YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STALKING ARRESTED IN A STORE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stalking. According to limited information released by the Sheriff’s Department, a 911 call was placed about 8 p.m. concerning the stalking. Deputies went to a store in the 59800 block of 29 Palms Highway where they arrested Agustin Carranza, 46. Agustin

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BE CAREFUL OF HEAT STRESS ON THE JOB

The hottest time of year, also known as the “dog days of summer,” are upon us and Cal OSHA, the state authority that protects workers and the public from hazards on the job, warns workers that heat stress can cause illness and even be fatal on the job site. Reporter

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LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS TWO JOB OPENINGS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is urging local residents to apply for two positions at the Joshua Tree station. The office specialist positions are fulltime, and employees may choose to work either a four-day, 10-hour shift, or a five-day, 8-hour shift. Some of the duties include transcription, data entry, auditing

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REACH OUT YUCCA VALLEY OFFER FREE NUTRITION CLASSES

Reach Out Yucca Valley is offering free nutrition classes to the community. Here with the dates and details is reporter Rebecca Havely…

Come learn some healthy eating habits for the whole family at the free Nutrition Classes being offered by Reach Out Yucca Valley. The classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and

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SUMMER SPLASH EVENT IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Kick off your summer fun with a 5K splash run/walk in Joshua Tree. The Summer Splash event, set for Saturday, June 17, is co-hosted by the Joshua Tree Parks and Rec Department, Rotary Club, and Morongo Basin Healthcare District. The event at Sunburst Park in Joshua Tree is from 9

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FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a fish and chips dinner tonight, (Friday, June 16) from 4 to 6 p.m. A Father’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 18, will be served from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTING TOURS OF NATIVE NURSERY AND SEEDBANK TOMORROW

An opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s native plant nursery and seedbank program in Joshua Tree is tomorrow. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

On Saturday, June 17, the Morongo Basin Historical Society will host a tour of the Mojave Desert Land

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS BREAKFAST TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms High School cheerleaders will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday, June 17. The breakfast will be served in the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 each and children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available in advance

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SANTANA TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

The Tortoise Rock Casino free Live at the Rock concert series runs every Friday night through October on the outdoor stage. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on tonight’s tribute to the smooth sounds of Carlos Santana…

Carlos Santana pioneered the fusion of rock with Latin and African rhythms highlighting percussion

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FREE NEIGHBORHOOD BARBEQUE AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN TOMORROW

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will hold a free neighborhood barbecue Saturday, June 17. Residents in the Storey Park neighborhood are invited stop by the church, meet their neighbors and church members, and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and beverages. The cook-out will be held from 5 to

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR LEROY GODDEN TOMORROW

A celebration of life for Leroy Godden will be held at the Center for Healthy Generations, 57121 Sunnyslope, in Yucca Valley from 2:30 to 5:30 tomorrow, Saturday, June17. Godden was a member of the Nomads Motorcycle Club and organizers said the bike club will be there, with members coming from

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EXTREME HEAT WARNING: COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Saturday through Wednesday, June 21, (and possibly even farther into next week), with the hottest days expected to be Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to reach up to 112 degrees in Yucca Valley and 120 degrees

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CHANGES COMING TO OUTLYING LOCAL FIRE STATIONS

Change is in the air for San Bernardo County fire stations in the Morongo Basin’s outlying areas. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you’re a part time firefighter paid to answer calls in Landers, Pioneertown or Rimrock, you’ll soon be out of a job. That’s the word from the county fire

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POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning. About 4:30 a.m., police were called to the 66200 block of Pierson Boulevard, where they found a man—who has not yet been identified—lying on the ground. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Anyone with information should

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN PALMS SPRINGS DUI

A Yucca Valley man who crashed while driving high on drugs must stand trial for the murder of his passenger who died in the crash, a Riverside County judge ruled Tuesday. Robert Garcia Junior, 51, also faces charges of DUI causing injury for the injuries of three other people in

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THEATRE 29 AUDITIONS: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Theatre 29 announces auditions for the hit musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Director Rebecca Havely, musical director Analisa Pilecki, and choreographer Sarah Fleischman will cast 12 male and eight to 10 female singers/dancers. With all the details here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…

The story of Joseph and his many

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MARINE TRAINING EXERCISE WILL BRING NOISE TO THE AREA

Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms over the next month. The Marine Corps will be conducting a 29-day integrated training exercise called ITX 4-17. The exercise will conduct battalion-size, live-fire maneuvers and will incorporate combat support, combat

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SUMMER MOVIES SERIES KICKS OFF TONIGHT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Summer movies in Luckie Park are here again, presented by the Twentynine Palms Recreation Department. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…

Summer has returned and so has the summer movie program in Luckie Park. This Thursday, June 15, the summer season begins with the movie “The Jungle Book.” This 2016

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ANOTHER MASSIVE SOLAR FARM COULD BE COMING TO THE DESERT CENTER AREA

Riverside County could soon be getting its fifth massive solar farm. The 500-megawatt Palen solar project would be between Interstate 10 and Joshua Tree National Park.

Palen’s developer, San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, has signed a contract to sell the electricity to Southern California Edison. The California Public Utilities Commission

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“DESERT DAZE” TICKETS GO ON SALE NEXT WEEK

An eclectic mix of music, culture, art, and nature will return to Joshua Tree with the 6th annual Desert Daze Music and Art Festival at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center October 13-15. The event will feature a who’s who of live music—including desert-rooted Eagles of Death Metal—and food, film screenings,

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