JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO SPONSOR ART LAB

Joshua Tree National Park, is partnering with Copper Mountain College, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BoxoHouse, along with the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, to create innovative programs and projects in the park. As part of the Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory, National Park Service

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COUNTY FIGHTING PLACEMENT OF DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Over the last six months, the County District Attorney’s office has fought efforts to have convicted sexually violent predator Luther Evans placed in the Morongo Basin. The proposed area of release includes Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, or neighboring communities of the Morongo Basin. In October 2003, Evans was

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WOMAN HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A single-vehicle roll-over crash inside Joshua Tree National Park resulted in one woman being air-lifted to a hospital with moderate injuries. About 12:50 Thursday afternoon, Twentynine Palms firefighters, park rangers, Morongo Basin Ambulance, and the California Highway Patrol were called to an area near Porcupine Wash in the Pinto Basin

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DON’T BE A VICTIM OF CHECK-CASHING SCAM

A scammer tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident recently with a check-cashing scam. The resident had placed an ad in a reputable magazine to sell a dog. The scammer sent a check for the dog plus additional funds to ship the dog, and then asked the seller to place

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IN PART 4, WE LOOK AT NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at new laws that took effect January 1. Terminally ill patients in California will be allowed to use experimental drugs, which do not have full regulatory approval, to decide when they want to end their lives. It authorizes, but does

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS

With New Year’s behind us, cities are beginning to plan their next moves. Reporter David Haldane tells us what’s happening in Twentynine Palms… Interested in shaping your city’s future? If so, and if you live in Twentynine Palms, you’ll get your chance on January 27 and 28. That’s when the

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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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