MORONGO BASIN MAC CALLS FOR CITIZEN INPUT

Commercial solar energy development was an inescapable subject at the July meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council yesterday. Reporter Dan Stork reports that it came up in discussions of Land Use Services, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, and a proposed scenic highway designation… San Bernardino County Planning

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THREE PLEAD GUILTY IN DEFRAUDING LOCAL INDIAN TRIBE

A former college professor and presidential advisor was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for defrauding the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, the tribe announced last Friday. David Heslop, 76, a former Claremont College professor and advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, pleaded guilty to

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A 25-YEAR TRADITION: THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRINKING AND DRIVING

For the past 25 years, Z107.7 Radio has aired a serious message that commemorates a tragedy. If we can keep just one more drunk driving tragedy from occurring, it will all have been worth it. Here is Patricia Fowler… This is Patricia Fowler, again, speaking to you about the consequences

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN HELD AFTER PUNCHING HER BOYFRIEND

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Sunday, accused of punching her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Britney Shackleford, 21, was arguing with her boyfriend when she hit him in the face multiple times with closed fists. Her boyfriend sustained minor injuries to his face and eyes. Britney Shackleford was

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WOMAN ARRESTED, SUSPECTED OF STEAING HER FATHER’S CAR

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Sunday, accused of stealing her father’s car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 5100 block of Pearl Springs Avenue in Twentynine Palms went out of town for the weekend and left his car keys locked in his bedroom. The Sheriff’s report

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE RN PROGRAM SEEKS SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

The nursing program at Copper Mountain College is looking for some donations. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why… Copper Mountain College’s Registered Nursing program is seeking donations for a silent auction that will benefit the program’s pinning ceremony for 2015 graduates. The pinning ceremony marks the RN graduates’ entrance

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSHOP SESSION ON VACATION HOME RENTALS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission gets down to the nitty-gritty details of vacation home rentals tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says that will come after discussion of a code change regarding ambulance services… Following the introduction of new Development Director Jim Hamilton at the July 15 meeting of the Twentynine Palms

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RECENTLY RETIRED SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FILES FOR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

Dr. Cindy McVay, who retired June 30 from Morongo Unified School District, has filed papers to run for the Morongo Unified School Board in November. McVay was a principal at Oasis Elementary, Morongo Elementary, and most recently, Palm Vista Elementary. McVay said, “After 33 years in education, I have the

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TWO KILLED, TWO INJURED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH FOLLOWING YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY

Two people are dead and two critically injured from a high-speed crash following an armed robbery in Yucca Valley Saturday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies received a report about 3:15 p.m. Saturday that a home in the 7200 block of Palo Alto had been broken into. The victims called back shortly before

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE DESTROYS JOSHUA TREE DUPLEX

A vacant duplex in Joshua Tree was completely destroyed in a fire early this morning. About 2:40 a.m., firefighters arrived at the scene at El Reposo Street and Highway 62 in downtown Joshua Tree to find the 1000-square-foot building fully involved in flames. The fire was reported by a neighbor.

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MAN WALKS AWAY WITH SCRATCH AFTER ROLL-OVER CRASH IN LANDERS

A man walked away with just a scratch after his car rolled over Saturday afternoon in Landers. About 5:30, the unidentified driver was traveling on Old Woman Springs Road near Napa when the car drifted off the edge of the road and rolled over into the desert. Bystanders helped the

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TALKS ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY TODAY

Renewable energy issues dominate the agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council today. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…

In the featured informational presentation at the July 14 meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC, County Planning Commissioner Paul Smith will discuss the review process for solar development applications and

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SEARCH FOR ERIN CORWIN CONTINUES

Specialized investigators, along with Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers, continue the search today for Erin Corwin, 19, the pregnant wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, who hasn’t been seen since June 28. The County Sheriff’s Department said the search has covered more than 200 square miles of remote desert. The

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SWEEPSTAKES SCAM VICTIMIZES A YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

If you have to send money to win a prize, beware! Also, you cannot win a contest you did not enter! In spite of those two basic rules local residents continue to get scammed. Managing Editor Tami Roleff said one local woman lost nearly $20,000.00 in a common sweepstakes scam…

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SIDEWALK PROJECT ON SAGE IN YUCCA VALLEY STARTS TODAY

Construction is set to begin today, Monday, July 14, for the Safe Route to School Project on Sage Avenue between Onaga Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. The project includes curbs, gutters, and sidewalks on the west side of Sage Avenue from the Yucca Valley High School to the

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AFTER DOG ON DOG ATTACKS IN YUCCA VALLEY, SOME SAFETY TIPS

Several dogs have been attacked recently by loose dogs in Yucca Valley. Your very best option to protect your dog when walking together is to walk carrying some sort of stick, such as a walking stick or cane, at least two feet long and one inch in diameter. Reporter Diana

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COUNTY VETERAN’S COUNSELOR AVAILABLE TOMORROW

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) 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, Calif., in the Office

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COUNTY SAYS ASSESMENT APPEALS CAN BE DONE ONLINE

If you believe that your new property assessment is unfair, you can do something about it. Dan Stork says that San Bernardino County provides a way to appeal valuations on the Internet…

The annual filing period for assessment appeals on real property opened July 2. The County Assessor’s office recommends

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TWENTYNINE PALMS INN TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATIONS

The 29 Palms Inn Restaurant will be closed for renovation beginning Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 25. The Inn will remain open for hotel guests, as will the oasis area and pool. The Inn will continue to offer continental breakfast and box lunches, as well as complimentary picnic dinners

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SERVICES SET FOR JOE YAWN

Joe Yawn, retired Sergeant Major, USMC, and retired Marshal’s Deputy, passed away on July 6, 2014. He was 69 and had been a Twentynine Palms resident for 43 years. His entire life was spent in service to his country, his community, and his fellow man. Yawn leaves behind his wife

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