2.9 MILLION VISITORS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SPENT $138 MILLION IN 2017

If you think it was a lot more crowded at Joshua Tree National Park last year, you’re right. Visitation to our local national park was more than 2.9 million people in 2017, up 400,000 from the previous year. And those 2.9 million visitors spent more than $138 million in the

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MAJOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION STARTS MONDAY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A major roads improvement project is slated to begin Monday, April 30 in Joshua Tree National Park. Work will include crack sealing, micro-surfacing, chip sealing, pavement repairs as well as new striping and road markings. Construction may occasionally affect parking in campgrounds and turnouts. Minor traffic delays will also be

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ANOTHER BRIEF COURT APPEARANCE FOR JOSHUA TREE COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD CRUELTY

The Joshua Tree couple who were arrested in February after they and their three children were found living in a wooden structure on their property, were in court Wednesday morning (4/25/18). Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there and files this report…

Daniel Panico and Mona Kirk were in court briefly

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MARINE SUPER HUEY HELICOPTER TOUCHES DOWN AT 29 PALMS AIRPORT

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Marines piloting a Super Huey helicopter made a precautionary landing Tuesday at 6:15 pm at the Twentynine Palms municipal airport. The helicopter, attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-367 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was conducting a regularly scheduled exercise on board the Twentynine Palms Combat Center when the

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MARINES HELP CLEANUP ILLEGAL DUMP SITES

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Seven Marines and sailors from the Twentynine Palms Combat Center’s Single Marine Program volunteered their time and muscle last Friday to help clean up illegal dump sites in the City of Twentynine Palms. These motivated service members helped clean up several areas where large amounts of

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TRYING TO TURN SALTON SEA ALGAE INTO FUEL

Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. The 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to agricultural runoff. Algae thrives in the Salton Sea—a fact that causes environmental problems but could also be

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY AND ASSAULT

At least one Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of breaking into a home and assaulting the residents. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called deputies about 9:30 a.m. Monday to report that three men, one of whom was later identified as Seth Caudill, 31, broke the doors

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TWO ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALM AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Sullivan Road and Pine Avenue just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. Inside the car were Anthony Romero, 44, and Katrina Gaines, 33. Anthony Romero was

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD IN SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will have a special meeting today. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

This month’s regular CMC Board of Trustees meeting on April 12 was cancelled because of high winds and a power failure on campus. Much of the agenda was carried over to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAM FINISHES SEASON UNDEFEATED

COACH IRENE, LINDSEY AND TAYLOR SCAMMAN, KALEIGH ABRAMS AND KIARA OSHANA 400 FR RELAY

The Twentynine Palms High School swim team ended its season undefeated. The final dual meet found the Wildcats defending their title with the Golden Eagles of Desert Hot Springs High School. The Wildcats dominated, with a

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MORONGO VALLEY SPORTS LEAGUE FUN DAY SATURDAY

The Morongo Valley Sports League is holding a fun day Saturday to raise money to renovate the softball fields. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information… The Morongo Valley softball field is in need of extensive renovations. The Morongo Valley Sports League will be sponsoring a fun day of games,

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan track and field team will travel away to Rancho Mirage. The event begins at 3:15 p.m. The Trojan softball and baseball teams will also travel away to Rancho Mirage. First pitch for both games is at 3:30 p.m.

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MISSING HIKER FOUND ALIVE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 76-year-old hiker, who had been missing in Joshua Tree National Park since Saturday, was found alive about 11 a.m. Tuesday by searchers. David Sewell, who is legally blind, had gone to the park to go hiking in Johnny Lang Canyon Saturday. He parked his car in the Quail Springs

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW DISTRICT VOTING MAP

The Yucca Valley Town Council held a special meeting last night at which it discussed adopting a new district map for the November election. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council heard from an attorney who specializes in the Voting Rights Act who soothed any fears the council may have

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $3.7 MILLION SHERIFF’S CONTRACT

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night dealt with the battle of needing funding for several projects. Reporter Tanisha Cureton speaks on how these funds were approved and how they were distributed… The Twentynine Palms City Council approved 5-to-0 the $3.7 million Sherriff’s contract. Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Lt. Mike

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DEPUTY AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday following an attempted traffic stop in which he allegedly assaulted a deputy. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy tried to stop a yellow Ford Mustang just before 6 p.m. near Highway 62 and Mojave Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The driver, subsequently identified

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CALLS SPECIAL MEETING THIS MORNING

It looks to be a busy morning for the board and top management at the Joshua Basin Water District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s up… The governing board for the Joshua Basin Water District will hold a special meeting today at 11 a.m. The lone item on this morning’s

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors will meet tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in some of the items on the board’s agenda… Among the items on tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will be asked to approve stucco work on the administration

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT TO DISCUSS CERTIFICATES, GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

The Twentynine Palms Water District will hold its regular monthly board meeting tonight. Reporter Andrew Dieleman tells us what to expect…

Items of interest for this week’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District board of directors include a presentation on the special district governance certificate as well as discussion

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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (April 26) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the board of directors will be asked to approve the purchase of six Class C and four Class E vehicles. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.