DRUG USE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ROBBERY ARREST

Three people were arrested on various charges following a complaint of drug use in front of a home in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called to report that two people, later identified as Anthony Sacco, 26, and Kaylene DeForest, 37, were sitting in a car

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AN ARREST AT GUNPOINT AT WAL-MART

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and alerted Sheriff’s deputies who were in

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SOME CONFUSION ABOUT THE YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

The state has mandated that the Town of Yucca Valley stop using septic tanks by next year, and the Hi-Desert Water District has chosen to build a wastewater treatment plant to treat its sewage. The water district will pay for the proposed $145 million sewer project by assessing a portion

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CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER COUNTY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Charges were filed Friday against the former field representative of County Supervisor James Ramos. Mike Lipsitz, 53, of Landers, was arrested February 4, accused of bringing narcotics to an inmate at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. Lipsitz denies the charges. An arraignment date has not yet been set. Lipsitz is a

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COUNTY CONSIDERS APPEAL OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF SOLAR PROJECT

At its meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission is considering an appeal against a solar field project outside our area. Reporter Dan Stork says the hearing is interesting in a couple of respects… The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hear an appeal against a permit for

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FREE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30

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VA LOOKING FOR LOCAL DRIVERS

Local volunteers are being sought to help drive Morongo Basin Veterans to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you what the job is and how to sign up… The VA Hospital in Loma Linda urgently needs volunteer drivers to transport veterans from the Morongo Basin to

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VETERANS COUNSELING, BENEFITS, AND REFERRAL SERVICES OFFERED

The San Bernardino Vet Center offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, in the Office of Student

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DUMOSA TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS TOMORROW

Make plans now to avoid the intersection of Dumosa and the highway in Yucca Valley for a while. Managing editor Tami Roleff says new traffic light construction starts there Wednesday… Construction on a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue, along with raised medians and turn

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COLDWELL BANKER REALTY RIBBON CUTTING WEDNESDAY

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the expansion and relocation of Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty. You are invited to join the Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate the new downtown location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday, February 18th at 3:00pm. A small reception with light hors d’oeuvres

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FAT TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

St. Joseph’s Church in Yucca Valley is offering a Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday feast to benefit a local charity. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you what’s for supper… Did you know that Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French? In the Episcopal Church, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is also called

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TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRLS BASKETBALL FINISHES UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE PLAY

Thursday night, Twentynine Palms High School girls’ varsity Wildcats finished their regular season with a 51-to-41 win at Yucca Valley High School to raise their record to 20-and-6 overall and 12-and-0 in league. As of the last CIF 4AA poll, the Wildcats were ranked number 6 in a very tough

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22 MARINES TREATED AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT ABOARD THE 29 PALMS BASE

Twenty-two Marines were treated for exposure to a fire-retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries. Marine Base representatives said an equipment malfunction caused the fire suppression system to go off inside an amphibious

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NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF YUCCA VALLEY BABY

An update on the homicide investigation into the death of a 4-week-old baby on Monday. Sheriff’s officials have confirmed that Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the case as a precaution. While the coroner has not yet released the cause of death, Sheriff’s officials do not suspect foul play

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL EXTENDS TIME FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEGOTIATION

With a legal deadline approaching, the Yucca Valley Town Council got more time from the proponents who successfully petitioned for an ordinance allowing medical marijuana. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at a special council meeting on the matter last night… As expected, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved an agreement

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FIREFIGHTERS SAVE TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE

An aggressive attack by Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Jim Thompson, Twentynine Palms firefighters, assisted by fire fighters from the Combat Center and Wonder Valley, were dispatched to a home in the 73000 block of Sun Valley Drive at 1:09 p.m. Upon arrival,

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER GETS GOLD SEAL ACCREDITATION

A surprise inspection of the Hi-Desert Medical Center has resulted in a top grade. Z107.7 reporter Mike Lipsitz says the local hospital got high marks… Hi-Desert Medical Center has been re-accredited for meeting state-of-the-art national standards for health care quality and safety as determined by The Joint Commission, the nation’s

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JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY OPEN LATE TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold its opening reception for its new show on Saturday, February 14, during the Saturday night Art Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. More than a dozen artists will be on display during the new show, which runs through March 7. The gallery is

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FEE-FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16. Managing editor Tami Roleff urges area residents to take advantage

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JOSHUA TREE VFW KITCHEN BUSY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not serve up a Friday night dinner. Instead, it will have a Valentine’s Day rib-eye steak barbecue on Saturday, February 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance only. There is no Sunday breakfast this

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