TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE MEETING

Transition Joshua Tree will hold its quarterly general meeting at Mojave Desert Land Trust on Sunday, June 28. The meeting runs from 6 to 9 pm. It starts with a potluck – bring a drink or dish to share, and your own dishes and cutlery. You can tour the dry

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DRONES BLAMED FOR INCREASE IN FIRE, THE LATEST FIRE INFORMATION

Fire officials are blaming drones that shut down air tanker operations Wednesday for significantly increasing the size of the Lake Fire. The Lake Fire is now at 29,813 acres burned, an increase of 12,000 acres since Tuesday, and is 19 percent contained, down from a high of 38 percent. Firefighters

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HEAT AND SMOKE ADVISORIES

A smoke advisory has been issued for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, Lucerne Valley, and surrounding communities. If you see or smell smoke, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family’s health. Everyone should limit their time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise when smoke is in the area.

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THE GREAT RACE COMES TO TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

The Great Race is a long-distance antique car rally, and it has a stop scheduled in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Dan Stork invites you to come out and visit with the drivers…

The City of Twentynine Palms will host a lunch stop on Saturday, June 27, for the 2015 Hemmings Motor

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HOME INVASION ROBBERY, ATTEMPTED BURGLARIES, BELIEVE RELATED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for suspects in a home-invasion robbery from early this morning, and who are believed to be responsible for a spate of attempted robberies in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, deputies were called to the 8000 block of Amador Thursday night at 11:40 p.m.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS ARE FIRED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man, who was a suspect in a case of shots fired in Yucca Valley Wednesday night, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early Thursday morning when he was found driving a stolen car. According to Sheriff and CHP reports, J.R. Ballard, 19, went to a home

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BURNS CANYON AND RIMROCK EVACUATED, THE LATEST ON THE LAKE FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department ordered mandatory evacuations of Burns Canyon and the Rimrock areas about 10:00 p.m. last night. Pioneertown is now under a voluntary evacuation. Residents are concerned about the huge plumes of smoke coming from the Lake Fire near Morongo Valley and Pioneertown. A U.S. Forest

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: LAKE FIRE, NON-PROFITS, MARKETING

Although the Twentynine Palms City Council was down to three members at its June 23 meeting (with members Cora Heiser and John Cole away with excused absences), the meeting was not short on topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: A Joshua Tree National Park presentation,

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VANDALS TRASH CLASSROOMS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vandals broke into the Twentynine Palms Elementary School last night and completely trashed two classrooms. Shortly before 7:30 p.m., firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies were called to the school because vandals broke the front windows to two classrooms. While inside the classrooms, the vandals broke six fire boxes and emptied the

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BURGLARS SCARED OFF AT TWO HOMES IN YUCCA VALLEY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Suspected burglars were scared off at two nearby residences in Yucca Valley early Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff’s reports, a resident in the 7400 block of Warren Vista Avenue said two suspects shined a light through his window about 4 a.m. When he got up to call 911, the power

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Twentynine Palms Water District board approved a new budget and general manager last night. Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and files this report…

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at nearly $3.6 million. Board President Sam Moore

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MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ORDER FOR BURNS CANYON, RIMROCK AREAS

UPDATED AT 7 A.M. 6-25-15

The San Bernardino County Fire Department

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MEASURE “Y” PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY WITH 91% YES VOTES

Photography by Elena Ray via palmspringslife.com

Measure Y—the mail-ballot election to decide the fate of the Hi-Desert Medical Center—was overwhelmingly approved yesterday. With only 25 percent of the 23,000 eligible voters voting, nearly 91 percent approved the 30-year lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare. Now that the agreement is approved, Tenet will operate the medical center, plus

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: SETBACK FOR PROJECT PHOENIX, SCULPTURE NIXED

Although the Twentynine Palms City Council was down to three members at its June 23 meeting (with members Heiser and Cole away with excused absences), the meeting was not short on topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: a Park presentation, Lake Fire news, non-profit allocations,

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LAKE FIRE NOW 33 PERCENT CONTAINED, THE LATEST ON THE NEARBY FIRE

Firefighters continue working on the 18,875 acre Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains with containment increasing to 38 percent. Fire Management told Z107.7 good progress was made within the northeastern portion of fire yesterday, although the fire remained active and continued spotting to the east. With the steep ridgelines

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER MET, GRANTS GET ATTENTION

The Bighorn-Desert View Water board saw a lot of attention paid to their grant applications at last night’s meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and explains…

Last night’s meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors in Landers looked to be fairly routine with most of the evening’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors with both water and fire department business tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares what’s on their agendas…

In regular session tonight the Twentynine Palms Water District agenda begins with a public hearing to continue the current level of water availability assessments. They will

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FIREFIGHTERS SAY “DON’T PANIC” OVER LAKE FIRE

Firefighters working on the 17,400-acre Lake Fire are optimistic; only 100 acres were added to the burn area Monday, and it’s now 30 percent contained. “The fire’s progressed actually very slowly. It hasn’t moved that much.” U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Chon Bribiescas explained why residents shouldn’t panic about

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting shows some movement on the use of Project Phoenix funds. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else is in store at tonight’s meeting…

The Twentynine Palms City Council will have the annual, pro forma public hearing on lighting and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accused of sexually molesting a girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl’s mother discovered the molestation, and went to a home in the 73800 block of Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms about noon on Saturday to confront the suspect, identified as

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