HOWSER HOUSE RENTAL OFFERING LACKS CITY PERMITS

Following a years-long process, the City of Twentynine Palms enacted a vacation home rental ordinance earlier this year. So when a web site offering a well-known city residence for rent came to our attention, we were curious about its official status. Reporter Dan Stork looked into it…

Wheelhouserental.com is an

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ONE ARREST FOR STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

At least one person was arrested Thursday night for strong arm robbery following an attempted shoplifting attempt at a Yucca Valley grocery store. According to a Sheriff’s report, two suspects, one later identified as Michael Rascon, 20, a transient, entered the “new” Stater Brothers store about 10:30 p.m. and tried

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SUMMER CAMPING

It’s hot for camping in Joshua Tree National Park. But Ranger Cathy Bell says, it’s not TOO hot…

Joshua Tree National Park welcomed a record 1.6 million visitors in 2014, and this spring the park was really hopping. Now that summer is here and it’s quieted down, it’s a great

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OPENING ARGUMENTS SCHEDULED FOR PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps of Joshua Tree. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Christy Utley Phipps, in the head in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista in Joshua Tree in January 2013. Phipps has

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GRAND JURY SAYS DEPUTIES FLIPPED CARS, AVIATION MISSED FILINGS

In their annual report, the County Grand Jury said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department employees purchased vehicles at lien sales and flipped, or resold them after the vehicles had been seized during investigations. The Grand Jury included the scheme in its report for fiscal year 2014-15, released this week. The

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FUGITIVE ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms man who eluded deputies Wednesday afternoon was arrested Thursday afternoon, after eluding deputies for a second time earlier that morning. According to Sheriff reports, a deputy spotted Christopher Jonas, 18, about 9:15 a.m. near Bagley and Tamarisk Avenues in Twentynine Palms, and tried to sneak up behind

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SHERIFF WARNS THEFTS FROM VEHICLES AND STOLEN VEHICLES ARE UP

The Morongo 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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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIREWORKS SHOW WILL GO ON AS PLANNED TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms fireworks show will go on as planned tonight. Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a fire at 11:38 p.m. Friday night in the box truck that was used to carry the fireworks to the show site at the junior high school. Firefighter Lane McGivern said the truck

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INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND MORE AT LUCKIE PARK

Twentynine Palms 4th of July celebration at Luckie Park is more than just the fireworks display. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the plans for their fun-filled schedule…

Luckie Park is the place to be this 4th of July. The swimming pool

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

COURTHOUSE CLOSED JULY 3

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

MBTA BUS WILL NOT RUN FRIDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will not operate service Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Regular service will resume Sunday,

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HOLIDAY CAUTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST OPEN FOR VISITORS, WITH CAUTIONS

While some portions of the San Bernardino National Forest have been impacted by the on-going Lake Fire near Barton Flats, most of the Forest is open to visitors, with some cautions:

Several campgrounds remain closed. You can see the full list

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NEW PRINCIPALS AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY AND 29 PALMS JUNIOR HIGH

Two of the larger schools in the Morongo Unified School Districts will have new principals in the coming school year.

Filling the position of principal at Onaga Elementary will be 8-year Morongo Unified School District veteran Kristen Mery. She has been at Onaga for all those years, where she

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FROM THE SHERIFF’S LOG: ROBBERY AND MULTIPLE WARRANTS

ARREST FOR ROBBERY OF ELDERLY MAN

A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from an elderly man. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robin Stotts, 51, took the man, who is frail and walks using a walker, to the bank, where he withdrew nearly $300 from

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FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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HELICOPTER SEARCH UNSUCCESSFUL FOR SUSPECT

Deputies called in a helicopter to help search for a suspect who fled following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a green Chevy Camaro traveling eastbound on Old Dale Road at a high rate of speed about 3 p.m. As

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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LAKE FIRE STALLS, NOW 70 PERCENT CONTAINED

For the last two days, the mammoth Lake Fire has stalled at 49 square miles, allowing hand crews and bulldozer operators to laboriously strengthen and extend their fires lines. As a result, 70 percent of the perimeter was surrounded by fire lines by last night. Fire officials are beginning to

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MARINE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, KIDNAPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine says he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man called at 9:13 p.m. to report that about a half hour earlier, he was sprayed with pepper spray and tasered by one suspect, while another man hit him over

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LAKE FIRE COULD INCREASE THREATS OF FLASH FLOODING

The Lake Fire, which has burned more than 31,000 acres in the beautiful stands of timber in the San Bernardino National Forest, could wreak more havoc on the high desert neighborhoods of Burns Canyon, Rimrock, and Pioneertown. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

“This was a devastating fire. It burned away

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