COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF BILLS CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills Thursday in support of the administration’s immigration crackdown, and Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of both of them. Kate’s Law, and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, passed largely along party lines. Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, who was killed in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had been deported several times. The bill would enhance the maximum sentence for criminal immigrants who illegally enter the United States by 10 to 25 years. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act prohibits “sanctuary cities” from receiving many federal grants. The bills will now go to the Senate where they will face more opposition.

RESIDENTS INTERRUPT CAR THIEVES; SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Two people who were interrupted while trying to steal a vehicle were arrested on drug charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, when residents in the 7100 block of Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley interrupted a man and woman who were trying to steal their vehicle just before 2 a.m., the suspects fled in a black Mustang. The couple notified the Sheriff’s Department, and a deputy stopped a black Mustang near Sunnyslope and Sage Avenue about 2:15 a.m. Inside the car were Antonio Martinez, 28, of Phelan, and Somer Caldwell, 31, of Yucca Valley. Both suspects were found with drug paraphernalia and methamphetamines. Antonio Martinez was arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and on no-bail warrants for burglary and revocation of his probation. Martinez was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail. Somer Caldwell was arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, cited, and released.

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER KIM CASEY GRADUATES WITH HONORS

In June, Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives out kudos…
Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, San Bernardino last month. Casey graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a 3.97 grade point average. She was also nominated and chosen to be honored as a Graduate of Distinction for the Criminal Justice Department by the Palm Desert CSUSB campus, as the student who best represented the accomplishments of the Department. In addition, Casey received honors from the school of Social and Behavioral Sciences and was the highest ranked undergrad for the Criminal Justice Department for both CSUSB campuses. This degree will serve Kim Casey and Yucca Valley well, as she is the lead investigator for the Town regarding animal related crimes / complaints and is a valuable resource for the community. Congratulations! Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

PROPERTY VALUES INCREASING IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Property values have been steadily increasing in San Bernardino County in the last few years. The County Assessor says the average increase in unincorporated parts of the county is 6.1 percent from last year. In Yucca Valley, the town’s properties, which are valued at nearly $1.6 billion, increased 4 percent from last year. And properties in the city of Twentynine Palms increased 1.3 percent from last year.

For more information:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/assessor
https://sbcountyarcblog.org/2017assessment/

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE BUSY

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during the fourth of July holiday. Edica Gonzalez reminds visitors to use alternate entrances…

Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding up to more than two million visitors yearly. As the park gets busier every year, so do the entrance stations and visitor centers. These busier times create long lines of cars waiting to enter the park, especially at the west entrance outside the town of Joshua Tree. To shorten your wait to enter the park, try using the north park entrance station, three miles south of the town of Twentynine Palms on Utah Trail. Park passes can be purchased at Visitor Centers, and this also helps to move the lines faster through entrances. Having your ID ready to show if you hold annual, senior, or access passes provides faster service through stations as well. For more information about the park, call 760-367-5522.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT

We have limited information about a Yucca Valley man who was arrested Thursday for selling drugs. Jonathan Shields, 46, was stopped near Aberdeen and Warren Vista about 9:30 p.m. Shields had an out-of-county warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Jonathan Shields was arrested for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia and on his out-of-county arrest warrant, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $141,00.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DOG ATTACKS

Walking in the desert can be a relaxing way to exercise but encountering aggressive dogs can be terrifying and dangerous. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips about how to protect yourself if you are threatened by loose dogs…

Dog attacks can be vicious and bloody. Reduce your risk of attack by being prepared. If you can, avoid walking in areas where loose dogs roam. Dogs in packs are especially dangerous. If a dog threatens you, don’t turn your back on it or run away, as dogs can easily outrun you. Don’t make direct eye contact. In a firm, loud, and deep voice, tell the dog to SIT, STOP, or GO HOME. Carry protection with you on walks, like a golf club, walking stick, stun baton, or pepper spray. If a dog charges you, use anything handy—like the club or stick, or a purse, or backpack, as a barrier between you and the dog. If you are attacked, shove the club or stick or your arm—wrapped with a jacket—down the dog’s throat and push hard. Wait to spray the dog with pepper spray until you can spray it directly in the eyes. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

TIPS TO AVOID FOOD POISONING

It’s summer, the traditional time of picnics by the pool, up in the national park, or in the back yard. The smell of hot dogs and burgers is sizzling on the grill, potato salad, chips, dips, all the summer treats. But if you’re not careful, those outdoor feasts could ignite some serious intestinal fireworks. Here are some tips to avoid food poisoning. Experts say that over 100 million people in the U.S. will contract food poisoning every year. But there are some simple things that can keep you and your family safe. Make sure you wash your hands before handling food. Store raw meats away from other foods, below 40 degrees. Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, not on the counter top. When cooking, use separate plates for raw and cooked meats. Keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold. Simple steps, but steps than can prevent you and your family from hours or days of misery or hospitalization.

FIREWORKS ALERT

Illegal fireworks are a concern especially around the Independence Day holiday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on the potential risk and costs associated with using illegal fireworks…

Possession of fireworks is illegal throughout Morongo Basin. This includes so called “safe and sane” fireworks, and any fireworks that explode, shoot in the air or move along the ground. With the threat of wildfire nearing peak season, San Bernardino County Fire has stepped up enforcement of state and county fireworks laws. Fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use of fireworks, with possibility of arrest and fines of more than $1,250 for the first offense. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, on a typical July 4th, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. Basin residents are encouraged to watch fireworks at community celebrations rather than risking the death, blindness, and maiming injuries that children and adults suffer every year. Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.

FIRST QUARTER MOON, JUPITER AND SATURN AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, July 1. The event begins at 8:45 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include a first quarter crescent moon, Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, and the summer Milky Way. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.