COUNTY APPROVES COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE

The few local residents who addressed the County Board of Supervisors were cautiously approving of the new solar development ordinance. Dan Stork describes their last requests… Since it was a consent agenda item, and no Supervisor requested additional discussion, the San Bernardino County ordinance on commercial solar development was approved

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SMALL FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE FROM SMOKING IN BED

San Bernardino County firefighters remind residents not to smoke in bed. Fire Captain Mark Murphy said Joshua Tree firefighters were called out about 6:50 this morning to the 62000 block of Mountain View Circle to put out a small fire caused by a man smoking in a sleeping bag. The

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD gets down to work with their newly formed board tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the CSD will reorganize and look at user fees… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, new board members Karen Lowe and Gayl Swarat, and incumbent

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COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS GOING DIGITAL

The county fire stations here in the Morongo Basin are joining the 21st century. According to Fire Captain Mark Murphy, the firefighters/paramedics in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa are in a pilot group and are among the first in San Bernardino County to transition their record-keeping from pen

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MILITARY DRUG TESTS GET TOUGHER ON “SPICE” USE

The military is getting tougher on testing for the use of “spice.” The Defense Department has changed its urinalysis tests to include the synthetic marijuana substance known as spice on its list of drugs to screen for. The move comes after an internal Pentagon study that found that about 2.5

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CHP RELEASES DETAILS ABOUT MILITARY-CIVILIAN CRASH LAST WEEK IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol has released details about the collision last week between a civilian pick-up truck and a military light armored vehicle. According to a CHP press release, Anthony Hall, 50, of Twentynine Palms was driving a red GMC Sierra eastbound on Highway 62 just east of Bonair Road.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday night, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 10 p.m., Douglas Shisler, 46, of the 6100 block of East Parkway Boulevard, suddenly hit his girlfriend in the mouth with a closed fist, causing her mouth to bleed. The

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

On the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight are more individual school plans, a musical performance, financial reports, and policy presentations. Dan Stork has details… The December 17 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins with a closed session at

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive Wednesday, December 18, in the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center, in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2. Blood donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation.

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AREA DEMOCRATS DEMAND YUCCA VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REOPEN

At Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, members overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling on the Yucca Valley Town Council to reverse last month’s decision to close the Morongo Basin’s only licensed marijuana dispensary. California Alternative Medicinal Solutions, or CAMS, had served medical marijuana patients from its location on

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MAN INJURED IN CRASH WITH MILITARY VEHICLE FRIDAY

Sketchy information today about a crash Friday evening between a military vehicle and civilian pick-up truck. According to County Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, a full-size Chevy pick-up truck, driven eastbound on Highway 62 by an unidentified middle-aged man, rear-ended a military light-armored vehicle, or LAV, also traveling eastbound on Highway

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COUNTY SPERVISORS SET TO FINALIZE COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE

The solar energy ordinance discussed at the last Board of Supervisors meeting is on the agenda for this week’s meeting. Dan Stork tells how you can view the meeting, and be a part of it… The ordinance on the regulation of commercial solar energy generation facilities, that was discussed at

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A BIZARRE SET OF BURGLARIES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Apparently a very hungry man was arrested in Yucca Valley Thursday morning after he allegedly stole food and drinks and other property from at least four locations. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, Joshua Beedie, 32, broke into the Circle K on Old Woman Springs Road about 3:30 a.m. and

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT IN SPECIAL MEETINGS ON GENERAL MANAGER APPOINTMENT

The Joshua basin Water Agency Board is still working on selecting a new General Manager to replace Joe Guzetta, who left to become the Twentynine Palms City Manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says some closed sessions are on tap… The Joshua Basin Water District board will hold two special closed session

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

The last Saturday of this December has been set for an annual Audubon Event. Ranger Pam Tripp sounds the bird call…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count. The count begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday,

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING

The Homestead Valley Community Council plans to continue the discussion of large-scale, commercial solar projects at its next meeting, Monday, December 16. Dawn Rowe, an aide to Congressman Paul Cook, plans to be at the meeting and will be able to answer questions about the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Recreation Area.

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JBWD SPECIAL MEETING

The Joshua Basin Water District has announced a special meeting for Monday December 16, at 5 pm. The Board of Directors will meet in closed session to discuss the appointment of a General Manager. That position has been vacant since Joe Guzetta resigned to become the City Manager in Twentynine

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MEET AND GREET CONGRESSMAN COOK

Come say hello to your Congressman. Diana Jones says it’s time meet and greet Paul Cook…

Congressman Paul Cook is having a “Meet and Greet” event in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valle yCommunity Center, on Monday evening December 16, from 5:30 to 7:30. If you are interested in

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THE FUTURE OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE

This Monday, December 16, Little League District 58 Administrator, Howard Reeves, will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the future of Twentynine Palms Little League. The primary purpose of the meeting is to find people who are interested in filling up key positions on the board of directors

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ROAD CHECKPOINT IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY

The Yucca Valley Police Department has been awarded a traffic safety grant for a program to prevent DUIs, and injuries and deaths related to DUIs. A grant of $18,860 was awarded to YuccaValley by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Managing editor Tami Roleff reports on an upcoming DUI/driver’s license

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