HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS PRELIMINARY PROPERTY OWNER COSTS FOR SEWER SYSTEM

At its meeting last night, the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors received a preliminary estimate for four options for property tax assessments facing property owners in the three phases of the proposed sewer project. The board will also be faced with the decision of using a contractor who can

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CAR FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS APARTMENT COMPLEX

Twentynine Palms fire fighters were called to a car fire in the early morning hours today. According to Fire Chief Jim Thompson, about 3:30 a.m., a fire started burning a Chevy Malibu under a metal carport at an apartment complex in the 6300 block of Bagley Avenue. A Mitsubishi Eclipse

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CRIMINAL NEGLECT OF HIS MOTHER

A Morongo Valley man was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of severely neglecting his elderly mother. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, Neville Chung, 58, and his sister brought their 93-year-old mother to the emergency room at Hi-Desert Medical Center about 9 p.m. Monday night because she was unresponsive. After

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ALMOST 100 ATTEND JOSHUA TREE LAND USE MEETING

A full house was on hand last night as the County hosted a meeting about Land Use Issues in Joshua Tree. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report……

Nearly 100 people turned out for last night’s County-sponsored Community Open House in Joshua Tree. The meeting was a follow-up

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PROTEST AGAINST COMMERCIAL SOLAR SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

Opponents of big solar are planning a protest Saturday afternoon in Joshua Tree. Opponents cite the threat to desert vistas, the demand on local water supplies, and the negative impact on tourism. The protest was originally conceived by members of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, but was expanded to include

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COUNTY FIRE SAYS HIGH WINDS BRING FIRE DANGER

With the high winds blowing through the Morongo Basin today, the San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents to be smart and safe about open flames. The high winds and low humidity result in a high fire potential, and the County suspends all burn permits when there is a high

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL REOPENS THE DISCUSSION ON VACATION HOME RENTALS

The process was so nice, they’re doing it twice—reopening the public discussion of vacation home rentals that Twentynine Palms pursued for 16 months in 2009 and 2010. Reporter Dan Stork says that the City Council talked about sculpture and archaeology, too…

As Interim Development Director Matt McCleary explained to the

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COUNTY HOSTS MEETING ABOUT JOSHUA TREE LAND USE TONIGHT

The County will hold a second Joshua Tree community meeting tonight. Topics will include the desired character of the community of Joshua Tree, environmental concerns, renewable energy, transportation, bike and pedestrian facilities, tourism, housing, and incorporation. The community is invited to participate from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March

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COUNTY FIRE PROMOTES DAN MUNSEY TO HIGH DESERT DIVISION CHIEF

County Fire Battalion Chief Dan Munsey of Yucca Valley, who serves as a Hi-Desert Water District Board member, was appointed as the High Desert Division Chief Saturday.

The High Desert Division ranges from the Inyo County line in the north, to the Nevada state line to the east, south

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES HAWK’S LANDING GOLF COURSE

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission gave a thumbs up to plans for the new Hawk’s Landing Golf Course last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at last night’s meeting and files this report…

The developers of the Hawk’s Landing at Blue Skies Golf Club got the go-ahead last night

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS NO CHARGES AGAINST SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN FATAL CRASH

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office announced Monday that it will not be pressing charges against the Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a fatal traffic crash in Twentynine Palms last year, in which a Perris man was killed. According to spokesman Christopher Lee, the DA’s office declined to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS VACATION HOME RENTALS, SCULPTURES, ROAD WORK

The subject of vacation home rental returns to the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Also up for discussion are approval of sculptures, and moving forward with road work on National Park Drive. Reporter Dan Stork explains…

An oddly-worded item on the agenda of the March 25 Twentynine Palms

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NEW ROUTE FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE, APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Applications are now available for entries for the 2014 Grubstake Days Parade. Applications are available 9 to 4:30 at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office, located in the California Welcome Center on the highway in Yucca Valley, or online at yuccavalley.org. Due to construction on the highway, the parade

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS COMMUNITY FAIR

With the planning for the annual Grubstake Days celebration moving into high gear, vendors and local non-profits are being sought. Reporter Taylor Thacker has details……

Our community’s traditional Grubstake Days is coming up again. The event, hosted by Hi-Desert Publishing, Z107.7 Radio, the Basin-Wide Foundation and the Town of Yucca

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

At the last Joshua Tree Clean Team efforts, the up-to-20-volunteer workers picked up 206 and 201 pounds respectively for an annual haul of 3 tons. The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow at Highway 62 and Sunny Vista. The team will start at 8 a.m.

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FOUR INJURED IN TWO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CRASHES

Two people were injured when their off-road vehicle went over a cliff in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. About 12:40 p.m., rescue personnel were called after the sand rail went over a 40-foot vertical cliff and rolled over in the hills east of the Joshua Tree dry lake bed. The female

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OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT SWEEP RESULTS IN 15 CITATIONS

An enforcement sweep of off-highway vehicles in the Morongo Basin Saturday resulted in 15 citations being issued. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Sheriff’s deputies, rangers from the Bureau of Land Management, and county code enforcement officers targeted areas where a large number of complaints have originated: Landers, Flamingo

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SHERIFF WARNS THEFTS FROM VEHICLES AND STOLEN VEHICLES UP

The Marengo Basin is seeing an uptick in both car burglaries and car thefts. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Northcutt has these tips…

Crimes of petty theft from vehicles and stolen vehicles are on the rise. The citizens of the Morongo Basin are being victimized more often lately by thieves taking

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VICTIMS OF TWO FATAL CRASHES THURSDAY IDENTIFIED

More information about the man who was killed in Twentynine Palms Thursday night while riding his bicycle. The CHP said 32-year-old Mickey Mroz was riding a BMX-style bicycle eastbound along the north shoulder of Valle Vista Road about 8:30 p.m. Ann Platzke, 31, of Twentynine Palms, was driving her 2007

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COUNTY LAND USE MEETING IN JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY

Although the County’s Land Use Services department has stood up the Morongo MAC a couple of times in recent months, LUS representatives are coming soon in another forum. Reporter Dan Stork has the topics for a community open house…

The San Bernardino Land Use Services department will hold a community

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