THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR CRIME SPREE

Sheriff’s investigators may have broken a major regional crime spree. Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing merchandise and attempting to return it for a refund. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Suzanne Torres, 32, Patrick Wunderlee, 30, and Scott Downen, 61, went to the Food for Less

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DESERT GUILDS QUILT SHOW IN PALMS SPRINGS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show to be held in Palm Springs March 7 and 8. The show will feature 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables in Yucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area.

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DESERT GUILDS QUILT SHOW SET FOR PALM SPRINGS MARCH 7-8

“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show to be held in Palm Springs March 7 and 8. The show will feature 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables in Yucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area.

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA RESIGNS FROM BANNING POST

Banning City Manager Andy Takata has submitted his resignation after four years. Takata came to Banning after serving as manager for the town of Yucca Valley.

Takata was paid almost $268,000 in 2012. Banning spokesman Bill Manis said the city and Takata came to “mutual understanding” about his resignation.

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AT WILDLAND FIRES

Fire fighters from several Morongo Basin stations have been sent to help fight fires currently burning in Southern California. Joshua Tree and Morongo Valley fire stations have each sent a brush engine and crew to join the 1,400 fire fighters fighting the Silver fire near Banning, which as of

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SILVER FIRE IN BANNING BRINGS SMOKE INTO OUR MORONGO BASIN

Bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin communities, the nearby Silver Fire near Banning grew to 16,000 acres as 1,400 firefighters from 84 engine companies work ton control of the fast-moving blaze. Some communities have been evacuated and Highway 243 is closed from San Gorgonio Avenue in Banning to Marion

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MOUNTAIN FIRE THREATENS IDYLLWILD, NOW ALMOST 20,000 ACRES

The Mountain Fire, bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin at times, was at almost 23,000 acres as of this morning and is 15 percent contained. Rapid movement of the fire has prompted an evacuation order of Idyllwild, Trails End, and Fern Valley. More than 4,100 residences and 100 commercial

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AREA’S FIRST BUS TO GO ON DISPLAY THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin’s first bus will be on display at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms Saturday. The bus, a 1928 Chevrolet, owned and operated by Johnnie Hastie, seated 12 passengers and included a wood-burning stove. Hastie drove the bus from Twentynine Palms to Banning and back every day,

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NEARBY HATHAWAY FIRE BRINGING SMOKE IN TO THE AREA

The nearby Hathaway Fire has grown to 1,700 acres. Winds whipped furiously through the Banning Pass late Monday, making firefighters’ jobs much tougher. The wildfire was 25 percent contained by 6:30 p.m. last night. It’ll likely take a few weeks until firefighters fully control the fire. The blaze, first reported

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SMOKE FROM MORONGO RESERVATION FIRE IN OUR SKIES

Smoke hung to the west of our Morongo Basin from an estimated 1,300-acre wildfire in the mountains northeast of Banning yesterday. San Bernardino National Forest San Bernardino National Forest spokesman John Miller said the Hathaway Fire has the potential to reach several thousand acres, but is burning in a wilderness

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CORRECTION AND UPDATE TO YESTERDAY’S STORY ABOUT MAN WITH PARTIALLY SEVERED FOOT FROM ORV ACCIDENT

Due to bad information from the California Highway Patrol, we are correcting yesterday’s story about the man whose foot was partially severed at the ankle during an off-road accident in Landers Sunday afternoon. Justin Long of Yucca Valley was the driver of the SUV, not the victim, as reported. The

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN EJECTED FROM MOVING BRONCO, MAY LOSE FOOT

A Banning man may lose his foot after being ejected from a moving vehicle Sunday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Dan Munsey, about 3 p.m. Sunday, an open-air Bronco without a top on it was traveling southbound on Warren Vista in Landers when it hit a bump at Winters Road.

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