YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR OFFICE HOURS

If you have concerns about crime, about development projects, the loss of wildlife habitat or Joshua trees, or maybe ideas about events in the town, you can meet one-on-one with the mayor of Yucca Valley to discuss those ideas and concerns. Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIREWORKS SHOW WILL GO ON AS PLANNED TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms fireworks show will go on as planned tonight. Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a fire at 11:38 p.m. Friday night in the box truck that was used to carry the fireworks to the show site at the junior high school. Firefighter Lane McGivern said the truck

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INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND MORE AT LUCKIE PARK

Twentynine Palms 4th of July celebration at Luckie Park is more than just the fireworks display. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the plans for their fun-filled schedule…

Luckie Park is the place to be this 4th of July. The swimming pool

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

COURTHOUSE CLOSED JULY 3

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

MBTA BUS WILL NOT RUN FRIDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will not operate service Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Regular service will resume Sunday,

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HOLIDAY CAUTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST OPEN FOR VISITORS, WITH CAUTIONS

While some portions of the San Bernardino National Forest have been impacted by the on-going Lake Fire near Barton Flats, most of the Forest is open to visitors, with some cautions:

Several campgrounds remain closed. You can see the full list

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NEW PRINCIPALS AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY AND 29 PALMS JUNIOR HIGH

Two of the larger schools in the Morongo Unified School Districts will have new principals in the coming school year.

Filling the position of principal at Onaga Elementary will be 8-year Morongo Unified School District veteran Kristen Mery. She has been at Onaga for all those years, where she

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FROM THE SHERIFF’S LOG: ROBBERY AND MULTIPLE WARRANTS

ARREST FOR ROBBERY OF ELDERLY MAN

A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from an elderly man. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robin Stotts, 51, took the man, who is frail and walks using a walker, to the bank, where he withdrew nearly $300 from

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FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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HELICOPTER SEARCH UNSUCCESSFUL FOR SUSPECT

Deputies called in a helicopter to help search for a suspect who fled following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a green Chevy Camaro traveling eastbound on Old Dale Road at a high rate of speed about 3 p.m. As

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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LAKE FIRE STALLS, NOW 70 PERCENT CONTAINED

For the last two days, the mammoth Lake Fire has stalled at 49 square miles, allowing hand crews and bulldozer operators to laboriously strengthen and extend their fires lines. As a result, 70 percent of the perimeter was surrounded by fire lines by last night. Fire officials are beginning to

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LOCAL RAIN MEANS 48 HOURS OF NO WATERING

Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms, as well as other parts of the Morongo Basin, received measureable rainfall Wednesday. For customers who get their water from a water district instead of from a well or who haul their water, that means outdoor landscapes can’t be watered during or within

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HOT WEATHER PRESENTS DRIVING CHALLENGES

The California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety warn that summer presents a new set of challenges on the roads. Reporter Dan Stork passes along some hot-weather driving tips from the CHP…

Here are some of the hazards of summer driving:

Leaving children or animals in a

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SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-ROAD LAWS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin OHV Team would like to remind everyone this Fourth of July holiday weekend that they will be out utilizing dual-sport motorcycles and 4X4 vehicles on patrol enforcing OHV violations with the assistance of County Code Enforcement. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN POWER PLANT A STEP CLOSER

The proposal to turn the former Eagle Mountain iron mine into a hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to reality. Eagle Crest Energy Company announced Wednesday, July 1 that it purchased the former mining site on the southeast border of Joshua Tree National Park from Kaiser Ventures, which developed

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CONGRESSMAN COOK LOOKS FOR SALUTE TO WOMEN NOMINEES

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will honor local women and is asking for your nomination. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how and who to nominate…

Later this year Congressman Paul Cook will honor young women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in our community at his “Salute to Women: Young

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COURTHOUSE CLOSED TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

The Yucca Valley animal shelter and animal control services will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observation of Independence Day. The animal shelter will be available by appointment only for pet owners to retrieve their impounded animals. To make an appointment or to leave a message

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“EARTH TO ECHO” FREE MOVIE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents, Movies in Luckie Park Thursday nights through July 30, on the north side of the racquetball courts starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best, tonight the movie is

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