MARINE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, KIDNAPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine says he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man called at 9:13 p.m. to report that about a half hour earlier, he was sprayed with pepper spray and tasered by one suspect, while another man hit him over

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LAKE FIRE COULD INCREASE THREATS OF FLASH FLOODING

The Lake Fire, which has burned more than 31,000 acres in the beautiful stands of timber in the San Bernardino National Forest, could wreak more havoc on the high desert neighborhoods of Burns Canyon, Rimrock, and Pioneertown. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

“This was a devastating fire. It burned away

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MAN CAUGHT IMPERSONATING A FIREFIGHTER AT LAKE FIRE COMMAND POST

A man accused of impersonating a firefighter at the Lake Fire near Barton Flats was arrested at the Fire Incident Command Post on multiple criminal charges. David Battle, 44, of San Bernardino, was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, being a

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SCHOOL BOARD RAISES MEAL COSTS, REVIEWS NEW PROGRAMS AND RULES

Business-wise, the June 30 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education was a mop-up exercise. Reporter Dan Stork says that the focus of the meeting was a far-ranging and eye-opening presentation by a district staffer. Also, actions at the state level that will have local repercussions were

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ACCUSED MURDERER OF ERIN CORWIN IN COURT BRIEFLY YESTERDAY

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was temporarily

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING

California gets to keep its four-year-old election reforms that introduced an independent re-districting commission—replacing the old system in which politicians often re-drew legislative districts to favor incumbents. That’s because on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar system in Arizona. Reporter Rebecca Havely says had the decision gone the

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

The Town of Yucca Valley has announced the schedule for its summer concerts in the park. The music festival begins July 11 with the Silverados, a country western band, followed by another country western band, Nitro Express, July 18. The Wise Guys Big Band Machine will play July 25. House

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT STANDBY AND AVAILABILITY CHARGES TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Stand-by and availability fees and a proposed intertie are on the agenda. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks it out…..

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors are the establishment of

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETING CANCELLED

Tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has been cancelled. The board next meets July 15.

LOCAL CHAMBERS PLAN ADA COMPLIANCE FORUM

Local small businesses have been hit with suits claiming non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reporter Dan Stork says there will be an opportunity to talk about how to deal with such actions…

Local chambers of commerce are putting together a forum to discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY

There will be a distribution of surplus food this afternoon, Wednesday, July 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

RUMMAGE SALE WILL BENEFIT NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter will hold a yard sale Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will include furniture, knick knacks, house wares, Christmas items, and more. The sale will be held at 61875 Anaconda in Joshua Tree. All

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COPPER MOUNTAIN CLOSED FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS

Copper Mountain College will be closed Thursday and Friday. Thursday, July 2, in celebration of Independence Day and Friday, July 3, for its summer schedule. During this closure the Bell Gym will also be closed.

CHRISTOPHER LEE COURT CASE CONTINUED AGAIN

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer had filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was

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LAKE FIRE DOWN, BUT NOT OUT; WE SPEAK WITH THE FOREST SERVICE

The Lake Fire, which started June 17, spread rapidly the first eight or nine days of the fire as it burned in timber that hadn’t burned for 100 years or more. But then the fire started bumping up against the burn scar area from the Sawtooth Fire from 2006. With

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SMOKE ADVISORY LIFTED

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has cancelled the smoke advisory issued on June 27 for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and nearby communities. Please be aware that conditions may change due to shifting wind patterns or fire conditions. For a link to the latest air quality information, visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov

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SCHOOL BOARD MOPPING UP THE FISCAL YEAR TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a long list of mop-up items on the agenda for its next meeting. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown…

Following an open work/study session at 5:30 to review the single plans for student achievement at four schools, and a 6:30 closed

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SON ARRESTED AFTER SEVERE NEGLECT OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

An elderly woman was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday afternoon with what was described as one of the worst cases of elder abuse ever seen by the emergency room doctor. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:15, the woman was brought in non-responsive and with numerous ant bites on

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JOSEPH PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY

Jury selection will begin today (Tuesday) in the murder trail of Joseph Phipps of Joshua Tree. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Christy Utley Phipps, in the head in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista in Joshua Tree in January 2013. Phipps has been

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CELEBRATES 18TH BIRTHDAY IN JAIL

A Yucca Valley man who decided to celebrate his 18th birthday with a couple of friends by stealing some ice tea to go with his donuts celebrated becoming an adult in jail yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 4:30 Monday afternoon, Albert Dupree, 18, and two friends who are

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