MAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING SHAVED CAR KEYS

A deputy checking up on a suspicious vehicle arrested a Desert Hot Springs man who was found with shaved car keys in his possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies checked on a vehicle about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday morning near Park Boulevard and Desert Air in Joshua Tree. During the

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1.6 MILLION VISITORS SPENT $74 MILLION WHEN THEY VISITED JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST YEAR

Nearly 1.6 million visitors came to Joshua Tree National Park in 2014, and visitor numbers have been steadily increasing for the last 8 months, according to a report released yesterday by the National Park Service. While the percentage of increases in visitors in July and August 2014 were in the

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PURSUIT ENDS UP IN HILLS OF NORTH JOSHUA TREE

A routine traffic stop led to a pursuit that ended in the hills in north Joshua Tree Thursday afternoon. About 3:18, Sheriff’s deputies Bruce Southworth and Erikson saw an older model Jeep Cherokee with an expired registration at the Circle K gas station in Joshua Tree. When the deputies attempted

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET ORIENTATION AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Area high school students recently visited Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the students who participated will have an advantage when it comes time to register… Copper Mountain College counselors and staff recently went to area high schools with an assessment test as part of CMC’s pre-registration process. Students

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AWARDED $500 SCHOLARSHIP

A Yucca Valley High School senior has been named the recipient of a $500 Gladys Carol Scholarship this year. Bryant Pahl of Yucca Valley was chosen to receive the scholarship while he pursues his STEM degree in Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Pahl was selected due to his academic excellence

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BABYSITTERS CITED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

Two babysitters were cited for child endangerment Thursday. According to Sheriff officials, Rainnah Cruz and Hailey Kasney, both 19, were babysitting three children in the 5300 block of Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms Thursday afternoon. The child’s father told deputies he received a message about 3 p.m. that his 4-year-old

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ACCUSED MURDERER PLEADS NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY

Accused murderer Christopher Lee was in court again yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges that he killed his lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last June. Lee was formally arraigned on the murder charges three weeks ago, and yesterday’s court appearance was a formality for him to plead not

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TODDLER FOUND WANDERING STREETS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A toddler was found wandering in the streets in Yucca Valley Wednesday evening. About 6:45 p.m., an approximately 2-year-old boy was found wandering barefoot and alone near Paradise Park, near Barron Drive and Hermosa Avenue. The youths who found the toddler called the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff patrol units drove through

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COACHELLA FEST STATUE COMES TO JOSHUA TREE

A part of Coachella Fest came to Joshua Tree Tuesday. Made from white and gray Portuguese marble, The Party God—a statue of a cool cat wearing sunglasses and holding a chilled beverage can—was placed on a 10-acre vacant lot in north Joshua Tree owned by Niki and Simon Haas. The

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH

A motorcycle rider was injured in a crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3:15 p.m., Edward Fehd, 28, was driving a Prius westbound on the highway, just past Yucca Mesa Road, when he attempted to make a U-Turn. Kris Buck, 39, was riding a

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS UPDATE ON ASSESSMENT BALLOTS

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors learned at its special meeting Wednesday night that so far, about 2,900 ballots for the assessment vote have been returned. Those ballots are about 28 percent of the total; directors were initially told to expect between 20 and 40 percent of the eligible

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THREE PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE LAST NIGHT

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Raymond Robles, 31, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 1998 red Mercury in the number 1, or fast lane, of eastbound Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed over

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STATE WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS AFFECT LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Monday’s ruling by the State 4th District Court of Appeals, which ruled that it is unconstitutional to charge customers more for high water usage—unless the cost is directly tied to the cost of delivering that water—is being closely watched by water districts in the Morongo Basin. So far, that ruling

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COUNTY SETTLES WITH BEATING VICTIM

Wasting little time, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors settled with the victim of a beating by Sheriff’s deputies that was televised earlier this month. In a closed session Tuesday morning, the supervisors unanimously approved a $650,000 settlement in connection with the arrest of Francis Pusock, 30, “to avoid

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HIRES FIRM TO ASSESS PFF BUILDING; REVISES SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to hire an architectural firm—at a cost not to exceed $60,600—to perform a property assessment on the old PFF Bank building at the intersection of the highway and Joshua Lane. The firm will come up with different ideas of

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TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY

Two juveniles were arrested late Monday night, accused of breaking into a Yucca Valley home. According to a Sheriff’s report, the home’s owner, who was in Newport Beach, called the Sheriff’s Department just after 10 p.m. to report that he has video of two people on his home’s surveillance camera

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COUNTY SETTLES QUICKLY WITH BEATING VICTIM

A man who was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has already settled with the Board of Supervisors. In order to avoid litigation expenses, the San Bernardino County Supervisors reached an agreement with Francis Pusock, 30, who was beaten by at least 10 Sheriff’s deputies April 9 in the

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EXPECT NOISE FROM MARINE BASE AS EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE IS DISPOSED

They call it the sound of freedom. Residents around the Morongo Basin can expect some louder-than-usual noise Wednesday, April 22, as Marines training in explosive ordnance disposal will detonate bombs and other explosive devices. Ammunition technician Marines will be taking part in their annual Emergency Destruction Training on board the

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SMALL ELECTRICAL FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters made quick work of a fire at a Southern California Edison substation yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, just before 6:30 p.m, a malfunction ignited a transformer at the substation located on the highway at Hendys Road, on the west end of Twentynine Palms. SoCal

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says tonight the council will discuss potential uses for the old PFF building…

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

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