MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS UPDATE ON COUNTY SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will get an update tonight on the county’s plans to regulate short-term vacation rentals of private homes to out-of-towners in unincorporated areas. Reporter David Haldane has the details…

If you operate an AirBnB in Joshua Tree, heads up; you may soon be subject to

…View Full Story…

TWENTYNINE PALMS DEFENDANTS ACCEPT PLEA BARGAIN IN SEX TRAFFICKING TRIAL

Two Twentynine Palms residents accepted a plea bargain Thursday afternoon in the middle of their trial in Joshua Tree for sex trafficking. According to court records, deputies found a teen girl in the desert near Twentynine Palms in June 2015, and determined that she was the victim of a sex

…View Full Story…

MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARRESTED FOLLOWING DRUG HOUSE RAID IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY

Sheriff’s deputies raided a reputed drug house in Yucca Valley Thursday and arrested multiple people on drug charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7400 block of Condalia Avenue about 11:20 with a search warrant. During a search of the house, deputies found drug

…View Full Story…

BRING CHILDREN, DOGS TO EARTHFEST IN JOSHUA TREE APRIL 15

EarthFest Joshua Tree is a family and earth-friendly day celebrating kids, animals and the planet! The free event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, in the courtyard at Art Queen at 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The day’s activities include a Mutt Strut, where children

…View Full Story…

REGISTER NOW FOR EASTER EGG CRAFTS, HUNT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Kids are invited to the Yucca Valley Center for Change in Yucca Valley to decorate Easter eggs and then hunt for them. Play attire is suggested, as glue and marker pens will be used. The Easter Bunny may also make an appearance. The Easter egg event is set for Friday,

…View Full Story…

PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT REMINDER

Have you made your property tax payment yet? Edica Gonzalez says, time’s running out… Monday, April 10, is the last day to pay the second installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can do it in any of several ways: Online, at www.MyTaxCollector.com Over the phone,

…View Full Story…

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Cheryl Erickson, who will speak about her recent trip to Uganda and the orphanage there with which she works.

…View Full Story…

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley tennis team will travel away to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School. The match starts at 3:15 p.m.

FREE PIANO CONCERT IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A free classical concert is planned for tomorrow. Here with your invitation is reporter Kirby Davis… The third season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts continues Sunday, April 9 at 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. This concert features Danny Holt, who will be making his solo piano debut. Admission

…View Full Story…

SAVE THE DATE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL 

The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 25 years. This year’s festival, which continues through Sunday, April 9, will feature 30 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work and share their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National

…View Full Story…

DESERT CHIC SOCIAL EVENT TONIGHT

You can soak in the atmosphere of old-time Twentynine Palms Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to a fundraiser for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society at a historic city landmark… Here’s your chance to enjoy the historic atmosphere of Broadview Hacienda, the former home of Twentynine Palms pioneers Bill

…View Full Story…

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS TO REPORT GRAFFITI, VANDALISM

Joshua Tree National Park, as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Park Superintendent David Smith says that while 99 percent of

…View Full Story…

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW IN THE AMBOY CRATER

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will hold an open house for the public to learn about the Land Trust’s projects. This year, the open house will be held at Amboy Crater, instead of the organization’s headquarters in Joshua Tree. The event is also a celebration of the first anniversary of

…View Full Story…

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS, STOLEN CHECKS, AND MORE

A Yucca Valley man wanted on arrest warrants was arrested Wednesday, also accused of possessing stolen checks. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to the 7700 block of Mariposa Trail in Yucca Valley about 9 p.m. with an arrest warrant for Christopher Harris, 43. When Harris realized a

…View Full Story…

75-YEAR-OLD PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A 75-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car in Desert Hot Springs. Police say the man, who has not yet been identified, was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Palm Drive and Ironwood Drive about 6 a.m. Witnesses said the man was

…View Full Story…

TRAIN HITS A CAR ON THE TRACKS IN AMBOY

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash where an eastbound train hit an abandoned car on the tracks in Amboy. The CHP says it happened just before 4 a.m. Wednesday morning on National Trails Highway just west of Roy’s Café. No one on the train was injured by the

…View Full Story…

CEMENT TRUCK HITS CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A crash between a cement truck and a small car sent one man to the hospital Wednesday morning. About 7 a.m., the driver of a Toyota was driving eastbound on Highway 62 and attempted to turn north on Sunrise Road in Twentynine Palms. A cement truck traveling westbound on the

…View Full Story…

A WARNING ABOUT SCAMMERS POSING AS THE IRS

Now that tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS says the tax scam is the most common tax scam, with victims losing more than $26 million. The most important thing to be aware of is that the IRS never makes its

…View Full Story…

SMALL FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY MORNING

Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a fire in a storage container in Yucca Valley this morning. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the call came in at 6:33 for the fire near Cobalt Road and Cholla Avenue. The 20-foot container was filled with engine blocks and car parts. Firefighters

…View Full Story…

SUSPECT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE MURDER ARRAIGNED TODAY

A Joshua Tree courtroom was filled Tuesday afternoon with family and friends, as well as Marines, of both the victims of a double murder, and the man accused of killing them. Rafael Aikens, 22, pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance since he was arrested for the murders of

…View Full Story…