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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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES JOSHUA SPRINGS EXPANSION

In a presentation last night that Yucca Valley Planning Commissioner Chair Steve Whitten called “death by PowerPoint,” the Planning Commission heard the history of the original 1995 application for a conditional use permit by the Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel. Over the years, the permit application has been modified extensively. Last

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A FULL HOUSE SEES TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL POSTPONE SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTION VOTE

Lots of people showed up at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting for what promised to be a good show. They weren’t disappointed. Reporter David Haldane explains… The Twentynine Palms City Council couldn’t stomach what it had to do. So, last night, instead of repealing local restrictions on where

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SUSPECT SOUGHT IN ROBBERY AT YUCCA VALLEY AT&T STORE

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect believed to have stolen headphones from an AT&T store in Yucca Valley Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly before 4 p.m., a man allegedly walked out without paying for three Powerbeats 3 headphones. As the man ran from the store, he was

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHORT STAND-OFF WITH DEPUTIES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday after a short stand-off with Sheriff’s deputies. Deputies were called to a home in the 7400 block of North Star Avenue at 10:52 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. A woman at the scene told deputies that her sons were disrespecting her and she

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT SEWER COST RELIEF FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

Yucca Valley residents face a number of costs to hook up to the upcoming sewer: annual assessments, maintenance fees, and the cost to build a connecting pipe from their homes to the sewer collection pipes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says tonight the Hi-Desert Water District’s board of directors will discuss

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING, BEATING HIS WIFE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday night, accused of stabbing, beating, and threatening his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 61900 block of Grand View Circle about 8:55 p.m. when a woman called to say she had been stabbed. The woman said her husband,

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AN ARMED ROBBERY IN JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery in Joshua Tree Sunday. About 6:30 p.m. two unknown suspects entered an Internet café in the 6400 block of Hallee Road. The clerk told deputies that the suspects pointed a shotgun at her, told everyone to get on the floor, and demanded money

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD CRUELTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, after he threw a rock through a windshield into a car where his two children were sitting. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6900 block of North Star Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1:20 p.m. when a woman said

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO CHANGE SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

The Twentynine Palms City Council will be tackling a thorny issue at tonight’s meeting, namely residential restrictions imposed on registered sex offenders. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you’re a sex offender in Twentynine Palms, you can rest easy; after tonight’s City Council meeting you’ll likely be able to live where

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HEAR SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PLANS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meets tonight with a fairly routine agenda including, among other things, consideration of proposed student achievement plans for four elementary schools: Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Condor in Twentynine Palms and Friendly Hills in Joshua Tree. Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

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PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE THIS MORNING, LOCAL VIEWING EVENTS SET

The first total eclipse of the sun visible from the contiguous United States since 1979 will start shortly after 9:00 this morning. Here in the Morongo Basin, we’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8,

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A REMINDER ABOUT SCHOOLS AND DRIVER SAFETY

According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are struck by cars near schools than at any other location. With Morongo Basin schools opening today, drivers must exercise more caution than ever in or near school zones. Reporter Mike Lipsitz reminds us of safe driver practices in

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FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS AVAILABLE AT MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS

Today is the first day of school, and parents have lots on their minds. Reporter David Haldane tells us about one of them… Whoever said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch obviously didn’t go to school in the Morongo Basin. As it does annually, the Morongo Unified

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6-YEAR-BOY WATCHES AS MAN STEALS HIS BIKE, SCOOTER

A 6-year-old boy who was playing in the desert in Yucca Valley Wednesday had his bicycle and scooter stolen as he watched. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boy had left his black-and-red Razor scooter and his 16-inch black-and-red bicycle at the end of the street at Hardesty Drive and

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DESERT OASIS CAR SHOW COMING TO TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Desert Oasis Car Show in Twentynine Palms is just around the corner. With more on how to register your vehicle, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… The roar of the engines, the cheering of the crowd—the Desert Oasis Car Show is coming to Twentynine Palms, Saturday, September 23, from 10 to

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TWO ORGANIZATIONS TO HOLD SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTIES

Monday, August 21, will be the first total eclipse of the sun visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, although here in the Morongo Basin, we’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.

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