COUNTY CONSIDERS APPEAL OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF SOLAR PROJECT

At its meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission is considering an appeal against a solar field project outside our area. Reporter Dan Stork says the hearing is interesting in a couple of respects… The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hear an appeal against a permit for

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OASIS OF MARA CONSTRUCTION

We were camping at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week, and read a notice that the visitor center in Twentynine Palms is temporarily in smaller quarters. Ranger Pam Tripp explains what’s going on…

Joshua Tree National Park is currently addressing the design and construction of seismic

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Valley Community Services District is offering free shuttle rides to Palm Springs on Saturday, February 21, so that Morongo Basin residents can help support the district’s fund-raising campaign for a new fire engine. Firehouse Subs on Ramon Road in Palm Springs will donate a portion of its proceeds

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SIGN UP FOR THE HEALTHY HEARTS RUN

The Annual Healthy Hearts Run is set for later this month. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells area runners how to sign-up…

Personal health and fitness are the themes of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Healthy Hearts 5K Run and 2K Family Health Walk. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BEING A VICTIM OF A SO CAL EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were visited by men who claimed to be employees of Southern California Edison. They actually were Edison employees, but Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some safety tips to help you guard against imposters and potential scams…

Southern California Edison employees carry photo ID badges while

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, February 16, at the Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567A Quailbush Road, about 1 ¾ miles south of Hightway 247 on Larrea Road.

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ART EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ART SHOW RECEPTION SATURDAY

The “Invention, Reinvention” art show, hosted by Copper Mountain College’s Art Program, will hold an artists’ reception tonight at the Ada Hatch Center from 6 to 9 p.m. “Invention, Reinvention” is a multi-disciplinary showcase of artworks by Morongo Basin residents and regional artists.

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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS, DAY OR NIGHT

FEE FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16.

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTIES

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH ACCORDION MUSIC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room in Yucca Valley Saturday night, and listen to Steve Shaw play his accordion. The music begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 14. Rose and Buster’s is located at 55834 29 Palms

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SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, February 14, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride.

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SHOPLIFTING, DRUGS, AND ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

ARREST MADE IN WALMART AT GUNPOINT

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and

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22 MARINES TREATED AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT ABOARD THE 29 PALMS BASE

Twenty-two Marines were treated for exposure to a fire-retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries. Marine Base representatives said an equipment malfunction caused the fire suppression system to go off inside an amphibious

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NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF YUCCA VALLEY BABY

An update on the homicide investigation into the death of a 4-week-old baby on Monday. Sheriff’s officials have confirmed that Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the case as a precaution. While the coroner has not yet released the cause of death, Sheriff’s officials do not suspect foul play

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL EXTENDS TIME FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEGOTIATION

With a legal deadline approaching, the Yucca Valley Town Council got more time from the proponents who successfully petitioned for an ordinance allowing medical marijuana. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at a special council meeting on the matter last night… As expected, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved an agreement

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FIREFIGHTERS SAVE TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE

An aggressive attack by Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Jim Thompson, Twentynine Palms firefighters, assisted by fire fighters from the Combat Center and Wonder Valley, were dispatched to a home in the 73000 block of Sun Valley Drive at 1:09 p.m. Upon arrival,

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, February 14, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone

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TRAINING MISHAP ABOARD THE COMBAT CENTER

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER

Twenty-two Marines sustained injures today while conducting training aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, were participating in Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 when a fire extinguisher system

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HOMICIDE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 4-WEEK-OLD BABY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Homicide investigators are investigating the death of a four-week-old baby boy in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies and paramedics were called to a home in the 8500 block of Amador about 4:30 a.m. Monday for a baby who was not breathing. Despite life-saving attempts, the baby

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL WANTS MORE TIME ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today. The sole item on the agenda is to approve an agreement with the proponents of the medical marijuana dispensary initiative. The agreement would buy more time for the council to continue its negotiations with the proponents

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE PURCHASE PUT ON HOLD—FOR NOW

The purchase of a new Fire Engine for Morongo Valley has been put on hold, for now anyway. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at last night’s CSD meeting, and explains… The board of directors for the Morongo Valley Community Services District put their discussion about a new fire engine on

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