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SECOND DRIVER DIES AFTER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY

Bronson White of Twentynine Palms was driving this 2003 Ford Thunderbird when he lost control and it slammed into a Toyota pickup truck just west of California Avenue in Joshua Tree. Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

A second man has died after a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Wednesday morning. The CHP said Bronson White, 62, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2003 Ford Thunderbird westbound on Highway 62 when, for unknown reasons, he drifted onto the north shoulder of the highway, just east of the CHP office. White lost control and turned the wheel of the Thunderbird to the left; the car spun across all lanes of traffic and the right front of his Thunderbird struck the left front of an Eastbound Toyota pickup truck, driven by Richard Lorge, 77. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the number 2 lane and south shoulder of the highway. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Lorge. Richard Lorge was taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he was pronounced deceased. Bronson White was taken by MBA to Hi-Desert Medical Center and then transferred to Desert Regional Medical Center, where he died of his injuries Wednesday. Seatbelts were used by both Richard Lorge and Bronson White. Fire and paramedic crews were on scene for about 2 ½ hours.  

The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs where he was pronounced deceased.. Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

CORONER IDENTIFIES TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN KILLED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH WEDNESDAY

A Twentynine Palms man is dead and another critically injured following a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Bronson White, 62, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2003 Ford Thunderbird westbound on Highway 62. About 10:43 a.m., for unknown reasons White’s car drifted onto the north shoulder of the highway, just east of the CHP office. White lost control and turned the wheel of the Thunderbird to the left; the car began to spin and crossed all lanes of traffic before the right front of the car struck the left front of a Toyota pickup truck, driven by Richard Lorge, 77, who was driving eastbound on the highway. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the number 2 lane and south shoulder of the highway. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Lorge. Richard Lorge was taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center and then flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he was pronounced deceased. Bronson White also suffered critical injuries and was taken by MBA to Hi-Desert Medical Center. Seatbelts were used by both drivers. Fire and paramedic crews were on scene for about 2 ½ hours.  

Richard Lorge, 77, of Twentynine Palms, was the driver of the Toyota pickup truck who died at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs following a crash Wednesday on Highway 62 just east of the CHP office.
Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

1 KILLED, 1 INJURED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH

One man is dead and another critically injured following a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Bronson White, 62, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2003 Ford Thunderbird westbound on Highway 62. About 10:43 a.m., for unknown reasons White’s car drifted onto the north shoulder of the highway, just west of California Avenue. White lost control and turned the wheel of the Thunderbird to the left; the car began to spin and crossed all lanes of traffic before the right front of the car struck the left front of a Toyota pickup truck traveling eastbound on the highway. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the number 2 lane and south shoulder of the highway. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the pickup truck driver, who was identified only as being in his 70s, pending notification of next of kin. The truck driver was taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center and then flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he was pronounced deceased. Bronson White also suffered critical injuries and was taken by MBA to Hi-Desert Medical Center. Seatbelts were used by both drivers. Fire and paramedic crews were on scene for about 2 ½ hours. The exact cause of this crash is still under investigation by CHP Officer Griffin.

The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs where he was pronounced deceased.. Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

TWO PAIRS OF HIKERS RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN 2 INCIDENTS AT 49 PALMS CANYON

Two separate pairs of hikers had to be rescued from the 49 Palms Oasis trail in Joshua Tree National Park due to heat-related illness Saturday afternoon. County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff said paramedics were called to the trail’s parking lot about 1 p.m. to check out the first pair of female hikers who were hoisted out one-by-one by the Sheriff’s helicopter 40King. They were treated and released for heat exhaustion. Then, Dimoff said, 40King was called back to pick up a male and female hiker from a different location on the trail. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported the 25-year-old woman to Hi-Desert Medical Center for heat exhaustion. Dimoff said the temperature at the time was about 108 degrees. Hikers are urged to start and end their hike in the early morning or late evening hours when temperatures are cooler, and to bring—and drink—a quart of water for each hour you are out.

FILING FOR TOWN AND CITY COUNCIL, OTHER LOCAL OFFICES, OPENS MONDAY

If you’re interested in serving on the Yucca Valley Town Council—or other government boards—the period to file your paperwork opens Monday, July 13. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about running in the upcoming election…

If you are interested in serving on the Yucca Valley Town Council, Yucca Valley residents who live in District 2 or District 4 can pull election papers from the Yucca Valley Town Clerk beginning Monday, July 13.

In addition, other seats up for election in the Morongo Basin are on the Hi-Desert Water District, the Joshua Basin Water District, Twentynine Palms Water District, Bighorn Desert View Water District, Copper Mountain College, the Morongo Unified School District, the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District, the Yucca Valley Airport District, and the Morongo Valley Community Services District.

For more information about which seats are available and how to “pull” nomination papers for these boards, contact your the agency’s board clerk.

In Twentynine Palms, notice has been given regarding open positions on the city council. And those positions are just two of about 300 county positions up for election come November. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

The City of Twentynine Palms has announced that a general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, for two open seats on the city council for Districts 1 and 2.

Each seat carries a four-year term. If no one is nominated for these elective offices, appointments may be made as prescribed by the states’ Elections Code.

Also, the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters announced it will offer contact-free services to candidates with a new My Candidacy Gateway web application and as well as video conference appointments.

Candidate filing for the November 3 presidential general election begins Monday, July 13, and continues through 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7. There are approximately 300 local offices up for election county-wide, including school district, special district and city offices.

For more info, visit SBCountyElections.com or call 909-387-8300.