ONE KILLED ONE MAJOR INJURY AT KING OF THE HAMMERS JOHNSON VALLEY

UPDATE: Victims were not participants.

A 55-year-old Perris man was killed in the Johnson Valley Off-Road area just after the King of the Hammers off-road race Saturday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 1:30 p.m., Todd McLaughlin was driving a 2013 Can-Am 1000 side-by-side westbound along the ridge of

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CORONER RELEASES NAME OF MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH THURSDAY

The County Coroner has released the name of the Twentynine Palms man killed in a head-on crash in Wonder Valley Thursday. At 6:12 p.m., Nikos Lukaris, 43, was riding a 1981 600R Honda dirt bike westbound in the 86900 block of Amboy Road riding without proper lights or a helmet,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: DEVELOPMENT CODE CHANGES ON AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms City Council, meeting on Monday instead of Tuesday this week due to Valentine’s Day, will consider a variety of topics ranging from demolition to tourism. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Fire is at the top of tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council agenda. Meeting a day earlier

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THREE LOCAL CHP OFFICERS CREDITED WITH SAVING A LIFE

Three California Highway Patrol officers are credited with saving the life of a woman who was choking in a Yucca Valley Restaurant. CHP Officer Simon Miller said that he, Officer Caleb Miller, and Officer Aaron Lowe were at Taco Bell about 12:45 p.m. Friday when a woman at a nearby

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MAC TO HEAR CALTRANS PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC

Public safety and improvements along State Route 62—focusing in Joshua Tree—will be the focus of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… With a well-earned reputation as one of Southern California’s deadliest roadways, a driver on Highway 62 is three times more

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SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAINING OFFERED

Every two minutes another woman, man or child is sexually assaulted. The effects can be devastating. Volunteer for Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services and make a difference. A few minutes of your time can help someone take back years of their life. Join Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services today and

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COURTHOUSE CLOSED THE NEXT TWO MONDAYS

County courthouses will be closed Monday, February 13, for Lincoln’s Birthday, and Monday, February 20, for President’s Day.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO EXPAND COTTONWOOD VISITOR CENTER

The Joshua Tree National Park has an expansion planned. Here with the details is reporter Edica Gonzalez… Joshua Tree National Park will be expanding the Cottonwood Visitor Center on the southern border of the park. The current visitor center is a 20-year-old double-wide trailer that can no longer meet the

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PARADE OF HOMES

The annual Parade of Homes fundraiser is upcoming. Managing Editor Tami Roleff shares ticket information… Tickets are available now for the 13th annual Parade of Homes. This event is Reach Out Morongo Basin’s largest fundraiser of the year and features six unique and inspiring homes. This year’s Parade of Homes

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CHP OFFICERS SAVE CHOKING WOMAN AT YUCCA VALLEY RESTAURANT

Three California Highway Patrol officers are credited with saving the life of a woman who was choking in a Yucca Valley Restaurant. CHP Officer Simon Miller said that he, Officer Caleb Miller, and Officer Aaron Lowe were at Taco Bell about 12:45 p.m. Friday when a woman at a nearby

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OPEN BASKETBALL IN YUCCA VALLEY EVERY SUNDAY

The Town of Yucca Valley sponsors adult open basketball every Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club’s gym. The gym is open for ages 30 and over from 2 to 4 p.m., and is open for players aged 18 to 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 at

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE MEETS SUNDAY

If you enjoy eating good food and meeting new people … and who doesn’t? Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report for anyone who enjoys these things and who wants to become more involved in their community … Transition Joshua Tree holds its quarterly membership meeting and potluck this Sunday, February

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STAR TWIRLERS VALENTINES DANCE SATURDAY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is holding a Valentine’s Day dance Saturday, February 11. Line dancing will be held 7 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips; square dancing is 7:30 to 10 p.m. Callers are Brent Lively and Linda Sande. The dance will be held at the Yucca Valley

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR OSC BENEFIT AUCTION

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Twentynine Palms aboard the Marine base awarded more than $35,000 in grants and scholarships last year. The organization gave $16,000 in grants to organizations such as the Twentynine Palms food pantry, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Reach Out Morongo Basin, the Boys and Girls Club of

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CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT THIS WEEKEND IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will hold a chamber music concert featuring the Encelia Chamber Ensemble and the Harmonic Winds, a woodwind quintet located in the Morongo Basin. Chamber music is composed for small ensembles, with one musician per part and is generally performed without a conductor. The concert is set

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DIRT BIKE RIDER KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH ON AMBOY ROAD

A dirt-bike rider, riding without proper lights or a helmet, was killed in a head-on collision east of Twentynine Palms last night. According to the CHP, a 2002, Ford F-350 pick-up truck, driven by Patrick Candelaria, 47, of Twentynine Palms, was traveling eastbound on Amboy Road at 6:11 P.M. and

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT MAN CAMPING NEAR A CHURCH

A Johnson Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of shooting at another man. The Sheriff’s Department said the victim called shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday to report that he was camping near the First Baptist Church on Golden Ray Road when he encountered Jack Santellanes, 60. The man told deputies

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTED TO BE BUSY THIS WEEKEND

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding up

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BURGLARY AT HI-DESERT PREGNANCY CLINIC

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at the High Desert Pregnancy Center in Yucca Valley. Employees and volunteers reporting to the clinic in the 56600 block of 29 Palms Highway Wednesday morning discovered a door had been forced open. The unknown suspects stole computers and electronic items, pregnancy tests,

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR JOSHUA TREE BURGLARY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of a burglary in Joshua Tree last week. Sheriff’s reports say Nomad Adventures in Joshua Tree reported that a man came into the store on January 31 and stole a blue backpack. The deputy who investigated the burglary saw a man

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