STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL

The Morongo Basin has some of the darkest skies, and the Starry Nights Festival Saturday, September 19, takes full advantage of the billions of stars on view. The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11, put on by the Yucca Mesa science camp. The Starry Nights Festival

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SITAR AND CELLO CONCERT AT HARRISON HOUSE

Harrison House will host an East/West chamber music concert 7 p.m. Sunday, September 20, by SANGAM, with sitarist Paul Livingstone and cellist Peter Jacobson. From Bach cello suites to Indian ragas and Latin grooves, Livingstone and Jacobson will present an eclectic mix of musical meditations and dynamic improvisations. Tickets are

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FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

One person was killed in an early morning crash in Yucca Valley. According to early reports, the traffic collision occurred at about 3:30 this morning at State Route 62 and Sage Avenue. Witnesses said the male rider was going east on the highway, missed the turn at Sage and hit

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SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN TELLS HOW TO REDUCE RISK FOR BURGLARIES

All areas of the Morongo Basin have seen an increase in the number of burglaries recently. Managing editor Tami Roleff says Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling offered some tips at Tuesday night’s Yucca Valley Council meeting to make it more difficult for crooks to burglarize homes and vehicles…

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THREE ARRESTED WITH DRUGS AND WEAPONS IN TWO INCIDENTS

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Wednesday following a routine traffic stop. About 3:15 p.m., a deputy stopped a car near Onaga Trail and Church Street in Yucca Valley for having an obstructed license plate. During the traffic stop, the deputy determined that Steven Komorowski, 27, and Jeffrey Smith, 23,

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FREE SURPLUS FEDERAL FOOD GIVEAWAY LOCALLY MONDAY

The third Monday of September is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, September

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive Saturday, September 19, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow screening

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FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

One person was killed in an early morning fatal crash in Yucca Valley . According to early reports the traffic collision occurred at about 3:30 this morning at State Route 62 and sage. Witnesses said the male rider was going east on the highway, missed the turn at Sage

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LOCAL COUNTY FIRE CHIEF SAVES A LIFE, AND NOT IN A FIRE

Yucca Valley resident and San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Steve Lasiter signed up to be a bone marrow donor about five years ago, during a bone marrow sign-up drive for Mark Gary, owner of Gary’s Tires in Joshua Tree. While he wasn’t a match for Gary, Lasiter was called

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DOMESTIC DISPUTE INCIDENT ESCALATES INTO VANDALISM

An argument between and boyfriend and girlfriend Monday escalated, and ended with a stolen dog, broken windows, and smashed items inside the home. According to a Sheriff’s report, Nieya Poellnitz, 32, was arguing with her boyfriend in the 7400 block of Deer Trail about 2:30 p.m. when Poellnitz deliberately broke

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AREA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER NEEDS YOUR HELP

Morongo Basin Unity Home is requesting your help. They are in need of donations in the form of household items as well as home furnishings and working appliances for its thrift store. All sales go directly to the immediate needs of victims of domestic violence. Please contact 760-366-8500 for more

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3RD BATTALION, 4TH MARINES REACTIVATES TODAY

Just 16 months ago, in May 2014, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment deactivated their battalion for the seventh time due to a reduction of forces to 175,000 Marines. However, due to increasing operational requirements around the world, 3/4 is being reactivated again. While the official reactivation date

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LAST WEEKEND TO SEE “MAN FROM EARTH” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 invites you to the final weekend of “Man From Earth;” the science-fiction drama finishes its run this weekend. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to reserve your seat… If you haven’t seen Theatre 29’s “Man From Earth,” there’s still time. This Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19,

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4.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS BIG BEAR

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit at 9:10 this morning about 8 miles south of Big Bear Lake. The shallow earthquake was centered near Horse Meadow, just south of Barton Flats, where the Lake fire burned in June. Residents felt it as far away as La Quinta and Beaumont, and said

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ARSON BLAMED FOR FIRE IN VACANT YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE

Fire investigators were called to a fire in a vacant building in Yucca Valley last night. About 9:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the 58200 block of 29 Palms Highway for an audible fire alarm. Smoke had filled the building, but when firefighters opened the doors, the smoke dispersed; the building’s

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TODDLER AND MOM ESCAPE INJURY IN YUCCA VALLEY ROLL-OVER, BUT NOT A TICKET

A woman and her toddler escaped serious injury when their vehicle hydroplaned and overturned on Old Woman Springs Road about 1 p.m. yesterday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the unidentified driver hit water on the road near San Juan Road and hydroplaned before going off the highway and rolling over.

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CHP WANTS YOUR CHILD SAFETY SEAT TO BE SAFE

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and the California Highway Patrol reminds motorists that children are required by law to ride in the back seat of a vehicle, in either a booster seat or car seat, until they are 8 years old, or are 4 feet, 9 inches

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FUTURE FOR THE HIGHWAY

Measure I is a county sales tax that municipal governments can use for transportation projects. In order to use the funds, local governments must identify projects and estimate the costs of the projects every year. At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council approved a resolution

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13-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED AFTER BEATING HIS MOTHER

A Yucca Valley boy who didn’t want to go to school Monday was arrested and sent to juvenile hall after he beat up his mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, the mother called law enforcement about 7 a.m. for help in getting her 13-year-old son to go to school. The

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MORONGO MAN ACCUSED OF SOLICITING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of soliciting a 12-year-old girl for sex. Police from New Hampshire contacted the San Bernardino Crimes Against Children division August 31 about a 12-year-old girl who was receiving lewd photos and messages from Christopher Pate, 20, of the 9000 block of Ole

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