CHP TO ENFORCE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING

The California Highway Patrol will enforce “zero tolerance” during April for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from driving. Several common distractions include using cell phones, iPods, and GPS; eating, reading, shaving or putting on make-up; or anything that causes drivers

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL KEEPS CURRENT DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES

The Yucca Valley Town Council voted to maintain its current development impact fees. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there were some objections… Despite public comment from two developers who said the public facilities development impact fees were too high and made housing unaffordable in Yucca Valley, the Yucca Valley Town

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JOSHUA TREE ARRESTS FOR DUI, DRUGS, WEAPONS, AND STOLEN CHECKS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of driving under the influence with a dangerous weapon in his vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Timothy Baragona, 51, was stopped near Reche Road and North Vans Ranch Boulevard in Landers on a traffic violation about 12:30 Saturday morning.

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LAND USE COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin MAC is crafting an official response to the proposed 248-unit Alta Mira project. Reporter Dan Stork says that’s one of the items under consideration by the MAC’s Land Use Committee… The Land Use Study Committee of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will meet in open session

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HOLDS PUBLIC FACILITY DEVELOPMENT FEES HEARING

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a public hearing on a specific development impact fee and a look at some financial policies are on the agenda… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council

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TWO ARRESTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of attacking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents near the movie theater in Yucca Valley called police just after midnight Thursday to report they heard a man and a woman yelling and shouting behind the theater’s parking lot

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR SUSPECTED DRUG SALES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning accused of possessing drugs for sale. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy attempted to stop Charles Perez, 25, riding his bicycle near Tamarisk Avenue and 29 Palms Highway about 2 a.m. in Twentynine Palms. Perez fled from deputies, but was

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD FACES A LONG AGENDA TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has an exceptionally long agenda for its next regular meeting tonight. Reporter Dan Stork breaks it down…

The April 7 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a 23-item action agenda, including:

the meeting calendar for next year;

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WE REVIEW “13 A NEW MUSICAL” AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

Last Friday night, the Twentynine Palms High School drama department opened “13, A New Musical.” Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and offers this review… When I heard the words “a new musical” in the show title, “13, A New Musical,” a show written just for teens, I must admit my

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ONE ARRESTED IN CARJACKING, KIDNAPPING, ROBBERY AND HIGH-SPEED CHASE

In a bizarre story of carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, gunfire, and a high-speed chase, a Joshua Tree man was finally taken into custody after investigators say he robbed a good Samaritan at gunpoint. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the Yucca Valley

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WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU DON’T SHOW FOR JURY DUTY

What happens if you don’t answer the call to jury duty? Reporter Dan Stork asked and found out… Recently, I answered a jury duty summons. The trial for which a jury was to have been selected was continued, so everyone in the jury pool for that day was excused. But

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN KILLED PUSHING HIS MOTORCYCLE ACROSS HIGHWAY

A Yucca Valley motorcycle rider was killed after he was struck by a vehicle in Morongo Valley Friday evening. According to CHP Officer Caleb Miller, Mark Wright, 58, had run out of gas and was pushing his 2005 Honda Shadow motorcycle across the westbound lanes of traffic on Highway 62

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LARGE AMOUNT OF HEROIN FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY ARREST

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Thursday morning, accused of possessing a large amount of heroin. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Bruce Southworth, deputies, assisted by the Narcotics division, served a search warrant at a home in the 7700 block of Balsa Avenue, and at a storage unit, both in Yucca

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KIWANIS SPONSOR “WAIT UNTIL DARK” OPENING FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

The Twentynine Palms Kiwanis club is set to sponsor the next Theatre Twentynine opening night gala of the mystery thriller, “Wait Until Dark.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the specifics… “Wait Until Dark” will open with a gala benefiting the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms. The Kiwanis International/UNICEF worldwide service

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BREAKING NEWS: A good Samaritan robbed at gunpoint, Sherriff's helicopter locates suspect.

In a bizarre story of car theft, kidnapping, robbery, gunfire, and a high speed chase, a Joshua Tree man was finally taken into custody after he robbed a good Samaritan at gunpoint. According County Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery at

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CAMPING IN THE NATIONAL PARK

At this time of year, the “Campgrounds Full” sign is often up at the corner of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where you might find space, and how to act when you get there…

Campsites in Joshua Tree National Park will once again start to fill

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STOLEN CHECK ARREST

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested last week, after she tried to cash a check that had been reported stolen. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim reported to his bank in February that his checks had been stolen. The victim subsequently died. About 2:20 p.m. Friday, March 27, Shaina

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OFF-ROAD VEHICLE GUIDELINES

This is a great time of year to be outside in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder says, if you do it on an off-road vehicle, be aware of the rules…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET IN CLOSED SESSION MONDAY

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet in closed session at 1:00 on Monday in the Quad 3 Library Meeting Room. Trustees will discuss the search and anticipated hire of the college’s president/superintendent. Jeff Cummings now holds that position in an interim capacity through June. The regular monthly

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TRY-OUTS, REGISTRATION SET FOR SWIM TEAM

What would you name a swim team in the desert? Reporter Diana Medley says it’s time to join the Sand Sharks…

Try-outs and registration for the Hi-Desert Sand Sharks swim team will be held at the Yucca Valley High School pool, April 6 and 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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