ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN HIT BY VEHICLE, THIS TIME IN JOSHUA TREE 

We have limited information about a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Joshua Tree last night. Just before 6:30 p.m., a man was hit at Sunset Road and Highway 62. He suffered major injuries and was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The California

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NEW CALPERS EXPECTATIONS WILL COST LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES

The state’s public pension system, Calpers, recently lowered its sights regarding future investment returns. That could cost California cities and public agencies—including those in the Morongo Basin—lots of money. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you work for a California municipality or public agency, your employer may have to pick up

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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A REMINDER ON THE RULES FOR RIDING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES LOCALLY

With the holidays come holiday visitors, and with visitors come increased use of off-road vehicles in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has this reminder to ORV users…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private

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MARINE COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY AFTER AIRCRAFT CRASHES

The commander of a Marine aircraft squadron plagued with crashes, including aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, was relieved of command Wednesday. The Marine Corps said Lieutenant Colonel Wade Workman, commander of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, was relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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NO MBTA SERVICE SUNDAY AND MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Sunday, January 1, and Monday, January 2, in observance of New Year’s Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

FINAL SKY’S THE LIMIT’ STAR PARTY OF 2016 TOMORROW NIGHT

Spend the last night of 2016 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party, Saturday, December 31. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday afternoon in Yucca Valley. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the man was hit by an unknown vehicle on Pioneertown Road just south of Sunnyslope Drive shortly before 3:30 p.m. A Sheriff’s Department report says the victim was taking

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SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR 13TH ANNUAL REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOMES

The 13th annual Reach Out Morongo Basin “Parade of Homes” fund-raiser is set for this February. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says now is the time for local business to take advantage of prime sponsorship opportunities…

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s “Parade of Homes” is the organization’s primary annual fundraiser. It brings in

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A LOOK BACK AT MORONGO BASIN NEWS IN 2016, PART 3 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year.

After more than a year of bitter arguments, the Morongo Unified School District and the Morongo Teacher’s Association union finally reached an agreement on a new contract. The teachers received a stepped

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FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

As the weather turns cooler, many residents will throw another log on the fire to help stay warm. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safety tips for your fireplaces to decrease the chance of having a preventable home fire…

Follow these fireplace safety precautions to help you enjoy your fire

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A TIMELY REMINDER FROM THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE CHIEF

As we approach the News Years day holiday, this warning from the Desert Hot Springs Police Chief also pertains to the Morongo Basin. Chief Dale Mondary issued this statement, “As we prepare to ring in the New Year we are asking citizens to celebrate appropriately. We want to remind everyone

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SPONSORS UNIQUE ART LAB

Joshua Tree National Park, is partnering with Copper Mountain College, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BoxoHouse, along with the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, to create innovative programs and projects in the park. Kirby Davis fills in the details…

As part of the Joshua Tree

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3.9 MORONGO VALLEY EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE MORONGO BASIN

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake shook the Morongo Basin Wednesday morning. The earthquake happened at 9:56 a.m. and it was centered 16 kilometers northwest of Morongo Valley, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was initially reported as a 4.1 magnitude before being downgraded. A series of smaller earthquakes followed.

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN 29 PALMS FOR NOT REGISTERING

A registered sex offender was arrested Friday for failing to register with the Sheriff’s Department. Sex offenders are required by law to register with local law enforcement either five days before or after their birthdays. Peter Wolik, of the 73400 block of El Paseo Drive in Twentynine Palms, was out

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Z107-7 DESERT STORY SONGS NOW AIRING SUNDAYS AT 2:30

New programming is being added to the quirky very local programming line-up Sunday afternoons here on Z107.7. Now “Desert Storysongs” at 2:30 will start the lineup of programs including the Many Moods of (Wonder Valley resident) Ben Vaughn, at 3:00 and the Z107.7 Local Music Showcase with Pat Michaels at

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WOMAN KILLED FOLLOWING DUI T-BONE CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

A woman died following a T-bone crash in Morongo Valley Tuesday night. According to the CHP, the Morongo Valley woman, who has not been identified yet, was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 when she collided with a black Toyota at park Avenue about 8:50 p.m. The

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ARGUMENT LEADS TO A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

An argument over money led to a stabbing in Yucca Valley Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Augustine Sanchez, 60, was in a garage in the 57200 block of Old Haggard Road in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. when Sanchez accused the victim of taking an unspecified amount of

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