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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, TWO POLICIES UP FOR REVIEW

The Morongo Unified School District Board meets in closed and regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the school board will look at two policies involving parents…
Following a 6 p.m. closed session meeting on student expulsions and re-admissions, public employee discipline, dismissal, release, the Morongo Unified School District...
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COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT JOSHUA TREE CELL TOWER

The county’s planning commission will be asked to give its stamp of approval to a conditional use permit for a 55-foot cell phone tower, designed as a sign, in Joshua Tree. The project will also include 12-panel antennas, a 30-foot by 30-foot block building, a 30-kilowatt generator, and two GPS...
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RETIREES MARINE BIRTHDAY BALL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Retirees’ Marine Corps Birthday Ball dinner and dance will go on sale Tuesday, September 1. The dinner and dance will be held November 7 at the Officers’ Club on board the Combat Center. Tickets are $38 each, and seating is limited. For information on where to buy...
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CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING AVAILABLE

A Yucca Valley agency is offering mental health screening for children to recognize early signs of problems. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…
Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley Trojan volleyball and tennis teams kick off their seasons against San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto. Tennis starts at 3:15; first serve for volleyball is at 5 p.m.

Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms Wildcat girls’ tennis team hosts Banning High...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN, EX-WIFE, ACCUSED OF MURDER, DISMEMBERMENT, BURNING BODY

A Twentynine Palms man and his ex-wife are behind bars in Pennsylvania, accused of murdering, dismembering, and burning the body of a man they say stole drugs and money from them more than a decade ago. Police in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, say Stacy Britton, 46, showed police text messages earlier...
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SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBER ARRESTED FRIDAY

A Wonder Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of holding up a Yucca Valley pharmacy with a knife earlier that day. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man, later identified as Justin Becker, 23, entered the New Pharmacy located in the Town Center Mall about 9 a.m., brandished a...
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VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL SATURDAY

We have very limited information about a crash that sent a pedestrian to the hospital Saturday evening. About 8:19 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies were called to the intersection of Indian Trail and Adobe Road for a call of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The patient was flown from Luckie Park to...
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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN FLORIDA

Convicted sex offender John Korcz was arrested Wednesday, August 26, in Florida. The Sheriff’s Department has been looking for Korcz since 2007 when deputies discovered that he was not living at his registered address in Morongo Valley. Convicted sex offenders are required to notify law enforcement of their home address....
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MEDICAL TRANSPORT VAN DAMAGED IN GAS SYSTEM THEFT

Gas thieves sped off with 30 gallons crippling a van and inflicting pain to hundreds of area patients in the process. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why the recovery period will likely last well into September…
Hundreds of locals who depend on free, non-emergency medical transportation for access to...
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FIRE NEAR ARROWHEAD QUICKLY CONTROLLED YESTERDAY

Firefighters stopped the forward spread of a 15-acre brush fire in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains and got it fully contained less than five hours after it started, fire officials said. The Arrowhead fire, which started about 3 p.m. Sunday, closed down Highway 18 between East 40th Street in San...
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MAJOR EXERCISE CONTINUES ABOARD THE 29 PALMS MARINE BASE

This reminder to those who live in and around the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. A battalion-level exercise will run 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, are taking part in the training...
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TIPS FOR CALLING 9-1-1

We all know to call 911 in case of an emergency. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on how you can help dispatchers if you ever need to call 911…

Calling 9-1-1 can be intimidating, but try to stay as calm as possible. Be prepared to provide...
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TRAIL PROJECT, PIONEERTOWN WATER, ON AGENDA FOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TOMORROW

Among items of local interest at the county’s board of supervisors meeting tomorrow, the Supervisors will be asked to approve a grant award of $200,000 to develop 3.1 miles of trail at Desert View Recreational Trails Project in Joshua Tree, over a five-year- period, along with a 20-year performance contract...
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THEATRE 29, LOCAL CHAMBERS, TO ANNOUNCE 2016 SEASON

If you’re eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Theatre 29 2016 season, save the date of Wednesday, September 23. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…
In a special tri-chamber event, the local chambers of commerce will host an event announcing the highly anticipated Theatre 29, 2016 season. The event...
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MONSOONS BRING WILDFLOWER ACTIVITY TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park has put out a special monsoon edition of its blooming wildflower report. Golden carpets of manybristle cinchweed are covering the desert floor on the west entrance to the park, along with yellow bushes of desert senna, and several other colorful flowers. Desert sand verbena, creosote flowers,...
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ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Enjoy the fall weather by joining a slow-pitch, adult softball league offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has all the bases covered and tells you how to join in …
Slow-pitch, adult softball begins next week and includes a men’s league, women’s league or two coed...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

After struggling last year, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan Football team started out their season with a big win Friday night. Coach Andrew Amarosa said his varsity team won the game with Granite Hills High School, 27-6. Amarosa said the team dominated the line of scrimmage on both...
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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR HOLDS OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings...
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HARRISON HOUSE CONCERT TO MARK ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

There will be a very special concert at the Harrison House in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Chamber music concert will commemorate the Armenian Genocide…
Harrison House will commemorate the centennial of Armenian genocide with a performance by the Pogossian family string quartet and quintet....
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