CHP LOOKING FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO HIT BICYCLIST IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is searching for a driver who hit a bicyclist in downtown Joshua Tree and then fled the scene. According to the CHP, Johnathan Cozart, 22, of Joshua Tree was riding his bicycle northbound on Park Boulevard at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday. As Cozart entered the intersection of

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MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT IN STOLEN BIG RIG CAB

Sheriff Deputies arrested a man who was driving a stolen semi-trailer truck cab at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department was notified that a stolen big rig was being driven southbound on Old Woman Springs Road. Deputies tracked the stolen truck as it turned eastbound on

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EASTER FUN IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE, AND MORONGO VALLEY

Easter hunts and activities are planned all over the communities of our Morongo Basin this weekend. Tomorrow, events will be held in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley, then on Sunday in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells us what is going on in Yucca Valley tomorrow… The Town

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ABOUT 50 ATTEND COUNTY ENERGY WORKSHOP

A county renewable energy workshop was held in Yucca Valley last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and says the turnout was pretty good…… About 50 people turned out for last night’s renewable energy workshop in Yucca Valley. Sponsored by the San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation,

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MAJOR EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps will be practicing a drill to evacuate civilians during a training exercise on board the CombatCenter Friday, April 18. In this exercise, Marines will simulate real-life scenarios where non-combatants need to be evacuated from a potentially hostile area. The “civilians” will be evacuated using helicopters and Osprey

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SKELETON CREW BATTLES A WONDER VALLEY FIRE

A skeleton crew of firefighters battled a fire in Wonder Valley yesterday. Wednesday morning at 9:50 the crew assigned to Medic Brush Patrol 45 in Wonder Valley received a call for a structure fire a few miles east of their station and firefighters could see heavy smoke coming from the

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO HIRE SEWER CONTRACTOR, STATE APPLICATION CLOSE

The Yucca Valley proposed sewer project is estimated to cost about $140 million. So far, the Hi-Desert Water District has received grants totaling $7 million. The water district hopes to get more grants and a low-interest loan from the State Revolving Fund for the remaining $133 million. Managing editor Tami

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CRASH CLOSES THE GRADE LAST NIGHT

A two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade closed Highway 62 for about two hours Wednesday night. About 9:20, two cars collided in the steep, winding section of the westbound highway just north of Indian Canyon. The roads were closed at Hess Boulevard in Morongo Valley and re-opened about 11:20. One

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FENDER-BENDER LEADS TO DUI ARREST

A fender-bender in a grocery store parking lot resulted in a drunken driving charge against one of the drivers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Darrin Bergeron, 41, of Twentynine Palms, was allegedly involved in a collision in the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers parking lot about 5:30 PM Wednesday. Witnesses said

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VICTIM IN SUNDAY NIGHT JOSHUA TREE CRASH DIES, MORE DETAILS OF CRASH

One of the victims of a horrific DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening has died, and four others—including a 1-year-old toddler— remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Angela Matthews, 25, a passenger in a red 2011 Mazda 6 driven by her husband, Christopher Matthews, 28, died at Desert Hospital in

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ALLOCATES COMMUNITY FUNDS, STILL NO TOWN MANAGER

Yucca Valley still has no Town Manager….The Town Council met last night., Managing Editor Tami Roleff said community funds were announced and speed limits were lowered…

Despite an agenda that said the Yucca Valley Town Council would meet in closed session last night to consider the appointment of an employee

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE TANK OFFICER TO GET PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

A Marine Corps tank officer from the Twentynine Palms base who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

Captain Christopher Ashinhurst, who received the Bronze Star in January 2014 for

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, TEACHERS RAISES APPROVED

Teachers and substitutes for the Marengo Unified School District got a pay raise at the Board of Education’s regular meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…

A standing-room-only crowd of mostly parents and students were treated to a performance by the Japanese Dan Group of Joshua Tree Elementary

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AN ARREST AFTER A FIGHT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

A fight at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday morning led to the arrest of a man for felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Charles Whitehead, 36, of Oroville, and Jennifer Boatright, 26, of Yucca Valley, were waiting for the Yucca Valley Library to open about 10:30 a.m.

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DEATH PENALY SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY CARJACKING-MURDER

The District Attorney’s office announced in court Friday that it intends to seek the death penalty against the men accused of murdering a 33-year-old Beaumont man following a carjacking in Yucca Valley. Jose Gomez, 20, and Bryan Valle, 19, both of Earlimart, are accused of stealing a car in Wasco

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS OF HOMELESSNESS AND MUCH MORE

The April meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council centered on homelessness. Reporter Dan Stork says that it ranged far beyond that, taking in traffic safety, solar energy, road conditions, and more…

Homelessness was the topic of the featured informational presentation at the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting

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DETAILS ON 4-VEHICLE CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The California Highway Patrol has released the identities of those involved in a four-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley Saturday night. At 8:59 p.m., Alan Boggs, 67, of Joshua Tree, was driving his 2014 Ford Mustang westbound on Highway 62 when he drove through a red light at Yucca Mesa Road

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YVTC MEETS: MAY NAME NEW TOWN MANAGER

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says they may name a new in-house Town manager….. Among the items on the consent agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will be asked to approve a secondhand dealer’s license

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Y.V. SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT HITS A GLITCH

The new senior housing project in Yucca Valley had a minor setback Sunday. According to County Fire Captain Mark Murphy, the pre-fab units were being stored on wood cribbing, about 3 and a half feet off the ground, near the basketball courts behind the Yucca Valley Community Center. Murphy said

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THREE MULTI-VEHICLE CRASHES WITH FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES

One person was killed, and at least a dozen people were injured in three separate crashes over the weekend. Sheriff officials say that about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a Honda Fit driven by LaVerne Romero of Cathedral City was driving westbound on Two Mile Road when she ran the stop

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