YUCCA MESA HOME BURNS TO GROUND, FIREFIGHTER INJURED SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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LAKE FIRE GROWS TO 13000 ACRES, AIR REMAINS SMOKY

LAKE FIRE STATUS

The Lake Fire, burning south of Big Bear, is officially the largest forest fire in California so far this year. The fire, which started about 4 p.m. Wednesday, increased in size to 1,000 acres by 7 am Thursday; by 10 a.m. it was 1,500 acres, by 2

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH

An excessive heat watch is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. Residents are urged to stay cool by staying in air conditioned buildings. There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING AT THE 29 PALMS INN

The 29 Palms Inn will host a special screening of the documentary film, “Who Are My People” by Robert Lundahl. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…

“Who Are My People?” is a powerful documentary film by Emmy Award Winning filmmaker Robert Lundahl. He will be present at his film’s

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, June 20. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 9 p.m. and end about 1:30 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be the trio of the moon, Venus, and Jupiter, as well as Saturn and its

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YOUTH FOOD PROGRAM

School’s out, but kids still need to eat well. Reporter Mike Lipsitz talks up the Summer Feeding Program…

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Family Health Clinics are partnering with the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and the Morongo Unified School District to offer free lunches to area youth

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“EDWIN DROOD” CONTINUES WITH MATINEE

Theater 29 continues its run of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” with performances this Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…

As the murder mystery musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, unfolds, you the audience decides just who done it. That means the ending changes

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a special Sunday breakfast for Father’s Day. Diners will have choice of huevos with chili verde and tortillas, or pancakes, eggs, and sausage and bacon, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

FROM THE SHERIFF’S LOG…

DRUG ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY Two people were arrested Thursday morning after drugs were found in their vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle about 9:30 near Palomar Avenue and Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley for having an expired license registration tag. The passenger, Marcus Corona,

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***BREAKING NEWS**** FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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LAKE FIRE LARGER, STILL OUT OF CONTROL

Firefighters continued battling the Lake Fire today along the northern boundary of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in steep rocky terrain. It is currently 15,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. About 150 structures are threatened. Fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft are battling the fire from the air with numerous water drops

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SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE MORONGO BASIN

A smoke advisory has been issued for the Morongo Basin due to the Lake Fire burning just south of Big Bear. If you see or smell smoke, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family’s health. Everyone—especially people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children—should limit

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EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY IN PLACE UNTIL MONDAY

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until Monday night. Hottest days are expected to be Saturday and Sunday with temperatures up to 117. The greatest impacts are on children, the elderly, pets, the homeless .and people with chronic ailments. Heat exhaustion, cramps or in extreme cases heat stroke can

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CONCERNED ABOUT POWDERED ALCOHOL

In March, the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco approved the sale of “palcohol.” Palcohol is a dried form of alcohol that can be mixed with liquid to create liquid alcohol. A packet of palcohol equals one shot of liquor. At the June 16 meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council,

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BURGLARIES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley residents reported at least three burglaries Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the reported burglaries were in the 5500 block of Yucca Trail, 7500 block of Acoma, and 6300 block of El Dorado Avenue. Residents reported air conditioners, swamp coolers, a chest-style freezer, and oxygen tanks were reported

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WARRANTS SERVED IN WONDER VALLEY

Two men were arrested in Wonder Valley on a warrant arrest Tuesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was on the way to the 81200 block of Harley Lane shortly before 11 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant on Lauris Kukainis, 53. The deputy saw a white pick

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CALTRANS GIVES AN UPDATE ON MORONGO VALLEY HIGHWAY PLANS

Last month, Caltrans held a special meeting in Morongo Valley to offer an update on the Route 62 median project. Some of the plans presented met with community favor, other items encountered resistance. More community input came to light at Tuesday night’s Community Services District meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has

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ARRESTS FOR DRUG AND WEAPONS VIOLATIONS

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Monday morning, accused of being in possession of drugs and stolen checks. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 6000 block of Marvin Drive about 10:20 Monday morning and found Christina Godfrey, 28, and Keith Hunt, 30, inside the

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SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM STARTS MONDAY

The need for good nutrition for kids continues even when school is out. Reporter Dan Stork says the School District will help fill the gap with free meals during the summer…

The Morongo Unified School District invites all children to participate in its summer feeding program. There is no paperwork;

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