MARINE CORPS ANNOUNCES TRAINING TIME FOR LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at

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MARINE CORPS SHORTENS TIME FOR JOHNSON VALLEY TRAINING EXERCISE

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced

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FAA ESTABLISHES MILITARY AIRSPACE OVER JOHNSON VALLEY FOR MARINE EXERCISE

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a temporary special use airspace in support of an exercise taking place at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in August. The temporary special use airspace allows the Marine Corps to undertake required, large-scale, combined-arms and maneuver training during the exercise. This temporary special

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MARINES SHORTEN PERIOD FOR JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISES

The Marine Corps says they are shortening the period they will be using land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Johnson Valley area for training exercises. Four years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises in Johnson Valley from August 1-30.

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GARAGE FIRE IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY MONDAY MORNING

Firefighters were called to an early morning fire in Johnson Valley today. About 3:45 a.m., Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to a home on Kickapoo Trail, where they found a garage, attached to a single family home, on fire. Firefighters were able to save most

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS SOLAR FIELDS

The Homestead Valley Community Council will discuss industrial solar fields at its next meeting. Participants will learn about proposed utility-scale solar fields and how to defend themselves against corporations that want to build solar fields next to their properties. The Homestead Valley Community Council represents residents of Yucca Mesa, Landers,

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RIDE ORVS RESPONSIBLY

Here with some reminders for ORV riders is staff reporter Sara Snyder…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private property and public lands by riding responsibly. Make sure that your actions do not ruin the

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MARINE CORPS TO TAKE OVER JOHNSON VALLEY IN AUGUST

Four years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps plans to hold the training exercises August 1-30. Under the shared-use agreement, public access to the BLM land is prohibited

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MARINES FINISH AIRLIFTING ABOUT 1,100 TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

The U.S. Marine Corps airlifted about 1,100 desert tortoises across the Mojave Desert this month. A population of the reptiles lived in the Johnson Valley area, west of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Plans to expand the Marines’ training grounds would have put the tortoises

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MARINES HAVE BEGUN MOVING TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Operation Desert Tortoise is in its seventh day as Marines work to move over a thousand Desert Tortoises out of Johnson Valley. The Marines, working with about 125 wildlife biologists, expect to move 1,156 tortoises, clearing areas expected to be most disturbed by live-ammunition training missions. It’s part of a

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KING OF THE HAMMERS SET THE DATE FOR THE 2018 WEEK-LONG EVENT

The organizers of King of the Hammers have set the dates for week-long race next year. The opening of Hammertown in Johnson Valley will be February 2, with a week of off-road racing, and culminating in the 12th annual King of the Hammers race February 9, 2018. King of The

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MARINES, BLM, HOLD MEETING TOMORROW ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, some 56,000 acres in Johnson Valley was designated for shared use between the public and the Marine Corps. Reporter Mike Lipsitz shares more on the subject … Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will hold a public

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MARINES REVEAL PLANS TO HELICOPTER 1,500 TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Federal land management and defense officials have signed off on plans by the U.S. Marine Corps to move as many as 1,500 desert tortoises from an area recently acquired for training in Johnson Valley. The largest tortoise relocation effort ever in the Mojave Desert is toward the end of this

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TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they were found hiding inside a home where a burglar alarm had been triggered. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary alarm at a home in the 3200 block of Gemini Lane in

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ONE KILLED ONE MAJOR INJURY AT KING OF THE HAMMERS JOHNSON VALLEY

UPDATE: Victims were not participants.

A 55-year-old Perris man was killed in the Johnson Valley Off-Road area just after the King of the Hammers off-road race Saturday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 1:30 p.m., Todd McLaughlin was driving a 2013 Can-Am 1000 side-by-side westbound along the ridge of

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT MAN CAMPING NEAR A CHURCH

A Johnson Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of shooting at another man. The Sheriff’s Department said the victim called shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday to report that he was camping near the First Baptist Church on Golden Ray Road when he encountered Jack Santellanes, 60. The man told deputies

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HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN LANDERS AND JOHNSON VALLEY RESULTS IN AN ARREST

A high-speed pursuit in Johnson Valley and Landers ended with the arrest of a Buellton man Sunday afternoon. The California Highway Patrol said Officer Caleb Miller was assigned to the King of the Hammers event, and was monitoring traffic in the area of State Route 247 and Boone Road. About

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THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET IN ON THE FUN AT THE KING OF THE HAMMERS

With the end in sight of the weeklong King of the Hammers desert mega-race and rock crawl in Johnson Valley, this is your last chance to get in on the fun at this year’s 11th annual event. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on what to expect … This Friday will

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