers. Parents will be given an overview of the curriculum,

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PIECES OF THE PAST AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

People have been living in the Joshua Tree National Park area for thousands of years. Wherever people live and congregate, they leave behind trash and artifacts. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper discusses pieces of the past in Joshua Tree National Park… Do you keep any mementos from family members who

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TWENTYNINE PALMS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club after-school program begins tomorrow, Monday, August 24. The program offers literacy and math programs, P.E., as well as homework assistance for students in first through sixth grades. The after school program, which starts August 24, is free for students at Oasis Elementary School; $100 for

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OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION THIS WEEK

Old Woman Springs Road, also known as State Route 247, will be under construction beginning tonight, Sunday, August 23, through Friday morning. The highway will have lane closures between El Cortez Road and Handley Road between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night. Motorists are urged to use caution in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday evening following a report of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man called police about 8 p.m. Thursday night to say that he had been tied up and beaten by four men and his ex-fiance because they wanted money. The man

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HOT TUB FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

An electrical malfunction is believed responsible for a hot tub fire Thursday night in Yucca Valley. About 11:05 p.m., firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Avalon where they found the hot tub smoldering on the back patio. No other structures were threatened, and firefighters quickly put out the

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