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FATAL JOSHUA TREE FLASH FLOOD VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The coroner’s office has identified the man killed in a flash flood Tuesday as Karl Wyne, 66, of Joshua Tree. Wyne had operated a local electrical business for many years and had served on the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors. Bystanders told authorities that Wyne, who was driving...
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A SPECIAL REPORT ON FLASH FLOODING AND SWIFT WATER RESCUES

Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us in part one of a two-part report about flash flooding and swift water rescues…
As this week’s flash flooding in Joshua Tree demonstrated, fast-moving water can be extremely dangerous in the desert. “It does not take very much moving water at all, as little...
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BODY FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE IDENTIFIED

The coroner’s office has identified the body found in the desert in Joshua Tree September 6 as Glenda Latino, 46, of Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Latino was last seen August 16 when she checked herself out of Hi-Desert Medical Center; she was reported missing August 21. Latino’s body...
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INFORMATION CORRECTED ON MISSING ELDERLY JOSHUA TREE WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department has corrected information about a missing woman who walked away from her car in Twentynine Palms last week. Monday, September 8, Nola Taylor, 85, was driven to her home in Joshua Tree from Desert Hospital in Palm Springs by her son; she did not drive herself home...
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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday evening after his girlfriend said he refused to let her leave the residence. According to a Sheriff’s report, William Porter, 27, was fighting with a woman in the 3500 block of Porter Boulevard about 4:15 p.m. The report states the woman could be...
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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING TERRORIST THREATS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested late Tuesday night after his girlfriend said he threatened to kill her. According to a Sheriff’s report, dispatchers could hear a woman on an open phone line about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night asking someone if he was going to shoot her. Later the woman...
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CAST NAMED FOR “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” AT THEATRE 29

“It’s Alive!” The hard working volunteers at Theatre 29 are currently in rehearsal for ready for their next show, the hilarious Broadway hit, “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.” Reporter Cassie Zimarik has the cast list…
The cast of Theatre 29’s next production “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein” has been announced! The show’s...
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MORONGO VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS SET SENT TO THE KING FIRE

Four firefighters and a brush engine from Morongo Valley were sent to fight the King Fire in El Dorado County Tuesday afternoon. Fire Chief Jock Johnson said Captain Jeff Rarey, Engineer Christopher Palmer, Firefighter/Paramedic Richard Gilmartin, and Firefighter Jorge Partida were given less than 30 minutes to hit the road,...
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BLOOD DRIVE AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, September 19, at the Yucca Valley High School, 7600 Sage Avenue, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services offers donors a mini-physical and free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective...
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HI-DESERT WATER WORKS OUT SEWER SYSTEM DETAILS

The Hi-Desert Water District Board met last night in regular session. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting was to work out details of Yucca Valley’s sewer project…
A change made by the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors at its meeting last night concerning the future sewer plant’s treatment...
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MIXER TONIGHT KICKS OFF TWENTYNINE PALMS PIONEER DAYS

Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days is right around the corner and all the excitement kicks off tonight. The Historic Plaza will host the Pioneer Days mixer from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. this evening at the corner of Adobe Road and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms. Rally ’round this year’s...
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THE CALL IS OUT FOR THIS YEARS 29 PALMS WEED SHOW SUBMISSIONS

The annual Weed Show is a uniquely Twentynine Palms institution. Dan Stork says the call is out for submissions for this year’s event…

This year’s Twentynine Palms Weed Show will be on the weekend of November 8 and 9, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on National Park Drive. This annual display...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School cross-county team will travel to Irvine to compete in the Woodbridge Invitational starting at 5 p.m.

The Yucca Valley High School volleyball team will travel away to Cathedral City, with the first match starting at 4:30.

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STORMS CAUSE A FATALITY IN JOSHUA TREE, MUD AND FLOODING

A man was killed yesterday afternoon when his SUV was swept away in a raging flash flood in Joshua Tree. According to County Fire Captain Matt Anderson, the man, identified only as being in his 66 years old, was driving his Chevy Blazer on Sunny Vista when he encountered a...
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PETITION TO PERMIT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN YUCCA VALLEY STARTING

When the Yucca Valley Town Council refused to extend the permit to allow California Medicinal Solutions to remain in business last year, the Morongo Basin lost its only legal medical marijuana dispensary. Some residents plan to circulate a petition for a proposed ordinance that would allow a limited number of...
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YUCCA VALLEY PREPARING FOR MORE THUNDERSTORMS

The Town of Yucca Valley is preparing for thunderstorms expected to move through this week. The heaviest rain is forecast to occur today and evening bringing increasing chances of flash flooding. Residents are advised to take precautions and avoid unnecessary travel when possible. The Town’s Public Works crews are preparing...
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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Caitlin Logan checks the agenda…
The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, September 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. During this meeting, the Board will review their fourth quarter ending financial report summary for...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION DENIES 200-UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met last night in closed session and then in regular session where they held a public hearing regarding an appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination regarding an Environmental Impact Report on a proposed 200-unit multi-family apartment complex to be built near the MCAGCC Condor...
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STATE WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN PALM DESERT

The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board will meet 9 a.m. Thursday, September 18. Among items of local interest, the board will discuss waste discharge requirements for the Hi-Grade Materials Company in Twentynine Palms. The Board will also hear an update on the septic discharge prohibition in Yucca...
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HI-DESERT WATER MEETS: SEWER PROJECT DETAILS DOMINATE

Technical details about Yucca Valley’s wastewater treatment project will be decided at tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives the run-down on some of the questions to be decided tonight…
The question of whether to hire a program manager for Yucca Valley’s...
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