TWO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS GET AWARD FOR VALOR

Two Joshua Tree National Park rangers were presented with a prestigious award for valor by the Department of the Interior at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Danielle Sandoval and Jeremie Johnston were members of a trail crew working near Covington Flats in the park in July 2011 when they

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“GIVE BIG” COUNTY ON-LINE FUNDRAISER TODAY

Today, May 8th, is the San Bernardino County’s Give Big day! You can log onto www.givebigsbcounty.org, choose your local charity and donate. Give Big is a 24-hour online giving campaign for non-profit organizations that allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TAKES ON BREHM PARK, MAYBE BLACK ROCK ROAD

The Yucca Valley Town Council officially took responsibility for the Brehm Youth Park last night, and may take on Black Rock Canyon Road. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there at a very busy meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to

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U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES FOR PRAYER AT COUNCIL MEETINGS

Local residents who had disputed use of sectarian prayers at both City of Twentynine Palms and Town of Yucca Valley Council meetings have been waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a similar case in New York State; the decision came down on Monday. The Supreme Court gave

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HOUSE AND SHED IN YUCCA VALLEY DESTROYED BY FIRE

A house and shed were completely destroyed by a fire in Yucca Valley fire Saturday afternoon. When fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Cal Fire arrived at Aberdeen Drive at Melody Lane shortly before 1 p.m., heavy black smoke and flames were visible from the mobile home and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

It takes a lot of work to run a national park. Ranger Pam Tripp gives a peek at the administrative services at Joshua Tree National Park…

The administrative division of Joshua Tree National Park works behind the scenes to support the essential work of personnel. They perform duties, such as

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MARINE CORPS TO MEET WITH OHV COMMUNITY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host an informational meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Yucca Valley Community Center May 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups

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MARINE AND DAUGHTER RECOVERING FROM DUI CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN

More than two weeks after a Joshua Tree crash that killed the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, her husband and baby are slowly starting to recover from their life-threatening injuries. Lance Corporal Christopher Matthews, 28, is now in a wheelchair, and his 1-year-old daughter, Dakota, has regained consciousness at

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NO CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR THOUSANDS AFTER FIBER OPTIC CABLE CUT

Thousands of cell phone customers in the Hi-Desert were without service for about 10 hours Wednesday after a spliced fiber optic cable was blown apart during high winds in the Banning Pass. The cable carried phone lines for several carriers; Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers have all reported no cell

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A 54-year-old woman was killed in Morongo Valley last night when she was struck by a car on the highway. According to the California Highway Patrol, Geraldine Willis, 46, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2014 Dodge Avenger eastbound on Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when the still-unidentified woman attempted

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN’S FAMILY SUES THE GOVERNMENT OVER FATAL HUMVEE CRASH

The family of a daughter who was killed in a highway collision in 2013 in Joshua Tree, involving a Marine who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of a military-issued Humvee, has filed a federal lawsuit in Riverside District Court. Kristin Thrawl, 26, of Yucca Valley, was killed in the

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GARBAGE TRUCK CAUSES POWER OUTAGE IN JOSHUA TREE FRIDAY

Joshua Tree was without power for several hours Friday afternoon due to a low-hanging cable line. According to the California Highway Patrol, Kenneth Porter, 59, of Joshua Tree was driving a Burrtec garbage truck northbound on Mountain View Street, just south of Chollita Road, when the top of the truck

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HOW YOUR NATIONAL PARK WORKS

The 1250 square miles of National Park on our doorstep looks untended. Ranger Pam Tripp gives a hint of how much goes on behind the scenes to tend it…

Joshua Tree National Park consists of approximately 800,000 acres of land, which requires the service of many employees. The park is

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GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS AND WINNER

Greenleaf Scholarship Finalists Crystalfaith Rickman and Karina Vanegas, Scholarship winner Timothy Hesse, and Finalists Jacynda Gutierrez and Katelyn Sage.

Recently four students were recognized by Copper Mountain College Foundation as finalists for the Greenleaf Scholarship. Jacynda Gutierrez, from 29 Palms High School wants to pursue her doctorate in Psychiatry

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PROPOSED NEW LAW WOULD ALLOW CITIES TO REGULATE MASSAGE PARLORS

State lawmakers proposed new legislation on Wednesday for the regulation of massage therapy in California that would give cities more power to regulate massage parlors. Cities have complained for years that the 2008 Massage Therapy Law prohibited them from enacting laws to regulate massage parlors, and since the law went

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FOUR TEENS INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TUESDAY NIGHT

Four teenagers were injured late Tuesday night when their car rolled over near the Joshua Tree entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 11:30 p.m., a 16-year-old Joshua Tree girl was driving a green 2003 Toyota Solara southbound on Quail Springs Road, toward the

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CHARGED UPGRADED TO MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST WOMAN ACCUSED IN JOSHUA TREE DUI

The charges against a woman accused of causing a head-on crash in Joshua Tree 10 days ago that killed a woman and critically injured her husband and 1-year-old daughter, were upgraded Saturday from felony DUI to gross vehicular manslaughter. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jennifer Zapata, 22, of Magna,

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WOMAN STABBED IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY IN CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

A Desert Hot Springs woman was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity in Yucca Valley Saturday evening, and a Joshua Tree woman is in custody. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Erica Devine was arguing with another woman in the 58600 block of Barron Drive in Yucca Valley shortly

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CLAREMONT POLICE, LOCAL DEPUTIES, CHASE AND ARREST YUCCA VALLEY MAN FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday morning after a brief chase, accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Claremont in March. According to Claremont police, Joseph Davall, 34, entered a home in Claremont late on the night of March 21 and physically and sexually assaulted the girl who

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REMOTE CONTROL TOYS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Remote control toys are neat, and there are appropriate places to play with them. Ranger Pam Tripp says, the National Park is NOT one of them…

 

Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however,

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