TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATS WITH KNIFE, CAR

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Sunday, accused of trying to assault people with a knife and a vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6400 block of Juniper Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 6:30 p.m. Sunday for a woman with a knife. The caller said

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NO MORE INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS IN CALIFORNIA

Starting January 1, all light bulbs manufactured in California will have to meet new energy standards, which means incandescent bulbs will be gone once the stores sell their existing stock. Experts say the move will save money and energy, and help the fight against climate change. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives

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73-YEAR-OLD HIKER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 73-year-old hiker had to be rescued with a Sheriff’s helicopter after he fell in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Peter Wallenstein, of Blacksburg, Virginia, was hiking Friday with his family near Ryan’s Ranch Trail when he fell about 1:30 p.m. and suffered several injuries.

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HI-DESERT WATER APPROVES PIONEERTOWN WATER PROJECT

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors was enthusiastic about approving an agreement with the county to provide Pioneertown with clean water. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

Residents in Pioneertown have had high levels of arsenic in their water supply for years, a situation that has inhibited new construction

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017: CRIME

As 2017 comes to a close, Z107.7 News looks back at some of the top stories of the year. Our top crime story of 2017 was the double murder of two Twentynine Palms women in March. Shortly before midnight, March 24, Sheriff’s investigators say Rafael Aikens, 22, shot Christy McKissic,

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NATIONAL PARK AND MONUMENTS

Joshua Tree National Park and our three neighboring national monuments figured prominently in many of our top stories in 2017. Joshua Tree National Park officials announced in January that a record number of people visited Joshua Tree in 2016—2.5 million, and numbers are expected to be even higher in 2017.

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CHANGES TO HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS

Roads and the highway in the Morongo Basin featured prominently in several of our top stories this year. An increasing number of pedestrian deaths and head-on crashes prompted CalTrans to start work on several projects in an attempt to reduce highway deaths. Several years before, CalTrans had installed delineators in

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MARINES RELOCATE TORTOISES

We continue our look back at the top stories of 2017 with this story about the Marine Corps air-lifting more than 1,000 desert tortoises to new homes in the Mojave Desert. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more…

A population of the reptiles lived in the Johnson Valley area, west of the

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15-YEAR-OLD BOY WALKING BICYCLE SUFFERS BROKEN LEG WHEN HE’S HIT BY A TRUCK

A 15-year-old boy sustained a possible broken leg when he was hit by a truck in Yucca Mesa Monday evening. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the boy was walking his bicycle westbound on Aberdeen Drive about 5:10 p.m. near El Dorado Avenue. The driver of a truck,

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HUNDREDS COME OUT FOR “MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH” CHRISTMAS DAY

Hundreds of people began lining up early Christmas Day at the Yucca Valley Community Center for “Mara’s Christmas Wish,” an enthusiastic volunteer effort to continue the selfless work of Mara Cantelo’s “Tender Loving Christmas” event. Mara was lost to the communities of the Morongo Basin earlier this year; dozens of

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NEW STATE LAWS WILL AFFECT PETS IN 2018

Some new laws concerning pets will be in effect in California after the ball drops January 1, 2018. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…

Strange as it may seem, some people knowingly—or unknowingly—rent or lease dogs or cats. A new law will invalidate such contracts, and the person who is

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TWO FIRES OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Area firefighters responded to two fires over the weekend. On Saturday, Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley firefighters were called at 1:25 p.m. to a small mobile home fire in Landers in the 900 block of Juniper. Firefighters were on scene at 1:40 and had the fire out at 1:55 p.m.

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THEATRE 29 IMPROVISATIONAL TROUPE ON STAGE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

The “Baker’s Dozen” Improv Troupe has enjoyed a wildly successful first year with enthusiastic audiences filling Theatre 29 to overflow capacity. Their finale show for 2017 this Saturday is entitled, “Dashing Through the Dough.” With more here’s Rebecca Havely…

Join the Baker’s Dozen Improv Troupe to ring in the New

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES OFFER A 24 HOUR HOTLINE LOCALLY

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services now provides a 24-hour crisis hot-line to help survivors of sexual assault. Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. Speakers are available to talk to schools and community groups about sexual assault and rape prevention.

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM CLOSING

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closing due to renovation and maintenance projects. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed until January 31 to finish renovations and maintenance projects to reorganize permanent exhibitions and a new temporary exhibit. The “Echoes of Silent Spring:

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YOU’RE INVITED TO MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH DINNER

With the passing of Mara Cantelo earlier this year, the fate of the annual Christmas Day feast was in doubt. Some volunteers have stepped up, though, to ensure that the event goes on. With your invitation, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors

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BLOOD DRIVE AT WALMART TUESDAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive Tuesday, December 26, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 10 to 3. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers donors free cholesterol screening with every

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YUCCA VALLEY HOLIDAY HOURS

Except for emergency services and specifically scheduled programs, Yucca Valley town offices will be closed until Tuesday, January 2. Here, once again, with the hours for other town departments is managing editor Tami Roleff…

Building and Safety services in Yucca Valley will be limited to inspections only from December 26

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MOST SERVICES CLOSED OR ON LIMITED HOURS FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Other closures throughout the Morongo Basin will include most banks, city and town halls, post offices, courts and other public and government services which will be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday. The City of Twentynine Palms is closed until January 2. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will also be

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REP. COOK VOTES FOR TAX REFORM

Rep. Paul Cook joined fellow Republicans this week in voting for the final version of HR1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed the House of Representatives 227-203.

Cook explained his vote by saying that the new law will provide crucial tax relief for middle-class and low-income Americans. “Despite

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