COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE

About two dozen citizens gave the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors their views on the proposed ordinance regulating commercial solar power generation projects, with about half doing so via the teleconferencing facility in Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork observed proceedings from the county government building in Joshua Tree and

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RV CRASH KILLS HEMET MAN EAST OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

An 85-year-old Hemet man was killed and his passenger hurt when their Winnebago motor home ran off State Route 62 and overturned east of Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park, according to the County Coroner and California Highway Patrol Investigators. James Stout died at the scene at 10:39 a.m.

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AN ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY AFTER THANKSGIVING DAY ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday morning, accused of attempted murder. According to a Sheriff’s report, Shawna Estrada, 44, used a kitchen knife to slash an unidentified man in the neck in the 7100 block of Murray Lane in Yucca Valley about 6 a.m. Estrada and the victim were

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SNOWBIRDS IN THE PARK

They’re back, or will be soon. Ranger Pam Tripp heralds the flight of the snowbirds…

The Snowbird is a common winter migrant easily recognized by its lightly covered, bright colored plumage. Traveling in well-appointed nests, they usually arrive in early January to take advantage of the warmer temperatures in the

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BURN PERMITS FOR CAMPFIRES

Now that fall and cooler weather are here, many people are enjoying the night air by sitting around a campfire. CountyFire Captain Mark Murphy of the Yucca Mesa fire station reminds residents and visitors that all campfires and warming fires require a permit. The permits are free; just drop by

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2-VEHICLE CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A two-vehicle crash in Twentynine Palms Wednesday morning injured four people. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said a collision between a car and pick-up truck shortly after 10 a.m. blocked the westbound lanes of Highway 62 at El Rey Avenue. Westbound traffic was diverted into the eastbound lanes. Four

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FIRE DAMAGES A FLORIST SHOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORIC PLAZA

A fire caused major damage to a florist shop in the Historic Plaza in Twentynine Palms last night. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said firefighters responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the Flower Garden in the 5600 block of Historic Plaza at 11:50 Tuesday night. Firefighters arrived

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HAND COUNTING OF RECALL BALLOTS COST TOWN $8,000.00 MORE

The Town of Yucca Valley will have to foot the bill for the recent recount of recall petitions against council members George Huntington and Robert Lombardo. Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains that the $20,000 bill includes nearly $8,000 for a hand recount, and the final bill will likely be much

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YUCCA VALLEY RECALL ATTEMPT IS OFFICIALLY A FAILURE

The last nail has been driven into the coffin of an attempted recall of Yucca Valley Town Councilman George Huntington and Robert Lombardo. Friday, the County Registrar of Voters sent official notification that a 100 percent hand recount of petitions to place a recall on the ballot had still fallen

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THANKSGIVING IN JTNP

Thanksgiving in the National Park – we’ve done it ourselves. Ranger Pam Tripp says, lots of people do the same…

 

The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us, and, the staff at Joshua Tree National Park is expecting a very busy weekend. Campgrounds will fill with campers, climbers, and hikers, and

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CONTINUING CARE RECOGNIZED FOR DRUG MANAGEMENT

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Continuing Care Center has earned recognition for safely reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics by the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) Quality Recognition Program.

According to the AHCA, a large number of the individuals in skilled nursing centers are living with some type of dementia. For these

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AN ASSAULT OVER PARKING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CASINO CONSTRUCTION SITE

A Joshua Tree man was angry over how someone parked his truck, and so he punched him in the mouth. According to a Sheriff’s report, Allen Kendall, 40, was angry because a man wouldn’t move his truck at the construction site of Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms, and because

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 2: SPAY AND NEUTER VOUCHERS

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a marathon four-hour session Tuesday night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and broke her report into two parts. Yesterday, in part 1, division on the Council over highway work. Today in part 2, spay and neuter vouchers… In other business at Tuesday’s

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: DIVISION ON MORE HIGHWAY MEDIANS, GUTTERS AND SIDEWALKS

Last night, the Yucca Valley Town Council narrowly accepted the sole bid for a construction project on Highway 62 on the west end of Town. The $2.8 million dollar project, which will add raised medians, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks from Mohawk Trail to Palm Avenue, and a traffic light at

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS INCREASE OVERSIGHT OVER RENEWABLE ENERGY

The involvement of San Bernardino County in the oversight of renewable energy is growing. Dan Stork says it shows up in two places on today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting… Two items on the consent agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting for November 19 relate to renewable

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR LA QUINTA BANK ROBBERY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested in Yucca Valley Sunday for investigation of a bank robbery in La Quinta earlier this month. Deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station arrested Harold Ghaemmaghami, 50, from Joshua Tree, at a residence at 5741 Primrose Drive, in Yucca Valley on suspicion of an

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EMPLOYMENT COMPLIANCE POSTERS AVAILABLE AT CHAMBER

Employers are reminded that they are required by law to post a compliant employment poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can see it. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce offers these posters at a discounted rate to its members. To order a poster,

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GET TICKETS FOR BOB BURKE PRAYER BREAKFAST ON FRIDAY

The annual Community Prayer Breakfast has been set and reservations are now being taken. Assignment reporter Taylor Thacker had details…

The Morongo Basin Bob Burke Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, November 22, 2013 and will feature an exciting local hero, Deputy Alex Collins of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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THREE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY WITH DRUGS, PARAPHERNALIA, AND WEAPONS

Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Yucca Valley residents and seized drugs, paraphernalia, and weapons during a search of a Yucca Valley home Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, deputies and narcotics officers served a search warrant in the 3600 block of Avalon about 6:30 a.m., where Eduardo Villegas,

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FOUR MARINES FROM CAMP PENDLETON KILLED

Four Marines were killed Wednesday morning during a range maintenance operation at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, said Marine Corps officials. The accident occurred at 11 a.m. Wednesday and is under investigation. The identities of the Marines are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Base spokesman Cpl.

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