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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CORONER IDENTIFIES 2 KILLED IN SATURDAY JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

The County Coroner has identified to two Phelan residents killed in a Saturday crash on State Route 62 in Johnson Valley. At 1:31 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a two vehicle collision on State Route 247 in Johnson Valley. Authorities responded to the scene and

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TWO KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

Two people were killed in a Johnson Valley crash early Saturday morning. According to the County Coroner, Saturday, at 1:31 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a two-vehicle collision on State Route 247 in Johnson Valley. Authorities responded to the scene and pronounced the driver and

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OKTOBERFEST IN JOHNSON VALLEY SATURDAY

The annual Oktoberfest celebrations are upon us. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… All aboard the Johnson Valley express to old Bavaria and the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1. Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the model train exhibits and garden railway during the afternoon. Adults will

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OKTOBERFEST IN JOHNSON VALLEY SATURDAY

The community of Johnson Valley will transform to a Bavarian village this Saturday for their annual Oktoberfest. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gets out his oom-pah-pah… All aboard the Johnson Valley express to old Bavaria and the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1. Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the model

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JOHNSON VALLEY OKTOBERFEST

Save the date for the 7th annual Oktoberfest celebration in Johnson Valley. The beer garden at the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest opens at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 1. There’ll be a section of craft beers, hard cider, domestic beers, German wine, plus soft drinks, water and fresh pretzels. A German buffet

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SIGN UP FOR THE SHERIFF’S OFF-ROAD DESERT RUN

The annual “Desert Run” fund-raiser to support the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers is planned for September 30 through October 2. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign-up… It’s that time of year again when the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding its family-friendly, off-road fundraiser

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BAKE SALE AUCTION, LECTURE AT JOHNSON VALLEY SATURDAY

A bake sale auction and lecture will benefit the Johnson Valley Community Center Saturday. The doors to the community center open at 11:30 to set up for the auction, which starts at noon. Then following the auction, Barbara Harris will discuss her research into local area attractions, including Giant Rock

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MARINES START JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISE TODAY

The Marine Corps will be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley starting today. The shared use area will be temporarily closed to the public between August 14 and 21. The Marine Corps has already announced that it will use the

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