ACCUSED RAPIST CASE DISMISSED, RELEASED AFTER OVER A YEAR IN JAIL

After being held in jail for over a year while awaiting trial, a man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint in Twentynine Palms was released last Friday when his case was dismissed. According to court records, Lynel Roduk, 30, was in Joshua Tree Superior Court Friday morning for a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL BANS MEDICAL MARIJUANA

The Twentynine Palms City Council voted to ban Medical Marijuana in the City last night. Reporter David Haldane said the decision was not unanimous… Twentynine Palms residents wanting to use medicinal marijuana legally will have to wait a while. That according to a vote by the City Council last night

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WHEN TWO STOLEN VEHICLES ARE FOUND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday after two stolen vehicles were located on his property. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home in the 56500 block of Sunset Avenue in Yucca Valley about 12:40 p.m. Monday afternoon. When they arrived, they determined that two vehicles

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MORONGO BASIN SEARCH AND RESCUE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Morongo basin Sheriff’s Station is looking for volunteers to serve on the Search and rescue team. Reporter Ashton Henry has details… The Morongo Basin volunteer Search and Rescue team is looking for individuals who are interested in joining their team and serving the community. The SAR team is a

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION OK’S SHAKE-N-STEAK, POSTPONES CELL TOWER DECISION

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission approved a new Restaurant and postponed a cell tower decision last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report… Yucca Valley planning commissioners were practically giddy with excitement over the prospect of having a Steak-n-Shake restaurant open in Yucca Valley. At their

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EQUESTRIAN ACCIDENT KILLS YUCCA VALLEY VICAR

A tragedy for a beloved member of the Morongo Basin Clergy. Vicar Jane Lieberg Crase of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Yucca Valley suffered fatal injuries in an equestrian accident Sunday. Friends tell Z107.7 News Crase was riding one of her horses at her home in the Yucca Mesa area

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS A CALL TO ARMS OPPOSING BLM OFF-ROAD ROUTES

The environmentalist-leaning Morongo Basin MAC met last night. Reporter David Haldane said the troops were exhorted to stop a BLM recreational off-road plan…

A packed meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council heard a call to arms Monday night. Their marching orders: respond to a plan by the Bureau

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO RUN OVER A TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN

An Anderson, California, woman was arrested Sunday morning, accused of attempting to deliberately run over someone with her truck in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, Georgia Prather, 50, was leaving the home in the 5900 block of Mariposa Avenue about 11:45 a.m. Sunday in her Chevy pick-up truck.

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO ASK FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT GRANT TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz a grant application for fire equipment is on the docket… The Morongo Valley Community Services District meets tonight in special session in order to discuss terms and conditions for the possible submission of a grant. If awarded, the

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HUGE BOULDER IN THE ROAD BLOCKS SOME ACCESS TO IDYLLWILD

Morongo Basin residents travelling to Idyllwild may have to plan an alternate route. Recent rainstorms may have been responsible for a huge boulder that fell onto a mountain road and is blocking traffic. Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, the boulder and other debris fell onto Highway 243, between Idyllwild and

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“KING OF THE HAMMERS” COMING TO JOHNSON VALLEY, STILL TIME TO REGISTER

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin at the end of the month for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says there is still time to register… One of the major off-road events

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SHERIFF IDENTIFIES MAN WANTED FOR ROBBERY AT STATER’S BROTHERS

The Sheriff’s Department has identified one of the men suspected of robbing the Stater Brothers in Yucca Valley last week. The Sheriff’s Department says Christian Trujillo, 29, of Yucca Valley, went to the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley on New Year’s Eve about

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO SEE BLM’S PROPOSED OFF-ROAD ACCESS PLAN TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC will meet tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the main point of local interest is a presentation by the BLM on proposed off-road vehicle routes… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will end its regular meeting tonight almost before it begins. The adjournment will be symbolic, to

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THEATRE 29 DINNER HONORS OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS

Family, food, fun, recognition and a marriage proposal were all part of the 2016 Theatre 29 Volunteer Appreciation dinner Saturday night at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Over 100 volunteers from the seven productions produced by the non-profit Community Theater Organization in 2015 were on hand for appreciation and dinner.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HOSTING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT ENROLLMENT

affHi-Desert Medical Center is conducting open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act health insurance. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to find out more and sign up…

Open enrollment for Covered California and the Affordable Care Act ends January 31. If you’ve not secured health insurance, then plan to attend

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICES CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

Our National Park is celebrating its centennial anniversary. Park Ranger Pam Tripp shares some of its history… “To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS START WEDNESDAY AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

The children’s programs at the Twentynine Palms Library start this week. Assignment reporter Cassie Zimarik has details and tells you how to sign the kids up… Children are welcome to join the Twentynine Palms Library for the upcoming children’s programs in January and February. During the first six-week session of

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JOB FAIR AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MONDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center will hold a job fair this Monday, January 11 in hopes of filling a number of openings in multiple departments. Job seekers are encouraged to attend the event which begins 1 p.m. and remains open until 4 p.m. on the hospital campus. Applicants will have an opportunity

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EARLY REGISTRATION SET FOR TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE

Early registration for the 2016 Tri-Valley Little League baseball and softball seasons will be held Saturday, January 16, from 9 to 3 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The cost is $75 per child; for three or more children in the same family, the registration cost

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Rita Houzton, Morongo Basin Transit Authority’s public relations representative, who will discuss the “Ins and Outs of MBTA.” Lunch will be provided at a

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