STATE REJECTS NEARBY PALEN SOLAR FIELD PROPOSAL

The California Energy Commission rejected a new plan for the Palen solar project Wednesday, in essence killing the six-year project. First licensed in 2010, the 8-square-mile project has been stuck with ownership transfers, technology changes, and corporate bankruptcies. The newest owner had asked to extend the December 15, 2015, deadline

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FINAL WEEKEND FOR “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” AT THEATRE 29

The hilarious Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys” has one more weekend of performances at Theater 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… “The Sunshine Boys” has been delighting audiences at Theater 29. Don’t miss your last chance to see the hysterical Neil Simon comedy this weekend. Al Lewis and Willie

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MOST GOVERNMENT SERVICES CLOSED FOR A 4-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Most government offices, Yucca Valley town offices, Twentynine Palms city offices, county offices, Copper Mountain College, and the courts will be closed Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day. They will resume their normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 16.

SMOKE ALARM SAVES A YUCCA VALLEY HOME

A Yucca Valley family was very fortunate that they were home Tuesday morning when their smoke alarm went off alerting them to a fire in the house. According to County Battalion Chief Rick Denison, the family had a plug-in air freshener plugged into an outlet in a closet that had

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MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN VEHICLE-VERSUS-PEDESTRIAN HIT-AND-RUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TUESDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of hit-and-run in which a pedestrian was hit by a car in Twentynine Palms Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the male victim was walking in the crosswalk with a green light at Adobe Road and Highway 62 about 6 p.m., when

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COMBAT CENTER IN THIRD DAY OF POWER OUTAGE

Two housing areas on the Combat Center have been without power since early Monday morning. The electrical distribution circuits that serve the Ocotillo and Fairway Heights housing areas suffered severe damage. Repairs are underway, but power is not expected to be restored until well into today, or possibly even later.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TERMINATES FAULTY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Twentynine Palms City Council dropped a failed improvement plan that was flawed last night. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you were planning to get the City of Twentynine Palms to front you a few thousand bucks for a new coat of paint on your business, forget about it. That

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES CELL TOWER HEARING

Residents of Yucca Mesa are unhappy about a proposed 52-foot tall cell phone tower—disguised to look like a water tower—that is supposed to be constructed on the southwest corner of Aberdeen Drive and Sage Avenue. Managing editor Tami Roleff says their complaints to the town of Yucca Valley are paying

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FORMER RADIO PERSONALITY ARRESTED TWICE IN DECEMBER ON DRUG CHARGES

A former disc jockey with Z107.7 was arrested twice in December on drug charges. Sam Smith, 48, of Twentynine Palms, was stopped about 4 a.m. December 2, near Stardune Avenue and Highway 62. After an investigation, Smith was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of

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A BRAWL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY EVENING

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a massive brawl in Twentynine Palms Monday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Adobe Road about 5:40 p.m. for a report of about 30 people fighting. Deputies determined that a gang of people arrived at the location in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT PROPERTY CRIME INCREASE

A packed house was on hand for last night’s Morongo Basin MAC Meeting. Reporter David Haldane said concerns about local crime were front and center… An overflow crowd turned out for the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting last night to hear a panel of law officers tell it like

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ARRESTED FOR BEING A FELON WITH A FIREARM

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Sunday night, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Sheriff’s officials, Deputy Gerardo Jimenez made a traffic stop about 11:15 p.m. on a vehicle driven by Ronald, 68, near West Court Way and Court Place in Twentynine Palms.

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN VEHICLE

A Johnson Valley man was arrested Sunday after a stolen motorcycle was found on his property. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 60600 block of Cole Lane in Johnson Valley said his Suzuki motorcycle was stolen a year ago, in February 2015. On Sunday, a woman came

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ALAINA TROFLER NAMED 2016 MISS YUCCA VALLEY

Alaina Trofler, a 16-year-old junior at Yucca Valley High School, was crowned the 2016 Miss Yucca Valley in the pageant’s 49th year Saturday night. The scholarship, based on academics and poise, has been sponsored for the past 18 years by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley under the leadership of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC FOCUSES ON CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meets tonight in regular session, Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the focus will be on crime and public safety… Local crime and public safety is the focus of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Following brief reports, the public will have an opportunity to

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO DEMOLISH 8 BUILDINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider two items relevant to our Morongo Basin. First the board is likely to give the go ahead for demolition of structures on eight local properties; five in Joshua Tree, two

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EVEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS NEED A PERMIT

With the perceived rise in crime in the Morongo Basin, many residents are forming neighborhood watch groups. As part of these efforts, they want to install signs warning people that they are entering a neighborhood watch area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents have to get permission prior to installing

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JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

Surplus federal food will be distributed Monday. Staff Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and locations… The third Monday of the month is the usual day for monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the President’s Day holiday, surplus food will be distributed on

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REGISTER NOW FOR GENERAL PATTON MUSEUM CAR SHOW

The General Patton Memorial Museum will hold a car show March 26. The car show is open to all classic and custom cars, as well as hot rods, low riders, motorcycles, tear-drop trailers, and military vehicles. The entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show and

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