EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS ISSUED, COOLING CENTERS OPENED

The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing its hottest days so far, with temps in the triple digits. The National Weather service has issued an excessive heat watch for temperatures ranging from 110 today to 117 this weekend. Several buildings have been designated as cooling centers where you can get out

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CATS FROM LOCKED PICK-UP TRUCK

Joshua Tree firefighters rescued three cats that had been accidentally locked in a pick-up truck Monday morning. County Fire Captain Donnie Viloria said a little after 10 a.m., a worker at the Animal Action League accidentally locked the truck’s keys inside the pick-up truck, with three cats, contained in carriers

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, LOOKS AT NUISANCE PROPERTIES

The Yucca Valley Town Council will formally certify the election results for Measure X, hold a hearing on public nuisance properties in the town, and more, at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the order of the agenda…

Among the items the Yucca Valley Town Council will consider

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TWO ARRESTED, ONE HOSPITALIZED, AFTER YUCCA VALLEY STABBING

Two men were arrested, and a third was hospitalized, following a fight and stabbing in Yucca Valley Sunday evening. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, about 5:20 p.m., Demietreas Phillips, 33, of Yucca Valley, and Bryan Olson, 28, of Palm Springs, went to a home in the 7100 block of

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ONE ARREST AFTER YUCCA VALLEY MACHETE THREATS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of terrorizing his stepfather with a machete. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Segura, 41, was arguing with his stepfather in the 57300 block of Yucca Trail all day Sunday. About 12:30 p.m., Segura is accused of trying to break down his

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSION TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in their new third Tuesday slot tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an ambitious agenda has a closed and open session…

In Morongo Valley, the Community Services District begins the new meeting schedule tonight with regular meetings now on the third Tuesday of the month

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LANDERS WOMAN ACCUSED OF BEATING HER BOYFRIEND

A Landers woman was arrested Friday night, accused of beating up her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mary Ray, 28, was arguing with her boyfriend in the 56400 block of Cone Boulevard in Landers about 9:30 p.m. The report states that Ray punched and scratched her boyfriend several times,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ON STOLEN MOTORCYCLE ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday morning, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Keith Hencel, 33, at a gas station in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway about 8:15 Friday morning. After an investigation, the deputy found methamphetamine on Hencel, and determined

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LANDERS WATER TANK SHOT

Vandals took target practice on a water storage tank in Landers Saturday. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee for the county Water S Division was sent to a water tank near Yucca Mesa Road and Napa Road about 1 p.m. When the employee arrived, he found water shooting out

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SPECTACULAR COSTUMING IN “MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” AT THEATRE 29

The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the murderous musical comedy, is playing now at Theatre 29. The talented cast is clad with award-worthy costumes by an award-winning costume designer. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

The Mystery of Edwin Drood” cast is clad with exceptional costumes by award-winning master costumer Kathryn

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TWO COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct two community blood drives on Wednesday, June 17. Residents may donate blood at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every

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SCHOOL BOARD CALLS SPECIAL CLOSED MEETING

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors calendar originally showed today as an empty date, but a special meeting has been called. Reporter Dan Stork tells what needs to get done…

The June 16 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION CANCELS ANOTHER MEETING

Once again, the regular meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has been cancelled. The Commission will not meet tonight, June 16. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Tuesday June 30 at 6 p.m. in city hall on Adobe Road.

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WATER FUN AND FITNESS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A great way to stay cool and fit is being offered by Yucca Valley Recreation. Reporter Taylor Thacker says water fun and fitness is available…

Summer aquatics fun and fitness programs are offered regularly by the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department at the Yucca Valley High School pool throughout

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DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 62, EAST OF I-10

Three serious crashes in the Morongo Basin this weekend, including at least one fatality on deadly Highway 62. The confirmed fatality was a single vehicle rollover on Highway 62 in the Morongo Grade at 3:04 Sunday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Behrens said that the westbound Toyota Tacoma rolled over

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PEDESTRIAN INJURED ON STATE ROUTE 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

On Saturday night, a man was seriously injured when he was hit by a car as he was crossing the highway in Joshua Tree. About 8:30 p.m., Anita Barker, 53, was driving eastbound about 40 to 45 miles per hour in the number 1 lane when Arthur Comings, 73, of

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH IN WONDER VALLEY SUNDAY

About 5:45 p.m. Sunday, a female motorcycle rider crashed her bike on Ironage Road in Wonder Valley. Stacy Smalling, 37, of Yucaipa, was riding her Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Ironage Road at 30 to 35 miles per hour when she hit a patch of soft sand and lost control. She

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS

Although the hundreds of Morongo Unified School District employees have been told the terms of their tentatively-agreed upon contracts, it’s not official yet. Reporter Dan Stork tells of one public step required by law, which will be part of the regular school board meeting tomorrow…

In accordance with the California

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REACH OUT COUNTY CONTRACT, ANOTHER MAC MEMBER BITES THE DUST

There are two items of Morongo Basin interest on the consent agenda for the June 16 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Reach Out Morongo Basin will get approval of a 3-year contract for a total of $97,500, to provide senior supportive services. And, yet another seat

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS THIS EVENING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets in a special closed session at 6 p.m. today. On the agenda is a performance evaluation of CEO Bob Tyk and discussion involving strategic plans which is protected from Brown Act disclosure under “trade secrets.” The meeting takes place in the Helen

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