On July 15, 2014, KCDZ-FM radio, or Z107.7 FM, will celebrate an amazing 25 years of uninterrupted service. Since seven seconds after 1:07 p.m. July 15, 1989, Z107.7 has been continuously operating and has been an intrinsic part of the incredible changes, challenges, and progress in our beautiful, remarkable, and quirky part of the Southern California desert. Unlike many radio stations across the country these days, Z107.7 is locally owned by Twentynine Palms residents Cynthia and Gary Daigneault. Over the past 25 years, Z107.7 News and radio station has earned dozens of accolades from the Associated Press and local organizations for its coverage of breaking and local news, including the Landers earthquake and the Sawtooth fire. To commemorate this remarkable accomplishment, Z107.7 Radio is planning a very special anniversary celebration next Tuesday, July 15, and is requesting your participation. From 7:00 a.m. until 1:07 p.m. we will broadcast live from outside in front of our studios. Listeners are invited to stop by and say hi. Everyone who stops by will get some sort of swag, there’ll be drawings for commemorative bags of swag, and refreshments from Natural Sisters and Pie for the People will be available.

The recognitions and resolutions acknowledging Z107.7’s 25 years of service have started to come in, including a Proclamation from the Town of Yucca Valley, and resolutions acknowledging Z107.7’s remarkable service from the Hi-Desert Water District and Joshua Basin Water District. With the first proclamation from the Town of Yucca Valley, is assignment reporter Diana Jones…

Z107.7 Radio recently received a proclamation from the Town of Yucca Valley, recognizing it for its 25 years of community service, including receiving several broadcasting awards: Station of the Year from APTRA, the Associated Press Television and Radio Association; the Mark Twain Award for Best Newscast; Reporter of the Year; Best Small Market Website; Best Editorial; and two Golden Mike Awards for excellence in news from the Radio-Television News Association. News Director Gary Daigneault was also inducted into the APTRA Hall of Fame. The Proclamation also recognized Z107.7 for its community service in disseminating important public information and contributing to the quality of life to Morongo Basin residents, and congratulated Z107.7 on its 25 years of service.


An extension cord being used to power a swamp cooler is blamed for a fire in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon that completely destroyed a home, two travel trailers, a shed, and a vehicle. About 4 p.m., fire fighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, the Combat Center, and Morongo Valley found the 720-square-foot residential structure fire in the 66100 block of Coyote Valley Road in Joshua Tree—past the Joshua Tree Lake campground—completely involved in flames when they arrived.

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County Fire Captain Jon Garber said an extension cord that was plugged into a 120-volt outlet in the house was being used to run a swamp cooler in one of the travel trailers. The cord and outlet were not suitable to power the swamp cooler, and the cord, which was lying on top of clothing on a wood floor, got too hot and started the clothes on fire, which started the floor on fire, which started the home on fire. The fire spread to two RV trailers, and an older-model 4-door sedan parked near by, as well as a shed/garage. Garber said fire fighters were hampered in fighting the fire due to the distance of a hydrant, about one-quarter of a mile away from the residence, and very poor water flow from the hydrant. Garber said there was a significant amount of heat and flames coming off from the fire and that structure fires require a high volume of water to extinguish them. The three female residents arrived home during the fire, and Red Cross was called in to assist.


A 21-year-old Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday afternoon following a foot chase at the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert. Store owners called Sheriff’s deputies about 1:30 to report that Matthew Stewart was walking through the mall and stealing items from stores. Authorities say when mall security tried to stop Stewart, he fled into the parking lot near Macy’s. Deputies pursued Stewart toward JC Penny where he was tackled at a store entrance. After being treated at a hospital for his injuries suffered from being tackled, Matthew Stewart, was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio on suspicion of commercial burglary and evading arrest.


Sheriff John McMahon will present a synthetic drug ordinance to the Board of County Supervisors today that includes criminal, administrative and civil penalties for those who sell synthetic drugs – more commonly known as “spice” or “bath salts” – in the county. Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with the synthetic chemicals that is usually smoked. Bath salts are synthetic chemicals in a powder or crystal form that are usually snorted or injected. These highly addictive, synthetic drugs are marketed as potpourri, decorative sand, shoe deodorizers or glass cleaner; however they have nothing in common with the products they are advertised to be. “Spice” and “bath salts”–also known as “designer drugs”–have been scientifically formulated to create the same effects of more common drugs, such as marijuana, methamphetamine or PCP. But these “fake” substances are not detected on standard drug tests and are often misconstrued as “harmless” because they are a synthetic imitation. For this reason, abuse tends to run rampant among children and those who are subject to standard drug tests, such as military personnel. The ordinance creates penalties that include fines, misdemeanor charges and the possible loss of a business license. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and is open to public participation through the interactive video facility at the County government center on Whitefeather Road.


The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is happening or will happen soon. Reporter Sara Snyder offers the following tips to stay safe during flash floods…

In a flood situation, don’t enter the water. In fact, stay at least 10 feet away from the water’s edge. Don’t drive if you don’t have to, and don’t play or swim in a flood channel, and don’t try to walk or drive through a flooded road. The depth and speed of flood water is not always obvious, and you can’t tell what’s happened to the road surface under the water. Six inches of swiftly flowing water can knock you off your feet, and two feet of floodwater can carry away most vehicles, including pickup trucks and SUVs. Listen to Z107.7 for current conditions.


The Twentynine Palms Library is continuing its free driver education class for seniors on Wednesdays through July 30. Participants will receive necessary information needed to pass the DMV written exam. Seniors can join the class at any time and no pre-registration is necessary, the classes are on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Both the California Driver Handbook and sections of the Senior Guide to Safe Driving Handbook are reviewed. In each class, participants are given sample written driver tests and the answers are discussed with references made to their location in the handbook. For more information, call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.


The next clean-up for the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be on Wednesday, July 9th at 7 a.m. at the Rock House on Alta Loma (about half a mile west of Olympic Rd). Anyone interested is encouraged to join them for one short hour of work. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available to make the chore more doable. Volunteers are invited to meet afterwards at the Park Rock Cafe for coffee and conversation. A total of 17 volunteers met June 25 at the Joshua Tree Post Office, and Roger Weingaertner earned his Clean Team T-shirt. For more information, call 760-366-8415.


The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets every second Wednesday at the Helen Gray Education Center, located on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. This month’s meeting is Wednesday, July 9, at 4:30 p.m. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin. For more information, call 760-250-7295.


You may have seen some brilliant white domes in the desert south of the highway and just east of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Reporter Cara Conway says the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s next Wednesday lecture will feature a guest speaker who will talk about the eco-friendly Bonita Domes…

Visit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30 to 6:30PM to experience the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s presentation of crafting Bonita Domes. Gabe Wendling, artist and craftsman, will walk attendees through the process of these eco-friendly shelters made of earth and cement. A $5 donation is requested. Visit www.mbhs.net for further information.


The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. On the agenda, Copper Hills Homes is requesting a street vacation of 7 feet wide and 152 feet long on the southwest corner of Sage Avenue and Hidden Gold Drive. The Commission will also hold public hearings on Amendments to the development code concerning appeals and enforcement, permit amendments and revocations, home occupation permits, and zoning districts and development standards.


The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus. Among the items on the agenda, the Board will be given an overview/update on the pharmacy. Following approval of routine appointments, re-appointments, and terminations on the consent agenda, the Board will be asked to approve policy recommendations and will be given an update on lock-down system. The Board will then go into closed session to follow-up on physician satisfaction surveys, two cases of potential litigation, and a trade-secret report.


Services have been set for long-time Yucca Valley resident Helen Dawn Reed, who passed away May 23 at her home. She was 90 years old. Helen Reed was the wife of the late Walter Reed, the first Yucca Valley council member. She was a strong supporter of many Morongo Basin causes, and was awarded the Soroptimist Women Helping Women award in 1997. She was also a long-time member of Hearts of Yucca Valley. Helen Reed is survived by her children Donna Munoz, Maggie Meldrum, and Walt (Bud) Reed, and her local grandchildren, Darin Sanden, Darcy Elless, and Shannon Luckino. Services will be held Saturday, July 19, at 4 p.m. at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, 57373 Joshua Lane, in Yucca Valley, with Vicar Ted Smith officiating and Ed Will on keyboard.