MISTRIAL IN CASE OF YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case against a Yucca Valley teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. When the jury came back into court Wednesday morning and said they could not reach a unanimous verdict, Judge Bert Swift declared a mistrial

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SERIAL ABUSER ARRESTED AGAIN AFTER TWENTYNINE PALMS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man, who was convicted of domestic battery last year was arrested Tuesday evening, accused of beating his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman from a home in the 4600 block of Flying H Drive called the Sheriff’s department shortly before 8:30, saying that Paul Watson,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 2: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ON TOWN CRIME RATES

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard good news and bad news on serious crime statistics at their meeting Tuesday night. Managing editor Tami Roleff files Part 2 of her two-part report… Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary gave his annual safety report to the Yucca Valley Town Council Tuesday night, noting that

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STATE INCREASES WATER ALLOCATIONS FOR LOCAL WATER AGENCIES

With three local water agencies, Hi-Desert, Joshua Basin, and Big Horn Desert View, taking or planning on taking state water to augment their aquifers, some good news: December storm runoff, and close coordination among federal and state water agencies to take advantage of it, will allow the California Department of

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HOSPITAL BOARD IN SPECIAL SESSION TO HEAR FROM DESERT HOSPITAL

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Thursday, February 5, starting at 6 p.m. On the agenda, the directors will hear a presentation from the chief executive officer of Desert HealthCare District. The board will then go into closed session to discuss trade secrets. The

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL”

The second offering of the Theatre 29 2015 Season is the edgy new show, “Urinetown the Musical.” It is in rehearsals now and reporter Rebecca Havely has the full cast list… Theatre 29 director Gary Daigneault and music director Ed Will are excited to announce the following performers have been

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LARGE CROWD OF UNHAPPY TEACHERS CONFRONT THE SCHOOL BOARD

A full parking lot at Joshua Tree Elementary School, coupled with a routine formal agenda, promised some unscheduled revelations at last night’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork reports that the meeting delivered on that promise… A full house of teachers, in union

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING STARTS NEXT WEEK

Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, has a new training academy starting Thursday evening, February 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There are eight weekly classes. The final exam, practical, and graduation will be on April 9. All classes will be held at the Senior Center at the

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ALLOTS GRANTS, GETS DUMOSA STOPLIGHT UPDATE

The Yucca Valley Town Council met last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and breaks her report into two parts. Today, Part 1: block grants and traffic lights…. With little discussion from the council, and no public comment during its meeting last night, the Yucca Valley Town Council unanimously

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT MARIJUANA EDIBLES

The Sheriff’s Department warns residents of the dangers of eating food with medical marijuana in it. Many marijuana edible products are made by unlicensed and unregulated producers. In addition, today’s marijuana is of a much higher potency than marijuana of years past. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main ingredient in

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HI-DESERT WATER BOARD ASKS FOR TRAINING, GET UPDATES TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the board will ask for emergency training and get a series of updates…. Among the items on tonight’s agenda for the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the board will be asked to approve a

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A “KING OF THE HAMMERS” REMINDER FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the King of the Hammers off-road event in Johnson Valley is in full swing. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only and respect private lands. Several law enforcement agencies to include the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARING ON CDBG GRANTS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says community development block grants will be on the docket… Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will hold a public hearing to prioritize the town’s

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BURGLAR WHO BROKE INTO SLEEPING WOMAN’S ROOM CAUGHT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday morning after a woman said he broke into her bedroom while she was sleeping. According to a Sheriff’s report, an intruder broke into a home in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms about 5 a.m. and went into the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION TO STUDY REQUIREMENT FOR HOUSING FOR VERY LOW-INCOME

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has a limited agenda for tonight’s meeting, at which a form of extremely low-income housing will be discussed. Reporter Dan Stork explains… The February 3 meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will be devoted to a study session on Single Room Occupancy accommodations. SROs

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COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF MEASLES OUTBREAK

Public health officials said that six cases of measles in San Bernardino County and five in Riverside County are part of a fast-spreading outbreak that began at the Disneyland resorts in December. Since then, 92 cases have been confirmed statewide, 59 of them linked to the amusement park exposure. It

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JOSHUA TREE MAN KILLED IN A LA QUINTA MURDER

A Joshua Tree man was killed Friday in a La Quinta shooting; a 17-year-old has been arrested for investigation of his murder. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, January 30, at 6:38 pm, officers from the La Quinta Police Department responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SHOOTING CALLED AN ATTEMPTED MURDER

A shooting in Twentynine Palms Friday morning is now being called an attempted murder. Two men, a father and son, were injured in the shooting Friday morning at the corner of Hillside and Sunnyvale, just two blocks north of Oasis Elementary School. Investigators say the shooting was a result of

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ALTA MIRA DEVELOPERS AND JOSHUA TREE RESIDENTS TALK PAST EACH OTHER AGAIN

Back in November, the developers of the 248-unit Alta Mira residential project in Joshua Tree met with a small group of local residents to discuss the project, and encountered resistance and skepticism. This past Friday, the discussion was continued, with a larger group of residents on hand. Reporter Dan Stork

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH A STUDENT NOW ON TRIAL

The Yucca Valley High School teacher accused of unlawful and lewd acts with a minor is in the middle of a jury trial. After two days of juror selection in which nearly 100 potential jurors were screened, the trial started Tuesday, January 27, for Zachary Miller, 34, who faces six

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