CALIFORNIA DESERT PROTECTION ACT

The 20th anniversary of the transition of Joshua Tree National Monument to a National Park is coming up soon. Ranger Pam Tripp says that was just part of the Desert Protection Act…

“Lands in the California desert shall be included within the National Park System and the National Wilderness Preservation

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VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY

The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Monday, October 20. Register online at sbcountyelections.com, or pick up registration forms at the post office, city or town clerk’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Public Health or Transitional Assistance Department in Yucca Valley

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Z107.7 NEWS MAKES ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICES

With some 33 candidates running for 15 open seats on local councils and boards, today, Z107.7 News makes our endorsements. These endorsements represent the views of the entire Z107.7 editorial board, not just the news director. For Congress there was no question, local resident Paul Cook has done an exemplary

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FAMILY OF WOMAN KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAISING BURIAL FUNDS

The family of a woman killed in Twentynine Palms is trying to raise funds. Agnes Quitano, 19, who graduated from High School in Guam in 2013, was six months pregnant when she was killed in Twentynine Palms Thursday evening, October 9. The fetus also did not survive. “We lost them

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HAY TRUCK TIPS IN YUCCA VALLEY, ONE INJURED

A Joshua Tree man sitting at a stop sign in Yucca Valley was in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday, when a trailer full of hay fell on his van and sent him to the hospital. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Adrian Garcia, Kenneth Sanderson, 58, newly arrived from

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Z107.7’S MAYES VERSUS HARGROVE DEBATE NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES

The only debate in the race for 42nd State Assembly District is now available as a podcast. The October 10 face-off on the Z107.7 “Up Close Show” was the only debate of the race between Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Karalee Hargrove of Twentynine Palms. During the on-air debate,

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A SERIES OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES RATTLE THE DESERT REGION

A series of small earthquakes rattled our desert region over the weekend. The US Geological Survey reports two rumbled nearby Saturday; a magnitude 3.2 earthquake struck about 10 miles northwest of Desert Hot Springs at 2:02 p.m., and a 2.9 near Anza just before noon. Then Sunday, a magnitude 3.3

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FALL CAMPING

This is the best time of the year for camping in the desert. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where to go in Joshua Tree National Park…

With cooler weather in sight, campsites in Joshua Tree National Park will once again start to fill on the weekends. While most of our nine

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MAIL BALLOTS DELIVERED TO VOTERS

Mail ballots will be delivered to voters on the permanent mail ballot list beginning Saturday, October 11, for the November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election.

Voters can still sign up to receive a mail ballot by filling out the Mail Ballot Application found in their Voter Information Guide, by downloading

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A FATAL CAR VERSUS PEDESTRIAN CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS LAST NIGHT

A Twentynine Palms woman was killed last night when she was struck by a car as she was crossing Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, Agnes Quitano, 19, was crossing Highway 62 near Mission Avenue in the middle of the block about 6:45 p.m. when

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ONE ARRESTED AFTER THREATS AT BLACK ROCK HIGH SCHOOL

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened to shoot up a school and threatened teachers. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were notified about noon Wednesday that Matthew Ross, 18, a student at Black Rock High School, located in the 59200 block of Sunnyslope Drive in

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MAN KILLED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN LANDERS THIS MORNING

A man was killed early this morning in a roll-over crash in Landers. About 3 a.m., the driver, who has not yet been identified, was driving a 4-door sedan northbound on Old Woman Springs Road when he lost control near La Brisa Drive. The car left the road and overturned,

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YOUNG TEEN KILLED ON THE HIGHWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

A young teenager was struck and killed by a car that ran a red light on the highway in Yucca Valley last night. Early information from the Sheriff’s Department is that Owen McNichols, 13, of Morongo Valley, was crossing the highway southbound in a marked crosswalk on a Razor scooter

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ONE ARREST AFTER A STANDOFF IN MORONGO VALLEY

An Apple Valley man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in Morongo Valley Saturday night, after a 45-minute stand-off. Sheriff’s investigators say deputies were called to a domestic disturbance about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 51000 block of Canyon Road in Morongo Valley. While en

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LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE NATIONAL PARK

In the 800,000 acres of Joshua Tree National Park, sometimes people need help, and sometimes laws get broken. Ranger Pam Tripp says the Park has a law enforcement arm to deal with this…

With 1.4 million visitors coming to Joshua Tree National Park, there are bound to be searches, rescues,

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JOSHUA TREE GEM, MINERAL, AND CRAFT SHOW CONTINUES

The 39th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft show is coming to the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree. The show runs from Wednesday, October 1, through Sunday, October 5, with doors opening at 9 a.m. daily. More than 60 vendors will offer rough and polished gems, jewelry, beads, gifts, minerals, geodes,

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A STRANGE CASE OF MUSICAL STOLEN CARS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s investigators are scratching their heads over a strange case of musical stolen cars in Yucca Valley Wednesday. From what deputies have been able to piece together, the thief tried to steal a black 1993 Honda Civic from the parking lot in the Dollar Tree store in the 58600 block

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SUSPECTED BURGLAR AND GANG MEMBER ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

A suspected burglar and gang member was arrested late Tuesday night after witnesses spotted him trying to break into a truck. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man was in the back yard of his condo in the 56200 block of Buena Vista in Yucca Valley about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINES BOLSTER MIDDLE EAST CRISIS RESPONSE UNIT

Marines from our local Twentynine Palms Base, along with those from Camp Pendleton, and Miramar air station, are deploying to the Middle East as part of the military’s “crisis response capability.” The Marine Corps said yesterday that the 2,300 Marine force will be spread throughout the U.S. Central Command area.

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MAN MURDERED IN JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY

We have limited information about a man who was murdered in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, paramedics responded to a medical aid call at 3:56 p.m. in the 6700 block of California Avenue where they discovered that Marko Bewersdorff, 46, of Joshua Tree was

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