SCHOOL BOARD HEARS SOLAR ENERGY PRESENTATION

Environmental activists, union electrical workers, and other citizens packed a classroom at Joshua Tree Elementary School to hear—and participate in—a presentation by a solar energy firm to the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork attended also, and summarizes the proceedings…

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OBJECTS TO SODA LAKE SOLAR PROJECT

The National Park Service has lodged strongly worded objections to a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve, saying the project would harm wildlife and suggesting that it be built elsewhere.

According to a story in today’s Riverside Press-Enterprise, Preserve Superintendent Stephanie Dubois submitted

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD REVERSES FEE WAIVER FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said former CSD General Manger Meg Foley, representing Joshua Tree National Park Association, heard some good news and bad news…

At last night’s board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors approved a request

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MORONGO VALLEY SPRINGFEST THIS SATURDAY

Some community fun for a good cause in Morongo Valley this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to Springfest 2014…

Morongo Valley’s Springfest 2014 is March 22 in Covington Park and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The festivities kick off at 8 a.m. when folks will gather for a big

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ARTISTS GATHER TO LEARN ABOUT OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR THIS SUNDAY

Local artists are invited to join the Arts Council for the Spring Artist Gathering this Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bobby Furst World at 8528 Desert Shadows Road, Joshua Tree. The meeting will include an update of progress for the 2014 Highway 62 Studio Art Tours, including dates,

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MOBILE HOME PARK FIRE DESTROYS 2-STORY RESIDENCE

A fire at a Twentynine Palms mobile home park completely destroyed a two-story residence Tuesday afternoon. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, the Combat Center, and Wonder Valley were called to the blaze at the Singing Trees Mobile Home Park, 74685 Amboy Road, at

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STILL NO TOWN MANAGER AFTER LAST NIGHT YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

The Town of Yucca Valley still has no Manager, Managing Editor Tami Roleff waited for the results of last night’s 1 ½-hour meeting and two-hour closed session meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council and members of the Town’s Park and Receation Commission gather at Paradise

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY OFFICIAL ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND JOSHUA TREE WARRANT

Desert Hot Springs Planning Commissioner Dean Gray, 62, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault and on a warrant out of Joshua Tree that accused him of driving on a suspended license, according to Desert Hot Springs police. Gray was detained at Correctional Facility in Banning, according to

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TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS

A traffic stop for expired license plate tags resulted in the arrest of two men Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Mojave Avenue and 29 Palms Highway about 2:45 Monday for having expired tags. The driver, Daniel Weber, 33, was arrested

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS MATH OVERHAUL, LABOR NEGOTIATION PROGRESS

An overhaul of the math program, community service at Black Rock High School, and labor negotiation progress were on the floor at the regular meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork was there and hits the high points…

A tag team of administrators, curriculum

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25 ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY WARRANT SWEEP

About 25 people were arrested in Yucca Valley Sunday during an arrest warrant sweep. Some of the people arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail during the 10-hour operation were: Jackie Singer, 57, on a misdemeanor traffic warrant, with his bail set at $50,000; Stoney Thomas, 27, on a

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MORE ON FELONY CHILD ENDAGERMENT INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a Yucca Valley woman who was arrested last week, accused of child endangerment. Jacqueline Noonan, 40, who is on probation for a prior narcotics conviction, was sitting in her car in the 7300 block of Dumosa Avenue about 3 p.m. Thursday with

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO CONSIDER APPOINTING EMPLOYEE AS TOWN MANAGER

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session and may decide to promote an existing employee to Town Manager. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has a closer look…

Among the items on the consent agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will be asked

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NEW SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN A FAMILIAR FACE, MORE SHERIFF MOVES MADE

A familiar face will be coming back to the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station. Captain Dale Mondary will take over as commander for the Morongo Basin Sheriff Station effective April 19, As station commander, Mondary will also serve as the Chief of Police for the Town of Yucca Valley and City

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SCHOOL BOARD TAKES UP SOLAR ENERGY AND MATH

Solar energy possibilities and integrated mathematics; Reporter Dan Stork invites you to come and be educated along with the Board of Education of the Morongo Unified School District…

Following a closed session 5:30 pm to deal with pupil personnel and employee bargaining issues, the Board of Education of the Marengo

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TURTLE ROCK CASINO TO OPEN MARCH 31

After 10 months of construction, Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will hold its grand opening March 31. The opening ceremony will start with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m., after which patrons will be invited inside to play slots, poker, table games, and listen to live entertainment. Tribal Chairman

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TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS OVER THE WEEKEND

Saturday, firefighters from Wonder Valley were called to a structure fire shortly before 6:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Marks Road in Wonder Valley. The home was filled with smoke when firefighters arrived. The resident told firefighters she had left a candle burning unattended in a bedroom, which is

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY LOOKING FOR HARD-WORKING VOLUNTEERS

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is looking for volunteers who want to do some hard work for a great cause. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains…

Volunteers are needed for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s newest fundraising project. Committed volunteers are needed immediately to collect and transport the recyclable materials in the

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FRIENDS SAY MARINE SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WAS AN ACCIDENT

Hometown friends say a 22-year-old Marine charged in the fatal shooting of his roommate in Twentynine Palms was involved in a regrettable accident. Cpl. Brock Myers was arrested at the scene of a shooting on Saladin Road that occurred around 9:20 p.m. March 2. The victim, Cpl. Steven Kohus, 26,

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN PALMS SPRINGS PARTY BUS SHOOTING

A 29-year-old former Yucca Valley resident pleaded not guilty Friday to gunning down a man next to a party bus in Palm Desert more than two years ago, leaving the man, Juan Eliasarrars, 35, paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s

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