TWO-VEHICLE CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE SENDS FIVE TO THE HOSPITAL

A two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade Monday afternoon sent one person to the hospital, injured four others, and shut down Highway 62 for about 1 ½ hours. According to a CHP website, a silver Civic being driven down the grade hit the center divider and flipped around about ½

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MARINE CORPS CONDUCTING ACTIVE SHOOTER EXCERCISES

The Marine Corps will be conducting an active-shooter exercise on board the Combat Center starting today (Tuesday) through Friday. The drill is a regional anti-terrorism force protection exercise which will deploy first responders, a crisis action team, an emergency operation center, and a communication control center. The location of the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, LOOKS AT COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT PLAN

Sprucing up community businesses, the city budget, and dog park status are all on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council tonight. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else is doing…

Prior to its 6 p.m. meeting on February 25, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a workshop at

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BEWARE OF GRAND JURY SCAM

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury warns residents that scammers are asking people to pay money due to missing a summons for a grand jury appearance. A resident was recently contacted by an alleged Sheriff’s lieutenant, who said an arrest warrant had been issued because the person had failed to

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SECOND PHASE OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STARTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley has begun the second phase of its highway construction project, the Transportation Congestion Relief Program. The first phase included raised medians from Kickapoo Trail to Elk Trail, and from Cherokee Trail to Apache Trail. The second phase includes sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and handicap ramps from

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, ANNEXATION OF W-1 ON THE AGENDA

The Bighorn Desert view water Agency Board meets tonight, Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will be taking steps to annex the county W-1 water district…

The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meets in regular session at 6 p.m. tonight. Among items up for consideration are three related to

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JOSHUA BASN WATER DISTRICT BOARD NIXES RAISE, HIRES SAUER

Last week we reported that the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors were to consider a pay hike for themselves. Following a brief discussion, that proposal was roundly defeated. Directors there will continue to receive the same level of compensation they’ve received since 2008. At that same meeting, an

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TWENTYNINE PALMS KIWANIS SPONSOR THEATRE 29 OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY

The Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club will sponsor this Friday’s opening night gala at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get tickets…

Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” opens Friday, February 28. The play,

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NESTING RAPTORS CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOME JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING ROUTES

Seven climbing routes in the Indian Cove area of Joshua Tree National Park have been temporarily closed, the Park Service announced Monday. Park Superintendent Mark Butler signed a temporary emergency closure notice due to raptors who are nesting in the area. The closed climbing routes include Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress,

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM GROWING, OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Alta Loma and Olympic. The team will work for one short hour. The Joshua Tree Clean Team is now up to a total of 23 members. Coordinator John Stannard said the team had

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MORONGO BASIN MAC PUTTING TOGETHER PRIORITY LIST TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin MAC is putting together a comprehensive list of local concerns. Reporter Dan Stork says you can be part of the brainstorming process…

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council has a committee compiling a list of Basic Regional and Community Enhancements (or BRACE, for short). The committee will

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DUAL TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT THURSDAY

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High School music departments will hold a combined concert Thursday in the Twentynine Palms Wildcat Gym. Doors open at 6:15 and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. The concert will feature band and choral songs with both schools performing together, with

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DEADLINE FOR HOSPITAL BOARD TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for an open seat on the Hi-Desert Medical Center board is approaching. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this reminder…..

At Hi-Desert Medical Center, the deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow for applications for the board seat vacated by Paul Hoffman earlier this month. Interested and eligible candidates may

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL IN CIF PLAYOFFS TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts Hesperia Christian Patriots tonight at 7:00 at Joshua Springs in the CIF Division 6 quarterfinal. Spokesman Adam Evergart says the match-up between former league rivals should be a good one, as Hesperia is the number 6 ranked team, while Joshua Springs is ranked number

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FORMER COMPTON POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY SPOUSAL ASSAULT

A former Compton police officer who used to help put criminals in jail is himself behind bars today. Retired officer Thomas Zampiello, 67, of Yucca Valley, was arrested Friday afternoon after his wife told Sheriff’s deputies he threatened her and rammed her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, Zampiello went

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COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS CLASS OFERRED BY COUNTY FIRE

If a disaster happened in your community, who would be there to help? Well, it could be you. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team…

If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you

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ON GOLDEN POND OPENING A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

The St. Joseph’s Players held their opening weekend of “On Golden Pond” this past weekend at St. Joseph’s of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. The opening night Gala on Friday was sponsored by the Gladys Carols Scholarship Program. Ticket sales, donations, and auction proceeds raised more than $2,300 for the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS HELENDALE SOLAR FIELD TOMORROW

While there is nothing on the agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting that directly impacts the Morongo Basin, there is an item that may be a preview of coming attractions for our area. Reporter Dan Stork focuses on a solar project in Helendale that is

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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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OUR DESERT IS BEING INVADED

Our desert and Joshua Tree National Park are being invaded. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how to be a defender…

Did you know that an invasion of the desert is occurring right below your feet? Sahara mustard is a non-native plant that invades our desert’s natural areas. Sahara mustard

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