YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD HAS TWO OPEN SEATS

The Yucca Valley airport has two seats of its four seats up for election. Forms may be obtained from the County Elections Office, 777 East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the elections website, sbcountyelections.com, or call 909-387-8300.

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TONIGHT’S MEETING OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CANCELED

The July 14 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council has been canceled. The next meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28.

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION GETS 6 YEARS

Alex Gomez

The former school bus driver who pleaded guilty last month to possession of child pornography, and lewd acts with children on his school bus, was sentenced to six years in state prison Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, was sentenced to six years for each of the two counts of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT

The informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month is about the air. Reporter Dan Stork says two new members will be seated, too… The July 13 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features an informational presentation by Eldon Heaston, executive director of the Mojave

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING GUNS TO RELIEVE STRESS

A Yucca Valley man who tried to relieve some stress by shooting his firearms in his back yard was arrested Saturday night. About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, multiple calls were made to 911 saying that someone was shooting a gun in the 57800 block of Buena Vista Drive. The callers said

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DON’T BE FOOLED BY SCAM BANKING TEXTS

Local residents are being targeted by scam artists who are using text messaging to try and get your personal information. Reporter Sara Snyder joins us with this warning…

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it isn’t a surprise that scams quickly follow. One recent tactic is the use of scam

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SMOKE SEEN FROM FIRE NEAR MENTONE

The U.S. Forest Service announced Sunday that the cause of the Lake Fire, which burned 31,359 acres, was caused by humans, although the exact cause is still under investigation. Although the fire is 98 percent contained, contained does not mean “out” and smoke from the Lake Fire can still

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SNAKES ON ROADS

It might look like a stick, but it may be a fellow living creature. Ranger Cathy Bell says, be kind to snakes…

Imagine driving through Joshua Tree National Park at sunset on a summer evening. The rock formations are glowing golden. You have the windows down to enjoy the

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BASIN WIDE FOUNDATION AUCTION DONATIONS WANTED

The Basin Wide Foundation is asking for donations for its fundraising auctions during its 19th anniversary annual awards dinner, set for August 29. The Foundation plans to hold both a silent and live auction to support its philanthropic activities in the Morongo Basin. In addition, businesses are asked to sponsor

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SEEKS DONATIONS FOR POKER RUN FUNDRAISER

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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ROADWORK PROJECTS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND ON ROUTE 247

YUCCA VALLEY ROADWORK TO BEGIN THIS MONDAY

Major road work begins Monday in the Town of Yucca Valley. Paved roads in Western Hills in Yucca Valley will receive road maintenance slurry seal from July 13 through July 23. The contractor will provide notice to residences and businesses that are likely

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LAKE FIRE 98% CONTAINED

The Lake Fire that has raged in the San Bernardino Mountains since June 17 is still 98 percent contained, as of Friday. The fire has burned 31,359 acres (about 49 square miles), near Barton Flats, and has destroyed one home in the Burns Canyon area, along with three outbuildings. Six

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YUCCA VALLEY FREE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT SATURDAY

The Yucca Valley free summer concert series kicks of tonight on the softball fields at the Community Center Complex. Gary Daigneault will be the emcee and Z107.7 will be giving away Wet n’ Wild tickets to two lucky winners. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says this week’s band will bring some country

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TOURING LOCAL BAND KICKS OFF NEW CD RELEASE, PERFORMS TONIGHT

A local band that’s been on a national tour is back home in the desert this weekend to release its new CD, “Soul: How I keep Moving On.” Gene Jr. and the Family, is made up of Piper Robinson on the bass, Tyler Sacara on drums, Amanda Davis on backup

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“THE MAN FROM EARTH” OPEN AUDITIONS AT THEATER 29

Theater 29 will hold open auditions for the Sci-Fi Drama, “The Man from Earth” on Monday July, 13 at 6:30 p.m. Reporter Rebecca Havely has a breakdown of the roles to be cast …

Director Eddie Tucker will cast 10-12 actors in the following roles… John is a history professor

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SUMMER POPUP BOUTIQUE IN JOSHUA TREE

During the 1980s, Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles was the place to go for punks, rock stars, and bold-style junkies. One of the trend-setting shops was Neo 80, a boutique frequented by the likes of Madonna and Olivia Newton John. Klaus Wille and Lisa Elliot are reviving their Neo 80

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FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER CLOSES HIGHWAY IN EASTERN JOSHUA TREE

A fugitive on the run for the past 16 months shut down Highway 62 in Joshua Tree yesterday morning as he was arrested at gunpoint, accused of stabbing a man in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, Natividad “Manny” Fonseca, 34, was staying at a home in the

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TWO MORE ARRESTS FROM YUCCA VALLEY DRUG HOUSE RAID

Deputies arrested two more people Wednesday at a Yucca Valley house that was the location of a drug raid last week where three people were arrested on various drug-related charges. According to a sheriff’s report, deputies returned to the home in the 7400 block of Joshua View about 10:30 a.m.

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S STATION CAPTAIN SAYS GOODBYE

Former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary retired as captain of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station in June to take over as chief of police in Desert Hot Springs. Wednesday evening, Captain Mondary sent an open letter to the residents of the Morongo Basin, explaining his decision, and giving them

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