WAGNER LEAVING COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

After seven years at Copper Mountain College, Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner announced today that he will resign effective July 14,2014 to accept the Superintendent/President position at Victor Valley College. According to a Press release, During his tenure, Dr. Wagner led the college through a period of unprecedented State budget cuts

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ELECTION DAY IS TOMORROW, WE REVIEW AND ENDORSE

In this opinion piece: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3, is state primary election day in California. Morongo Basin voters have several local candidates running for county and state-wide offices in tomorrow’s election. In partisan races, the two candidates with the most votes for each seat will appear on the ballot in

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CAMPGROUND CLOSURES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

It’s hot, but local camping is still available for the hearty. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what campgrounds are open in Joshua Tree National Park…

During the hot summer months, the demand for campsites at Joshua Tree National Park decreases, allowing certain campgrounds and portions of others to the closed. This

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YUCCA VALLEY FIRE STATION OUT OF GAS

Yucca Valley fire fighters have been taking a lot of cold showers recently, and not necessarily because they’re hot stuff. According to County Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the last gas bill for Yucca Valley Fire Station 41 had increased by 40 percent over the previous month. Fire officials determined there

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JOSHUA TREE MAN WINS MAJOR ALASKAN HOME BREW BEER COMPETITION

A Joshua Tree man took home top honors in an Alaskan craft beer competition last week. Josh Hoines won Best of Show at the 22nd Annual Haines Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival May 24 for his light American lager called “After Thought Lager.” His Lager also received a Best

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NEXT ROUND OF YUCCA VALLEY HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STARTS MONDAY

Just when you thought road construction on Highway 62 was finally done in Yucca Valley, a new project is scheduled to start Monday, June 2. The Highway 62 Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements project will include construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and raised median islands from Apache to Palm Avenues. In

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SECOND PERSON GOES MISSING, SHERIFF’S ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

A second elderly, at-risk person has gone missing. The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Johnson Valley woman. About 9:30 Saturday morning, Rene’ Dusko, 58, walked away from a home in the 49000 block of Joshua Tree Road in Johnson Valley and has not been

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UNHELMETED OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE RIDER KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH

A Lakeside man was killed Saturday morning in Twentynine Palms riding his off-road motorcycle without a helmet. According to Sheriff’s reports, Marshall Winn, 31, left his family and friends about 9:30 to go for a motorcycle ride in the open desert. When he did not return, they went looking for

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BEE AWARE

The hills are alive, with the sound of … bzzzz. Ranger Pam Tripp has tips for watching out for bees…

As the weather warm, the desert and its creatures begin to change as they prepare for the summer heat. Joshua Tree National park Ranger Pam Tripp has tips on avoiding

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CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

It’s that time of year again. More drivers on the road for the Memorial Day weekend means the California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period. From 6:01 p.m. Friday, May 23 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 26, CHP officers will be out in force, enforcing speed limit laws,

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ARRESTS FOR BURGLARY IN WONDER VALLEY AND YUCCA VALLEY

A Wonder Valley man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of burglary. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Daniel Weber, 33, in the 74700 block of Sunset Drive. During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy determined that Weber

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SHERIFF ASKING FOR HELP IN FINDING MISSING ALZHEIMERS PATIENT

A man who has gone missing twice before is missing again, and the Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding this critical missing person. Oscar Nava, 75, walked away from his residence in the 7400 block of Church Street in Yucca Valley on Monday, May 12, and

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FATAL CRASH CAUSES INTERSTATE 10 TO BE CLOSED BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ARIZONA BORDER

Due to a crash between a semi-truck and a tour bus early this morning, Interstate 10 will be closed at the Arizona state line until 2 this afternoon. About 2 a.m., the tractor-trailer hauling steel pipe jack-knifed on the eastbound 10 just west of the state line in Blythe. The

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL DEFENDS MANAGER FIRING, HEARS OF LACK OF CONFIDENCE

In a continuation of the meeting in which City Manager Joe Guzzetta was fired, the Twentynine Palms City Council listened to residents, and decided on a course of action. Reporter Dan Stork was there and describes some unhappy citizens… The Twentynine Palms City Council heard public comment, before they withdrew

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BACK-TO-BACK FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY

Twentynine Palms fire fighters were busy with back-to-back fires Friday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, fire fighters were called to a home in the 6100 block of Daisy Avenue at 5:35 p.m., where they found heavy black smoke and flames on the outside of the home, climbing

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ONLINE

If you want to know what’s going on in Joshua Tree National Park, look no further than your computer or smartphone. Ranger Pam Tripp says, “check us out”…

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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CELEBRATING MUFFIN HILL

Muffin Hill

Margarett Hill, 84, died peacefully at her home in Twentynine Palms on Friday morning, May 16, 2014. Affectionately known as Muffin, Ms. Hill was widely recognized as a booster for local artists and the art community, animal rights and environmental causes. She was an avid photographer in

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CONGRESSMAN COOK GET $500,000 FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER SYSTEM

Through the efforts of Congressman Paul Cook, the Hi-Desert Water District has received a $500,000 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation for the District’s Wastewater Reclamation Project. The Hi-Desert Water District has been applying for grants for years, but this year was the first time that it was awarded this

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRES THEIR CITY MANAGER, WHAT’S NEXT?

Now that the City of Twentynine Palms has fired its city manager, what is the city’s next move? Reporter Dan Stork reports that there will be a meeting Monday night, and also describes Guzzetta’s reaction and financial settlement… In the wake of the surprise firing of City Manager Joe Guzzetta

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IN A LATE CLOSED SESSION, TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER JOE GUZZETTA FIRED

In a move that took many by surprise, the Twentynine Palms City Council let City Manager Joe Guzzetta go last night. After the regular Council meeting, the council went into a late final closed session. When the results of actions at that session were revealed at 10:55 p.m., as per

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