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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CHP ADDING EXTRA OFFICERS FOR KING OF THE HAMMERS TRAFFIC CONTROL

The King of the Hammers is in full swing, and the CHP is anticipating heavier than normal traffic flow on State Routes 62 and 247 through Sunday. The event draws a high number of slower-moving vehicles, motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers. The event concludes with most participants

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KING OF THE HAMMERS’ “HAMMERTOWN” OPENS TOMORROW

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin this week for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Kirby Davis says get your motor running… One of the major off-road events in the country, “The King of the Hammers,”

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“KING OF THE HAMMERS” COMING TO JOHNSON VALLEY FEBRUARY 3-11

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin the first week of February for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Kirby Davis says there is still time to register… One of the major off-road events in the country,

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“KING OF THE HAMMERS” COMING TO JOHNSON VALLEY FEBRUARY 3-11

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin the first week of February for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Kirby Davis says there is still time to register… One of the major off-road events in the country,

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MARINE CORPS RELEASES PLAN FOR ON RELOCATING JOHNSON VALLEY TORTOISES

The Marine Corps has completed its study on the impacts of alternative plans to relocate tortoises that are in the Marines’ training area in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps is required to relocate tortoises out of its training areas and to ensure that they have a high rate of survival.

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OVERDUE COUPLE AND BOY RETURN HOME AFTER SEARCH COMES UP EMPTY

An overdue couple and a two-year-old boy returned home safely to Johnson Valley Tuesday night, hours after they were scheduled to return, and after a Sheriff’s search had been launched to find them. Per a Sheriff’s report, the man, his fiancée, and his son left Johnson Valley on a yellow

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RIDE ORVS RESPONSIBLY

An increase in the use of off-road vehicles is expected at this time of year. Reporter Sara Snyder has some reminders for riders…

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

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A REMINDER ON THE RULES FOR RIDING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES LOCALLY

With the holidays come holiday visitors, and with visitors come increased use of off-road vehicles in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has this reminder to ORV users…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private

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DEPUTIES SEARCH FOR FOUR SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN VEHICLE THEFT, HOME BURGLARY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating four people suspected of burglary in Yucca Valley and Johnson Valley. According to investigators, shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, a witness saw two men loading tools and an all-terrain vehicle from a vacant home in the 51800 block of

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