CIVIL LAWSUIT IN SHERIFF’S DEPUTY FATAL CRASH GOES TO ARBITRATION

The case involving a Sheriff’s deputy who killed a Twentynine Palms man in a 2013 crash has gone to mediation. About 7:30 p.m. April 30, 2013, Deputy Erdem Gorgolu was driving eastbound on the highway in front of the Stater Brothers shopping center in Twentynine Palms when his patrol car

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING GIRLFRIEND’S CAR

A Landers man was arrested early Sunday morning after his girlfriend said he stole her car. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Bobby Bice, 21, was arguing with his girlfriend at her home in Johnson Valley, near Valley Vista and Old Woman Springs Road, about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Yost

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ basketball team will play in the Max Preps Holiday Tournament.

Also tomorrow, the YVHS girls’ soccer team will play again in the Ontario Christian Tournament.

Starting tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys and girls’ soccer teams will play

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ADDITIONAL CLINIC ADDED FOR ANIMAL VACCINES, MICROCHIP, AND SPAY/NEUTER

Animal Action League will hold an additional vaccine and microchip clinic at its new clinic in Joshua Tree on Tuesday, December 30. Clinics are held from 10 to 2. For spaying and neutering appointments, call 760-366-1100. The Animal Action League is located just west of the dinosaurs on the north

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OFFICERS

The Board of Directors for the non-profit Community Theatre organization, Theatre 29 elected new officers and Board Members for 2015. Here’s entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely with the specifics… New officers have been elected for the Board of Directors at Theatre 29. In reorganizing the Executive Board for 2015, the board

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HOLIDAY FUN IN THE PARK

The end of the year brings lots of visitors to our area. Joshua Tree Park Ranger Pam Tripp offers some suggestions on what you can do with your guests while they’re here… Do you have relatives visiting over the Holidays and need to entertain them? Joshua Tree National Park invites

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CRITICAL MISSING PERSON IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in searching for a critical missing person. Dean Abney, 85, left his home 54900 block of Martinez Trail about 3:30 p.m. Friday in Yucca Valley to get a haircut at Elite Cosmetology School, also in Yucca Valley. When he did not

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SKY’S THE LIMIT TO HOLD STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, December 27. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:30 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. The first quarter moon will be spectacular, and Jupiter and its moons will appear about 9:30. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks,

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGIC PARTNERS PROGRAM

The Mojave Water Agency is accepting applications for its Strategic Partners Program through January 15. Since 2003, the program provides grants to organizations that further water conservation and education in the MWA service area. Recent projects include demonstration gardens, school science programs, invasive species removal, college scholarships, school gardens, and

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MORE ON THE CHARITY THAT GAVE A YUCCA VALLEY GIRL HER BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

On Tuesday, a Yucca Mesa girl was granted the best Christmas ever by the only law-enforcement-based charity in Southern California. The Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation grants the wishes of seriously ill children in the Inland empire from Temecula to Twentynine Palms, Riverside to the Coachella Valley. Wishes granted in the

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CHP OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

Motorcycles are fun to ride, but there are dangers to riding down the highway at 65 miles per hour. Even our residential streets are safe; just this past week a motorcycle rider was seriously injured in Yucca Valley while riding on Onaga Trail. With a tip on how to ride

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JOSHUA TREE VFW TAKING WEEKEND OFF

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is taking the weekend off, but don’t forget Taco Wednesday on New Year’s Eve from 11 to 1.

CHP OUT ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT FOR THE HOLIDAY

A lot of people will be traveling during the holiday, which means the California Highway Patrol is conducting a maximum enforcement period through midnight Sunday, December 28, all available officers will be out on the roads for enhanced enforcement efforts, and helping motorists wherever needed. During last year’s maximum enforcement

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING NUMEROUS BURGLARIES

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempted burglary at a Yucca Valley bank Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a burglar tried to retrieve night deposit bags from the drop box by using rodent glue trap tied to a string. The bank manager told investigators it appears nothing is missing

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VFW TAKING THE WEEKEND OFF

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is taking the weekend off, but don’t forget Taco Wednesday on New Year’s Eve from 11 to 1.

A SHERIFF’S WARNING ABOUT THE LEGAL USE OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

Many people are traveling to the Hi-Desert to go off-roading in our desert this weekend. Reporter Diana Jones says the Sheriff’s department will be out there too… The Sheriff’s Department has a reminder; many off highway vehicle riders will be out riding in our desert during the holidays. The Sheriff’s

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, December 27, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for

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YUCCA VALLEY ELKS LODGE STATUE STOLEN, RECOVERED IN RANCHO CUCAMONGA

Three men were arrested last week following an investigation into the theft of large plaques and bronze statues—including the elk from the Yucca Valley Elks lodge—over the last several months. According to a Rancho Cucamonga police press release, deputies served a search warrant on homes in Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga

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MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY WITH STOLEN CAR

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested in Yucca Valley yesterday, after he was found with a stolen car. According to a sheriff’s report, a man called the Sheriff’s Department about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning to report that he saw his car—which had been stolen in Desert Hot Springs—in the

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MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS ABOUT THE LANDERS SOLAR FIELD

Following a meeting with representatives from sPower, the company that wants to build a solar field on 35 acres in Landers, a group of Landers residents collected enough money to file an appeal of the solar project permit granted by the county. The residents’ appeal was filed with the county

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