HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CEO

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has named a new CEO, effective February 22. Karen Faulis, the chief operations officer of Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, served as interim chief executive officer there for 18 months. Faulis has 25 years of experience in clinical and administrative leadership. While at Palmdale, she

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY OFFERS $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP IN ESSAY CONTEST

The Mojave Water Agency is offering a $5,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships for students who win an essay contest on the future of water in the desert. The scholarship is open to students in grades 9 through 12, as well as freshmen and sophomores in college. Essays on “What

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

Morongo Basin seniors are invited to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Students must submit two essays, a personal essay on their goals, and an essay on one of the following topics: voting rights, campaign finance reform, gun control, human rights, equality for women, or

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS APPROVES FIFTH MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION

Nearby Desert Hot Springs, missing industry, jobs and tax revenue, welcomed the announcement that CalCann Holdings plans to build a greenhouse to grow 6,000 pounds of organic medical cannabis each year. The pot will go to the company’s own Orange County dispensaries and others under a new state licensing system.

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HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH LANDERS ENDS AFTER SPIKE STRIPS DEPLOYED

A man was arrested Thursday morning following a high-speed pursuit through Landers that ended only after deputies deployed spike strips. According to the California Highway Patrol, Officer Caleb Miller spotted a silver Nissan Quest driving approximately 95 miles per hour southbound on Highway 247, north of Boone Road, about 7:35

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SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Morongo Grade was closed and traffic was backed up for miles Thursday afternoon due to a single vehicle crash in Morongo Valley. About 12:20 p.m., the driver of an older model soft-top convertible lost control and rolled over once, landing on its wheels near the bottom of the Morongo

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MORONGO BASIN RAPE CRISIS CENTER OFFERS 24 HOUR ANONYMOUS HOTLINE

While you may think it could never happen to you, sexual assault is a real danger and concern for both sexes and all ages. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Morongo Basin Rape Crisis Center is manning a 24-hour-a -day anonymous hotline… It could never happen to me is one of

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HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT TOMORROW

As part of the centennial year, Joshua Tree National Park is offering a hiking challenge. Hikers can pick up a free Centennial Hiking Challenge booklet at any of the Park’s visitor centers. Inside are suggested hikes, a log to record your hikes, and a page for rangers to sign which

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Despite the theft of its complete photovoltaic power system, Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, February 6. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will end about 10 p.m. Volunteers will set up manually operated telescopes and guests may use them

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STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated

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REGIONAL WATER BOARD MEETS LOCALLY TONIGHT ON SEPTIC PROHIBITION DEADLINE

Late last year, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board extended the deadline for when Yucca Valley homes and businesses must stop using their septic systems, from 2016 to 2021 for Phase 1, and to 2025 for Phases 2 and 3. Managing editor says the board will hold a workshop

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TOLD, “GIVE SOLAR PROJECT WATER OR THEY WILL DRILL THEIR OWN WELLS”

The Joshua Basin Water District finds itself between a rock and a hard place on providing water for a controversial commercial solar development. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what happened at last night’s board meeting… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board approved a vendor

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SHERIFF SEEKS FOUR WHO USED STOLEN CREDIT CARD AT YUCCA VALLEY RESTAURANT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying four suspects who used a stolen credit card at a Yucca Valley restaurant Wednesday evening. According to the Sheriff’s Department, two men and two women went into the John’s Place Restaurant in Yucca Valley and tried to buy $45

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NEW YEAR’S EVE ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

One of the men suspected of robbing the Stater Brothers grocery store on New Year’s Eve was arrested in Riverside County last Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Christian Trujillo, 29, is accused of going in to the “new” Stater Brothers store on the east end of Yucca Valley

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT NEW FIRE STATIONS, FUNDS PARADISE PARK

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. The Council heard about new fire stations and approved park improvements. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report… Yucca Valley may be getting not one, but two new fire stations in the next five

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HIT-AND-RUN PURSUIT

A 29-year-old woman was arrested on Interstate-10 after she allegedly hit another car in Yucca Valley and then fled. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Chelsea Headrick of Yucca Valley struck another vehicle that was leaving a business at Sage Avenue and Highway 62 at 6:42 Tuesday morning. The victim told

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ROCK CLIMBER RESCUED BY ANOTHER CLIMBER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A rock climber who fell while climbing in Joshua Tree National Park was rescued by another climber late Tuesday afternoon. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, the climber, identified only as being from Ventura, was on Intersection Rock about sunset when he slipped and fell about 100 feet up,

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A BIG WIN FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR IN CALIFORNIA

Rooftop solar just got a big boost from the state of California. Reporter David Haldane explains… In a big win for rooftop solar in California, the state Public Utilities Commission last week rejected fee increases sought by the big three utility companies. Alison Seel, an attorney with the Sierra Club,

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MARINES PUT SEVERAL LOCAL AND COACHELLA VALLEY BUSINESSES OFF-LIMITS

According to a Marine Corps Combat Center order, several businesses in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and in the Coachella Valley are declared off limits to Marines, “in order to protect [them] from detrimental conditions in the civilian community.” The off-limits businesses include the Adobe Smoke Shop and STC Smoke Shop,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL INVESTS FOR A FUTURE SALES TAX MEASURE TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. In the consent agenda is a considerable investment in planning for a future sales tax initiative. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council will begin with an update from the county

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