HOSPITAL AND WATER DISTRICT CONTINUE WATER TREATMENT PACT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors approved an action during their October general meeting to ensure the continuation of management of its wastewater treatment plan by Joshua Basin Water District. HDMC retains ownership of the plant. A collaboration between Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD) and Hi-Desert Medical Center brought

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DESERT PROTECTION ACT CELEBRATION AT BIG MORONGO CANYON

Desert communities from all over California are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act, which increased protection for over 8 million acres of the California desert. Reporter Caitlin Logan tells about an event in Morongo Valley…

In celebration, The SummerTree Institute and Morongo Valley Community Services District

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS COUNT

Volunteers are needed for a one-day count of homeless persons living in the Morongo Basin. The Point-in-Time count is headed by Morongo Basin Haven, an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation. Volunteers will help identify locations where homeless people live, spend time, and receive services. The Point-in-Time count will be

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SENATOR VOWS TO PROPOSE TWO NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN OUR AREA

Senator Dianne Feinstein said she would be introducing new legislation on the first day of the new Congress next year to establish two new national monuments in the Mojave Desert—totaling more than 1.1 million acres—with most of that land in San Bernardino County. Legislation that Feinstein will propose would create

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDANT GETS PUBLIC INPUT ON PARK FEES

A small group at the Bell Center had a spirited back-and-forth about proposed fee increases for Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork says that Superintendent David Smith received some strong messages and constructive suggestions… David Smith, the Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park, started the town meeting on proposed

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11-YEAR-OLD BRINGS KNIFE TO SCHOOL, THREATENS OTHER STUDENTS

An 11-year-old boy who threatened to stab another student at school was arrested in Yucca Valley Wednesday afternoon. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, brought a miniature, 5 ½-inch sword to Yucca Valley Elementary School Wednesday morning and threatened to stab the other student “a million

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CHILD FOUND WANDERING

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested Wednesday after her two-year-old son was found wandering unattended about two blocks from home. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman on Rose Eden called the Sheriff’s department at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday to report she had heard what sounded like a cat screaming outside

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A CLEBRATION OF THE DESERT PROTECTION ACT IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Twenty years ago this fall, the California Desert Protection Act enlarged and re-designated Joshua Tree and Death Valley national monuments as national parks, established the Mojave National Preserve, and designated 69 new Bureau of Land Management wilderness areas. Reporter Caitlin Logan says the 20th anniversary of the California Desert protection

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CAR ROLLS OVER INTO HOUSE IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS MORNING

We have sketchy information about an early morning traffic crash in Yucca Valley. About 2:18, an unidentified male driver was traveling on Palomar Avenue near Onaga Trail when he lost control of his car, which overturned and rolled into a house on the west side of the street. The driver

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PAGEANT CELEBRATES 239TH BIRTHDAY OF THE MARINE CORPS TODAY

Today, Thursday November 6, the Combat Center will celebrate the Marine Corps 239th birthday by holding a pageant of uniforms at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Thursday. The pageant is to instill in all Marines a sense of pride based on the history passed from one generation to the

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INTERIM TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER LEAVING

Following any election, there is a cascade of changes as government officials move on or move out. Reporter Dan Stork says that one local musical chairs exercise involves state, county, and city government… Chad Mayes’ victory in the 42nd Assembly District race leaves County Supervisor Janice Rutherford without a Chief

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NO CHANGE IN RESULTS AFTER LATEST ELECTION FIGURES

Even with two local races relatively close, the latest figures from the county elections office showed no change in results. Of interest is the report shows that county-wide, more voters voted by mail than went to the polling place; 27.15% of registered voters in the County voted in Tuesday’s election.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 2: TRAFFIC LIGHTS WON’T SYNC

The Yucca Valley Town Council learned at its meeting Tuesday night that CalTrans’ traffic signal synchronization project has hit a little snafu. The software program has been installed, but, it’s not working. CalTrans hopes to get it up and running soon, however. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us for part

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COMPLETE LOCAL PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS

Here are the preliminary results from yesterday’s elections; provisional and some absentee ballots remain to be counted. Two races are relatively close, but are unlikely to change:

Yucca Valley Town Council: Rick Denison, Merl Abel, and Bob Leone. Twentynine Palms City Council: John Cole, Dan Mintz, and McArthur Wright (Adam

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, PART 1 OF 2

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy session last night, Managing Editor Tami Roleff breaks her report into two parts. Today, in the first part, she focuses on an appeal of a Planning Commission ruling… After considerable discussion, and some hard questions of Town staff and the business

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN KILLED IN JOSHUA TREE CAR VERSUS PEDESTRIAN CRASH IDENTIFIED

The Coroner’s office has identified the Yucca Valley woman who was killed as she tried to cross the highway in Joshua Tree Saturday morning. Brenna Hampson, 20, was standing in the fast lane of eastbound Highway 62 about 6:15 a.m., east of Whitefeather Road. Hampson was attempting to cross the

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WORRIES OVER FLOOD CONTROL IN JOSHUA TREE

In the wake of September’s flash floods in Joshua Tree, the County’s Department of Public Works movement of dirt left some locals unsatisfied. Reporter Dan Stork describes the bureaucratic cracks into which further improvements are falling… At October’s Morongo Basin MAC meeting, local residents complained to Supervisor James Ramos about

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS $7.2 MILLION GRANT

The Hi-Desert Water District learned that it was awarded a $7.2 million grant through the Mojave Water Agency that it will use to replace water mains. The grant was awarded by the Department of Water Resource’s Integrated Regional Water Management, and was part of $221 million awarded to 27 projects,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of sexually molesting a young girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called 911 shortly before 2 a.m. to report that her sister had been molested by a man across the street in the 62100 block of Crestview Drive in

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PUBLIC’S HELP NEEDED TO FIND CRITICAL MISSING PERSON

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man. On Sunday, November 2, at about 3:30 in the afternoon, William Starr, 65 years old, a white male adult, 5 feet 6 inches, 195 pounds, left his residence 58000 block Stearman Road, Landers, in his 1986

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