COUNTY REVISES IMMIGRATION DETAINER POLICY

In a consent agenda item, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors moved to resolve an impasse in dealing with criminals who are in this country illegally. Dan Stork has the background of the issue, and the local resolution… In recent years, the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE)

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOVIE TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Elementary School fourth grade will have a movie night tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. In honor of the Christmas season, the movie will be the Polar Express. The admission price is $7 which includes hot cocoa, a cookie, and a bell. Families will want

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SANTA’S ELVES IN MORONGO VALLEY TOMORROW EVENING

Santa’s elves will visit some families in Morongo Valley Friday evening. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts on his pointy elf shoes and digs into his bag of goodies to tell us more… In Morongo Valley tomorrow evening, Santa’s elves will brighten the holidays for more than three dozen families. Now in

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School boys’ basketball team visited Sultana last night and came up just short by a final score of 63-65. Coach Gilbert Perry said they were led by seniors Trenton Pecaro with 29 points and JaShawn White with 17. The Trojans were able to stay within striking

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: CITIZENS WANT MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REOPENED

The Yucca Valley Town Council changed the order of its meeting last night, so that the 15 people who there to speak during public comment wouldn’t have to wait until the end of a four-hour meeting to do so. In the first of a two-part story, Managing Editor Tami Roleff

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COUNTY APPROVES COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE

The few local residents who addressed the County Board of Supervisors were cautiously approving of the new solar development ordinance. Dan Stork describes their last requests… Since it was a consent agenda item, and no Supervisor requested additional discussion, the San Bernardino County ordinance on commercial solar development was approved

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SMALL FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE FROM SMOKING IN BED

San Bernardino County firefighters remind residents not to smoke in bed. Fire Captain Mark Murphy said Joshua Tree firefighters were called out about 6:50 this morning to the 62000 block of Mountain View Circle to put out a small fire caused by a man smoking in a sleeping bag. The

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD gets down to work with their newly formed board tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the CSD will reorganize and look at user fees… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, new board members Karen Lowe and Gayl Swarat, and incumbent

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COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS GOING DIGITAL

The county fire stations here in the Morongo Basin are joining the 21st century. According to Fire Captain Mark Murphy, the firefighters/paramedics in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa are in a pilot group and are among the first in San Bernardino County to transition their record-keeping from pen

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CHILI COOK-OFF, LAST CHANCE FOR HARLEY RAFFLE TICKETS

Get out your secret recipe for chili; a chili cook-off at Copper Mountain College this Friday will end with someone winning a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle. Managing Editor Tami Roleff will be there… Your last chance to buy a raffle ticket for a 2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS PROTEST FROM UNIONS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting was enlivened by protests from representatives of the Morongo Teachers Association. Dan Stork explains… During the public comment opportunity at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting, Terri Weitz, the president of the Morongo Teachers Association, protested about the

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HI-DESERT, JOSHUA BASIN, AND TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARDS ALL MEET TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says they will look at both Water and Fire business… Today, Wednesday, December 18, the Water District and Fire Department will have their monthly meetings. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the Water District will consider and possibly approve the purchase

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TLC LOOKING FOR CAROLERS

The TLC Love Notes are recruiting people to go caroling with them in Yucca Valley this Friday, December 20. The TLC Love Notes plan to sing Christmas carols in the 7500 block of Condalia Avenue from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and collect donations for Tender Loving Christmas. The neighborhood is

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School basketball Trojans fought hard for a victory but fell to the San Jacinto Tigers by a score a 63-57. Coach Gilbert Berry said senior Captain Lawrence Mays suffered an injury in the second quarter and never returned. The team rallied around each other and fought

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MILITARY DRUG TESTS GET TOUGHER ON “SPICE” USE

The military is getting tougher on testing for the use of “spice.” The Defense Department has changed its urinalysis tests to include the synthetic marijuana substance known as spice on its list of drugs to screen for. The move comes after an internal Pentagon study that found that about 2.5

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CHP RELEASES DETAILS ABOUT MILITARY-CIVILIAN CRASH LAST WEEK IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol has released details about the collision last week between a civilian pick-up truck and a military light armored vehicle. According to a CHP press release, Anthony Hall, 50, of Twentynine Palms was driving a red GMC Sierra eastbound on Highway 62 just east of Bonair Road.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday night, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 10 p.m., Douglas Shisler, 46, of the 6100 block of East Parkway Boulevard, suddenly hit his girlfriend in the mouth with a closed fist, causing her mouth to bleed. The

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

On the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight are more individual school plans, a musical performance, financial reports, and policy presentations. Dan Stork has details… The December 17 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins with a closed session at

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive Wednesday, December 18, in the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center, in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2. Blood donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation.

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RIBBON CUT ON NEW YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER YESTERDAY

The Town of Yucca Valley held a ribbon cutting yesterday for its new animal shelter. The new shelter consists of three buildings and several exercise yards for the dogs. It has 59 dog runs and 36 cat cages, plus a separate room with cages for feral cats, and a room

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