TRAFFIC COLLISION CAUSES NORTH JOSHUA TREE POWER OUTAGE

A woman who lost control of her car on a dirt road in north Joshua Tree crashed into a power pole, causing 689 homes to go without power for most of the night. About 6:18, a woman driving eastbound on La Brisa lost control and slammed her car into a

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us what items for decision will be in front of the Council… The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve the

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MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN THE LANDERS AREA NEAR GIANT ROCK

A missing man was found dead Friday near Giant Rock in Landers after sheriff’s deputies searched for two days and asked area residents to check their properties. Friends reported the man, whose name has not yet been released by the coroner, missing from a residence where he had been staying

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MAN KILLED IN CRASH WITH BIG RIG IN JOHNSON VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

A man was killed in Johnson Valley last night when his Toyota crashed head on into a big rig on Old Woman Springs Road. About 11 p.m., a man, who has not yet been identified, was driving his Toyota westbound on Highway 247 near Valley Vista when for unknown reasons

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LOBOS FOOTBALL LOOKING FOR A CHEER COACH

The Yucca Valley Lobos youth tackle football and cheer program is in need of a coach for the Micros cheer squad of 9- and 10-year-olds. If interested please contact Mayra Castricone, at 951-233-1920.

WEATHER SPOTTER CLASSES OFERRED LOCALLY BY NWS

The National Weather Service will be offering a Weather Spotter Training course Saturday August 10, at 2 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, located at 3133 Balsa Avenue (just north of Aberdeen Dr.) The training will cover the new reporting standards which will soon be a national standard accepted

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TRADITIONAL PIONEER PASS GOLF CHALLENGE LOOKING FOR EXTREME GOLFERS

A long-time Morongo Basin tradition, the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge, continues this September. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells us how to sign up for the ultimate in extreme golf… The tradition of extreme golf for charity continues this September with the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. The Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge

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UNITY HOME TO OFFER STATE MANDATED TRANING CLASSES

Morongo Basin Unity Home is a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence and their families move towards living more independent and self-sufficient lives, free of violence. Unity Home will be offering its 40 hour California state-mandated training class for free beginning August 14, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board will hold a special workshop meeting at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Directors will learn about and gain perspective on the need to establish designated reserve accounts and then apply their conclusions to the final budget for fiscal year 2013-14. Tomorrow’s meeting is in the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET TOMORROW

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, in the County Government Center in San Bernardino, but Morongo Basin residents can view the meeting via live remote at the county government building in Joshua Tree, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway. Of interest to local

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THEATRE 29 OPENING OF “SPAMALOT” TO BENEFIT REACH-OUT

The hilarious Musical “Spamalot” is under rehearsal at Theatre 29 for a five-week run opening August 23. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the opening night gala will benefit Reach-Out Morongo Basin… The opening night gala for Theatre 29′s next production, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” directed by Kathryn Ferguson, is sponsored by

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Mesa man was arrested last night, accused of beating his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Bell, 50, was arguing with his long-time girlfriend in the 2900 block of La Habra Avenue in Yucca Valley about 10 p.m. when he allegedly hit her in the face, possibly

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LOCAL CRIME SWEEP NETS 24 IN CUSTODY

Two dozen people were arrested during a crime sweep throughout the Morongo Basin Thursday and Friday. According to a press release, the Sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, probation and parole departments, and Naval Criminal Investigative Services participated in the sweep. During the sweep, 24 arrests were made for violations including

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TRASH A PROBLEM IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Even with the hot summer temperatures, tourists are still coming to Joshua Tree National Park from all over the world. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says they come here for the vistas, not the trash… A question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is, “What will we see

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WOMAN AND DOG RESCUED IN JOSHUA TREE FIRE THIS MORNING

An elderly woman and her dog were rescued from a house fire in Joshua Tree early this morning. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, firefighters were called to a structure fire in the 8200 block of Star Lane about 2 a.m. Monday. Lasiter said the woman had fallen asleep in

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ONE IN CUSTODY, ONE SOUGHT, AFTER YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING

Police have arrested one man and are searching for another after a third man was shot in Yucca Valley Saturday evening. According to Sheriff’s Corporal Steve Everhart, Adam Webster was at his mother’s home in the 1600 block of Deer Trail in Yucca Valley when two men drove up in

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COOK VETERANS’ BILLS PASS COMMITTEE

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today had two bills pass out of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs by unanimous votes. The bills will be considered on the floor of the House after summer recess. “Prioritizing Urgent Claims for Veterans Act” requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to give priority

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DOGS, CARS AND HOT WEATHER

A closed car on a hot day is a dangerous place for pets. Managing Editor and passionate dog-lover Tami Roleff warns of the hazards… On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. The temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in minutes,

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ROUTE 62 ROADWORK

CalTrans is continuing its repaving of Highway 62 this week, from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms, and in a new project, east of Twentynine Palms. Through next Friday, August 9, workers will be grinding, paving, and restriping the highway in unspecified locations between Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. The same

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MONSOON SEASON

Although we’ve experienced a little bit of rain in July this year, August is the more usual time for summer cloudbursts. Ranger Pam Tripp welcomes the monsoons… The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry, hot, summer desert. Visitors to Joshua

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