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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2013 MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to a change in its top staff position, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education heard frequent reports on financial issues, and heard from several constituencies on hot-button issues. Here are some of the highlights of 2013…

In 2013:

The Morongo Unified School District opened a replacement

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DEPUTIES IDENTIFIED IN NEW YEARS DAY PATROL CAR CRASH

The CHP and Sheriff’s Department released more information on the crash of two Sheriff’s patrol cars in Joshua Tree New Year’s Day. Two deputies, Brandon Abell and Scott Andrews were returning to the Sheriff’s station westbound Highway 62 about 6:35 p.m. when the driver of the patrol car in the

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TWO DEPUTIES ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY WHEN THEIR PATROL UNITS COLLIDE WEDNESDAY EVENING

Two deputies escaped serious injury when their patrol cars collided Wednesday evening. About 6:35, the two cars were traveling westbound on Highway 62 at Arizona Street, just east of the CHP station, when one unit was rear-ended by the other. One patrol car rolled over, landing on its roof in

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CONVICTED FELON ARRESTED SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY AT GUNPOINT

A convicted felon was arrested at gunpoint Sunday after a foot pursuit and a modified rifle was found in his possession. According to Sheriff’s Steve Wilson, deputies were following up on a tip that Raymond Robles, 29, of the 7300 block of Condalia Avenue in Yucca Valley was in possession

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of sexually molesting a young girl. According to Sheriff’s reports, the 12 year old victim told her grandmother that Robert Medina, 20, had touched her inappropriately. After investigation, Robert Medina was placed under arrest for suspicion of lewd acts with a child

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TOYS TO TRASH

Wherever we hike in the National Park, we liberate the bushes from entangling attackers where we find them. Ranger Pam Tripp warns about the mylar hazard…

Something commonly used for celebration or as a memorial, and thought of as a harmless decoration is one of the most hazardous threats to

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO PARTNER WITH NATUREBRIDGE

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler has announced that the park will partner with NatureBridge. NatureBridge, a nonprofit organization founded in 1971, and currently serving more than 30,000 students per year , creates youth-oriented residential educational programs in national parks. Hereabouts, it will focus on teaching youth about the

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NEW LAW WILL ALLOW TRANGENDER CHOICES IN SPORTS AND RESTROOMS

A controversial law takes effect Wednesday, January 1, which will allow transgender students in public schools to choose which restrooms they use, and whether they will participate on boys’ or girls’ sports teams. Los Angeles and San Francisco schools have had a similar law on the books for eight and

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MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN YUCCA VALLEY ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Yucca Valley man who was accused of attempted murder nearly two years ago, accepted a plea bargain in Joshua Tree Superior Court Monday. On September 5, 2011, about 4:30 a.m., a woman called 911 to report her ex-boyfriend, Jon Richard Smith, 53, was outside her house in the 56000

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FREE CHRISTMAS MEAL IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

There are many of us who spend the holidays with four walls and boxes of tissues, and many who just can’t afford to celebrate Christmas. If you can’t afford Christmas, or just don’t want to be alone, join Tender Loving Christmas tomorrow at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 12:30

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ONE ARRESTED, MORE SOUGHT IN RASH OF AREA MAILBOX THEFTS

‘Tis the season … for mailbox theft. Dan Stork reports on a overnight spike in this holiday-time crime… Saturday morning, residents of the Monument Manor area of Joshua Tree discovered that banks of locked mailboxes along Quail Springs Road had been broken into and cleared out.

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Next Saturday morning, you can shake off post-holiday lethargy in the bracing air of the National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp says, come join the Christmas bird count…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count. The count

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HOLIDAY FUN IN THE PARK

When we have visitors from out of the area, we always go for a ride and a walk in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp has suggestions for enhancing that experience…

Do you have relatives visiting over the Holidays and need to entertain them? Joshua Tree National Park invites

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