RECKLESS DRIVING BLAMED FOR MORONGO GRADE CRASH MONDAY

The California Highway Patrol has released additional information about the two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade Monday afternoon that closed the highway. According to the CHP, Juan Ibarra, 20, of Twentynine Palms was driving a red 2007 Chevrolet Silverado westbound in a reckless manner when he lost control of his

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SHERIFF LOOKING FOR LAUNDRY BURGLAR

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of burglarizing Joshua Tree Laundry last November. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the woman broke into the Laundromat after hours November 19. Video surveillance shows the suspect stealing quarters from a locked box inside, and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET: COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT PROGRAM APPROVED

Budgetary issues dominated discussions at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: The budget review, Knott Sky Park improvements, and the community reinvestment program…

In a mid-year budget review, Finance Director Ron Peck told the Twentynine Palms City Council

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS TAKE COUNTY WIDE-RISE TRAINING

Yucca Mesa firefighters took part in a county-wide training drill in a warehouse Monday in Victorville. Known in firefighter parlance as a “wide rise,” the 800,000 square foot warehouse was a different challenge for the firefighters who are more used to fighting house and wildfires.

Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Weber from

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY MEETS, STARTS STEPS FOR ANNEXATION

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…

At last night’s meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, the Board of Directors authorized funds for document preparation and a financial audit of County Special Districts as the Agency moves

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TWO-VEHICLE CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE SENDS FIVE TO THE HOSPITAL

A two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade Monday afternoon sent one person to the hospital, injured four others, and shut down Highway 62 for about 1 ½ hours. According to a CHP website, a silver Civic being driven down the grade hit the center divider and flipped around about ½

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MARINE CORPS CONDUCTING ACTIVE SHOOTER EXCERCISES

The Marine Corps will be conducting an active-shooter exercise on board the Combat Center starting today (Tuesday) through Friday. The drill is a regional anti-terrorism force protection exercise which will deploy first responders, a crisis action team, an emergency operation center, and a communication control center. The location of the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, LOOKS AT COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT PLAN

Sprucing up community businesses, the city budget, and dog park status are all on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council tonight. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else is doing…

Prior to its 6 p.m. meeting on February 25, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a workshop at

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BEWARE OF GRAND JURY SCAM

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury warns residents that scammers are asking people to pay money due to missing a summons for a grand jury appearance. A resident was recently contacted by an alleged Sheriff’s lieutenant, who said an arrest warrant had been issued because the person had failed to

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SECOND PHASE OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STARTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley has begun the second phase of its highway construction project, the Transportation Congestion Relief Program. The first phase included raised medians from Kickapoo Trail to Elk Trail, and from Cherokee Trail to Apache Trail. The second phase includes sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and handicap ramps from

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FORMER COMPTON POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY SPOUSAL ASSAULT

A former Compton police officer who used to help put criminals in jail is himself behind bars today. Retired officer Thomas Zampiello, 67, of Yucca Valley, was arrested Friday afternoon after his wife told Sheriff’s deputies he threatened her and rammed her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, Zampiello went

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COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS CLASS OFERRED BY COUNTY FIRE

If a disaster happened in your community, who would be there to help? Well, it could be you. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team…

If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you

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ON GOLDEN POND OPENING A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

The St. Joseph’s Players held their opening weekend of “On Golden Pond” this past weekend at St. Joseph’s of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. The opening night Gala on Friday was sponsored by the Gladys Carols Scholarship Program. Ticket sales, donations, and auction proceeds raised more than $2,300 for the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS HELENDALE SOLAR FIELD TOMORROW

While there is nothing on the agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting that directly impacts the Morongo Basin, there is an item that may be a preview of coming attractions for our area. Reporter Dan Stork focuses on a solar project in Helendale that is

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DESERT GUILDS QUILT SHOW SET FOR PALM SPRINGS MARCH 7-8

“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show to be held in Palm Springs March 7 and 8. The show will feature 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables in Yucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area.

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PHENOLOGY WORKSHOP IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Not to be confused with “phrenology,” the pseudo-science of analyzing a person by feeling the bumps on his head, “phenology” is the science of seasonal biological changes, in relation to climate. Ranger Pam Tripp tells how you can learn to become a “citizen scientist” in this specialty…

Do you love

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OPENING NIGHT GALA FOR “FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY”

Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” is Friday, February 28. The play, directed by Theatre 29 veteran Marty Neider, is a fast-paced comedic farce about five British ladies who present the “whodunit,” “Murder at Checkmate Manor” and

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FREE HEART-TO-HEART LUNCHEON FOR MILITARY WOMEN

The deadline for signing up for a luncheon honoring women with military connections is coming up. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how to do it…

Active duty military women and the wives of active duty military from Twentynine Palms will be honored at a luncheon in Cathedral City in March.

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MAC WORKSHOP ON PROJECT NOTIFICATIONS

Charges of sloppy, misleading, and inadequate public notification about housing, solar, and retail projects were made at the last meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. In an effort to improve the situation, the Land Use Services committee of the MAC is holding a public workshop Monday morning February

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STEM SCHOLARSHIPS

College scholarships for science, technology, engineering, and math are available through the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how to apply…

College bound local high school seniors may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship from the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Multiple scholarships are available for what are called

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