OVER 1,800 CARS STOPPED IN TWO CHECKPOINTS, NO DUI ARRESTS

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms police departments both held DUI checkpoints in the last two weeks. The Yucca Valley checkpoint was held August 23 at Balsa Avenue and Highway 62 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. A Sheriff’s press release reports that 1,082 vehicle were stopped during that time,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: RECOGNITIONS AND PROMOTIONS

County Fire Battalion Chief Dave Benfieldwas recently promoted to Division Chiefof the South Desert Division

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and breaks her report into two parts. Today in part 1, recognitions and promotions, tomorrow in part

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CITIZEN'S PATROL CAR IN CRASH DURING FLOODING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Citizens Patrol car was involved in a crash on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms last Thursday following flash flooding on the highway. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, heavy rain and flash flooding during the afternoon of August 29 left standing water, rocks, debris, and thick mud in

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FAMILY FIGHT ESCALATES TO ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A family fight that got out of control resulted in a Twentynine Palms man being arrested for attempted murder Monday, and his wife arrested for battery. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derrick Garvin, deputies were called to a home in the 6300 block of Yucca Avenue where they found Victor Guerra,

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MAN FACING TRIAL FOR BURGLARY ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

A Twentynine Palms man who was in court just over a week ago for attempted burglary was arrested Sunday evening, after a woman found him inside her Joshua Tree home. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 6500 block of Outpost Road came home Sunday evening about 6:20

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EARLY RELEASE PROBATIONER FOUND WITH HEROIN

A Yucca Valley man on felony probation was arrested Saturday afternoon after a Sheriff’s deputy found heroin on him. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a deputy saw Joshua Fuchs, 35, at the Subway restaurant at Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 62 about 12:30. Fuchs had been given an

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FOUR YUCCA VALLEY TEENAGERS ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIZING TWO BUSINESSES

Four teen boys were arrested Friday evening, accused of burglarizing two Yucca Valley businesses. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the Yucca Valley Rite-Aid was burglarized Saturday, August 24, just after midnight when four boys, ages 14, 15, 16, and 17, broke a window and entered the store to steal

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN A RELATIVELY ROUTINE MEETING

After two tumultuous meetings last month, it’s routine business for the Yucca Valley Town Council. Managing editor Tami Roleff says new employees, and employee of the quarter, will also be recognized tonight…

After recognizing a new fire chief, sheriff’s safety specialist, and the employee of the quarter, tonight’s meeting of

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MORE STORMS BRING FLASH FLOODING TO LANDERS AREA SATURDAY

More flash flooding disrupted traffic in our Hi-Desert Saturday afternoon. A storm cell settled over Johnson Valley and Landers about 1 p.m. Saturday, before moving east onto the Marine base. Flash flooding was reported in several spots on Old Woman Springs Road between Linn Road and Reche Road. County Fire

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SALVATION MOUNTAIN SLIDE

The desert has seen tremendous amounts of rain… we had our eye on Salvation Mountain near Niland but Mother Nature got to it first, causing a section of the mountain to slide off. The area is covered with plastic for now. The mountain is a religious-themed painted labor of love

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KEEP IT CLEAN IN THE NATIONAL PARK

When we hike in Joshua Tree National Park, we frequently find – and pick up – Mylar balloons snagged on bushes. Ranger Pam Tripp says, do your part to keep it clean…

A question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is, “What will we see as we

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FINAL ELECTION RESULTS

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters has posted final results for this week’s mail-in election. The Morongo Valley Community Services District had three seats up for grabs. The lead vote getter was Karen Lowe, with 336 votes. The race for the second and third seats was a nail biter,

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SKY DISCOVERY NIGHT

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a spectacular show tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to enjoy the night sky with Sky’s the Limit and Joshua Tree National Park…

Uncover your adventurous side as you explore the universe! Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will partner for a tour

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WILDFIRE HAZARDS

Despite the recent rains, the vegetation in southern California is extremely dry, and is almost explosive when ignited. The Mountain and Silver fires near Idyllwild, and the Rim fire near Yosemite, are perfect illustrations of how devastating fire can be, and how fast fire can spread and burn in drought

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION, PART 3 OF 3, UNDERGROUNDING UTILITIES

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission discussed regulations for home-based businesses, wind energy, and undergrounding utilities at its meeting Tuesday night. In Part 1 of a 3-part report, Commissioners discussed whether it should allow residents to establish a home-based business to sell firearms. Yesterday in Part 2, the Commission discussed wind

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BURGLAR SUSPECT ARRESTED WITH OVER $12K IN STOLEN SOLAR PANELS

A Landers man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he was found with methamphetamine and stolen property. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was driving by the 5800 block of Ira Lane in Landers about 2:30 a.m. when he saw a rental moving truck parked in front of a

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ARRESTED IN LANDERS AFTER A STRUGGLE WITH A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

While following leads for a burglary case, Sheriff deputies arrested two other men on unrelated charges. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, Sheriff deputies went to a home near Reche Road and Belfield Boulevard looking for a suspect in a home burglary in which about $200,000 in coins were stolen, and a

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL API SCORES EXCEED STATE AVERAGES

Statewide, the Academic Performance Index (API) of public schools declined from 2012 to 2013, following an increase in the previous school years’ comparisons. Dan Stork says that the Morongo Unified School District did much better…

Throughout the state of California, the overall Academic Performance Index (API) in public schools declined

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INTENSE RAINS BRING FLASH FLOODING AND ROAD CLOSURES

Parts of the Morongo Basin experienced intense rain storms and severe flash flooding yesterday afternoon, while other parts remained dry without a drop of rain. A National Weather service trained spotter reported parts of Twentynine Palms received 2 ½ inches of rain in less than one hour, while other parts

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT DISCUSSES DROPPING FIRE MUTUAL AID, METER NOTIFICATIONS

During last night’s Twentynine Palms Water District meeting, the Board debated whether or not to stop the Fire Department’s mutual aid agreements to other cities. Mutual aid is an agreement with neighboring Fire Departments in which they respond to a fire if the home department is unable to respond or

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