FIRE DESTROYS MOTOR HOME IN NORTH JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY

A fire in north Joshua Tree yesterday completely destroyed a motor home, storage sheds and two vehicles. According to Fire Captain Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Mesa, and the Lear Avenue fire station in Twentynine Palms were called at 5:30 p.m. to a motor home fire at Coyote

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TWO ARRESTED IN SEARCH AT JOSHUA TREE PROBATION OFFICE

Two people were arrested yesterday morning. Sheriff’s deputies say Christopher Browne, 31, and Gina Line, 33, were searched as part of their probation in the parking lot of the Joshua Tree Probation office. Both Browne and Line are on active Post Release Community Service and have search terms under this

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN CONTRACT REDO

In a single motion, the Twentynine Palms City Council rescinded its approval of the City Manager contract for Joe Guzetta that it had approved in a special meeting on April 30, and approved essentially the same contract. Dan Stork adds details…

Before approving a contract for Joe Guzetta to serve

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FEDERAL FURLOUGH DAYS NOW AT 11

Nearly 700,000 civilian personnel with the Department of Defense will be forced to take one unpaid furlough day per week for 11 weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday. The unpaid furlough days are set to begin July 8. When the sequestration budget cuts first kicked in, early estimates were

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION SPLITS ON WIND TURBINES, HEARS UPDATE ON BUILDING

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the split on wind turbines and got a construction update…

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission was divided on residential wind turbines, as the commissioners discussed the draft development code at its meeting last night. Commissioner Steve Whitten

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YUCCA VALLEY BUDGET Q&A SESSION TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley will hold a budget question and answer session on Thursday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The public is encouraged to submit their written questions ahead of time, via email to (finance@yucca-valley.org), or

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT AND HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water district board of directors will meet at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the board will be asked to support a senate bill for the modernization of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency law. It will also hear an update on innovative federal strategies, and will

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SHAKTI FEST COMING TO JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER THIS WEEKEND

Shakti Fest will be coming to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center for a three-day celebration this weekend. Set for May 17 through 19, the Shakti Fest will have an extensive focus on devotional chanting known as kirtan, along with yoga teachers, a workshop on the Tantra Wisdom Goddesses, and a

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BEAT THE HEAT BICYCLE RIDE WILL BENEFIT TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club will hold a Beat the Heat Bicycle Ride Saturday, May 18, beginning at Luckie Park. Four rides will be offered: 3, 7, 15, and 45 miles. The 45-mile ride begins at 7:30 a.m., with each shorter ride beginning 30 minutes later. Riders can pre-register at

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GET PREPARED NOW FOR WILDFIRE SEASON

Already, Southern California is showing signs of having one of the most active fire seasons in history. This year has been one of the driest seasons we’ve had in a long time. It’s time to start safeguarding your house and property against wildfires now. Assignment reporter, Taylor Thacker, has steps

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YOUNG AT HEART SERIES TO FEATURE MOVIE “RANGO” FRIDAY

The “Young at Heart Theater Series” returns Friday, May 17 with Rango, a full-length, animated Western tale set in the high desert and filled with humor and spiritual allegory. Enjoy this free film along with some salads compliments of the Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living, located at 7434 Bannock

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BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY SET AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

All high school seniors, and their families in the Morongo Unified District are invited to attend a baccalaureate ceremony, a celebration for graduates, at Yucca Valley High School in the multi-purpose room, June 8, at noon. Please R.S.V.P. by sending an e-mail to mkeck@yvhs.net by May 24.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR MIKE SMILEY THIS FRIDAY

Mike Smiley, a 15-year-resident of Joshua Tree, died Friday, May 10. He was 60 years old. Mike Smiley is survived by his wife, Betty Young, his son, Chad Smiley, of Kennewick, Washington, and three grandchildren. Smiley was a well-known artist in the Morongo Basin who was self-taught in metal, silver

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CONGRESSMAN COOK CUTS RIBBON FOR NEW JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley cut the ceremonial ribbon to commemorate the opening of the new Joshua Tree Elementary School. Cook was joined by approximately 25 students and more than 50 individuals from the community. The new building is located about a mile north of the previous Joshua Tree

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BROWN ACT ERROR REDO ON TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER CONTRACT

The only discussion item at the May 14 regular meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council is a re-do of the contract for the new City Manager. Dan Stork has more details… Following initial approval by the Twentynine Palms City Council of a contract for Joe Guzetta in a Special

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ENHANCE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT IN YUCCA VALLEY, WE’LL TELL YOU WHERE

If you are driving in Yucca Valley, slow down. This week the Town of Yucca Valley traffic officers will be conducting enhanced traffic enforcement on SR 62 primarily between Hilton and Airway Avenues. Traffic Officer Deputy Delgado said they will be focusing primarily on speeding and other vehicle code violations.

RUBBISH FIRE IN YUCCA MESA

A rubbish fire in Yucca Mesa early this morning is a perfect example of why homes need cleared areas around them. Fire Captain Rick Denison said Station 42 was called at 4:35 a.m. to a possible vehicle fire in the 59000 block of Mesa Boulevard. Upon arrival, fire fighters found

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT DEVELOPMENT CODES TONIGHT

Events, Density bonuses and alternative energy, some of the codes the Yucca valley Planning Commission will look at tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look……

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will continue to discuss the draft development code at its meeting tonight. The first item on tonight’s agenda

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DOG LICENSING AND PET VACCINATION CLINIC IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY

The Town of Yucca Valley will host a dog licensing and pet vaccination clinic this Thursday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Center courtyard. The clinic is offered to all Yucca Valley and County residents. Low-cost rabies vaccinations will be available for $6 each as

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER AT RAINBOW STEW TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its May Mixer Tuesday, May 14, at Rainbow Stew in Old Town Yucca Valley. Mixers are an opportunity for business people to gather together to network and make new acquaintances. Rainbow Stew offers jewelry, original art, home décor, classes and workshops. The

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