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News-Tip: Ethics in local and county government

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  General Posts  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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

Motorcycle crash

  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

Sewer Talk Martha

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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S.B. Sheriff’s overstepping boundaries again?

By   /  February 15, 2014  /  Yucca Valley, yv feature  /  1 Comment

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The following Declaration was sent by Cactus Thorns contributor, Gerard Van Der Veen. Gerard is a champion of civil rights. He believes that the below individual, Jessie McFadden,  got  a raw deal from San Bernardino County Sheriffs. Jessie  is a female. Here is her story submitted under penalty of perjury. DECLARATION & VERIFICATION OF JESSIE […]

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Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha! Tooo Funny Tim!!

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Are ya’ all ready for the funniest post of 2014? The most unlikely clueless individual with a grand impression of himself with no manners, no common sense or ability to comprehend a complex agenda is getting stoked to seek the soon-to-be-vacated-seat of Councilman Dawn Rowe, who is not running for re-election in […]

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More details on the Andy Takata resignation…or fired?

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Banning, California- Cactus Thorns reported the Banning City Manager, Andy Takata, resigned without posting the reasons until the information we were given could be verified. Takata was the previous past manager for the Town of Yucca Valley. Following his career on the local Banning blog reveals he has been in hot water after several controversial […]

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Hi-Desert Water District Lacking GM Leadership

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  yv feature  /  6 Comments

The Ship of Fools

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The Hi-Desert Water District called a “Special Meeting” for this evening and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why this business could not wait until their next meeting on October 2, 2013.  This will be their third meeting this month and it isn’t by any means an EMERGENCY meeting, […]

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SB Recall on the Menu- Meet Candidate Tim Prince

By   /  September 22, 2013  /  Candidates, News, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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Colton, Calif.,-Last Monday evening I attended the meeting of concerned citizens calling themselves Colton First to personally thank them for their moral support and to meet one of the guest speakers, Tim Prince, a candidate for City Attorney of San Bernardino running to replace recall target, James Penman. It was not planned, but there were […]

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Update: 29 Palms Citadel Visitors Center

By   /  September 21, 2013  /  29 Palms  /  Comments Off

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Last updated 9/22/2013 @ 12:31 a.m.  I would like to update a story published in Cactus Thorns on September 14, 2013 under the headline: The Untold Story: 29 Palms Citadel Visitors Center. New information has been revealed and sent to me in four PDF files. These files are briefed below along with the PDF files. I […]

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