RELIEF FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AS FURLOUGHS CUT BACK AGAIN

Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that a combination

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS EXAMINE THEIR OWN COMPENSATION

Responding to criticism about the cost of its salary and benefits, the Yucca Valley Town Council took a close look at its compensation at its meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff says while the Council as a whole agreed not to change its compensation, one council member is having

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SUSPECT IN MARINE BEATING USES LEGAL MOVE TO AVOID JAIL

An interesting legal loophole is keeping a man out of jail, and in fact, is keeping him from being arrested. According to Sheriff records, on Saturday, July 20, Dustin Crowder, a Marine stationed at the Combat Center, was at the Adobe Deli in Twentynine Palms about 10 p.m. when he

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT NEW JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The new Joshua Tree Elementary School will be graced by the presence of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork has the agenda for the August 6 regular meeting… At a 6 p.m. closed session, the MUSD Board of Education will confer with legal counsel on

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TRAFFIC COLLISION CAUSES NORTH JOSHUA TREE POWER OUTAGE

A woman who lost control of her car on a dirt road in north Joshua Tree crashed into a power pole, causing 689 homes to go without power for most of the night. About 6:18, a woman driving eastbound on La Brisa lost control and slammed her car into a

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us what items for decision will be in front of the Council… The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve the

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MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN THE LANDERS AREA NEAR GIANT ROCK

A missing man was found dead Friday near Giant Rock in Landers after sheriff’s deputies searched for two days and asked area residents to check their properties. Friends reported the man, whose name has not yet been released by the coroner, missing from a residence where he had been staying

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MAN KILLED IN CRASH WITH BIG RIG IN JOHNSON VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

A man was killed in Johnson Valley last night when his Toyota crashed head on into a big rig on Old Woman Springs Road. About 11 p.m., a man, who has not yet been identified, was driving his Toyota westbound on Highway 247 near Valley Vista when for unknown reasons

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Mesa man was arrested last night, accused of beating his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Bell, 50, was arguing with his long-time girlfriend in the 2900 block of La Habra Avenue in Yucca Valley about 10 p.m. when he allegedly hit her in the face, possibly

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LOCAL CRIME SWEEP NETS 24 IN CUSTODY

Two dozen people were arrested during a crime sweep throughout the Morongo Basin Thursday and Friday. According to a press release, the Sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, probation and parole departments, and Naval Criminal Investigative Services participated in the sweep. During the sweep, 24 arrests were made for violations including

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TRASH A PROBLEM IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Even with the hot summer temperatures, tourists are still coming to Joshua Tree National Park from all over the world. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says they come here for the vistas, not the trash… A question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is, “What will we see

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WOMAN AND DOG RESCUED IN JOSHUA TREE FIRE THIS MORNING

An elderly woman and her dog were rescued from a house fire in Joshua Tree early this morning. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, firefighters were called to a structure fire in the 8200 block of Star Lane about 2 a.m. Monday. Lasiter said the woman had fallen asleep in

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ONE IN CUSTODY, ONE SOUGHT, AFTER YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING

Police have arrested one man and are searching for another after a third man was shot in Yucca Valley Saturday evening. According to Sheriff’s Corporal Steve Everhart, Adam Webster was at his mother’s home in the 1600 block of Deer Trail in Yucca Valley when two men drove up in

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MONSOON SEASON

Although we’ve experienced a little bit of rain in July this year, August is the more usual time for summer cloudbursts. Ranger Pam Tripp welcomes the monsoons… The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry, hot, summer desert. Visitors to Joshua

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MONSOON SEASON

Although we’ve experienced a little bit of rain in July this year, August is the more usual time for summer cloudbursts. Ranger Pam Tripp welcomes the monsoons… The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry, hot, summer desert. Visitors to Joshua

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SILVERADO AT YV SUMMER CONCERTS

Bring your family and friends down to the Yucca Valley Community Center ball field tonight to enjoy the Summer Music Festival, sponsored by Better Sound Audiology, Big O Tires, and Z107.7. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the details… Silverados are tonight’s entertainment that will bring a spiced up version of country music

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SILVERADO AT YV SUMMER CONCERTS

Bring your family and friends down to the Yucca Valley Community Center ball field tonight to enjoy the Summer Music Festival, sponsored by Better Sound Audiology, Big O Tires, and Z107.7. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the details… Silverados are tonight’s entertainment that will bring a spiced up version of country music

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OPENING NIGHT GALA FOR THEATRE 29’S “SPAMALOT”

The opening night gala for Theatre 29’s next production, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” directed by Kathryn Ferguson, is sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin. Not only will the evening feature the hilarious Broadway smash musical that is lovingly ripped off from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” but it will include

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2013 DESERT STARS AWARDS RECOGNIZE THEATRE 29 WITH 15 NOMINATIONS

The Desert Theatre League recently released the Desert Stars Award nominations for the 2012-2013 season. League newcomer Theatre 29, had only two shows judged, yet nonetheless the theater walked away with 15 nominations. Reporter Sara Snyder hands out the kudos to the hard working volunteers of Theatre 29… Theatre 29

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORGANIZATION MEETING IN A NEW LOCATION SATURDAY

The Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project and American Harm Reduction Association will hold its meeting in a new location tomorrow. The meeting will start at 2:30 at the Red Arrow Gallery, located at 61597 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The topic at tomorrow’s meeting will be the latest scientific and legal

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