RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

The California Retired Teachers Association will begin 2015 by meeting on Friday, January 9, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. Members will enjoy a talk on “Travel Extends Your Life,” to be presented by Steve Kanold. Please call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no later than

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR’S CENTER MOVES

Joshua Tree National Park will be starting a seismic retrofit project at the park’s Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. While the project is under construction, the Oasis visitor information desk and bookstore have moved to a temporary building just south of the visitor center. Visitor services will be unaffected,

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MORE NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1

One new law that took effect January 1 is good news for military families stationed in California. Military spouses and domestic partners who are licensed to practice their profession in other states will be able to get a 12-month temporary license to practice in California when their spouses are stationed

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FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

Accidents involving fireplaces are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges residents to keep safe while they keep warm. Here is Caitlin Logan with some cool weather safety tips to help you stay warm safely… Stay safe while you stay warm! Have your chimneys inspected and cleaned

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MOJAVE DESERT JIM AT ROSE AND BUSTER’S TONIGHT

A local author, explorer, and photographer will talk about his adventures in the Mojave Desert Sunday, January 4, at Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room in Old Town Yucca Valley. Death Valley Jim has explored Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, and the upper Mojave Desert and written several books

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SOROPTIMISTS SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT GALA OF “AN IDEAL HUSBAND”

The opening night gala for Theatre 29’s first production of the 2015 season, Oscar Wilde’s comedy “An Ideal Husband” will be sponsored by Soroptimists International of Twentynine Palms. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the gala details… The classic comedy, “An Ideal Husband” opens the Theatre 29 season with a gala

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HOMES VANDALIZED

Two nearby homes in Twentynine Palms reported vandalism Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a home in the 71900 block of Buena Vista and a home in the 71900 block of Gorgonio Drive both reported that windows to the residence and garage were broken sometime within the past month. The

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LEGAL BATTLE OVER EAGLE MOUNTAIN IS OVER

A 28-year legal battle over the use of the former Kaiser Eagle Mountain Iron Mine property is over. United States District Judge Robert Timlin ruled December 18 that the 2,846 acres of land be returned to the public, setting aside a planned land exchange and any further development plans for

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WINTER STORM BLAMED FOR MULTIPLE CRASHES, ROAD CLOSURES

The roads were a mess Wednesday, due to snow and black ice from Tuesday night’s winter storm that dropped up to 2 inches of snow in the region. A La Quinta man was killed Tuesday evening at Reche Road and Old Woman Springs Road. A big rig got stuck on

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NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

More than 900 new state laws took effect in 2015. Here are highlights from just a few of them that took effect as of yesterday: Restaurants must allow dogs on outdoor patios, as long as there is a separate patio entrance and the dogs are kept on a leash. Undocumented

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FOLLOW RULES FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private property and public lands by riding responsibly. To make sure that your actions do not ruin the off-road experience for others, reporter Sara Snyder offers the following reminders:

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SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY FOR LOW-COST VACCINATIONS, SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

AS OF 12:30 PM 12/31/14

Both grades are open.

Highway 247 will be closed intermittently throughout the day from Buena Vista to Highway 62 while Caltrans applies cinders.

WE LOOK BACK ON THE TOP LOCAL NEWS STORIES OF 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we look at some of the top stories of the past year. Environmental issues were prevalent in the news in 2014, from the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, to proposed solar fields in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Landers, to a proposed 700-foot solar

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ONE MAN KILLED IN CRASH IN LANDERS TUESDAY EVENING

A 73-year-old La Quinta man was killed in a traffic collision Tuesday evening in Landers. According to the California Highway Patrol, the man, who has not yet been identified by the coroner, was driving a 2004 PT Cruiser westbound on Reche Road at about 45 to 55 miles per hour

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE PUNCHES HIS WIFE IN THE MOUTH

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday morning after his wife said he punched her in the mouth. According to a Sheriff’s report, Cory Rifenbery, 24, violated a restraining order against him and allegedly punched his wife in the mouth. The woman left her home in the 8500 block of

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CONVICTED FELON ATTACKS TWO PROBATION OFFICERS

A convicted felon who is on probation for a robbery in 2012 was arrested Monday for assaulting two probation officers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Yuriy Abaryants, 27, of Morongo Valley, was at the probation office in Joshua Tree when he broke a water cooler, punched Sergeant Patrick Norris in

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BASEBALL BAT ATTACK IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Saturday after her neighbors said she attacked them with a baseball bat. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Kristen O’Conner, 30, of the 61500 block of Valley View Drive in Joshua Tree, was arguing with her neighbors. The neighbors told deputies

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND 4TH DUI

A Joshua Tree man who has three prior conviction for driving under the influence was arrested for DUI and domestic battery following a fight with his girlfriend Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Utter, 38, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 60400 block of Natoma Trail in

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TIPS FOR SAFE WINTER DRIVING

With a winter storm warning in effect for this afternoon and into tomorrow, driving could be treacherous in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safe driving tips from CalTrans… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains

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