A Homeland woman was arrested late Thursday night (July 15) accused of felony evading and DUI following a pursuit with CHP officers through Joshua Tree. According to a CHP press release, officer R. Swanson attempted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado for a speeding violation in downtown Joshua Tree Thursday (July 15) at around 9 p.m. The driver, later identified as Teresa Spangler, 33, of Homeland, failed to yield and a pursuit began. Spangler led Officer Swanson on a pursuit through northeast Joshua Tree, driving onto the Sunfair Dry Lake in east Joshua Tree before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot into the desert. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter 40-King assisted in locating Spangler’s vehicle. Spangler was tracked through the desert on foot by officers for approximately 2 miles before she was located hiding in a ditch underneath desert foliage. Spangler was arrested for investigation of felony evading and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.


While summertime is not the most popular time for Joshua Tree National Park, many locals and visitors will still visit the park this weekend. With ongoing triple-digit temperatures in the Morongo Basin, it is critical for hikers to take precautions before beginning their journey. Hilary Sloane has tips on how to stay safe while hiking in the summer…

It’s no secret that it gets HOT in the desert in the summertime. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors all day and all night. With plenty of preparation and a healthy dose of prudence, you can safely enjoy a summer hike.

Prepare by drinking water even before you hit the trail. Protect yourself from the sun. Remember to bring along a map and lots of snacks and water. Hiking in the heat can cause you to lose as much as one and one half quarts of water an hour, so drink plenty to replace these lost fluids, and don’t forget to replenish your electrolytes by eating salty snacks.

Start your hike early in the morning, when it is still cool, and try to be off the trail by midmorning. If you do find yourself under the blazing sun in the middle of the day, seek shelter in the shade of rock formations or plants. 

Remember, cell phones don’t work in most of Joshua Tree National Park. For safety, always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.


The Morongo Basin Explorer Post of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for their explorer program. Sara Snyder has the details on how to apply…

The sheriff explorers of the Morongo Basin receive training in leadership, communication, CPR and first aid, physical fitness, weaponless defense, firearm safety, law enforcement investigations and more. The program is for those between the ages of 14 and 20, who maintain a ‘C’ average in school and can pass a background check and interview. Sheriff explorers attend bi-weekly meetings, participate in ride-alongs, and attend community events. The application can be found at the link below. For more information, you can contact Deputy Crowl at (760)366-4175.

Application Link: https://wp.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/divisions/volunteer-forces/explorers/

Contact Information for Post #509:

Deputy S. Crowl scrowl@sbcsd.org

Deputy J. Lopez jalopez@sbcsd.org


The CMC Foundation got creative in 2020 with their virtual Duck Pluck fundraiser, and they’re doing it again this year. Reporter Ernest Figueroa tells us how hundreds of rubber ducks will once again support local college students…

The Copper Mountain College Foundation is hosting their second annual Duck Pluck virtual fundraiser. Hundreds of “adopted” rubber ducks will be launched in a pool on Wednesday, July 28, with a number to correspond with the name of the person that adopted them on the bottom. If your lucky duck is plucked, you’ll win one of a dozen raffle baskets & prizes valued at over $100 each. Ducks can be purchased from any CMC Foundation board or staff member, or online at the link below. A pair of ducks is $10, a six quack is $25, a Flying V of 9 ducks is $35, and a whole flock of 20 ducks is $75. The entire event will be live streamed on Facebook Live from 6:30-7 p.m.

“Adopt” ducks here:

Watch the event live:


Waste Not Morongo Basin is seeking 25 volunteers to assist with offloading fresh food boxes and loading them into awaiting food pantry vehicles. There are currently 24 food pantries in the Morongo Basin that rely on a weekly delivery of more than 1,200 boxes of fresh food to feed more than 5,000 Morongo Basin residents who are in need. With increased demand comes a need for more volunteers to lend a hand. With enough volunteers, offloading only takes approximately 90 minutes. To sign up or for more information, call Marjorie Smith at 442-275-7277 or Karen Shovey at 760-364-4195.