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SKELETON CREW BATTLES A WONDER VALLEY FIRE

A skeleton crew of firefighters battled a fire in Wonder Valley yesterday. Wednesday morning at 9:50 the crew assigned to Medic Brush Patrol 45 in Wonder Valley received a call for a structure fire a few miles east of their station and firefighters could see heavy smoke coming from the...
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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO HIRE SEWER CONTRACTOR, STATE APPLICATION CLOSE

The Yucca Valley proposed sewer project is estimated to cost about $140 million. So far, the Hi-Desert Water District has received grants totaling $7 million. The water district hopes to get more grants and a low-interest loan from the State Revolving Fund for the remaining $133 million. Managing editor Tami...
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CRASH CLOSES THE GRADE LAST NIGHT

A two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade closed Highway 62 for about two hours Wednesday night. About 9:20, two cars collided in the steep, winding section of the westbound highway just north of Indian Canyon. The roads were closed at Hess Boulevard in Morongo Valley and re-opened about 11:20. One man was injured and...
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FENDER-BENDER LEADS TO DUI ARREST

A fender-bender in a grocery store parking lot resulted in a drunken driving charge against one of the drivers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Darrin Bergeron, 41, of Twentynine Palms, was allegedly involved in a collision in the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers parking lot about 5:30 PM Wednesday. Witnesses said...
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MORONGO VALLEY CSD UNVEILS DEFIBRILLATOR

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and says the board saw the results of community support and put off an inspection…

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, Fire Chief Jock Johnson unveiled a new state-of-the-art defibrillator that the District...
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NATIONAL PARK WEEK STARTS SATURDAY

National Park Week begins April 19, and Joshua Tree National Park will join the celebration. The National Park Service is waiving park entrance fees Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, although camping fees and fees for Keys ranch tours will still be collected. April 22 is Earth Day, and volunteers who can roll...
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RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKSHOP IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

San Bernardino County is creating a plan for renewable energy and is looking for public input throughout the process. Tonight, the County Land Use Services Department is holding its first round of public workshops to discuss the future of renewable energy projects within the County. The workshop will be held in in the Yucca...
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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY

The Annual Earth Day Conservation Fair is set for this Saturday in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex.  ROP Broadcast Student Lexi Wade says bring the whole family…

Earth Day Conservation Fair you say? Yes, there is an Earth Day Conservation Fair at the community center complex in Yucca Valley from...
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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST CLEANING UP SECTION 33 SATURDAY

A year ago, the Mojave Desert Land Trust purchased 640 acres in Joshua Tree that were once slated to become a subdivision for 2,700 houses at the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Section 33, as the tract is known, is home to desert tortoises, hummingbirds, and other desert animals. It’s also...
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AUDITONS FOR “A DOLL’S HOUSE” SET AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 will be holding open auditions for their fourth show of the 2014 season. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more on try-outs for “A Doll’s House”…

Auditions have been announced for Theatre 29’s production of “A Doll’s House.” Award-winning director Kurt Schauppner has set auditions for the classic drama by...
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SKY’S THE LIMIT EVENING WITH THE COSMOS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host an evening with the cosmos Saturday, April 19. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:30 p.m. and end about midnight when the moon rises. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on the galaxies in Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper, along...
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ONE 80 MINISTRIES OFFERS JOSHUA TREE EASTER SERVICE

One 80 Ministries of Joshua Tree will hold an Easter service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Following the service, there will be a free barbecue with music and other activities. The public is invited. Childcare will be provided. One 80 Ministries is located at 61858 29 Palms Highway in Joshua...
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EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The Joshua Tree Library is having its annual party on the day before Easter. Reporter Dan Stork says don’t miss the Eggstravaganza…

The Joshua Tree Branch Library invites families to hop on over to the library for some fun games, crafts, and prizes, on Saturday April 19. The library will be...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

Twentynine Palms High School track and field earned two wins yesterday at Desert Hot Springs. Girls varsity won by a score of 41-78. Multiple individual event winners were D’Avion Oliver in the long jump and 400 meter, Jubilee Bosch in the 800 meter and 3200 meter, and Chiyanna Maxwell in...
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VICTIM IN SUNDAY NIGHT JOSHUA TREE CRASH DIES, MORE DETAILS OF CRASH

One of the victims of a horrific DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening has died, and four others—including a 1-year-old toddler— remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Angela Matthews, 25, a passenger in a red 2011 Mazda 6 driven by her husband, Christopher Matthews, 28, died at Desert Hospital in...
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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ALLOCATES COMMUNITY FUNDS, STILL NO TOWN MANAGER

Yucca Valley still has no Town Manager….The Town Council met last night., Managing Editor Tami Roleff said community funds were announced and speed limits were lowered…

Despite an agenda that said the Yucca Valley Town Council would meet in closed session last night to consider the appointment of an employee to...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE TANK OFFICER TO GET PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

A Marine Corps tank officer from the Twentynine Palms base who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

Captain Christopher Ashinhurst, who received the Bronze...
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, TEACHERS RAISES APPROVED

Teachers and substitutes for the Marengo Unified School District got a pay raise at the Board of Education’s regular meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…

A standing-room-only crowd of mostly parents and students were treated to a performance by the Japanese Dan Group of Joshua Tree Elementary School...
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AN ARREST AFTER A FIGHT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

A fight at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday morning led to the arrest of a man for felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Charles Whitehead, 36, of Oroville, and Jennifer Boatright, 26, of Yucca Valley, were waiting for the Yucca Valley Library to open about 10:30 a.m. when they started arguing. Witnesses said Whitehead kicked and...
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14-YEAR-OLD INJURED PLAYING WITH BLACK POWDER

A teenager got a little more bang than he bargained for when he was playing with some black powder Tuesday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, shortly before 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Mt. Nebo Road in Joshua Tree, a 14-year-old boy poured some loose black powder into an aluminum soda can and then lit...
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