HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

Residents of Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Mesa are invited to the monthly meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council on Monday, February 19, at 3 p.m. On the agenda will be a discussion on the county’s Renewable Energy Conservation Element and permit applications for more than 5,000

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5 ARRESTS, 182 CITATIONS DURING 2018 “KING OF THE HAMMERS” OFF-ROAD EVENT

The motors may have been roaring during the King of the Hammers week-long off-road race, but it was a relatively quiet week as far as law enforcement was concerned. The off-road race brought more than 50,000 visitors to the area between February 3 and February 10. Sheriff’s deputies, and officers

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TODAY IS THE BIG RACE AT KING OF THE HAMMERS

Today is the big day at King of the Hammers, when competitors battle it out to be named King. The best bet for spectators to follow the action is at Backdoor, Chocolate Thunder, or the new spectator area at Cougar Buttes. If you’d rather watch from the comfort of your

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MAN SUFFERS SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES DURING BELLY FLOP CONTEST

A man suffered severe facial injuries at Hammertown yesterday during a belly-flop contest at Hammertown. County Fire Captain Jerry Abshire said the man was doing a belly flop off a diving board into a private pool in Hammertown when his face hit the diving board. (This was not an official

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EVERY MAN CHALLENGE TODAY, KING BATTLE TOMORROW, AT KING OF THE HAMMERS

More than 45,000 visitors have packed the Johnson Valley off-road vehicle area for this year’s King of the Hammers competition. Today, it’s the Every Man Challenge at King of the Hammers today (Thursday, February 8, 2019). The EMC contains three classes. The 4500 class, The 4600 class, and the 4800

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OFF-ROAD COMPETITION AT THE “KING OF THE HAMMERS” FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

Competition continues at the “King of the Hammers” off road event in Johnson Valley with some 45,000 spectators and contestants in attendance Today’s race (Wednesday, February 7, 2018) at King of the Hammers is for utility vehicles, also called side-by-sides. The average Ultra4 vehicle uses 40-inch tires; the average UTV

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OFF-ROAD ACTION AT THE “KING OF THE HAMMERS” EVENT IN JOHNSON VALLEY

Organizers of the “King of the Hammers” off-road event are estimating attendance at 45,000, up from last year’s 40,000. The annual event has grown exponentially at the Johnson Valley ORV area over the past 12 years. The event started when 12 friends got together for a light-hearted competition. Today, (Tuesday,

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WHAT’S GOING ON TODAY AND TOMORROW AT KING OF THE HAMMERS

In King of the Hammers off-road events in Johnson Valley’s off-road area today, it’s the Shootout. This event is as entertaining to watch as the King of the Hammers main event itself and may be why so many people show up early to Hammertown. Rigs ranging from homebuilt rock crawlers

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SHOOTOUT AT KING OF THE HAMMERS ON MONDAY

In tomorrow’s King of the Hammers, it’s the Shootout. This event is as entertaining to watch as the King of the Hammers main event itself and may be why so many people show up early to Hammertown. Rigs ranging from homebuilt rock crawlers to southern rock bouncers to SRRs compete

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KING OF HAMMERS STARTS FRIDAY

In terms of both competitors and spectators, King of the Hammers is the largest off-road racing event in North America. The event combines desert racing and rock crawling to come up with what its promoters say is the world’s toughest one-day off road race. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there are

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40,000 EXPECTED FOR KING OF THE HAMMERS IN JOHNSON VALLEY STARTING FRIDAY

In terms of both competitors and spectators, King of the Hammers is the largest off-road racing event in North America. The event combines desert racing and rock crawling to come up with what its promoters say is the world’s toughest one-day off-road race. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says buckle up and

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SUSPICIOUS MOTORHOME FIRE THURSDAY IN JOHNSON VALLEY

Officials are investigating a suspicious fire in Johnson Valley Thursday evening. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria, firefighters were called to a motorhome on fire on Old Woman Springs Road near Larrea Road about 8:20 p.m. Viloria said the motorhome was completely burned down to the frame prior

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OFF-ROAD RIDER KILLED IN JOHNSON VALLEY SATURDAY

UPDATE 5:30 P.M. TUESDAY: The CHP has provided more details about the crash.

A Santa Ana man died in Johnson Valley Saturday in an off-road vehicle crash. The county coroner said on Saturday, January, 20, at 3:19 p.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding an off-road

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HEMET MAN KILLED IN JOHNSON VALLEY JEEP CRASH WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT

A Hemet man was killed in a tragic off-road vehicle crash in Johnson Valley early Tuesday morning. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the man, identified by the County Coroner as Nathan Alan Comstock, 39, and three passengers, including his wife, went for a night-time ride about 9:00 Monday

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MAN KILLED IN TRAGIC ORV ACCIDENT IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY TUESDAY

A Hemet man was killed in a tragic off-road vehicle crash in Johnson Valley early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the man, identified by the County Coroner as Nathan Alan Comstock, 39, and three passengers, including his wife, went for a night-time ride about 9 p.m.

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MARINES RELOCATE TORTOISES

We continue our look back at the top stories of 2017 with this story about the Marine Corps air-lifting more than 1,000 desert tortoises to new homes in the Mojave Desert. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more…

A population of the reptiles lived in the Johnson Valley area, west of the

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JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH SENDS TWO PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL

A head-on crash in Johnson Valley sent two people to the hospital late Wednesday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were called to Highway 247 and Rattlesnake Canyon Road about 10:40 p.m. last night. Snow said a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway drifted over the

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SHERIFF WILL BE ENFORCING OFF-ROAD VEHICLE USE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time for residents and visitors alike to ride their off-road vehicles in our desert. Reporter Andrew Dieleman reminds riders there are rules governing where you can legally ride your OHV… The Sheriff’s Department reminds residents that the operation of off-highway vehicles is regulated. County

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE, SPOUSE ABUSE, AND BURGLARY

A Johnson Valley man was arrested last Thursday, accused of felony spouse abuse, burglary, and attempted rape. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home in the 56300 block of Joshua Drive in Yucca Valley about 11 a.m. for a report that a man, later identified as

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, October 16. The council will receive an update on hauled water and Scenic Highway 247, along with a report on new solar project applications. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives

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