YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, REPORT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE ON AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will hear the impact report on the citizen’s initiative for medical marijuana dispensaries in the town… The Yucca Valley Town Council will begin its meeting tonight with a closed session at 5:30 at

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER DRUG AND SHARP DROP-OFF SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place this Saturday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKER IS 4-HOUR WILD GOOSE CHASE

Search and rescue personnel went on a four-hour goose chase near Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. About 9:30 Monday morning, a call came in that a hiker was missing in or near the park; the reporting party didn’t really know where they had been hiking. About 10 searchers from Fire

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, BAUMGARTEN UP FOR SUPERINTENDANT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is ready to appoint a permanent superintendent. Reporter Dan Stork says they didn’t have to look too far… At its February 17 meeting, the MUSD Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to remove the “interim” designation from the title

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT REVEALS TIMELINE FOR ALANIZ OUT, KOLISZ IN AS GENERAL MANAGER

The Twentynine Palms Water District has defined the somewhat confusing chain of events that recently resulted in a change in management. At a special February 4 meeting, the Twentynine Palms Water District reported out of a closed session that was agendized for “potential litigation,” that it had allowed its contract

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“ASHES TO GO” FOR ASH WEDNESDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

“Ashes to Go” is an annual event that the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church has offered for the last three years. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to get your Ash Wednesday drive-by blessing… Vicar Jane Crase of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church will be passing out Ash Wednesday

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FISH TACOS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving fish tacos for Taco Wednesday on Ash Wednesday, tomorrow, February 18, from 11 to 1.

POULTRY ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW

The High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association will meet Wednesday, February 18, at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Mesa Community Center on Balsa Avenue. All who are interested in chickens and other poultry are invited to attend and learn what to feed chickens at different life stages. Also learn about how

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION STUDIES SIGNS AND OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission returns to its revamp of the City’s Development Code. Reporter Dan Stork previews the topics… Signs and off-street parking and loading will each be the topic of a study session at the meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission, as the Commission returns to its

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WRESTLER GOING TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Yucca Valley High School Trojan girls’ wrestler Vanessa Contreras for winning the 116-pound weight class at Friday and Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Finals at Roosevelt High School in Riverside. Wrestling Coach Brandon Whitbred said with the win, Vanessa Contreras qualifies to compete in the California Girls’ State Championships

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DRUG USE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ROBBERY ARREST

Three people were arrested on various charges following a complaint of drug use in front of a home in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called to report that two people, later identified as Anthony Sacco, 26, and Kaylene DeForest, 37, were sitting in a car

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AN ARREST AT GUNPOINT AT WAL-MART

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and alerted Sheriff’s deputies who were in

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SOME CONFUSION ABOUT THE YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

The state has mandated that the Town of Yucca Valley stop using septic tanks by next year, and the Hi-Desert Water District has chosen to build a wastewater treatment plant to treat its sewage. The water district will pay for the proposed $145 million sewer project by assessing a portion

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CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER COUNTY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Charges were filed Friday against the former field representative of County Supervisor James Ramos. Mike Lipsitz, 53, of Landers, was arrested February 4, accused of bringing narcotics to an inmate at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. Lipsitz denies the charges. An arraignment date has not yet been set. Lipsitz is a

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COUNTY CONSIDERS APPEAL OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF SOLAR PROJECT

At its meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission is considering an appeal against a solar field project outside our area. Reporter Dan Stork says the hearing is interesting in a couple of respects… The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hear an appeal against a permit for

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FREE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30

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VA LOOKING FOR LOCAL DRIVERS

Local volunteers are being sought to help drive Morongo Basin Veterans to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you what the job is and how to sign up… The VA Hospital in Loma Linda urgently needs volunteer drivers to transport veterans from the Morongo Basin to

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VETERANS COUNSELING, BENEFITS, AND REFERRAL SERVICES OFFERED

The San Bernardino Vet Center offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, in the Office of Student

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DUMOSA TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS TOMORROW

Make plans now to avoid the intersection of Dumosa and the highway in Yucca Valley for a while. Managing editor Tami Roleff says new traffic light construction starts there Wednesday… Construction on a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue, along with raised medians and turn

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COLDWELL BANKER REALTY RIBBON CUTTING WEDNESDAY

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the expansion and relocation of Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty. You are invited to join the Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate the new downtown location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday, February 18th at 3:00pm. A small reception with light hors d’oeuvres

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