HOMEMADE FIREWORKS AMPUTATE YUCCA VALLEY MAN'S ARM TUESDAY

Homemade fireworks are responsible for blowing off part of an arm of a Yucca Valley man Tuesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, paramedics were called to the 55600 block of Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley at 6:11 a.m. for a fireworks-related injury. There they found Wayne Sellar, 57,

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DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH ARRESTED

The driver of a vehicle involved in a roll-over crash in Twentynine Palms was arrested Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, the driver, who was not identified, was traveling westbound on Highway 62 about 8:20 a.m. when for unknown reasons, he lost control of the SUV near Mantonya Road.

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ARSON SUSPECTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FIRE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible arson in Yucca Valley Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a home in the 1300 block of Inca Trail received a call from a neighbor that her rental home—from which the tenant had just been evicted—was on fire. Firefighters

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FILING PERIOD FOR 2 SEATS ON THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL OPEN JULY 18

While some potential candidates have trumpeted their intentions to run for Yucca Valley’s Town Council, the filing period has not opened yet. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the period opens July 18… Two seats on the Yucca Valley Town Council will be up for election on the November 8, ballot.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING A PURSE FROM A CAR AT A GAS STATION

A Joshua Tree man was arrested accused of stealing a purse out of a vehicle at a gas station. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman was filling up with gas about 8:30 a.m. Friday in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway. She locked her car door while she

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MAN ARRESTED FOR CAR THEFT, WARRANTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Los Angeles man was arrested in Yucca Valley Saturday after he was found driving a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were alerted to a black Honda Passport traveling northbound on Old Woman Springs Road. Callers said the driver was driving recklessly, into oncoming traffic and onto

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VERMONT GMO LABELING LAW CHANGES LABELS IN CALIFORNIA

The country’s first mandatory genetically modified food labeling law went into effect this month in Vermont, but it has already forced disclosure in all 50 states, including California. Reporter David Haldane takes a look… The food at your summer cookout may now come with a label saying its contains genetically

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FREE FOOD GIVEAWAY IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, July 8, at the Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street, in Joshua Tree.

TWENTYNINE PALMS “MOVIES IN THE PARK” TONIGHT FEATURES “MINIONS”

The popular summer movies in the park series continues in Twentynine Palms tonight. Reporter David Knutson invites you to bring a lawn chair, blankets, and the whole family to see “Minions”… As part of the Twentynine Palms Recreation Department’s “Summer Movies in Luckie Park,” the movie being shown this Thursday

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m. in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Club members will discuss the upcoming election and open local seats, along with plans for meet-and-greets for endorsed candidates. The morning begins with an

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES STARTS THIS SATURDAY

The Town of Yucca Valley has announced its schedule for its 22nd annual summer music festival, co-sponsored by Z107.7. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the line-up for the six-week concert series. The 22nd annual summer music festival sponsored by the Town of Yucca Valley begins July 9 with the Top

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FRIDAY NIGHT TEEN TENNIS PROGRAM KICKS OFF TOMORROW

Friday Night Teen Tennis kicks off July 8, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Jacobs Park, Yucca Valley, and runs each Friday evening through Aug. 19. The informal program features summer tennis fun with friends under the lights with jock jams and pizza. No pre-registration required. Just show up. A $5

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SEARCH FOR MISSING AZUSA MAN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CALLED OFF

Joshua Tree National Park re-opened Keys’ View Road Tuesday after an unsuccessful search operation over the weekend for a missing Azusa man. Michael Rodriguez, 58, left his home in Azusa June 20 and hasn’t been seen since then. The missing man’s blue Hyundai Elantra was seen on surveillance video entering

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LUCERNE VALLEY MAN KILLED IN 4TH OF JULY OFF-ROAD CRASH

An Independence Day death for a Lucerne Valley off-road rider. According to the county coroner’s office, Monday, July 4, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Antonio Contreras, a 28-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, was operating a quad off-road vehicle in the area of Midway Avenue and Sunswept Drive in Lucerne Valley. For

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER MAKING DEATH THREATS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested last night, accused of threatening to kill a man. According to a Sheriff’s report, Fred Johnson, 49, was arguing with another man in the 6100 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree about 9:30 p.m. The victim said the Johnson threatened to put

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AFTER SUPREME COURTS DECISION ON IMMIGRATION: NOW WHAT

The Supreme Court’s decision to block two of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration may bring up many questions and fears in the immigrant community. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains some of the options… Immigration advocates are speaking out to clear up misconceptions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

CHP investigators arrested a Yucca Valley man after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on North Indian Canyon Drive Saturday night. The California Highway Patrol said Michael Bettasso, 39, was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, north of Dillon Road, at about 7:30 p.m.; 63-year-old Richard

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VEHICLE VANDALISM INCIDENT IN YUCCA VALLEY UNDER INVESTIGATION

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of vandalism to a woman’s car in Yucca Valley Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the unidentified woman was driving eastbound in the number 2 lane of Highway 62 near Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley about 7:15 p.m. Friday, when her car was struck

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NEW LAW TO CONTROL PAIN PILL ADDICTION

The state of California is trying hard to control an epidemic of those becoming addicted to painkillers. Reporter David Haldane says a new law would combat “doctor shopping”… Ever been tempted to go “doctor shopping” for pain pill prescriptions you don’t really need? A new law in effect this month

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO FINISH CITY MANAGER EVALUATION TONIGHT

At last week’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, the council ran out of time in its closed session for its evaluation of the city manager. The council continued its closed session for its city manager performance evaluation to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. The meeting will be held

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