RANCHO MIRAGE MAN DIES IN KELSO ROAD CRASH

A Rancho Mirage man was killed in an early morning crash yesterday on a rural highway east of Twentynine Palms known as a shortcut to Las Vegas. At 3:37 a.m. Wednesday, a 911 call reported an accident on Kelbaker Road, just north of Interstate 40 in rural Kelso. The California

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DOG RESCUED FROM GRAY WATER PIT IN JOSHUA TREE

A scared and wet dog was rescued Monday afternoon from the yard of an abandoned home in Joshua Tree. County Fire Captain John Garber said two 55-gallon barrels were stacked on top of each other, with bottom of the uppermost barrel cut out, and then buried, to create a pit

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WARM WEATHER WILL BRING OUT BEES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

As the weather warm, the desert and its creatures begin to change as they prepare for the summer heat. Joshua Tree National park Ranger Pam Tripp has tips on avoiding some of the more bothersome… As the temperature rises and natural water sources dry up, many desert animals suffer from

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FREE DROP OFF FOR UNWANTED MEDICATIONS AND SHARPS AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a free drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. Every year, thousands of pounds of prescription drugs end up in landfills, posing a danger to the environment. Used sharps/needles are also a contamination and health threat if not disposed of properly. Sharps must

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IN A LATE CLOSED SESSION, TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER JOE GUZZETTA FIRED

In a move that took many by surprise, the Twentynine Palms City Council let City Manager Joe Guzzetta go last night. After the regular Council meeting, the council went into a late final closed session. When the results of actions at that session were revealed at 10:55 p.m., as per

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL: REAL ESTATE, DEVEOPMENT CODE, AND NEXT YEARS BUDGET

A wide-ranging Twentynine Palms City Council meeting started with the topic of invocations, and went on to real estate matters, Development Code policy, and next year’s budget. Reporter Dan Stork has details… City attorney Patrick Munoz opened the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting with an update on the Supreme Court

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LANDERS COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Landers couple was arrested Sunday after an argument turned physical. According to a Sheriff’s report, Sandra Venegas, 53, and her husband, Gene Lahue, 67, were arguing about 8 p.m. at their home in the 56600 block of Napa Road when Venegas said Lahue attacked her and tried to break

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TEMPERS FLARE, VOICES RAISED AT YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION

Voices were raised and tempers were flaring at last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. A few of the 30 residents present were angry that the commissioners held a public hearing, rather than a workshop as discussed at an earlier meeting on home occupation permits. About an hour

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT HOLDING NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS, TWO THIS WEEK

Hi-Desert Water District will host a series of neighborhood meetings about the proposed sewer project to collect community input and answer questions. Two meetings will be scheduled for each neighborhood in Yucca Valley. Meetings for the Old Town area will be held Thursday, May 15 at 2:30 and 5 p.m.

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CADIZ WINS ROUND ONE IN EFFORT TO PUMP WATER FROM MOJAVE DESERT

Round one for Cadiz…

An Orange County Superior judge ruled recently against environmentalists who challenged Cadiz Inc.’s plans to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to a southern California water agency. The Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association, among others, charged in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS A FIRE STAFFING REPORT

The meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Committee on Monday night was chock-full of community information. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: a report on fire staffing levels… Dave Benfield, the San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief for Zone 5, which includes the Morongo Basin,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PRESIDENT ON SHORT LIST FOR VICTORVILLE JOB

Copper Mountain College President Dr. Roger Wagner is one of the final candidates being considered for president of Victor Valley Community College. Victor Valley College officials say they have screened resumes of candidates for the school’s president/ superintendent opening and are preparing interviews. Wagner, who just got a three-year contract

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HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will focus on home occupations permits tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss regulations for home occupations or home-based businesses. The Planning Commission will discuss a

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

April had three scheduled litter clean-ups for the Joshua Tree Clean Team. There were an average of fifteen members for each of the trash cleaning days. Spokesperson Michelle Given said a hearty thank you goes out to Cythnia Heaton, Den Winberry, Steve McCourt, Bob and Mary Stechmann, Frieda Burdette, Ken

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MAJOR LIVE-FIRE, LARGE-SCALE EXCERCISES THIS WEEK ABOARD BASE

A combined-arms, live-fire, large-scale exercise will be taking place in our entire region this week starting today. During the Desert Scimitar exercise, Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th Marine Regiments, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

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A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of a stabbing another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, during an argument with the victim in the 6800 block of Center Lane in Joshua Tree, Fredick McElroy, 28, is alleged to have pulled a knife and cut

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MAKE-A-WISH REQUEST WILL SEE 13-YEAR-OLD FIRE A MARINE HOWITZER

What boy hasn’t dreamed about blowing stuff up? A 13-year-old boy from San Diego will have his dream come true tomorrow, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Marines with Third Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment at Twentynine Palms Marine base. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Ryan and his

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FIRE FIGHTERS SAVE HOME IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

Fire fighters were called out to a garage fire in the Flamingo Heights area of Yucca Valley early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, about 12:30, a two-car detached garage in the 56000 block of Luna Vista Lane caught on fire. Fire fighters aggressively attacked the fire

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TWO HELD AFTER ALLEGED GUN THREAT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Friday afternoon after another man said they threatened him with a gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mario Rabanales, 32, and Joey Arredondo, 21, went to a home in the 6400 block of Goleta Avenue in Yucca Valley shortly before 3:30 p.m. and confronted

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AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART

The California Highway Patrol works at improving the driving skills of motorists at all parts of the age spectrum. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells how older drivers can sharpen their abilities behind the wheel…

Morongo Basin Area drivers age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the upcoming Age

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