MEASURE “Y” PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY WITH 91% YES VOTES

Photography by Elena Ray via palmspringslife.com

Measure Y—the mail-ballot election to decide the fate of the Hi-Desert Medical Center—was overwhelmingly approved yesterday. With only 25 percent of the 23,000 eligible voters voting, nearly 91 percent approved the 30-year lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare. Now that the agreement is approved, Tenet will operate the medical center, plus

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FIREFIGHTERS SAY “DON’T PANIC” OVER LAKE FIRE

Firefighters working on the 17,400-acre Lake Fire are optimistic; only 100 acres were added to the burn area Monday, and it’s now 30 percent contained. “The fire’s progressed actually very slowly. It hasn’t moved that much.” U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Chon Bribiescas explained why residents shouldn’t panic about

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GROWTH OF LAKE FIRE SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WEEKEND

The growth of the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed significantly over the weekend. After exploding to 10,000 acres in the first full day of the fire, the fire is now at 17,000 acres, or about 26 square miles, and is 19 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters

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LAKE FIRE STATUS

As of 6:36 am this morning, the affected area for the Lake Fire, which has been burning near Route 38 south of Big Bear Lake since Wednesday was tallied at 16,136 acres. The Incident Information web site said, ” Fire within the wilderness is low intensity allowing the firefighters to

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YUCCA MESA HOME BURNS TO GROUND, FIREFIGHTER INJURED SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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***BREAKING NEWS**** FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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LAKE FIRE LARGER, STILL OUT OF CONTROL

Firefighters continued battling the Lake Fire today along the northern boundary of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in steep rocky terrain. It is currently 15,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. About 150 structures are threatened. Fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft are battling the fire from the air with numerous water drops

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BREAKING NEWS--SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

A smoke advisory has been issued for the Morongo Basin due to the Lake Fire burning just south of Big Bear. If you see or smell smoke, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family’s health. Everyone—especially people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children—should limit

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY SETTLES CHILD MOLESTER’S LAWSUIT

The Yucca Valley Town Council voted in closed session Tuesday night to settle a case with a convicted child molester in exchange for his dismissal of a lawsuit against the town. Frank Lindsay, 62, of San Luis Obispo, has sued at least 19 municipalities in California, ranging from Stockton to

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was killed in a roll-over crash Tuesday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, Kimberly Elliott, 28, was driving her 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant eastbound on Highway 62. As she approached Ronald Drive in Yucca Valley about 9:15 p.m., she lost control of her car. The car hit

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EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS ISSUED, COOLING CENTERS OPENED

The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing its hottest days so far, with temps in the triple digits. The National Weather service has issued an excessive heat watch for temperatures ranging from 110 today to 117 this weekend. Several buildings have been designated as cooling centers where you can get out

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DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 62, EAST OF I-10

Three serious crashes in the Morongo Basin this weekend, including at least one fatality on deadly Highway 62. The confirmed fatality was a single vehicle rollover on Highway 62 in the Morongo Grade at 3:04 Sunday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Behrens said that the westbound Toyota Tacoma rolled over

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CHECK OUT NATIONAL PARKS ONLINE

There are multiple ways to use the Internet to find out what’s going on in the national parks. Ranger Pam Tripp surveys what the Web has to offer…

Today’s social media sites allow us to look up and even discuss the latest trends and current events, while gathering information on

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NOAH PURIFOY RETROSPECTIVE

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is holding a retrospective exhibition of a famed artist who spent the last years of his life in Joshua Tree. Noah Purifoy, who co-founded the Watts Town Art Center, used the debris from the Watts riots to

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A STABBING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

We have additional information about a story we ran Tuesday about a stabbing in Twentynine Palms, in which we said one man was arrested. According to court records, two men—Steven Perez, 24, and Robert Prudholme, 26, both of Twentynine Palms—were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing

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STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED, THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ARRESTED

Three Twentynine Palms men were arrested yesterday, accused of stealing a vehicle and being in possession of stolen property. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, about 8 a.m. Wednesday, a 2010 Lexus was reported stolen from the 72500 block of Juanita Drive in Twentynine Palms. Then about 2 p.m. yesterday,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL: WATER CONSERVATION, FIRE, AGENDA SETTING AND EXTRA FUNDS

The Twentynine Palms City Council said goodbye to Captain Dale Mondary and hello to his successor last night. Reporter Dan Stork says it also called a halt to further turf removal, selected members for the ad hoc Fire Committee, kept agenda-setting rules as-is, and approved the Special Funds Budget…

Sheriff’s

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MEASURE X DEFEAT IS NOW OFFICIAL

It’s official: Yucca Valley residents decidedly voted against a ballot measure that would have allowed up to two medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. The County Registrar of Voters released the official election results yesterday. With 38 percent of the town’s voters casting ballots, Measure X was defeated 56.5 percent

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ONE ARREST AFTER 3 MEN STABBED FRIDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY NIGHT

Three men were stabbed during an argument in Twentynine Palms Friday night, and the suspected assailant was arrested the next day. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steven Perez, 24, was arguing with the men in the 6600 block of Desert Queen Avenue in Twentynine Palms shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday

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