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The county coroner has released the name of the child who died in a Joshua Tree house fire last week as Gunner Hagood, 7, of Joshua Tree. January 7, fire crews were called to the 62300 block of Crestview Drive at 11:56 a.m., for a residential structure fire with a report that two children, a 7-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, were trapped inside the home. Firefighters rescued the two children and two other victims. County Fire Assistant Chief Scott Tuttle said the children and two women–33 years old and 67 years old–who were in the house when the fire broke out, were taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. From the hospital, helicopters transferred the pediatric patients to other area hospitals for further care, where Gunner Hagood subsequently died. The house was a total loss as fire crews battled the fire for about 90 minutes. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Gunner Hagood

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 


The Joshua Tree household hazardous waste collection site will be lifting its closure soon. Reporter Joshua King has the details…

Beginning January 16 through August of 2021, the Joshua Tree Collection site will be open on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Joshua Tree site is projected to resume normal operation days beginning September of 2021 and from then on, to continue to only be open on the third Saturday of the month.

If you have any questions or concerns, the JT HHW can be contacted at 1-800-OilyCat or by visiting Greensb.net.


The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees meets tomorrow in regular session online. Reporter Cassidy Zimarik has the agenda…

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in regular session via video conferencing.

Some of the highlights of the agenda include; receiving the December 2020 update on COVID-19 protocols, approving new curriculum for an introduction to race and ethnicity course, as well as approving new student employees and full-time faculty. The board will also review a draft of the academic calendar for the fall 2021 semester through the spring 2023 semester.

Following the open session meeting, the board will meet in closed session to meet with labor negotiators.

The meeting is Thursday, January 14 with open session at 3 p.m.

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Updated 1-12 9:26 a.m. with additional information.

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday following a pursuit. Deputies were called to the 63600 block of Broadway in Joshua Tree just before 2 p.m. by a resident who said that a strange man showed up at his house asking for a job. He said the man, later identified as Jaden Derry, 25, was acting odd before he left the home and that he may be related to a recent burglary in the Indian Cove neighborhood. Deputies located Derry driving eastbound on Highway 62 near Indian Cove Road at a high rate of speed and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Derry failed to yield. Deputies pursued Derry for nine miles and were finally able to stop him with a PIT maneuver near Amboy Road and Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. Derry is currently on active parole for burglary. Jaden Derry was arrested on suspicion of felony failure to yield, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000. The investigation into the burglary is still ongoing.


The Joshua Basin Water District is welcoming the new year and saying happy trails to someone who dedicated many years to the agency. Reporter Cassidy Taylor has the story…

Susan Greer, who spent over 32 years at the Joshua Basin Water District, is walking into retirement having dedicated her career to proving that water is in fact, life. Her corporate knowledge of the District’s historic past is unequal and while serving as Assistant General Manager and CFO, Greer took on the role of Interim General Manager no less than five times during her lengthy tenure at the District while new General Managers were sought after. Credited for helping the District grow into the viable agency it is today, she is wished years of happiness going forward, and will truly be missed by all at the Joshua Basin Water District.