SUMMER CAMPING

It’s hot for camping in Joshua Tree National Park. But Ranger Cathy Bell says, it’s not TOO hot…

Joshua Tree National Park welcomed a record 1.6 million visitors in 2014, and this spring the park was really hopping. Now that summer is here and it’s quieted down, it’s a great

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIREWORKS SHOW WILL GO ON AS PLANNED TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms fireworks show will go on as planned tonight. Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a fire at 11:38 p.m. Friday night in the box truck that was used to carry the fireworks to the show site at the junior high school. Firefighter Lane McGivern said the truck

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INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND MORE AT LUCKIE PARK

Twentynine Palms 4th of July celebration at Luckie Park is more than just the fireworks display. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the plans for their fun-filled schedule…

Luckie Park is the place to be this 4th of July. The swimming pool

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FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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MARINE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, KIDNAPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine says he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man called at 9:13 p.m. to report that about a half hour earlier, he was sprayed with pepper spray and tasered by one suspect, while another man hit him over

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CHRISTOPHER LEE COURT CASE CONTINUED AGAIN

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer had filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was

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LAKE FIRE DOWN, BUT NOT OUT; WE SPEAK WITH THE FOREST SERVICE

The Lake Fire, which started June 17, spread rapidly the first eight or nine days of the fire as it burned in timber that hadn’t burned for 100 years or more. But then the fire started bumping up against the burn scar area from the Sawtooth Fire from 2006. With

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ONE HOME LOST, EVACUATIONS LIFTED, LAKE FIRE OVER 30,000 ACRES

One home burned, as well as three outbuildings, were confirmed burned in the Lake Fire this weekend. The home and outbuildings, owned by Diane Best on Burns Canyon Road, burned Wednesday when the illegal drone flying in the area grounded all the firefighting aircraft with fire retardant and water. Sheriff’s

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SUNDAY JUNE 28 LAKE FIRE UPDATE

By 6:15 Sunday morning, according to the Incident Information web site, the Lake Fire, which has been burning in the mountains above the Morongo Basin since June 17, had hit 30,716 acres, and was 50% contained. Mandatory evacuation remained in place for Burns Canyon. All other evacuations had been lifted.

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GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE TO HOLD SUNDAY SHOW

A big “Thank You” to all the firefighters with some help from the weather, it looks like the Gunfighters For Hire will be out on Mane Street shootin’ it up. Since the evacuations were lifted EXCEPT for Burns Canyon, the Gunfighters for Hire would like to give the firefighters some

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SATURDAY LAKE FIRE UPDATE

This morning, representatives from the Forest Service, Cal Fire, CHP, and the Sheriff’s department met to discuss the status of the fire, along with any safety concerns. During the meeting, these members from the Incident Management agreed to reopen Highway 38 as of 8:00 a.m. Evacuation orders have been lifted

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DRONES BLAMED FOR INCREASE IN FIRE, THE LATEST FIRE INFORMATION

Fire officials are blaming drones that shut down air tanker operations Wednesday for significantly increasing the size of the Lake Fire. The Lake Fire is now at 29,813 acres burned, an increase of 12,000 acres since Tuesday, and is 19 percent contained, down from a high of 38 percent. Firefighters

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BURNS CANYON AND RIMROCK EVACUATED, THE LATEST ON THE LAKE FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department ordered mandatory evacuations of Burns Canyon and the Rimrock areas about 10:00 p.m. last night. Pioneertown is now under a voluntary evacuation. Residents are concerned about the huge plumes of smoke coming from the Lake Fire near Morongo Valley and Pioneertown. A U.S. Forest

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MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ORDER FOR BURNS CANYON, RIMROCK AREAS

UPDATED AT 7 A.M. 6-25-15

The San Bernardino County Fire Department

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MEASURE “Y” PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY WITH 91% YES VOTES

Photography by Elena Ray via palmspringslife.com

Measure Y—the mail-ballot election to decide the fate of the Hi-Desert Medical Center—was overwhelmingly approved yesterday. With only 25 percent of the 23,000 eligible voters voting, nearly 91 percent approved the 30-year lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare. Now that the agreement is approved, Tenet will operate the medical center, plus

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FIREFIGHTERS SAY “DON’T PANIC” OVER LAKE FIRE

Firefighters working on the 17,400-acre Lake Fire are optimistic; only 100 acres were added to the burn area Monday, and it’s now 30 percent contained. “The fire’s progressed actually very slowly. It hasn’t moved that much.” U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Chon Bribiescas explained why residents shouldn’t panic about

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GROWTH OF LAKE FIRE SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WEEKEND

The growth of the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed significantly over the weekend. After exploding to 10,000 acres in the first full day of the fire, the fire is now at 17,000 acres, or about 26 square miles, and is 19 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters

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LAKE FIRE STATUS

As of 6:36 am this morning, the affected area for the Lake Fire, which has been burning near Route 38 south of Big Bear Lake since Wednesday was tallied at 16,136 acres. The Incident Information web site said, ” Fire within the wilderness is low intensity allowing the firefighters to

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YUCCA MESA HOME BURNS TO GROUND, FIREFIGHTER INJURED SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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