HEAVY RAINS CLOSE SEVERAL ROADS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Due to heavy rains on New Year’s Eve, Joshua Tree National Park has closed several roads because of standing water. Desert Queen Mine Road, Odell Road, and Big Horn Pass Road are all closed. Crews are working on opening Desert Queen Mine Road to the Pine City parking lot by

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PART 3 IN OUR LOOK AT NEW LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Low-Level felons serving sentences outside of state prison get to keep their right to vote. It will now be legal for motorcycle riders to split lanes. Law enforcement have

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HI-DESERT SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT: JOBS AND MANHOLE COVERS

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors cancelled its regular meeting for last night and scheduled a special meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a look at the agenda…. Water district jobs—both current and new—are among the items that are on the agenda for tonight’s special meeting of the

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OVERDUE COUPLE AND BOY RETURN HOME AFTER SEARCH COMES UP EMPTY

An overdue couple and a two-year-old boy returned home safely to Johnson Valley Tuesday night, hours after they were scheduled to return, and after a Sheriff’s search had been launched to find them. Per a Sheriff’s report, the man, his fiancée, and his son left Johnson Valley on a yellow

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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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