TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

With a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms today and Sunday, there is a chance of flash flood. Flash floods can strike any time and any place with little or no warning. In mountainous or flat terrain, distant rain may be channeled into gullies and ravines, turning a wash into rampaging

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ART RECEPTION TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

Gallery 62 will hold an opening reception for its July art show during the Second Saturday art crawl, tonight, July 8. Featured artists for the exhibition, “Territory Extraordinary,” are Cory Hamilton, Snake Jagger, Aaron Moshier, Ron Turner, and James Hagerty. The reception is set for Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m.

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TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HIKING IN THE SUMMER HEAT

If you’re planning a hike in the summer heat at Joshua Tree National Park be sure to take the essential precautions. Here with some helpful hiking tips is Park Ranger George Land…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the

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TWO MEN ACCUSED OF YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY

Two men were arrested Thursday for a burglary in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, the residents of a home in the 54600 block of Martinez Trail came home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered the sliding door in the back of the home had been shattered. After performing a

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EXCESSIVE HEAT AND AIR QUALITY WARNINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for today and tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to reach 110 to 120 degrees in the lower elevations with lows of 80 to 90 degrees. The intense heat may create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely; especially for

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CRITICAL BLOOD SHORTAGE, RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD DONATIONS

With a national blood shortage, the Red Cross is urging blood donors to answer an emergency call. Reporter Anthony Abraria tells you how to help…

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all types. During

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VEHICLES BURN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SALVAGE YARD

A motorhome caught fire in an auto salvage yard in Twentynine Palms Thursday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, and the Combat Center were called to a vehicle fire at the B&B Auto Wrecking salvage yard, in the 75800 block of

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ARRESTS FOR STOLEN VEHICLES IN JOSHUA TREE AND YUCCA VALLEY

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Monday evening, accused of driving a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy saw a woman, later identified as Amy Hillman, 41, driving a 2005 Saturn Ion on the shoulder of westbound Highway 62 near Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The deputy

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JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST RESIDENCY FREE EXHIBITION

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency will hold a free art exhibition. With your invitation, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency invites you to a free art exhibition on Saturday, July 8. A preview is set for 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. and the evening showing

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FIRE AND INJURIES CAUSED BY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS RAVAGE THE REGION

Illegal use of fireworks and explosives kept regional fire and police departments and emergency rooms busy on the Fourth of July, despite officials’ safety campaigns that included threats of heavy fines and enforcement operations that confiscated literally tons of fireworks. Authorities responded to hundreds of reports of illegal fireworks and

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MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON NATIONAL MONUMENT CHANGES

The Department of the Interior is reviewing the boundaries of 27 national monuments, including two in our region, to determine if the boundaries should be revised. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the deadline to comment on making any changes is Monday… Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was ordered by

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NEW LEGISLATION TO FORCE THE STATE TO REVIEW THE CADIZ WATER PUMPING PLAN

A bill introduced Wednesday in the California Legislature aims to protect water resources in the state’s deserts. Assembly member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 1000, known as the California Desert Protection Act, to strengthen safeguards for desert groundwater so that water transfers don’t negatively impact natural or cultural resources.

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SEEKING A FLAMINGO HEIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE

The County Board of Supervisors has posted a “help wanted’ notice. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you live in Flamingo Heights and dream of having a say in what happens there, this may be your lucky day. San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos is calling for applications from people wishing

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING FOUR STOLEN VEHICLE REPORTS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is investigating four stolen vehicle reports in Yucca Valley from just Monday and Tuesday. According to Sheriff’s reports, the first vehicle, a gray 2008 Honda Accord was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 58600 block of Barron Drive sometime between June 30

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE SET FOR SUSAN LUCKIE REILLY

A celebration of life service has been set for Susan Luckie Reilly. Susan Luckie Reilly, a long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, died June 22, on her 101st birthday. The service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bell Center on the campus of Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ARMED ROBBERY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Monday morning, accused of strong arm robbery. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Douglas Lane, 34, went to the Flyer’s gas station in the 56200 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. The clerk told deputies Lane asked

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CIGARETTES DON’T CAUSE AS MANY FIRES AS THEY USED TO

Many people blame wildfires on cigarettes that are tossed out of car windows. Reporter Eric Knabe says changes to cigarettes means they don’t cause as many fires as they used to…

Starting in 2004, states began requiring cigarettes to be self-extinguishing, so they are less likely to cause fires. The

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FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN MONDAY, TUESDAY

Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house from a fire Monday evening, although the garage is a total loss. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the firefighters were returning from a medical aid call about 5:50 p.m. when they saw smoke coming from a single-family home in the 5600

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16 TONS OF FIREWORKS SEIZED ENTERING COUNTY

More than 16 tons of fireworks were seized coming into San Bernardino County from bordering states during a monthlong operation by a multi-agency task force led by the county Fire Department. Fire investigators issued 146 citations totaling $182,500 in fines for possession of the illegal fireworks. Fire Marshall Mike Horton

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INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS AND CELEBRATIONS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Tuesday’s July 4th events begin in the early evening at both end of our Morongo Basin and capped off with a coordinated fireworks spectacular synchronized to music broadcast across our desert skies. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … This year Twentynine Palms boasts the biggest booms set to start in

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