THE “HOLCOMB” FIRE BURNING NORTH AND EAST OF BIG BEAR, SOME ROAD CLOSURES

A wildfire raging north of Big Bear Lake has charred nearly 1,000 acres, prompting officials to issue voluntary evacuations and the closure of a mountain highway. The Holcomb fire is spreading rapidly, moving away from the San Bernardino National Forest’s most populated areas. Smoke from the fire has come into

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD HOLDS BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT

A public hearing is just one agenda item at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will convene a public hearing, followed by a vote,

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TWO LA MEN LOST IN DESERT, FOUND ON MARINE BASE SATURDAY

Two Los Angeles-area men who got lost after leaving a party in Joshua Tree, got their truck stuck in the desert, and thought they’d walk to Big Bear, were guests of the county Saturday night until they were sober again. Marco Salinas, 21, of Los Angeles, and William Ruiz, 35,

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EXTREME HEAT WARNING THROUGH FRIDAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through this Friday. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to reach up to 113 in Yucca Valley and 122 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke are likely for people who spend a prolonged time

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CALTRANS OFFER TIPS FOR DRIVING IN HIGH TEMPERATURES

Caltrans is alerting motorists that high temperatures can cause problems for the traveling public such as vehicle breakdowns, and uncomfortable conditions. Reporter Rebecca Havely has some helpful travel tips… Know before you go. Check traffic conditions to make your drive safer. Make sure you vehicle is in good repair check

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Landers woman killed in off-road vehicle crash.

A Landers woman was killed Saturday in an off-road vehicle accident. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 2800 block of Shawnee Trail in Landers about 1:05 p.m. for a report of a missing woman. Rhea Mears, 64, had gone out riding her 2003 Honda Sportrax quad

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BODY FOUND THURSDAY MORNING IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a body that was found in Yucca Valley Thursday morning. According to limited information, a woman was walking near Palm Avenue and Sunnyslope Drive about 8 a.m. when she found the body. The Sheriff’s Department reports there were no obvious signs of trauma and the

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WITH EXTREME HEAT DON’T LEAVE PEOPLE OR PETS IN A CAR

Heatstroke is a leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures over 100 degrees in the Morongo Basin this week, the California Office of Traffic Safety cautions parents, plus anyone transporting pets or the elderly, that leaving them in a hot car, even for a few minutes,

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SHERIFF NEEDS HELP FINDING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

UPDATE: 8 a.m. 6-18-17

Arturo Esparza has been found safe.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Yucca Valley man. Arturo Esparza, 57, left his home on foot near Pioneertown Road about 5:45 p.m. Saturday and has not returned. Esparza has Alzheimer’s Disease. He

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ROAD WORK ON OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD MONDAY

The California Department of Transportation will be performing road work on State Route 247 Monday. CalTrans will be grinding and repaving both north- and southbound lanes of the highway from Handley Road to Boone Avenue Monday, June 19, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists are urged to use caution

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS SOLAR FIELDS

The Homestead Valley Community Council will discuss industrial solar fields at its next meeting. Participants will learn about proposed utility-scale solar fields and how to defend themselves against corporations that want to build solar fields next to their properties. The Homestead Valley Community Council represents residents of Yucca Mesa, Landers,

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MORONGO BASIN UNDER EXTREME HEAT WARNING

The Morongo Basin is under an extreme heat warning. During hot weather, seniors, infants, young children, and people with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to health problems and should take extra precautions. Residents should check on elderly family members, neighbors, and friends during extremely hot weather to make sure

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PET REGULATIONS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Extreme heat can affect our pets as well. Park Ranger Pam Tripp reminds hikers of the rules for pets in the National Park…

Imagine hiking in the summer heat wearing a fur coat and hiking in bare feet. This scenario plays out all too often in Joshua Tree National Park.

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DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO HOLD FUNDRAISER AT LAS PALMAS TUESDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will hold a fundraiser at Las Palmas Mexican restaurant in Yucca Valley. From 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, a portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization. Las Palmas is located on the corner of Highway 62 and Elk

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EXTREME HEAT WARNING: COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Saturday through Wednesday, June 21, (and possibly even farther into next week), with the hottest days expected to be Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley and 120 degrees in

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KEEP COOL THIS WEEKEND IN LOCAL POOLS

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley pools will be open to escape the heat. In Twentynine Palms, the pool at Luckie Park is open 1 to 5 p.m. every day through August 28, with a final weekend September 3 and 4. Admission is $3 per person, $1.50 for seniors, or

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SHE CRASHES CAR INTO POWER POLE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested late Wednesday night,accused of driving into a power pole and fleeing the scene. According to Sheriff’s reports, Kirsten Cooper, 23, crashed her white Dodge car into a power pole in the alley behind the Budget Motel on Deer Trail and Santa Fe Trail, about

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ORANGE MAN DETAINED FOR RESISTING ARREST

A man from Orange was arrested Thursday, accused of resisting arrest. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a white Mitsubishi car about 3 a.m. Thursday morning near Joshua Lane and Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. As the deputy attempted to detain the driver, identified

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ONE ARREST IN RAID ON ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

One man was arrested, and deputies are searching for others, in a raid on an illegal marijuana grow in Yucca Valley Thursday. About 10:30 p.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to the 3500 block of Warren Vista Avenue for a report of a downed power line at the home. Firefighters determined

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BODY OF A COACHELLA WOMAN FOUND NEAR HER STUCK CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A body found in Twentynine Palms yesterday has been identified as a Coachella woman. The body was spotted by a Twentynine Palms man driving on a nearby dirt road, who reported it to the Sheriff’s department. The County coroner said Thursday, June 15, at about 11:00 AM, the body of

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