ABCs OF WATER

Water management is a vital profession in California. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells of a program that describes career possibilities in that field…

“Careers and Education Opportunities in Water” is the title of the next ABC’s of Water session set for Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Not a

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WANTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A registered sex offender, wanted on warrants out of Maryland, was arrested in Yucca Valley Wednesday evening, accused of not registering his new address. Authorities say he was discovered living with a Yucca Valley woman and her children. Sheriff’s Investigators said about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy contacted Charles Brown,

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SECOND MARKET BURGLARIZED IN LANDERS

A second market was burglarized in Landers in less than a week. At 6 a.m. Thursday, deputies were called to the Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road after the owner was notified that the burglar alarm had been activated. Like the Mojave Liquor store, which had been burglarized over

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CAUGHT HOT WIRING CAR

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning, after he was found trying to hot wire a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 8:40 a.m., a deputy found Forrest Jones, 22, in the driver’s seat of a 1997 Honda, trying to start the hot-wired vehicle with a pocket knife,

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BROADWAY MUSICAL “URINETOWN” PLAYING TO RAVES AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29’s, “Urinetown the Musical” opened last Friday night to an enthusiastic crowd of theater-goers. A local charity benefited from the opening night event. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with more details… Reach Out Morongo Basin hosted last Friday night’s Theatre 29 gala opening of the comedy, “Urinetown the Musical.” Reach

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DEDICATION OF TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE TO MAC DUBE SET FOR APRIL 17

The official dedication of the Twentynine Palms post office as the Colonel M.J. “Mac” Dube USMC Post Office Building is set for Friday, April 17, starting at 8 a.m. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley authored a bill-signed by the president last December-to rename the post office in honor of

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SCHOOL DISTRICT PAYROLL WORKER ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

An employee with the Morongo Unified School District was arrested last month, accused of embezzling from the district. Administrators called police about possible embezzlement on November 12, 2014. Superintendent Tom Baumgarten told Z107.7 shortly after, that the employee–whom he refused to name, but who is now known to be Karin

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TWENTYNINE MAN A VICTIM OF A CRAIGSLIST SCAM

A Twentynine Palms resident is out $2000 due to a Craigslist scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim tried to buy a 2001 Dodge 1500 truck, and the seller requested the buyer send the funds via ReLoadIt, a prepaid debit card. When the seller requested more money for the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING DURING CAR CHASE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost,

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A MODERATE WILDFLOWER SEASON BEGINS

Warmer wetter weather is bringing a moderate wildflower season to our desert region. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the wildflowers are already starting to show their colors in Joshua Tree National Park… Rain fell somewhere in the Basin every month since November; and while experts aren’t predicting a banner year, this

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FORMER COUNSEL FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS TRIBE SENTENCED IN KICKBACK SCAM

Edward “Gary” Kovall, the former general counsel for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, was sentenced February 24 to two years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bribery in a construction kickbacks scheme, according to the tribe. Kovall represented the tribe that operates Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT AFTER SHOOTING AT EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost,

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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA JUNE 2

The Yucca Valley Town Council said good-bye to County Fire Division Chief Dave Benfield at its meeting last night, and welcomed Division Chief John Chamberlin who will be taking his place. Benfield, who will be retiring March 20, has been division chief of the South Desert Region for about 1

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SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT LANDERS STORE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in Landers over the weekend, in which the burglars broke through a wall of a store. Sometime Sunday night, burglars cut a hole in the wall and stole cash, lottery tickets, and $2600 in cigarettes from Mojave Liquor in the 200 block of Old

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO CASH STOLEN CHECK

A Van Nuys woman was arrested after she attempted to cash a forged check at a Yucca Valley bank Monday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4:45, Amber Keys, 45, went to the Wells Fargo bank on Highway 62 and tried to cash a check for $2,800. The bank

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SCHOOL BOARD FACES UNHAPPY TEACHERS, REFUSE LAYOFFS

Labor cost was the theme of a well-attended Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. Reporter Dan Stork relates what was said—and decided—about funding, negotiations, and layoffs… Approximately 100 school employees—mostly teachers—came out to show their support for their contract negotiating team, following a second round of

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA AND MORONGO VALLEY

An argument over a cell phone led to an arrest of a Yucca Valley man, accused of punching his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Ernest Finister, 52, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6400 block of India Avenue in Yucca

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A TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HAS DIED FROM A FEBRUARY 18 CRASH

The elderly Twentynine Palms man who made a U-turn on Adobe Road causing a crash February 18 has died. Lewis Roller, 91, passed away Sunday at a skilled nursing facility in Palms Springs. Roller was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki north on Adobe Road about 4:30 p.m. when he made

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO SET DATE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA VOTE

The Yucca valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will set a date to vote on an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana negotiated after a successful citizen’s initiative effort forced their hand… After being introduced to new firefighters working for the town and hearing an update

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER TAKING ANOTHER MAN’S WALKER

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for robbery after he stole another man’s walker. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the victim, who lives in the 6500 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms, called police just after noon Friday to report that a man he identified as Clark Cravey,

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