MAN ARRESTED AFTER 3-HOUR BIG RIG CHASE PLEADS NOT GUILTY

A man accused of stealing a big rig full of hospital waste and leading authorities on a three-hour chase made his first court appearance Thursday. James Edgley, 48 of Victorville, pleaded not guilty. The televised pursuit saw the stolen rig go up and then down both the Yucca and Morongo

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RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION PLAN FINALIZED AFTER 8 YEARS

A deal on conservation and renewable energy between the state of California and federal agencies that was eight years in the making is now a reality. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed the record of decision finalizing the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Wednesday in Palm Desert. Managing editor Tami

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MILITARY OFFERS SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS FREE LEGAL

Military service members and their families who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault have access to free legal advice and representation. The Victims’ Legal Counsel provides confidential advice, counseling, and referrals for crime victims, and can help victims obtain a military or civilian protective order. VLC services are

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THREE “SECRET GARDEN” PERFORMANCES AT THEATRE 29 THIS WEEKEND

“The Secret Garden” will perform three shows this weekend at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… The hit Broadway musical “The Secret Garden” has audiences raving at Theatre 29. You have three chances to catch the show this weekend; Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and this

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY EVENT IS NEXT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

The clean-up at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve—to mark National Public Lands Day—is next week, Saturday, September 24. Due to incorrect information from the Bureau of Land Management, Z107.7 had mistakenly announced the event would be held tomorrow. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for

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49 PALMS CANYON AREA OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENED

Joshua Tree National Park officials announced that the popular 49 Palms Oasis has been reopened for park visitors. Park biologists state that cooler temperatures, additional forage and the impact of recent rain activity in the area, created conditions favorable for reopening the oasis, which has been closed since the end

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, September 17, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow

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HARVEST MOON FALL ART AND CRAFT SHOW IN MORONGO VALLEY TOMORROW

The Harvest Moon Fall Art and Craft Show will be held Saturday from 10 to 4 in Covington Park in Morongo Valley. There will be music, vendors, entertainment, food, and is kid friendly. Don’t miss the judged art show inside the community center. Covington Park is located at 11165 Vale

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COMMEMORATE THE SIGNING OF THE CONSTITUTION TOMORROW

A celebration commemorating the 229th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 17. In Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell will ring at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The Cahuilla Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution urges residents to ring bells in the Morongo

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REPUBLICANS MEET MONDAY

At the September 19, dinner meeting of the Morongo Basin Republicans, the featured speaker will be David Rhee, who will speak on “What Evangelical Christians have at stake in the 2016 election.” The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Evangelical Free Church next to Desert Christ Park on Mohawk Trail

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FISH AND CHIPS AT VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer Debbie’s fish and chips or onion rings tonight, Friday, September 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s breakfast special is a pancake special. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located on Veterans way

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO HOLD SOIL STOMPING WORKSHOP

A soil stomping workshop will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… Transition Joshua Tree will hold a workshop Saturday, September 17, to demonstrate soil building. Participants can watch, help, and learn how to mix soil for the Joshua Tree local food program’s demonstration garden at

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OPEN BASKETBALL SESSION START SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will open the Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium for adult open gym basketball beginning Sunday, September 18. The drop-in style program is for adults only and will feature two co-ed sessions. Ages 30 and up will play from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and

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“CARS” TRIBUTE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

At tonight’s Live at the Rock free concert series Candy O performs the best of ’80s sensation, The Cars. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says “Let the Good Times Roll” at Tortoise Rock Casino tonight … The Cars tribute band, Candy O, is tonight’s featured band at the 8 p.m. free

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports tonight, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will host Western Christian at home for its Homecoming game. The Twentynine Palms High School football team will travel away to San Bernardino to play Indian Springs High School. And Joshua Springs Christian School football team will

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DIANA RAY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HAS PASSED AWAY

Diana Ray, a 21-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died September 2. She was 21 years old. Diana Ray is survived by her 7-month-old son, Titus McClure, of Twentynine Palms; her mother, Diane Wilson of Twentynine Palms; and siblings Toni Wilson, Thomas Ray, Miley, and Kenneth Kroll and brother Michael Massey

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN YUCCA VALLEY MURDER

The Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the suspect arrested for the murder of a Yucca Valley man. Carlos Herrera, 40, of Twentynine Palms, is accused of stabbing a still-unidentified man to death in the 7600 block of Cibola Avenue in Yucca Valley about 7:30 Wednesday morning. The victim’s

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TRAFFIC CRASHES PLAGUED THE ENTIRE MORONGO BASIN YESTERDAY

Besides Wednesday morning’s bus crash in Yucca Valley, firefighters responded to two other roll-over crashes at opposite ends of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Just before 12:30 p.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a two-vehicle crash at Adobe Road and Desert Trail where a Jeep and a Ford SUV collided.

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CHP OFFERING “AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART” CLASSES FOR SENIORS

The California Highway Patrol is offering classes in Yucca Valley for drivers age 55 and older. Reporter Kirby Davis has all the details… “Age Well, Drive Smart” are free classes being offered by the California Highway Patrol. The goal is to help seniors maintain their driving independence for as long

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