OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS TOMORROW FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA

Most everyone knows that auto insurance is required by law. But fewer folks have gotten used to the idea that health insurance is also now required by law. Failure to obtain coverage can run into penalties come tax time. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to best shop for that

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CALIFORNIA GAS TAX KICKS IN WEDNESDAY, FILL HER UP

Get ready to spend more money at the gas pump, starting Wednesday, November 1. That’s when a gas tax, approved by the California legislature in April, goes into effect. California gas taxes will increase by 12 cents a gallon and diesel taxes by 20 cents. Lawmakers say the taxes will

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CONGRESSMAN COOK NAMED AS CHAIR OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was named Thursday as the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. The Western Hemisphere subcommittee covers political relations between the United States and other nations in North and South America. The subcommittee conducts oversight on regional institutions, foreign

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NOAA FORECASTS DRIER, WARMER WINTER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (or NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook Thursday, with La Nina potentially emerging for the second year in a row as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. La Nina has a 55- to 65-percent

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CHP GETS GRANT TO CRACK DOWN ON SPEEDING AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

Speed and aggressive driving, the main causes of traffic collisions in California, will be the focus of a year-long education and enforcement campaign by the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP received a federal traffic safety grant, titled Regulate Aggressive Driving and Reduce Speed II, which it will use to educate

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GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE OUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL TODAY

One way to prepare for California’s next earthquake is to participate in the Great California ShakeOut this morning, October 19, at 10:19 a.m., and practice how to stay safer when the ground shakes. ShakeOut has become a global event and is now the world’s largest earthquake drill. It takes place

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STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL TOMORROW

Tomorrow at 10:19 a.m., Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are being held across the country and worldwide, for International ShakeOut Day. ShakeOut is a one-minute earthquake drill where participants practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and other aspects of their emergency plans. Just listen to Z107.7 tomorrow at 10:19 and we

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WHAT DO YOU DO IN AN EARTHQUAKE?…GREAT SHAKE OUT DRILL IS THURSDAY

The Great California Shake Out drill is Thursday, October 19. Reporter Andrew Dieleman shares what to do in the event of a quake…

The annual Great California Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursday, October 19, at 10:19 a.m. will involve more than 10 million people. Listen to Z107.7 as radio

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CADIZ WATER PROJECT GETS A BOOST AS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CHANGES POLICY

The Trump Administration recently announced a reversal of an earlier policy instituted by the Obama administration which will now allow Cadiz Inc. to build a 43-mile pipeline to carry water from the desert to Orange County along an existing railroad right-of-way. Under Obama, Cadiz’s plans to pump billions of gallons

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CALIFORNIA SCHOOL EXIT EXAM, CAHSEE, IS SUSPENDED

Two years after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that suspended the California High School Exit Exam as a requirement for high school graduation, Brown signed another bill Tuesday that permanently repealed the exam. The exam, known as CAHSEE, was an attempt to have students show that they had basic

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SOME SENIORS AND DISABLED MAY POSTPONE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

The state of California is once again allowing some residents to postpone paying their property taxes. Reporter Rebecca Havely says if you are low-income or disabled, you may be eligible… There is help available if you can’t afford your property taxes. If you are at least 62 years old, or

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EARTHQUAKES, IT’S NOT AN IF, IT’S A WHEN… HOW TO STAY SAFE

The recent earthquakes in Mexico and tremblers in California remind us it’s only a matter of time before the Morongo Basin has another big earthquake. Managing editor Tami Roleff has these tips on how to stay safe during a quake… If you are indoors, duck or drop down to the

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TWO CANDIDATES PREPARE TO RUN AGAINST CHAD MAYES FOR STATE ASSEMBLY

Two potential candidates are preparing to challenge California Republican Assembly member Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley in the June 2018 primary. Gary Jeandron, former Palm Springs Police Chief, has been seeking the support of local GOP organizers, He’s expected to officially announce his campaign today. Jeandron is the second person

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DRIVE SAFELY AROUND MOTORCYCLES

Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved collisions goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclists. California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin offers the following tips for motorists on how to drive safely around motorcycles…

Give motorcycles extra room. A minor rear-end collision involving a motorcycle can have major

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES REACTS TO DACA TERMINATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Our local state representative issued a statement yesterday in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA is the immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in June 2012 that shielded young immigrants from deportation who were brought to

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IT’S WILDFIRE SEASON, CALFIRE HAS PREVENTION TIPS

If you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly to reduce the risk of accidentally sparking a fire. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the wildfire prevention tips from CalFire… Southern California is entering peak wildfire season. Whether working to create defensible space around your home,

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AT FIRST THOUGHT SAFE, CASTLE MOUNTAINS MONUMENT NOW IN THE CROSS HAIRS

A national monument that was not on the original list of 27 national monuments whose boundaries were to be reviewed by the Secretary of the Interior, may be threatened with revision or elimination after all. In April, Donald Trump signed an executive order directing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan

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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. Edica Gonzalez offers these tips on what to do if you are bitten by a snake…

Most snake bites

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TO STEP DOWN AS REPUBLICAN CAUCUS LEADER

Just days after surviving a vote that would have removed him as leader of the California Assembly’s Republican Party, Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley announced Thursday morning he will step down. Mayes came under fire since joining seven other Republicans last month to vote in favor of extending California’s cap-and-trade

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THE FATE OF MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT STILL UNKNOWN

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for “a handful” of national monuments, but no eliminations. It is not yet clear if any of the millions of acres of protected federal land in California will be modified, because the White House has yet to release the findings of

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