LUCERNE VALLEY MAN KILLED IN 4TH OF JULY OFF-ROAD CRASH

An Independence Day death for a Lucerne Valley off-road rider. According to the county coroner’s office, Monday, July 4, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Antonio Contreras, a 28-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, was operating a quad off-road vehicle in the area of Midway Avenue and Sunswept Drive in Lucerne Valley. For

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER MAKING DEATH THREATS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested last night, accused of threatening to kill a man. According to a Sheriff’s report, Fred Johnson, 49, was arguing with another man in the 6100 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree about 9:30 p.m. The victim said the Johnson threatened to put

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AFTER SUPREME COURTS DECISION ON IMMIGRATION: NOW WHAT

The Supreme Court’s decision to block two of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration may bring up many questions and fears in the immigrant community. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains some of the options… Immigration advocates are speaking out to clear up misconceptions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

CHP investigators arrested a Yucca Valley man after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on North Indian Canyon Drive Saturday night. The California Highway Patrol said Michael Bettasso, 39, was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, north of Dillon Road, at about 7:30 p.m.; 63-year-old Richard

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN INJURED IN HIGH-SPEED DIRT BIKE PURSUIT FRIDAY NIGHT

A 25-year-old man was seriously injured following a high-speed pursuit on a dirt bike in Twentynine Palms Friday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, Deputy Ryan Arthurton saw the bike rider, later identified as Bruce Edginton, illegally riding an off-road motorcycle westbound on Two Mile Road at Mariposa Avenue about

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley woman was involved in a fatal crash in Desert Hot Springs Friday afternoon. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, the 53-year-old woman, who was not identified by the police, was driving eastbound in the 64600 block of Dillon Road in a 2016 Kia Sorrento just after

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center has an opportunity for some quality volunteerism. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about the Auxiliary program… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Auxiliary matches motivated local volunteers with vital and rewarding assignments. They complement the care provided by medical staff. From patient registration, to running the gift shop

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SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS IN MORONGO BASIN

The first-ever Fourth of July fireworks shows in the Morongo Basin that were synchronized to music, broadcast live on the air on Z107.7, went off without a hitch last night. The music was synced with the 25-minute shows in both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley to appreciative crowds. In Landers,

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MURDER TRIAL OF MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS ROOMMATE CONTINUES THIS WEEK

The murder trial of Brock Myers continues this week. Myers, 25, is accused of shooting and killing his roommate, 26-year-old Steven Kohus, in the head in March 2014. Both Myers and Kohus were corporals in the Marine Corps attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines at the Twentynine Palms Combat Center

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MOST PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SERVICES CLOSED ON JULY 4

All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. In addition, Burrtec will delay its trash pickup by one day. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, July 4, and will resume its regularly scheduled

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YUCCA VALLEY FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

Make plans to attend the Yucca Valley fireworks show. Managing editor Tami Roleff has all the details… Make your plans to attend the annual Yucca Valley fireworks show Monday, July 4. Held at the Brehm Sports Park at Little League Drive and Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley, this year’s event

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ALL UNPERMITTED FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Illegal fireworks are a concern this holiday weekend. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… Possession of fireworks is illegal throughout Morongo Basin. This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, and any fireworks that explode, shoot in the air or move along the ground. With the threat of wildfire nearing peak

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIREWORKS

Twentynine Palms has a great day of fun with fireworks to follow on the fourth. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has all the details… The Morongo Basin’s largest Fourth of July fireworks show will be held in Twentynine Palms at Luckie Park. The Luckie Park pool will be open 1 to 5

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CAR STOLEN FROM YUCCA VALLEY FOUND IN MORONGO VALLEY

A car that was stolen out of Yucca Valley last Saturday was recovered in the desert in Morongo Valley Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of the 1998 Nissan Altima reported the car stolen from the 56200 block of Buena Vista Drive about 11:40 a.m. June 25. The

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LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS SET FOR JULY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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4TH OF JULY TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PET SAFE

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. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has some tips on how to keep your dog safe this weekend… Many dogs are

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CHILI COOK-OFF AND STICK HORSE RODEO IN PIONEERTOWN TODAY

Today is the Pi-Town chili cook-off and stick horse rodeo. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Mane Street in Pioneertown. The stick horse rodeo parade starts at 5:30, the chili cook off starts at 6, with the award ceremony at 8 p.m. There will be three categories in the chili

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ENJOY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN

Night time is the best time at Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some options for nighttime hikers… Here in the desert of Joshua Tree National Park, summertime temperatures often climb above 100 degrees in the middle of the day. The heat can make hiking and climbing

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ALL UNPERMITTED FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE MORONGO BASIN

As we start our Fourth of July holiday weekend, this reminder: All fireworks, even the so called, “Safe and Sane” ones, are illegal in all areas of our Morongo Basin. Law enforcement and fire authorities will be on patrol. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says times have changed and you have to

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COUNTY FIRE INVESTIGATORS MAKING ARRESTS FOR POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS

County fire investigators seized more than 25,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in June. Investigators issued 116 citations totaling $145,000 in fines. Investigations conducted at the Interstate 15 agricultural inspection station in Yermo found that the top three destinations for smuggled fireworks were Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.