RAIN AND LIGHTNING BRING FIRES, FLOODS, AND POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal rain and lightning storms slammed parts of Morongo Basin again yesterday, flooding roads, sparking fires, and causing power outages. Thousands of residents in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa were without power for 10 hours or more, starting about 1 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road, Utah Trail,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 3: REINVESTMENT, PENSION DEDUCTION, STREET RENAMING

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today in part 3: The Community Reinvestment Program, a pension deduction, and a street renaming… Community reinvestment program Council agreed to set

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STORMS BRING FLOODS, MUD, DEBRIS, CLOSURES & STRANDED MOTORISTS

An intense line of thunderstorms inundated parts of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Coming out of the east at about 1:30 p.m., parts of Twentynine Palms north of the highway saw rain and hail turn roads and washes into swiftly moving torrents of mud and debris. Winters Road was mostly impassable

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2 OF 3: RECOGNITIONS AND UPDATES

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today in part two of three: Recognitions, a legislative update, and the changes in the Healthcare District… Recognitions Long-time resident Betty Laferriere

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NEIGHBORS SAVE A YUCCA VALLEY HOME FROM FIRE

Neighbors helped keep a fire from spreading in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, the fire was burning a small area in a vacant lot in the 6300 block of Fortuna Avenue about 11:40 a.m., but neighbors saw the blaze and used garden hoses to

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A REMINDER: NO KIDS, ELDERLY, OR PETS IN HOT CARS

Heatstroke is a leading cause of non‐crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures consistently near 100 degrees in the Morongo Basin, the California Office of Traffic Safety cautions parents, plus anyone transporting pets or the elderly, that leaving them in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, July 31, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The local healthcare district board meets tonight at their new headquarters in Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… The newly reorganized Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in special session at 6 p.m. tonight. Following a staff report from new CEO Jackie Combs, the board will

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YOUTH THEATER PRESENTATION OF “PETER PAN JR.” OPENS TOMORROW

Theater 29’s summer youth theater program culminates this weekend with performances of “Peter Pan Jr.” Tickets are selling fast. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how to reserve your seat… The talented students of Theater 29’s summer youth program will be using all the skills they’ve learned this summer. Performing the delightful

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MOVIE IN THE PARK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents the final in the, “Movies in Luckie Park” series tonight on the north side of the racquetball courts with movie “Paddington,” starting at about 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best.

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE SPONSORS HEALING CHANTS TOMORROW

Sound healing circles employ sound to enhance emotional and physical health, and personal development and well-being. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s a local group that is sponsoring a circle… The Heart and Soul Team of Transition Joshua Tree will sponsor a Sound Healing Circle on July 31. Leader Karen Soriano

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BRITISH SOCCER CAMP STARTS MONDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION

Twentynine Palms Recreation has spots available for the British Soccer Camp that will take place starting this Monday, August 3, through Friday, August 7. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country, based upon innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING: PART 1 OF 3

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into 3 parts. Today in part 1: Processes in progress, animal control, the I-10 closure, and the planning commission stipend…

Luckino on processes At

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COUNTY OFFERS A REWARD FOR SCOFFLAW DRONE USERS

In county news today, county supervisors approved $75,000 in rewards to catch the operators of hobby drones that interfered with three recent firefighting efforts. The board voted yesterday to provide three $25,000 rewards for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of operators of the drones. Firefighting efforts

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FOOD TRUCKS NOW WELCOME IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Food truck vendors got the green light from the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to roam freely and sell their wares in the county’s unincorporated areas. But food truck vendors must still comply with regulations established in the county’s 24 cities, most of which ban free-roaming food trucks. “We’re really

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COUNTY LIBRARIES NOW OFFER FREE ANCESTRY.COM

Patrons of San Bernardino County’s 32 libraries now have access to a new tool: Ancestry.com, a database of genealogical and historical records that can be used for compiling family trees and research projects. Anyone with a library card can visit any of the county’s library branches and use the Ancestry.com

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CHP OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

Motorcycles are fun to ride, but there are dangers to riding down the highway at 65 miles per hour. California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin has some tips on how to ride safely is… Here are some important safety reminders for motorcyclists. Wear a helmet and protective gear. “No skin

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TWO ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE FOR TRANSPORTING HEROIN

Two people were arrested Tuesday, accused of transporting heroin. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies made a probation compliance check at the home of Julie DaSilva, 29, in the 62200 block of Dennis Avenue in Joshua Tree about 5:15 yesterday. There they found DaSilva and Shawn Lucero, 33, of Yucca

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ONE ARREST, TWO PENDING, AFTER RECOVERY OF STOLEN CAR IN JOSHUA TREE

One man was arrested, and two others are under investigation, after they were found to be in possession of a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3:30 a.m. Friday, a man saw his stolen Honda parked in an apartment complex in the 64800 block of Chollita Road in

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