FIRE AND INJURIES CAUSED BY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS RAVAGE THE REGION

Illegal use of fireworks and explosives kept regional fire and police departments and emergency rooms busy on the Fourth of July, despite officials’ safety campaigns that included threats of heavy fines and enforcement operations that confiscated literally tons of fireworks. Authorities responded to hundreds of reports of illegal fireworks and

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MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON NATIONAL MONUMENT CHANGES

The Department of the Interior is reviewing the boundaries of 27 national monuments, including two in our region, to determine if the boundaries should be revised. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the deadline to comment on making any changes is Monday… Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was ordered by

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NEW LEGISLATION TO FORCE THE STATE TO REVIEW THE CADIZ WATER PUMPING PLAN

A bill introduced Wednesday in the California Legislature aims to protect water resources in the state’s deserts. Assembly member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 1000, known as the California Desert Protection Act, to strengthen safeguards for desert groundwater so that water transfers don’t negatively impact natural or cultural resources.

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SEEKING A FLAMINGO HEIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE

The County Board of Supervisors has posted a “help wanted’ notice. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you live in Flamingo Heights and dream of having a say in what happens there, this may be your lucky day. San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos is calling for applications from people wishing

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING FOUR STOLEN VEHICLE REPORTS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is investigating four stolen vehicle reports in Yucca Valley from just Monday and Tuesday. According to Sheriff’s reports, the first vehicle, a gray 2008 Honda Accord was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 58600 block of Barron Drive sometime between June 30

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE SET FOR SUSAN LUCKIE REILLY

A celebration of life service has been set for Susan Luckie Reilly. Susan Luckie Reilly, a long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, died June 22, on her 101st birthday. The service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bell Center on the campus of Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree.

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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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