RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

And the California Retired Teachers Association will hold their first meeting of 2015 Friday, January 9, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. Members will enjoy a talk on “Travel Extends Your Life,” to be presented by Steve Kanold. Please call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no

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DAV TO MEET

The DAV Morongo Basin Chapter #60 will hold its next monthly meeting on Saturday, January 3, at 9 a.m. All area veterans and their guests are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 67330 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY SALE SATURDAY, DONATIONS SOUGHT

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold its market place and yard sale Saturday in Landers, January 3, from 9 to 2. The tables will be loaded with collectibles, vintage sheet music, jewelry, clothing, shoes, purses, household goods, books, man-cave surprises, and more. The Historical Society is still accepting donations

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ wrestling team will participate in the varsity invitational tournament, and the Yucca Valley High School girls’ wrestling team will take part in the Girls’ Invitational Meet.

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

AS OF 12:30 PM 12/31/14

Both grades are open.

Highway 247 will be closed intermittently throughout the day from Buena Vista to Highway 62 while Caltrans applies cinders.

WE LOOK BACK ON THE TOP LOCAL NEWS STORIES OF 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we look at some of the top stories of the past year. Environmental issues were prevalent in the news in 2014, from the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, to proposed solar fields in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Landers, to a proposed 700-foot solar

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ONE MAN KILLED IN CRASH IN LANDERS TUESDAY EVENING

A 73-year-old La Quinta man was killed in a traffic collision Tuesday evening in Landers. According to the California Highway Patrol, the man, who has not yet been identified by the coroner, was driving a 2004 PT Cruiser westbound on Reche Road at about 45 to 55 miles per hour

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE PUNCHES HIS WIFE IN THE MOUTH

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday morning after his wife said he punched her in the mouth. According to a Sheriff’s report, Cory Rifenbery, 24, violated a restraining order against him and allegedly punched his wife in the mouth. The woman left her home in the 8500 block of

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CONVICTED FELON ATTACKS TWO PROBATION OFFICERS

A convicted felon who is on probation for a robbery in 2012 was arrested Monday for assaulting two probation officers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Yuriy Abaryants, 27, of Morongo Valley, was at the probation office in Joshua Tree when he broke a water cooler, punched Sergeant Patrick Norris in

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR HOMELESS COUNT

The County is making an effort to offer services for the areas homeless. In order to plan for that they are doing a homeless count next month. Reporter Diana Jones says volunteers are being sought… Volunteers are needed for a one-day count of homeless persons living in the Morongo Basin.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Monday morning, accused of providing alcohol to minors, and for allegedly trying to kiss a 16-year-old girl. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, Bradley Seymour, provided alcohol to minors who were having a party at his home in the 56700 block of Taos

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CLARIFICATION ON A STORY ABOUT CHILDREN HURT IN CRASH

A clarification to a story we ran on Monday about a traffic crash Saturday that sent a 7-year-old Yucca Valley girl to the hospital. The second child in the car was a 2-year-old boy, not a girl as we reported. The 7-year-old girl sustained multiple skull fractures, a broken chin,

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GROVES CABIN THEATRE TO PRESENT TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

The Groves Cabin Theater is taking reservations for their next theatrical offering, a drama by Tennessee Williams. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… “Suddenly Last Summer” is considered one of Tennessee Williams’ starkest and most poetic works. It’s opening at the Groves Cabin Theater at 8758 Desert Willow Trail in

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT WATER THIEF

The Hi-Desert Water District is experiencing its own little water war with customers. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 6500 block of Paxton Court were three months behind in paying their water bill, so the water district turned off the water on December 8. The next day, the

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SENIOR NUTRITION CENTERS AND TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW

The Senior Nutrition centers in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms will be closed today. They will reopen Friday. The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District offices will be closed today New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The grounds will remain open sunrise to sunset.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY SALE SATURDAY, DONATIONS SOUGHT

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold its market place and yard sale Saturday in Landers, January 3, from 9 to 2. The tables will be loaded with collectibles, vintage sheet music, jewelry, clothing, shoes, purses, household goods, books, man-cave surprises, and more. The Historical Society is still accepting donations

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BASEBALL BAT ATTACK IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Saturday after her neighbors said she attacked them with a baseball bat. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Kristen O’Conner, 30, of the 61500 block of Valley View Drive in Joshua Tree, was arguing with her neighbors. The neighbors told deputies

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND 4TH DUI

A Joshua Tree man who has three prior conviction for driving under the influence was arrested for DUI and domestic battery following a fight with his girlfriend Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Utter, 38, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 60400 block of Natoma Trail in

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TIPS FOR SAFE WINTER DRIVING

With a winter storm warning in effect for this afternoon and into tomorrow, driving could be treacherous in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safe driving tips from CalTrans… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains

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WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT OF MARINE KILLED BY PALM SPRINGS POLICE DELAYED

A wrongful death suit against two Palm Springs police officers who shot and killed a Twentynine Palms Marine in 2012 faces yet another delay. Two years ago, Corporal Allan DeVillena II, 22, was celebrating the Marine Corps birthday in Palm Springs with a friend, Private First Class Clinton Harris. Following

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