YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCILMEMBERS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION

Two current council members, one on the Twentynine Palms City Council and one on the Yucca Valley Town Council, have announced they will not be running for re-election. Jay Corbin, the current mayor pro tem for Twentynine Palms, told Z107.7 news that he’s enjoyed being on the council and his

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL BORROWS FROM BONDS FOR SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT

Despite opposition from Council Member Bob Leone, the Yucca Valley Town Council voted last night to borrow from its bond funds to fulfill its loan obligation to the developer of the Town’s senior housing project. Of the project’s nearly $18 million cost, about $2.9 million is a loan from the

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FAMILY OF 7 RESCUED FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST NIGHT

A family of seven, who were taking advantage of the free admittance to Joshua Tree National Park yesterday, got a little more excitement than they planned. According to Sheriff’s Corporal Steve Everhart, Steve and Tamara Funk and their five children, ages 3 to 8 years old, were hiking the Desert

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JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUIT

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Dollar General store in Joshua Tree had their day in court Friday. Reporter Dan Stork has the status of the legal wrangling… The Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance had its day in a San Bernardino court on Friday morning. David Fick, one of

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CAMPFIRE SAFETY

With the example of the Colby fire very much in mind, campers need to use appropriate fuel for their fires. Ranger Pam Tripp has firewood advice…

Whenever camping, one of the main events of a good camping trip is the campfire. There is nothing like the smell of campfire smoke

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3.0 QUAKE HITS YUCCA VALLEY

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening. Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the earth. The

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YUCCA VALLEY GETS 3.0 QUAKE

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening, January 17. Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the

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MARTIN LUTHER KING WALK MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored on Monday across the country and here in the Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms. News Director Gary Daigneault invites you to join the celebration… “I still have a dream.” The celebrated civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT SETTLES LONG RUNNING LAWSUIT

A controversial long-running lawsuit, which had divided many community members in Morongo Valley, is finally over. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s Morongo Valley CSD Board meeting and files this report… Following a mid-meeting closed session at last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, President

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: AN AUDIT AND PUBLIC PRAYER

Dan Stork broke his report on a wide-ranging Twentynine Palms City Council meeting into two parts. Today: Drag racing, a dues surcharge, waiving the fire truck loan, another solar field, travel promotion, and an impending retirement… Supporters of establishing a commercial drag racing strip in Twentynine Palms continued their vigorous

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AN ATTEMPTED MURDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man is in custody, on suspicion of attempted murder, after shooting at his tenant at point-blank range three times. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Octavio Diaz, 50, went to the home of Brian Sturmreiter, 49, in the 62400 block of Blemont Avenue in Joshua Tree about

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NCIS RELEASES REPORT ON 2013 DEATH OF MARINE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Ten months after a Marine was killed aboard the Twentynine Palms base, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service released information on the death of Pfc. Casey James Holmes. Holmes, 20, of Chico, California, joined the Marines in May 2012. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Holmes’ unit was

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WILDLIFE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

On a recent hike on Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, a friend of mine saw and photographed big horn sheep right on the trail! Ranger Pam Tripp describes some other wildlife you might see…

Bighorn sheep posing on the Ryan Mountain trail in Joshua Tree National Park

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FIRE SAFETY ADVICE

A fire in Yucca Valley Thursday evening was caused when the residents kept combustible items too close to a water heater in their garage. Flames quickly spread to the items around the water heater. The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of fire safety when storing

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER ROBBING PIZZA DELIVERY PERSON IN JOSHUA TREE

Two Joshua Tree residents were arrested after the robbery of a pizza delivery person. Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard said Wednesday evening at 4:40, Arthur Garrido, 29, ordered pizza to be delivered to his residence in the 7400 block of Sherwood in Joshua Tree. When the pizza was delivered, Garrido argued

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SIX ARRESTED IN MAJOR MORONGO BASIN-WIDE DRUG BUST

Six men were arrested Tuesday in a major drug bust that ranged from Landers to Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s press release, about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at a home in the 2700 block of Shawnee Trail in Landers. During a search of the

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CRASH KNOCKS OUT POWER ON YUCCA MESA FOR HOURS LAST NIGHT

A man talking on his cell phone while driving knocked out power in Yucca Mesa yesterday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, Greg Han, 52, was driving westbound on Buena Vista in his 2013 Toyota Corolla while talking on the phone traveling at a high rate of speed about 4

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YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION IN JOINT SESSION TONIGHT

Work on the Yucca Valley Community plan continues tonight as the Town Council and Planning Commission meets together. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda…..

The Yucca Valley Town Council and Planning Commission will meet in a joint session for the third time tonight. On the agenda again tonight, the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE KILLS TWO DOGS

A house fire in Twentynine Palms killed two dogs yesterday. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, Twentynine Palms firefighters and units from the Combat Center and Wonder Valley fire stations were called to a fully involved house fire in the 6600 block of El Rey Avenue at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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SODA MOUNTAIN SOLAR PROJECT OPPOSED

Local environmentalists are gearing up to oppose the Soda Mountain Solar Project, a proposed 2691-acre renewable energy development that would be constructed adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve. A press release from the California Desert Coalition says, “This project is the poster child for inappropriately sited renewable energy projects and

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