EAGLE MOUNTAIN HYDRO PROJECT GETS FEDERAL LICENSE

The Eagle Mountain landfill project is dead, but another massive project has desert residents, environmentalists, and some government agencies up in arms. According to a story in Friday’s Desert Sun, a controversial plan to build a hydroelectric plant in the open pits of an old iron mine was granted a

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO DAYS FOUND IN BRAWLEY

A Yucca Valley woman who has been missing for two days has been found alive and well in Brawley. On Wednesday, June 18, about 7:30 a.m., Kathleen “Kay” Collins, 88, left her home in the 56200 block of 29 Palms Highway to attend an event at the Double Tree Hotel

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire will face life without parole, and not the death penalty, if he is convicted at trial. Last week, Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams announced at a preliminary hearing for Hector Meza, 41, that the

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WOMAN RESCUED FROM TEETERING CAR ON YUCCA GRADE THIS MORNING

A woman had to be rescued early this morning after her car went into a ditch in the Yucca Grade. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 going up the Yucca Grade drove off the side of the road, with her car perched precariously over the

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COUNTY COURTS TO OFFER ON-LINE RESTRAINING ORDER SYSTEM

The San Bernardino County Court system has initiated a free online system for people requesting a restraining order due to domestic violence. The applicant for a restraining order answers a few questions on the court’s website. The request can then be submitted to the court electronically 24 hours a day,

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ATTEMPTED STABBING IN LANDERS SUNDAY EVENING

A Landers man was arrested Sunday evening after he tried to stab someone with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, after Brian Grajkowski, 50, made a crude comment about a woman, he was told to stop talking like that and to leave the property in the 7800 block of

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WILDERNESS PROTECTION ACT ANNIVERSARY

Before there was an officially-designated Joshua Tree National Park, there was Federal action to protect and preserve it. Ranger Pam Tripp celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act…

The Wilderness Protection Act of 1964 established federally-managed lands preserved as large, roadless tracts where there are no mechanized vehicles

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL

The 6th annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival is taking place today, June 14th, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. It runs from 11 am to 11 pm. The cost is fee, with a suggested donation of $5. It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER KITCHEN FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson, a resident of a home in the 56000 block of Navajo Trail had something cooking on the stove, and stepped out of the room for a few minutes. The resident came back

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SECOND SUSPECT, FATHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CHILD ABUSE CASE

A second suspect has been arrested in a Yucca Valley child abuse investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Reed, 27, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of felony child abuse and neglect in the case of his 5-year-old son. On Sunday, May 18, Yucca Valley paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies were

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA IS INTERIM TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER

“Three” proved to be the charm for the Twentynine Palms City Council at its regular meeting last night. Dan Stork explains why, and reports that a familiar figure will be filling the post of interim city manager… After celebrating the remodeling of the Senior Center with an open house before

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PARENTS ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Sunday morning after their 2-year-old child was found wandering on Utah Trail. According to a Sheriff’s report, a passer-by found the boy walking with a German shepherd dog in the 3300 block of Utah Trail about 8 a.m., and could not find the child’s

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HEAT WARNING TODAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING—COOLING CENTERS OPEN

When the temperatures climb well into triple digits today and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve as

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE

If you have to work or be outside during the heat of the day, take measures to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Long exposure to high heat can result in heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is a serious medical condition, and signs include profuse sweating,

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PROTECT YOUR ANIMALS FROM THE HEAT

People aren’t the only ones who need protection from the heat. Our pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Reporter Sara Snyder reminds us that dogs should not

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SPECIAL TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY

In a continuation of its May 19 special meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9. The sole item on the agenda is to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager, following interviews conducted by Dan Mintz and Jay

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JUNE 13

This month’s California Retired Teachers’ Association meeting will be a pot luck held Friday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m., at Desert Willow Ranch in Pioneertown. Members will enjoy Western-themed entertainment and are invited to wear their boots and cowboy hats. There will be no fee, but please call Sherry Craft

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EFFECTS OF NEW WATER STANDARDS ON LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Chromium-6 is a pollutant from chemical factories, but in the Morongo Basin, it occurs naturally, dissolving from rocks into the groundwater. Federal standards for total chromium, which includes chromium-6 and non-cancer-causing chromium-3, are 100 parts per billion. California

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SHOULD CHANGE HIS NAME TO “LUCKY”

A Yucca Valley man is lucky to be alive after being hit by two vehicles last night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, described only as being in his 30s, was driving a quad eastbound on Buena Vista Drive without lights or a helmet about 8:30 p.m. when he

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