HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER DRUG AND SHARP DROP-OFF SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place this Saturday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKER IS 4-HOUR WILD GOOSE CHASE

Search and rescue personnel went on a four-hour goose chase near Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. About 9:30 Monday morning, a call came in that a hiker was missing in or near the park; the reporting party didn’t really know where they had been hiking. About 10 searchers from Fire

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DRUG USE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ROBBERY ARREST

Three people were arrested on various charges following a complaint of drug use in front of a home in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called to report that two people, later identified as Anthony Sacco, 26, and Kaylene DeForest, 37, were sitting in a car

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AN ARREST AT GUNPOINT AT WAL-MART

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and alerted Sheriff’s deputies who were in

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SOME CONFUSION ABOUT THE YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

The state has mandated that the Town of Yucca Valley stop using septic tanks by next year, and the Hi-Desert Water District has chosen to build a wastewater treatment plant to treat its sewage. The water district will pay for the proposed $145 million sewer project by assessing a portion

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CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER COUNTY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Charges were filed Friday against the former field representative of County Supervisor James Ramos. Mike Lipsitz, 53, of Landers, was arrested February 4, accused of bringing narcotics to an inmate at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. Lipsitz denies the charges. An arraignment date has not yet been set. Lipsitz is a

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COUNTY CONSIDERS APPEAL OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF SOLAR PROJECT

At its meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission is considering an appeal against a solar field project outside our area. Reporter Dan Stork says the hearing is interesting in a couple of respects… The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hear an appeal against a permit for

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OASIS OF MARA CONSTRUCTION

We were camping at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week, and read a notice that the visitor center in Twentynine Palms is temporarily in smaller quarters. Ranger Pam Tripp explains what’s going on…

Joshua Tree National Park is currently addressing the design and construction of seismic

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Valley Community Services District is offering free shuttle rides to Palm Springs on Saturday, February 21, so that Morongo Basin residents can help support the district’s fund-raising campaign for a new fire engine. Firehouse Subs on Ramon Road in Palm Springs will donate a portion of its proceeds

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SIGN UP FOR THE HEALTHY HEARTS RUN

The Annual Healthy Hearts Run is set for later this month. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells area runners how to sign-up…

Personal health and fitness are the themes of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Healthy Hearts 5K Run and 2K Family Health Walk. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BEING A VICTIM OF A SO CAL EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were visited by men who claimed to be employees of Southern California Edison. They actually were Edison employees, but Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some safety tips to help you guard against imposters and potential scams…

Southern California Edison employees carry photo ID badges while

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, February 16, at the Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567A Quailbush Road, about 1 ¾ miles south of Hightway 247 on Larrea Road.

ART EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ART SHOW RECEPTION SATURDAY

The “Invention, Reinvention” art show, hosted by Copper Mountain College’s Art Program, will hold an artists’ reception tonight at the Ada Hatch Center from 6 to 9 p.m. “Invention, Reinvention” is a multi-disciplinary showcase of artworks by Morongo Basin residents and regional artists.

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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS, DAY OR NIGHT

FEE FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16.

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTIES

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH ACCORDION MUSIC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room in Yucca Valley Saturday night, and listen to Steve Shaw play his accordion. The music begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 14. Rose and Buster’s is located at 55834 29 Palms

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SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, February 14, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride.

SHOPLIFTING, DRUGS, AND ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

ARREST MADE IN WALMART AT GUNPOINT

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and

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22 MARINES TREATED AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT ABOARD THE 29 PALMS BASE

Twenty-two Marines were treated for exposure to a fire-retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries. Marine Base representatives said an equipment malfunction caused the fire suppression system to go off inside an amphibious

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NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF YUCCA VALLEY BABY

An update on the homicide investigation into the death of a 4-week-old baby on Monday. Sheriff’s officials have confirmed that Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the case as a precaution. While the coroner has not yet released the cause of death, Sheriff’s officials do not suspect foul play

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL EXTENDS TIME FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEGOTIATION

With a legal deadline approaching, the Yucca Valley Town Council got more time from the proponents who successfully petitioned for an ordinance allowing medical marijuana. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at a special council meeting on the matter last night… As expected, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved an agreement

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