TETHERED BALLOON RIDES AVAILABLE AT ORCHID FESTIVAL

Big Plans are underway for this year’s 21st annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival. In addition to tours, classes, food, music, and non-profit support, a tethered balloon ride will be available. Edica Gonzalez has more… Have you ever wanted the thrill of going up in a hot air balloon and viewing

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY

There will be lots to discuss at today’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Record of Decision and renewable energy development will be discussed, as well as reactions to the workshop in Johnson Valley last week. In addition, the relocation of tortoises by

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ORCHID FESTIVAL COMING UP OCTOBER 1ST AND 2ND, SIGN UP FOR CLASSES EARLY

The Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers on October 1 and 2 is rich with horticultural classes. Edica Gonzalez says sign up soon… The Orchid Society of Arizona will give free orchid classes for both children and adults during the 21st annual Orchid Fest, October 1 and 2. A

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED AFTER NEARLY HITTING BICYCLIST

A Landers man was arrested Friday after he nearly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Felix Hernandez, 57, was traveling northbound on Yucca Mesa Avenue about 12:45 p.m. when he nearly hit a bicyclist when passing. The report states Hernandez has a suspended driver’s license

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EIGHT MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MARIJUANA RAIDS IN MORONGO BASIN WEDNESDAY

DEPUTIES RAID EIGHT PROPERTIES, ARREST EIGHT, IN MARIJUANA ERADICATION SWEEP Sheriff’s deputies raided eight properties in Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Landers Wednesday, seizing more than 1,800 marijuana plants and arresting eight people. According to Sheriff’s reports, starting about 8:30 a.m., deputies from the specialized Marijuana Enforcement Team went to

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LANDERS ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW

The monthly membership meeting of the Landers Association is this Saturday, September 10, at Belfield Hall just east of the Moose Lodge on Reche Road in Landers. The 3 p.m. business meeting will follow an hour of fellowship and potluck starting at 2 p.m. On the agenda is a brief

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ARREST FOR BURGLARY, DRUGS, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE, AND LANDERS

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested last week, accused of burglary. According to a Sheriff’s department, a neighbor in the 6200 block of Cholla Avenue reported seeing an unknown man in a nearby back yard about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1, apparently trying to break into a vacant home. The

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LANDERS HOME EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED IN FIRE THIS MORNING

A Landers home suffered serious damage in a fire early this morning. Just before 5 a.m., firefighters were called to a possible attic fire in the 3600 block of Dusty Mile Road, and found heavy smoke and flames showing when they arrived about 5:15 a.m. They had the fire knocked

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF THREATS, MARIJUANA SALES

A Landers man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of selling marijuana and making criminal threats. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 58900 block of Mitch Lane in Landers called about 8:30 a.m. to report that her neighbor, Jay Wilson, 50, threatened to shoot her. When deputies questioned

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will hold their monthly meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the Landers area water supplier’s Board agenda… The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Directors are expected to update and establish reserve account

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LANDERS RESIDENTS DECIDE TO TAKE ROAD MAINTENANCE INTO THEIR OWN HANDS (MIKE)

Last year, residents of Landers—unhappy with double digit water rate increases—wrestled control of water from the County and gave it to Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency. Now there’s a new plan afoot; this one calls for taking road maintenance into their own hands. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … About 50

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LANDERS ROAD COMMITTEE OFFERING A SOLUTION

A group of civic-minded self-starters in Landers have spent the last few months investigating alternative ways to maintain the 163 miles of unpaved roads there. On Saturday, they will present their findings to the Landers Association. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… Landers road conditions recently moved into the spotlight

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED AFTER RIFLE IS STOLEN

A Landers man was arrested Saturday, accused of stealing a rifle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Johnathan Gambel, 18, was staying at a friend’s home in the 1800 block of Acoma Trail in Landers. The gun owner noticed that the .22-caliber rifle was missing. After an investigation, Johnathan Gambel was

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THE PRICE OF WATER IN LANDERS IS GOING UP

The cost of water in the Landers area is going up, but not by much. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s meeting of the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency board and files this report… At last night’s meeting of the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency, the board approved a

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WOMAN WITH NEARLY $1.5 MILLION IN WARRANTS ARRESTED IN LANDERS

A Yucca Valley woman with seven arrest warrants of nearly $1.5 million dollars was arrested Friday morning, accused of petty theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man and a woman went to the Dollar General store in Landers just before noon Friday and allegedly left without paying for several

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY LOOKS AT AMBITIOUS AGENDA TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency, the water supplier for the Landers area, will hold a board meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an ambitious agenda includes several public hearings … The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Tonight’s

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LANDERS HIGHWAY PROJECT STARTS TOMORROW

Caltrans begins work tomorrow, July 26, on a $10 million shoulder-widening project on State Route 247. The five-week project will construct an 8-foot wide paved shoulder with rumble strips on each side of the highway, as well as a centerline rumble strip. The project will include both sides of the

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“LAST OF THE PONY RIDERS” TONIGHT IN LANDERS

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s next feature in their series of locally filmed movies is “The Last of the Pony Riders.” Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to lean back, look back and enjoy … Gene Autry stars in “The Last of the Pony Riders” presented by the Morongo

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“THE LAST OF THE PONY RIDERS” SATURDAY NIGHT IN LANDERS

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s next feature in their series of locally filmed movies is “The Last of the Pony Riders.” Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to lean back, look back, and enjoy… Gene Autry stars in “The Last of the Pony Riders” presented by the Morongo Basin

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$10 MILLION LANDERS AREA HIGHWAY PROJECT STARTS TUESDAY

CalTrans will begin work Tuesday, July 26, on a $10 million shoulder-widening project on State Route 247. The five-week project will construct an 8-foot wide paved shoulder, with rumble strips, on each side of the highway, as well as a centerline rumble strip. The project will include both sides of

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