BREAKING NEWS: YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS JOIN IN NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE TODAY

Today is National Day of Silence, a day held annually to protest the harassment and bullying of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered students. Student clubs at both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools have organized a Day of Silence, in which students—who have received permission from their parents and

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9 CHARGES FILED AGAINST YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOR LANDERS ASSAULT

The District Attorney filed nine charges last week against a Yucca Valley man, stemming from an assault in Landers in March. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ronnie James Salazar, 27, was kicked out of his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 57600 block of Mariquita Road on in mid March. The report

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EARTH DAY EVENT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the annual Earth Day event at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex from 9-2. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a lot will be offered in the hugely popular, family-friendly event…… Celebrate Earth Day during a festival in Yucca Valley Saturday. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will celebrate Earth Day

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TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE DEDICATED TO MAC DUBE THIS MORNING

The Twentynine Palms post office is being dedicated today as the Colonel M.J. “Mac” Dube USMC Post Office Building. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will speak at the official dedication ceremony this morning. Before his death last April, Dube served as a Marine for 38 years—earning four Purple Hearts,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SELL ADS ON FIRE ENGINES

The Morongo Valley CSD Board is taking steps to get their strained finances straightened out. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said that includes selling advertising on fire engines… Following a recent wakeup call from LAFCO that the Morongo Valley Community Services District get its financial house in order or risk dissolution, the

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REPUBLICANS TO HEAR FROM THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN MANAGER

The town manager of the town of Yucca Valley will be the guest speaker at the April 20 ​Morongo Basin Republicans dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Curtis Yakimow will present an update on where the town has been, where they are now and where they are going. The informative dinner

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYER HOST FUND-RAISER DINNER SUNDAY

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley are cooking up a Greek- themed dinner this Sunday night, April 19, to help produce their upcoming production of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.” Director and reporter Rebecca Havely shares what’s on the menu… The cast and crew of the upcoming comedy “Biloxi Blues”

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YUCCA MESA ITALIAN DINNER TONIGHT

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold an Italian dinner tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The dinner will feature lasagna—with or without meat—salad, garlic bread, and a complimentary glass of wine. Tickets are $10, $7 for children under 10, and are available at the door. The dinner will be

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS FIRE TAX MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will discuss the state fire tax at its meeting Monday. Also on the agenda are renewable energy, a presentation by Pat Flanagan on the BLM’s West Mojave Route project, and illegal dumping. Public comments on these and any other issues are welcome. The meeting starts

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

The Food for Life meal tomorrow will be hosted by Palms Baptist Church. From 3 to 5 p.m., the meal will be served at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. They will be serving ham, vegetables, fresh fruit salad and dessert.

FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of April is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GOLFER SIGNS WITH CAL STATE UNIVERSITY SAN BERNARDINO

Twentynine Palms High School student Brandon Steffins has secured a spot on the Cal State University San Bernardino Coyotes Golf Team. He was awarded an athletic scholarship of $2,500 per year for the next four years to offset the cost of tuition. On National Signing Day April 15 Brandon signed

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HIGH SCHOOL SORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan varsity baseball team recorded another win by besting the Rattlers of Rancho Mirage at home 5-3 Wednesday afternoon. Coach Brian Schoenborn said in the second inning, sophomore Tim Parker was the first to cross the plate for the Trojans, after an RBI hit by

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TWO SHOT IN YUCCA VALLEY, SUSPECT CAUGHT AFTER CRASH

A Joshua Tree man is in custody following a shooting and crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said Joseph Rojas, 20, was arguing with Terry Hill, 26, and Elaina Bixon, 21, in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail, when Rojas pulled out a handgun and shot

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BABY FOUND IN SHOPPING CART IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT

A baby was forgotten for a few minutes in a shopping cart in a Wal-Mart parking lot yesterday. According to Sheriff’s officials, a Wal-Mart employee found a 10-month-old baby in a shopping cart about 3:05 p.m. and brought the child into the store and called the Sheriff’s Department. The father

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MORONGO VALLEY HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to a suspicious fire late last night that burned a home to the ground. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, a resident in the 51400 block of 29 Palms Highway heard a loud boom about 11:30 p.m., and then about 10 minutes later saw flames

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CHP HONORS 911 DISPATCHERS

California Highway Patrol dispatchers handle the majority of California’s wireless 9-1-1 emergency calls. Not only are they responsible for sending fire, ambulance, or law enforcement in response to 911 calls, but they are in constant radio communication with the responders, providing needed information. Last year, more than 900 CHP dispatchers

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FINES FOREIGN VANDAL, 4 OTHERS CONVICTED

The Swedish-Portuguese street artist, Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre” has paid the fine for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on rock formations thought to be

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“CRAZY GLUE CASE” AGAINST FORMER SUPERVISORS REPRESENTATIVE CONTINUED

Yesterday’s scheduled hearing for Mike Lipsitz, the former Morongo Basin field representative for Third District County Supervisor James Ramos, was continued to May 27 in San Bernardino Superior Court. Lipsitz, 53, was arrested in February during a vehicle stop near the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. He is accused of smuggling

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