DATES SET FOR FILING TWO ANTI-JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUITS

Parties to two law suits filed in July against a planned Dollar General store in Joshua Tree met in court in San Bernardino Thursday. Activist David Fick said a morning meeting was concerned only with setting a date—January 17—for when legal briefs are to be filed with the court. Trials,

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SCHOOL BOARD TO CHANGE ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY…NEXT WEEK

About 100 upset parents, students, and supporters showed up at a special meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education to let the Board know how they felt about the denial of athletic eligibility to six Twentynine Palms High School football players. Dan Stork was there and reports

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MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA DAYS TO FEATURE LOHN LINN BAND

This weekend is the annual Fiesta Days celebration in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says special entertainment will headline the event…

Morongo Valley’s big Fiesta Days event is this Friday and Saturday with non-stop events and surprises that will appeal to young and old. Many will be surprised to learn

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COUNTY TO GIVE UP ROADS IN MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

San Bernardino County turned over about a dozen roads in the Mojave Preserve to the National Parks Service this week. The county had sued in 2006 over its rights to the roads because county crews had been maintaining them for decades before the preserve was created as part of the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2 OF 3: CODES, TOURISM, NATIONAL PARK DRIVE CATCH-22

The Twentynine Palms City Council covered a wide range of topics in its meeting this week. Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today: Building codes, the strategic plan Workshop, the tourism group report, and a Catch-22 on National Park Drive…

Building codes: In a pro forma vote needed

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COLLEGE FOUNDATION RE-AWARDS GREENLEAF SCHOLARHIP

The Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Board of Directors has rescinded its offer of the Greenleaf Scholarship to Aiden Blake Smith, 19, at the board’s August meeting. In May, Smith was arrested for assault with serious injuries after he punched a 15-year-old student in the face at Twentynine Palms High School.

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SHERIFF'S TEAM RAIDS SIX MARIJUANA GROWS IN LANDERS, 17 ARRESTED

Acting on tips from neighbors, aerial patrols, and other sources, about 20 Sheriff’s deputies raided six marijuana grows in Landers yesterday, arrested 17 people, and seized almost 2,000 mature marijuana plants. Deputies raided a residence in the 1200 block of Goat Mountain Road, where 421 plants were seized and two

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CEO/ADMINSTARTOR TO TALK ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins October 1 with coverage to begin January 1, 2014. For the thousands of Morongo Basin residents who are uninsured or under-insured, Obamacare will offer expanded access to health insurance and health care benefits. Find out what the new law

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO START PROCESS TO PUT TAX ON 2014 BALLOT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they are eyeing a new tax on the 2014 ballot…

Last night at Hi-Desert Medical Center the Board of Directors voted to begin the process to place a tax initiative on the November 2014 ballot. Far from a

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Airport Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 tonight in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Under old business, the directors will continue their discussion on the objectives of the airport. Under new business, the Board will discuss and review rules and regulations and

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YUCCA VALLEY POLICE TO FOCUS ON SPEEDING THIS WEEK

Yucca Valley Police will be conducting traffic enforcement this week on the highway between Trojan Lane and Church Street. Officers will focus primarily on speeding and other vehicle code violations.

YUCCA VALLEY RECALL PETITIONS TURNED IN, SIGNATURES TO BE VERIFIED

About 10 percent more signatures on recall petitions than were needed were turned in to the Yucca Valley Town Clerk yesterday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the signatures must first be verified before a recall election is called…

The petitions turned in to the Yucca Valley Town Clerk Tuesday afternoon

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CHP OFFERS DRIVING CLASSES FOR SENIORS

The Morongo Basin Station of the California Highway Patrol will offer a free driving update class for area senior citizens in Yucca Valley this Friday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to enroll… As we age, our reflexes slow, our vision deteriorates, and our flexibility declines. The California Highway

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DISASTER RESPONSE CLASSES OFFERRED IN 29 PALMS

Would you know what to do in case of a disaster? The Twentynine Palms Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold free training classes over three weekends to learn about disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization, and terrorism. Participants will also take

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ONE ARREST AFTER A CHASE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man who led police on a short chase Sunday was arrested after police found drugs in his possession. According to a police report, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on Phillip Maldonado, 49, about 5:20 p.m. Sunday. Maldonado refused to yield, and led the deputy on a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, BONDS, STORM DAMAGE, AND MBTA SUPPORT

Project Phoenix bonds, storm damage, the fate of the MBTA, and an appeal of a Planning Commission decision are part of the Twentynine Palms City Council agenda tonight. Dan Stork has more details…

The September 10 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council starts off with two presentations. The first

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RECALL PROPONENT SUES TOWN FOR RESCINDED NAMES, DEADLINE TODAY

A judge on Monday ordered the Town of Yucca Valley to tell the recall proponents how many voters changed their minds about signing the petitions to recall Council Members Robert Lombardo and George Huntington. Recall proponent Ron Cohen sued the Town last Thursday to get the information, and in a

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MONSOONS

Summer storms in the desert are supposed to be a July-August phenomenon, but daily storms somewhere around us look like they’re going to continue for a while. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what to expect from the monsoons…

Summer sun and rising humidity makes us really feel the heat. At Joshua

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MAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT WITH FLARE GUN ARRESTED

A man wanted by police for allegedly firing a flare gun at his brother last month, was arrested Friday in Yucca Valley. Police say that on August 24, Raymond Grogins, 21, was arguing with his brother, Scott, in the 7200 block of Palo Alto Avenue when Raymond Grogins grabbed a

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DRUNK TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms man, who was too drunk to walk on his own, was arrested Saturday evening when his young children attempted to help him walk into a business. About 7:30 p.m., Twentynine Palms police received a call about Sean McKenzie, 50, who was extremely intoxicated. McKenzie had parked his

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