MEMORIAL TO DEAD WOMAN STOLEN

A memorial for a Yucca Valley woman who died 2 ½ years ago was reported stolen Monday. In June 2012, Jennifer “Nikki” Alkire-Woolworth, 27, went for a walk from Yucca Valley to Morongo Valley with her small dog, Lucy, but never arrived at her destination. Her family suspects she may

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT, DIRECTOR CENSURE POSSIBLE

Morongo Valley’s CSD Board may censure a director, among other items in their agenda tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a close look… A lot of business is on the agenda for tonight’s 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, including possible censure of a director in connection with

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SPILLED GAS PLUS SHOP VAC EQUALS TWO BURNED OUT CARS

A Marine learned yesterday that using a shop vac to clean up spilled gasoline probably isn’t such a good idea. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, Benjamin Potter, 27, had spilled gas in the back of his Jeep parked under a carport in the 801 Housing area off

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RASH OF BURGLARIES IN MORONGO VALLEY

At least three residents reported burglaries and attempted burglaries of vehicles in Morongo Valley over the weekend. According to Sheriff’s reports, a neighbor called the Sheriff’s Department about 8 a.m. Saturday to report that a man was trying to break into a Honda Civic in the 49500 block of Paradise

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, REPORT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE ON AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will hear the impact report on the citizen’s initiative for medical marijuana dispensaries in the town… The Yucca Valley Town Council will begin its meeting tonight with a closed session at 5:30 at

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER DRUG AND SHARP DROP-OFF SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place this Saturday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKER IS 4-HOUR WILD GOOSE CHASE

Search and rescue personnel went on a four-hour goose chase near Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. About 9:30 Monday morning, a call came in that a hiker was missing in or near the park; the reporting party didn’t really know where they had been hiking. About 10 searchers from Fire

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DRUG USE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ROBBERY ARREST

Three people were arrested on various charges following a complaint of drug use in front of a home in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called to report that two people, later identified as Anthony Sacco, 26, and Kaylene DeForest, 37, were sitting in a car

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AN ARREST AT GUNPOINT AT WAL-MART

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and alerted Sheriff’s deputies who were in

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SOME CONFUSION ABOUT THE YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

The state has mandated that the Town of Yucca Valley stop using septic tanks by next year, and the Hi-Desert Water District has chosen to build a wastewater treatment plant to treat its sewage. The water district will pay for the proposed $145 million sewer project by assessing a portion

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CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER COUNTY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Charges were filed Friday against the former field representative of County Supervisor James Ramos. Mike Lipsitz, 53, of Landers, was arrested February 4, accused of bringing narcotics to an inmate at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. Lipsitz denies the charges. An arraignment date has not yet been set. Lipsitz is a

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COUNTY CONSIDERS APPEAL OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF SOLAR PROJECT

At its meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission is considering an appeal against a solar field project outside our area. Reporter Dan Stork says the hearing is interesting in a couple of respects… The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hear an appeal against a permit for

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OASIS OF MARA CONSTRUCTION

We were camping at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week, and read a notice that the visitor center in Twentynine Palms is temporarily in smaller quarters. Ranger Pam Tripp explains what’s going on…

Joshua Tree National Park is currently addressing the design and construction of seismic

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Valley Community Services District is offering free shuttle rides to Palm Springs on Saturday, February 21, so that Morongo Basin residents can help support the district’s fund-raising campaign for a new fire engine. Firehouse Subs on Ramon Road in Palm Springs will donate a portion of its proceeds

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SIGN UP FOR THE HEALTHY HEARTS RUN

The Annual Healthy Hearts Run is set for later this month. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells area runners how to sign-up…

Personal health and fitness are the themes of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Healthy Hearts 5K Run and 2K Family Health Walk. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BEING A VICTIM OF A SO CAL EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were visited by men who claimed to be employees of Southern California Edison. They actually were Edison employees, but Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some safety tips to help you guard against imposters and potential scams…

Southern California Edison employees carry photo ID badges while

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, February 16, at the Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567A Quailbush Road, about 1 ¾ miles south of Hightway 247 on Larrea Road.

ART EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ART SHOW RECEPTION SATURDAY

The “Invention, Reinvention” art show, hosted by Copper Mountain College’s Art Program, will hold an artists’ reception tonight at the Ada Hatch Center from 6 to 9 p.m. “Invention, Reinvention” is a multi-disciplinary showcase of artworks by Morongo Basin residents and regional artists.

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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS, DAY OR NIGHT

FEE FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16.

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTIES

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH ACCORDION MUSIC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room in Yucca Valley Saturday night, and listen to Steve Shaw play his accordion. The music begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 14. Rose and Buster’s is located at 55834 29 Palms

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