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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COUNTERFEIT BILLS FOUND

Counterfeit bills were found in a vacant home in Yucca Valley Tuesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the home in the 55400 block of Onaga Trail was in foreclosure, and when an employee from the foreclosure company went to the home about 3:30 Tuesday, he found a safe with

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AUDITIONS SET FOR “WAIT UNTIL DARK” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 announces auditions for their third show of the 2015 season. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast break down… Theatre 29 director Ben Bees will hold open auditions for the suspense thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. He is looking to cast five to

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GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE OPEN LATE FOR SATURDAY ART CRAWL

Gallery 62, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council’s gallery in downtown Joshua Tree, will be open late Saturday, February 14, for an artists’ reception. Five artists will be featured at the gallery this month: paintings by Marcia Geiger, Lenne Rosen-Kabe and Susan Abbott; ceramics by Ed Keesling; and black and

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TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two people were arrested following a high-speed police pursuit that started in Apple Valley and ended in Landers Tuesday afternoon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, about 1:30 p.m., deputies noticed that a white Honda was being driven without any license plates, and attempted a traffic stop on Highway 18 in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES VACATION HOME RENTALS IN 4-HOUR MARATHON

A full agenda for the Twentynine Palms City Council produced a meeting almost four hours long. Reporter Dan Stork tells what went down, starting with the passing of the long-discussed vacation home rental ordinance…

Vacation home rental ordinance approved

The Twentynine Palms City Council devoted the largest block of time

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NATIONAL PARKS FREE THIS PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND

To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, Joshua Tree and all 405 National Parks are waiving entrance fees on this Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16. Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are reminded that the weather in February can be unpredictable and temperatures may fluctuate. When hiking or walking, always

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD TO HEAR FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board meets tomorrow in first a study, then regular session. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet in a special study session at 10:30 tomorrow morning. The two items on the study session are budget development and

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BURGLARY REPORT RESULTS IN ARREST FOR DRUGS

A report of a burglary in progress resulted in the arrest of a Joshua Tree man for allegedly having drugs in his possession. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a passer-by called to report at least one man was breaking into a home near Sunset Road and Division Street in Joshua

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PROPOSED DESERT PROTECTION ACT WOULD AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create two new national monuments in our region of the California desert and designate six new wilderness areas. The California Desert Protection Recreation Act of 2015 seeks to create the Mojave Trails National Monument, protecting 942,000 acres of federal land between Joshua

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VACATION RENTALS AND SOCIAL HOSTING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT

A social host ordinance and vacation home rentals are among the items on a busy agenda for the Twentynine Palms City Council. Dan Stork has the full list… Three public hearings head the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council on February 10. A social host ordinance, concerning consumption of

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HOUSE AND VEGETATION FIRES KEEP FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY

A Landers home is a total loss after an early morning fire today. Fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and CalFire were called to a single-family residence in the 55000 block of Sunnyslope at 4:38 this morning. Captain Jay Dimoff said the home was fully involved in

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MOSTLY ROUTINE MEETING FOR THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission looks at a site plan extension and development code tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff looks at the agenda… It’s a routine meeting tonight for the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. The first item on the agenda is a request for a three-year time extension for a

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN DETAINED, THREATENS ANOTHER WITH A KNIFE

A Yucca Valley man with a history of violence was arrested Sunday evening, accused of threatening another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man called the Sheriff’s Department shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday to report that David Hopkins, 33, had pulled a knife on him in

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