MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE HEAD-ON CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WAS A MARINE

More details today following a violent, motorcycle-to-motorcycle head-on crash in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday afternoon. Base officials say the man killed was a Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms base. Corporal Elmer VanHoorebeke Jr., 27, was an electrical system technician with VMU-1 who deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. VanHoorebeke

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LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR

The family of the man killed nearly a year ago in a crash with a Sheriff’s deputy in Twentynine Palms has filed a lawsuit against the deputy involved in the crash, as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department , the County, and the City. Z107.7 News has learned

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ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER MORONGO VALLEY STABBING MURDER

A suspect is in custody after a man was stabbed to death Saturday afternoon in Morongo Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, 911 received a call at 4:16 p.m. saying a Ford pick-up truck was parked on North Star Trail, just east of Big Morongo Road, with a male

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CRITICAL MISSING PERSON ALERT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a critical missing person with Alzheimer’s Disease. Oscar Nava is 75 years old, 6 feet tall, 160 #, gray hair, gray beard, and was wearing a blue baseball hat, blue jeans, brown work boots, gray shirt, and a green

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YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

Teenagers have an opportunity to perform a valuable public service while enjoying being outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp tells how to become part of the Youth Conservation Corps…

This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an eight-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Youths between the ages

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HILLTOPPERS MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The 40th Annual Hilltoppers off-road motorcycle Grand Prix is today and tomorrow, at the Twentynine Palms Motorsports Arena, east of the city off Highway 62 on Mojave Road. This grand prix is an AMA-sanctioned event and part of the GPR Big Six Grand Prix Series. The race attracts hundreds of

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CHP ENFORCING “ZERO TOLERANCE” FOR DISTRACTED DRIVERS IN APRIL

The California Highway Patrol will be enforcing “zero tolerance” during April for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Several common distracted driving practices include using handheld wireless phones, iPods, and GPS; anything that causes drivers

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HILLTOPPERS MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The 40th Annual Hilltoppers off-road motorcycle Grand Prix is this weekend, April 5 and 6, at the Twentynine Palms Motorsports Arena, east of the city off Highway 62 on Mojave Road. This grand prix is an AMA-sanctioned event and part of the GPR Big Six Grand Prix Series. The race

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR ELDER ABUSE, IDENTITY THEFT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested late Monday night, suspected of stealing his father’s credit and debit cards. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim, an elderly man in the 7300 block of Valley Vista Avenue in Yucca Valley, told Sheriff’s deputies four of his credit and debit cards were

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TORTOISE ROCK CASINO OPENS TO CAPACITY CROWDS

The new Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms is a hit. Less than half an hour after the casino opened its doors to the public, it had reached its capacity crowd of just over 1100 people. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley, Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs, San Bernardino

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OPTIONS OUTLINED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT WORKSHOP MEETING

What was billed as a special workshop meeting to “Determine the future of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department” was held Saturday at Twentynine Palms Water District offices. Not counting people not related to the district, only five residents attended. Among the 20 people there were Twentynine Palms Mayor Dan Mintz

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ART IN THE PARK

The time is near for one of the Morongo Basin’s don’t-miss annual events. Ranger Pam Tripp invites you to see the Art in the Park…

Spring is in the air and art is in the park! This year’s 20th annual Arts Festival takes place at Joshua Tree National Park. The

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FOOTPRINT ASSOCIATION AWARDS

CHP Officer Simon Miller receives his Footprint Award from CHP Sgt. Green.

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony Thursday in Yucca Valley. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored representatives from the Joshua Tree National

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Earthquake Jolts Southern California

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake, centered in La Habra, jolted Southern California at 9:11 p.m. tonight. The earthquake came about an hour after a 3.6 earthquake, also centered in La Habra, and was followed by two more aftershocks, with a magnitude of 3.4 at 9:11 and 3.6 9:30. The Morongo Basin

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THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR CRIME SPREE

Sheriff’s investigators may have broken a major regional crime spree. Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing merchandise and attempting to return it for a refund. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Suzanne Torres, 32, Patrick Wunderlee, 30, and Scott Downen, 61, went to the Food for Less

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS PRELIMINARY PROPERTY OWNER COSTS FOR SEWER SYSTEM

At its meeting last night, the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors received a preliminary estimate for four options for property tax assessments facing property owners in the three phases of the proposed sewer project. The board will also be faced with the decision of using a contractor who can

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COUNTY FIRE SAYS HIGH WINDS BRING FIRE DANGER

With the high winds blowing through the Morongo Basin today, the San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents to be smart and safe about open flames. The high winds and low humidity result in a high fire potential, and the County suspends all burn permits when there is a high

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS NO CHARGES AGAINST SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN FATAL CRASH

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office announced Monday that it will not be pressing charges against the Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a fatal traffic crash in Twentynine Palms last year, in which a Perris man was killed. According to spokesman Christopher Lee, the DA’s office declined to

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FOUR INJURED IN TWO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CRASHES

Two people were injured when their off-road vehicle went over a cliff in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. About 12:40 p.m., rescue personnel were called after the sand rail went over a 40-foot vertical cliff and rolled over in the hills east of the Joshua Tree dry lake bed. The female

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SNAKES ALIVE!

Do you dream about snakes? Ranger Pat Pilcher says you’re not alone…

Throughout the world, the most dreamed about animal is the serpent. In Joshua Tree National Park, as spring begins and temperatures start to warm up, snakes are turning up in more places than just people’s minds. Red racers

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