PHONE PROBLEMS PLAGUE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK HEADQUARTERS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Joshua Tree National Park has been having trouble with phones since the beginning of August. Phones at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms Headquarters, and the Black Rock Education Center cannot receive incoming calls from the public. The park apologizes for this inconvenience and asks visitors to contact

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SCHOOL BOARD TO REVISE SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION POLICY

Revision of the suspension and expulsion policy will be the main topic at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight. Dan Stork tells what else will be going on…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins its August 20 meeting with a 5 p.m. workshop

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HIGHWAY 62 HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT NOW 97 PERCENT COMPLETE

The repaving project along Highway 62 from Yucca Mesa road in Yucca Valley to Bermuda Avenue in Twentynine Palms is 97 percent complete, according to a CalTrans spokeswoman. Motorists may see moving lane closures here and there, now and then, as CalTrans completes its inspection of the highway checking off

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CALTRANS TO HOLD MEETING IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT

The new temporary flexible posts, called delineators, recently installed by CalTrans in the median on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley has upset many residents and drivers. CalTrans installed the delineators along a 6.3 mile stretch of the highway from Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley, with 10 left-hand turn pockets, to

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL EXPECTED TO FIRE TOWN MANAGER MARK NUAIMI TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in a mostly closed session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting is all about severing ties with Town Manager Mark Nuaimi…

The severance agreement between Town Manager Mark Nuaimi and the Town Council is the sole item on the action agenda at

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN STILL ON LIFE SUPPORT

The Twentynine Palms man who was hit by a car Saturday night remains on life support, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. Jason Harpel, 38, was walking southbound on Lear Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 9 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by Alissa Myers, 25, who was driving

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY NIGHT IDENTIFIED

The County Coroner’s office has identified the Yucca Valley woman who was killed Sunday night when she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. Judith James, 56, was walking southbound across the highway just west of Church Street about 8:30. Jose Salazar, 42, of Moreno Valley,

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PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME OFFERRED AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

A special program for the little ones is being offered by the Twentynine Palms Library. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to pre-school story time on Thursdays…

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of imagination and adventures explored in stories. Pre-school story time for ages three, four, and five years

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ARSON SUSPECT SOUGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for a suspect in an arson in Joshua Tree. About 10:41 p.m. Friday, firefighters from the Joshua Tree station were called to a fire at a vacant residence in the 62000 block of Mountain View Circle. The home was being remodeled, and the fire was

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MARINES PUNISH 17 FOR PLACING SEX ADS WHILE IN AFGHANISTAN

The Marine Corps says 17 people have been punished for placing ads on the Internet seeking sex while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday those punished included 11 military personnel and six civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The ads were discovered during a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS BOY SCOUTS OFFER

A Twentynine Palms area Boy Scout Troop is offering open house meetings in September for those who may want to find out more about scouting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the invitation…

Boy Scout Troop 229 announces “open house” meetings throughout September. Troop 229 is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of

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A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

One man was injured during a stabbing Friday night in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s reports say Tranh Stringfield, 42, was arguing with Kyle Schmidt, 26, in the 58700 block of Barron Drive about 8:50 p.m. when Stringfield grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Schmidt two times in the left

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SHOTS FIRED IN MORONGO VALLEY

Two people were arrested in Morongo Valley after neighbors reported hearing shots fired late Saturday night. Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson said the Sheriff’s department received multiple calls of shots fired about 11:30 p.m. in the 49700 block of Edison Lane. When deputies arrived, they saw Gary Ragle, 30, in the

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CHP TO OFFER

The CHP has an education program that targets the most accident-prone age group of drivers. Dan Stork says teen drivers can “Start Smart” this Thursday…

The California Highway Patrol is offering another free Start Smart class, at the Morongo Basin Area CHP office, on Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

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TOWN RELEASES TOWN MANAGER “IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL” TERMS

On Friday, the Town of Yucca Valley released the proposed separation agreement for Town Manager Mark Nuaimi, which will be voted on during its regular meeting Tuesday. Despite receiving performance evaluations of “Above Average” and “Excellent” from the Town Council, and despite initiating, supervising, and delivering projects such as Essig

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR, RECALL PROPONENT, REACT TO NUAIMI LEAVE

In the wake of Yucca Valley Town Manager Mark Nuaimi’s being placed on administrative leave, and his apparent impending firing, Z107.7 news got some reaction from both Town officials and recall proponents. Z107.7 News Managing Editor Tami Roleff spoke with both the Town Mayor Merl Abel and recall proponent Ron

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN WALKING ON LEAR AVENUE HIT, NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE

A Twentynine Palms man is not expected to live after being hit by a car Saturday night. According to Sheriff Deputy Brad Heard, Alissa Myers, 25, of Twentynine Palms was driving southbound on Lear Avenue about 9 p.m. when her Honda hit Jason Harpel, 38, who she said was walking

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN KILLED WALKING ON STATE ROUTE 62 LAST NIGHT

A Yucca Valley woman was hit and killed while walking last night. The County Coroner said Sunday night at 8:24 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on State Hwy 62 and Scarvan Avenue, in Yucca Valley. Deputies arrived and found a 56-year-old

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YUCCA VALLEY MIDGET LOBOS FOOTBALL WANTS PLAYERS

The Yucca Valley Midget Lobos youth tackle football team still has room for players. Both boys and girls can play on the Midgets team, which is comprised of the oldest kids, ages 12, 13, and 14. The players are regulated by weight for safety; 12- and 13-year-olds can’t weigh more

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FALL SPORTS TRYOUTS AT TPHS

Students who want to play fall girls’ tennis at Twentynine Palms High School will have try-outs Monday, August 19, at 7 a.m. at the Twentynine Palms High tennis courts. All athletes must have a current physical and be academically eligible. For more information, go online to www.29wildcats.com or call 760-367-0744.

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