MARINE KILLED IN CABAZON MOTORCYCLE CRASH IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has finally released the identity of a Marine stationed at the Combat Center who was killed in a motorcycle crash November 6. According to the CHP, Danny Tran, 19, of Florida, was riding a blue 2009 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 10 shortly before 1

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INSPIRATIONAL DINNER SET FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD

A special inspirational event is being planned for parents who have lost a child. Reporter Edica Gonzales invites you to the Umbrella Ministries’ Journey of the Heart… Parents who have suffered the loss of a child are invited to a dinner to hear an inspirational talk about coping with loss.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN KILLED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN PALMS SPRINGS

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver in Palms Springs early Tuesday morning. The California Highway Patrol said Austin Ulshafer, 29, from Cathedral City, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the two-car crash. CHP investigators said Ulshafer was driving a GMC pickup truck

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REWARD OFFERED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS VANDALISM

A reward is being offered for information regarding vandalism at the Carl May Community Center in Desert Hot Springs earlier this month. On Sept. 5, police officers responded to reports of a shattered front door. They discovered that items had been stolen and thousands of dollars in vandalism. A

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT NETS 28 CITATIONS, NO DUI DRIVERS

No drunk or drugged drivers were arrested during the Desert Hot Springs Police Department DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday night. Police screened 605 vehicles between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the 13700 block of Palm Avenue; of those vehicles, police cited or arrested 14 drivers for driving with a suspended

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE HOLD ZERO TOLERANCE ANTI-DUI CAMPAIGN

The Desert Hot Springs Police Department will deploy a special roving DUI saturation patrol and DUI/driver’s license checkpoints through September 5. During the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving and will be looking for the tale-tell

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TWO ARRESTED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS BURGLARIES

An ongoing investigation into a series of residential burglaries in Desert Hot Springs resulted in the arrest of a Desert Hot Springs man. Aaron Schoolfield, 22, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, and on a parole violation. The investigation remains active and anyone with information should call

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

CHP investigators arrested a Yucca Valley man after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on North Indian Canyon Drive Saturday night. The California Highway Patrol said Michael Bettasso, 39, was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, north of Dillon Road, at about 7:30 p.m.; 63-year-old Richard

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL THIS WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling and partying during the Fourth of July holiday, which means law enforcement will also be out in force. The Desert Hot Springs police will be conducting a maximum enforcement period during the holiday weekend. All available officers will be out on the roads

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN NAMED INTERIM DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY MANAGER

The City Manager of nearby Desert Hot Springs announced his resignation Wednesday, effective July 21. A name familiar to Morongo Basin residents, Dale Mondary, a Yucca Valley resident and former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s captain, currently that city’s police chief, was appointed interim city manager. Martin Magana had been Desert Hot

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EASTBOUND I-10 CLOSED AFTER FATAL CRASH IN CABAZON

The eastbound I-10 freeway was closed for almost four hours at Cabazon after a FedEx truck slammed into stalled flatbed truck, killing the driver, 59-year old Miguel Rolon of Thermal. The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday between Main Street and Haugen Lehman Way, according to a CHP traffic

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DRUM LINE ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION

The Yucca Valley High School drum line will be competing in the semi-final competition in Riverside Saturday, April 23. The Trojan drum line is ranked third out of 36 drum line bands in the Scholastic B division, which includes teams from Fontana, Glendale, Pasadena, Riverside, San Diego, and the Coachella

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COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER PLANNED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs—including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday. The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert. The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert

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HWY 62 RAMP TO EASTBOUND I-10 REOPENED

The Highway 62 onramp to eastbound I-10 reopened about 18 hours after a big-rig truck got stuck Tuesday night when its cargo tilted over. The CHP said the truck never should have been on Highway 62. Officials with Oklahoma-based FairWind LLC, a renewable energy company, submitted a permit application with

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EASTBOUND HIGHWAY 62 CLOSED AT I-10 FOR MOST OF WEDNESDAY

Morongo Basin residents headed into the Coachella Valley will have to take a detour today. About 9:45 p.m. last night, a big rig truck, hauling a crane, got stuck on the connecting overpass from Highway 62 onto eastbound Interstate 10. The entire connecting bridge is blocked. Travelers should detour at

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN KILLED IN PALM SPRINGS MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Morongo Valley man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Palm Springs last week. According to the Riverside County Coroner’s office, Jacob Lutzker, 27, was riding his 2002 Honda motorcycle south on Indian Canyon Road about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Ranger that

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN KILLED IN PALMS SPRINGS CRASH SUNDAY

A Yucca Valley woman was one of two people killed in a head-on crash on North Indian Canyon between I-10 and Tramview Road in Palm Springs yesterday. The fatal crash, just before 3:00 Sunday afternoon, closed the road for several hours. Palm Springs police reports a 2003 Acura Integra driven

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CITY OF PALM SPRINGS SETTLES IN WRONGFUL DEATH OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

Nearly three years after an unarmed Marine was shot and killed by two police officers in a Palm Springs parking garage, the city of Palm Springs has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Marine’s family. The trial was scheduled to start next week, but the city’s insurance company

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FBI SERVES SEARCH WARRANTS ON PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL

A dozen agents with the FBI and the Riverside County district attorney’s office executed search warrants on Palm Springs City Hall yesterday. City Attorney Douglas Holland said staff were cooperating with the agents. Authorities also knocked on the door of an apartment listed as a home address by Mayor Steve

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN POWER PLANT A STEP CLOSER

The proposal to turn the former Eagle Mountain iron mine into a hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to reality. Eagle Crest Energy Company announced Wednesday, July 1 that it purchased the former mining site on the southeast border of Joshua Tree National Park from Kaiser Ventures, which developed

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