MORONGO VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNS 100 SATURDAY

The oldest, continually operating school in the Morongo Basin turned 100 years old this year. The Morongo Valley Elementary School is celebrating its centennial, Saturday, November 2, with a birthday party, and the public and all former students and employees are invited to attend. The keynote speaker will be Congressman

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CEO CHADWICK GONE FROM HDMC,”IRRECONCILABLE INCOMPATIBILITY”

CEO Administrator Chad Chadwick has been removed from his position by the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board cites “irreconcilable incompatability.”… Late yesterday, a press release from Hi-Desert Medical Center announced a mutually agreed upon end to CEO Lionel “Chad” Chadwick’s employment with the

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YESTERDAY’S HIGH WINDS CAUSE DAMAGE IN MORONGO BASIN

Yesterday’s high winds caused some damage in the Morongo Basin. In Twentynine Palms, the wind sheered off a power line pole at its base about 8:30 a.m. in the 4700 block of Adobe Road. The power lines kept the pole from falling to the ground. Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt

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WORK TO START ON YUCCA VALLEY GOLF COURSE

After years of sitting abandoned in foreclosure, construction is finally set to start on the former Blue Skies Country Club in Yucca Valley. Rough grading of the new 12-hole golf course, named Hawk’s Landing at Blue Skies, is set for November 6. The owner of the golf course, Bill Brehm

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SOLAR POWER USES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Lost amidst the hubbub over commercial solar energy generation are many quiet site-specific implementations of solar power. Ranger Pam Tripp tells how it’s used at Joshua Tree National Park…

Solar power is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of power available today. With the help of our bright desert

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ART TOUR SECOND WEEKEND

A Roadside Attraction Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms will be open during the this weekend for the Annual Art Tours, Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The gallery will feature artworks from many local artists in the Morongo Basin, both those who are

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GROUND-BREAKING SET FOR YUCCA VALLEY GOLF COURSE

After years of sitting abandoned in foreclosure, construction is finally set to start on the former Blue Skies Country Club. Rough grading of the new 12-hole golf course, named Hawk’s Landing at Blue Skies, is set for November 6. The owner of the golf course, Bill Brehm Sr., said the

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COUNTY COURTS CHANGE FAMILY LAW CASE SCHEDULING

The San Bernardino County Court System is changing the way it puts on its calendar family law cases that involve custody and visitation disputes. The new system takes effect Monday, October 28. With details on the new system, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

A new calendar system at the county

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SHERIFF CRACKING DOWN ON SYNTHETIC DRUG SALES

A Sheriff’s Department task force served warning letters to businesses throughout the county advising them the sales of “bath salts” or “spice,” as they are commonly called, are not permitted in the county. Five teams of deputies served notices at 21 locations in San Bernardino County to give them the

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER MINUTES BEFORE TRIAL

After three days of jury selection, a Yucca Valley woman pleaded guilty to murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Monday. Against her lawyer’s advice, and just as her trial was set to begin, Diana Jordan, 38, changed her plea to guilty in the murder of Lauren McLane, 22, of Yucca

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WOMAN CHANGES PLEA MINUTES BEFORE HER MURDER TRIAL IS TO START

After three days of jury selection, a Yucca Valley woman pleaded guilty to murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Monday afternoon. Against her lawyer’s advice, and just as her trial was set to begin, Diana Jordan, 38, changed her plea to guilty in the murder of Lauren McLane, 22, of

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TEMECULA CARKACKING SUSPECT ELUDES CAPTURE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Police in two cities are searching for a man suspected of carjacking a woman at knifepoint in Temecula, and then driving the car to Twentynine Palms. According to Temecula police Sergeant Curt Harris, about 8 p.m. Monday, October 14, a Murrieta woman had gone to a park in Temecula to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN SHOT FRIDAY NIGHT, DIES SATURDAY

A Twentynine Palms man who was shot Friday night died of his injuries Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s Department has not released much information about the shooting, but Z107.7 News has learned that deputies were called to the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms at 7:11 Friday night on

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KEYS RANCH TOURS

With the reopening of Joshua Tree National Park, Keys Ranch tours are back on. Ranger Pam Tripp tells how to join the tour…

 

Joshua Tree National Park is pleased to announce our Keys Ranch tours for the 2013 through 2014 season. Beginning October 4, tours of the historic ranch

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NEW CFO AT HIGH DESERT WATER DISTRICT

Hi-Desert Water District has named Rochelle Clayton as Chief Financial Officer. Clayton most recently was the Finance Director at the City of La Habra Heights. She also served in the accounting department for the County of San Bernardino for 15 years. Clayton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS TO VISITORS

Joshua Tree National Park is open, most public areas and roads are accessible while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Joshua Tree National Park has been closed since October 1, due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. Interpretive programs will resume on Saturday, October 26. Keys Ranch

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CONGRESSMAN COOK “VOTES HIS CONSCIENCE” TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley said he, “Voted his conscience” in voting to reopen government and raise the country’s debt ceiling late last night. In an exclusive interview with Z107.7 News from Washington, D.C., Cook said he made the decision to join 87 other Republican Representatives in supporting the

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MORONGO VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN SOLO CRASH ON THE GRADE

A Morongo Valley man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday on the Morongo Grade. About 5:05 p.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to a crash on Highway 62 at the County Line and found that Gary Berlino II, 30, had crashed his 2003 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle as he was

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FORMER MARINE ARRESTED FOR 2004 YUCCA VALLEY MURDER

A former Twentynine Palms Marine has been arrested In Michigan for the 2004 killing of his wife in Yucca Valley. Detectives from Michigan and California arrested 41-year-old Charles Leppan in connection with the disappearance of his ex-wife. On May 12, 2004 a man walking his dog in the desert on

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BOBCAT PROTECTION LAW SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR

Friday, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Bill. This legislation establishes a no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park as well as other national parks and refuges in California. The bill also requires trappers to have written permission from a landowner before trapping a bobcat

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