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CHRISTOPHER LEE COURT CASE CONTINUED AGAIN

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer had filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was temporarily...
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LAKE FIRE DOWN, BUT NOT OUT; WE SPEAK WITH THE FOREST SERVICE

The Lake Fire, which started June 17, spread rapidly the first eight or nine days of the fire as it burned in timber that hadn’t burned for 100 years or more. But then the fire started bumping up against the burn scar area from the Sawtooth Fire from 2006. With...
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SMOKE ADVISORY LIFTED

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has cancelled the smoke advisory issued on June 27 for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and nearby communities. Please be aware that conditions may change due to shifting wind patterns or fire conditions. For a link to the latest air quality information, visit
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SCHOOL BOARD MOPPING UP THE FISCAL YEAR TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a long list of mop-up items on the agenda for its next meeting. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown…

Following an open work/study session at 5:30 to review the single plans for student achievement at four schools, and a 6:30 closed session...
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SON ARRESTED AFTER SEVERE NEGLECT OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

An elderly woman was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday afternoon with what was described as one of the worst cases of elder abuse ever seen by the emergency room doctor. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:15, the woman was brought in non-responsive and with numerous ant bites on...
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JOSEPH PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY

Jury selection will begin today (Tuesday) in the murder trail of Joseph Phipps of Joshua Tree. Phipps, 41, is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Christy Utley Phipps, in the head in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista in Joshua Tree in January 2013. Phipps has been...
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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CELEBRATES 18TH BIRTHDAY IN JAIL

A Yucca Valley man who decided to celebrate his 18th birthday with a couple of friends by stealing some ice tea to go with his donuts celebrated becoming an adult in jail yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4:30 Monday afternoon, Albert Dupree,...
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MONSOON SEASON BRINGS CHALLENGERS TO DRIVERS

Monsoon season has arrived in the desert and mountains of Southern California. Caltrans maintenance crews need your help to keep the roads safe. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with some driver safety tips…

After a monsoon event, watch out for Caltrans clean up crews on the highway. Give them plenty of room...
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ONE ARREST AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested for spousal abuse after he got into a physical fight with his boyfriend Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Rocky Powell, 51, of the 61800 block of Morningside Road, was arguing with his boyfriend about 5 p.m. when the two men began pushing...
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VANDALS HIT MORONGO VALLEY'S COVINGTON PARK AGAIN

Vandals struck once again at Covington Park in Morongo Valley over the weekend. Community Services District General Manager Donna Munoz told Z107.7 News that vandals knocked over trash cans, wrote graffiti, and most disturbing of all, they knocked off and stole the snake head that was carved by artist Dan...
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HI-DESERT WATER SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board has called a special meeting for tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why…

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the board will be asked to establish appropriation limits; adopt a...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT A SIGN AND A PERMIT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission returns to business tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says they will take up a signage request and a construction equipment permit…

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold two public hearing at its June 30 meeting. The first is on a request from Sky’s the Limit for...
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FINAL RESULTS OF HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER'S MEASURE “Y” VOTE

The Registrar of Voters has released the final election results Monday for the mail-in ballot for Measure Y, which approves a 30-year-lease agreement between Hi Desert Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare. With an additional 307 ballots counted, and a total of 26.86 percent of the eligible voters voting, Measure Y...
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THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS PLANNED FOR LANDERS

While big public fireworks shows are planned for both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley this Fourth of July, the community of Landers will get a jump start on the holiday with a Third of July celebration. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…

The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day on...
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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LOOKING FOR A GIRLS SOFTBALL COACH

Yucca Valley High School is now accepting letters of interest for the vacant girls’ softball position for the 2015-16 school year. Those interested should contact Yucca Valley High School Athletic Director Dustin Howard at 760-365-3391 or email dchoward@yvhs.net.

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LOOK UP IN THE SKY AT VENUS AND JUPITER TONIGHT

The two brightest planets that can be seen from Earth will come this close to one another tonight. For anyone looking at a clear sky...
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ONE HOME LOST, EVACUATIONS LIFTED, LAKE FIRE OVER 30,000 ACRES

One home burned, as well as three outbuildings, were confirmed burned in the Lake Fire this weekend. The home and outbuildings, owned by Diane Best on Burns Canyon Road, burned Wednesday when the illegal drone flying in the area grounded all the firefighting aircraft with fire retardant and water. Sheriff’s...
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COUNTY WILL CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The National Fire Protection Association says that Fourth of July fireworks cause more fires in the U. S. than all other causes combined. All fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are illegal in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the...
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TWO SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED IN YUCCA VALLEY YESTERDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for two male juveniles after one of them shot at a vehicle in Yucca Valley Sunday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, the boys, described as Hispanic, were in the 7300 block of Valley Vista about 1 p.m. when they attempted to steal a...
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YUCCA VALLEY CRASH CAUSES POWER OUTAGE

A man who crashed a stolen vehicle into a power pole on the north side of the highway across from Walmart in Yucca Valley in the early hours Saturday is responsible for a power outage that affected parts of the Morongo Basin. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, about 12:30...
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