HEROIN FOUND AFTER SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE CHASE

A Mentone man was arrested after a basin-wide chase Friday morning, accused of possessing heroin. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said Traffic Officer Jim Delgado attempted to stop a speeding motorcycle on Highway 62 near Elk Trail in Yucca Valley shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. The motorcycle rider, subsequently identified as

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YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH GOING SNOW-SHOEING SUNDAY

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church has cancelled its snow-shoeing event in Big Bear Sunday, March 1 due to a weather forecast of inclement weather.

LOCAL DOG GROOMER WINS MAJOR COMPETITION

A local dog groomer won a creative dog grooming competition last weekend in Pasadena. Sandy Hartness, owner of Sandy Paws Dog Grooming in Yucca Valley, competed with her 2-year-old poodle, Crush, in a large class of eight or nine other dogs, in Groom Expo West. Managing editor Tami Roleff spoke

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JOSHUA SPRINGS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BASKETBALL MOVES AHEAD IN CIF PLAYOFF COMPETITION

The Joshua Springs Christian School basketball will make its third straight trip to CIF Semifinals after defeating the Upland Christian Academy Eagles 64-47 on Tuesday night. Lightning spokesman Adam Everhart said Tyler Pascale led the way with 21 points, while Jordan Lovejoy was right behind him with 20. The win

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YUCCA VALLEY OVERSIGHT BOARD MEETS TOMORROW MORNING

The Yucca Valley Oversight Board will meet tomorrow morning. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us why… The Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the dissolved Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency will meet Wednesday morning, February 25. On the agenda, the board will be asked to approve the recognized payment schedule,

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VERY DUI DRIVER TREATED FOR ALCOHOL POISONING

A Camarillo woman was hospitalized early Saturday morning for alcohol poisoning, following a crash in Yucca Valley in which she is suspected of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Eliana Luna, 24, crashed her gray Nissan Altima into a pole at the intersection of Highway 62 and

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MAILBOX VANDALISM UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the vandalism of mailboxes on several streets in Yucca Valley last week. Friday morning, numerous mailboxes in the 7700 block of Hanford Avenue and 8400 block of Grand Avenue were vandalized. An older model black Honda hatchback may be associated with the vandalism. Anyone with

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, February 25, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING UPDATE

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan boys’ wrestlers had their season come to a close Friday and Saturday at the CIF Inland Division Championships at Temecula Valley High School. Coach Brandon Whitbread said Trojan wrestlers Martin Kennedy, Isaac Arismendiz, and Michael McKay made it into the second day of competition,

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COUNCIL ON AGING MEETS THURSDAY

The Regional Council on Aging will meet this Thursday, February 26, at 1 P.M. in the Yucca Valley Nutrition Center, with speakers, David Wilder and Kathleen “Kitty” Mesler. Mesler is the senior senator to the California Legislature in Sacramento. Wilder is a professional appointee by the Board of Supervisors and

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TAY CENTER OFFERS SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Pacific Clinic’s TAY Center offers young adults a safe and comfortable place to define and accomplish their life goals. Clients can come to the TAY Center to meet their basic needs such as a meal, shower, laundry, enrichment groups, job training, housing referrals, and a place to meet new people.

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HOPE ACADEMY ART AUCTION TOMORROW

Hope Academy will hold its second annual student art auction Tuesday, February 24. Registration begins at 6; bidding begins at 6:30. Trinkets and other art pieces will be available for purchase as well. Hope Academy is located in the Town Center Mall on the highway in Yucca Valley. For more

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NEW “EVERY KID IN A PARK” INITIATIVE WILL IMPACT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Starting this fall, fourth graders and their families can visit Joshua Tree National Park–and any of the other national park–for free. President Barack Obama unveiled his Every Kid in a Park initiative yesterday in an effort to get more young people out into the great outdoors. All fourth grade students

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DESERT FERMENTERS MEET AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

Those who prepare food and beverages using fermentation techniques can meet together tomorrow, Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains… SoCal Desert Fermenters will hold its inaugural quarterly meeting for both novice and experienced fermenters to share experiences, techniques, recipes, and tastes of homemade fermented foods and beverages. Examples include sauerkraut, sourdough

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SELF-DEFENSE CLASS TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley is offering a self-defense workshop. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with that story… A two-and-a-half hour self-defense workshop is being offered on Saturday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department. It includes demonstrations, hands-on instruction and a

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FREE GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Seventh-day Adventist church will host a free gospel music concert on Saturday afternoon, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. In addition to local talent, Pastor Curtis Wright—a world-class banjo player—will be featured. The community is invited to this concert at 8035 Church Street. Refreshments will be served after

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BOUTIQUE, CRAFT AND BAKE SALE AT YUCCA VALLEY MASONIC LODGE

The Galaxy Club of the local Eastern Star is holding a spring boutique and craft fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, located at 7062 Theater Road, Yucca Valley, behind the Food 4 Less. Besides various vendors, bake sale items will be for sale as

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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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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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