MORE PHONY MONEY PASSED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Another phony $20 bill was passed in Yucca Valley Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a customer gave a Yucca Valley grocery store clerk the fake bill about 9 p.m. The clerk discovered the bill was counterfeit; the customer said he had gotten it from either a Yucca Valley restaurant

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SKY’S THE LIMIT DISCOVERY NIGHT FOR EDUCATORS

Sky’s the Limit is hosting a free, hands-on learning experience for educators of all levels on Sunday, October 4 from 5 to 9pm. Instructors will start the evening with a walk on the Nature Trail and continue with a stroll through the Solar System via a scale model called an

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“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” OPENED AT THEATRE 29

This creepy, kooky hit musical is directed by the multi-Desert Theatre League award-winning team of artistic and musical director, Kathyrn Ferguson, and choreographer Derik Shopinski. The musical comes to life Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 2 through Halloween night, October 31. Two sunday matinees are scheduled for October 18

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D.U.I. IN LA PUENTE

A La Puente man was arrested Thursday, accused of driving under the influence, running a stop sign, having an open container of alcohol, and not having his children in car seats. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw Jose Abundis, 30 run a stop sign at Yucca Trail and

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SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING 70-YEAR-OLD YUCCA VALLEY MAN

UPDATE 2 p.m.:

Bud Main was located by the California Highway Patrol this morning in Banning. He was found in good health. His caregiver said that someone had given him a cane and he had been treated very kindly by those people he met in his adventure. His caretaker said

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED IN JOSHUA TREE THURSDAY NIGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating shots fired in Joshua Tree late Thursday night. About 11:45, a deputy on patrol heard five shots and saw the muzzle flashes, in the area of the Joshua Mobile Estates in the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway. Deputies were unable to determine if the

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20TH ANNUAL MORONGO BASIN ORCHID FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

This weekend, October 3 and 4, marks the 20th year of the Orchid Festival in Landers. The festival, held at Gubler’s Orchids, 2200 Belfield Boulevard in Landers, will feature tethered hot air balloon rides on Saturday for only $10; get a bird’s-eye view of the desert! Also Saturday, a fireworks

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RESIDENTS PROPOSE 1 PERCENT SALES TAX IN YUCCA VALLEY

A committee of Yucca Valley residents has started an initiative petition for a one percent sales tax that would be used to reduce the costs associated with the proposed sewer project. The initiative proponents—Lori Herbel, Sabrina Peukert, and Nancy Haynych—say that the one-percent sales tax would generate $161 million over

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TRASH CLEAN UP DAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

The City of Twentynine Palms and Burrtec will hold a trash clean-up day Saturday, October 3, from 9 to noon. Residents may bring household trash in bags (no garbage), scrap metal, appliances, and mixed recycling such as paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard. All wood must be shorter than 4

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CORONER IDENTIFIES VICTIM OF FATAL CRASH WITH SCHOOL BUS

The Coroner’s Office has released the name of the driver who was killed in a crash with a school bus last week. Lawrence “Larry” Parker, 57, of Joshua Tree, was driving his 1993 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck westbound on Alta Loma about 7 a.m. Friday when a school bus,

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MORONGO VALLEY FINANCES: GOOD NEWS AND MAYBE NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS

Morongo Valley residents heard the results of a special study on the community service district’s finances. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said there was some good news, and some maybe not-so-good news…

Morongo Valley residents learned last night results of a Special Study of their Community Services District by the Local Agency

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JOSHUA TREE MAN WANTED ON BURGLARY WARRANT ARRESTED

A sharp-eyed deputy spotted a wanted felon walking in Joshua Tree and arrested him on a warrant and for possession of an illegal weapon. According to a press release, the deputy saw Paul Nagy, 21, walking near Sunset Road and Desert Air Road about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. The report states

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SMOKING CESSATION CLASS AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a free smoking cessation program. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to sign up…

If you’re ready to kick the habit of smoking this class is for you. It’s a free six-week cessation program at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in the Helen Gray Education

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FREE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKES IN BARKER DAM

An artist in residence at Joshua Tree National Park will lead three free photography hikes at Barker Dam this weekend. Anyone with any type of camera—even a cell phone camera—is invited to take part in the 45-minute hike led by Luke Matjas. Matjas is the chair of art and performing

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CORONER IDENTIFIES VICTIM OF FATAL CRASH WITH SCHOOL BUS

The Coroner’s Office has released the name of the driver who was killed in a crash with a school bus last week. Lawrence “Larry” Parker, 57, of Joshua Tree, was driving his 1993 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck westbound on Alta Loma about 7 a.m. Friday when a school bus,

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SHERIFF’S LOOKING FOR MAN WHO ROBBED HOME DEPOT

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who robbed Home Depot Monday, and when confronted by store employees, told them he had a gun. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the suspect left the Yucca Valley store by the emergency exit about10:30 a.m. Monday with several hundred dollars worth of

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SUPERVISORS RAMOS HOSTS LOCAL LUNCH

Approximately 60 local residents came by the county government building in Joshua Tree on Tuesday to have their hands shaken by Third District Supervisor James Ramos, eat his sandwiches, and tell him their concerns. Reporter Dan Stork tells more about the meet-and-greet…

In the middle of a scheduled two-hour lunchtime

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MARINE BASE TO RELEASE DESERT TORTOISE HATCHLINGS

About 35 young desert tortoises will be released into the wild today, September 30, in a ceremony on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The baby tortoises, which are about 9 years old, have been raised in a “head start” program on the base since 2006 as part of

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MARK CALENDAR FOR OKTOBERFEST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Save the date for the third annual Oktoberfest and fall festival in Yucca Valley. Set for Saturday, October 10, the festival will feature a the American Bavarian Brass Band out of Beaumont, who will play polkas, marches, waltzes, schottisches, and Rheinlanders. Master of ceremonies and bergermeister will be Tom Huls

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MORONGO BASIN ORCHID FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The 20th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the event brings a unique array of sights and sounds… The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival promises to be a treat not just for the nose, but also for the ears and tongue. The high-energy sound of

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