TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, T.O.T. LATE FEES, DOG PARK, AND A STATUE ON A BUSY AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting tonight will begin with a presentation and a discussion of the city’s disaster preparedness policy. Among the items on the consent agenda is a recommendation that the city council establish a stipend for planning commissioner of $150 per meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff details

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NO ACTIONS REPORTED AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD CLOSED MEETING

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors held a special closed session meeting yesterday in which the two items of business were a discipline/dismissal/release of an employee, and a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. General Manager Ray Kolisz said the board came out of closed session with

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING A REMINDER AT FLASH FLOODS

With rain in the forecast, the Morongo Basin is at risk for flash flooding. Area fire stations have sand bags available for residents they can use to prepare for rains in advance of the storm. Most fire stations will give residents up to 10 sand bags for free. Joshua Tree

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UNEVEN PAVEMENT BLAMED FOR ROLL-OVER CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A rollover crash on Old Woman Springs Road Monday afternoon is being blamed on uneven pavement. Just about noon, a woman was driving on Old Woman Springs Road just south of Sunset Drive when she said the wheels of her car got caught on the lip of the pavement on

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THE LATEST ON THE SUMMIT FIRE IN THE BIG BEAR AREA

Hundreds of firefighters battled a 100-acre blaze near the Snow Summit resort in Big Bear as darkness fell Sunday. Evacuations were ordered, and hundreds of homes were threatened by what is being called the Summit fire. Containment of the blaze was reported at 50 percent today as plane after plane

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OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION THIS WEEK

Old Woman Springs Road, also known as State Route 247, will be under construction all this week through Friday morning. The highway will have lane closures between El Cortez Road and Handley Road between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO STREAMLINE ROOFTOP SOLAR PERMITTING

The County Board of Supervisors meets in regular session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says streamlining solar and formalizing the Morongo Basin Supervisor’s representative are all on the agenda…

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At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors, the expected passage of a new ordinance will

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 4 p.m. today. The first item on the agenda is the discipline/dismissal/release of a public employee. The second item in closed session is a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. The meeting will

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YUCCA VALLEY HOMEOWNER ALMOST THE VICTIM OF A RENTAL SCAM

A homeowner was almost the victim of a rental scam. She had listed the home in Yucca Valley for sale, and saw that her home was also being listed online as a home for rent. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips to help you avoid being the victim

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SCHOOL BUS ROUTES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School bus routes have been updated and some revisions have been made. Bus route information is available on the Morongo Unified School District website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us under the Transportation tab and also on the front page. Please check your child’s route and bus number to make sure you have the

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT AT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL THURSDAY

La Contenta Middle School will hold a back-to-school night Thursday, September 3, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Parents should bring their child’s schedule. The evening is designed to give parents a chance to visit their’ child’s classrooms and meet their teachers. Parents will be given an overview of the curriculum,

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PIECES OF THE PAST AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

People have been living in the Joshua Tree National Park area for thousands of years. Wherever people live and congregate, they leave behind trash and artifacts. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper discusses pieces of the past in Joshua Tree National Park… Do you keep any mementos from family members who

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TWENTYNINE PALMS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club after-school program begins tomorrow, Monday, August 24. The program offers literacy and math programs, P.E., as well as homework assistance for students in first through sixth grades. The after school program, which starts August 24, is free for students at Oasis Elementary School; $100 for

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OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION THIS WEEK

Old Woman Springs Road, also known as State Route 247, will be under construction beginning tonight, Sunday, August 23, through Friday morning. The highway will have lane closures between El Cortez Road and Handley Road between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night. Motorists are urged to use caution in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday evening following a report of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man called police about 8 p.m. Thursday night to say that he had been tied up and beaten by four men and his ex-fiance because they wanted money. The man

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HOT TUB FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

An electrical malfunction is believed responsible for a hot tub fire Thursday night in Yucca Valley. About 11:05 p.m., firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Avalon where they found the hot tub smoldering on the back patio. No other structures were threatened, and firefighters quickly put out the

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GASOLINE STOLEN FROM HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at the Hi-Desert Water District. Sometime between 5:30 Wednesday night and 6:45 Thursday morning, someone cut the locks at the yard on Palm Avenue and Pima Trail in Yucca Valley and stole fuel out of tractors parked in the yard. The water district

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE FAKE MARIJUANA AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SCHOOL

The Sheriff’s Department was called in to investigate when a administrator at a Twentynine Palms school caught a student with a baggy containing a green leafy substance. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 6 p.m. Monday night, a student from Bright Futures in Academy found three water bottles filled with

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RIDE YOUR ORV IN JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE AREA

Off-road vehicles are not allowed on any county service area roads, and can only be ridden on private property with the written permission of the property owner. But there are areas nearby where you can legally ride your ORV. ROP broadcasting student Millea Wasson says the biggest area is near

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SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED IN MORONGO VALLEY RAPE

A registered sex offender in Morongo Valley was arrested Wednesday, after he was accused of raping a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman went to a residence in the 49600 block of Paradise Avenue in Morongo Valley Monday to get a tattoo from Aaron “Dino” Pearson, 48. The

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