FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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HELICOPTER SEARCH UNSUCCESSFUL FOR SUSPECT

Deputies called in a helicopter to help search for a suspect who fled following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a green Chevy Camaro traveling eastbound on Old Dale Road at a high rate of speed about 3 p.m. As

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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LAKE FIRE STALLS, NOW 70 PERCENT CONTAINED

For the last two days, the mammoth Lake Fire has stalled at 49 square miles, allowing hand crews and bulldozer operators to laboriously strengthen and extend their fires lines. As a result, 70 percent of the perimeter was surrounded by fire lines by last night. Fire officials are beginning to

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LOCAL RAIN MEANS 48 HOURS OF NO WATERING

Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms, as well as other parts of the Morongo Basin, received measureable rainfall Wednesday. For customers who get their water from a water district instead of from a well or who haul their water, that means outdoor landscapes can’t be watered during or within

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HOT WEATHER PRESENTS DRIVING CHALLENGES

The California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety warn that summer presents a new set of challenges on the roads. Reporter Dan Stork passes along some hot-weather driving tips from the CHP…

Here are some of the hazards of summer driving:

Leaving children or animals in a

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SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-ROAD LAWS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin OHV Team would like to remind everyone this Fourth of July holiday weekend that they will be out utilizing dual-sport motorcycles and 4X4 vehicles on patrol enforcing OHV violations with the assistance of County Code Enforcement. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN POWER PLANT A STEP CLOSER

The proposal to turn the former Eagle Mountain iron mine into a hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to reality. Eagle Crest Energy Company announced Wednesday, July 1 that it purchased the former mining site on the southeast border of Joshua Tree National Park from Kaiser Ventures, which developed

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CONGRESSMAN COOK LOOKS FOR SALUTE TO WOMEN NOMINEES

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will honor local women and is asking for your nomination. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how and who to nominate…

Later this year Congressman Paul Cook will honor young women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in our community at his “Salute to Women: Young

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COURTHOUSE CLOSED TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

The Yucca Valley animal shelter and animal control services will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observation of Independence Day. The animal shelter will be available by appointment only for pet owners to retrieve their impounded animals. To make an appointment or to leave a message

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“EARTH TO ECHO” FREE MOVIE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents, Movies in Luckie Park Thursday nights through July 30, on the north side of the racquetball courts starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best, tonight the movie is

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MARINE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, KIDNAPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine says he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man called at 9:13 p.m. to report that about a half hour earlier, he was sprayed with pepper spray and tasered by one suspect, while another man hit him over

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LAKE FIRE COULD INCREASE THREATS OF FLASH FLOODING

The Lake Fire, which has burned more than 31,000 acres in the beautiful stands of timber in the San Bernardino National Forest, could wreak more havoc on the high desert neighborhoods of Burns Canyon, Rimrock, and Pioneertown. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

“This was a devastating fire. It burned away

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MAN CAUGHT IMPERSONATING A FIREFIGHTER AT LAKE FIRE COMMAND POST

A man accused of impersonating a firefighter at the Lake Fire near Barton Flats was arrested at the Fire Incident Command Post on multiple criminal charges. David Battle, 44, of San Bernardino, was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, being a

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SCHOOL BOARD RAISES MEAL COSTS, REVIEWS NEW PROGRAMS AND RULES

Business-wise, the June 30 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education was a mop-up exercise. Reporter Dan Stork says that the focus of the meeting was a far-ranging and eye-opening presentation by a district staffer. Also, actions at the state level that will have local repercussions were

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ACCUSED MURDERER OF ERIN CORWIN IN COURT BRIEFLY YESTERDAY

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was temporarily

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING

California gets to keep its four-year-old election reforms that introduced an independent re-districting commission—replacing the old system in which politicians often re-drew legislative districts to favor incumbents. That’s because on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar system in Arizona. Reporter Rebecca Havely says had the decision gone the

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

The Town of Yucca Valley has announced the schedule for its summer concerts in the park. The music festival begins July 11 with the Silverados, a country western band, followed by another country western band, Nitro Express, July 18. The Wise Guys Big Band Machine will play July 25. House

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