JOSHUA TREE MAN ON STOLEN MOTORCYCLE ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday morning, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Keith Hencel, 33, at a gas station in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway about 8:15 Friday morning. After an investigation, the deputy found methamphetamine on Hencel, and determined

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LANDERS WATER TANK SHOT

Vandals took target practice on a water storage tank in Landers Saturday. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee for the county Water S Division was sent to a water tank near Yucca Mesa Road and Napa Road about 1 p.m. When the employee arrived, he found water shooting out

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SPECTACULAR COSTUMING IN “MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” AT THEATRE 29

The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the murderous musical comedy, is playing now at Theatre 29. The talented cast is clad with award-worthy costumes by an award-winning costume designer. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

The Mystery of Edwin Drood” cast is clad with exceptional costumes by award-winning master costumer Kathryn

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TWO COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct two community blood drives on Wednesday, June 17. Residents may donate blood at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every

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SCHOOL BOARD CALLS SPECIAL CLOSED MEETING

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors calendar originally showed today as an empty date, but a special meeting has been called. Reporter Dan Stork tells what needs to get done…

The June 16 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION CANCELS ANOTHER MEETING

Once again, the regular meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has been cancelled. The Commission will not meet tonight, June 16. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Tuesday June 30 at 6 p.m. in city hall on Adobe Road.

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WATER FUN AND FITNESS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A great way to stay cool and fit is being offered by Yucca Valley Recreation. Reporter Taylor Thacker says water fun and fitness is available…

Summer aquatics fun and fitness programs are offered regularly by the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department at the Yucca Valley High School pool throughout

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DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 62, EAST OF I-10

Three serious crashes in the Morongo Basin this weekend, including at least one fatality on deadly Highway 62. The confirmed fatality was a single vehicle rollover on Highway 62 in the Morongo Grade at 3:04 Sunday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Behrens said that the westbound Toyota Tacoma rolled over

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PEDESTRIAN INJURED ON STATE ROUTE 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

On Saturday night, a man was seriously injured when he was hit by a car as he was crossing the highway in Joshua Tree. About 8:30 p.m., Anita Barker, 53, was driving eastbound about 40 to 45 miles per hour in the number 1 lane when Arthur Comings, 73, of

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH IN WONDER VALLEY SUNDAY

About 5:45 p.m. Sunday, a female motorcycle rider crashed her bike on Ironage Road in Wonder Valley. Stacy Smalling, 37, of Yucaipa, was riding her Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Ironage Road at 30 to 35 miles per hour when she hit a patch of soft sand and lost control. She

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS

Although the hundreds of Morongo Unified School District employees have been told the terms of their tentatively-agreed upon contracts, it’s not official yet. Reporter Dan Stork tells of one public step required by law, which will be part of the regular school board meeting tomorrow…

In accordance with the California

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REACH OUT COUNTY CONTRACT, ANOTHER MAC MEMBER BITES THE DUST

There are two items of Morongo Basin interest on the consent agenda for the June 16 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Reach Out Morongo Basin will get approval of a 3-year contract for a total of $97,500, to provide senior supportive services. And, yet another seat

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS THIS EVENING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets in a special closed session at 6 p.m. today. On the agenda is a performance evaluation of CEO Bob Tyk and discussion involving strategic plans which is protected from Brown Act disclosure under “trade secrets.” The meeting takes place in the Helen

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFER SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

Hi-Desert Medical Center will partner up with other area agencies to administer a summer food service program. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Family Health Clinics are partnering with the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and the Morongo Unified School District to offer free lunches

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NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT JACOB’S PARK IN YUCCA VALLEY

The new playground equipment project at Jacob’s Park was recently completed. Using more than $89,000 in Community Development Block Grants, the old playground equipment was replaced. In addition, wood chips replaced the sand for improved disability access. The playground equipment is designed for both the 2-to-5 and 5-to-12 year-old age

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FIREWORKS PLANNED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

This is the last year the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley plans to sponsor the annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Yucca Valley, before passing the torch to another organization to carry on the tradition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the club plans to go out with a bang…

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SWIM LESSON START NEXT MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Summer aquatics kick off for Yucca Valley Recreation next Monday. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to register for swim lessons…

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will begin its summer aquatics program on June 22 at the community pool located at Yucca Valley High School. Swim lessons are

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SUMMER YOUTH THEATER APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline has been extended for the 2015 Theatre 29 summer youth theater program. The program will run Monday through Friday, from July 6 through July 30, with four performances of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” July 31 and August 1. The program will break into two age groups, “Juniors” (7-12

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CHECK OUT NATIONAL PARKS ONLINE

There are multiple ways to use the Internet to find out what’s going on in the national parks. Ranger Pam Tripp surveys what the Web has to offer…

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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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday. Speakers will talk about living with industrial solar. The Solar One project—200 acres on private property just across Camp Rock Road from Lone Valley Solar—is now under review by the county. The meeting will be held at the Johnson Valley

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