NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR BLACK ROCK ROAD

Black Rock Road, the access road to Joshua Tree National Park in Yucca Valley, will remain pocked with potholes for the foreseeable future. The Town of Yucca Valley had applied for a grant last year to pave the road, but its application was not successful. The road was not in

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AN EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEARBY FONTANA

San Bernardino County was hit this morning by a magnitude-4.4 earthquake near Fontana. The quake struck at 1:35 a.m. at a depth of just over 3 miles. The epicenter was 3 miles north-northwest of Fontana and 4 miles west-northwest of Rialto, according to the USGS. There were no immediate reports

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCT TRENCH RESCUE DRILL

Rescuing someone who’s fallen into a trench isn’t as simple or as easy as hopping into the trench, and attaching a rope to them to pull them out. The California Regional Task Force-6 Urban Search and Rescue Team, with firefighters from around the county, held a trench rescue drill Tuesday,

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RUBBISH FIRE SENDS PLUME OF SMOKE INTO YUCCA VALLEY SKY

A rubbish fire in Yucca Valley sent up plumes of black smoke Tuesday afternoon that could be seen for miles.

Just before 5 p.m., a rubbish pile, tires, and a travel trailer behind a home in the 7000 block of Scarvan Road caught fire, and radiant heat caused a

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA RESIGNS FROM BANNING POST

Banning City Manager Andy Takata has submitted his resignation after four years. Takata came to Banning after serving as manager for the town of Yucca Valley.

Takata was paid almost $268,000 in 2012. Banning spokesman Bill Manis said the city and Takata came to “mutual understanding” about his resignation.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD TO HIRE FIRM TO GET OPINIONS ON NEW HOSPITAL TAX

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they took a first step in putting a new tax measure on the ballot… Last night’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors kicked off with an overview of a new diagnostic coding and classification system

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER RAISING WATER RATES AND CHARGES

The Joshua Basin Water District board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the District office on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. Following the likely approval of items on the consent agenda, the board will convene a public hearing to consider increases in water rates and charges.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT WILL ATTEMPT TO SELECT NEW OFFICERS AGAIN

It will be déjà vu all over again as the Hi-Desert Water District Board tries again to select new officers tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more… The Hi-Desert Water District will attempt to elect new officers during a special meeting at 5:30 tonight. At its last meeting in December,

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight, a closed session for a legal update and an award are on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors will adjourn to closed session on the

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THREE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-STARS

Three Yucca Valley High School football players will be playing in the 7th Annual High Desert All Star Football Game sponsored by CYAP (Children’s Youth and Athletic Program). Selected for the game were Joey Rutherford, Shayne Saiza, and Logan Vallo. The game is set for Saturday January 25, at 2:00

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams will play the Shadow Hills High School Knights in Indio. Both boys’ and girls’ soccer games start at 5 p.m. The Lady Cats’ basketball game starts at 5; the boys’ at 6:30.

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR VIVIAN ROSENBERG

Vivian Rosenberg, a 50-plus year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Sunday, January 12. She was 84 years old. Vivian Rosenberg is survived by her husband, Robert Rosenberg, daughters Bobbi Todaro of Santa Cruz, and Sharon Miller of Littleton, Colorado; sons-in-law Tom Dooley and Tom Miller; and one grandchild. She was

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AN ATTEMPTED MURDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man is in custody, on suspicion of attempted murder, after shooting at his tenant at point-blank range three times. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Octavio Diaz, 50, went to the home of Brian Sturmreiter, 49, in the 62400 block of Blemont Avenue in Joshua Tree about

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: INVOCATIONS, FIRE TRUCK PAYMENTS, ASSIGNMENTS

It’s a busy night for the Twentynine Palms City Council, covering city manager evaluation, invocations, fire truck reimbursement, and more. Reporter Dan Stork has the list of topics… The Twentynine Palms City Council gets an early start to its January 14 meeting with a 5 p.m. closed session devoted to

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS COMMERCIAL SOLAR DEVELOPMENT CONCERNS

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, representatives heard from Greg Rice who heads up Code Enforcement for the desert region. Rice put into perspective the County’s General Plan and related how it is used to develop County Code, which his office must enforce. The

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS, FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH DOCTORS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says financial arrangements with physicians will be discussed….. New Board President Martie Avels presides when the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meet in regular session at 6 p.m. tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center. Also new tonight, Bob

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KING OF THE HAMMERS AND HAMMERTOWN COMING JANUARY 31

One of the major off-road events in the country, “The King of the Hammers,” will be held in the nearby Johnson Valley off-road area. The eighth running of the King of the Hammers desert race and rock crawl takes place Friday, January 31, to Friday, February 7, at Means Dry

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YOUNG MUSICIANS ENCOURAGED TO ENTER ROTARY MUSIC

Area music students are being invited participate in the Yucca Valley Noon Rotary Club’s annual music competition. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains who can register… The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s annual music competition will be held Saturday, February 16, at 7 p.m. at Yucca Valley High School, 7600 Sage

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Z107-7 TO AIR INTERVIEWS WITH 10 MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANTS

Next week Z107.7 will start airing interviews with the 10 contestants vying for the title of Miss Yucca Valley. The 10 girls—Aimee Frank, Alicia Murphy, Cerena Foy, Hailey Lasiter, Maddy Nimmo, Mariah Muchtar, Rita Zelaya-Arauz, Rosie Paulino, Sophie Wargo, and Vanessa Valle—are juniors from Yucca Valley High School and Joshua

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SCHOOL BOARD TO FETE MAJCHRZAK, BARGAIN WITH UNION

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education departs from its usual first and third Tuesday meeting schedule, to hold its only January meeting tonight. Dan Stork says that union bargaining and a farewell to James Majchrzak highlight the meeting… The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets going

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