MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS MONDAY

The first order of business at the April 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will be the election a new Chair and vice-Chair. Then there will be three informational presentations:

California Highway Patrol officer Joan Griffin will talk about the Teen Driving Program Steve Martinez, from the

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING CLASS PLANNED

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training May 2. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region; training is done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. The training cost is $75 per dog and the no-kill animal

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CONSERVATION CORPS APPLICATION

As a regular hiker in Joshua Tree National Park, I appreciate the maintenance done on the trails. Reporter Taylor Thacker says that teen-agers can be part of keeping the Park in shape, and get paid for it…

This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps

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ARMED ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The same man who robbed several businesses at gunpoint in Twentynine Palms is suspected of robbing a check-cashing business in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, the robber entered the Check-n-Go in the Vons Shopping Center shortly before 12:30 p.m., pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at

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FIRE AT BURRTEC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Firefighters from across the Morongo Basin responded to a large fire at Burrtec in Yucca Valley Friday evening. According to County Fire Captain Dustin Krajeski, the first call came in at 5:17 p.m., and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE “13 A NEW MUSICAL”

The talented theatre students at Twentynine Palms High School have one performance left in their current run. Reporter Rebecca Havely says, don’t miss it…

“13, A New Musical” has one last performance tonight at Twentynine Palms High School. This show, written just for teens, is the story of Evan, a

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES' ACHIEVEMENTS

YVHS ATHLETES DECLARE COLLEGE INTENT

Three Yucca Valley High School students signed letters of intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. During a school assembly, Abrianna Schlickenmayer signed to play softball at st. Lawrence University in New York; Micah Muhammed committed to Sterling College in Kansas where

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MINERVA HOYT AWARD

The winner of this year’s Minerva Hoyt Award has been announced. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells who was recognized for this honor for doing work of benefit to the desert…

The Joshua Tree National Park Association announced Terry Weiner and the Board of Directors of the Desert Protective Council as recipients

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DESERT CHIC WINE AND CHEESE SOCIAL

You can soak in the atmosphere of historic Twentynine Palms tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to a fundraiser for the Historical Society at a unique city landmark… Tickets are still available for tonight’s Second Annual Desert Chic Wine and Cheese Social. Sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society,

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VIDEOTAPED BEATING CAUSES COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATION

A disturbing videotape of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies viciously beating a suspected horse thief near Hesperia has caused County Sheriff John McMahon to order a departmental investigation of the incident. “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing, and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately,” McMahon said

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FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISORS REPRESENTATIVE ARRAIGNED

The former field representative for Third District County Supervisor James Ramos was arraigned yesterday on two complaints that he smuggled contraband into jail in February. Mike Lipsitz, 53, pleaded not guilty to both charges. County Sheriff John McMahon said Ramos immediately fired Lipsitz following his arrest February 4 for allegedly

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CHP WARNS ABOUT DROWSY DRIVING

Driving safely and responsibly is a responsibility for anyone on the road. Reporter Taylor Thacker says among other challenges, drowsy driving is a serious concern for the California Highway Patrol… Driving requires concentration and awareness at all times. This simple fact is why drowsy driving is extremely dangerous. CHP Commissioner

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CADIZ SETS ASIDE LAND FOR A DESERT TORTOISE PRESERVE

Cadiz Inc. agreed in March to set aside up to 7,400 acres of its 45,000 acres of land in the Mojave Desert as a land bank for the desert tortoise. Cadiz’s Fenner Valley Desert Tortoise Conservation Bank is located near the Mojave National Preserve and the Nevada border in an

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NEEDS WEED PULLERS TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree National Park vegetation crew is seeking volunteers for one more session to help with the control of the invasive Sahara mustard plant. Reporter Dan Stork says weed pullers are needed tomorrow… The non-native weed Sahara mustard is invading Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding communities. It has

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LOCAL WATER USAGE VARIATIONS COMPARED

Figures released by the state water board on April 7 show that the state as a whole did not get a good head start on the Governor’s call for a 25 percent water reduction. Californians reduced per capita use by 2.8 percent in February of this year, compared to the

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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A lone motorcycle rider was found dead east of Twentynine Palms yesterday. The county coroner says at about 2:49 p.m., the CHP responded to the area of State Route 62 at mile marker 111 in the rural area of Vidal Junction on a solo motorcycle accident. The decedent, a 50

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TWO CRITICAL AFTER YUCCA MESA AREA ALTERCATION

We have sketchy details about an attack in the Yucca Mesa area yesterday, that left two men critically injured. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, about 2 p.m. paramedics were called to a home on 1000 block of Yucca Mesa Boulevard, where they found that one man had been

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A WARNING ABOUT IRS SCAMS

Now that the end of tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS imposter scam tops the list of tax scams to be on the lookout for this year, according to law enforcement officials. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives tips on how

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TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two people were arrested Friday on drug charges following a traffic stop in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a car near Borrego and Papago Trail in Yucca Valley about 10:15 a.m. Friday. Inside the car were David Bixon, and Chantel Fellows, 27. Bixon was arrested

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HUMAN BONES FOUND IN THE DESERT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Human bones were found in the desert in Twentynine Palms Monday morning. According to Sheriff officials, the bones were spotted in the desert just east of Kern Boulevard, north of Highway 62, by a resident who was driving to work about 9 a.m. Officials say the bones appear to be

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