SECOND PERSON GOES MISSING, SHERIFF’S ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

A second elderly, at-risk person has gone missing. The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Johnson Valley woman. About 9:30 Saturday morning, Rene’ Dusko, 58, walked away from a home in the 49000 block of Joshua Tree Road in Johnson Valley and has not been

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS WIDE-RANGING VIEWS ON HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS

Between 40 and 50 people turned out last night for a public workshop held by the Yucca Valley Planning Commission on home occupation permits. The residents split up into small groups—with the Planning Commissioners roving around and listening and participating in the discussion—and talked about what they felt should—and shouldn’t

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THREE LOCAL RESIDENTS RESCUED NEAR PALM SPRINGS TRAM MEMORIAL DAY

Three Morongo Basin residents were found early Tuesday morning after one of their wives reported them missing after a hike. Larry Duffield and Jason Popwski, of Joshua Tree, and Brian McBrayer of Yucca Valley, became stranded during a hike in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, west of Palm Springs, and

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR LEWD, DRUNKEN INCIDENT AT COMMUNITY CENTER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday evening after he started harassing several girls at the Yucca Valley Community Center. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Clark, 43, was drunk and with his young son at the community center when he started touching the girls in an inappropriate manner. Boys

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TRIES TO EXPLAIN THE EXPLANATION OF CITY MANAGER FIRING

Members of the Twentynine Palms City Council devoted a portion of their regular meeting to explaining why they weren’t explaining their decision to fire City Manager Joe Guzzetta, and to hinting at what they wouldn’t explain. Reporter Dan Stork draws the lines for you to read between… At the beginning

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UNHELMETED OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE RIDER KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH

A Lakeside man was killed Saturday morning in Twentynine Palms riding his off-road motorcycle without a helmet. According to Sheriff’s reports, Marshall Winn, 31, left his family and friends about 9:30 to go for a motorcycle ride in the open desert. When he did not return, they went looking for

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY CHILD ABUSE, 5-YEAR-OLD IN COMA

A Yucca Valley woman was placed under arrest Thursday after investigation of a baby brought to the hospital with severe head injuries. The Sheriff’s Department said on May 18, deputies responded to the home of Hannah Thompson, 21, in the 8600 block of Palomar Avenue in Yucca Valley with Fire

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SHERIFF’S HELICOPTER USED TO CATCH MAN EVADING ARREST FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley Man was arrested Friday afternoon after a Sheriff’s helicopter and deputies were called in to search for him. About 11:30, a Deputy on routine patrol in the Paradise Valley neighborhood of Yucca Valley when he spotted David Vasquez, 40. When Vasquez saw the deputy he took off

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: WATER BOARD MEETING, HIRING ON THE AGENDA

A potential discussion with the Water District and hiring a Community Development Director are among the items before the Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter Dan Stork previews those items and the rest of the agenda… The first scheduled discussion of the Twentynine Palms City Council at its May 27 meeting

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VEHICLE FIRE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS GAS STATION MONDAY

A vehicle had to be towed away after it caught on fire at a gas station in Twentynine Palms Monday morning. According to Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, a vehicle was having mechanical problems about 10:30 a.m., and the driver pulled into the rear of the FasTrip gas station in the

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HELPING HOMELESS VETERANS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare,

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MBTA BUSES, BURRTEC TRASH PICKUP, NOT OPERATING MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, May 27. Burrtec trash and recycling services will also be delayed one day next week for the holiday. Banks and the post office

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BEE AWARE

The hills are alive, with the sound of … bzzzz. Ranger Pam Tripp has tips for watching out for bees…

As the weather warm, the desert and its creatures begin to change as they prepare for the summer heat. Joshua Tree National park Ranger Pam Tripp has tips on avoiding

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VETERANS SERVICES IN THE MORONGO BASIN

The County Veterans Affairs Office in San Bernardino sends a service representative to the Morongo Basin two days a week. Misty Taylor is at the County Building, 56357 Pima Trail, in Yucca Valley every Tuesday from 9 to 3. Taylor visits Twentynine Palms on Wednesdays. She is at 73629 Sun

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES IN 29 PALMS AND JOSHUA TREE

Memorial Day is the traditional day to remember and pay tribute to those who have served our country in the military. The Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day service 9 a.m. Monday, May 26. Major General David Berger from the Combat Center will be the guest speaker,

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THERESA A. MIKE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Students in the Morongo Basin are invited to apply for the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians. The scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000 can be used for tuition, fees, books, or living expenses at any accredited university, community college, or technical school.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE “NUNSET BOULEVARD”

Tonight’s your last chance to see “Nunset Boulevard,” the laugh-out-loud funny show about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who think they’ve made the big time when they’re invited to the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled until they arrive and realize they are booked into the Hollywood Bowl-a-rama, and not the

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, May 24. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:45 p.m. and end about 2 a.m. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on galaxies, quasars, and Saturn and Mars. Visitors should bring binoculars or telescopes, chairs,

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CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

It’s that time of year again. More drivers on the road for the Memorial Day weekend means the California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period. From 6:01 p.m. Friday, May 23 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 26, CHP officers will be out in force, enforcing speed limit laws,

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DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE PROGRAM

Having a driver’s license is a privilege, not a right. Reporter Diana Jones says that the DMV has a program that guides DUI offenders on the path to regain that privilege…

The Driving Under the Influence program is a State-certified program for residents who have been convicted of DUI. The

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