ONE ARREST FOR STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

At least one person was arrested Thursday night for strong arm robbery following an attempted shoplifting attempt at a Yucca Valley grocery store. According to a Sheriff’s report, two suspects, one later identified as Michael Rascon, 20, a transient, entered the “new” Stater Brothers store about 10:30 p.m. and tried

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THREE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY DRUG RAID

At least three Yucca Valley residents were arrested Thursday following a drug raid in the 7400 block of Joshua View in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies went to the home about 8:40 a.m. and found heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and weapons. Deputies determined that subjects came to the

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BEWARE OF THE “GRANDPARENT’S SCAM”

An old phone scam that is making the rounds again. It’s called the “grandparents scam,” because the caller pretends to be the victim’s grandchild who needs money because of an arrest or car crash Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can avoid being a victim….

A grandmother in Yucca

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LAKE FIRE 90 PERCENT CONTAINED AT 49 SQUARE MILES

The Lake Fire that has raged in the San Bernardino Mountains since June 17 was 90 percent contained this morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire had burned 31,359 acres (about 49 square miles) near Barton Flats, destroying one home and doing an estimated $39.5 million in damage.

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MATERNITY LEAVE EXTENDED FOR MARINES AND SAILORS

The Secretary of the Navy announced Thursday that he is expanding paid maternity leave for Marines and sailors to 18 weeks. The new policy is retroactive to January 1. While new mothers are eligible for the extended leave, the extended maternity leave for adoptive mothers and parental leave is not

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ASSESSMENT NOTICES SHOW INCREASE IN PROPERTY VALUES

Each year the county assessor determines market value of all taxable property based on existing home sales, new construction and other market conditions. In recent weeks, most area property owners received an assessment notice post card reflecting any change in market value. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what the numbers mean…

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LOW-COST PET VACCINATIONS, MICROCHIPS, SPAY AND NEUTER OFFERED

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM YOUTH CAMP BEGINS WEEK 3

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum kids camp begins its third week of a four-week summer camp. You can register each week as the camp continues. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely to tell you how…

“Eat Well, Play Well” is the theme of the Yucca Valley youth camp at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

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SANTA FE SOCIAL CLUB RUMMAGE SALE THIS WEEK

The Santa Fe Social Club House is holding a rummage sale July 8, 9 and 10 from 9 to 4 daily. Lots of great items from furniture to clothing and some amazing sun-catchers made by the Clubhouse members. The Clubhouse is located on the corner of Apache and Santa Fe

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SERVICES SET FOR KAY MCGRORTY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Kay Gibson McGrorty, a long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, and co-owner of McGeez Auto Body, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 4. Kay McGrorty is survived by her husband, Mick McGrorty, five daughters, 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-grandson expected any day, and many extended family

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FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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HELICOPTER SEARCH UNSUCCESSFUL FOR SUSPECT

Deputies called in a helicopter to help search for a suspect who fled following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a green Chevy Camaro traveling eastbound on Old Dale Road at a high rate of speed about 3 p.m. As

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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LAKE FIRE STALLS, NOW 70 PERCENT CONTAINED

For the last two days, the mammoth Lake Fire has stalled at 49 square miles, allowing hand crews and bulldozer operators to laboriously strengthen and extend their fires lines. As a result, 70 percent of the perimeter was surrounded by fire lines by last night. Fire officials are beginning to

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LOCAL RAIN MEANS 48 HOURS OF NO WATERING

Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms, as well as other parts of the Morongo Basin, received measureable rainfall Wednesday. For customers who get their water from a water district instead of from a well or who haul their water, that means outdoor landscapes can’t be watered during or within

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HOT WEATHER PRESENTS DRIVING CHALLENGES

The California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety warn that summer presents a new set of challenges on the roads. Reporter Dan Stork passes along some hot-weather driving tips from the CHP…

Here are some of the hazards of summer driving:

Leaving children or animals in a

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SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-ROAD LAWS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin OHV Team would like to remind everyone this Fourth of July holiday weekend that they will be out utilizing dual-sport motorcycles and 4X4 vehicles on patrol enforcing OHV violations with the assistance of County Code Enforcement. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and

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CONGRESSMAN COOK LOOKS FOR SALUTE TO WOMEN NOMINEES

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will honor local women and is asking for your nomination. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how and who to nominate…

Later this year Congressman Paul Cook will honor young women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in our community at his “Salute to Women: Young

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COURTHOUSE CLOSED TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

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