MARINE DOING SPEEDING BIKE WHEELIES UP ADOBE ROAD CITED

Twentynine Palms deputies arrested a reckless motorcycle rider who was speeding and doing wheelies Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted Corporal Zachary Coffinger, 24, a Marine with Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, about 12:18 p.m. doing wheelies on his 2002 Honda motorcycle as he was driving

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POT DEALER ARRESTED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of selling marijuana at Copper Mountain College. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department about 12:40 p.m. to report suspicious activity surrounding a vehicle in the parking lot at Copper Mountain College. Deputies noticed multiple people coming to

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SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORKSHOP

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting was split between workshops and regular business. Today, reporter Dan Stork tells about the Advanced Placement workshop…

A second workshop preceding the regular meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education was about Advanced Placement courses. The pass rate

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1 BILLION DOLLAR STATE DROUGHT-RELIEF EMERGENCY BILL PROPOSED

The State Governor and lawmakers proposed a $1 billion in drought-relief spending yesterday, money that could be used to increase the Inland-area water supply by recycling, capturing stormwater and cleaning up groundwater. The two bills include $128 million to ease immediate impacts of the drought such as dry wells, job

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ST JOSEPH’S PLAYERS AUDITIONING FOR “BILOXI BLUES” TUESDAY

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley are holding open auditions for the Neil Simon comedy, “Biloxi Blues” Tuesday night, March 24. The show opens May 8 with weekend performances through May 31. Director Rebecca Havely has the details…

Auditions for the St. Joseph’s Players next production, “Biloxi Blues” are

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HI-DESERT WATER CELEBRATES 1% STATE SEWER SYSTEM LOAN

Hi-Desert Water District celebrates a low-cost loan last night. The tone at the meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors was restrained jubilation. Reporter Dan Stork explains the joy and the restraint… The directors of the Hi-Desert Water District thanked staff, Yucca Valley town officials, regulatory officials and

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SERIAL TRESPASSER ARRESTED AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning for continually trespassing at Yucca Valley High School. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Kweisi Hall, 18, had been repeatedly warned by school and law enforcement officials to stay off the school campus. He refused to do so and after an investigation, Kweisi

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER TABLES ALTA MIRA WILL-SERVE LETTER DECISION

Faced with a decision to give the controversial Alta Mira Housing development a will-serve letter for water service, the Joshua Basin Water Board dropped back and punted last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… Following a presentation from proponents of the planned 248-unit Alta Mira residential housing project in their

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TWO NAMED TO TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD

At Tuesday’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, two Twentynine Palms residents were appointed to the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District’s board of directors. The supervisors approved Third District Supervisor’s James Ramos’ appointments of Zander Hardin and Sandra Gray to fill two vacant seats on the Twentynine Palms

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“URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29 GETTING CRITICAL ACCLAIM

The edgy new musical comedy, “Urinetown the Musical,” continues to receive critical acclaim at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… Theatre and film critic Jack Lyons attended a performance of “Urinetown the Musical” last weekend and says in The Desert Star Weekly, “The cast of enthusiastic performers give it

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YUCCA VALLEY MEDIAN CONSTRUCTION AT DUMOSA KICKS IN TODAY

The construction of the median island at Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley will begin today, March 18, and is expected to take three to four weeks to complete. The highway will receive temporary striping, and travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction between

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPOINTS COMMISSION MEMBERS

The Yucca Valley Town Council appointed four members to the town’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission at its meeting last night. Council member Bob Leone appointed Eric Quander; appointed by Robert Lombardo was Ed Keesling. Merl Abel appointed Randy Eigner, and Rick Denison appointed Gregory Hill. All nominations were passed

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING DOMINATED BY LARGE TEACHER TURNOUT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting was split between workshops and regular business. Today, reporter Dan Stork tells about the regular meetings, which was dominated by a large teacher turnout intent on impressing the Board during contract negotiations…

Morongo Teachers Association members turned out in the largest

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WEAPONS BRANDISHED IN ROY’S CAFÉ SKIRMISH IN AMBOY

An argument at Roy’s Café in Amboy Monday escalated to the point where a knife and gun were brandished. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:30 Monday afternoon, a woman was arguing with a man on a motorcycle at the gas station, and charged him with a knife described as

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ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL-SERVE LETTER ON JBWD AGENDA TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water Board will consider a will-serve letter for a controversial 248 unit housing project tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda….

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. board meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors will consider a will serve letter for the proposed 248-unit Alta Mira

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STATE TO CONSIDER STRICT WATER RATIONING MEASURES TODAY

The State Water Resources Control Board considers tough water restrictions today that could reshape how we consume water. The Board will discuss the drought and water restrictions for the 400-plus water districts in the state. CalEPA researcher Max Gromberg said, “We are telling all of water districts around the state,

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HOSPITAL PATIENT ON OXYGEN INJURED AFTER LIGHTING CIGARETTE

A patient on oxygen at Hi-Desert Medical Center was injured and started a small fire yesterday after he lit a cigarette while in his bed. According to Joshua Tree firefighters, the bed caught on fire about 2:15 p.m. The patient, identified only as being in his 50s, suffered inhalation burns

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

After recognizing County Fire Division Chief Dave Benfield, who is retiring, and hearing an update from the town’s animal shelter, the Yucca Valley Town Council will get down to business at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff lists some of the items on its agenda…

Among the items on

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The regular Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. will not be held. The next regular Planning Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m.

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH SURVEY INCENTIVES

A homeless youth survey is planned for next month and organizers are looking for incentives. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to help…

San Bernardino County’s Interagency Council on Homelessness Homeless Youth Taskforce is implementing this area’s first homeless youth survey on April 8. The survey aims to accurately assess

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