A PLEA BARGAIN IN A YUCCA VALLEY MURDER TRIAL

One of two suspects in a 2010 Yucca Valley murder pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree Superior Court yesterday. Heidi McDermott, 32, of Twentynine Palms, accepted a plea bargain of voluntary manslaughter in the December 2010 murder of Lauren McLane, 22, of Yucca Valley. Also charged in the murder is

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FIVE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS INJURED IN AMBOY ROAD ROLL-OVER CRASH

Five Twentynine Palms residents were injured in a roll-over crash on Amboy Road Monday night. According to CHP Officer Ryan Swanson, Erik Bryant, 23, was driving a 2010 Dodge Avenger southbound on Amboy Road, north of Bell King Road, when he lost control on a curve about 11:40 p.m. The

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FROM OBJECTIONS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

The Yucca Valley Town Council met last night. Council members heard from some unhappy residents. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report…

David Bradley, owner of Cowboy Corral in Yucca Valley, asks the Yucca Valley Town Council to reconsider its plans for medians on Highway 62

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS ENROLLMENTS ARE AT A RECORD LOW

Declining enrollments and more public comment on AB 1266 highlighted the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting last night. Dan Stork was there and cites the numbers and the concerns… The enrollment for the first month of the school year in the Morongo Unified School District reached a

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SCHOOL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District will be holding the first District Advisory Committee for this school year tomorrow at 5:15pm in the Educational Services Conference Room at the District Office in Twentynine Palms. All parents and community members are welcome to attend and provide their input to the numerous academic

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board will review fire service fees among other items tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will convene a public hearing in connection with a revised Fire Department schedule of

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7TH MARINES CHANGE OF COMMAND TOMORROW ON COMBAT CENTER

The 7th Marine Regiment will hold a Change of Command ceremony Tomorrow at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field aboard the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Colonel Austin Renforth will relinquish command of the regiment to Colonel Jay Bargeron, who most recently served at Manpower and Reserve Affairs at Headquarters Marine

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District board will honor a retiring Twentynine Palms Water Board member tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the full agenda… Among items of interest on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors is a resolution of appreciation for Phil Cisneros, for

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District will consider hiring a firm to search for a new general manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, Directors are expected to approve an agreement with an as yet unnamed executive recruiting firm

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COUNTY TO REVIEW COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE TOMORROW

During the summer, the County Board of Supervisors placed a moratorium on commercial solar development, while planning staff prepared guidelines for such projects. A draft county ordinance regulating commercial solar energy goes before the San Bernardino County Planning Commission tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork previews the rules… San Bernardino County staff

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY BOOK SALE STARTS TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Library book sale starts tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker has the details….. The Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library will be holding its bi-annual book sale on October 17 and 19 at the Twentynine Palms Library. On Thursday, October 17, from 3 to 5 p.m., members of the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BEATS YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL IN GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team hosted the Ladycats from Twentynine Palms yesterday. It took five sets to decide the outcome of the varsity match. The teams would go point by point, back and forth with Twentynine Palms pulling ahead in the fifth set to take the

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat volleyball and tennis teams will host the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30. Yucca Valley High School volleyball will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to compete in the Nike Invitational

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FORMER MARINE ARRESTED FOR 2004 YUCCA VALLEY MURDER

A former Twentynine Palms Marine has been arrested In Michigan for the 2004 killing of his wife in Yucca Valley. Detectives from Michigan and California arrested 41-year-old Charles Leppan in connection with the disappearance of his ex-wife. On May 12, 2004 a man walking his dog in the desert on

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YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESS OWNERS VENT FRUSTRATION OVER PLANNED MEDIANS

The Town of Yucca Valley heard from some unhappy business owners and citizens last night at a workshop meeting about two new highway projects, including more medians. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there as they voiced their frustration… Business owners complained that because semis and other large trucks can’t make

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Board of Education will be briefed in closed session on staffing, and later will get a status report on enrollment. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else will be before the Morongo Unified School District Board at its October 15 meeting… The meeting of the Board of Education of the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS JR. AND SR. HIGH COMBINED BAND CONCERT TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Junior High and High School music departments will hold a combined concert Wednesday, October 16 at the Tom Nicoll football field at Twentynine Palms Junior High School. The gates open at 5:45 p.m., with the music starting at 6:30. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on the

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75TH ANNUAL TWENTYNINE PALMS PIONEER DAYS CELEBRATION STARTS THURSDAY

The 75th annual Pioneer Days celebration starts this week in Twentynine Palms. ROP Broadcast student Brendan Decker has some of the highlights… The 2013 Pioneer Days are almost here! Starting October 17 through October 20, Twentynine Palms is hosting the 75th Annual Pioneer Days celebration. This event includes several family-friendly

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ANNUAL TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE EXPLORERS BREAKFAST SATURDAY MORNING

The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Explorer Post will host their annual pancake breakfast Saturday, October 19, at Fire Station 421 on Adobe Road. From 6 to 10 a.m., the Fire Explorers will be serving pancakes, eggs and sausage, as well as an assortment of drinks. The cost is $4 for

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN REGULAR SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks a routine agenda… After hearing a wastewater update from the Hi-Desert Water District, the Yucca Valley Town Council will get down to business. Among the items on its consent agenda, the Council will give

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