HOUSE AND VEGETATION FIRES KEEP FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY

A Landers home is a total loss after an early morning fire today. Fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and CalFire were called to a single-family residence in the 55000 block of Sunnyslope at 4:38 this morning. Captain Jay Dimoff said the home was fully involved in

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MOSTLY ROUTINE MEETING FOR THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission looks at a site plan extension and development code tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff looks at the agenda… It’s a routine meeting tonight for the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. The first item on the agenda is a request for a three-year time extension for a

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN DETAINED, THREATENS ANOTHER WITH A KNIFE

A Yucca Valley man with a history of violence was arrested Sunday evening, accused of threatening another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man called the Sheriff’s Department shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday to report that David Hopkins, 33, had pulled a knife on him in

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY 2015 AND HER COURT NAMED

A 16-year-old junior from Yucca Valley High School was crowned as “Miss Yucca Valley” Saturday night at the annual pageant sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club. Sarah Webb was selected by the judges after a long pageant process. The pageant is not a beauty contest and does not include

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YUCCA VALLEY TO HOST VALENTINE’S DINNER-DANCE

The Town of Yucca Valley is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff puts on her dancing shoes… Enjoy live entertainment featuring hits from Elvis to Pharrel at a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance on Saturday, February 14. The dinner dance takes place in

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SHERIFF AND FIRE OFFICIALS SAY “KING OF THE HAMMERS” SAFE, SUCCESSFUL

The “King of the Hammers” off-road competition came to close yesterday. Some 35,000 to 40,000 spectators came to “Hammertown” at the Johnson Valley off-road area north of Yucca Valley to see more than 415 teams race in a variety of competitions. The event saw praise from law enforcement and safety

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETING CANCELLED AFTER DISPUTED ARREST

According to Mark Lundquist, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council Vice-Chairman, the MAC meeting scheduled for Monday has been cancelled. The chairman of the MAC, Mike Lipsitz, who was also the field representative for Third District Supervisor James Ramos, was fired by Ramos from the field rep post on Thursday,

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SEXUAL ASSAULT COUNSELOR TRAINING OFFERED

Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services will offer volunteer training starting February 24. Volunteers who complete the 52-hour course will become State Certified Crisis Intervention Counselors and will help victims of sexual assault in our area. For more information or to apply, please call 760-369-3353.

CARING FOR TRAILS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park trails are heavily used. Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how they’re kept in shape…

At Joshua Tree NP, visitors come from all over to hike desert trails. Within the park there are approximately 270 miles of back-country and wilderness trails, as well as almost 9 miles

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CMC GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE

The deadline is close for Greenleaf Scholarship applications. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells high school seniors how to apply…

Copper Mountain College is urging local high school seniors in the Morongo Basin to apply for their prestigious 2015 Greenleaf Scholarship. Deadline for all applications is February 18th at 3 p.m.. The

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GROVES CABIN PRESENTS TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

The Groves Cabin Theater is taking reservations for their next theatrical offering, a drama by Tennessee Williams. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

“Suddenly Last Summer” opens at the Groves Cabin Theatre. This Tennessee Williams drama is directed by, multiple Desert Theatre League Award winner, Abe Daniels. The cast of

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING

California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Friday, February 13, at 10:00 a.m., at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. CalRTA Area IX Director, Ron Breyer, will briefly discuss local goals. Following Breyer’s presentation, members of Hi-Desert Division 62 will honor past presidents and celebrate the birthdays of members

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FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS FOR FEBRUARY

The second Monday of February is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Diana Jones has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, February 9.

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT TONIGHT

Mariah Muchtar, the current Miss Yucca Valley, will give up her crown tonight during the Annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. Eleven girls representing three area high schools will compete in the pageant. Z107.7’s Gary and Cindy Daigneault will emcee the event, which is sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary

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SHERIFF WATCHING OHV LAWS DURING “KING OF THE HAMMERS”

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the King of the Hammers off-road event in Johnson Valley is in full swing. Sheriffs, BLM, CHP, and County Code Enforcement, will be enforcing OHV violations during this event. Please report OHV violations by calling the Sheriff’s Department at 760-956-5001.

FINAL WEEKEND FOR “AN IDEAL HUSBAND” AT THEATRE 29

Theater 29’s first show of the season nears the end of its run. Don’t miss your chance to see, “An Ideal Husband.” Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with your invitation…

No plans tonight? Well, here’s an ideal solution, go see “An Ideal Husband,” the Oscar Wilde comedy running now at Theatre

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, February 7. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6 p.m. and end about 9 p.m. Jupiter will be as bright as it will be all year and will show a great amount of detail. Several pink

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ANOTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON SCAM

Be skeptical about phone calls from supposedly official parties. Managing Editor Tami Roleff warns about a scam targeting business customers of Edison…

Imposters claiming to be from SoCal Edison are calling businesses and telling them their electric bills are overdue. The caller then demands immediate payment through a prepaid cash

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COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S FIELD REP. FOR THE MORONGO BASIN ARRESTED

The field representative to Third County Supervisor James Ramos was arrested Wednesday evening, after Sheriff’s deputies said he brought drugs to a jail inmate. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, deputies began an investigation after they discovered that narcotics were being brought into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in

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COUNTY TO HOLD TWO RENEWABLE ENERGY MEETINGS

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is about the siting of renewable energy projects in seven southern California counties. San Bernardino County is independently revising its General Plan for such projects in unincorporated areas. Reporter Dan Stork says that the County will be holding public meetings on both efforts… On

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