YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: POOL, BUDGET AND A 5-YEAR PLAN

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. A swimming pool lease, emergency plan, and divvying up a surplus are all on the agenda. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details… After presentations by the Boys and Girls Club and a season recap of the community services department, the

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MARINE HELD FOR TRIAL FOR DOUBLE FATAL DUI HIT AND RUN

The Twentynine Palms Marine accused of killing a prominent dentist and his wife in a DUI crash in May will be formally arraigned next week. In the second day of preliminary hearings in a San Bernardino courtroom, Judge Katrina West heard four additional prosecution witnesses and one defense witness testify

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SHERIFFS SEEK MAN WHO THREW ELDERLY MAN TO THE GROUND

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who threw an elderly man to the ground during a burglary in Yucca Valley early Monday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, a resident in the 7300 block of Barberry, who left his front door open for his cat, woke up just

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOR SEX

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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WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL “TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2015 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The popular annual event is a fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree Foundation with proceeds going to local charities, community

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS ABOUT CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION

There are two informational presentations at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting this month. Reporter Dan Stork says they are about land conservation and public transportation… The September 14 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features two informational presentations. First, Frazier Haney will tell about new events of the

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HEARING CONTINUED ON MARINE ACCUSED IN DUI THAT KILLED TINERS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A preliminary hearing will continue today in the manslaughter case against Mariah Natividad, the 22-year-old Marine accused of driving under the influence and killing Lonnie and Patricia Tiner of Twentynine Palms in May. Three witnesses testified Thursday, with at least three more scheduled for today. According to the California Highway

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SHERIFF HOMELESS OUTREACH AND PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

The Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement team tries to stop the revolving door of arrest and incarceration, following the release of inmates who have nowhere to go. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the HOPE team also works with the homeless to get them off the streets… The Sheriff’s

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STATE WATER BOARD TO DISCUSS YUCCA VALLEY WASTEWATER DISCHARGE

Among items of local interest at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin, board Meeting September 17, the board of directors will issue waste discharge requirements for the Hi-Desert Water District. The meeting will be held at 9 am. September 17, at the California Regional Water Quality

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YUCCA VALLEY YOUTH COMMISSION RECRUITMENT

Yucca Valley teenagers can have a voice in the services offered by the Town. Reporter David Knutson calls for applicants to the Yucca Valley Youth Commission…

Did you know the Town of Yucca Valley has a Youth Commission? Students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley

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JOSHUA TREE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Joshua Tree International Film Festival will bring stars to the desert under the stars for three days in September. Maya Taylor from “Tangerine,” Jason Momoa from “Game of Thrones,” Bruce Greenwood from “Mad Men” are just a few of the big names who will be at the film festival

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AN ONLINE EMPLOYMENT SCAM

A Twentynine Palms woman is out $12,000 after falling victim to another Internet scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman found a job online that said she would be paid $3,500 a month. But first, she had to set up a bank account and transfer funds from the company’s

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RALLY FOR THE CURE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A “Rally for the Cure” (of Breast Cancer) event is coming Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to Jacobs Park in Yucca Valley. The event is sponsored by the Morongo Basin Tennis Association in the format of a Mixed Doubles Rotation Tournament on the lower tennis courts at

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WATER – TOO MUCH AND TOO LITTLE

In the summer here, we can simultaneously have too little and too much of our most precious resource. Ranger Pam Tripp talks about water in the desert…

The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry, hot, summer desert. Visitors to Joshua

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REP. PAUL COOK VOTES TO REJECT IRAN DEAL

Paul Cook, the Congressional Representative for the district that includes the Morongo Basin, has registered his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal supported by President Obama. Cook has voted against a House of Representatives resolution that would approve the deal, and for resolutions that criticize the President’s actions with respect

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ASSAULT, DRUGS, AND THEFTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

ROOMMATE DISPUTE LEADS TO ASSAULT ARREST A dispute between roommates in Twentynine Palms resulted in the arrest of a woman after she was accused of pulling a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Brandy Martinez, 42, was arguing with another woman in the 74100 block of Pinon Drive. The report

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ABCS OF WATER

The Mojave Water Agency, the regional water consortium, has an ongoing educational program. Reporter David Knutson says that the next ABCs of Water is happening soon…

The next ABC’s of Water session set for Tuesday, September 22 from 5:30-7:00 PM is a demonstration garden tour and workshop. The Mojave Water

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“MAN FROM EARTH” SUNDAY MATINEE AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29’s current production, “The Man from Earth,” directed by Eddie Tucker, runs weekends through September 19 with a matinee this Sunday. This thought-provoking play centers on Professor John Oldman as a party in his honor turns into an interrogation as he reveals to his colleagues that he is an

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TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

It’s mid-September, so it’s time to get your yum on! Managing Editor Tami Roleff previews the lineup at the Taste of Morongo Basin tonight…

The Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo Basin is tonight! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree, the extremely popular event will be held from 6

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ANOTHER NEAR-DROWNING OF A CHILD, THIS TIME IN JOSHUA TREE

There was another near-drowning of a child in a pool yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman was sitting with her 3-year-old daughter out by the spa at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 2 p.m. The report states the woman looked at the Bhakti Fest schedule for less

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