BEWARE OF GRAND JURY SCAM

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury warns residents that scammers are asking people to pay money due to missing a summons for a grand jury appearance. A resident was recently contacted by an alleged Sheriff’s lieutenant, who said an arrest warrant had been issued because the person had failed to

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SECOND PHASE OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STARTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley has begun the second phase of its highway construction project, the Transportation Congestion Relief Program. The first phase included raised medians from Kickapoo Trail to Elk Trail, and from Cherokee Trail to Apache Trail. The second phase includes sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and handicap ramps from

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL IN CIF PLAYOFFS TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts Hesperia Christian Patriots tonight at 7:00 at Joshua Springs in the CIF Division 6 quarterfinal. Spokesman Adam Evergart says the match-up between former league rivals should be a good one, as Hesperia is the number 6 ranked team, while Joshua Springs is ranked number

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FORMER COMPTON POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY SPOUSAL ASSAULT

A former Compton police officer who used to help put criminals in jail is himself behind bars today. Retired officer Thomas Zampiello, 67, of Yucca Valley, was arrested Friday afternoon after his wife told Sheriff’s deputies he threatened her and rammed her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, Zampiello went

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COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS CLASS OFERRED BY COUNTY FIRE

If a disaster happened in your community, who would be there to help? Well, it could be you. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team…

If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you

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ON GOLDEN POND OPENING A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

The St. Joseph’s Players held their opening weekend of “On Golden Pond” this past weekend at St. Joseph’s of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. The opening night Gala on Friday was sponsored by the Gladys Carols Scholarship Program. Ticket sales, donations, and auction proceeds raised more than $2,300 for the

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DESERT GUILDS QUILT SHOW SET FOR PALM SPRINGS MARCH 7-8

“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show to be held in Palm Springs March 7 and 8. The show will feature 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables in Yucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area.

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS BASKETBALL ADVANCES TO CIF QUARTER FINALS

Joshua Springs boys’ basketball advances to the CIF Quarterfinal Tuesday, defeating the Providence Patriots 53-47 on Friday night. The win pushes the Lightning to a 19-4 record, best in school history. Dylan Hadley scored 23 points to lead the Lightning to a season high.

2-1-1 SERVICE PROVIDING FREE REFERRALS COUNTYWIDE

San Bernardino County is part of a nationwide service that provides free referrals to Californians who need help for everything from basic needs to job training or tax filing. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how dialing 2-1-1 could help you…

Each year in California, about 2 ½ million people turn

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MOTORCYCLE RIDE TOMORROW TO BENEFIT LOCAL HOMELESS VETERANS

Attention motorcycle riders: Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will be taking donations to Martha’s Kitchen in Indio with a 30 percent veteran population, and come back to Yucca Valley to give out more donations to MB Haven this Saturday, the 22nd. The run starts at 9:00 a.m. from Razor Fades,

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COUNTY OFFERING FREE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001, and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support,

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ROTARY CLUB FOOD DRIVE COLLECTED 59,633 MEALS

The four Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin collected enough food to provide more than 59,600 meals for residents during its first annual food drive last week. The Valentine’s Day food drive collected bags of food at Stater Brothers East in Yucca Valley; each bag contained 10 food items that

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CAT-A-PALOOZA AT THE YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER

For the next week, the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter is holding a Cat-a-Palooza adoption event. Through Friday, February 28, adoption fees for cats at the animal shelter are just $20. All cats will be current on their vaccinations, will be spayed or neutered, and will come with a voucher for

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DANCING WITH THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER STARS TOMORROW NIGHT

Yucca Valley High School soccer stars and Yucca Valley Heat dancers will be teaming up for the annual “Dancing with the Soccer Stars.” This annual event is a major fundraiser for both teams. The Heat dancers work with their soccer partners to create original dances. Similar to the favorite TV

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS BASKETBALL IN CIF PLAY AT HOME TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts the Providence Patriots tonight at 6:00 p.m. The Lightning, 12-0 Victory League champions, take on the Patriots from Santa Barbara with the momentum of a 10-game win streak. Joshua Springs looks to advance to the CIF Division 6 Quarterfinals for the third straight year.

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SCHOOL EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A custodian with the Morongo Unified School district was arraigned last week by a federal grand jury with production of child pornography. According to an FBI press release, Matthew Frazer, 42, of Yucca Valley, was arrested January 31 at his place of employment. He was indicted by the grand jury

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TOWN CONSIDERING CONVERTING BLACK ROCK CANYON ROAD INTO A DIRT ROAD

The Town of Yucca Valley is considering removing the failed asphalt and turning the troubled Black Rock Canyon Road into a graded dirt road. According to a release from the Town, a grant application to repair the road submitted by the town and Joshua Tree National Park in April 2013

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PALM SPRINGS TO ALLOW FOURTH MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

While Yucca Valley prohibits Marijuana Dispensaries, Palm Springs will get another dispensary after a 4-1 vote Wednesday night by the City Council that paves the way for a fourth dispensary within city limits. Besides approving a comprehensive regulatory program that adds a fourth dispensary, the council also approved measures that

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VEGETATION FIRES ON YUCCA GRADE LAST NIGHT

Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to several vegetation fires on the Yucca Grade about 11 p.m. last night. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said that four small vegetation fires were burning on the south shoulder of eastbound Highway 62. The fires started about 50 feet from the bottom

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MAN CAUGHT ON SECURITY CAMERA DISABLING A SECURITY CAMERA

Smile. You are on … surveillance camera. A Yucca Valley man apparently thought if he ripped a camera off the outside wall of a pawn shop in the 56400 block of 29 Palms Highway, and then threw the camera away, that he would escape detection if he broke into the

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