CHP GETS GRANT TO CRACK DOWN ON SPEEDING AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

Speed and aggressive driving, the main causes of traffic collisions in California, will be the focus of a year-long education and enforcement campaign by the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP received a federal traffic safety grant, titled Regulate Aggressive Driving and Reduce Speed II, which it will use to educate

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29 PALMS ART GALLERY CHILI DINNER SATURDAY

Don’t cook after a long day of Hwy 62 Art Tours and Pioneers Days events; the 29 Palms Art Gallery is offering its annual chili dinner fundraiser October 21. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can get tickets…

Tickets are on sale now for the 29 Palms Art Gallery’s

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CLOSED TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE COMMISSARY OFFERING SIDEWALK SALES

While the Twentynine Palms Marine Base commissary is still closed, the store will hold sidewalk sales every day until it re-opens. From 1 to 5 p.m., residents with commissary privileges can buy diapers and baby formula, cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper products, canned foods, cereals, snacks, sodas, and water. The commissary

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METEOR SHOWER PEAKS TONIGHT

Desert residents will be able to see one of the best meteor showers of the year this weekend. The Orionids are some of the fastest and brightest of all the meteors because the Earth is hitting them head-on as it travels through the debris from Halley’s Comet. While Halley’s Comet

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HELICOPTER RESCUES HIKER IN 49 PALMS CANYON NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

A New York man was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter while he was hiking near 49 Palms Canyon in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Terrence Ohalloran called about 4:40 p.m. to report he had been hiking but was lost. He said he had a bottle of

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2,000 MOTORCYCLE RIDERS CAMPING IN JOSHUA TREE THIS WEEKEND

If you think you’re seeing more motorcycle riders on the roads this weekend, you’re right. Babes Ride Out is a weekend gathering of about 2,000 female motorcycle riders will be spending the weekend at the Joshua Tree Lake campground. Watch out for motorcycle riders, not only this weekend, but all

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WATCH FOR THE IPHONE APP SCAM

The Better Business Bureau is warning iPhone owners about fake retail apps popping up in Apple’s app store that will steal your information. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more information about this latest scam…

Counterfeiters have impersonated themselves as retail chains like Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, department stores and online retailers

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MARINE WHO TRIED TO BRING LIVE MILITARY ORDNANCE ON PLANE PLEADS GUILTY

A 21-year-old Marine stationed in Twentynine Palms with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, who tried to bring live military ordnance onto a plane at Palm Springs International Airport pleaded guilty Wednesday, October 18, to possession of an explosive device. Steven Corey Vella will to be sentenced March 19 on his

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HI-DESERT WATER TAKES STEP TO HELP WITH SEWER HOOK-UPS

The Hi-Desert Water District took a step at a special meeting last night to help Yucca Valley residents obtain low-interest loans to connect to the future sewer system. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…

Once the Yucca Valley sewer treatment plant is completed, residents will need to connect their

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PEDESTRIAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY NIGHT

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with identification of pedestrian and driver, and vehicle description.

 

A man was hit and seriously injured while crossing Highway 62 in downtown Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the man, Kurt Kandall, 54, of Twentynine Palms, was crossing the

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SHERIFF'S HELICOPTER RESCUES LOST HIKER NEAR 49 PALMS CANYON

A New York man was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter while he was hiking near 49 Palms Canyon in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Terrence Ohalloran called about 4:40 p.m. to report he had been hiking but was lost. He said he had a bottle of

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET, THERE’RE NEW SHERIFFS COMIN’ TO TOWN

With the revenue generated by Measure Y, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved an amendment to the Sheriff’s contract that will bring a new detective and Sheriff’s Service Specialist to the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff says residents should notice a difference, starting in January…

Thanks to the passing of

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PIONEER DAYS EVENTS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Some of the events in the second weekend of Pioneer Days in Twentynine Palms include a skateboarding and tattoo competitions on Thursday, October 19. There’s bingo on Friday, and mechanical bull rides Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, start your day with the fire department’s pancake breakfast, followed by a 5K

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PROGRESS MADE TOWARDS REOPENING THE MARINE BASE COMMISSARY

The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, has made significant progress in re-opening the commissary at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The commissary was closed October 11 due to a severe rodent infestation. DeCA has announced it is thoroughly cleaning the store, training employees on how to

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JOSHUA TREE MAN WHO SHOT TWO PEOPLE ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN AGREEMENT

A Joshua Tree man accused of shooting two people in Yucca Valley in 2015 accepted a plea bargain earlier this month for assault with a firearm and other charges. On April 15, 2015, Joseph Rojas, 23, went to a home in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail where he started

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TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING ARGUMENT IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man suspected of firing a gun during an argument, and a woman accused of hiding him in her home were both arrested Monday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steven Hernandez, 38, was arguing with a resident near David Avenue and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley about

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NO ARRESTS, NOISE COMPLAINTS MITIGATED, AT RECENT DESERT DAZE CONCERT

During the four-day Desert Daze music festival held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center last weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station received 39 noise complaints, with some of the complaints coming from the same person, who called multiple times. Deputies and county code enforcement officers, using decibel readers, determined that

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN WONDER VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

Firefighters were called to a small vegetation fire out at a location near Highway 62 and Godwin Road about 8:15 p.m. Monday night. It was quickly extinguished and the cause is unknown.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, T-O-T TAX COLLECTION ON AGENDA

The Town of Yucca Valley should be getting more revenue once the town council approves an agreement for AirBnB to collect transient occupancy taxes for short-term vacation rentals. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the rest of the agenda…

Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda for the Yucca Valley

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2 BODIES, POSSIBLY MISSING HIKERS, FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

After nearly three months of searching, it appears the bodies of the pair of hikers who have been missing in Joshua Tree National Park since July 27 have been found. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue reported that JOSAR searchers found the bodies Sunday morning. JOSAR said that Gilbert Orbeso, the

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