BEWARE THE ROMANCE SCAM

The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps raise awareness about consumer fraud and identity theft. In this report, Mike Lipsitz explains what to watch for so you can avoid becoming a victim…

Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is allegedly working abroad, quickly builds

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JOSHUA TREE MUSICIAN’S NEW ALBUM FEATURED ON Z107.7 THIS SUNDAY AT 4:00

Morongo Basin musician Dana Larson will join Pat Michaels on the Z107.7 Local Music Showcase this Sunday at 4 p.m. for an in-depth interview and debut of Dana Larson’s new album “Desert Mermaid.” Larson, who lives in an RV in Joshua Tree, has spent four years writing and producing the

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19-YEAR-OLD MAN ACCUSED OF SEX WITH A YUCCA VALLEY MINOR

A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of having sex with a minor girl from Yucca Valley. The girl’s family notified deputies about 5 a.m. Tuesday that the girl, whose age was not released, had not returned home after going to a movie with Cristian Hernandez, whose residence is

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BEWARE THE LAWYER LETTER SCHEME

The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps raise awareness about consumer fraud and identity theft. In this report, Mike Lipsitz explains what to watch for so you can avoid becoming a victim… Scam artists are continuously looking for new angles from which to separate you from your money. In one such

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FORMER PALM SPRINGS MAYOR SURRENDERS ON PUBLIC CORRUPTION CHARGES

Former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet surrendered to authorities in Riverside yesterday following allegations of public corruption in Palm Springs. He’s facing bribery and conflict of interest charges from an estimated $375,000 paid to him from local developers Richard Meaney and John Wessman. Pougnet surrendered to police at about 9

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13TH ANNUAL REACH OUT PARADE OF HOMES A BIG SUCCESS

Sunny skies smiled down on Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 13th annual Parade of Homes Sunday. Edica Gonzalez says the fundraiser was a great success… Nearly 170 tickets were sold for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 13th annual Parade of Homes, which featured two homes in Twentynine Palms, two homes in Joshua

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BOTH YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL END THEIR CIF PLAYOFF RUN

Both the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball seasons came to an end last night. The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans lost 66-28 to the CIF Division 3AA top-ranked Glendora Tartans in Glendora. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Savannah Beasley scored eight points while junior Zena

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS REPORTS AND SPENDS MONEY LAST NIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council began its meeting last night with an introduction of Miss Yucca Valley and her court, followed by a report by Jackie Combs of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the rest of the meeting was about spending money… The Yucca Valley

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

UPDATE 2/23/17 9:30 a.m. According to San Bernardino County District Attorney Supervisor Ron Webster, Joseph Giron Sanchez appeared in San Bernardino County court in Joshua Tree on February 22. The felony charge of child abuse was reduced to a misdemeanor charge. Giron Sanchez had a public defender appointed to represent

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of attacking his elderly mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 1600 block of Wamego Trail in Yucca Valley about 11:30 for an argument between John Nobles, 28, and his mother. During the argument, the woman told deputies

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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS BEEN EXTENDED

The deadline to volunteer for the San Bernardino County grand jury for 2017-2018 has been extended. Kirby Davis explains who can apply, what a grand juror does, and how to apply… To be eligible for selection to the county grand jury, a person must be at least 18 years of

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DEPUTIES FIND SUSPECTED VANDAL HIDING UNDER INSULATION IN THE ATTIC

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday morning, after he vandalized another man’s car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5900 block of Aztec Avenue about 9:30 a.m. for a report that Jacob Savidge, 23, had thrown a football-sized rock at a car’s passenger side door

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN WIDE RANGING SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in two sessions tonight. The council will first meet in a workshop meeting and then move on to the regular session. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look at tonight’s agenda… Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council will start with a

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DUE TO NATIONAL BLOOD SHORTAGE, A BLOOD DRIVE AT HDMC TOMORROW

Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol

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A SMORGASBORD TONIGHT FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight to consider a smorgasbord of issues. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane… The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight with taxis and massage parlors on its mind. Among other things, the commission will hold a public hearing on whether to amend

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HUMANE SOCIETY ADOPTION FAIR MARCH 4TH NEEDS VENDORS AND SPONSORS

Vendors and raffle prizes are needed for an adoption fair to benefit the Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter. The adoption fair is set for Saturday, March 4, from 11 to 2, at the animal shelter on Sunview Avenue in Joshua Tree. Businesses and organizations interested in having a booth

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HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HONORS TWO OF THEIR OWN

Morongo Basin Healthcare District recently honored two retiring, long-term board members for their years of service and records of accomplishments. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the who and the why… Earlier this month the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors recognized past board members Martie Avels and Pat Cooper for

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE AND ALL NATIONAL PARKS ON THIS PRESIDENT’S DAY

Entrance to Joshua Tree and all other National Parks is free today in honor of President’s Day. Reporter Edica Gonzalez joins us… In honor of President’s Day, February 20, all national parks will waive entrance fees today. Camping and reservation fees will still be collected as normal. Fee free days

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES TODAY

All municipal and county government offices, including courthouses, as well as banks and schools, will be closed Today, Monday, February 20, in observance of President’s Day. Trash and recycling collections by Burrtec will not be affected.

MORONGO VALLEY WELCOMES NEW FIRE AND MEDIC ENGINE

There was cause for celebration in Morongo Valley this weekend and spirits were high despite a little wet weather. Z107.7 news reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… Undaunted by Saturday morning’s precipitation several dozen well-wishers gathered around the big bay door at the Morongo Valley Fire Station. They came for the unveiling

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