MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST PURCHASES SAMUELSON’S ROCKS PROPERTY

A long-time favorite spot for local hikers inside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park has been purchased from the private owners and will eventually be transferred to the national park. The Mojave Desert Land Trust finalized the acquisition of the 60-acre parcel of land containing Samuelson’s rocks in June.

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PROPERTY VALUES GOING UP COUNTYWIDE AND LOCALLY

Property, apparently, is still a good investment in these parts. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you own property in the Morongo Basin, County Tax Assessor Bob Dutton has some good news for you; you’ve made money. At least on paper. Assessed property values in San Bernardino County have increased overall

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN HELD AFTER GIVING FALSE NAME

A Yucca Valley man who gave his brother’s name to a deputy following a traffic stop was arrested for false impersonation. According to a Sheriff’s report, the deputy stopped a black Acura about 6:40 p.m. near Joshua Lane and Hardesty Drive in Yucca Valley because the car didn’t have any

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MORONGO BASIN SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are being sought for Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the free training details… A few minutes of your time can help someone take back years of their life. Every two minutes, another woman, man or child is sexually assaulted and the effects can be devastating.

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW-COST PET SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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Z107.7 TO BROADCAST BACKGROUND MUSIC FOR TWO COMMUNITY FIREWORKS SHOWS

Make plans to attend and enjoy the professional Fireworks shows this Fourth of July in the City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley. Pyro-Spectaculars, the same company that does the fireworks for the Olympics and the Super Bowl, will be putting on the shows in both communities.

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YUCCA VALLEY SURVEY COMING

The Yucca Valley Town Council recently authorized a Community Livability Survey through which Yucca Valley residents will be asked “What are your Priorities?” This effort will be conducted through randomized invitations in the next few weeks, and town officials hope residents will participate in the survey questionnaire. The results of

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AVOID GETTING BIT BY SNAKES

California has eight different species of rattlesnakes, seven of which are found in southern California. Rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but if you give them space, they will retreat. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. If you

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TINY HABITS CAN HELP YOU KEEP NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

One way to improve your life is by forming good habits. Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains The Tiny Habits program…

Forming good habits can be easy, with a class offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. The Tiny Habits program helps participants learn new daily habits through two class sessions

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SURPLUS BREAD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread Monday at 11 a.m. until the bread is gone. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms. The Social Club is

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COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF BILLS CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills Thursday in support of the administration’s immigration crackdown, and Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of both of them. Kate’s Law, and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, passed largely along party lines. Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle,

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RESIDENTS INTERRUPT CAR THIEVES; SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Two people who were interrupted while trying to steal a vehicle were arrested on drug charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, when residents in the 7100 block of Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley interrupted a man and woman who were trying to steal their vehicle just before 2 a.m., the

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ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER KIM CASEY GRADUATES WITH HONORS

In June, Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives out kudos… Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, San Bernardino last month. Casey graduated Summa Cum Laude,

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PROPERTY VALUES INCREASING IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Property values have been steadily increasing in San Bernardino County in the last few years. The County Assessor says the average increase in unincorporated parts of the county is 6.1 percent from last year. In Yucca Valley, the town’s properties, which are valued at nearly $1.6 billion, increased 4 percent

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE BUSY

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during the fourth of July holiday. Edica

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT

We have limited information about a Yucca Valley man who was arrested Thursday for selling drugs. Jonathan Shields, 46, was stopped near Aberdeen and Warren Vista about 9:30 p.m. Shields had an out-of-county warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Jonathan Shields was arrested for investigation of

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DOG ATTACKS

Walking in the desert can be a relaxing way to exercise but encountering aggressive dogs can be terrifying and dangerous. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips about how to protect yourself if you are threatened by loose dogs…

Dog attacks can be vicious and bloody. Reduce your risk of

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TIPS TO AVOID FOOD POISONING

It’s summer, the traditional time of picnics by the pool, up in the national park, or in the back yard. The smell of hot dogs and burgers is sizzling on the grill, potato salad, chips, dips, all the summer treats. But if you’re not careful, those outdoor feasts could ignite

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FIREWORKS ALERT

Illegal fireworks are a concern especially around the Independence Day holiday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on the potential risk and costs associated with using illegal fireworks…

Possession of fireworks is illegal throughout Morongo Basin. This includes so called “safe and sane” fireworks, and any fireworks that explode, shoot in

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FIRST QUARTER MOON, JUPITER AND SATURN AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, July 1. The event begins at 8:45 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include a first quarter

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