INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND MORE AT LUCKIE PARK

Twentynine Palms 4th of July celebration at Luckie Park is more than just the fireworks display. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the plans for their fun-filled schedule…

Luckie Park is the place to be this 4th of July. The swimming pool

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

COURTHOUSE CLOSED JULY 3

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

MBTA BUS WILL NOT RUN FRIDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will not operate service Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Regular service will resume Sunday,

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HOLIDAY CAUTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST OPEN FOR VISITORS, WITH CAUTIONS

While some portions of the San Bernardino National Forest have been impacted by the on-going Lake Fire near Barton Flats, most of the Forest is open to visitors, with some cautions:

Several campgrounds remain closed. You can see the full list

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NEW PRINCIPALS AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY AND 29 PALMS JUNIOR HIGH

Two of the larger schools in the Morongo Unified School Districts will have new principals in the coming school year.

Filling the position of principal at Onaga Elementary will be 8-year Morongo Unified School District veteran Kristen Mery. She has been at Onaga for all those years, where she

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FROM THE SHERIFF’S LOG: ROBBERY AND MULTIPLE WARRANTS

ARREST FOR ROBBERY OF ELDERLY MAN

A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from an elderly man. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robin Stotts, 51, took the man, who is frail and walks using a walker, to the bank, where he withdrew nearly $300 from

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FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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HELICOPTER SEARCH UNSUCCESSFUL FOR SUSPECT

Deputies called in a helicopter to help search for a suspect who fled following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a green Chevy Camaro traveling eastbound on Old Dale Road at a high rate of speed about 3 p.m. As

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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LAKE FIRE STALLS, NOW 70 PERCENT CONTAINED

For the last two days, the mammoth Lake Fire has stalled at 49 square miles, allowing hand crews and bulldozer operators to laboriously strengthen and extend their fires lines. As a result, 70 percent of the perimeter was surrounded by fire lines by last night. Fire officials are beginning to

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MARINE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, KIDNAPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine says he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man called at 9:13 p.m. to report that about a half hour earlier, he was sprayed with pepper spray and tasered by one suspect, while another man hit him over

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LAKE FIRE COULD INCREASE THREATS OF FLASH FLOODING

The Lake Fire, which has burned more than 31,000 acres in the beautiful stands of timber in the San Bernardino National Forest, could wreak more havoc on the high desert neighborhoods of Burns Canyon, Rimrock, and Pioneertown. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

“This was a devastating fire. It burned away

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MAN CAUGHT IMPERSONATING A FIREFIGHTER AT LAKE FIRE COMMAND POST

A man accused of impersonating a firefighter at the Lake Fire near Barton Flats was arrested at the Fire Incident Command Post on multiple criminal charges. David Battle, 44, of San Bernardino, was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, being a

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SCHOOL BOARD RAISES MEAL COSTS, REVIEWS NEW PROGRAMS AND RULES

Business-wise, the June 30 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education was a mop-up exercise. Reporter Dan Stork says that the focus of the meeting was a far-ranging and eye-opening presentation by a district staffer. Also, actions at the state level that will have local repercussions were

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ACCUSED MURDERER OF ERIN CORWIN IN COURT BRIEFLY YESTERDAY

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was temporarily

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CHRISTOPHER LEE COURT CASE CONTINUED AGAIN

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer had filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was

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LAKE FIRE DOWN, BUT NOT OUT; WE SPEAK WITH THE FOREST SERVICE

The Lake Fire, which started June 17, spread rapidly the first eight or nine days of the fire as it burned in timber that hadn’t burned for 100 years or more. But then the fire started bumping up against the burn scar area from the Sawtooth Fire from 2006. With

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SMOKE ADVISORY LIFTED

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has cancelled the smoke advisory issued on June 27 for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and nearby communities. Please be aware that conditions may change due to shifting wind patterns or fire conditions. For a link to the latest air quality information, visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov

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SCHOOL BOARD MOPPING UP THE FISCAL YEAR TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a long list of mop-up items on the agenda for its next meeting. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown…

Following an open work/study session at 5:30 to review the single plans for student achievement at four schools, and a 6:30 closed

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SON ARRESTED AFTER SEVERE NEGLECT OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

An elderly woman was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday afternoon with what was described as one of the worst cases of elder abuse ever seen by the emergency room doctor. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:15, the woman was brought in non-responsive and with numerous ant bites on

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