CHILI COOK-OFF AND STICK HORSE RODEO IN PIONEERTOWN TODAY

Today is the Pi-Town chili cook-off and stick horse rodeo. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Mane Street in Pioneertown. The stick horse rodeo parade starts at 5:30, the chili cook off starts at 6, with the award ceremony at 8 p.m. There will be three categories in the chili

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ENJOY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN

Night time is the best time at Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some options for nighttime hikers… Here in the desert of Joshua Tree National Park, summertime temperatures often climb above 100 degrees in the middle of the day. The heat can make hiking and climbing

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ALL UNPERMITTED FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE MORONGO BASIN

As we start our Fourth of July holiday weekend, this reminder: All fireworks, even the so called, “Safe and Sane” ones, are illegal in all areas of our Morongo Basin. Law enforcement and fire authorities will be on patrol. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says times have changed and you have to

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COUNTY FIRE INVESTIGATORS MAKING ARRESTS FOR POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS

County fire investigators seized more than 25,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in June. Investigators issued 116 citations totaling $145,000 in fines. Investigations conducted at the Interstate 15 agricultural inspection station in Yermo found that the top three destinations for smuggled fireworks were Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.

KEYS VIEW ROAD CLOSED FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE

Joshua Tree National Park has closed Keys’ View Road today until further notice due to a search and rescue operation inside the park. Michael Rodriguez, 57, left his home in Azusa June 20 and hasn’t been seen since then. The missing man’s blue Hyundai Elantra was seen on surveillance video

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Yucca Valley fireworks is hosted by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club and the town the night of July 4. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details… Make your plans to attend the annual Yucca Valley fireworks show Monday, July 4. Held at the Brehm Sports Park at Little League Drive

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JULY 3RD FIREWORKS IN LANDERS

On Sunday, July 3, head over to Homestead Valley Park in Landers for the 18th Annual July 3 Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular. Admission is free; gates open at 4:30 p.m. There are food vendors, shaved ice, a beer garden, a display of Marine Corps equipment, a bounce house and games

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CORONER IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN DESERT SATURDAY

The county coroner’s office has identified the man whose body was found in the desert near Wonder Valley Saturday. A passer-by found Milton Galloway, 69, of Twentynine Palms, leaning against a fence near Gold Crown Road and Highway 62 about 11:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The coroner has not yet determined

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday, accused of strong arm robbery of a convenience store Monday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man entered the store in the 73700 block of 29 Palms Highway shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday night and concealed three cans of Red Bull on

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JURY TRIAL FOR MARINE ACCUSED OF MURDER STARTS TODAY

A jury trial for a Marine accused of shooting his roommate in Twentynine Palms starts today. Brock Myers, 25, who was a corporal with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines at the time of the shooting, said the shooting of Corporal Steven Kohus, 26, in the head on March 2, 2014, was

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COUNTY DOG LICENSING FEES GO UP TOMORROW

The cost of licensing your dog goes up tomorrow in unincorporated San Bernardino County. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there is a substantial discount for spayed and neutered dogs… For dog owners in the county’s unincorporated areas, it’s going to cost more to license those dogs beginning July 1. County Care

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THERE IS HOPE FOR HOPE ACADEMY

There is hope after all for the 2,000 students who are enrolled at Hope Academy Charter Schools. The charter school, with 10 campuses across three counties, has been under fire recently following possible financial irregularities by the school’s former superintendent. The school’s original five-year charter with Morongo Unified School district

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SOME RANCOR AS TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT TOURISM EFFORT

After spending more than 4 ½ years revising the city’s development code, the Twentynine Palms City Council thoroughly discussed the significant changes to the code, and then approved it at last night’s meeting. The new code should be in effect by the end of the year. The council also approved

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SINGLE CAR ROLLOVER BRIEFLY CLOSES THE YUCCA GRADE YESTERDAY

A woman was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon following a single-vehicle roll-over crash on Highway 62 just west of Yucca Valley. Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Patricia Gomez, 44, of Santa Ana, was driving her 2001 Chevrolet pick-up truck westbound in the number 1 lane of Highway 62 east of Yucca Park Road

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MAN HELD AFTER TRYING TO BREAK IN TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY ANIMAL SHELTER

A transient was arrested Monday morning after he attempted to break in to the Morongo Basin Humane Society animal shelter. According to a Sheriff’s report, workers at the shelter in the 4600 block of Sun View Road called the Sheriff’s Department at 11:23 to report that a former volunteer, identified

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A FULL HOUSE FOR MORONGO VALLEY CSD BUDGET WORKSHOP

Once again, Morongo Valley citizens turned out in large numbers last night for the Community Services District’s second budget workshop. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report … Last night was the CSD’s second budget workshop. It picked up where the first one left off. And so with surgical precision,

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MARINE FOLLOWS SUSPECTED BURGLAR UNTIL DEPUTIES MAKE ARREST

A convicted burglar was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of trying to break into a Twentynine Palms home. According to a Sheriff’s report, an active-duty Marine saw a man, later identified as Daniel Weber, 35, trying to break in to his home in the 74700 block of Old Dale Road

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BODY FOUND LEANING ON A FENCE EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A body was found leaning up on a fence in the desert east of Twentynine Palms Saturday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, 911 received a call about 11:45 a.m. from a man—who refused to give his name—that he found a dead body leaning up against a fence near Gold

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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEVEN ENDANGERED CHILDREN

A routine traffic stop in Twentynine Palms led to an arrest of a woman for felony child neglect. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies stopped a vehicle about 8:30 Saturday evening near Hatch and Morongo Roads. A routine records check found that the driver, Arsenio Jones, 26, of Twentynine Palms,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, HEARING ON NEW DEVELOPMENT CODE

The Twentynine Palms City Council will negotiate to buy 36 properties and then hold a public hearing on the city’s new development code tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the Council’s agenda… Tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council will start with a closed session at 5:15, in which

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