TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors with both water and fire department business tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares what’s on their agendas…

In regular session tonight the Twentynine Palms Water District agenda begins with a public hearing to continue the current level of water availability assessments. They will

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FIREFIGHTERS SAY “DON’T PANIC” OVER LAKE FIRE

Firefighters working on the 17,400-acre Lake Fire are optimistic; only 100 acres were added to the burn area Monday, and it’s now 30 percent contained. “The fire’s progressed actually very slowly. It hasn’t moved that much.” U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Chon Bribiescas explained why residents shouldn’t panic about

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting shows some movement on the use of Project Phoenix funds. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else is in store at tonight’s meeting…

The Twentynine Palms City Council will have the annual, pro forma public hearing on lighting and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accused of sexually molesting a girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl’s mother discovered the molestation, and went to a home in the 73800 block of Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms about noon on Saturday to confront the suspect, identified as

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE THREATENS TO BODY SLAM A BABY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday evening after he threatened to body slam a baby and broke his ex-girlfriend’s hand. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Kroll, 40, of the 7700 block of North Star, was arguing with his ex-girlfriend about 5:30 p.m. when he picked up a 6-month-old

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FIGHT OVER CIGARETTE LEADS TO AN ARREST FOR MORONGO VALLEY MAN

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday evening after he hit another man because he wouldn’t give him a cigarette. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Rodriguez, 36, went to a home in the 9300 block of Navajo Trail in Morongo Valley about 6:30 and asked the occupant for a

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GROWTH OF LAKE FIRE SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WEEKEND

The growth of the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed significantly over the weekend. After exploding to 10,000 acres in the first full day of the fire, the fire is now at 17,000 acres, or about 26 square miles, and is 19 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters

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YUCCA MESA HOUSE BURNS TO GROUND 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 TWENTYNINE PALMS MAYOR/COUNCILMAN TRIES STAND-UP COMEDY IN LOS ANGELES

In retirement, a former Twentynine Palms city councilman and mayor is developing a new direction for himself. Reporter Dan Stork chatted with Jay Corbin about his efforts as a standup comic…

We’d heard that Jay Corbin, who retired from his consulting practice in December, after completing one term on the

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN IN CHILD PORN, SEX ABUSE CASE

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District, accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, accepted a plea bargain Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in exchange for dropping

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN THROWN FROM JEEP, HOSPITALIZED

A Twentynine Palms Marine was injured when he was thrown from a Jeep he was riding Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Klouchek, 24, was driving a Jeep on a dirt road near Encelia and Laura Lane when the Jeep hit a dirt berm and he was thrown

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LAKE FIRE STATUS

As of 6:36 am this morning, the affected area for the Lake Fire, which has been burning near Route 38 south of Big Bear Lake since Wednesday was tallied at 16,136 acres. The Incident Information web site said, ” Fire within the wilderness is low intensity allowing the firefighters to

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FIRE AWARENESS

Yes, most of the Morongo Basin is desert, but there’s plenty that can burn. Ranger Pam Tripp provides fire cautions for the National Park…

Fire has always played a major role in Joshua Tree National Park and other desert areas. Lightning strikes as well as human caused fires are both

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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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FIRE DANGER: CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE

With the summer’s heat comes extreme fire danger. Reporter Sara Snyder says you can help by creating a defensible space…

California is in an extreme drought, and county and state fire officials have ordered a ban on open burning due to the high threat of wildfire. To better protect your

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DON’T WALK DOGS ON HOT PAVEMENT

If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and it’s been plenty hot recently—then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on pavement. A dog’s paws can be burned by hot pavement. To prevent burns and blisters on your dogs’ pads, walk your best friend in the

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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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