COUNTY TAKING NOTICE OF JOSHUA TREE SECTION 6 DEGRADATION

After numerous citizen complaints and media pressure, the County said it is finally taking steps towards fulfilling its obligations on Section 6 in Joshua Tree. The 605-acre parcel, bisected by a dirt portion of Onaga Trail East of Quail Springs Road, has turned into an unregulated, wild-west ad hoc campground,

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MORONGO BASIN HEALTH DISTRICT REORGANIZES, TO OFFER DENTAL SCREENINGS

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District met last night in first meeting of the new year. First action of the evening, nomination and election of board officers. Reporter Eric Knabe has the results and more…

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District met last in regular meeting. Bob Armstrong was elected president, Marge

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR TO HOLD MONDAY OFFICE HOURS

Yucca Valley Mayor Rick Denison will hold open office hours every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss residents’ concerns and ideas. Residents will meet with the mayor on a first-come, first-served basis in the Yucca Valley Town Hall. To meet with the mayor outside of the designated office

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JOSHUA TREE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER SET TO BE FINISHED BY APRIL

Work continues on the Morongo Oasis Center, the crisis residential mental health treatment center being built by the County at Sunny Vista Road and the Highway in Joshua Tree. County Supervisors had allocated extra funding as the grant for the facility required, “There must be significant progress made before December

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MARINE CORPS HERO, LOCAL ICON, SGT. MAJOR (RET.) RAY WILBURN DIES AT 98.

A true Marine Corps hero died Tuesday. Retired Sergeant Major Ray Wilburn, who served more than 31 years in the Marine Corps, was 98 when he died just a few days after being placed into hospice care. Wilburn was born July 1, 1919 in Texas and hitch-hiked 70 miles in

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD CONTINUES DISCUSSION OF PARAMEDIC INCENTIVE PAY

The Morongo Valley Community Services District board held a special meeting last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and files this report… At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD board continued discussions regarding a $25 payment incentive for paramedics. The vote was postponed last month due to legislative discrepancies.

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF HITTING ANOTHER WOMAN WITH A BASEBALL BAT

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested for spouse abuse after she hit another woman with a baseball bat. According to a Sheriff’s report, Crystal Hughes, 38, was arguing with a woman in the 61400 block of Desert Air Road about 6 p.m. Saturday. Hughes allegedly struck the woman with an

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of assault with a weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim went to a neighbor’s house to help her with her medication. While there, the neighbor’s son, identified as Robert Wallace, 31, began arguing with the victim. The victim went into

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday, accused of assault and resisting arrest. According to a Sheriff’s report, a friend was trying to talk to Carl Queen, 25, about his mental health, in the 57400 block of 29 Palms Highway. His friend called deputies for help about 9:30 after he

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SETTING HER HOUSE ON FIRE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of intentionally setting her house on fire. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria, firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree were called to the 7700 block of Cherokee Trail at 1 p.m. for a structure fire. A Sheriff’s

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HEMET MAN KILLED IN JOHNSON VALLEY JEEP CRASH WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT

A Hemet man was killed in a tragic off-road vehicle crash in Johnson Valley early Tuesday morning. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the man, identified by the County Coroner as Nathan Alan Comstock, 39, and three passengers, including his wife, went for a night-time ride about 9:00 Monday

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CORONER IDENTIFIES MARINE KILLED ON MOTORCYCLE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms Marine riding a motorcycle was killed, and a female passenger was injured, in a crash in Yucca Valley Monday afternoon. The County Coroner said Benjamin Mark Lawrenson was killed when a car made a U-turn in front of him and the motorcycle T-boned into the car at

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FIRST BABIES OF 2018 DELIVERED AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

New Year’s means new beginnings. For two couples at a Joshua Tree hospital over the weekend, that platitude literally came true. Reporter David Haldane tells the story…

Her name is Khloe. At 11:16 a.m. on New Years Day, Khloe’s mom was in a world of pain. Eventually it all worked

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CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT NETS 4 DUI ARRESTS

The California Highway Patrol made four arrests for driving under the influence over the New Year’s holiday weekend. According to CHP officer Ramon Duran, that is a 33 percent increase from the previous year. The CHP was on maximum enforcement from 6 p.m. Friday, December 29, until midnight Monday, January

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MAN KILLED IN TRAGIC ORV ACCIDENT IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY TUESDAY

A Hemet man was killed in a tragic off-road vehicle crash in Johnson Valley early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the man, identified by the County Coroner as Nathan Alan Comstock, 39, and three passengers, including his wife, went for a night-time ride about 9 p.m.

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CAR MAKING ILLEGAL U-TURN KILLS MOTORCYCLE RIDER

A motorcycle rider was killed, and a female passenger was injured, in a crash in Yucca Valley Monday afternoon. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the unidentified male motorcycle rider was killed when a car made a U-turn in front of him and the motorcycle T-boned into the car

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MOBILE HOME, VACANT CABIN DESTROYED IN TWO SEPARATE FIRES SUNDAY

A mobile home in Joshua Tree is a total loss after a fire Sunday. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms were called to the Lazy H Mobile Home Park in the 6400 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree

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CALIFORNIA IS NOW THE NATION’S FIRST “SANCTUARY STATE”, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A slew of new immigration laws went into effect January 1. And though filed under the tag “immigration,” much of the new legislation will affect U.S. citizens including business owners, law enforcement professionals, teachers, landlords, and city employees. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in… New for 2018, California becomes the

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WOMAN INJURED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH SUNDAY

A woman was seriously injured Sunday in a crash in Twentynine Palms. A 26-year-old woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash about 12:20 p.m. near Two Mile Road and Mesquite Road. She was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

DON’T FALL FOR KIDNAPPING SCAM

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a frightening scam targeting Morongo Basin residents. On Friday, a Yucca Valley woman called deputies to report that she had received a phone call from an unknown man who said her mother had been kidnapped. Deputies contacted San Bernardino police,

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