FREE CHRISTMAS MEAL IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

There are many of us who spend the holidays with four walls and boxes of tissues, and many who just can’t afford to celebrate Christmas. If you can’t afford Christmas, or just don’t want to be alone, join Tender Loving Christmas tomorrow at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 12:30

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ONE ARRESTED, MORE SOUGHT IN RASH OF AREA MAILBOX THEFTS

‘Tis the season … for mailbox theft. Dan Stork reports on a overnight spike in this holiday-time crime… Saturday morning, residents of the Monument Manor area of Joshua Tree discovered that banks of locked mailboxes along Quail Springs Road had been broken into and cleared out.

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Next Saturday morning, you can shake off post-holiday lethargy in the bracing air of the National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp says, come join the Christmas bird count…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count. The count

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HOLIDAY FUN IN THE PARK

When we have visitors from out of the area, we always go for a ride and a walk in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp has suggestions for enhancing that experience…

Do you have relatives visiting over the Holidays and need to entertain them? Joshua Tree National Park invites

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DEFENSE BILL BRINGS RAISE, SUSTAINS BENEFIT FOR LOCAL MILITARY

Approval of the defense authorization act last night will bring a minimal 1 percent raise to our Marines and sailors starting January 1. The bill extends a number of expiring special pays and bonuses that would otherwise have ended on New Year’s Day and also includes rules against any fee

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$6 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN 2010 FATAL CRASH IN JOHNSON VALLEY

A nearly $6 million settlement was announced Wednesday in several lawsuits stemming from a 2010 off-road racing crash during a Johnson Valley off-road race that killed eight people and injured 12 others. The agreement was finalized during a mediation hearing Tuesday according to attorneys. Plaintiffs will receive $5.825 million in

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: CITIZENS WANT MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REOPENED

The Yucca Valley Town Council changed the order of its meeting last night, so that the 15 people who there to speak during public comment wouldn’t have to wait until the end of a four-hour meeting to do so. In the first of a two-part story, Managing Editor Tami Roleff

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MILITARY DRUG TESTS GET TOUGHER ON “SPICE” USE

The military is getting tougher on testing for the use of “spice.” The Defense Department has changed its urinalysis tests to include the synthetic marijuana substance known as spice on its list of drugs to screen for. The move comes after an internal Pentagon study that found that about 2.5

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AREA DEMOCRATS DEMAND YUCCA VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REOPEN

At Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, members overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling on the Yucca Valley Town Council to reverse last month’s decision to close the Morongo Basin’s only licensed marijuana dispensary. California Alternative Medicinal Solutions, or CAMS, had served medical marijuana patients from its location on

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

The last Saturday of this December has been set for an annual Audubon Event. Ranger Pam Tripp sounds the bird call…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count. The count begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday,

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ROAD CHECKPOINT IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY

The Yucca Valley Police Department has been awarded a traffic safety grant for a program to prevent DUIs, and injuries and deaths related to DUIs. A grant of $18,860 was awarded to YuccaValley by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Managing editor Tami Roleff reports on an upcoming DUI/driver’s license

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CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER ARRESTED IN WONDER VALLEY

A convicted child molester was arrested in Wonder Valley Wednesday afternoon during a compliance check. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to the 80500 block of Sandale Road in Wonder Valley to perform a compliance check on Lawrence Friedberg, 63. During the compliance check, the deputy discovered child

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DEAL MADE TO SAVE MOST OF JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA

A deal has been made to preserve most of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area while still allowing the Marines to conduct exercises in the area. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 would preserve about 100,000 acres of Johnson Valley while allowing the Marines to expand the Twentynine

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MORE ON A FATAL CRASH AFTER 130-MPH PURSUIT MONDAY NIGHT

More information today on a fatal crash on the Morongo Grade Monday night. At about 9:20 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Yucca Valley Station attempted to stop a 1994 Toyota Camry for reckless driving in Yucca Valley, near Palm Avenue and Highway 62. The vehicle, occupied by a 55-year

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WOMAN KILLED MONDAY NIGHT DURING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT ON MORONGO GRADE

A woman was killed during a high-speed pursuit on the Morongo Grade Monday evening. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, about 9:20 p.m., a deputy tried to stop a 1994 Toyota near Palm Avenue and Highway 62 in YuccaValley for reckless driving. The female driver refused to yield, and a

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MORONGO BASIN MAC ASKS COUNTY TO KEEP SOLAR MORATORIUM IN RURAL RESIDENTIAL

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, representatives approved a recommendation urging the County Board of Supervisors to keep in place the moratorium on new industrial-scale solar projects only in areas zoned for rural residential development. At its December 17 meeting, the Board of Supervisors

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A FIERY THREE-VEHICLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY LAST NIGHT

Sheriff deputies are investigating a fiery three-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, Diane Findley, 62, of Joshua Tree, was driving an older mini pick-up truck eastbound on Highway 62 just east of Church Street about 9:15 p.m. when she made an unexpected U-turn.

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REACHOUT MORONGO BASIN AUCTION

You can support the good works of Reach Out Morongo Basin and enjoy yourself in the process. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells what’s in store at the ReachOut Holiday Art auction next weekend…

Mark your calendars for December 14, for the Second Annual Desert Holiday Art Auction. It’s a way

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ART FAIRE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Faire, which began yesterday, has events scheduled through this weekend. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what’s in store…

Joshua Tree National Park staff, along with the town of 29 Palms will host the first Joshua Tree NP Art Show and Faire on December 7 and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING HIS HUSBAND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of attacking his spouse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Adolfo Alban-Cardenas, 19, hit his husband with a belt. The report also states that Alban-Cardenas pulled a large kitchen knife on him. After an investigation, Adolfo Alban-Cardenas was arrested on suspicion of

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