THIEVES ARE STEALING BACKFLOW DEVICES

Burglars hit at least four Yucca Valley properties and stole the large brass backflow device near the properties’ water meters. Backflow devices prevent cross-contamination of the water system from hazards that may be located on private property. Victimized were: a convenience store and restaurant in the 57300 block of Twentynine

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TWO ARRESTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, after his girlfriend said he assaulted her. According to a Sheriff’s report, Todd Stewart, 36, of the 6900 block of Balsa Avenue, was arguing with his girlfriend shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. His girlfriend told police that a pushing match started between them

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CHP OFFERING START SMART DRIVING CLASS FOR TEEN DRIVERS

The local CHP is offering teen drivers a free “Start Smart” driving class. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up for a class this coming Wednesday…

Drivers between 16 and 19 years old are three times more likely to get into a fatal accident than those between 30

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CHP TO CONDUCT DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT SUNDAY

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Saturday, July 20. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed area in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County sometime between the hours 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment,

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MOUNTAIN FIRE NOW AT 23,000 ACRES, SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS

Day four of the nearby Mountain Fire sees firefighters making great progress in rocky terrain and high temperatures. Two C-130 aircraft Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System, have been deployed by the 146th Air wing of the California National Guard. As weather conditions continue to change the fire remains active on

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR BLITZ OPPOSING COMMERCIAL SOLAR

The Morongo Basin Conservation Association is calling for a blitz of pleas to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on or before July 23, to urge extension of a moratorium on commercial solar energy development projects. Dan Stork has the background…

A public hearing before the County Board of

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TWO ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BRAWL

Two Twentynine Palms men have been charged with attempted murder in last weekend’s brawl in Twentynine Palms in which a Marine was seriously injured, and other residents have been arrested on lesser charges. Sheriff’s investigators said a party had been held in the 73800 block of Sun Valley Drive Saturday

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FREE FAMILY MOVIE AT LUCKIE PARK TONIGHT

Grab the family and come on down to Luckie Park tonight to take part in Movies in the Park, a free event sponsored by Twentynine Palms Recreation Department and Z107.7. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the details… “The Little Rascals” is a hilarious comedy for the entire family. Full of your favorite

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB GET MUCH-NEEDED DONATION

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert has new kitchen equipment thanks to a donation from The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Boys and Girls club received a donation of more than $9000, which the club used to buy a new commercial refrigerator, freezer, and

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SWIM LESSONS START MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms Recreation is offering swim lessons at the Luckie Park Pool. Reporter Taylor Thacker says two sessions will be offered starting this Monday… Swimming can be tons of fun if you know how to do it. The City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Office are now having registration

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CAT ADOPTION DAY SATURDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ANIMAL SHELTER

Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter in Twentynine Palms will host its second annual cat adoption day on Saturday, July 20, from 11 to 3. All adoptions on this day will include a first set of vaccines, a coupon for spay or neuter fees, a Home Again microchip, a cat carrier, and a

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD RETAINS GENERAL MANAGER, APPROVES BUDGET

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and says they approved of both their General Manager and the budget…… Morongo Valley Community Services District General Manager Rick Lebel stays on for another year. That came out of last night’s meeting of

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SOLAR PANELS STOLEN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE

Solar power, the energy of the future, is also the newest target for thieves. The Sheriff’s Department received two reports this week of stolen solar panels, with a total value of nearly $13,000. Monday, Solar World, which has a solar field on Morongo Road near Twentynine Palms, reported an entire

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UFO CONFERENCE AUGUST 9-11 AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

An upcoming UFO conference at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center will feature top UFO authors and researchers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says tickets are now available… A best-selling author on UFOs and aliens will give a special presentation at a UFO conference in Joshua Tree. Jim Marrs, author of “Alien

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MOUNTAIN FIRE THREATENS IDYLLWILD, NOW ALMOST 20,000 ACRES

The Mountain Fire, bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin at times, was at almost 23,000 acres as of this morning and is 15 percent contained. Rapid movement of the fire has prompted an evacuation order of Idyllwild, Trails End, and Fern Valley. More than 4,100 residences and 100 commercial

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COFFEE WITH RAMOS PART 3: COURTS, RETAIL AND MENTAL HEALTH

In the final installment on the meeting of Supervisor James Ramos with local media on Monday, reporter Dan Stork reports on responses to questions about court services, retail development guidelines, and mental health services… When asked about the future of local court services, Ramos said he has been working with

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TWO MORE ARRESTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BRAWL, MORE ON THE INVESTIGATION

In an update to a story we ran Tuesday about a weekend brawl in Twentynine Palms, two more people have been arrested. Sheriff’s investigators said shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies were called to a fight in the 6000 block of Ocotillo Avenue, where they found a Marine who

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RUMMAGE SALE AT EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH

Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley will hold a rummage sale this weekend, featuring furniture, household items, home schooling supplies, bikes, and more. The sale will be held from 8 to 3 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 to 1 in the church’s gym at 6804 Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD ADJUSTING TO RESIGNATION TONIGHT

Joshua Basin Water Board Director Frank Coate resigned to give himself a chance at the general manager’s job. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board will spend their meeting tonight adjusting to Coate’s resignation… In response to the resignation of Director Frank Coate two weeks ago, the Joshua Basin Water District

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SAVE THE DATE FOR SKY’S THE LIMIT

Save Saturday, September 21, for Stairway to the Stars—a festive fundraiser for Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center. The elegant evening event will be held at Vista del Sol, the brand new Community Center of Lincoln Housing off Desert Knoll and Joe Davis Road. Guests will enjoy live music,

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