THREE PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE LAST NIGHT

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Raymond Robles, 31, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 1998 red Mercury in the number 1, or fast lane, of eastbound Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed over

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STATE WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS AFFECT LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Monday’s ruling by the State 4th District Court of Appeals, which ruled that it is unconstitutional to charge customers more for high water usage—unless the cost is directly tied to the cost of delivering that water—is being closely watched by water districts in the Morongo Basin. So far, that ruling

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COUNTY SETTLES WITH BEATING VICTIM

Wasting little time, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors settled with the victim of a beating by Sheriff’s deputies that was televised earlier this month. In a closed session Tuesday morning, the supervisors unanimously approved a $650,000 settlement in connection with the arrest of Francis Pusock, 30, “to avoid

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HIRES FIRM TO ASSESS PFF BUILDING; REVISES SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to hire an architectural firm—at a cost not to exceed $60,600—to perform a property assessment on the old PFF Bank building at the intersection of the highway and Joshua Lane. The firm will come up with different ideas of

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TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY

Two juveniles were arrested late Monday night, accused of breaking into a Yucca Valley home. According to a Sheriff’s report, the home’s owner, who was in Newport Beach, called the Sheriff’s Department just after 10 p.m. to report that he has video of two people on his home’s surveillance camera

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JAYWALKER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS

A jaywalker was arrested in Yucca Valley Monday morning after he was found to be in possession of two concealed weapons. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy tried to stop Michael Dennison, 24, who was jaywalking across the highway near Bannock Trail about 11:45 a.m. Dennison fled on foot

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EARTH DAY PRESENTATION TOMORROW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Earth Day celebrations and programs are going on across the Morongo Basin all week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz joins us again with a program by the Mojave Desert Land Trust at Copper Mountain College… The Mojave Desert Land Trust, through able leadership and a program of strategic land acquisition, has perfected

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EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA ON BOARD THE COMBAT CENTER TOMORROW

The Combat Center will hold an Earth Day Extravaganza tomorrow at the Lincoln Military Housing Athletic Field, for those who have base access. The event is scheduled to start at 4:30 and will include Earth Day-related activities, such as information booths, music, food, games, and bounce houses.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AT REGIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING

A representative from the Disabled American Veterans will be on hand during a meeting of the Regional Council on Aging at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Valley Nutrition Center, 57088 29 Palms Highway. The public is invited to bring their questions, concerns, and needs.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT AGENDA

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to approve a tuition reimbursement policy for employees; approve assessments on eight district-owned properties; and approve the purchase of a new water truck. The

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms Water District will also meet tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker joins us with an overview on what’s on the agenda… The Twentynine Palms Water District is scheduled to have their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd, starting at 6:00pm. At this meeting, the Board will have a public

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA

The Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Medical Center will hold a special closed session meeting tonight, starting at 6 p.m. The sole item on the agenda is strategic planning concerning some trade secret. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus.

MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY AGENDA

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. After administrative and operations reports, the board will hold two public hearings on grant requests for more than $834,000 for operating assistance and

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School golf team will host the Big Bear Bears at home. Tee off is at 2:45.

COUNTY SETTLES QUICKLY WITH BEATING VICTIM

A man who was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has already settled with the Board of Supervisors. In order to avoid litigation expenses, the San Bernardino County Supervisors reached an agreement with Francis Pusock, 30, who was beaten by at least 10 Sheriff’s deputies April 9 in the

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EXPECT NOISE FROM MARINE BASE AS EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE IS DISPOSED

They call it the sound of freedom. Residents around the Morongo Basin can expect some louder-than-usual noise Wednesday, April 22, as Marines training in explosive ordnance disposal will detonate bombs and other explosive devices. Ammunition technician Marines will be taking part in their annual Emergency Destruction Training on board the

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SMALL ELECTRICAL FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters made quick work of a fire at a Southern California Edison substation yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, just before 6:30 p.m, a malfunction ignited a transformer at the substation located on the highway at Hendys Road, on the west end of Twentynine Palms. SoCal

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says tonight the council will discuss potential uses for the old PFF building…

Among the items on the consent agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will be asked to approve

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TODAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive today, April 21, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow morning, April 22, at Alta Loma and Olympic and April 29 at Highway 62 and Yucca Mesa Road (north side). The scheduled time is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to

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