RIDE ORVS RESPONSIBLY

Many people will be taking advantage of the long holiday weekend by riding their off-road vehicles in the desert. Reporter Sara Snyder says to ride responsibly…

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

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MARINE CORPS SAYS JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISES ARE OVER UNTIL NEXT YEAR

The Marine Corps has announced that the shared use area in Johnson Valley is open once again to the public. The area was closed for the last two weeks while the Marine Corps conducted training exercises in the area. The closure included time for training and to clear the land

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HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, August 21. On the agenda are updates on the hauled water ban, the Ord Mountain solar project and Siena solar project, as well as clean-up at Giant Rock, set for September 8. The council represents the communities of Yucca

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SIGN UP NOW FOR SHERIFF’S DESERT RUN OFF-ROAD FUNDRAISER

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams who spent many long hours looking for the hikers who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park are volunteers. An annual fund-raiser—Desert Run, the all-day off-road event at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley—supports the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers. Managing editor Tami Roleff says

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SOUND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR JOHNSON VALLEY MILITARY TRAINING

There will be increased sound in the area of the Johnson Valley shared use area from Marine Large Scale Exercise training through August 25. The Integrated Training Exercise is the longest-lasting activity that occurs aboard the Combat Center and is comprised of an intensive training cycle involving a series of

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AIRSPACE RESTRICTED OVER COMBAT CENTER STARTING TODAY

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 starting today. 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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SHARED USE AREA IN JOHNSON VALLEY OFF LIMITS STARTING TOMORROW

The United States Marine Corps will be closing the shared-use area in Johnson Valley beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 11 through August 25 for its annual large-scale training exercise. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August.

The two-week closure includes the time required

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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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