ADDRESSING ILLEGAL DUMPING

Illegal dumping is a blight on our desert communities. The county is stepping up enforcement and needs your help. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to report illegal dumping… Desert dwellers know dumping is a problem in our communities. Illegal dump sites can be as small as a few bags

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INFORMATION AND IDS FROM A FRIDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER CRASH

We have more information about a roll-over crash that seriously injured two people in Morongo Valley Friday night. About 10:22 p.m., Connor Cross, 21, of Desert Hot Springs, was driving a 2003 Ford F150 pick-up truck westbound on Highway 62 when for unknown reasons, he made an unsafe turning movement.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING HIS GIRLFRIEND

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Friday morning, accused of beating his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman told deputies that her boyfriend, identified as Salvador Hildalgo, 38, choked her and punched her in the face with his fists at their home in the 6600 block of

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BOBCAT KITTEN RELEASED 3 MONTHS AFTER MOTHER KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three months after a bobcat kitten was captured inside a chicken coop in Twentynine Palms, she was released back into the wild near Joshua Tree National Park by an animal rescue organization. In mid-September, the chickens’ owner heard a ruckus in the coop and found the kitten inside the coop

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LIVING WITH COYOTES

Coyotes are part of our natural order here in our desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips to keep you, your pets, and the coyotes safe… Coyotes are smart, persistent and put pets at risk. Follow these tips to protect your animals… Never feed coyotes. Secure trash cans and keep

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FORMER MARINE ACCUSED OF MURDERING ANOTHER MARINES WIFE IN COURT FRIDAY

The former Marine accused of killing his next-door neighbor and former lover a year and a half ago was in court again in San Bernardino Friday morning. Christopher Lee’s attorney requested that Judge Glenn Yabuno dismiss the case due to procedural errors in the case. The judge denied the motion.

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BE AWARE OF CHECK CASHING SCAMS

One of the ways scammers separate you from your heard-earned money are though a number of check-cashing scams. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you what to watch out for… To avoid being a victim of a check-cashing scheme, know the scenario of a potential scam. Think about it—there is no

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MORNING

The third Monday of December is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places for the December 21 distributions…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSES FRIDAY FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK

Copper Mountain College will be closed for Winter Break December 25th through January 1st and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016 with normal operating hours. Please be aware services such as the Online Help Desk and waitlist notifications will not be operating during the break. Online registration will continue

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FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS TO FOURTH GRADERS

The National Parks are offering a great opportunity for fourth grade students. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp with more… There is exciting news for all fourth graders! You are eligible for a free annual pass to all National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management sites. In order to

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet Monday, December 21, at 3 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. On the agenda is the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and its effects on the Scenic Highway 247 campaign, and the West Mojave Travel Management Plan and its effects on desert

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HOLIDAY HOURS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1. There will be no senior lunch on those dates. On Monday, December 28, through Thursday, December 30, the Senior Center will be open from 9 to 1 daily, and senior lunch will be served. The Senior

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RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STEVE RIEMAN SCULPTURE

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program is offering the opportunity to win a Steve Rieman sculpture. Tickets for “Walking Critter” are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the program’s scholarship fund. The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residence scholarship fund provides artists with accommodations, studio space, a stipend, and a gallery

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CHRISTOPHER LEE CASE IN COURT FRIDAY; TRIAL DATE SET

A trial date has been set for the former Marine accused of killing his next-door neighbor and former lover a year and a half ago. Christopher Lee, 26, was in court again in San Bernardino Friday morning. Christopher Lee’s attorney requested that Judge Glenn Yabuno dismiss the case due to

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MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A China Hills man was arrested Thursday afternoon in Joshua Tree, accused of violating a restraining order against him. According to a Sheriff’s report, Felix Jackson, 38, went to the home of his former girlfriend in the 6200 block of Valley View Street about 12:30 p.m. and parked his vehicle

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ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY IN JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who attempted to rob a man in Joshua Tree late Wednesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee of a pizza restaurant in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway said he was taking the trash out to the dumpster behind the

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RASH OF FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD CHARGES IN MORONGO BASIN

To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your PIN for your debit card, but sign for it instead by selecting the credit card option. Use other ways to pay, such as PayPal, or even better, cash. Check your credit card statements carefully. Crooks

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THE HILARIOUS “FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT THEATRE 29

It’s not too late to see the fabulous “Farndale Christmas Carol” at Theatre 29. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to the final performance… Tonight is closing night for the hilarious “Farndale Christmas Carol” at Theatre 29. If you are looking for a good laugh, bring your family (and the

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TWO JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY…. OF SHOES

Two students at Twentynine Palms Junior High were arrested for attempted robbery when they tried to steal another student’s shoes. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim reported shortly before 2 p.m. that he was confronted by two students who wanted his Jordan shoes. When the victim refused to give

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9-1-1- SERVICE NOW ACCEPTS TEXTS

“Call if you can – text if you can’t” As of Tuesday, December 15, the San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments and the California Highway Patrol will be equipped to receive and respond to text 9-1-1 messages. This service is for use in situations in which it is too

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