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Four Years Later:The Yucca Valley Grim Reaper

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  4 Comments

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“THE YUCCA VALLEY GRIM REAPER” was first published on July 28, 2010. Here we are four years later, and the safety improvements at the new AM/PM Arco SonicBurger have not been completed and there is NO performance/completion bond posted by the builder to insure these improvements would come to fruition. . The postponement of the […]

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Caught by Another Journalist!

By   /  May 23, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- It is really cool to have a wide range audience of readers tune in to Cactus Thorns and especially to my personal posts. The keen eye of Larry Briggs catches a few typos and misspellings on Cactus Thorns and it is appreciated because he adds a few comments on the stories from […]

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Margo Sturges: “I’m Only One Person…..”

By   /  May 21, 2014  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  2 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Thank you to the loyal readers of Cactus Thorns and to my publisher, Dan O’Brien. A big Thanks to readers following my posts! I appreciate your readership and comments…all of them, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. News Tips: From time to time, I receive news and opinion suggestions for a […]

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January 14, 2010-Klasky Stalks Cactus Thorns Publisher

By   /  May 19, 2014  /  News, OHV Issues  /  5 Comments

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(REDUX:Oringinal post: January 2010)-This was sent to the President of Friends of Giant Rock. ——— Original Message ———- From: “Philip M. Klasky” <pklasky@igc.org> To: ray@friendsofgiantrock.com Subject: Dan O’Brien Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:47:39 -0800 Ray – As a matter of clarification, is Dan O’Brien a member of FOGR? On your web site it indicates […]

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Paul Cook/Chad Mayes Connection to Sewer Problems…

By   /  May 7, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  3 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- There are some articles worth repeating. An article written on July 7, 2012, addresses the looming problem Yucca Valley faces with their “Aversion to Government” by Paul Cook and Chad Mayes during their time as elected officials, and current residents of Yucca Valley, resulting in “kicking the can” down the road instead […]

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Ummm Chad…About those Endorsements…

By   /  May 7, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- It’s too bad the candidates running for office do not have an opportunity to clear any endorsements or letters to the Editor submitted by the “Bubble People of Yucca Valley.” They may be well meaning and good intentioned, however, they end up doing more harm than good. For example, in today’s local […]

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News-Tip: Ethics in local and county government

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  General Posts  /  Comments Off

News-Tip is a new thing in Cactus Thorns. We encourage whistle blowing concerning public officials and other forms of corruption or questionable practices in local and county government. All sources will be kept confidential. That is a firm commitment. Ethics in government is important: “If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; […]

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UPDATED: Martha Talking Sewers With Margo…Redux

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

Margo and Martha in the Sewers of Cathederal City

On November 19, 2010, I posted this story about my visit with Martha Van Rooijen, an expert in the business of sewers, grant writing, out reach to pass the assessment vote and project coordination. She was instrumental assisting the residents of the Cove in Cathedral City . I was very pleased when the HDWD decided […]

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Updated:Theater 29′s Recent 990 Tax Filings…Say Gary! Where is the “Architect” Grant?

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Feature  /  9 Comments

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Public Information Requests were sent to Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt’s office in early 2012 asking for any and all documents pertaining to a “Grant” that was awarded to Theater 29 to pay for an architect to design  a new theater, as stated in  Gary Daigneault’s presentation to the 29 Palms City Council.>STORY Mitzelfelt’s office responded to […]

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Morongo Basins Dems Guest Speaker Announces Bid For Yucca Valley Town Council

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Candidates, News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     March 12, 2014  CONTACTS:                 Ron Cohen                   760-418-5437              ron@deenron.com Mike Lipsitz                 760-449-4048              mbdems@gmail.com   Ron Cohen Announces Bid for YVTC Outspoken critic of the Yucca Valley Town Council, Ron Cohen, announced at Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club that he will run for one of the […]

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Top Story- Man dies in Yucca Mesa motorcycle crash

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Police Blotter, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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  Hi-Desert Star Top Story-YUCCA MESA— A man was killed Monday evening while riding his motorcycle on Buena Vista Drive. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was discovered just after 5 p.m., by a motorist who reported she saw a man down in the road next to his motorcycle, not breathing. Morongo […]

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Martha Talking Sewers With Margo…It’s a good thing!

By   /  March 1, 2014  /  General Posts  /  Comments Off

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FLASHBACK: NOV. 19, 2010-The Hi-Desert Water District Hires a Sewer Professional….It’s a good thing! Yucca Valley, Ca.-At the November 19, 2010 meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, the Board was spending money and dipping into the District’s thin money reserves. One item on this spending agenda was the hiring of Martha Van Rooijen, owner of […]

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Dan O’Brien- Adds One More Birthday Candle on March 1st

By   /  February 28, 2014  /  29 Palms, News  /  2 Comments

It was difficult to choose one photo to put up on this post. Dan O’Brien, Publisher of Cactus Thorns, has many great photos to choose from on his Facebook page. Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Air Force, Cousin, Friend and Publisher of this blog, O’Brien is always quick to say he serves the Lord first. […]

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Happy 80th Birthday to Dakota Bob!

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Feature  /  3 Comments

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Dakota Bob, beloved friend of the Morongo Basin community for 28 years, loving husband, Korean Vet and servant of the Lord, will celebrate his 80th birthday on February 23, 2014. We have been best friends since 1971 and I believe they just don’t make them like this anymore.  Honest, loyal, caring, truthful and his word […]

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