Two men were arrested Thursday for a burglary in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, the residents of a home in the 54600 block of Martinez Trail came home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered the sliding door in the back of the home had been shattered. After performing a security check of the home, footprints at the scene led deputies to the Mueller-Turner Cabinet shop, located in the 54400 block of 29 Palms Highway. There deputies contacted Raydel Walker, 20, of Fontana, and Jesus Olivares, 19, of San Bernardino. They were both wearing shoes with the same shoe impressions the deputies had tracked from the burglarized home. Raydel Walker was arrested for investigation of burglary, and on a warrant for petty theft and driving without a license. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $60,000. Jesus Olivares was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and on a no-bail warrant for participating in a gang and for a probation violation. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.


The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency will hold a free art exhibition today. A preview is set for 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the evening showing is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will include works by artists Ryan Parra, Marium Rana and Tom Birkner with a live reading by Lisa Marie Rollins. All are invited to this free event to be held at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy. in Joshua Tree. For more information visit or call 310-562-0511.


With a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms today and Sunday, there is a chance of flash flood. Flash floods can strike any time and any place with little or no warning. In mountainous or flat terrain, distant rain may be channeled into gullies and ravines, turning a wash into rampaging torrent in minutes. City streets can become rivers in seconds. A flash flood watch means it is possible that rains will cause flash flooding in the specified area. Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency. A flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or is imminent in the specified area. Reporter Edica Gonzalez says if you encounter running water, turn around, don’t drown…

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. Stay safe by keeping everyone in mind as you drive in stormy weather.


Gallery 62 will hold an opening reception for its July art show during the Second Saturday art crawl, tonight, July 8. Featured artists for the exhibition, “Territory Extraordinary,” are Cory Hamilton, Snake Jagger, Aaron Moshier, Ron Turner, and James Hagerty. The reception is set for Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 61607 29 Palms Highway, Suite H, in downtown Joshua Tree. The exhibition will be on display through July 30. Regular gallery hours are Fridays and Sundays, 12 to 3, and Saturdays, 9 to 3.


If you’re planning a hike in the summer heat at Joshua Tree National Park be sure to take the essential precautions. Here with some helpful hiking tips is Park Ranger George Land…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead and observe some basic guidelines, you can still enjoy your summer hike. Start early in the morning when the day is cool. Be realistic about the hike you’ve planned with respect to the length and difficulty of the route you choose. If you’re not sure, talk to the staff at the visitor centers about their suggestions. Always carry more water than you think you’re going to need. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. I t’s always a good idea to hike with a partner, but if you can’t, at least let someone know the trail you’re taking and what time you expect to be done. Summer can still be an enjoyable time in the park provided you exercise good common sense and show respect for the desert environment.


With temperatures well above 100 degrees this weekend, residents can go to cooling centers to get out of the heat. Managing editor Tami Roleff lists where the cooling centers are…

Residents are reminded that pets are vulnerable to high temperatures too. Some signs of heat distress can include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive thirst and vomiting. Take care of indoor and outdoor pets by making sure they have plenty of water and a cool, shady place to rest. Remember, the shade your pets have in the morning will either change or diminish as the sun moves throughout the day and may not protect them. Never leave a pet unattended in vehicles, as temperatures inside the vehicle quickly reach deadly temperatures. Do not let pets stand on sidewalks, hot asphalt or in even in the bed of a truck to avoid burning their paws. There are cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Center is open Thursday through Saturday 10 to 5. In Twentynine Palms, the Senior Center on Adobe Road is a cooling center from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday; if the heat index reaches 115 degrees, the building will remain open. In Joshua Tree, residents can cool off at the splash park, which is open Thursday through Monday 9 to 7. The Hi-Desert Medical Center cafeteria is available as a cooling center every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the libraries in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley are open Saturday 9 to 5. Other places to get out of the heat are stores, restaurants, and theaters.


Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold an evening campfire talk in the park Saturday night. There are many creatures who come out after the sun goes down. Join a ranger for a 45-minute presentation to learn about animals who are active at night. The talk will be held at Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater at 9 p.m.