ALAINA TROFLER NAMED 2016 MISS YUCCA VALLEY

Alaina Trofler, a 16-year-old junior at Yucca Valley High School, was crowned the 2016 Miss Yucca Valley in the pageant’s 49th year Saturday night. The scholarship, based on academics and poise, has been sponsored for the past 18 years by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley under the leadership of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC FOCUSES ON CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meets tonight in regular session, Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the focus will be on crime and public safety… Local crime and public safety is the focus of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Following brief reports, the public will have an opportunity to

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO DEMOLISH 8 BUILDINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider two items relevant to our Morongo Basin. First the board is likely to give the go ahead for demolition of structures on eight local properties; five in Joshua Tree, two

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EVEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS NEED A PERMIT

With the perceived rise in crime in the Morongo Basin, many residents are forming neighborhood watch groups. As part of these efforts, they want to install signs warning people that they are entering a neighborhood watch area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents have to get permission prior to installing

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JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

Surplus federal food will be distributed Monday. Staff Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and locations… The third Monday of the month is the usual day for monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the President’s Day holiday, surplus food will be distributed on

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REGISTER NOW FOR GENERAL PATTON MUSEUM CAR SHOW

The General Patton Memorial Museum will hold a car show March 26. The car show is open to all classic and custom cars, as well as hot rods, low riders, motorcycles, tear-drop trailers, and military vehicles. The entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show and

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GLADYS CAROL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS OPEN

Applications are now being taken for the Gladys Carol Scholarship program. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, graduates, and undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time science, technology, engineering or math field of study. The scholarship, which is awarded based on merit and financial need,

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HELP PRESERVE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK’S HISTORIC SITES

Recent vandalism to some historic sites in the Joshua Tree National Park is the topic of Park Ranger Pam Trip’s report this week… Here at Joshua Tree National Park, there are numerous historic sites near trails, roads, and campgrounds. Places such as Ryan Ranch, Wonderland Ranch and other remnants of

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SIGN UP FOR CABOTS PUEBLO MUSEUM FIELD TRIP

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is offering a field trip to a historic Desert Hot Springs museum. Here’s assignment reporter, Cassie Zimarik with your invitation… Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society for a field trip to tour the historic Cabots Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs on February 20th. In

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AMENDMENT TO PREVENT USE OF ANTIQUITIES ACT FAILS

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to defeat an amendment that would have put major restrictions on a U.S. president’s power to create national monuments. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the attempt to modify the Antiquities Act…

Environmental groups are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Senate

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HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CEO

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has named a new CEO, effective February 22. Karen Faulis, the chief operations officer of Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, served as interim chief executive officer there for 18 months. Faulis has 25 years of experience in clinical and administrative leadership. While at Palmdale, she

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY OFFERS $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP IN ESSAY CONTEST

The Mojave Water Agency is offering a $5,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships for students who win an essay contest on the future of water in the desert. The scholarship is open to students in grades 9 through 12, as well as freshmen and sophomores in college. Essays on “What

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

Morongo Basin seniors are invited to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Students must submit two essays, a personal essay on their goals, and an essay on one of the following topics: voting rights, campaign finance reform, gun control, human rights, equality for women, or

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS APPROVES FIFTH MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION

Nearby Desert Hot Springs, missing industry, jobs and tax revenue, welcomed the announcement that CalCann Holdings plans to build a greenhouse to grow 6,000 pounds of organic medical cannabis each year. The pot will go to the company’s own Orange County dispensaries and others under a new state licensing system.

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HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH LANDERS ENDS AFTER SPIKE STRIPS DEPLOYED

A man was arrested Thursday morning following a high-speed pursuit through Landers that ended only after deputies deployed spike strips. According to the California Highway Patrol, Officer Caleb Miller spotted a silver Nissan Quest driving approximately 95 miles per hour southbound on Highway 247, north of Boone Road, about 7:35

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SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Morongo Grade was closed and traffic was backed up for miles Thursday afternoon due to a single vehicle crash in Morongo Valley. About 12:20 p.m., the driver of an older model soft-top convertible lost control and rolled over once, landing on its wheels near the bottom of the Morongo

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MORONGO BASIN RAPE CRISIS CENTER OFFERS 24 HOUR ANONYMOUS HOTLINE

While you may think it could never happen to you, sexual assault is a real danger and concern for both sexes and all ages. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is manning a 24-hour-a -day anonymous hotline… It could never happen to me is one of

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HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT TOMORROW

As part of the centennial year, Joshua Tree National Park is offering a hiking challenge. Hikers can pick up a free Centennial Hiking Challenge booklet at any of the Park’s visitor centers. Inside are suggested hikes, a log to record your hikes, and a page for rangers to sign which

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Despite the theft of its complete photovoltaic power system, Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, February 6. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will end about 10 p.m. Volunteers will set up manually operated telescopes and guests may use them

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