YUCCA VALLEY TOWN MANAGER FIRED, TO GET SEVERENCE PACKAGE

Despite about 10 speakers urging the Yucca Valley Town Council last night to dismiss Town Manager Mark Nuaimi with cause, thereby depriving the Town Manager of a severance payment of more than $126,000, the Council dismissed Nuaimi without cause, 4 to 1. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting,

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HIGHWAY 62 HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT NOW 97 PERCENT COMPLETE

The repaving project along Highway 62 from Yucca Mesa road in Yucca Valley to Bermuda Avenue in Twentynine Palms is 97 percent complete, according to a CalTrans spokeswoman. Motorists may see moving lane closures here and there, now and then, as CalTrans completes its inspection of the highway checking off

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CALTRANS TO HOLD MEETING IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT

The new temporary flexible posts, called delineators, recently installed by CalTrans in the median on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley has upset many residents and drivers. CalTrans installed the delineators along a 6.3 mile stretch of the highway from Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley, with 10 left-hand turn pockets, to

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL EXPECTED TO FIRE TOWN MANAGER MARK NUAIMI TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in a mostly closed session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting is all about severing ties with Town Manager Mark Nuaimi…

The severance agreement between Town Manager Mark Nuaimi and the Town Council is the sole item on the action agenda at

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN STILL ON LIFE SUPPORT

The Twentynine Palms man who was hit by a car Saturday night remains on life support, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. Jason Harpel, 38, was walking southbound on Lear Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 9 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by Alissa Myers, 25, who was driving

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY NIGHT IDENTIFIED

The County Coroner’s office has identified the Yucca Valley woman who was killed Sunday night when she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. Judith James, 56, was walking southbound across the highway just west of Church Street about 8:30. Jose Salazar, 42, of Moreno Valley,

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CHP TO OFFER

The CHP has an education program that targets the most accident-prone age group of drivers. Dan Stork says teen drivers can “Start Smart” this Thursday…

The California Highway Patrol is offering another free Start Smart class, at the Morongo Basin Area CHP office, on Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

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TOWN RELEASES TOWN MANAGER “IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL” TERMS

On Friday, the Town of Yucca Valley released the proposed separation agreement for Town Manager Mark Nuaimi, which will be voted on during its regular meeting Tuesday. Despite receiving performance evaluations of “Above Average” and “Excellent” from the Town Council, and despite initiating, supervising, and delivering projects such as Essig

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR, RECALL PROPONENT, REACT TO NUAIMI LEAVE

In the wake of Yucca Valley Town Manager Mark Nuaimi’s being placed on administrative leave, and his apparent impending firing, Z107.7 news got some reaction from both Town officials and recall proponents. Z107.7 News Managing Editor Tami Roleff spoke with both the Town Mayor Merl Abel and recall proponent Ron

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN WALKING ON LEAR AVENUE HIT, NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE

A Twentynine Palms man is not expected to live after being hit by a car Saturday night. According to Sheriff Deputy Brad Heard, Alissa Myers, 25, of Twentynine Palms was driving southbound on Lear Avenue about 9 p.m. when her Honda hit Jason Harpel, 38, who she said was walking

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN KILLED WALKING ON STATE ROUTE 62 LAST NIGHT

A Yucca Valley woman was hit and killed while walking last night. The County Coroner said Sunday night at 8:24 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on State Hwy 62 and Scarvan Avenue, in Yucca Valley. Deputies arrived and found a 56-year-old

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PHONE SERVICE AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park has been having trouble with phones since the beginning of August. Phones at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center and the 29 Palms Headquarters area cannot receive incoming calls from the public. The park apologizes for this inconvenience and asked visitors to contact the Joshua Tree

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WATCH OUT FOR THE CHOLLA CACTUS

It looks so fuzzy and soft. But Ranger Pam Tripp says, don’t touch the cholla…

With a new road along the Pinto Basin area of Joshua Tree National Park, a drive through the Colorado Desert area of the park makes for an attractive sightseeing adventure and a chance to really

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PETE ANDERSON BAND AT YV SUMMER CONCERT

The last concert of the season in Yucca Valley is tonight. Diana Jones says, come enjoy Pete Anderson…

The Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival closes its season tonight with Pete Anderson. Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer and groundbreaking guitarist, who melds blues and country to forge a style

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6TH ANNUAL

Get your taste buds ready for the hugely popular “Taste of the Morongo Basin” set for September 13th at the Bell Center. Reporter and Honorary Mayor of Landers, Mike Lipsitz, gets out his knife and fork…

Local restaurants will serve samples of their best dishes at Joshua Tree Rotary Club¹s

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HIGHWAY STRIPING VEHICLE CATCHES ON FIRE IN TWENTYNINE THIS MORNING

A vehicle used to paint stripes on the highway caught on fire early this morning. The striping vehicles use burners to heat and liquefy the paint solution so it can be sprayed on the pavement. A cardboard box was too close to the burner and caught on fire about 6:30

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OKTOBERFEST IN SEPTEMBER PLANNED IN YUCCA VALLEY

An Okbtoferfest in September is planned for Yucca Valley as a fund-raiser for the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her stein and oom-pah-pah…

Time to dig out the lederhosen and dirndls. Oktoberfest is returning to Yucca Valley. The day-long event will feature

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE COUPLE’S BABY DELIVERED IN A HELICOPTER

Courtney Rose Clinard was so anxious to meet her parents that she entered her world five weeks prematurely, and while her mother was being flown to a hospital in a helicopter, to boot. The Desert Sun newspaper reports that Lisa Clinard of Twentynine Palms wasn’t expecting her daughter to be

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, MORONGO VALLEY MAIL-IN BALLOTS DUE IN MAIL BY AUGUST 21

Voters in Morongo Valley and the Twentynine Palms area have important decisions to make this month, and they have to do it by mail. Dan Stork has the heads-up…

Mail Ballots for the 2013 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election were delivered to voters’ mailboxes beginning August 3, 2013. Locally, the Morongo

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FREE BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

A local club is teaming up with the county to help students who might need some help, to get ready for school. Reporter Dan Stork tells what, where, and when…

Backpacks and school supplies will be given out to homeless and low-income students in the Morongo Basin. The Joshua Tree

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