HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The administrative offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, as well as Copper Mountain College, are closed through January 2. The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree, as well as government offices and banks, will be closed Monday, December 26. The Hi-Desert Nature

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips for shopping safely: Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in

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Public asks for help in locating critical missing person in Yucca Valley

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a critical missing person in the Yucca Valley area. Dorothy O’Brien age 89, 5 foot tall and weighing 121 pounds was last seen wearing a tan coat, tan slacks, and white shoes. O’Brien was last seen Thursday evening December

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTED TO BE AT CAPACITY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end of the year holidays. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors,

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LANDERS DUMP EXPANSION PLAN GETS NO SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION

Due to reach capacity in just over a year, county government and state regulators must decide whether to expand Landers’ Landfill or throw it all away. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at a meeting called last night there to sort it all out… Fewer than a dozen people turned out to

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS MURDER TUESDAY

Three Desert Hot Springs residents were arrested Tuesday night, following a murder in Desert Hot Springs. Police officers were called at 10:28 a.m. to the 13000 block of Via Real for a report of a possible dead body. Arriving officers discovered the man—who has not been identified yet, but is

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE KILLED TRYING TO HELP DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH

What was supposed to be the start of one family’s Christmas celebration ended in tragedy early Monday morning when a Twentynine Palms Marine driving his family to the airport was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, just west of Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda, after stopping to help

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TWO FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FIRES IN PIONEERTOWN, YUCCA MESA SATURDAY NIGHT

Two families are homeless following fires in Pioneertown and Yucca Mesa Saturday night. About 9 p.m. a home caught fire in the 300 block of Gilrock Lane, near Gamma Gulch Road and Parson Ranch Road in Pioneertown, believed to have been sparked by embers from a chimney. Water tenders from

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ADOPT-A-CHILD” PROGRAM HELPS KIDS OUT OF THEIR HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Basin Wide Foundation needs help in making sure that children, out of their homes through no fault of their own, have a happy Christmas. Children in the Child Protective Services program are often found during the holidays in temporary homes or foster care. The Basin Wide Foundation sponsors an

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT LOOKING TO HELP KIDS WITH TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS

The Morongo Valley Fire Department is participating in the Southern Californian Spark of Love toy drive, and is looking for a few more families who need toys for their children for Christmas. To put your child’s name on the list, call 760-363-6454 and leave your number. Someone will call you

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HIGH WIND WARNINGS TODAY, WINDS COULD GUST OVER 60 MPH

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that remains in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. Strong winds are expected to continue across the Morongo Basin; the strongest winds will likely occur in the Twentynine Palms area this afternoon and evening. Southwest to west winds 35 to 45

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TO PUT LIBRARY IN FORMER PFF BUILDING

The Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency purchased the PFF Bank building for $1.6 million in October 2009, and the building has become an eyesore by sitting vacant ever since. In part two of a two-part report, managing editor Tami Roleff says the Yucca Valley Town Council held a special workshop Tuesday

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL GIVES HEISER A WATCH, MINTZ A GAVEL

It was time to re-organize at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this story… Cora Heiser got a watch. And Dan Mintz took home a gavel. Both were honored at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting; Heiser as an outgoing member

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL SHOOTING EARLY THIS MORNING

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a fatal shooting early this morning. According to investigators, police were called at 2:56 a.m. to the 66100 block of 2nd Street after a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the courtyard of the

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TWO KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

Two people were killed in a Johnson Valley crash early Saturday morning. According to the County Coroner, Saturday, at 1:31 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a two-vehicle collision on State Route 247 in Johnson Valley. Authorities responded to the scene and pronounced the driver and

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DEADLINE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES IS MONDAY

Monday, December 12, is the last day to pay the first installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can pay it online, at mytaxcollector.com, by phone at 760-241-8829, or in person, at an address in this story at z1077fm.com. An extra fee will be charged for

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FELON IN POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION ARRESTED

Following up on a report of a possible burglary in process, a Johnson Valley man was arrested early Thursday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the area of Grand View Road and Ocotillo Road in Johnson Valley about 3:30 a.m. for a report of suspicious suspects

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AT CAPACITY; CAMPGROUNDS FILLING EARLY

Our Joshua Tree National Park is at full capacity, and Park spokesman George Land says campgrounds are going fast. Rather than be disappointed, Park visitors are being urged to check before they make the drive…… Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing a record number of visitors. While it’s great to

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CHP COLLECTING TOYS AT THE JOSHUA TREE STATION

The Morongo Basin Area California Highway Patrol is currently accepting new, unwrapped gifts for needy children and families of our local community. All are invited and encouraged to bring donations to the CHP Morongo Basin station at 63683 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree or wherever you see a CHP

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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRL

Southern California’s only law-enforcement based wish-granting charity made sure Christmas came early for a Twentynine Palms girl yesterday. Santa, riding on a fire engine from the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, along with a convoy of Sheriff’s patrol cars, pulled up in front of Adalynn Pierce’s house in Twentynine Palms Tuesday

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