BLUE CUT FIRE UPDATE: 4 PERCENT CONTAINED, NORTHBOUND 15 RE-OPENED

Firefighters are making slow progress against the Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass area. Wednesday morning, the wildfire was estimated at 30,000 acres. By Thursday morning, the fire growth had slowed; fire officials estimated it at 31,689 acres and 4 percent contained. Nearly 1,600 firefighters are on scene fighting

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DONATE TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS VIA THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Following major disasters like the Blue Cut Fire, many people want to help in some way. The American Red Cross in San Bernardino County has seen a huge outpouring of support, and is no longer accepting donations of food, water, and household items. However, the agency is accepting monetary donations.

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30-ACRE BLAZE NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS CLOSES ONE LANE OF HIGHWAY 62 FOR HOURS WEDNESDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters assisted Riverside County firefighters and CalFire in battling a 30-acre blaze alongside Highway 62 Wednesday afternoon that closed down one lane of the highway for hours. About 2:25 p.m., a fire started on the east side of the highway, about a mile south of North Indian Canyon

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE

A motorcycle rider escaped serious injury Wednesday evening following a crash near the Desert Hot Springs fire in the Morongo Grade. According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Julian Wilson was riding his motorcycle eastbound, just west of the county line in the Morongo Pass, when he says he was

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FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY

The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the lower District Court that the Town of Yucca Valley did not violate a resident’s First Amendment rights by limiting the information town staff included in staff reports to the planning commission and town council. In June 2014, the

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FIRE EXPLODES IN CAJON PASS; TRAFFIC DIVERTED INTO MORONGO BASIN

A wildfire in the Cajon Pass was raging out of control Tuesday, and its effects can be felt in the Morongo Basin. The Blue Cut Fire started about 10:30 Tuesday morning west of Interstate 15 and by midnight had exploded to more than 18,000 acres with zero percent containment. The

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM

Yesterday saw the end of an almost two-year battle between energy giant NextEra and a diverse collection of those opposed to a large-scale solar development at the former site of the Joshua Tree airport. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us which side emerged victorious … The San Bernardino County Board

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NEVADA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BIKE VERSUS VEHICLE CRASH

A Nevada woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a car while riding a bicycle early Saturday morning. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Randy O’Brien, Jacqueline Carrizosa, 26, was riding her bike westbound on Highway 62 in the number 2 lane of the highway, just east of

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SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR CRASHED INTO PICK-UP TRUCK IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash between a Sheriff’s patrol car and a pick-up truck just after midnight Saturday morning. Sheldon Cowles, 41, of Joshua Tree, was driving a 1999 Ford F-150 pick-up truck northbound on Park Boulevard. As he was crossing Highway 62, Deputy Wayne Greer was

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SING-ALONG AT SENIOR CENTER THURSDAY

A sing-a-long ice cream social is planned at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… The Yucca Valley Senior Center is hosting a free sing-a-long social, complete with ice cream treats, on Thursday, August 18, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Cat Cohen is a veteran pro

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ONE DEAD, FOUR OTHERS RESCUED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS WHILE HIKING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

A 56-year old woman died Saturday while hiking in the Cottonwood area of Joshua Tree National Park. About 10 a.m., a family group began hiking to the Mastodon Peak Trail. They missed the sign for Mastodon and continued toward Lost Palms Oasis. They realized they had missed their trail and

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ADD EMERGENCY CONTACTS TO YOUR CELL PHONE

Adding an In Case of Emergency, or ICE, contact to your cell phone can help emergency personnel contact your friends or loved ones if you are badly injured in an accident, or become unconscious due to heat stroke, and can’t speak for yourself. Reporter Edica Gonzalez explains this simple idea…

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Friday morning, accused of molesting a child and spouse abuse. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman called for deputies about 2 a.m. Friday morning. Dispatchers could hear the woman telling a man to stay away from her daughter, and

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OWNER OF MORONGO VALLEY PET RESCUE CHARGED WITH 21 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

The owner of a Morongo Valley rescue organization for senior, abandoned, or abused dogs was arrested Monday, accused of animal neglect. In June, San Bernardino County animal control officers seized 180 dogs and cats from Stephen Caro, 60, who ran the Paws Pet Ranch, at 9333 Bella Vista Drive in

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BIZARRE ROAD RAGE IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY  

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a bizarre assault in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man riding a Yamaha motorcycle stopped for a traffic light on eastbound Highway 62 at Old Woman Springs Road about 1:30 p.m. The driver next to him in the number 2

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS WOMAN WINS OLYMPIC MEDAL FOR WEIGHTLIFTING

A woman who was born and raised in Desert Hot Springs won the bronze medal in weightlifting at the Olympics in Rio Sunday. Sarah Robles, 28, won the United States’ first weightlifting medal in 16 years. Robles lifted 126 kilograms in the snatch, and 160 in the clean and jerk,

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CANDIDATES FOR OTHER OFFICES

The 2016 presidential election is fast approaching and while the filing deadline for many offices closed this past Friday, for offices where the incumbent did not file for re-election, the deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says you still have time to

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CANDIDATES FOR YUCCA VALLEY, SCHOOL BOARD, HEALTHCARE DISTRICT, COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The deadline to file for a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council has also been extended, since incumbent George Huntington is not seeking re-election. So far, four candidates have filed papers with the county elections office to run for two open seats on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Those

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CANDIDATES FILE FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS

Reporter David Haldane says the deadline to file to run for an elected seat for Twentynine Palms City Council and the school board has also been extended until Wednesday… If you suspect that your calling may be to serve on a school board or city council, you have a few

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REGISTRATION BEGINS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 

Registration for students enrolled at Yucca Valley High School begins today. Monday, August 15, is for freshmen only; all grade levels may register Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration hours for all three days are 7 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. There is not a late registration time. New

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