JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK URGES VISITORS TO ENTER AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ENTRANCE

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding up

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ABOUT 2,000 EDISON CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER LAST NIGHT

About 2,000 customers in Yucca Valley were without power for hours Thursday night. About 8:30 p.m., power lines near the Yucca Valley High School started arcing and power went out in the central part of the town. The electrical panel at the Best Western Hotel started smoking shortly before 9

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HOSTS TOURIST MARKETING EVENT

About 40 people who provide services to tourists, attended a tourism and marketing update hosted by the city of Twentynine Palms Thursday morning. City Manager Frank Luckino opened the session with a snapshot of the Project Phoenix plans for the downtown area saying, “We want to drive people to the

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A REMINDER ABOUT HAVING AN EMERGENCY KIT

The Morongo Basin is near several major earthquake faults, and wildfires and flash flooding are also threats to our area. Prepare yourself by putting together an emergency supply kit and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you if you have to evacuate. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday, accused of assaulting a Sheriff’s deputy. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a fight between a man and woman near Lupine Avenue and El Paseo Drive in Twentynine Palms about 1:30 p.m. The man, Arsola Bell, 21, became uncooperative and

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, January 21, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow

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Z107-7 RADIOTHON TOMORROW TO BENEFIT HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR

The Z107.7 Send Our Kids to Orlando radio-thon for the Twentynine Palms High School select choir trip has been set for January 21 from noon until 5 p.m. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares how the community can help… Choirs of America has invited the Twentynine Palms High School select choir to

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MIKE CHLEBIK NAMED TO SCHOOL BOARD

The Morongo Unified School Board of Education selected Michael Chlebik Wednesday afternoon to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Ronald Palmer in November. The board held several special meetings recently to go through the 10 applicants for the position. Chlebik and Ken King were called back for

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COUNTY OFFICIAL FINED BY FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION

The State Fair Political Practices Commission has fined a county elected official. County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker was a successful candidate in 2010 and 2014 elections. The Committee found Walker failed to timely pay the 2013 and 2014 $50 annual fees to the Secretary of State’s office, in violation of

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COLD WEATHER DRIVING REMINDERS

With very wintery weather forecast for our Morongo Basin area this weekend, Edica Gonzalez has some reminders about winter driving… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains for your vehicle. Don’t pass a snowplow; the road will be worse

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RALLY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will hold a rally Saturday in support of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. The rally is set for 10 to 2 at the corner of Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. Some signs will be available, or bring your own.

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NOTED POETS IN READING THIS EVENING

Two award-winning poets will give poetry readings at Joshua Tree National Park. Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach, Texas Poet Laureates who have 11 published works between them, hope that their words can help the public explore, preserve, and protect our national parks. The free poetry readings will be followed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS OFFERS YOUTH AND ARTS GRANTS

Youth and arts grants are available through the City of Twentynine Palms. Kirby Davis tells us who can—and how to—apply… Grants of up to $1,000 are available from the Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Committee for programs that support youth and the arts. Organizations, individuals, groups, and clubs that benefit

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRLS’ SOCCER

The girls’ soccer teams of Twentynine Palms High School will host a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, January 21, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, from 7 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for a single breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and your choice of coffee or

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine palms High School boys’ basketball team traveled to Desert Hot Springs Thursday night to take on the Eagles in a De Anza league showdown. The ’Cats were victorious with a 100-62 score. Coach TJ Stanford said their next matchup is against Ayala in the Palm Springs Showcase Saturday

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MAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH WEDNESDAY NIGHT

The Sheriff’s Department has identified the man who was killed in a traffic crash Wednesday night as Matthew Corral, 22, of Yucca Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Corral was driving a 2000 Ford Expedition westbound on Highland Avenue in Yucca Valley about 9:30 p.m. when for unknown reasons, he

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MAN KILLED IN A TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTEL DIED FOLLOWING AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE WITH DEPUTIES

Investigators have determined that the unidentified Yucca Valley MAN killed Tuesday at a Twentynine Palms Motel died following an exchange of gunfire with deputies. A Sheriff’s press release said shortly before 3:30 a.m., deputies responded to Motel 6 to investigate a call about a man with a gun from a

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WITH STORMS COMING, A REMINDER TO TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

Driving or walking into water flowing across the road is very dangerous. Edica Gonzalez has some flood water warnings… Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur

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THREE STORMS LINING UP TO DRENCH OUR REGION

The National Weather Service has issued three winter storm warnings that could bring significant rain and snow in Southern California and San Bernardino County. Two storms will move through Southern California in quick succession Thursday evening into Saturday. A third storm will arrive on Sunday into Monday, possibly bringing strong

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WEATHER CLOSES SOME ROADS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Due to heavy rains on last weekend, and more rain expected this weekend, several roads in Joshua Tree National Park have been closed. Closed roads include Odell Road, Big Horn Pass Road, Covington Flats Road and Geology Tour Road. Depending on the anticipated storms, Keys Ranch Road and Lost Horse

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