Z107-7 HOST RADIOTHON TO BENEFIT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR TRIP

The Twentynine Palms High School Select choir has been given a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity and the Morongo Basin’s Community Radio Station is stepping up to help. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir has a chance to participate in this spring’s Choirs of America conference

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NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017, PART 2 OF 5

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Employers will be prohibited from asking job applicants to disclose arrests made while they were juveniles, if the arrest didn’t result in a conviction. If you’re stressed by your

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ANY DRIVERS’ HANDHELD CELLPHONE USE IS NOW ILLEGAL

It’s now illegal for California drivers to even hold their phones while behind the wheel, no matter the reason. The new law is expected to cut down on distracted-driving accidents and deaths, in which eight out of 10 accidents involve inattentive driving, and talking or texting on a mobile phone

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TRASH CAN FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE RESTROOM

The Sheriff’s Department and the County Fire Department are investigating a fire set in the restroom at the Little League ball field in Yucca Valley Tuesday morning. About 9:30, a town employee discovered that unknown suspects had taken all the toilet paper in the men’s restroom and put it in

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ONE ARREST AFTER AN ARGUMENT TURNS VIOLENT

An argument over infidelity turned violent Friday, and a Twentynine Palms man was arrested for allegedly breaking his wife’s finger. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road texted her sister about 8 a.m. to say that Abram Martin, 22, a private first

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH A STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of being in possession of a stolen motorcycle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called about 1 p.m. to report a suspicious man in front of her home in the 56500 block of Antelope Trail. The arriving deputy discovered a motorcycle,

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MAN RESCUED WHEN CAR SKIDS OFF ROAD INTO WATER-FILLED DITCH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man escaped injury, but his car is totaled, when his car skidded off the roadway and landed in a water-filled ditch in Yucca Valley early New Year’s Day. Swift water rescue personnel were called about 3:30 a.m. to Kickapoo Avenue and Yucca Trail where they found the gray, four-door

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MAN RESCUED AFTER FALL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A man was rescued in Joshua Tree National Park Friday after he fell from rocks. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the unidentified man, who was in his 40s, was scrambling on rocks near the Hall of Horrors when he fell into a crevice from an undetermined height

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PEDESTRIAN HIT CROSSING HIGHWAY OUTSIDE CROSSWALK IN JOSHUA TREE IDENTIFIED

The California Highway Patrol has released its report on the pedestrian versus vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Thursday evening. According to the report, Ernest Ale, 56, of Idlywild, was driving a 1993 Dodge Ram westbound on Highway 62 just before 6:30 p.m. As he approached Veterans Way, he entered the

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SALES TAX DROPPING STATEWIDE, EXCEPT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lots of new laws went into effect on January 1. While some may be cause for concern, others are the harbingers of good news. Reporter David Haldane tells us about one change likely to draw applause in the Morongo Basin… The State of California has a New Year’s present for

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SWARM OF 250 EARTHQUAKES HITS NEAR BRAWLEY

Residents near the California-Mexico border are feeling a little uneasy after a swarm of more than 250 earthquakes have struck the Brawley area since Saturday. The strongest earthquake was measured a 3.9-magnitude quake, directly underneath Brawley. The temblors are in the Brawley Seismic Zone, which connects the San Andreas and

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TRUCK HITS PEDESTRIAN CROSSING HIGHWAY NOT IN A CROSSWALK

The California Highway Patrol has released its report on the pedestrian versus vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Thursday evening. According to the report, Ernest Ale, 56, of Idlywild, was driving a 1993 Dodge Ram westbound on Highway 62 just before 6:30 p.m. As he approached Veterans Way, he entered the

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NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS FOR A NEW YEAR

As we welcome a new year, we conclude our look at several new laws that take effect January 1. Employers are prohibited from paying women less than male colleagues, based on prior salary. Companies, including Uber and Lyft, can no longer hire drivers who are registered sex offenders, have been

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JOSHUA TREE FELON ARRESTED FOR HAVING A GUN

A Joshua Tree felon was arrested Wednesday after he was found in possession of a firearm. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies stopped a vehicle near Bonair Road and Desert Air Road in Joshua Tree about 2:20 p.m. Inside was Leon Lopez, 52, along with a gun. The gun may

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING PAPPY AND HARRIET’S OWNERS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of making terrorist threats against his former employers. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owners of Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown contacted deputies about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday to report that Devon Murphy, 25, posted on Facebook that he was going to

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VICTIM OF FATAL, SUSPECTED DUI, CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has identified the woman killed following a suspected DUI crash Tuesday night in Morongo Valley as Diane D’Aoust, 59, of Morongo Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, D’Aoust was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 shortly before 9 p.m. when she

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ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN HIT BY VEHICLE, THIS TIME IN JOSHUA TREE 

We have limited information about a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Joshua Tree last night. Just before 6:30 p.m., a man was hit at Sunset Road and Highway 62. He suffered major injuries and was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The California

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NEW CALPERS EXPECTATIONS WILL COST LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES

The state’s public pension system, Calpers, recently lowered its sights regarding future investment returns. That could cost California cities and public agencies—including those in the Morongo Basin—lots of money. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you work for a California municipality or public agency, your employer may have to pick up

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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