DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN A CAUSE FOR LOCAL CONCERN

A government plan called “The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan” is making its rounds. The proposal may have very negative impacts on our slice of the California Desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard something of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan,

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COMMON CAMMIES AMONG ALL SERVICES EYED BY CONGRESS

Two members of Congress, both war veterans, convinced the House Armed Services Committee yesterday that the services should all have the same camouflage patterns for uniforms rather than each having its own. Rep. Bill Enyart, a retired major general, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, combined efforts on

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY NAMES EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

A Yucca Valley Town employee was given high honors as the town’s Employee of the Year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the kudos……. Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey thought she was going to the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting Tuesday night to give input on the town’s budget.

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YUCCA VALLEY COUPLE ARRESTED: SQUATTING, DRUGS, STOLEN VEHICLE

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested after they were found squatting in a vacant apartment with drugs and a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Patrick White, 34, and Mindy Pyle, 38, were found inside an apartment in the 6400 block of Richard Drive in Yucca Valley about 10

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CHILDREN LEFT IN CAR IN 105-DEGREE HEAT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Parents left two children locked in their car in 105 degree heat while they went into the DMV office in Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, 911 received a call at 4:19 p.m. from an off-duty military police officer who said a child was crying inside a

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BUDGET AND BYE BYES FOR HDWD BOARD LAST NIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meeting last night was full of information on the budget and plans to move ahead with the Wastewater project as well as farewells to Assistant General Manager, Frank Luckino. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti fills in the details… The Board quickly approved and adopted the budget for the

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DUI OFF-ROAD VEHICLE RIDER INJURED WHEN HE FALLS OFF

A Twentynine Palms man out riding his Quad off-road vehicle Tuesday morning near Desert Queen Road and Samarkand Drive was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly after 9 a.m., Maurice Dixon, 58, was riding his quad when he fell off. Suspected

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BLAMED FOR WRONG-WAY SPEEDER

Prescription medication was blamed for a wrong-way speeder on Highway 62 Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 6:25, multiple drivers started calling 911 to report that a man, later identified as Henry Holguin, 73, was driving eastbound on the highway in the westbound lane, starting at Park Boulevard

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WINS DE ANZA LEAGUE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

The De Anza League has recognized Twentynine Palms High School as a recipient for a sportsmanship award. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti tells us the story… The Twentynine Palms High School Athletic Department has been honored by the De Anza League for CIF’s 31st Annual Sportsmanship Award. This award acknowledges the entire department

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SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AT YUCCA MESA CRAFT FAIR THIS SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a spring fling craft sale, swap meet, and bake sale Saturday, June 1. From 8 until 3, there will be crafts for sale inside the Yucca Mesa community center, a swap meet outside, a bake sale, and food and drinks. Spaces and tables

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YUCCA VALLEY 4TH OF JULY IS SEEKING VENDORS

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley will be putting on their annual Fourth of July fireworks show and celebration this year. New, this year, they are seeking vendors for the event. Reporter Taylor Thacker puts out the call… If you are a crafty person or have some good ideas of

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM IN TWENTYNINE PALMS GOES TO SUMMER HOURS

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society has started its summer hours which will continue through September 1st. During the summer, the Old Schoolhouse Museum will be open Fridays through Sundays from 1 until 4 p.m. The museum’s library and archives are open Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for those

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING ON STANDBY CHARGES

The Joshua Basin Water District meets tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a hearing on standby charges new trucks, and a raise are on the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets tonight in regular session beginning at 7:00 at District offices on Chollita Road

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT SEWER SYSTEM BUDGET TONIGHT

Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Hi-Desert Water District will focus on the budget for the wastewater project. If you are interested in what’s happening with the wastewater project, then tonight is an important meeting to attend. Starting at 6:00, the Board of Director’s will discuss the resolution to adopt

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, TRAFFIC LIGHT AND DEVELOPMENT CODE DISCUSSED

The Yucca Valley town Council met last night. A new Traffic light and changes to the development code dominated the meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report…….. Putting in a traffic light at Dumosa and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley in the future just got a

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17TH ANNUAL BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION AWARDS SUNDAY

The 17th Annual Basin Wide Foundation Gala Celebration Awards Dinner and Meeting will be this Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m., at the Helen Gray Center, at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The awards will honor basin-wide stars of the Desert with dinner, awards, and a silent auction. The

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING HEATED OVER SUPERINTENDANT CONTRACT

Last night’s school board meeting got heated over the decision of the new superintendent, request to repair the damaged football field at Yucca Valley High School, and international funding turned down for the after school program, Save The Children.” Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti tells us the story… The negotiations over the contract

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MORE VICTIMS FOUND IN CHILD MOLESTATION CASE

A Joshua Tree man who was arrested two weeks ago, accused of having sex with minor girls, had two more victims added to his charges. On Monday, Sheriff officials determined two more juveniles were victims of child molestation by Sean Turner, 38, of the 6700 block of Park Boulevard. On

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SUPERVISORS UPHOLD PERMIT FOR JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE

In a 4-to-1 decision yesterday, County Supervisors upheld the Conditional Use Permit for a Joshua Tree Dollar General. More than two dozen local business owners and residents testified against the development in a public hearing in San Bernardino and from the new Teleconferencing Center at the County building in Joshua

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14U MORONGO VOLLEYBALL CLUB IN ACTION

The 14U team from the Morongo Volleyball Club traveled to Cypress College Saturday for day one of their Regional Tournament. Day one saw the team come out and win their first set 25-23, but fell in the last two sets to lose their first match. The day proved even tougher

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