FIRE AT BURRTEC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Firefighters from across the Morongo Basin responded to a large fire at Burrtec in Yucca Valley Friday evening. According to County Fire Captain Dustin Krajeski, the first call came in at 5:17 p.m., and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine

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VIDEOTAPED BEATING CAUSES COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATION

A disturbing videotape of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies viciously beating a suspected horse thief near Hesperia has caused County Sheriff John McMahon to order a departmental investigation of the incident. “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing, and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately,” McMahon said

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LOCAL WATER USAGE VARIATIONS COMPARED

Figures released by the state water board on April 7 show that the state as a whole did not get a good head start on the Governor’s call for a 25 percent water reduction. Californians reduced per capita use by 2.8 percent in February of this year, compared to the

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HUMAN BONES FOUND IN THE DESERT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Human bones were found in the desert in Twentynine Palms Monday morning. According to Sheriff officials, the bones were spotted in the desert just east of Kern Boulevard, north of Highway 62, by a resident who was driving to work about 9 a.m. Officials say the bones appear to be

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HOLDS PUBLIC FACILITY DEVELOPMENT FEES HEARING

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a public hearing on a specific development impact fee and a look at some financial policies are on the agenda… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council

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ONE ARRESTED IN CARJACKING, KIDNAPPING, ROBBERY AND HIGH-SPEED CHASE

In a bizarre story of carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, gunfire, and a high-speed chase, a Joshua Tree man was finally taken into custody after investigators say he robbed a good Samaritan at gunpoint. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the Yucca Valley

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BREAKING NEWS: A good Samaritan robbed at gunpoint, Sherriff's helicopter locates suspect.

In a bizarre story of car theft, kidnapping, robbery, gunfire, and a high speed chase, a Joshua Tree man was finally taken into custody after he robbed a good Samaritan at gunpoint. According County Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery at

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CAMPING IN THE NATIONAL PARK

At this time of year, the “Campgrounds Full” sign is often up at the corner of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where you might find space, and how to act when you get there…

Campsites in Joshua Tree National Park will once again start to fill

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART FESTIVAL

The 23rd Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival starts this weekend at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The festival has moved from the Park’s Oasis of Mara Visitor Center due to a seismic retrofit construction at the visitor center. Sixteen artists will be on hand to exhibit and sell

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WOMAN WAS EXPECTING A PROPOSAL, CHRISTOPHER LEE HELD TO ANSWER

Erin Corwin’s best friend testified in Joshua Tree Superior Court yesterday that Corwin’s lover had arranged a secret special day in the desert for just the two of them, one that Corwin hoped would end with a marriage proposal and plans for the two of them to move to Alaska.

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT, EVIDENCE ARGUED

Dressed in dark green jail scrubs, and in handcuffs and leg irons, accused murderer 25-year-old Christopher Lee was in a busy Joshua Tree courtroom yesterday morning for a pre-preliminary conference. Lee is accused of murdering Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms last summer and dumping her body in a mine

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR WINS AWARDS AND HONORS

The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir came home with several trophies from their performances at the Music in the Parks competition in Anaheim last Friday. The Choir’s performance of “I Loved You” earned them first place in the category of Mixed Choir/Small Schools, with a rating of Excellent. Then,

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STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY AT WAL-MART, JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, accused of strong arm robbery at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart loss prevention personnel observed Bruce Johnson, 46, of the 61900 block of Begonia, concealing items in his backpack. When security attempted to prevent Johnson from leaving the

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GRASS-ROOTS FUND-RAISER SEES 1,500 ATTENDEES, RAISES OVER $17,000

In a remarkable grass-roots event Saturday, over 1,500 people attended “Abigail’s Day” Saturday at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. Organizers said the event, first planned as a family barbeque, grew beyond their wildest expectations into an phenomenal outpouring of community support for young Abigail Snipes, a 12-year-old cancer victim currently

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GRAFFITI IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Whether defacers of nature fancy themselves artists, or are celebrating an infatuation, they’re still jerks. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what you can do to fight graffiti…

The beauty of Joshua Tree National Park speaks for itself in the vast open views, the wondrous rock piles, the unique Joshua Trees, and

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ABIGAIL’S DAY

A fundraiser is set for today, Saturday, March 28, to help the family of a 12-year-old Yucca Mesa girl who has had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments on a cancerous 15-pound tumor on her neck. Friends of the Snipes family are hoping to raise $7,000 at the event to pay

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THIS RACE WEEKEND, SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE LAWS

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the Hill Toppers Moto-Cross Gran Prix event in Twentynine Palms occurs this weekend Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only; and respect private lands. The Sheriff’s Department OHV Team and

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD APPROVES 30-YEAR LEASE

In a special meeting last night, the board of directors of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District signed papers approving a 30-year lease of Hi-Desert Medical Center to Tenet HealthCare of Dallas, Texas. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says another meeting tonight will set up a required election on the agreement… Following many

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER LEASE TO TENET HEALTHCARE SET FOR APPROVAL, VOTE IS NEXT

After months of negotiations and input, the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District Board of Directors will put their signatures on lease and purchase agreements, officially agreeing to lease Hi-Desert Medical Center to Tenet HealthCare of Dallas, Texas. Tenet is one of the country’s leading and most comprehensive healthcare services companies,

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PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ASSAULT RESULTS IN AN ARREST IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of assaulting a woman physically and sexually. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness called about 8 a.m. to report that a woman was covered in bruises and belt marks, and also had a swollen eye. The victim said her boyfriend,

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