COUNTERFEIT BILLS TURN UP AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

Counterfeit bills have been turning up in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, security at Tortoise Rock Casino called the Sheriff’s Department about 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon to report a woman attempted to use two counterfeit $10 bills. The woman told deputies she received the bills from Stater Brothers

…View Full Story…

MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS LOCAL CONCERNS, DISCUSSES VACANCY

Branding the Morongo Basin, the concerns of two Basin communities, and a Council vacancy were subjects of discussion at the June meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter Dan Stork fills in the details… The featured informational presentation during the June 9 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal

…View Full Story…

CHP ISSUES TICKETS FOR CELLPHONE USE IN SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT

Almost 100 drivers were ticketed in the Morongo Basin for handheld cell phone talking or texting during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, according to Officer Joan Griffin of the California Highway Patrol. The 95 citations written by Morongo Basin CHP officers were less than half of the number of

…View Full Story…

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS APPLICANTS FOR HOME-BASED GUNS AND ART

It will be round two tonight as the Yucca Valley Planning Commission hears renewal requests to operate a gun business and a sculpture studio out of private homes tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold two public hearings tonight to consider

…View Full Story…

HEAT WARNING TODAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit

…View Full Story…

MORONGO BASIN MAC TO HEAR TOURISM MARKETING PLAN

The featured informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting tonight is a tourism marketing plan. Reporter Dan Stork has the full agenda… At this month’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, Art Miller Jr. presents the plan to market Morongo Basin as a tourist destination under Joshua

…View Full Story…

ONE HOSPITALIZED AFTER TWENTYNINE PALMS KNIFE FIGHT

A man was hospitalized Friday after a knife fight in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, Bobby Woolbright, 34, went to the home of Joseph Gonzalez, 24, in the 6400 block of East Court Way in Twentynine Palms Friday evening to settle a dispute over some property. Millard

…View Full Story…

CHP OFFERS FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK UP TOMORROW

Parents with children in their cars want to be sure their child is safe. The local CHP will be giving a free child safety seat checkup tomorrow. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you when and where… The California Highway Patrol will hold a Child Safety Seat Check-Up on Tuesday, June 10.

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION TODAY

In a continuation of its May 19 special meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 9. The sole item on the agenda is to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager, following interviews conducted by Dan Mintz and Jay

…View Full Story…

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING—COOLING CENTERS OPEN

When the temperatures climb well into triple digits today and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve as

…View Full Story…

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE

If you have to work or be outside during the heat of the day, take measures to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Long exposure to high heat can result in heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is a serious medical condition, and signs include profuse sweating,

…View Full Story…

PROTECT YOUR ANIMALS FROM THE HEAT

People aren’t the only ones who need protection from the heat. Our pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Reporter Sara Snyder reminds us that dogs should not

…View Full Story…

SPECIAL TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY

In a continuation of its May 19 special meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9. The sole item on the agenda is to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager, following interviews conducted by Dan Mintz and Jay

…View Full Story…

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JUNE 13

This month’s California Retired Teachers’ Association meeting will be a pot luck held Friday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m., at Desert Willow Ranch in Pioneertown. Members will enjoy Western-themed entertainment and are invited to wear their boots and cowboy hats. There will be no fee, but please call Sherry Craft

…View Full Story…

EFFECTS OF NEW WATER STANDARDS ON LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Chromium-6 is a pollutant from chemical factories, but in the Morongo Basin, it occurs naturally, dissolving from rocks into the groundwater. Federal standards for total chromium, which includes chromium-6 and non-cancer-causing chromium-3, are 100 parts per billion. California

…View Full Story…

CASINO NIGHT TONIGHT IN MORONGO VALLEY

Practice your poker face and your dice-throwing. It’s Casino Night in Morongo Valley. Reporter Diana Jones tells you how you can be a part of a fund raiser for the Fire Fighter’s Auxiliary… Black Jack, Craps, Poker and Roulette: if you like gaming place your bets on Saturday, June 7th

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF’S IDENTIFIES DRIVERS, VICTIM OF THREE-VEHICLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

The Sheriff’s Department has identified the victim on an off-road vehicle who was hit by two other drivers in Yucca Valley Thursday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, Frank Feeley, 31, was driving a quad eastbound on Buena Vista Drive without lights or a helmet about 8:30 p.m. when he

…View Full Story…

A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE PARK SERVICE’S WILDLIFE BRANCH

It takes a lot of work to run a national park. Not only are there administrative staff, maintenance workers, and security and protection staff, but rangers work behind the scenes to study the park and its wildlife. Park Ranger Pam Tripp introduces the wildlife branch of the Park’s Resources division…

…View Full Story…

COMBAT CENTER HONORED FOR INSTALLATION EXCELLENCE

For the fifth year in a row, the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms received the 2013 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. The award recognizes the men and women of the Department’s top military installations in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast

…View Full Story…

YUCCA VALLEY MAN SHOULD CHANGE HIS NAME TO “LUCKY”

A Yucca Valley man is lucky to be alive after being hit by two vehicles last night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, described only as being in his 30s, was driving a quad eastbound on Buena Vista Drive without lights or a helmet about 8:30 p.m. when he

…View Full Story…