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EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR MARINE WHO KILLED TWENTYNINE PALMS DENTIST, WIFE IN DUI CRASH

Mariah Natividad, a Twentynine Palms Marine who pleaded guilty in April to a DUI crash that killed a prominent Twentynine Palms dentist and his wife, was sentenced to eight years in state prison Wednesday. Natividad, 23, was a lance corporal with the Exercise Support Division on the Combat Center in...
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ALL FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND ARE ILLEGAL IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Illegal fireworks are a concern especially around the Independence Day holiday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on the potential risk and costs associated with using illegal fireworks…
Possession of fireworks is illegal throughout Morongo Basin. This includes so called “safe and sane” fireworks, and any fireworks that explode, shoot in...
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FIRE CREWS RESPOND TO BRUSH FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

On June 21, at 10:27 am , a fire was reported in the Quail Springs area of Joshua Tree National Park. Fire crews from CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County, BLM and National Park Service responded to a brush fire approximately 100 yards off the road near mile marker #21. The...
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BIG BEAR FIRE NOW AT 1,500 ACRES, 10% CONTAINED

Firefighters continue to battle hot temperatures and difficult terrain fighting a 1,540-acre wildfire north of Baldwin Lake in the Big Bear area. Over 1,200 firefighters from multi-agencies are working to contain the fire. The fire is 10% contained. The National Forest Service said fire activity increased mid-day as temperatures again...
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WITH EXTREME HEAT, ANOTHER DANGER FOR DOGS

Most people are aware that they shouldn’t leave their dogs in cars during hot weather. Managing Editor Tami Roleff 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...
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EXPECT “SOUNDS OF FREEDOM” FROM THE MARINE BASE

Expect more “Sounds of Freedom” from the 29 Palms Marine Base. Marine officials say Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual. The Marine Corps is in the middle of a 29-day integrated training exercise conducting battalion-size, live-fire maneuvers and will incorporate combat support, combat service support, and aviation...
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“GHOSTBUSTERS” TWENTYNINE PALMS SUMMER MOVIE TONIGHT

It’s Thursday night and that means it’s movie night in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Eric Knabe tells us what’s on the big screen tonight…
Tonight’s movie under the stars is “Ghostbusters” This 2016 movie stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as paranormal enthusiasts, who, after
a ghostly invasion...
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CONSTRUCTION STARTED ON JOSHUA TREE COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY

You may have noticed some construction and a huge mound of dirt on the south side of Highway 62 near Sunny Vista Road in Joshua Tree. In February, the Board of Supervisors approved a behavioral health crisis residential treatment facility to be built at the location. The $8.5 million project...
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STONEWALL REMEMBRANCE DAYS IN JOSHUA TREE

A four-day celebration in remembrance of the Stonewall riots will be held in Joshua Tree, starting Thursday, June 22. In 1969, members of the gay community spontaneously rioted following a police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The Stonewall Riots...
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IF YOU SMELL ROTTEN EGGS, IT’S THE SALTON SEA

As if high temperatures weren’t bad enough, depending on winds, you may smell the stench of rotten eggs for the next few days. The smell is coming from the Salton Sea, where elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide have developed. It’s caused by decaying organic matter. Its presence may be felt...
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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL BANS COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA IN TOWN LIMITS

At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council heard from dozens of people who were nearly unanimous in their support of a town ordinance prohibiting commercial marijuana businesses in the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff says council members voted to approve the new ordinance…
“Medical marijuana...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT, ANIMAL CRUELTY

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Monday, accused of child endangerment and animal cruelty. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy went to a home in the 5800 block of Halsey Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 10 a.m. to assist an animal control officer. The Palm n Paws Animal Shelter...
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BODY FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has identified the body found in the desert in Yucca Valley last week as Luther Anson Junior, 47. Anson was found about 8 a.m. Thursday, June 15, in the desert near Sunnyslope and Palm Avenue by a passer-by. The coroner’s office has not determined a cause...
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A REMINDER ABOUT PETS AND HOT CARS

As the extreme heat continues in our Morongo Basin, cooling centers remain open in our desert communities, go to:
http://z1077fm.com/extreme-heat-continues-cooling-centers-open-29-palms-extends-hours/. Managing editor Tami Roleff also has this timely reminder about dogs in hot cars…
On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels....
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BIG BEAR FIRE NOW 1,200 ACRES, 10% CONTAINED

The Holcomb fire near Big Bear Lake burned for a second day, prompting fire officials to briefly evacuate an area northeast of Big Bear Lake. The fire has burned 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, and was 10 percent contained last night, according to the U.S. Forest Service....
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WE REVIEW THE DEBUT OF THE THEATRE 29 IMPROVISATIONAL THEATRE TROUPE

The new improv comedy troupe, The Baker’s Dozen, debuted to a sold-out house at Theatre 29 with overflow seating added. Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and offers kudos to the cast…
If you’ve been to see an improv comedy show you know it’s a blast; if you’ve never been its...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce held its installation of officers and directors at Bistro 29, June 15. The new executive committee and directors are: President, Jacob Smith; Vice-President, Aaron J. Kyle; Treasurer, Jim Brakebill; and Secretary, Denise Cullum. Board members are: Kevin Hatcher, Tim Christians, Wanda Llewellyn, Star Bassion,...
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MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, June 21. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer, Jackie Combs. The board will take up the evaluation again in another closed session following its...
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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (June 22) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will begin the meeting with a closed session for an evaluation of its general manager. Under new business, directors will be asked to approve two grants for operating assistance. Directors will also be asked to approve adjustments to the general...
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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The twice-monthly Joshua Basin Water District meeting is tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda …
At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board will consider allocating $110,000 for extension of a joint funding agreement with the US Geological Survey. The money would pay...
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