MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Thursday morning, accused of exposing himself to a minor. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers made a compliance check about 9:30 a.m. on Richard Arteaga, 39, at a home in the 10400 block of San Jacinto. Officers discovered that Arteaga exposed himself in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LOOKS AT BLM ROUTE PROJECT TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month lacks its usual featured informational presentation. But reporter Dan Stork says there will be discussion on a matter of regional interest… In addition to public safety and member reports, the May 11 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features a

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FULL HOUSE AT OPENING OF STATE SENATOR’S YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE

Elected and appointed government officials, as well as business owners and residents packed the new district office of state Senator Jean Fuller during an open house Friday. Fuller represents the 16th Senate District, which covers the Morongo Basin. Fuller’s field representative is Jim Schooler, who will hold office hours Tuesday,

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TRASH OR TREASURE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Let’s fact it: Many artifacts within Joshua Tree National Park seem like old trash. However, anything over 50 years old is considered historic, and in many cases, these artifacts may be the only visible remains of a historic site. Archeological sites are non-renewable resources. When a site is disturbed, the

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FLAMENCO PERFORMANCE AT THEATER 29

Seattle-based flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show to Theater 29 for a one-night-only special performance tonight at 8 p.m. Reporter Rebecca Havely says tickets are still available…

The performance Como El Viento Flamenco En Vivo will grace the stage at Theater 29 in Twentynine Palms. It is one

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SKULL ROCK TRAIL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

The public is invited to comment on an environmental assessment for a new trail at Skull Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. The trail was designed several years ago by students in a summer program of the Gifted and Talented Education. The .7-mile loop trail will begin and end in

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TOWN SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT FOR TRAILS PROJECT

If you have an idea about new pedestrian and bike routes and trails in Yucca Valley, then mark your calendars to attend a special workshop May 12. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the town of Yucca Valley is seeking public input…

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission and the town’s Parks,

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YVHS 20TH REUNION

The Yucca Valley High School class of 1995 will hold its 20th reunion Saturday, June 6. The reunion will be held in La Quinta at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $85 and includes a southwest-style buffet dinner and dancing, with music by a DJ. The reunion is

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SUV ROLLOVER SHOWS SEAT BELT VALUE

A man who was not wearing his seatbelt suffered major injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle he was riding in during a crash Thursday evening. According to the California Highway Patrol, Toa Solomona, 40, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2004 Ford F150 4-door pick-up truck in the

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CAR BREAK-INS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three residents in Twentynine Palms reported their cars had been broken into Wednesday night. According to Sheriff’s reports, the thefts occurred in the 72200 block of Sunnyslope and 72300 block of Highway 62. Portable DVD players, tires and wheels, and a duffel bag containing BMX riding gear were stolen from

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, May 9. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:40 p.m. and end about 1:30 a.m. Highlights of the night will be galaxies and globular clusters, and Saturn will rise later in the evening. Bring water, snacks,

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MIRRORS & WINDOWS

Also tonight, a new exhibit opens at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells who’s showing…

Mirrors & Windows is the first invitational exhibition of art by some 18 contemporary artists who are art instructors affiliated with 13 Southern California community colleges. The artists work and teach in distinctly different

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GALLERY 62 RECEPTION SATURDAY NIGHT

Gallery 62 art gallery in Joshua Tree will hold the opening reception for its new show on Saturday, May 9, during the Saturday night Art Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. Artists on display in May are Patrick Webster, Patricia Knight, Eric Saks, Nichole Vikdal, and Esther Shaw. During the

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MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN NAMED DESERT HOT SPRINGS CHIEF

The captain of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station will be leaving to become chief of police of the Desert Hot Springs police department. Dale Mondary, who has been with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, said his last day with the Sheriff’s Department will be June 12.

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FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ORDERED HELD FOR TRIAL

A former school bus driver from Twentynine Palms charged with lewd acts with a child, possession of child pornography, and using a concealed camera was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing Thursday. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in court yesterday, and files this report…

Sheriff’s investigators told of

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HIGH WINDS BLAMED FOR YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE FIRE

Yesterday’s high winds are blamed for a house fire in Yucca Valley. According to County Fire Captain Donnie Viloria, at 2:40 p.m., a passer-by called in the small vegetation fire behind the rear of a vacant house in the 6400 block of Fortuna Avenue. Viloria said wind gusts of 35

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SQUATTERS START FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE THURSDAY NIGHT

Squatters are believed to be responsible for a fire in Joshua Tree Thursday night. According to Fire Captain Donnie Viloria, a Morongo Basin Ambulance crew smelled the smoke, investigated, discovered the fire in the 6400 block of Sunset Road, and called 911 just after 9:30. Aggressive action by firefighters from

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ROLLOVER CRASH ON HIGHWAY NEAR COLLEGE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON

We have limited information about a highway crash Thursday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital. About 5:45, a 4-door pick-up truck rolled over multiple times just east of Rotary Way near Copper Mountain College, coming to rest in the middle of the highway. One man was ejected and

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COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TUESDAY

A local resource fair will be held by Copper Mountain College this coming Tuesday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what services will be provided…

Copper Mountain College hosts a free community resource fair this Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in 300 Quad on the main campus.

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WIND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Morongo Basin from 2 p.m. this afternoon to 10 p.m. Winds will be south to southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Winds will increase early this afternoon and will be strongest

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