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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CADIZ WINS ROUND ONE IN EFFORT TO PUMP WATER FROM MOJAVE DESERT

Round one for Cadiz…

An Orange County Superior judge ruled recently against environmentalists who challenged Cadiz Inc.’s plans to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to a southern California water agency. The Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association, among others, charged in

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MAJOR LIVE-FIRE, LARGE-SCALE EXCERCISES THIS WEEK ABOARD BASE

A combined-arms, live-fire, large-scale exercise will be taking place in our entire region this week starting today. During the Desert Scimitar exercise, Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th Marine Regiments, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

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TRASH OR TREASURE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

It may look like trash, but if it’s old enough, and it’s in the National Park, it’s not. Ranger Pam Tripp says, leave it lay…

Let’s fact it: Many artifacts within Joshua Tree National Park seem like old trash. However, anything over 50 years old is considered historic, and in

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GIVE BIG RESULTS

The Give BIG San Bernardino County web-a-thon raised a total of $548,214 from 2,465 individuals making 3,533 donations to the participating 262 nonprofits throughout our county, exceeding the goal of raising $300,000. These nonprofits offer a variety of services from education to healthcare to recreational activities.

Give Big is a

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TWO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS GET AWARD FOR VALOR

Two Joshua Tree National Park rangers were presented with a prestigious award for valor by the Department of the Interior at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Danielle Sandoval and Jeremie Johnston were members of a trail crew working near Covington Flats in the park in July 2011 when they

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“GIVE BIG” COUNTY ON-LINE FUNDRAISER TODAY

Today, May 8th, is the San Bernardino County’s Give Big day! You can log onto www.givebigsbcounty.org, choose your local charity and donate. Give Big is a 24-hour online giving campaign for non-profit organizations that allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TAKES ON BREHM PARK, MAYBE BLACK ROCK ROAD

The Yucca Valley Town Council officially took responsibility for the Brehm Youth Park last night, and may take on Black Rock Canyon Road. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there at a very busy meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to

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U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES FOR PRAYER AT COUNCIL MEETINGS

Local residents who had disputed use of sectarian prayers at both City of Twentynine Palms and Town of Yucca Valley Council meetings have been waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a similar case in New York State; the decision came down on Monday. The Supreme Court gave

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HOUSE AND SHED IN YUCCA VALLEY DESTROYED BY FIRE

A house and shed were completely destroyed by a fire in Yucca Valley fire Saturday afternoon. When fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Cal Fire arrived at Aberdeen Drive at Melody Lane shortly before 1 p.m., heavy black smoke and flames were visible from the mobile home and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

It takes a lot of work to run a national park. Ranger Pam Tripp gives a peek at the administrative services at Joshua Tree National Park…

The administrative division of Joshua Tree National Park works behind the scenes to support the essential work of personnel. They perform duties, such as

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MARINE CORPS TO MEET WITH OHV COMMUNITY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host an informational meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Yucca Valley Community Center May 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups

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MARINE AND DAUGHTER RECOVERING FROM DUI CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN

More than two weeks after a Joshua Tree crash that killed the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, her husband and baby are slowly starting to recover from their life-threatening injuries. Lance Corporal Christopher Matthews, 28, is now in a wheelchair, and his 1-year-old daughter, Dakota, has regained consciousness at

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NO CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR THOUSANDS AFTER FIBER OPTIC CABLE CUT

Thousands of cell phone customers in the Hi-Desert were without service for about 10 hours Wednesday after a spliced fiber optic cable was blown apart during high winds in the Banning Pass. The cable carried phone lines for several carriers; Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers have all reported no cell

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A 54-year-old woman was killed in Morongo Valley last night when she was struck by a car on the highway. According to the California Highway Patrol, Geraldine Willis, 46, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2014 Dodge Avenger eastbound on Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when the still-unidentified woman attempted

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN’S FAMILY SUES THE GOVERNMENT OVER FATAL HUMVEE CRASH

The family of a daughter who was killed in a highway collision in 2013 in Joshua Tree, involving a Marine who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of a military-issued Humvee, has filed a federal lawsuit in Riverside District Court. Kristin Thrawl, 26, of Yucca Valley, was killed in the

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GARBAGE TRUCK CAUSES POWER OUTAGE IN JOSHUA TREE FRIDAY

Joshua Tree was without power for several hours Friday afternoon due to a low-hanging cable line. According to the California Highway Patrol, Kenneth Porter, 59, of Joshua Tree was driving a Burrtec garbage truck northbound on Mountain View Street, just south of Chollita Road, when the top of the truck

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HOW YOUR NATIONAL PARK WORKS

The 1250 square miles of National Park on our doorstep looks untended. Ranger Pam Tripp gives a hint of how much goes on behind the scenes to tend it…

Joshua Tree National Park consists of approximately 800,000 acres of land, which requires the service of many employees. The park is

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