DEDICATION OF TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE TO MAC DUBE SET FOR APRIL 17

The official dedication of the Twentynine Palms post office as the Colonel M.J. “Mac” Dube USMC Post Office Building is set for Friday, April 17, starting at 8 a.m. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley authored a bill-signed by the president last December-to rename the post office in honor of

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SCHOOL DISTRICT PAYROLL WORKER ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

An employee with the Morongo Unified School District was arrested last month, accused of embezzling from the district. Administrators called police about possible embezzlement on November 12, 2014. Superintendent Tom Baumgarten told Z107.7 shortly after, that the employee–whom he refused to name, but who is now known to be Karin

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TWENTYNINE MAN A VICTIM OF A CRAIGSLIST SCAM

A Twentynine Palms resident is out $2000 due to a Craigslist scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim tried to buy a 2001 Dodge 1500 truck, and the seller requested the buyer send the funds via ReLoadIt, a prepaid debit card. When the seller requested more money for the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING DURING CAR CHASE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost,

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A MODERATE WILDFLOWER SEASON BEGINS

Warmer wetter weather is bringing a moderate wildflower season to our desert region. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the wildflowers are already starting to show their colors in Joshua Tree National Park… Rain fell somewhere in the Basin every month since November; and while experts aren’t predicting a banner year, this

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FORMER COUNSEL FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS TRIBE SENTENCED IN KICKBACK SCAM

Edward “Gary” Kovall, the former general counsel for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, was sentenced February 24 to two years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bribery in a construction kickbacks scheme, according to the tribe. Kovall represented the tribe that operates Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT AFTER SHOOTING AT EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost,

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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA JUNE 2

The Yucca Valley Town Council said good-bye to County Fire Division Chief Dave Benfield at its meeting last night, and welcomed Division Chief John Chamberlin who will be taking his place. Benfield, who will be retiring March 20, has been division chief of the South Desert Region for about 1

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SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT LANDERS STORE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in Landers over the weekend, in which the burglars broke through a wall of a store. Sometime Sunday night, burglars cut a hole in the wall and stole cash, lottery tickets, and $2600 in cigarettes from Mojave Liquor in the 200 block of Old

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO CASH STOLEN CHECK

A Van Nuys woman was arrested after she attempted to cash a forged check at a Yucca Valley bank Monday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4:45, Amber Keys, 45, went to the Wells Fargo bank on Highway 62 and tried to cash a check for $2,800. The bank

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SCHOOL BOARD FACES UNHAPPY TEACHERS, REFUSE LAYOFFS

Labor cost was the theme of a well-attended Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. Reporter Dan Stork relates what was said—and decided—about funding, negotiations, and layoffs… Approximately 100 school employees—mostly teachers—came out to show their support for their contract negotiating team, following a second round of

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA AND MORONGO VALLEY

An argument over a cell phone led to an arrest of a Yucca Valley man, accused of punching his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Ernest Finister, 52, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6400 block of India Avenue in Yucca

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A TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HAS DIED FROM A FEBRUARY 18 CRASH

The elderly Twentynine Palms man who made a U-turn on Adobe Road causing a crash February 18 has died. Lewis Roller, 91, passed away Sunday at a skilled nursing facility in Palms Springs. Roller was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki north on Adobe Road about 4:30 p.m. when he made

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO SET DATE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA VOTE

The Yucca valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will set a date to vote on an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana negotiated after a successful citizen’s initiative effort forced their hand… After being introduced to new firefighters working for the town and hearing an update

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER TAKING ANOTHER MAN’S WALKER

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for robbery after he stole another man’s walker. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the victim, who lives in the 6500 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms, called police just after noon Friday to report that a man he identified as Clark Cravey,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT BREAKING INTO HOME

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint Sunday afternoon after a woman said he tried to break into her home. According to a Sheriff’s report, Anthony Pitts, 33, and his brother Joshua Pitts, 25, went to a home in the 6700 block of Sage Avenue in Twentynine Palms about

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN TWO SESSIONS TODAY AND TONIGHT

A long Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight deals mainly with tuning board policies. Reporter Dan Stork lists the affected policies, and the other items on the agenda… The March 3 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early start

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PARISIAN STREET ARTIST ACCUSED OF VANDALIZING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Vandalism in the form of spray painting on rocks is becoming a scourge in Joshua Tree and other national parks. A well-known international street artist appears to have vandalized Joshua Tree National Park last week. According to the blog Modern Hiker, Andre Saraiva, also known as Mr. Andre, posted a

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COUNTY LISTENING ON RENEWABLE ENERGY THURSDAY

San Bernardino County is revising its General Plan for renewable energy projects in unincorporated areas. Reporter Dan Stork says that the county has scheduled an event to get public input… County Land Use staff will conduct a listening session on plans for the County General Plan renewable energy element on

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FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED FOLLOWING BURGLARY LAST WEEK

Three Yucca Valley men and a woman were arrested following a burglary last week. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Arthurton, on Wednesday, David Scholar reported a burglary of his business in the 55600 block of Yucca Trail. Scholar said that the door had been forced open, and between $20,000 and

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