NEW TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER IS A FAMILIAR FACE

It was anticipated that the Twentynine Palms City Council would name a new permanent city manager following its special closed session meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork says the council’s choice is someone well-known locally… The Twentynine Palms City Council has selected Frank Luckino to be the next city manager

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SHERIFF ASKING FOR HELP IN TROUBLED NEIGHBORHOOD

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in helping to shut down drug activity in a neighborhood in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, deputies have been called numerous times to the 6900 block of Tamarisk Avenue, where they have made arrests for drug paraphernalia, possession

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HI-DESERT WATER APPROVES ASSESSMENT REPORT

Calling its meeting last night one of the most important meetings the Hi-Desert Water District has ever had, the Board of Directors approved the engineer’s assessment district report during a marathon 4-hour meeting, in which directors discussed the report for more than an hour. Assuming the voters pass an assessment

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD THREATENED WITH DISSOLUTION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the Board heard they are under threat of dissolution and being taken over by the County… At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, General Manager Donna Munoz confirmed a LAFCO requirement

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REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN DOING THE HAPPY DANCE

Organizers of the 11th Annual Parade of Homes are doing the “happy dance” due to record-breaking attendance for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s longest-running fundraiser. Reach out raised more than $8,500 with nearly 270 parade-goers from all over—the Coachella Valley, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, as well as out-of-state

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JOSHUA SPRINGS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OFFERS FREE TUITION

Parents who want to give their children a Christian education but who thought they couldn’t afford it have an option in a program that’s believed to be the first in the nation. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with Joshua Springs Pastor Jerel Hagerman about its revolutionary new plan… “We’ve always

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH DINNER AND LECTURE SUNDAY

In honor of Black History Month, the Apostolic Lighthouse Assembly church will host a lecture and dinner Sunday, February 22, featuring Dr. Joseph Bailey. Bailey, an orthopedic surgeon, is an expert on Black history who has written 32 books and writes for the Black Voice in San Bernardino. The lecture

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LECTURE ON COUNTY RENEWABLE ENERGY CODE TOMORROW

San Bernardino County is updating its General Plan on the subject of renewable energy development. Reporter Dan Stork says you can learn about the status of the effort at a local lecture… On February 20, as part of the Desert Institute’s Black Rock Lecture Series, there will be a presentation

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER SPECIAL PLANNING WORKSHOP TOMORROW

The public is invited as the Bighorn Desert View Water board holds a planning workshop tomorrow morning. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors will hold a special workshop meeting beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The review and planning session will include a

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LOCAL REALTORS LAUDED WITH INDUSTRY AWARDS

Sales agents with Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty recently received awards from their national organization and from the Association of Realtors. Receiving gold, silver, and bronze sales awards from Coldwell Banker were Andy Patel, Herbert Brewer, and the team of Rod and Lisa Manke. Patel and Brewer also received the International

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HEALTHY HEARTS RUN SATURDAY

The Annual Healthy Hearts run will be held This Saturday in Yucca Valley. Reporter and cross-country runner Taylor Thacker tells you how to be part of it… Personal health and fitness are the themes of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Healthy Hearts 5K Run and 2K Family Health Walk.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball played Whittier Christian Wednesday night in Wildcat gymnasium for the first round boys’ CIF division 4A playoff game. Coach Michael Schneider said it was a hard-fought battle on both ends of the court, but the ’Cats fell just short of beating the opponent. The

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ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, SUSPECT SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man with a black bandana over his face entered the Adobe Smoke Shop in the 6400 block of Adobe Road

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ACCEPTS BREHM PARK, MARIJUANA INITIATIVE SET FOR MARCH 17TH

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report… The Yucca Valley Town Council burned through a lot of business in short order during its regular meeting last night. Council members agreed the town was getting

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MAY NAME A CITY MANGER IN CLOSED SESSION

When is a public meeting neither “regular” nor “special”? Reporter Dan Stork has the answer to the riddle: it applies to a meeting tonight of the Twentynine Palms City Council… In a meeting that is technically a continuation of last week’s regular meeting that was adjourned to February 18, the

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MEMORIAL TO DEAD WOMAN STOLEN

A memorial for a Yucca Valley woman who died 2 ½ years ago was reported stolen Monday. In June 2012, Jennifer “Nikki” Alkire-Woolworth, 27, went for a walk from Yucca Valley to Morongo Valley with her small dog, Lucy, but never arrived at her destination. Her family suspects she may

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT, DIRECTOR CENSURE POSSIBLE

Morongo Valley’s CSD Board may censure a director, among other items in their agenda tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a close look… A lot of business is on the agenda for tonight’s 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, including possible censure of a director in connection with

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, February 19, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of

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SCHOOL BOARD NAMES BAUMGARTEN SUPERINTENDANT, RAISES FEES

The action agenda before the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education occupied perhaps 10 minutes of the Board meeting Tuesday, including unanimous approval of a 3-plus year contract for Tom Baumgarten to serve as the Superintendent of Schools. Reporter Dan Stork says that the bulk of the meeting consisted

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETING CANCELLED

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has canceled tonight’s regular meeting. The District’s next regularly scheduled meeting is slated for March 4.