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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YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESSMAN’S ATTORNEY DEMANDS TOWN HALT MEDIAN PROJECT

A Yucca Valley businessman has hired an attorney to formally request that the Town Council reconsider its approval of the median and sidewalk project in the west end of town. The project, known as PLHDP, will install medians from Apache Trail to just east of Palm Avenue, to prevent vehicles

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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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