SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT LANDERS STORE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in Landers over the weekend, in which the burglars broke through a wall of a store. Sometime Sunday night, burglars cut a hole in the wall and stole cash, lottery tickets, and $2600 in cigarettes from Mojave Liquor in the 200 block of Old

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO CASH STOLEN CHECK

A Van Nuys woman was arrested after she attempted to cash a forged check at a Yucca Valley bank Monday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4:45, Amber Keys, 45, went to the Wells Fargo bank on Highway 62 and tried to cash a check for $2,800. The bank

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SCHOOL BOARD FACES UNHAPPY TEACHERS, REFUSE LAYOFFS

Labor cost was the theme of a well-attended Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. Reporter Dan Stork relates what was said—and decided—about funding, negotiations, and layoffs… Approximately 100 school employees—mostly teachers—came out to show their support for their contract negotiating team, following a second round of

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA AND MORONGO VALLEY

An argument over a cell phone led to an arrest of a Yucca Valley man, accused of punching his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Ernest Finister, 52, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6400 block of India Avenue in Yucca

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A TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HAS DIED FROM A FEBRUARY 18 CRASH

The elderly Twentynine Palms man who made a U-turn on Adobe Road causing a crash February 18 has died. Lewis Roller, 91, passed away Sunday at a skilled nursing facility in Palms Springs. Roller was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki north on Adobe Road about 4:30 p.m. when he made

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO SET DATE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA VOTE

The Yucca valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will set a date to vote on an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana negotiated after a successful citizen’s initiative effort forced their hand… After being introduced to new firefighters working for the town and hearing an update

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER TAKING ANOTHER MAN’S WALKER

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for robbery after he stole another man’s walker. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the victim, who lives in the 6500 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms, called police just after noon Friday to report that a man he identified as Clark Cravey,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT BREAKING INTO HOME

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint Sunday afternoon after a woman said he tried to break into her home. According to a Sheriff’s report, Anthony Pitts, 33, and his brother Joshua Pitts, 25, went to a home in the 6700 block of Sage Avenue in Twentynine Palms about

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN TWO SESSIONS TODAY AND TONIGHT

A long Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight deals mainly with tuning board policies. Reporter Dan Stork lists the affected policies, and the other items on the agenda… The March 3 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early start

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PARISIAN STREET ARTIST ACCUSED OF VANDALIZING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Vandalism in the form of spray painting on rocks is becoming a scourge in Joshua Tree and other national parks. A well-known international street artist appears to have vandalized Joshua Tree National Park last week. According to the blog Modern Hiker, Andre Saraiva, also known as Mr. Andre, posted a

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COUNTY LISTENING ON RENEWABLE ENERGY THURSDAY

San Bernardino County is revising its General Plan for renewable energy projects in unincorporated areas. Reporter Dan Stork says that the county has scheduled an event to get public input… County Land Use staff will conduct a listening session on plans for the County General Plan renewable energy element on

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FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED FOLLOWING BURGLARY LAST WEEK

Three Yucca Valley men and a woman were arrested following a burglary last week. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Arthurton, on Wednesday, David Scholar reported a burglary of his business in the 55600 block of Yucca Trail. Scholar said that the door had been forced open, and between $20,000 and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

Joshua Tree National Park is recruiting for their Youth Conservation Corps program. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply… This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Teens between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will work

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY WATER SUMMIT SET FOR APRIL 8

The undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency will be the keynote speaker at the second annual High Desert Water Summit in Victorville. Gordon Burns will talk about “Science: the Key to Managing Water in a Changing World” and the state’s recent groundwater legislation. The event will be held from

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“SNOWBIRDS”

We camped at Jumbo Rock mid-week in mid-February, and marveled at the influx of wildlife. Ranger Pam Tripp says watch out for the snowbirds…

The Snowbird is a common winter migrant easily recognized by its lightly covered, bright colored plumage. Traveling in well-appointed nests, they usually arrive in early January

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CACTUS SEW-ABLES QUILT GUILD MEETS MONDAY

The general meeting of the Cactus Sew-ables Quilt Guild will take place this Monday, on March 2, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Program for the afternoon will be “a Moo-ving Experience,” a

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HIGH DESERT WATER SUMMIT

The undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency will be the keynote speaker at the second annual High Desert Water Summit in Victorville. Gordon Burns will talk about “Science: the Key to Managing Water in a Changing World” and the state’s recent legislation groundwater legislation. The event will be held

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR OFFICE HOURS

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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LOW-COST PET VACCINES, MICROCHIP, AND SPAY/NEUTER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in March for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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URINETOWN THE MUSICAL NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

The first Broadway musical production of the Theater 29 2015 season opened last night and runs through March. Directed by Desert Theatre League “Best Director, Musical” Award winner Gary Daigneault, with musical direction by Ed Will, and choreography by Mandi Pushkar, “Urinetown the Musical” is a hilarious tale of greed,

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