ARREST MADE IN YUCCA VALLEY BANK BOMB THREAT

Chase Bank

A Morongo Valley man who called in a bomb threat to a bank in Yucca Valley last week was arrested Friday. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man who identified himself as Steven Castillo called the Yucca Valley branch of Chase Bank four times Thursday morning between 9 and

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified school District is offering speech screening for kids from 3 to 5 years old tomorrow and Wednesday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says don’t miss this important opportunity… The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings

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SCHOOL BUS ROUTES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School bus routes have been updated and some revisions have been made. Bus route information is available on the Morongo Unified School District website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us under the Transportation tab and also on the front page. Please check your child’s route and bus number to make sure you have the

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TIPS TO AVOID CHILD HEAT STROKE

Most susceptible to heat-related illness are the elderly, homeless, people with chronic ailments, and children. Reporter Dan Stork says residents should be extra careful—especially with children—in the summer heat…

Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are seniors and children. Health Department Public Information Officer Henry Varela stresses that

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MAN WHO CRASHED INTO WALL AT FRIENDLY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARRESTED FOR DUI

We have more information about the man who drove his car through a block wall near Friendly Hills Elementary School Monday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 7:25 p.m., Matthew Castro, 43, of Yucca Valley, was driving a black 2011 Buick Enclave northbound on Sunny Vista Road at 40

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HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE, REDUCED SCHOOL LUNCHES

The federal government provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible students at school. There are several ways that public school students can qualify. Reporter Sara Snyder outlines the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the program…

Households that receive food stamps or CalWORKS may not have to complete a

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JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FALSE 9-1-1 CALLS ALLEGING RAPE

A juvenile girl was arrested Monday after making false calls to 911 stating she had been raped. According to a Sheriff’s report, 911 received text messages from a cell phone, starting about 10:25 a.m., that a friend had been raped. The messages described being in a basement and a name

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HOPE ACADEMY EXPANSION APPROVED

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission voted at its meeting last night to approve the request to expand Hope Academy Charter School in the Yucca Valley Town Center Mall. The commission voted 3-1, with Jeff Evans recusing himself, to approve the 14,000 square-foot addition of 10 classrooms and a multi-purpose room.

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, (Wednesday, August 12), are correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the HI-Desert Water District and the fall conference of the Association of California Airports. Under old business, the directors will discuss

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, August 13, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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SEVEN CITED IN STING TARGETING PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Seven people were cited in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Thursday, accused of purchasing alcohol for—or selling it to—minors, and three others were arrested or cited on other charges. During a shoulder-tap sting operation, minors—under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies—visited several liquor and convenience stores and asked strangers to buy

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TODDLER FOUND ALONE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of child neglect. According to a Sheriff’s report, a CHP officer found a 1-year-old toddler unattended outside near the roadway in the 62000 block of Mountain View Circle in Joshua Tree. After an investigation, a Sheriff’s deputy located the mother, Kodi Schrimshaw,

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U-2 TRIBUTE BAND AT YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Music Fest continues with “L.A. Vation,” a tribute to U2 this weekend. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… The world’s greatest tribute to U-2 is “L.A. Vation,” deriving its name from the U-2 hit “Elevation.” They’re more than just a cover band. They not only execute great music,

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR RODNEY PAULINO

Rodney Anthony Paulino, a 33-year resident of Yucca Valley, died at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs on July 30, 2015. He was 49 years old.

He was the son of Arthur Gogo Paulino and Rosalind Mendiola Quitugua Paulino born March 11, 1966 in Afame Sinajaña, Guam.

He was

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY SETTLES DEVELOPERS LAWSUIT

More than a year and a half after a lawsuit was filed by a development company against the town of Yucca Valley, the town council agreed to a settlement in a closed session meeting Tuesday night. After Mirage Front Properties bought a parcel subdivided into 17 home lots, the town

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A WIN AND A LOSS FOR LOCAL BUSINESS AT LAST NIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Local businesses found out you win some and you lose some at last night’s Yucca Valley Town Council meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report…

It was a win and a loss for two local area businesses, when the Yucca Valley Town Council awarded

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HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water Board is expected to write off bad debt and increase some security deposits tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, directors will consider a resolution to write off $15,000 of bad debt accumulated in 2014.

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKING FOR PUBLIC ADVISORS

The Hi-Desert Water District is looking for customers who are interested in volunteering to serve on a public advisory committee. The committee will discuss and provide input on matters affecting the public, such as rates, fees, ordinances, and more. The committee would meet on an as-needed basis; meeting times will

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR YUCCA VALLEY OKTOBERFEST

Vendor applications are being accepted for the third annual Yucca Valley Oktoberfest and community fair, sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Vendor spaces are $35. Food vendors are $150 and must provide their own food handlers license. Applications are available online at yvrotary.org, or call

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UPDATE: WIDESPREAD VERIZON OUTAGE HAS BEEN RESTORED

As of 3:53 this afternoon, it appears that all cellular and internet services, emergency services, as well as ATMs and credit card networks are back online. According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning.

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