JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ARMED ROBBERY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Monday morning, accused of strong arm robbery. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Douglas Lane, 34, went to the Flyer’s gas station in the 56200 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. The clerk told deputies Lane asked

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CIGARETTES DON’T CAUSE AS MANY FIRES AS THEY USED TO

Many people blame wildfires on cigarettes that are tossed out of car windows. Reporter Eric Knabe says changes to cigarettes means they don’t cause as many fires as they used to…

Starting in 2004, states began requiring cigarettes to be self-extinguishing, so they are less likely to cause fires. The

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FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN MONDAY, TUESDAY

Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house from a fire Monday evening, although the garage is a total loss. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the firefighters were returning from a medical aid call about 5:50 p.m. when they saw smoke coming from a single-family home in the 5600

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16 TONS OF FIREWORKS SEIZED ENTERING COUNTY

More than 16 tons of fireworks were seized coming into San Bernardino County from bordering states during a monthlong operation by a multi-agency task force led by the county Fire Department. Fire investigators issued 146 citations totaling $182,500 in fines for possession of the illegal fireworks. Fire Marshall Mike Horton

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INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS AND CELEBRATIONS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Tuesday’s July 4th events begin in the early evening at both end of our Morongo Basin and capped off with a coordinated fireworks spectacular synchronized to music broadcast across our desert skies. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … This year Twentynine Palms boasts the biggest booms set to start in

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JULY 4TH HOLIDAY CLOSURES SET

All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, and post offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Copper Mountain College will be closed as well. In addition, Burrtec will delay its trash pickup by one day. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Tuesday,

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KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE DURING THE 4TH OF JULY

The fifth of July is the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters, as many dogs panic due to the loud bangs from fireworks celebrations, run off, and get lost. Managing editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to keep your dog safe this weekend… While most

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST PURCHASES SAMUELSON’S ROCKS PROPERTY

A long-time favorite spot for local hikers inside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park has been purchased from the private owners and will eventually be transferred to the national park. The Mojave Desert Land Trust finalized the acquisition of the 60-acre parcel of land containing Samuelson’s rocks in June.

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PROPERTY VALUES GOING UP COUNTYWIDE AND LOCALLY

Property, apparently, is still a good investment in these parts. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you own property in the Morongo Basin, County Tax Assessor Bob Dutton has some good news for you; you’ve made money. At least on paper. Assessed property values in San Bernardino County have increased overall

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Z107.7 TO BROADCAST BACKGROUND MUSIC FOR TWO COMMUNITY FIREWORKS SHOWS

Make plans to attend and enjoy the professional Fireworks shows this Fourth of July in the City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley. Pyro-Spectaculars, the same company that does the fireworks for the Olympics and the Super Bowl, will be putting on the shows in both communities.

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YUCCA VALLEY SURVEY COMING

The Yucca Valley Town Council recently authorized a Community Livability Survey through which Yucca Valley residents will be asked “What are your Priorities?” This effort will be conducted through randomized invitations in the next few weeks, and town officials hope residents will participate in the survey questionnaire. The results of

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AVOID GETTING BIT BY SNAKES

California has eight different species of rattlesnakes, seven of which are found in southern California. Rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but if you give them space, they will retreat. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. If you

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TINY HABITS CAN HELP YOU KEEP NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

One way to improve your life is by forming good habits. Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains The Tiny Habits program…

Forming good habits can be easy, with a class offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. The Tiny Habits program helps participants learn new daily habits through two class sessions

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SURPLUS BREAD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread Monday at 11 a.m. until the bread is gone. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms. The Social Club is

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COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF BILLS CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills Thursday in support of the administration’s immigration crackdown, and Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of both of them. Kate’s Law, and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, passed largely along party lines. Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle,

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RESIDENTS INTERRUPT CAR THIEVES; SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Two people who were interrupted while trying to steal a vehicle were arrested on drug charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, when residents in the 7100 block of Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley interrupted a man and woman who were trying to steal their vehicle just before 2 a.m., the

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ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER KIM CASEY GRADUATES WITH HONORS

In June, Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives out kudos… Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer Kim Casey received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, San Bernardino last month. Casey graduated Summa Cum Laude,

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PROPERTY VALUES INCREASING IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Property values have been steadily increasing in San Bernardino County in the last few years. The County Assessor says the average increase in unincorporated parts of the county is 6.1 percent from last year. In Yucca Valley, the town’s properties, which are valued at nearly $1.6 billion, increased 4 percent

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE BUSY

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. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during the fourth of July holiday. Edica

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CORONER IDENTIFIES 3 KILLED IN 2 FATAL CRASHES WEDNESDAY

The County Coroner’s office has identified the three victims in two fatal collisions in the Morongo Basin Wednesday. At about 4:00 a.m., the CHP received a 911 call regarding a 3-vehicle collision on State Route 247, just north of Alderman Road in Landers. Douglas Barnes, 37, of Victorville, was driving

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