AN UPDATE ON STATE LEGISLATION THAT AFFECTS CADIZ WATER-PUMPING PROJECT

Earlier this month we brought you news of proposed legislation that aims to safeguard desert groundwater so that water transfers don’t negatively impact cultural and natural resources. In this follow up, reporter Mike Lipsitz brings to the surface some controversies associated with Assembly Bill 1000, the California Desert Protection Act…

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FEDERAL BILL WOULD EASE THE WAY FOR JOINT TWENTYNINE PALMS-MARINE BASE SEWER SYSTEM

Twentynine Palms and the neighboring Combat Center may be receiving some federal help in building a joint wastewater treatment facility. On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its annual national security authorization bill, HR 2810, which encourages the base to cooperate with the city to provide a community sewage

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SHERIFF’S HOMELESS OUTREACH PROJECT ONGOING

The Z107.7 “Up Close” show Friday featured a lively discussion on the issue of homelessness in the Morongo Basin. In this follow-up, reporter Rebecca Havely outlines the Sheriff Department’s homeless outreach, Project Hope…

In June of 2016 the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department launched a public awareness campaign about homelessness,

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PASSER-BY NOTIFIES TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE ABOUT FIRE NEXT DOOR TO FIRE STATION

The passer-by who reported a fire just before 11 p.m. to the Twentynine Palms Fire Department Saturday night didn’t have far to go; the structure fire in the 6500 block of Adobe Road was right next to the fire station. Firefighters from Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree, and the Combat Center

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IT’S MONSOON SEASON: SOME LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

As we move into the depths of summer, residents of the Morongo Basin can expect summer thunderstorms. Reporter Anthony Abraria offers these safety tips to protect your home from lightning strikes…

According to the National Weather Service, every thunderstorm produces lightning which is a direct threat to most buildings. A

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YUCCA VALLEY FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS AND WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Friday morning on firearms charges and various warrants. Limited information from the Sheriff’s Department indicates that deputies arrested John Stroschein, 52, of the 54600 block of Benecia Avenue about 3:15 a.m. for investigation of possession of a firearm with the serial number filed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON FOUND WITH DRUGS AND AMMUNITION

A convicted felon in Twentynine Palms was arrested Saturday, accused of possessing drugs and ammunition. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a search warrant at the home of Tracy Hibler, 29, in the 73200 block of Sun Valley Drive about 9:20 p.m. Inside the home deputies recovered methamphetamine, cash,

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LECTURE ON THE ANCIENT LAKE CAHUILLA THIS THURSDAY

The High Desert Nature Museum will hold a brown bag lecture this Thursday about the Salton Sea. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on the details…

This Thursday, the High Desert Nature Museum’s Brown bag lecture is “Important Birds of Ancient Lake Cahuilla and the Salton Sea,” presented by Kurt

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ARRESTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, YUCCA VALLEY AND MORONGO VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday night, accused of child abuse. Deputies were called by an employee to the Circle K market in the 73900 block of 29 Palm Highway in Twentynine Palms just after 6 p.m. The employee said a man, later identified as Justic Chodos, 29, and

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HI-DESERT TEST KITCHEN COOKING UP PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS TONIGHT

Summer in the Hi-Desert comes with challenges and treats. One such treat often overlooked is the prickly pear. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about this month’s High Desert Test Kitchen featured native food…

The High Desert Test Kitchen is an informal dinner gathering which highlights a different native food each

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s (Monday July 17) special meeting of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery board of directors, the directors will hear updates of staff projects and industry news and events. Under current business, the board will be asked to approve a contract with a law firm,

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MARINE CORPS ANNOUNCES TRAINING TIME FOR LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced

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HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SETS SPECIAL MEETING FOR CEO PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, July 17. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer Jackie Combs. The meetings will be held in district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite

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WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at

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COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF WATER RIGHTS BILL

Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley joined all the Republican members of Congress in sponsoring HR23, The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, or GROW Act, which was passed in the House Wednesday on a mostly party-line vote, 230-190. Cook said the bill would change water management plans and environmental restoration

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COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

The Luminators will present a return engagement for the Community Concert Series at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m. This popular group will once again entertain with bluegrass and gospel favorites in an intimate and friendly setting. Admission is $5 at the door. Light refreshments will

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT FEATURES DIXIE MUSIC TOMORROW

Yucca Valley will hold the second of six concerts in its summer concert series tonight. Join managing editor Tami Roleff as she emcees this popular event…

The 23rd annual summer concert series, co-hosted by the town of Yucca Valley, Hi-Desert Publishing, and Z107.7, continues Saturday, July 15, with Persuasion. Enjoy

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IMPROV TROUPE “BAKER’S DOZEN” AT THEATRE 29 SATURDAY NIGHT

The Theatre 29 Improv group, “Baker’s Dozen,” will perform again at 7 p.m. tonight. With improv, the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Director Chris Fleischman joins the cast of 13 talented comedian/actors. Troupe members include Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles,

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DEADLINE TONIGHT FOR 5TH ANNUAL ART EXPOSITION

Artists hoping to win cash prizes and recognition in the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition have until midnight tonight to enter. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how…

The deadline to enter artwork for the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and Juried Exhibition is

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