CHAOS AT OVER-CAPACITY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Thousands of visitors have descended on Joshua Tree National Park this holiday season, breaking daily visitation records. On Thursday, cars were backed up for over a mile waiting to get in at the west entrance to the park in Joshua Tree, and some drivers were going off road to find

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OFFERS TIPS FOR A SAFE NEW YEAR’S EVE

For many of us, wrapping up the year that was and ringing in the year ahead is a time to think about resolutions and to plan on some celebrating. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department offers some tips to help assure a safe and happy new year free of any

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MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT FOR THIS NEW YEARS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Police are planning DUI checkpoints and extra patrols to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs and prescriptions. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s will have DUI saturation patrols on New Year’s Eve; officers will be out in force. The California Highway Patrol starts its maximum enforcement period,

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HIGH-SPEED CHASE RESULTS IN CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

Updated 9 a.m. with more information about the burglary and pursuit:

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday following a high-speed pursuit and roll-over crash in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 58900 block of Carmelita Circle came home just after noon and discovered a

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UPDATE: MOTORCYCLIST CRITICAL AFTER CRASH NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS

UPDATES WITH THE CRASH BEING NOT FATAL

Z107-7 LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

A motorcycle rider is in critical condition today when a blue Dodge pick-up truck hit the bike about 2:30 p.m. near Desert Hot Springs. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened on southbound

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IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY SATURDAY NIGHT AT THEATRE 29

The “Baker’s Dozen” Improv Troupe at Theatre 29 ends their wildly successful first year with a holiday themed performance this Saturday night, entitled, “Dashing Through the Dough.” With your invitation here’s Rebecca Havely…

Ring in the New Year with lots of laughs at Theatre 29. The Baker’s Dozen Improve Troupe

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LOOKING BACK AT 2017, AGENCIES STRUGGLE WITH ELECTIONS BY DISTRICT

One of the year’s top stories that will have the biggest impact on residents of the Morongo Basin is the change by a few local government agencies to district-based elections, from at-large elections. In September, the Town of Yucca Valley, City of Twentynine Palms, and Morongo Unified School District all

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GUN CONTROL THE SUBJECT AT LIFETREE CAFE SUNDAY

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion will be about gun control. Reporter Tanisha Cureton has the details…

The topic of gun control will be explored at Lifetree Café Sunday. The free program, titled “Inside

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING A WOMAN

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday, accused of beating up a woman. Deputies were called to the 73800 block of Sunnyslope Drive about 3:30 p.m. for a report of a man, later identified as Marquse Lindsey, 31, punching a woman in the head, and reportedly threatening anyone who tried

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REACH-OUT MORONGO BASIN LOOKING FOR ANGELS

Reach Out Morongo Basin provides support services to local senior citizens and the disabled and they could use your help. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

Reach Out Morongo Basin matches volunteers with seniors and the disabled for seemingly ordinary tasks. Volunteers visit, shop, help with personal business, minor home

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BABY LEFT UNATTENDED IN CAR IN PIONEERTOWN

We have limited information about a Morongo Valley woman who was arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of child endangerment. Just before midnight Tuesday, deputies were called to Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown for a report that a woman, later identified as Leticia Joyce, 30, was drunk and had left her

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATS WITH KNIFE, CAR

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Sunday, accused of trying to assault people with a knife and a vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6400 block of Juniper Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 6:30 p.m. Sunday for a woman with a knife. The caller said

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NO MORE INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS IN CALIFORNIA

Starting January 1, all light bulbs manufactured in California will have to meet new energy standards, which means incandescent bulbs will be gone once the stores sell their existing stock. Experts say the move will save money and energy, and help the fight against climate change. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives

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73-YEAR-OLD HIKER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 73-year-old hiker had to be rescued with a Sheriff’s helicopter after he fell in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Peter Wallenstein, of Blacksburg, Virginia, was hiking Friday with his family near Ryan’s Ranch Trail when he fell about 1:30 p.m. and suffered several injuries.

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HI-DESERT WATER APPROVES PIONEERTOWN WATER PROJECT

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors was enthusiastic about approving an agreement with the county to provide Pioneertown with clean water. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

Residents in Pioneertown have had high levels of arsenic in their water supply for years, a situation that has inhibited new construction

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LOOKING BACK AT 2017, THE LOSS OF TWO REMARKABLE WOMEN

Continuing our series of stories looking back at the top events of 2017, two remarkable women died this year. Susan Luckie Reilly, a long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, died June 22, on her 101st birthday. Reilly was the daughter of Dr. James B. Luckie, a Pasadena physician who recommended the

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MORONGO VALLEY’S TOP STORY: A NEW FIRE ENGINE

The Morongo Valley Community Services District breathed a sigh of relief earlier this year when it finally got a new fire engine to replace its engine that was more than 20 years old. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains how the small community managed to afford a new fire engine…

So vulnerable

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MARIJUANA INITIATIVE A TOP STORY IN YUCCA VALLEY

In other top stories of 2017, the Town of Yucca Valley has an issue that has the potential to affect not just its residents, but the entire Morongo Basin as well. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

This summer, proponents of commercial marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and testing circulated petitions for a

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COURT RULING MEANS YUCCA VALLEY TRANSGENDERED MAN MAY JOIN THE AIR FORCE

A Yucca Valley transgendered man may be able to join the Air Force next week after a judge in Riverside ruled that Donald Trump’s attempt to ban them is unconstitutional. In August, Trump sent out a tweet, evidently without discussing it with military officials, that he would “not accept or

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“SANDS OF WAR” TO SCREEN AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will host three private screenings of the documentary “The Sands of War” at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in January. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has information on how you can attend…

The documentary “Sands of War” chronicles the Desert Training Center, a series of camps located

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