SUPERVISORS DENY APPEAL FOR APPLE VALLEY SOLAR FARM

County supervisors voted to uphold the San Bernardino County Planning Commission’s denial of a conditional use permit for a solar farm in rural Apple Valley. The proposed 3-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm went down on a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Robert Lovingood, James Ramos and Josie Gonzales voting against the project.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a tax rate decrease and surplus property are on the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK READY FOR PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Joshua Tree National Park campgrounds are expected to be fuller during the Perseid Meteor Showers which peak August 9-13. Visitors are welcome to view the showers at various places in the park. Remember camping must be in a campground or in the backcountry by permit. A reminder that Ryan, White

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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES ADMINISTRATION CONTRACTS

In a departure from the pattern of recent meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education dispatched its open session business in under 40 minutes. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the action… At its Tuesday meeting, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education approved a one-year contract for Tom

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MORONGO BASIN THEATERS GET 32 DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS

Hi-Desert theatrical productions have garnered 32 Desert Star Award nominations by the Desert Theater League for 2013-14. Leading the way with 16 nominations is Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. The nominations include “The Perils of Goldilocks” for Outstanding Production: Comedy/Drama—Youth Theatre, with Natalie Coughlin as Outstanding Lead Actress, and John

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LANDERS COUPLE ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD NEGLECT

A Landers couple was arrested Thursday, accused of felony child neglect. According to a Sheriff’s spokesman, deputies went to a home in the 56800 block of Marquita Thursday afternoon on another matter. When they entered the home of Fredrick Gange, 59, and Joanne Gange, 52, they discovered there was no

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER THREATENING TO KILL HIS WIFE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday evening after he threatened to kill his estranged wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Ferrell, 46, started fighting with his juvenile daughter in the 5900 block of Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 8:30. The daughter left the home, and Ferrell told

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MORONGO VALLEY ASSAULT LEADS TO DRUG POSSESION ARREST

An assault in Morongo Valley resulted in an arrest for drug possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man had dropped off a boy at a home in the 10800 block of West Drive in Morongo Valley about 6:30 Saturday morning. While he was there, he was assaulted by the

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD GETS TO WORK TONIGHT

After a respite from public meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets back to work on August 5. Reporter Dan Stork says the long agenda is highlighted by upper-level administrative contracts… Following an open workshop/study session at 5 p.m., devoted to self-evaluation, the Board of Education of

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COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUES FITNESS CHALLENGE TO AREA WOMEN

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is holding a fitness challenge for women 21 years and older who want to see if they have what it takes to be a deputy sheriff. The event will consist of a “pursuit and rescue” obstacle course, push ups, sit ups, and a 1

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, August 6, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTING FIELD TRIP TO BIG BEAR

The Morongo Basin Historical Society invites you to join them and beat the heat in Big Bear. Reporter Cara Conway has more… Cool down in Big Bear on August 16 with the Morongo Basin Historical Society! While enjoying a 20-degree temperature difference from the Hi-Desert, this field trip allows you

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST THURSDAY

The Basin Wide Foundation will hold their monthly breakfast meeting this Thursday, August 7, at the Helen Gray Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The featured speaker is Paul Delaney Ph.D., Professor of Biology, and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Copper Mountain College.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON VACATION HOME RENTALS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight for another workshop on vacation home rentals. Reporter Dan Stork has the full agenda… At its August 5 meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission continues a workshop on a topic that occupied the previous two meetings—vacation home rentals. A VHR is defined as

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DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH COLLECTING DONATIONS

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is collecting donations of clothing, bedding, toys, household items, and more for its annual trip to Window Rock Church and St. Michael’s School in Arizona. Donations for this poverty-plagued area can be dropped off through August 24 during church hours; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday mornings;

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODING, 400 CARS STRANDED EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Thunderstorms that swept across Southern California Sunday led to one death and caused flooding and mudslides that stranded more than 2,000 others. Locally, 26 people were rescued and 400 vehicles were stranded, due to flash flooding on Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. County Fire Captain Wayne Thompson

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SCRAPPERS ARRESTED ON BASE WITH UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE

Two people were arrested Wednesday on the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center after they were found with scrap metals, weapons, and drugs. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Warrick, the base’s military police came across Strader Surratt, 29, and Ashley Dedrick, 22, both of North Carolina, on the base and noticed

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HI-DESERT WATER RELEASES ASSESMENT COST ESTIMATES

As the Hi-Desert Water District plans for a state mandated sewer system, residents have been wondering what their cost would be. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the District has released those estimates… The design for Yucca Valley’s sewer system is 90 percent complete, and the Hi-Desert Water District has updated

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of beating up his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Gerald Jonas, 30, was arguing with his wife in the 14700 block of Indian Cove Road about 11 a.m. The Sheriff’s report states that Jonas began to throw items around the

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FIRE DESTROYS AN SUV IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

An SUV was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening in Twentynine Palms. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Engineer Lee Martin, a GMC Envoy was traveling eastbound on Two Mile Road, a mile east of Lear Avenue, shortly before 7 when the interior caught on fire. The driver called 911 and

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