CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION TOMORROW AT YUCCA VALLEY METHODIST CHURCH

A Yucca Valley church is planning an early Christmas celebration tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to the event… A bonfire, Christmas carols, and a visit from Santa Claus will be part of an old-fashioned Christmas Spirit celebration Saturday at Yucca Valley Methodist Church. The evening begins at 5

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ soccer team will travel to West Shores to participate in the West Shores Soccer Tournament.

The Joshua Springs High School boys’ basketball team will travel away to Redlands to play Redlands Adventist Academy. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL LOOKS AT TROUBLESOME INTERSECTIONS

Prior to spending more than an hour on the issue of medical marijuana at Tuesday’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council members heard about several problem intersections in the town that needed improvements. Managing editor Tami Roleff says in the second of this two-part report that council

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES YET ANOTHER TATTOO PARLOR

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission Tuesday night unanimously approved a new tattoo parlor on the 3600 block of Adobe Road. The Outlasting Tattoo Studio—on the same block as a Domino’s Pizza, Subway sandwich shop, and the Department of Motor Vehicles—will be the ninth in the city, bringing the per capita

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WITH NOMINAL OPPOSITION, WATER RATE INCREASE APPROVED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

With nominal opposition, water rates in Twentynine Palms were raised by the Water Board last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… At last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board convened a public hearing in order to gather testimony on a rate increase from ratepayers. A single

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF PUSHING HIS WIFE OUT OF THE CAR

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of pushing his wife out of a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2 p.m. Isiah Buick, 23, was arguing with his wife of two years while driving her car on Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms. About three blocks west

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JOHNSON VALLEY BURGLARY LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES

A burglary investigation led to an arrest of a Johnson Valley man on drug charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, a homeowner in the 51000 block of Joshua Tree Road in Johnson Valley called about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to report someone had burglarized and ransacked his home and garage. The

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YUCCA VALLEY SEPTIC BAN DEADLINE EXTENDED BY THE STATE

In May 2011, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board set a deadline of five years—May 16, 2016—for when the town of Yucca Valley had to stop using septic systems. Due to various delays, the town will not be able to meet that deadline, although it has started the process

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER WRESTLES WITH NEXTERA, PROBLEM WELL LAST NIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board met last night. A controversial request for water for a solar field and a troublesome well dominated the meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz files this report… Last night in Joshua Tree, the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors drilled through an ambitious agenda. Highlights

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS TO ESCORT SANTA CLAUS THROUGH LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods THIS Monday, December 21, Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. On Monday, Santa will be riding a fire truck on paved roads in South Joshua Tree, south

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LAST WEEKEND FOR THE HILARIOUS “FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT THEATRE 29

The hilarious “Farndale Christmas Carol” has two performances this weekend at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how you can get tickets… The holiday hit “Farndale Christmas Carol” completes its run at Theatre 29 this weekend. Don’t miss out on your last opportunity to see this holiday hit. Directed by

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SIX YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS INVITED TO ALL-STAR GAME

Six students from Yucca Valley High School will play in the ninth annual High Desert All-Star football game at Antelope Valley College in January. Coach Andrew Amosa said 200 seniors from 40 schools will be participating in this game that pits local all-stars against all-star players from Palmer and Lancaster.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms boys Varsity Wildcats improved their overall record to 1-1-1 with a home win against the visiting Roadrunners from Loma Linda Academy. Coach Nathan Niles said tight team defense and a team-minded spirit propelled the Cats to a dominant 4-1 victory. Keepers KJ Magwood Morton and Kyle Lawrence

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DUI DRIVER WHO KILLED LOCAL MOTORCYCLIST PLEADS GUILTY, FACES UP TO 10 YEARS

A Yucca Valley man pleaded guilty Friday to vehicular manslaughter while driving drunk in 2014, according to court records. David Hayes, 59, a popular drug and alcohol counselor, was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Highway 62 in Yucca Valley March 13, 2014, when his motorcycle was hit from behind

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL STRENGTHENS BAN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

After voting in Bob Leone as the new mayor and Merl Abel as mayor pro tem, the Yucca Valley Town Council strengthened the town’s ban on medical marijuana last night by adopting a resolution prohibiting marijuana cultivation. Council members also directed staff to prepare new stand-alone ordinances that clearly prohibit

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SHERIFF’S PROACTIVE PATROL NETS SEVEN ARRESTS

Two people were arrested Monday morning when drugs were found in their vehicle following a routine traffic stop in Yucca Valley. About 10:30, a deputy stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Primrose Drive and Airway Avenue. The vehicle’s owner, Cheryl Dvoracek, 26, was found to have two no-bail warrants

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD LOOKS AT NEW TAX OF $350 PER PARCEL

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met last night. After reorganization the CSD decided to try to get a new tax of $350 per parcel approved by the voters. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report… At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District board the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING YOUNGER SIBLINGS

A 20-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday evening, accused of hitting and choking his younger siblings. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steven Levitt became angry at his 1-year-old stepbrother when he started crying. A witness said Levitt picked up the boy and began to choke him, and then choked

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PROPERTY VALUES RISING UNEVENLY IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Property values in the Morongo Basin are going up. Reporter David Haldane says area communities are seeing increases but they vary among our local communities… If you own a home in Yucca Valley, its increase in value since last year has nearly kept up with that of homes across the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER PUBLIC HEARING ON RATE INCREASE TONIGHT

Both the Twentynine Palms Water District and fire department meetings will be held tonight. The water district meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a public hearing on the proposed water rate increases; a board vote is expected immediately following the hearing. A vote on pay meter station rates will follow,

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