HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HONORS STAFF MEMBERS

Hi-Desert Medical Center recently honored their staff members. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the kudos… Hi-Desert Medical Center recently honored staff who demonstrated the Medical Center’s core values in a profound way. Honorees were from both the hospital and Family Health Clinics. Awardees included Jillene Cranfill, Jacob Jones, Kimberly Johnson, Laurie

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BURN PERMITS SUSPENDED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY AND YUCCA VALLEY

The county fire marshall reminds residents that all burn permits have been suspended in unincorporated parts of San Bernardino county, as well as in Yucca Valley. All campfires, warming fires, and fires to burn trash require a permit. The permits are free, simply stop by your local fire station to

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NEW PERFORMANCES FOR “DRIVING MISS DAISY” AT GROVE’S THEATER

The Groves Cabin Theatre has added several performances to the run of “Driving Miss Daisy.” Reporter Rebecca Havely is directing the show and has all the details… The cast and crew have rehearsals well underway for “Driving Miss Daisy.” The cast includes, Joy Groves, Horace Miller and Dave Jessup. The

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2015 “FAMILY OF THE YEAR” NAMED BY TWENTYNINE PALMS KIWANIS

A local family, active in the community, was named 2015 Family of the Year by the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis president Kurt Schauppner said the Grimes family—Bernie and Christina, and their sons Chase, Heath, and Torin—are active in Boy Scouts and home schooling. Bernie was a Marine for 25

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DISABLED AMERICAN VETS LOOKING FOR AIR RIFLE COMPETITORS

The Local Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, the DAV, is hosting a unique competition next month aboard the Marine Base. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the contest is for any veteran, with any kind of disability… The Morongo Basin Chapter #60 of the Disabled American Vets organization is seeking

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING RIBS TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Thursday night dinner tonight from 4:00 to 7:00. On the menu is ribs, potato salad or coleslaw, and barbecue beans, for $9. Its Friday dinner is fish and chips from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces are

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EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE STARTS TODAY

Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley will hold a three-day rummage sale September 3, 4, and 5. The sale runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, and Friday, and 8 to 1 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at Mohawk Trail and Sunnyslope in Yucca Valley, next to Desert Christ

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will hold its first meeting of the year on Friday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m., at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Robert Anderson, Sheriff Service Specialist, who will share his expertise on general awareness and personal safety. Lunch

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE LECTURE SERIES UNVEILED

Every year, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society provides a venue for a series of monthly lectures on topics of local historical, scientific, and cultural interest. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the Second Friday Lecture Series offerings for 2015-2016… On the second Friday evening of each month from September to June, the

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LA CONTENTA BACK-TO SCHOOL NIGHT

La Contenta Middle School will hold their back-to-school night tonight, Thursday, September 3, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. Parents should bring their child’s schedule. The evening is designed to give parents a chance to visit their child’s classrooms and meet their teachers. Parents will be given an overview of the

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School varsity volleyball team lost in three sets against San Jacinto yesterday. Coaches say standouts were Kyley Beatty with with four kills, several assists from Jade Adair and Becky Messaros, as well as impressive blocks from Emily Vigrass and Kelcie Vigallon.

The Yucca Valley High

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN WAKES TO FIND MAN TRYING TO RAPE HER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of breaking into a home and attempting to rape a woman. The Sheriff’s department received a call about 5:45 a.m. that a man, later identified as Lawrence Carruthers, 51, of the 6100 block of Avalon Court, was in a bedroom in

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THREE COUNTY DEPUTIES CHARGED IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING

Three San Bernardino County deputies were charged Tuesday with felony assault in a highly publicized beating of an Apple Valley man in April. District Attorney Mike Ramos announced that charges were filed against Deputies Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps, and Charles Foster. If convicted of assault by a public officer, each

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PREFERS MUNICIPAL USE FOR PFF BUILDING

With not even a dozen residents in attendance, the Yucca Valley Town Council discussed options of how to use the abandoned PFF Bank building that was purchased for $1.6 million by the town’s redevelopment agency in 2009. Due to the state’s forced dissolution of the town’s redevelopment agency in 2011,

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STALKING

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday morning, accusing of violating a restraining order by stalking and harassing his neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, Gregory Lonsdale, 60, of the 53200 block of Altadena Avenue in Morongo Valley threatened his neighbor and pointed a handgun at him on July 31.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested following a fight with his girlfriend Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called the Sheriff’s Department shortly before midnight Sunday to say her boyfriend, identified as Brian Novak, had a knife, punched her in the face, and threatened her life. Deputies

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SUPERVISORS OK TRAILS IN JOSHUA TREE’S SECTION 6, PIONEERTOWN WATER INTER-CONNECTION PIPELINE

Two items from the consent agenda of the September 1 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have direct local impact. Reporter Dan Stork says one is about a trail project in Joshua Tree, and the other is about bringing water to Pioneertown… The Board of Supervisors accepted

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MORE DETAIL ON PIONEERTOWN WATER ACTIONS

In a related story, Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look at how the supervisors’ action could solve a long-running problem with the Pioneertown water supply and service… Folks in Pioneertown who have been working with the county on a plan to bring safe drinking water to the 120

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OUR TWO STATE REPRESENTATIVES TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY

Our state representatives are moving up the state pecking order. Yesterday, the Republican Caucus announced it has selected Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley to be its next leader. Mayes will take over from current Republican Leader Kristin Olsen in January. Mayes, a former council member and mayor of Yucca

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION MEETING TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold a special closed session meeting 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 2. The sole item on the closed session agenda is to discuss the significant exposure to potential litigation. The meeting will be held in City Hall on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.