MAN KILLED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTEL 6 HAD BEEN SMOKING METH FOR DAYS

The man who died in a shooting at a motel in Twentynine Palms early Tuesday morning had been smoking methamphetamine for days with his girlfriend, and they were in fear for their lives from unknown killers, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were called to the Motel 6 on 29

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OVER 2.5 MILLION VISITORS TO OVER CAPACITY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN 2016

If you thought Joshua Tree National Park was more crowded than ever last year, you were right. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details on the park’s visitors…

More than 2.5 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park last year; 2,514,839 to be exact. That’s 500,000 more visitors than all

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DEAD BODY FOUND AT MOTEL 6 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

9:45 a.m. An update to the story we reported earlier today:

The suspect in a shooting at Motel 6 in Twentynine Palms early this morning has been found deceased. Deputies who responded about 3:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired at the motel on the highway in Twentynine Palms

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SHOOTING INVESTIGATION CLOSES THE HIGHWAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Deputies responding to a report of shots fired in Twentynine Palms early this morning were shot at by the suspect. The deputies were not injured. The shooting occurred at the Motel 6 on the highway in Twentynine Palms about 3:30 a.m. The suspect, who is holed up in a room

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MARINE KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON TWENTYNINE PALMS BASE

One Marine was killed and another injured during a live-fire training exercise Friday aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The Marine Corps announced that the Marines were conducting unit training in preparation for the start of Integrated Training Exercise 2-17 when the accident happened about 5:05 p.m.

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CLOSURES FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Government offices, banks, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

TWO DESERT HOT SPRINGS MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STAND-OFF

Two Desert Hot Springs men were arrested following a two-hour stand-off Thursday afternoon. According to a press release, Desert Hot Springs police were called at 1:22 p.m. to the 66200 block of Cahuilla Avenue for a domestic violence call concerning a parolee-at-large, identified as Danilo Flores, 34. Flores refused to

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING HIS PARENTS WITH A KNIFE

A 29-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday after his parents said he threatened them with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Christopher Williams was arguing with his parents about 7 p.m. in the 55200 block of Airlane Drive in Yucca Valley because he refused to his chores. Williams

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LESSONS LEARNED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ACTIVE-SHOOTER TRAINING DRILL

Copper Mountain College was the site of a joint active-shooter training drill early Wednesday morning. College employees and faculty participated in the drill, in which a Sheriff’s deputy—portraying the lone shooter—simulated shooting and wounding 10 staff members as he moved from the student services center to the Greenleaf library, and

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COUNTY HEALTH SAYS FLU IS ON THE RISE; GET VACCINATED

Influenza activity is on the rise and County Health is strongly encouraging residents to get the flu shot. Getting vaccinated against the flu can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations or unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Residents are encouraged to visit their primary care physician or urgent care

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER A HI-SPEED CHASE FROM LANDERS TO YUCCA VALLEY

At least two men were arrested early Monday morning following a high-speed chase that started in Landers and ended in a residential neighborhood in Yucca Valley. Just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, a man called deputies to report he had been robbed by an armed suspect. The man said his

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ONE ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT THROUGH YUCCA VALLEY

At least one man was arrested early Monday morning following a high-speed chase that started in Landers and ended in a residential neighborhood in Yucca Valley. Just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, a man called deputies to report he had been robbed by an armed suspect. The man said his

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WORK STARTS TODAY ON THE YUCCA VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECT

The largest civilian public works project in the history of the Morongo Basin breaks ground today. Construction of Yucca Valley’s sewer project is set to begin this morning, Monday, January 9. Sukut Construction will begin working in Stage 1 of Phase 1- Area “A” which is the east section of

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JANUARY 20

The local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on the third Friday in January rather than the usual second Friday. The meeting will be held January 20, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Silver Sneakers instructor,

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS CHARGES

A Desert Hot Springs suspected man was arrested in the pre-dawn hours Thursday following a search of a residential home. Desert Hot Springs police, Riverside County Gang Impact Team, and Special Activities Unit, along with a Post-Release Accountability and Compliance Team, served a search warrant in the 66000 block of

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COUNTY FIGHTING PLACEMENT OF DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Over the last six months, the County District Attorney’s office has fought efforts to have convicted sexually violent predator Luther Evans placed in the Morongo Basin. The proposed area of release includes Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, or neighboring communities of the Morongo Basin. In October 2003, Evans was

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HEAVY RAINS CLOSE SEVERAL ROADS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Due to heavy rains on New Year’s Eve, Joshua Tree National Park has closed several roads because of standing water. Desert Queen Mine Road, Odell Road, and Big Horn Pass Road are all closed. Crews are working on opening Desert Queen Mine Road to the Pine City parking lot by

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NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017, PART 2 OF 5

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Employers will be prohibited from asking job applicants to disclose arrests made while they were juveniles, if the arrest didn’t result in a conviction. If you’re stressed by your

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MAN RESCUED WHEN CAR SKIDS OFF ROAD INTO WATER-FILLED DITCH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man escaped injury, but his car is totaled, when his car skidded off the roadway and landed in a water-filled ditch in Yucca Valley early New Year’s Day. Swift water rescue personnel were called about 3:30 a.m. to Kickapoo Avenue and Yucca Trail where they found the gray, four-door

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TRUCK HITS PEDESTRIAN CROSSING HIGHWAY NOT IN A CROSSWALK

The California Highway Patrol has released its report on the pedestrian versus vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Thursday evening. According to the report, Ernest Ale, 56, of Idlywild, was driving a 1993 Dodge Ram westbound on Highway 62 just before 6:30 p.m. As he approached Veterans Way, he entered the

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