MARINE HUMVEE FIRE BLOCKS MORONGO GRADE

A military vehicle in a convoy on its way to the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms caught on fire yesterday afternoon, shutting down the Morongo Grade for about half an hour. According to the CHP, the last Humvee in the convoy caught on fire about 3:10 yesterday about a quarter

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BODY FOUND WEST OF YUCCA VALLEY

Hikers reported finding a man’s dead body in the mountains west of Yucca Valley near Desert Hot Springs, sheriff’s officials say. A 911 caller told dispatchers of their find at 10:32 a.m. Sunday, roughly seven miles east of Desert Hot Springs in the mountains north of Dillon and Aqueduct Roads.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS APPROVES MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

Three medical marijuana dispensaries will open soon in nearby Desert Hot Springs. Their city council voted last night on how many shops and the criteria for applications. The criteria includes financial and criminal backgrounds; how the business would be organized; the number of patients the shop expects to serve; and

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS TO DECIDE HOW MANY MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

Desert Hot Springs is expected to take the final steps necessary in letting medical marijuana dispensaries set up shop in the city Tuesday night when council members vote on a series of ordinances. The Desert Hot Springs City Council has already approved ordinances allowing the dispensaries, which come back for

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A STRANGE CASE OF MUSICAL STOLEN CARS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s investigators are scratching their heads over a strange case of musical stolen cars in Yucca Valley Wednesday. From what deputies have been able to piece together, the thief tried to steal a black 1993 Honda Civic from the parking lot in the Dollar Tree store in the 58600 block

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HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—falls this year in the fourth week of September. Reporter Dan Stork urges Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin to reserve their places at the High Holy Day services offered by the Jewish Federation…

Religious services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and for Yom

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS FACE MORE COMPETITION, LESS PLAYOFF BERTHS

As our local high school football season gets underway, the De Anza League is expanding with a new team, but fewer play-off berths. Rancho Mirage is joining Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Big Bear, Shadow Hills, Desert Hot Springs and Desert Mirage in a scramble for just two automatic play-off berths

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NEARBY DESERT HOT SPRINGS FACING DIS-INCORPORATION

Desert Hot Springs City leaders declared a fiscal emergency Tuesday—Desert Hot Springs’ second in eight months—in order to place general tax measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. The previous fiscal emergency, declared last November, enabled the City Council to reduce employee benefits and holidays, eliminate staff by more than 70

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SATURDAY MORONGO VALLEY CRASH CAUSES ROAD DELAYS, POWER OUTAGE

Traffic on Highway 62 was disrupted for about six hours on Saturday after a man drove his truck into a power pole in Morongo Valley. About 2:30 p.m., Raymond Yglesias, 48, of Whittier, was driving a Ford Ranger pick-up truck pulling a trailer, westbound on the Highway, just east of

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ELDERLY COUPLE CRITICALLY INJURED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH

An elderly couple were critically injured in a crash in Joshua Tree Saturday afternoon. About 1:10, Velma Ringwald, 58, of Twentynine Palms was stopped at the southbound stop sign at Sun Ray Road and Highway 62, when she pulled out directly into the path of a bread delivery truck driven

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE LECTURE FEATURES CABOT’S PUEBLO MUSEUM

The Old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms will feature the fascinating Cabot Pueblo Museum in their lecture this Friday night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details…

The man behind the legendary Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, Cabot Yerxa, will be the focus of the next Second Friday Lecture

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CALTRANS WORK ON 62 BETWEEN I-10 AND INDIAN TO CAUSE DELAYS

CalTrans is working on Highway 62 from Indian Canyon Avenue to Interstate 10. The project involves repaving of the existing roadway, widening the existing inside shoulder from two to five feet, upgrading the metal beam guardrail and replacement of an existing dike. Lanes in each direction will be closed 6

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS CONSIDERS POT SHOPS

Desert Hot Springs City leaders are exploring permitting and taxing medical marijuana dispensaries. If approved, Desert Hot Springs would join Palm Springs as one of two cities in Riverside County to permit marijuana dispensaries to operate. An audit conducted last year by Palm Springs of its three legal dispensaries revealed

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A COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Again this year, a public Passover Seder is being offered to Jewish residents of the area. Reporter Dan Stork tells how to reserve a spot at the table…

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs— including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY OFFICIAL ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND JOSHUA TREE WARRANT

Desert Hot Springs Planning Commissioner Dean Gray, 62, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault and on a warrant out of Joshua Tree that accused him of driving on a suspended license, according to Desert Hot Springs police. Gray was detained at Correctional Facility in Banning, according to

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Golf Team is 0-3 in preseason play. The ’Cats traveled to Apple Valley and Maywood Palm Valley last week and lost both matches. On Monday, the ’Cats hosted Apple Valley and suffered their first home loss. Coach Grant Whipple said the ’Cats played hard

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DRIVER INVOLVED IN HIGHWAY 62 CRASH AT INDIAN AVENUE LAST WEEK DIES

A Cathedral City man died Saturday, five days after a crash that snarled traffic on Highway 62 near Desert Hot Springs. According to the CHP and the Riverside Coroner, Mark Brogan, 60, was driving his Mini Cooper southbound on the highway shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, March 10, when he

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AFTERNOON CRASH SNARLS TRAFFIC ON S.R. 62 NEAR INDIAN

A silver Mini Cooper failed to stop at the traffic light at Highway 62 and Indian Canyon about 5 p.m. yesterday, and slammed into the rear of a red Dodge pick-up truck, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Mini Cooper had to be rescued using the

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CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS FACING BANKRUPTCY

The Desert Hot Springs City Council may soon be taking the first steps towards declaring bankruptcy. City officials say the staff will recommend city leaders approve a fiscal emergency, a legal maneuver that gives the city greater flexibility to negotiate its debts and work with employee unions. Under new revenue

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT AND PAROLE VIOLATIONS

A Joshua Tree transient, who’s been convicted of several felonies, was arrested again Tuesday for theft and parole violations. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, William Gaines, 49, had been a caretaker for an elderly couple in the 62200 block of Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. On his recommendation, the

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