NEWS LAWS FOR 2017, PART 1 OF A 4-PART SERIES

As we welcome a new year, several new laws took effect as of January 1. Minimum wage earners will notice an increase in their paychecks, as the minimum wage will go up to $10.50 an hour, up from $10, for businesses with 26 or more employees. And all K through

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMIST SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT OF “SYLVIA” AT THEATRE 29

The Soroptimists of Twentynine Palms will host the gala opening night of the tail-wagging comedy, “Sylvia,” at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Friday night, January 13, the comedy “Sylvia” at Theatre 29 will open with a gala benefit, hosted by the Twentynine Palms Soroptimists. Doors will open

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ basketball team competed in the Linfield Christian Caged Classic tournament last week. The ’Cats were 4 and 0, taking first place. The MVP of the tournament was D’Shaun Barrett.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Joshua Springs Christian School boys’ and

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TRUCK HITS PEDESTRIAN CROSSING HIGHWAY NOT IN A CROSSWALK

The California Highway Patrol has released its report on the pedestrian versus vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Thursday evening. According to the report, Ernest Ale, 56, of Idlywild, was driving a 1993 Dodge Ram westbound on Highway 62 just before 6:30 p.m. As he approached Veterans Way, he entered the

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NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS FOR A NEW YEAR

As we welcome a new year, we conclude our look at several new laws that take effect January 1. Employers are prohibited from paying women less than male colleagues, based on prior salary. Companies, including Uber and Lyft, can no longer hire drivers who are registered sex offenders, have been

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JOSHUA TREE FELON ARRESTED FOR HAVING A GUN

A Joshua Tree felon was arrested Wednesday after he was found in possession of a firearm. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies stopped a vehicle near Bonair Road and Desert Air Road in Joshua Tree about 2:20 p.m. Inside was Leon Lopez, 52, along with a gun. The gun may

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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LAST NIGHT TO SEE SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Tonight is the last night to see a holiday light show set to music at the Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms. Tune your car’s radio to 88.7 and listen and dance to holiday songs while you watch the lights. The show is free, but a donation box for

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO SPONSOR ART TEA

Joshua Tree National Park, is partnering with Copper Mountain College, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BoxoHouse, along with the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, to create innovative programs and projects in the park. Kirby Davis fills in the details…

As part of the Joshua Tree

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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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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SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Spend the last night of 2016 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party tonight. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be the planets

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports Tuesday, the Joshua Springs Christian School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will travel away to Redlands to play Redlands Adventist Academy. Tip-off for girls is at 5 p.m.; the boys start at 6:30.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING PAPPY AND HARRIET’S OWNERS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of making terrorist threats against his former employers. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owners of Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown contacted deputies about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday to report that Devon Murphy, 25, posted on Facebook that he was going to

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VICTIM OF FATAL, SUSPECTED DUI, CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has identified the woman killed following a suspected DUI crash Tuesday night in Morongo Valley as Diane D’Aoust, 59, of Morongo Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, D’Aoust was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 shortly before 9 p.m. when she

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ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN HIT BY VEHICLE, THIS TIME IN JOSHUA TREE 

We have limited information about a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Joshua Tree last night. Just before 6:30 p.m., a man was hit at Sunset Road and Highway 62. He suffered major injuries and was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The California

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NEW CALPERS EXPECTATIONS WILL COST LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES

The state’s public pension system, Calpers, recently lowered its sights regarding future investment returns. That could cost California cities and public agencies—including those in the Morongo Basin—lots of money. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you work for a California municipality or public agency, your employer may have to pick up

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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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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MARINE COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY AFTER AIRCRAFT CRASHES

The commander of a Marine aircraft squadron plagued with crashes, including aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, was relieved of command Wednesday. The Marine Corps said Lieutenant Colonel Wade Workman, commander of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, was relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability

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