RAIN AND LIGHTNING BRING FIRES, FLOODS, AND POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal rain and lightning storms slammed parts of Morongo Basin again yesterday, flooding roads, sparking fires, and causing power outages. Thousands of residents in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa were without power for 10 hours or more, starting about 1 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road, Utah Trail,

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STORMS BRING FLOODS, MUD, DEBRIS, CLOSURES & STRANDED MOTORISTS

An intense line of thunderstorms inundated parts of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Coming out of the east at about 1:30 p.m., parts of Twentynine Palms north of the highway saw rain and hail turn roads and washes into swiftly moving torrents of mud and debris. Winters Road was mostly impassable

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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CASE OF ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE CONTINUED AGAIN

The judge hearing the case of accused murderer Christopher Lee did not reassign the case to another judge today, despite a court opinion issued earlier this month by the Court of Appeals that his lawyer’s request for a new judge was timely. Lee’s attorney David Kaloyanides had requested a change

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MONSOON SEASON

If we didn’t know it before, we know it now: summer rain in the desert can be fierce. Ranger Pam Tripp tells about the benefits of the monsoons, and passes along water-wise tips…

The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry,

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THE WISE GUYS AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert series continues this Saturday night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to hear the big band sounds of the Wiseguys…

Yucca Valley’s free Summer Music Festival continues this Saturday, July 25, with the Wiseguys Big Band Machine. From swing to swank, the Wiseguys Big Band Machine

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I-10 EXPECTED TO REOPEN WITH ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION TODAY

A temporary detour that will allow traffic to flow in both directions on I-10 near Eagle Mountain was expected to be completed today, relieving the overtaxed State Route 62 through the Morongo Basin of an estimated 15,000 vehicles a day. State officials have yet to estimate how long it will

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A POSSIBLE ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of attempted murder after he shot at a man in the Hanson Tract area. According to the Sheriff Department, a man saw a white sedan driving slowly and without its lights on through the neighborhood in the 7400 block of

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1-10 TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT NOON

CalTrans has announced that Interstate 10 will reopen to traffic at noon on Friday. Crews will strengthen the westbound side of the Tex Wash bridge near Eagle Mountain to allow two-way traffic on it–one lane in each direction. Workers will then start working on the collapsed eastbound bridge to get

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I-10 CLOSURE BRINGS 15,000 VEHICLES A DAY TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The bridge collapse on Interstate 10 in Desert Center has completely shut down the freeway east of Dillon Road in Indio. Early estimates are that repairs to the freeway bridge could take as long as two months. Traffic is being re-routed to the south on Highway 86 and to the

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODS, ROAD CLOSURES, DUST, WATER SPOUT

Monsoonal rain, flash floods, and dust storms caused disruptions throughout the Hi and Low Deserts this weekend. Starting about 4:20 p.m., both directions of Highway 62 were shut down for almost two hours Sunday afternoon when torrential rains flooded the highway from Rotary Way to Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree

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RANGER PROGRAMS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The visitor count is down during the summer months at Joshua Tree National Park, but educational programs go on. Ranger Cathy Bell tells what’s in store with ranger programs…

Would you like to learn more about the national park in your own backyard? Joshua Tree National Park invites you to

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JURY FINDS PHIPPS GUILTY

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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JOSEPH PHIPPS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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BODY FOUND IN LANDERS THOUGHT TO BE THAT OF MISSING MAN

The coroner’s office has confirmed that remains found in the desert Wednesday were those of a man who had been missing the Fourth of July. Andrew Salazar. Salazar, 25, was dropped off at Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later,

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BODY OF MAN MISSING SINCE 4TH OF JULY DISCOVERED IN PIPES CANYON WASH

The remains of a man were discovered in the desert Wednesday, 11 days after a man went missing in Landers. According to officials, Andrew Salazar’s girlfriend dropped him off at the Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later, residents in

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE RESULTS IN ARREST FOR RIMROCK MAN

A neighborhood dispute resulted in an arrest of a Rimrock man Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Dale Addy, 59, was working in his yard in the 52100 block of Pipes Canyon Road about 11 a.m. when his neighbor came outside and started walking his property line to inspect it

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH MONDAY

A motorcycle rider was hospitalized following a crash in Yucca Valley Monday evening. About 7:30 p.m., a bystander came upon a crashed motorcycle, with an unconscious male rider in the 57700 block of Joshua Drive. County Fire Captain Ed Noble said the rider, estimated to be in his 50s, was

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