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Western Joshua Tree conservation plan virtual meeting on April 4th

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be holding a virtual meeting about the development of a western Joshua Tree conservation plan, and the public’s feedback is invited. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the preparation of the conservation plan that they will be discussing at the virtual meeting is required by the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, and it’s a collaborative effort between the CDFW, California Native American tribes and other government…

Twentynine Palms 184-acre solar array up for public discussion at Thursday meeting

A proposed 184 acre solar array in Twentynine Palms is the subject of a public scoping meeting this Thursday at 5PM. According to the California Environmental Quality Act - or CEQA - a scoping meeting is a place where multiple agencies and city representatives can meet publicly to discuss the possible environmental impacts of a large project. In this case, that project is a 184 acre solar array that will eventually consist of 160,000 panels, along with inverters and the infrastructure…

Felon arrested for suspected concealed firearm, selling meth

A man with previous felony convictions was arrested for suspected possession of a concealed firearm and controlled substances. According to Sheriff’s logs, on Saturday evening just after 7PM, deputies did a pedestrian check on 43-year-old Jason Neal near Sunset Road and Hwy. 62 in Joshua Tree. Neal reportedly advised the officers that he had an unloaded firearm in his backpack. Officers then searched Neal’s backpack and found the firearm alongside what they describe as items consistent…

County Sheriff out on max DUI enforcement tonight (3/16)

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced that they will be out on Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence. It’s St. Paddy’s day weekend which means more people will be out celebrating - there’s no law against that. However - impaired driving is against the law, and that means alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, or anything that impairs your driving and makes you more dangerous on the road - not only to yourself and…

Credit card “skimmer” found at Twentynine Palms business

A credit card skimmer was found at the checkout at the Dollar General in Twentynine Palms, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s department. A credit card skimmer is made to look like part of the machine its attached to, and it scans your credit card as you slide it through what you think is just the store’s payment processor. Then the skimmer is later collected and the credit card numbers are then used or sold. According to the police report - Dollar General is looking through camera…

Joshua Adam Kaiser found guilty of attempted murder and arson

Edit 4:45PM on 3/14/24: A previous version of the story claimed that the suspect was guilty of "premeditated murder," when it should have read "attempted murder." We regret the error. On Wednesday afternoon a jury found Joshua Adam Kaiser, 33, of Johnson Valley, guilty of two counts of attempted murder; two counts of arson causing great bodily injury, and one count of injuring a spouse/girlfriend.  Allegations of personal infliction of great bodily injury and weapon use were also found true. …

Mail theft: Stop it before it starts with these two free USPS services

There’s nothing worse than expecting a package or letter that just doesn’t seem to arrive. Postal carriers do their best to get letters to your mailbox, but once the mail hits your box it's susceptible to anyone swinging by and grabbing your mail - something everyone in the hi desert has probably been a victim of one time or another. If you are further out in the desert or just don’t collect your mail that often, a PO Box is most people’s solution to making sure your mail arrives safely.…

Invasive weeds and plants are a big problem; help out by starting small in your own backyard

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the MDLT oversees 120,000 acres of the Mojave Desert. They currently manage 60,000 acres, but have protected 120,000 acres since 2006. 60,000 acres have been transferred over to federal partners. Thanks to MDLT for the correction. March 19th is when spring officially starts, but to be honest I never really pay attention to that. For me spring started today - this morning we sprung forward an hour. I’m not going to get into the daylight…

Two volunteer opportunities in spring at Joshua Tree National Park, sign up by 3/11

 If you are a people person who also loves the National Park, there are a couple volunteer positions that may be a perfect fit. Joshua Tree National Park is looking for Entrance Ambassadors to assist fee rangers at the West Entrance by checking park passes and answering visitor questions as they enter. The volunteer position requires long periods of standing outside and directing traffic. You may also be assisting staff inside the park at parking areas, trailheads and campgrounds. The…

Candlelight vigil held for Joshua Barreras at memorial on Hwy. 62

Two crosses for Joshua have been erected right off highway 62 near Avalon Ave. Friends, family and community members gathered around the memorial last night, holding candles, and sharing stories and photos of Joshua Barreras. He was only 16 years old when he was struck and killed by a motorist on the night of January 26th. This weekend’s wild winds calmed a bit around 6pm last night as mourners gathered around the memorials. Joshua’s family thanked the growing crowd for the support and for…