TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE THREATENS TO BODY SLAM A BABY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday evening after he threatened to body slam a baby and broke his ex-girlfriend’s hand. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Kroll, 40, of the 7700 block of North Star, was arguing with his ex-girlfriend about 5:30 p.m. when he picked up a 6-month-old

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FIGHT OVER CIGARETTE LEADS TO AN ARREST FOR MORONGO VALLEY MAN

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday evening after he hit another man because he wouldn’t give him a cigarette. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Rodriguez, 36, went to a home in the 9300 block of Navajo Trail in Morongo Valley about 6:30 and asked the occupant for a

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SECOND ARREST FOR DRUGS IN THREE DAYS FOR YUCCA VALLEY MAN

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday on warrants and for possession of methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 55300 block of Havasu Trail in Yucca Valley about 5 p.m. to arrest Richard Salazar, 30, on his warrant. The report states that Salazar

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TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TO OFFER FREE CLASSES FOR DEALERS

Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will be offering free classes to learn how to be a dealer for table games. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to sign up…

Tortoise Rock Casino is offering a free opportunity for you to learn how to become a table game dealer. The

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CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON TWITTER

U.S. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will hold a town hall meeting on Twitter, Wednesday, June 24, from noon to 1 p.m. Residents do not need a Twitter account to follow along on his Twitter page, @RepPaulCook, but those who want to ask questions must have a Twitter account.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will open a public hearing at tonight’s meeting on a 55-foot cell phone tower to be disguised as pine tree. The tower will be located on a vacant lot on Primrose Drive, north of Yucca Trail. After opening the public hearing, the Commission is expected

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TWO VACANT MAC SEATS FILLED BY SUPERVISOR RAMOS

Third District County Supervisor James Ramos will fill two of the vacant seats on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council during today’s meeting of the board of supervisors. The two appointees are expected to be Richard Lutringer and Thomas C. Ziegert.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY MEETS TONIGHT

With the upcoming turnover of water service from county control to the Bighorn-Desert View Water agency planned for July 1, tonight’s meeting of the Bighorn board of directors is sure to be of interest to Landers residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz goes over the agenda of tonight’s meeting…

Bighorn-Desert View Water

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM MEETS TOMORROW

Even though the Joshua Tree Clean Team started cleaning up an hour earlier last week, 15 volunteers still helped clean up the community. The next Joshua Tree Clean Team date is tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24 at the Joshua Tree Post Office. The summer starting time is 7 a.m. and the

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SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT FOR SCHOOL BOARD

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold its second special meeting in two weeks tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says it’s about a budget workshop and the principal positions at two of the school district’s larger schools…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is having a

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SIGN UP FOR PERSONAL SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

Learn the time-tested art of the Samurai, tailored to today’s environment. An instructor with 20 years of experience will teach a variety of self-defense techniques in a 2 ½ hour workshop. Students should wear comfortable clothing. The self-defense workshop is offered twice this summer, July 18 and August 22, at

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GROWTH OF LAKE FIRE SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WEEKEND

The growth of the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed significantly over the weekend. After exploding to 10,000 acres in the first full day of the fire, the fire is now at 17,000 acres, or about 26 square miles, and is 19 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters

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YUCCA MESA HOUSE BURNS TO GROUND SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MAYOR/COUNCILMAN TRIES STAND-UP COMEDY IN LOS ANGELES

In retirement, a former Twentynine Palms city councilman and mayor is developing a new direction for himself. Reporter Dan Stork chatted with Jay Corbin about his efforts as a standup comic…

We’d heard that Jay Corbin, who retired from his consulting practice in December, after completing one term on the

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN IN CHILD PORN, SEX ABUSE CASE

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District, accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, accepted a plea bargain Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in exchange for dropping

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN THROWN FROM JEEP, HOSPITALIZED

A Twentynine Palms Marine was injured when he was thrown from a Jeep he was riding Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Klouchek, 24, was driving a Jeep on a dirt road near Encelia and Laura Lane when the Jeep hit a dirt berm and he was thrown

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HIGH SPEED PURSUIT ON JOSHUA TREE DIRT ROADS

Two people were arrested Friday morning following a high-speed pursuit on dirt roads in Joshua Tree. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Leach, around 9 a.m. Friday, he saw a 2007 Mazda 6 sedan driving eastbound on Pipeline Road and cross Sunfair without slowing or stopping. Leach turned on his lights

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JULY 3 FIREWORKS IN LANDERS

It’s an annual tradition, the Third of July fireworks in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the free event will include all kinds of activities besides fireworks…

The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day on July 3rd at the Homestead Valley Park fireworks spectacular in Landers. Admission is free and

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VENDORS NEEDED FOR FOURTH OF JULY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

And there will be fireworks in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms on the Fourth of July. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s still room for vendors at the 4th of July celebration in Twentynine Palms…

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Twentynine Palms, is actively

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday night after he was found with a stolen vehicle. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, shortly before midnight Friday, a National Park officer saw a man standing next to a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer in the 75500 block of National Park Drive in Twentynine

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