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SCHOOL DISTRICT PAYROLL WORKER ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

An employee with the Morongo Unified School District was arrested last month, accused of embezzling from the district. Administrators called police about possible embezzlement on November 12, 2014. Superintendent Tom Baumgarten told Z107.7 shortly after, that the employee–whom he refused to name, but who is now known to be Karin...
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TWENTYNINE MAN A VICTIM OF A CRAIGSLIST SCAM

A Twentynine Palms resident is out $2000 due to a Craigslist scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim tried to buy a 2001 Dodge 1500 truck, and the seller requested the buyer send the funds via ReLoadIt, a prepaid debit card. When the seller requested more money for the...
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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING DURING CAR CHASE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost,...
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A MODERATE WILDFLOWER SEASON BEGINS

Warmer wetter weather is bringing a moderate wildflower season to our desert region. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the wildflowers are already starting to show their colors in Joshua Tree National Park…
Rain fell somewhere in the Basin every month since November; and while experts aren’t predicting a banner year, this...
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FORMER COUNSEL FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS TRIBE SENTENCED IN KICKBACK SCAM

Edward “Gary” Kovall, the former general counsel for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, was sentenced February 24 to two years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bribery in a construction kickbacks scheme, according to the tribe. Kovall represented the tribe that operates Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine...
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YUCCA VALLEY GOLF COURSE TO OPEN

After many years of being in a state of dormant disrepair during long legal proceedings, the newly refurbished “Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Blue Skies” will open this weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tees off…
Yucca Valley’s new golf course will finally open this month. Golfers who have purchased their...
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COLLEGE BOARD IN CLOSED SESSION

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in closed session at 9:00 tomorrow morning. The single item of business concerns recruitment of the school’s president/superintendent. Following the meeting, which takes place in Quad 1, Room 101, Trustees will announce action taken, if any.

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CHILDREN’S GRIEF SUPPORT OFFERED

A children’s grief support group is being offered for children ages 5 to 12 years old beginning March 9 thru April 13. These six meetings are held on Monday evenings at 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. facilitated by certified grief counselors at the Hospice of Morongo Basin office at 61675 29...
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FREE CASINO CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF AT TORTOISE ROCK

It’s time for “Live at the Rock.” Reporter Dan Stork tells who will perform at the first edition of the free casino concert series…
The Tortoise Rock Casino kicks off its 2015 Live at the Rock series of free Friday night concerts on March 6, with the Just Dave Band...
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RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m., at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Guest speaker Darla Bridges, who recently completed a mission trip to Haiti, will share her experiences with the Haitian people and their culture. Please call Gay Smith...
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DANCING WITH THE SOCCER STARS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

Modeled on a popular TV show, a fundraising event at Yucca Valley High School has been a new tradition. Reporter Dan Stork previews “Dancing with the Soccer Stars”…
Dancing with the Soccer Stars is an annual event that showcases the teamwork of the Heat dancers from StarStruck Dance Studio and...
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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS IN STATE MEET

In high school sports Friday and Saturday, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ wrestling team will compete in the Boys’ State meet.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT AFTER SHOOTING AT EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According...
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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA JUNE 2

The Yucca Valley Town Council said good-bye to County Fire Division Chief Dave Benfield at its meeting last night, and welcomed Division Chief John Chamberlin who will be taking his place. Benfield, who will be retiring March 20, has been division chief of the South Desert Region for about 1...
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SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT LANDERS STORE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in Landers over the weekend, in which the burglars broke through a wall of a store. Sometime Sunday night, burglars cut a hole in the wall and stole cash, lottery tickets, and $2600 in cigarettes from Mojave Liquor in the 200 block of Old...
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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO CASH STOLEN CHECK

A Van Nuys woman was arrested after she attempted to cash a forged check at a Yucca Valley bank Monday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4:45, Amber Keys, 45, went to the Wells Fargo bank on Highway 62 and tried to cash a check for $2,800. The bank...
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SCHOOL BOARD FACES UNHAPPY TEACHERS, REFUSE LAYOFFS

Labor cost was the theme of a well-attended Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. Reporter Dan Stork relates what was said—and decided—about funding, negotiations, and layoffs…
Approximately 100 school employees—mostly teachers—came out to show their support for their contract negotiating team, following a second round of...
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA AND MORONGO VALLEY

An argument over a cell phone led to an arrest of a Yucca Valley man, accused of punching his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Ernest Finister, 52, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6400 block of India Avenue in Yucca...
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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETS: NEW METER FEES ON AGENDA

The Joshua Basin Water Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says response to a controversial solar project and raising meter installation fees are among items on the agenda…
At tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors will consider a response to a Project...
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BROKEN TAIL LIGHT LEADS TO WARRANT ARREST

A broken tail light led to the arrest of a Twentynine Palms woman on $50,000 in arrest warrants. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a gold Saturn near Highway 62 and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms about 10:30 Saturday morning for a broken light. The deputy determined that...
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