INDEPENDENCE DAY CLOSURES IN THE MORONGO BASIN

All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. Copper Mountain College will be closed as well and will resume its normal summer operating hours on Tuesday, July 6. Since Independence Day falls on a Sunday, there will be no Burrtec Waste service interruptions before or after the holiday. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Sunday and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Monday. COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites throughout San Bernardino County will also be closed on Monday. County-operated testing and vaccination sites will reopen on Tuesday, July 6.

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOWS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Celebrate Independence Day with free fireworks shows in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms tomorrow. The Independence Day celebration in Twentynine Palms will be held at Knott’s Sky Park, 6851 EL Sol Avenue. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. and will feature waterslides, a rock climbing wall, cornhole tournament, photo booth, and more. The fireworks will be launched from Tortoise Rock Casino, visible from the park, at 9 p.m.

The Town of Yucca Valley’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular is a 3-in-one event at Brehm Park, 56620 Little League Drive. The event will feature live music, kids’ activities, and food venders. The event will also kick off the town’s Summer Music concerts and celebrate the town’s 30th anniversary. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held without capacity limits, however unvaccinated and partially vaccinated attendees will be required to wear masks. The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live. The fireworks will be launched beginning at 9 p.m. The music for both fireworks events will be simulcast by Z107.7.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING A MASS SHOOTING AT A YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESS

A Yucca Valley Man was arrested Thursday (July 1) accused of threatening a mass shooting at a Yucca Valley business. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies were called to the Yucca Valley Walmart around 6 p.m. after a store manager was informed that an employee’s estranged spouse, later identified as David Crawshaw, 40, had threatened a mass shooting at the store if she did not get back together with him. Deputies began an investigation and, around 8 p.m., located Crawshaw in a trailer in the 5000 block of Roberts Drive in Yucca Valley. During their search, Deputies located multiple firearms close to Crawshaw in the trailer. David Crawshaw was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN LOSES MORE THAN $800 IN SOCAL EDISON SCAM

A Yucca Valley man was recently conned out of more than $800 by scammers posing as employees of Southern California Edison. According to Sheriff’s reports, the callers said the man had outstanding bills and that they would shut off the power to his home if they did not receive immediate payment through prepaid money cards. The victim purchased two prepaid cards totaling $811 and gave the card numbers to the scammers. It was only after the man called Edison directly that he realized he had been scammed. Sara Snyder offers these tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of this scam…

Imposters claiming to be from SoCal Edison are calling businesses and residents and telling them their electric bills are overdue. The caller demands immediate payment through a prepaid cash or debit card to avoid having their electricity disconnected. The scammers then collect the value deposited on the card. A Southern California Edison spokeswoman said SCE employees will never ask for payment over the phone, in person at a customer’s business or residence, nor does SoCal Edison accept PayPal payments. Customers should never give out personal information over the telephone. Do not call back the number given to you; use the phone number on your electric bill. Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller’s name, department, and business phone number, and then they should call SCE at 800-655-4555 to report the incident. For more ways customers can stay safe, see the safety tips at www.sce.com.

PREPARING ANXIOUS DOGS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

While a fireworks display is a joyous site for most people, those fireworks may cause problems for your dog. Most dogs have extremely fine-tuned senses of smell, sight, and hearing; so the noise, flashing lights, and sulfuric smell of fireworks can overwhelm them and leave them in a state of anxiousness and fear. Reporter Ernest Figueroa has tips on how you can prepare your K9 companion for the upcoming Independence Day fireworks…

To reduce the chance of fear and anxiety for your dog, avoid taking them to local fireworks shows. If you watch the display from home, stay close your dog and comfort them if they show signs of panic. If you do leave your dog alone while you attend the show, Consider leaving your dog indoors in a comfortable space with some white noise (such as the TV or radio) and familiar toys. If you must leave your dog outside, make sure your dog has proper ID. There’s a better chance you will find your dog if they run away during the fireworks. Finally, exercise your dog before the fireworks start, this can release excess energy your dog may have.