LEGAL BATTLE OVER EAGLE MOUNTAIN IS OVER

A 28-year legal battle over the use of the former Kaiser Eagle Mountain Iron Mine property is over. United States District Judge Robert Timlin ruled December 18 that the 2,846 acres of land be returned to the public, setting aside a planned land exchange and any further development plans for

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WINTER STORM BLAMED FOR MULTIPLE CRASHES, ROAD CLOSURES

The roads were a mess Wednesday, due to snow and black ice from Tuesday night’s winter storm that dropped up to 2 inches of snow in the region. A La Quinta man was killed Tuesday evening at Reche Road and Old Woman Springs Road. A big rig got stuck on

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NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

More than 900 new state laws took effect in 2015. Here are highlights from just a few of them that took effect as of yesterday: Restaurants must allow dogs on outdoor patios, as long as there is a separate patio entrance and the dogs are kept on a leash. Undocumented

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FOLLOW RULES FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private property and public lands by riding responsibly. To make sure that your actions do not ruin the off-road experience for others, reporter Sara Snyder offers the following reminders:

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SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY FOR LOW-COST VACCINATIONS, SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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VFW KITCHEN IS OPEN

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. The Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA

It’s a new year and a new month! It’s time for the First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center this Saturday, January 3. The Community Center is located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Serving all your breakfast favorites from 8 am to 11 am

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RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS

Attention students and teachers: The California Retired Teachers Association is offering scholarships for Morongo Basin graduates and teachers. Here with the information on who qualifies, and how to apply, is reporter Sara Snyder… The California Retired Teachers Association, Hi-Desert Division 62, is currently accepting applications for two scholarships, each in

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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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