BURGLARS SCARED OFF AT TWO HOMES IN YUCCA VALLEY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Suspected burglars were scared off at two nearby residences in Yucca Valley early Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff’s reports, a resident in the 7400 block of Warren Vista Avenue said two suspects shined a light through his window about 4 a.m. When he got up to call 911, the power

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Twentynine Palms Water District board approved a new budget and general manager last night. Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and files this report…

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at nearly $3.6 million. Board President Sam Moore

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MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ORDER FOR BURNS CANYON, RIMROCK AREAS

UPDATED AT 7 A.M. 6-25-15

The San Bernardino County Fire Department

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MEASURE “Y” PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY WITH 91% YES VOTES

Photography by Elena Ray via palmspringslife.com

Measure Y—the mail-ballot election to decide the fate of the Hi-Desert Medical Center—was overwhelmingly approved yesterday. With only 25 percent of the 23,000 eligible voters voting, nearly 91 percent approved the 30-year lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare. Now that the agreement is approved, Tenet will operate the medical center, plus

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: SETBACK FOR PROJECT PHOENIX, SCULPTURE NIXED

Although the Twentynine Palms City Council was down to three members at its June 23 meeting (with members Heiser and Cole away with excused absences), the meeting was not short on topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: a Park presentation, Lake Fire news, non-profit allocations,

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LAKE FIRE NOW 33 PERCENT CONTAINED, THE LATEST ON THE NEARBY FIRE

Firefighters continue working on the 18,875 acre Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains with containment increasing to 38 percent. Fire Management told Z107.7 good progress was made within the northeastern portion of fire yesterday, although the fire remained active and continued spotting to the east. With the steep ridgelines

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER MET, GRANTS GET ATTENTION

The Bighorn-Desert View Water board saw a lot of attention paid to their grant applications at last night’s meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and explains…

Last night’s meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors in Landers looked to be fairly routine with most of the evening’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors with both water and fire department business tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares what’s on their agendas…

In regular session tonight the Twentynine Palms Water District agenda begins with a public hearing to continue the current level of water availability assessments. They will

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FIREFIGHTERS SAY “DON’T PANIC” OVER LAKE FIRE

Firefighters working on the 17,400-acre Lake Fire are optimistic; only 100 acres were added to the burn area Monday, and it’s now 30 percent contained. “The fire’s progressed actually very slowly. It hasn’t moved that much.” U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Chon Bribiescas explained why residents shouldn’t panic about

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting shows some movement on the use of Project Phoenix funds. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else is in store at tonight’s meeting…

The Twentynine Palms City Council will have the annual, pro forma public hearing on lighting and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accused of sexually molesting a girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl’s mother discovered the molestation, and went to a home in the 73800 block of Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms about noon on Saturday to confront the suspect, identified as

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE THREATENS TO BODY SLAM A BABY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday evening after he threatened to body slam a baby and broke his ex-girlfriend’s hand. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Kroll, 40, of the 7700 block of North Star, was arguing with his ex-girlfriend about 5:30 p.m. when he picked up a 6-month-old

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FIGHT OVER CIGARETTE LEADS TO AN ARREST FOR MORONGO VALLEY MAN

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday evening after he hit another man because he wouldn’t give him a cigarette. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Rodriguez, 36, went to a home in the 9300 block of Navajo Trail in Morongo Valley about 6:30 and asked the occupant for a

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GROWTH OF LAKE FIRE SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WEEKEND

The growth of the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed significantly over the weekend. After exploding to 10,000 acres in the first full day of the fire, the fire is now at 17,000 acres, or about 26 square miles, and is 19 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters

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YUCCA MESA HOUSE BURNS TO GROUND SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MAYOR/COUNCILMAN TRIES STAND-UP COMEDY IN LOS ANGELES

In retirement, a former Twentynine Palms city councilman and mayor is developing a new direction for himself. Reporter Dan Stork chatted with Jay Corbin about his efforts as a standup comic…

We’d heard that Jay Corbin, who retired from his consulting practice in December, after completing one term on the

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN IN CHILD PORN, SEX ABUSE CASE

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District, accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, accepted a plea bargain Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in exchange for dropping

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN THROWN FROM JEEP, HOSPITALIZED

A Twentynine Palms Marine was injured when he was thrown from a Jeep he was riding Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Klouchek, 24, was driving a Jeep on a dirt road near Encelia and Laura Lane when the Jeep hit a dirt berm and he was thrown

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LAKE FIRE STATUS

As of 6:36 am this morning, the affected area for the Lake Fire, which has been burning near Route 38 south of Big Bear Lake since Wednesday was tallied at 16,136 acres. The Incident Information web site said, ” Fire within the wilderness is low intensity allowing the firefighters to

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FIRE AWARENESS

Yes, most of the Morongo Basin is desert, but there’s plenty that can burn. Ranger Pam Tripp provides fire cautions for the National Park…

Fire has always played a major role in Joshua Tree National Park and other desert areas. Lightning strikes as well as human caused fires are both

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