TIPS TO AVOID GETTING LOST IN THE DESERT

With the search for a pair of missing hikers reaching its sixth day, reporter Rebecca Havely offers these tips on how to avoid getting lost in the desert—or anywhere else… It’s not uncommon for people to become lost or turned around in Joshua Tree National Park. Thankfully, most find their

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES HOME ENERGY FINANCING PROGRAM

The Town of Yucca Valley made it easier for town residents to get financial help for home energy improvements at their Council meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the PACE and HERO programs… It may be easier for Yucca Valley residents to make upgrades to their

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AN ARREST AFTER A STABBING AND THEFT IN YUCCA VALLEY

A 33-year-old Yucca Valley man suspected of stabbing another man after stealing items from a woman’s apartment was arrested Monday. Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Millan said the victim received a phone call about 1 a.m. from Drew Childs, who told her he was at her apartment in the 7100 block of

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MAN KILLED WHILE CROSSING HIGHWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

A man crossing the Highway in Yucca Valley was struck and killed by a motorist early this morning. The pedestrian was crossing State Route 62 at Barberry at about 5:15 am when he was hit in the number 1 lane by a westbound Toyota Corolla. The driver immediately pulled over

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LIGHTNING STRIKE SETS JOSHUA TREE ON FIRE IN YUCCA MESA

A booming thunderstorm swept through the Morongo Basin last night, and lightning caused at least one fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said Yucca Mesa firefighters were called out at 2:40 a.m. for a Joshua tree on fire in a vacant lot in the 2900 block of La Habra.

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WESTMINSTER COUPLE MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOR 5TH DAY

Search teams will brave triple-digit temperatures for a fifth day today hoping to find a Westminster couple reported missing in Joshua Tree National Park Friday. The couple, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, came to the park Thursday for a hiking trip and haven’t been seen since. Their car

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: FINANCING FOR HOUSEHOLD ENERGY UPGRADES

The Yucca Valley Town Council will look at a way for you to get financing for efficient or alternate energy for your home tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more… Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, council members will be asked

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THREE STOLEN VEHICLES RECOVERED, FOUR ARRESTED

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies recovered three stolen vehicles this weekend, and arrested four people. Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested early Sunday morning after a deputy stopped a Toyota about 12:40 a.m. near Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 62. Inside the vehicle were Steven Hoyle, 27, and Leah Edwards,

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JOSHUA BASIN PRECAUTIONARY WATER BOIL ORDER LIFTED SUNDAY

After more than two days of being told to boil their water or to use bottled water, customers of Joshua Basin Water District were assured Sunday afternoon that it was safe to use tap water without boiling it prior to drinking or cooking with it. The water district issued the

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CONTINUES

A search for a pair of missing hikers in Joshua Tree National Park is going into its fourth day today. According to park spokesman George Land, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, of Westminster, were supposed to have checked out of their AirBnB rental home by 11 a.m. Friday.

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2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS TOMORROW

Tuesday, August 1, is National Night Out, an event that highlights the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The Morongo Basin will join communities across the country for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1. This will be the second

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CONGRESS EXTENDS VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM

After a first attempt failed last week, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday unanimously passed a $2.1 billion bipartisan bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of the measure, which allows veterans who live 40 miles or more from a

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WHILE CURRENT FIRE FEES ARE SUSPENDED, PAST FEES ARE DUE

When the California state legislature passed the cap and trade bill recently, one of the provisions in the bill suspended the fire prevention fee for property owners in rural areas, including many here in the Morongo Basin. The fire prevention fee helps pay the costs of firefighting in state responsibility

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YUCCA VALLEY STREETS TO GET SLURRY SEAL NEXT WEEK

Some Yucca Valley streets will receive slurry seal treatments in the next week. Slurry seal preserves the existing pavement and prevents the asphalt road from deteriorating to the point that road reconstruction is necessary. It’s a highly cost effective tool for maintaining existing roads. The contractor will provide notice to

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DON’T WALK DOGS ON HOT PAVEMENT

Most people are aware that they shouldn’t leave their dogs in cars during hot weather. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has this reminder about another danger for dogs in the heat…

If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and it’s been plenty hot recently—then it’s too hot for your

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH HIRES CROSS-COUNTRY COACH, ATHLETES TO MEET MONDAY

Twentynine Palms High School has named M.E. Wilson as their new cross-country coach. Coach Wilson would like to meet with potential cross-country athletes Monday July 31 at 9:00 a.m. at Luckie Park in front of the pool.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HIKING IN THE SUMMER HEAT

Don’t let the heat cheat you out of a good hike. Here’s some hot weather hiking tips from Joshua Tree National Park Ranger George Land…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead

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FREE BREAD IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread every 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

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COUPLE MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Rescuers are searching for a missing couple in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a park spokesman, a ping of the man’s cell phone was recorded at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 27, inside the park. A car belonging to the couple was found in the vicinity of the Maze Loop,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT ISSUES BOIL ORDER

The Joshua Basin Water District issued a “boil order” Friday morning, warning its water customers to boil tap water for drinking or cooking purposes. A water main pipe broke Thursday night, and as a safety precaution, residents are urged to either use bottled water, and not drink tap water without

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