TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN THURSDAY IN MURDER

A Twentynine Palms man accused of shooting another man in January 2014 pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree courtroom Thursday. Raymond Burney, 55, was arguing with Wayne Kerr, 55, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in the upper chest. Kerr

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED IN WARRANT SEARCH

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday following a search warrant at his home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the home of Rene Villegas, 32, in the 6500 block of Sunset Road about 11:05 a.m. During the search, deputies found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, fraudulent and blank checks,

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NEIGHBORS NOT HAPPY WITH PROPOSED PIPE’S CANYON CAMPGROUND

In recent years, the steady increase of visitors to Joshua Tree National Park has put pressure on area hotels, Airbnb properties, and even campgrounds. Campgrounds in the National Park are routinely filled to capacity by Friday afternoon, leaving visitors to scramble for suitable spots to pitch their tent or park

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning starting today through Thursday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach 105 in Yucca Valley to 113 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Residents are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioned

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AVOID GETTING BIT BY SNAKES

California has eight different species of rattlesnakes, seven of which are found in southern California. Rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but if you give them space, they will retreat. Edica Gonzalez offers these tips on what to do if you are bitten by a snake…

Most snake bites

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ROTARY’S LOBSTERFEST

Enjoy a lobster dinner under the stars during the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s second annual lobsterfest near Pioneertown in September. Sara Snyder says pass the butter…

Tickets are now available for the second annual lobsterfest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. The event, which sold out last

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AUDITIONS FOR AGATHA CHRISTIE’S “THE MOUSETRAP” AT THEATRE 29

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “The Mousetrap” are set for tomorrow at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details…

Director Katie Fleischman will cast the murder mystery-thriller “The Mousetrap” at auditions Monday, August 28 at Theatre 29. Roles to be cast include: The Proprietors of Monkswell Manor,

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CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Reporter Eric Knabe fills in the details…

The Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. On Mondays, at 4 p.m., is the teen program, where teens

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FAMILIES OF MISSING HIKERS WILL NEVER STOP SEARCHING

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park held a press conference Saturday to announce they will offer a reward for the safe return of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso. With details, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

“There’s a small, small

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Sunday through Thursday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach 105 in Yucca Valley to 113 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be likely for people who spend a

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PRICE FOR NATIONAL PARK SENIOR PASS TO INCREASE MONDAY

A National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands “Senior Pass” gives U.S. citizens age 62 and above, lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says get yours before Monday when the price goes up… way up…

A Senior Pass to America’s national parks has been a

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SCHOOL LOCKED DOWN, THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS PURSUIT

An elementary school was locked down and three people were arrested in Desert Hot Springs following a pursuit Thursday afternoon. Just before 3 p.m., police officers attempted to stop a car with no license plates near Palm Drive and Dillon Road. The driver refused to pull over and led officers

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MARINE ACCUSED OF SHAKING BABY, CAUSING A COMA, ORDERED TO FACE TRIAL

A Marine accused of shaking a baby so hard that she went into a coma heard the evidence against him yesterday in a Joshua Tree courtroom, and the judge held him over to face trial. The prosecution says that John Jeter, 27, was home in the 6100 block of Begonia

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BOMB THREAT CAUSES EVACUATION AT LA CONTENTA

La Contenta Middle School was evacuated for about an hour this morning after a bomb threat was called into the school. School administration contacted the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling said that while they did not consider the threat credible, in the interest of caution and safety they evacuated

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CHP OFFERS FREE “DRIVE SMART” CLASS FOR SENIORS

The Morongo Basin area CHP will host a “Drive Smart” class for senior citizens. Reporter Eric Knabe says one will be held next week, August 31…

The Morongo Basin CHP will host an Age Well, Drive Smart older driver program later this month. Join the CHP for the keys to

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TO STEP DOWN AS REPUBLICAN CAUCUS LEADER

Just days after surviving a vote that would have removed him as leader of the California Assembly’s Republican Party, Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley announced Thursday morning he will step down. Mayes came under fire since joining seven other Republicans last month to vote in favor of extending California’s cap-and-trade

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THE FATE OF MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT STILL UNKNOWN

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for “a handful” of national monuments, but no eliminations. It is not yet clear if any of the millions of acres of protected federal land in California will be modified, because the White House has yet to release the findings of

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FAMILIES OF HIKERS MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER REWARD

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park will announce Saturday that they will offer a reward for their safe return. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, were reported missing July 28 when the owner of the vacation rental in

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT LOW-INTEREST LOANS TO HELP WITH SEWER COSTS

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors gave direction to staff at its meeting last night to begin an analysis to determine the extent of the need for low-interest loans to help customers pay the sewer assessments. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting and files this report… The

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FIREWORKS, MUSIC, AND FAMILY FUN SEPTEMBER 2 IN LANDERS

Fireworks, food, fun, and family entertainment are planned in Landers at the Morongo Basin’s only Labor Day celebration September 2 at Homestead Valley Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. Cody Joseph and the Z107.7 Mobile DJ will get things warmed up, and the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard will open

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