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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING ARSON FIRE AT WALMART

A suspect is in custody following an arson fire at Wal-mart early this morning. About 1:30 a.m., propane tanks stored outside the garden area caught on fire in front of the store. When firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and Morongo Valley arrived,...
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HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT ENDS IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH, ARREST

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested following a high-speed pursuit through residential streets and crash. Shortly after 2 p.m., a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Rene Ruiz, 19, near Highway 62 and El Rey Avenue in Twentynine Palms. A Sheriff’s report states that Ruiz fled on his...
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STATE SUSPENDS EXIT EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

Since 2006, all California high school students have been required to pass the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, before they could receive their diploma. The exam tests students’ knowledge and competency in math and English. However, with the change over to Common Core standards, the testing was abruptly...
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MORONGO BASIN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KICKS OFF TONIGHT

High school sports are back today with three football games. The Yucca Valley High School Trojans will host Granite Hills at home at 7 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats will host a scrimmage against Temple City at home. The junior varsity game starts at 5, with the varsity...
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PIONEER PASS CHALLENGE GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS

The 55th annual Pioneer Pass Challenge sees the unique event returning to its roots. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to sign up for this very extreme golf event…
The 2015 Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge returns to the original site of the Blue Skies Golf Course and the new Hawk’s...
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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER MIXER TONIGHT

Mojave Sands and Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce are holding their Second Annual End of Summer Mixer on Sunday, August 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mojave Sands. (corner of Hwy 62 and Sunburst). There will be fabulous prizes, great food to purchase and local musicians. Come prepared...
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YUCCA MESA POTLUCK DINNER TONIGHT

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold its regular potluck dinner Friday, August 28. The evening will cover sustainable energy, from rainwater harvesting, gray water systems, and private solar energy, as well as septic systems as related to the sewer project in Yucca Valley. The potluck starts at 6 p.m....
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PIONEER DAYS CONTESTS KICK OFF THE EVENT SEPTEMBER 19TH

The Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days will hold three contests during the kick-off on Saturday, September 19, at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. At noon is the hat contest for Best Men’s Hat, Best Women’s Hat, and Best Children’s Hat. The pie baking contest starts at 1 p.m. (although pies must...
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YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION SOFTBALL LEAGUE TAKING APPLICATIONS

Yucca Valley Recreation is offering four adult slow pitch softball leagues, teams will play an average of ten games followed by playoffs and a championship game; league play begins the week of September 8. Teams may choose men’s league, ladies league and two coed leagues. Games will be played once...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND A SCULPTURE

During a three-hour meeting Tuesday night, the Twentynine Palms City Council received an update on future traffic signals on the highway. CalTrans will install a signal at Utah Trail and Highway 62, with the state agency bearing 100 percent of the costs due to it being deemed a “safety issue.”...
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TWO YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS FACE CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Tuesday and are facing possible child endangerment charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home in the 7800 block of Valley Vista Avenue about 2 p.m. for a report of a man and woman fighting. During a parole compliance check...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MOVES COUNTY TAKEOVER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FORWARD

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board took the next step in turning over responsibility for fire protection to the county last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at that meeting and files this report…
Last night the governing board for the Twentynine Palms Fire Department voted to move forward with the...
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MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS SUNDAY ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a battalion-level exercise on the Twentynine Palms Marine base starting Sunday, August 30, through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, will take part in the...
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MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club has applications available now for the annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…
The annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant is seeking applicants. The pageant will be held on February 6, 2016. Any Yucca Valley area high school junior...
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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, August 28, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow...
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COLLEGE BOARD IN WORKSHOP SESSION TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a workshop/study session at 9 a.m. Friday, August 28. Among the items the trustees will discuss are trustee self-evaluation and goal setting, as well as goal-setting for the college superintendent/president. The workshop will be held in the community room of the...
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HUGE SOLAR FARM APPROVED NEAR BLYTHE

The Bureau of Land Management announced earlier this week its approval of the Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project. The project will be built on former farm land, covering more than five square miles, just off Interstate 10 near the town of Blythe. The Blythe Mesa Solar Power project is the...
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FULL MOON 5K RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY NIGHT

Under a magnificent night sky, the Full Moon 5k Run is tomorrow night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz laces up his running shoes…
Runners of all ages, Yucca Valley’s 12th annual Full Moon 5K Run is this Friday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Machris Park on Santa Barbara Drive in Yucca...
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SALUTE TO 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT PLANNED

This is the 25th year since troops left Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Basin to be in Desert Shield. To commemorate the effort, a local committee is raising $25,000 for a four-day event called the Salute in conjunction with the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days event. The event honors and thanks...
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MANDATORY ATHLETE AND PARENT MEETING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT

A parent and student athlete meeting for NEW Twentynine Palms High School students will be held tonight, Thursday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wildcat Gym. If you are a freshmen or a new student and are participating in a fall sport, you and your parent or guardian must...
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