20-YEAR-OLD HIKER DIES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 20-year-old man is dead after he went hiking in Joshua Tree National Park in 120-degree temperatures Saturday. About 7 p.m., the man’s companion reported that the victim, who has not been identified by the coroner, was unconscious in the Turkey Flats area in the southern portion of the park, and was in immediate need of assistance. Searchers from Riverside County Fire, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, and park rangers located the man about 11:30 p.m. near the base of Pinto Mountain and performed CPR but were unable to revive him. He was officially pronounced deceased by the Riverside County coroner at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

Joshua Tree National Park officials remind residents to hike in the early morning hours and avoid the heat of the day; carry more water than you think you’ll need, and be vigilant in extreme heat conditions.

SUSPECT IN RAPE, ATTEMPTED MURDER IN JOHNSON VALLEY KILLED BY DEPUTIES IN LUCERNE VALLEY

A man wanted by Morongo Basin deputies for a sexual assault and attempted murder in Johnson Valley was shot and killed in a confrontation with deputies in Lucerne Valley Friday morning.

According to investigators, Joshua Beedie, 38, had sexually assaulted and beat a woman Thursday evening in the 5500 block of Perriman Street in Johnson Valley. When they arrived, Marlton Forest told them that Beedie had sexually assaulted a woman on the property. When Forest went to check on the victim about 6 p.m., he said Beedie shot at him with at least two firearms. Beedie fled the scene before deputies arrived.

About 9:30 a.m. Friday, deputies were called to a mobile home park in the 38300 block of Old Woman Springs Road for a report of shots fired. Two people had been shot at by the suspect; one person received minor injuries. When deputies arrived, the suspect, identified as Beedie, continued to shoot and was hiding in an area filled with abandoned vehicles and mobile homes. Residents of the mobile home park were evacuated, and despite PA announcements by deputies for Beedie to surrender, the calls were ignored.

Deputies called in a SWAT team for assistance and a team of three armored vehicles approached the area where Beedie was hiding about 1:30 p.m. At that time, a deputy involved shooting occurred, and Joshua Beedie was struck by gunshots. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Deputies located three rifles, including an AR-15, and a sawed-off shotgun next to Beedie.

Morongo Basin deputies identified Joshua Beedie as a transient from Joshua Tree; Lucerne Valley deputies say he was a resident of Yucaipa.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TAKES UP 4 NATIVE PLANT PERMITS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will convene tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss four separate native plant permits. Reporter Joshua King has more details…

The Planning Commission and other agencies have been the subject of much public outcry as of late surrounding the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to recognize the Western Joshua Tree as an endangered species. The last planning commission meeting proved controversial after members of the public levied accusations of improper permit handling and oversight towards the commission. In response, tonight’s meeting will cover four active native plant permits and the commission will vote to approve or disapprove them. Given the trend of public scrutiny over local government proceedings, the meeting is expected to be a rather crucial one.

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SMOKE FROM THE EL DORADO FIRE IN YUCAIPA FILLS MORONGO BASIN SKIES

The smoke in the air this morning is primarily coming from the Eldorado Fire, currently burning over 7,300 acres near Oak Glen. CalFire said the fire was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party at 10:23 a.m. Saturday in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The fire spread from the park to the north on to Yucaipa Ridge that separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa. Some smoke is also from the Apple fire, still 95% contained at 33,424 acres. 

While the El Dorado fire is 26 miles northwest of Pioneertown and 20 miles west of Morongo Valley as the crow flies, it is burning on the west side of the Apple fire burn scar and there is no danger to our local communities.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ANNOUNCES 4-DAY POLLING IN LESS LOCATIONS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

Every registered voter in the state of California is supposed to get a ballot mailed to them to vote in the election November 3. Voters can return the ballot by mail, or they can drop it off at a poll location, or at city or town hall or at their library. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the COVID pandemic is forcing changes to how people vote this year…

The majority of voters will be using a vote-by-mail option this year and so the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters has worked to secure county-wide polling places for this election. Due to COVID-19, many of the polling places used in past elections are not available. To address the loss of about half of the facilities, polling places used in this election will be open for four days: Saturday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 3.

Prior to finalizing polling place assignments for the 2020 election, the Registrar of Voters has prepared a proposed list of polling places and a map of these locations. The public may review and make comments on the proposed locations through September 11.

A List of Proposed Polling Places at www.sbcountyelections.com/Portals/9/Elections/2020/1103/List_ProposedPollingPlaces.pdf

A Map of Proposed Polling Places at www.sbcountyelections.com/Elections/2020/1103/MapofProposedPollingPlaces.aspx.

Written public comments will be accepted for 10 days, through 5 p.m. on September 11, 2020, by email at Communications@rov.sbcounty.gov, by fax at (909) 387-2022, and by mail or in-person at 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415.

The Registrar of Voters will consider all written public comments received by 5 p.m. on September 11, 2020, and adjust the polling places to the extent deemed appropriate before finalizing the polling place assignments. For more information, visit https://www.sbcountyelections.com/Elections/2020/1103/PublicReview.aspx