2,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS FOUND IN SIX ILLEGAL GROWS IN JOSHUA TREE AND LANDERS

Narcotics officers and Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 2,000 marijuana plants, and arrested eleven people Wednesday during raids on six illegal marijuana grows in Joshua Tree and Landers. Detectives served search warrants on the illegal grows after watching the locations for several weeks. The plants were found in fenced-in areas

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LIGHTNING STRIKES START TWO FIRES IN MORONGO VALLEY

Lightning struck two small yucca plants in Morongo Valley yesterday. Morongo Valley Fire Captain Andrew Arthen said fire fighters from Morongo Valley, CalFire, and the BLM responded to a small fire about 10:15 off Little Morongo Road, and while they were fighting that fire, lightning struck another yucca plant off

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TWO ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two attempted strong-arm robberies in Yucca Valley Monday afternoon. About 4:30 p.m., a woman was walking in the 56600 block of Antelope Trail when a man came up behind her, pulled her to the ground by her hair, and tried to grab her purse. The woman

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MAN HITS WIFE AFTER THEY LEAVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLASS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for fighting with his wife after they left a court-ordered domestic violence class. According to a Sheriff’s report, Nicholas Vidaurri, 23, began arguing with his wife—who had a no-contact order in effect—about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, after leaving a class about domestic violence,

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HI-DESERT WATER TALKS ABOUT SEWER LINES TO HOMES

The Hi-Desert Water District met last night. Reporter Cara Conway says hooking up sewer lines to homes was the subject… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors and Public Advisory Committee met last night regarding ownership and responsibility of service laterals—the sewer pipes from the main line to a home.

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CHP MOVES CHECKPOINT, THREE ARRESTED

Last week the California Highway Patrol announced it would hold a DUI checkpoint Saturday, August 16, at some undisclosed location in Joshua Tree. However, the CHP said that due to “logistics,” the DUI checkpoint was held in Morongo Valley instead, its “secondary location.” During the checkpoint’s hours of 8:30 p.m.

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RED HOT AUCTION AT OLD SCHOOLHOUSE SATURDAY NIGHT

Find some treasures while having fun for a good cause. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the Red Hot Auction in Twentynine Palms… The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host a Red Hot Auction on Saturday, August 23, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with

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WE REVIEW “THE 39 STEPS” AT THEATRE 29, MATINEE SUNDAY

The manic, high-energy comedy “The 39 Steps” is running at Theatre 29 through September 13, with performances this Friday and Saturday night and a Sunday matinee. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in the audience Opening night and offer this review… “The 39 Steps” is a funny, mad-cap play in the

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RENEWABLE ENEERGY MEETING TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

San Bernardino County is holding a series of meetings seeking public input on renewable energy. One of them will be in Yucca Valley this week. Reporter Dan Stork hopes to “SPARC” your interest… San Bernardino County Land Use Services is developing a renewable energy and conservation element for incorporation into

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A BENEFIT CUT-A-THON SATURDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

A cut-a-thon is set for Saturday, August 23, to benefit the non-profit organization, Children With Hair Loss. The cut-a-thon will be held from 10 to 2 at Shear Glam Salon, 56925 29 Palms Highway, in Yucca Valley. All hair cuts are $15; donate eight or more inches of hair and

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SUSPECT IN CORWIN MURDER COULD FACE DEATH PENALTY, EVIDENCE REVEALED

The man accused of killing Erin Corwin, the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, made his first appearance in court yesterday in Anchorage, Alaska, his home state. The state of Alaska charged Christopher Lee, 24, a former Marine and neighbor of Erin and Jonathan Corwin in Twentynine Palms, as being

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES HOME ART STUDIO, GETS A REFUND

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says an appeal against a permit for well-known artist’s studio was denied…. The sole action item on the agenda at last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council was an appeal of granting a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS KIWANIS NAME THE “FAMILY OF THE YEAR”

A local family that’s active in the community, and stepped up to help friends in need—has been named 2014 Family of the Year by the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis spokesman Ron Bryant said the Jimenez family—Cruz and Kerry, and children Allie, 25, Nena, 18, and Diana, 16—were selected for

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SCHOOL BOARD MOPS UP LAST MINUTE BUSINESS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

In a brisk meeting at which the small audience was comprised mainly of District administrators, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education accomplished a variety of pre-term mopping up activities. Reporter Dan Stork lists the actions… Following the approval of her contract as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF SEX CRIMES AGAINST A YOUNG GIRL

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of sex crimes with a child. According to a Sheriff’s report, a girl told her mother that Floyd Manning, 77, had been exposing himself to her and making lewd requests for several months. After investigation, Floyd Manning was arrested about 4 p.m.

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TWO ARRESTS FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

An argument between a Twentynine Palms man and his wife resulted in the arrest of the man, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Alexander Castano, 24, a private first class with CLB-7 on board the Combat Center, was arguing with his wife in the 6600 block

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER TO CONSIDER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District may start enforcing water conservation soon. Reporter Taylor Thacker says they will hold a public hearing tonight… The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, August 20, starting at 7:00 p.m. First on the agenda, the Board will have a public

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HI-DESERT WATER MEETS, FOCUSING ON THE SEWER SYSTEM

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a busy session includes a lot of sewer planning… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will meet in a regular meeting tonight for the third week in a row. Among the items on the agenda, the directors

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JURY IS STILL OUT ON CONTESTED WONDER VALLEY ROAD TAX

Wonder Valley residents who expected the fate of a proposed special tax for road maintenance would be settled at yesterday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting in San Bernardino will have to wait another month for answers. Supervisors were expected to declare official the results of a special election held in Wonder

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS FOR TRAINING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board, who will lose two members this November, is calling a Board training session. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells us what they are learning… The Hi-Desert Medical Center will have a special meeting on Thursday, August 21, starting at 10:00 a.m. The only item on the agenda

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