25 ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY WARRANT SWEEP

About 25 people were arrested in Yucca Valley Sunday during an arrest warrant sweep. Some of the people arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail during the 10-hour operation were: Jackie Singer, 57, on a misdemeanor traffic warrant, with his bail set at $50,000; Stoney Thomas, 27, on a

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TURTLE ROCK CASINO TO OPEN MARCH 31

After 10 months of construction, Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will hold its grand opening March 31. The opening ceremony will start with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m., after which patrons will be invited inside to play slots, poker, table games, and listen to live entertainment. Tribal Chairman

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KEEP IT CLEAN IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy the National Park, and keep it clean. Ranger Pam Tripp asks for your considerate behavior…

The question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is “What will we see as we drive through?” Our common answer is that you will see some animals, lots of vegetation, and

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HELPING HOMELESS VETS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare,

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YUCCA VALLEY TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH STUDENT BOOKED AND RELEASED

As expected, the Yucca Valley High School teacher who had a warrant out for his arrest, surrendered himself in to the Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning. Sheriff records indicate that Zachary Miller, 33, of Yucca Valley, was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail at 11:40 a.m. Miller’s bail was set at

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

A 33-year-old Yucca Valley High School teacher is expected to turn himself in to the Sheriff’s Department today, to answer charges that he had sex with a female student. A Joshua Tree Superior Court judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Zachary Miller Wednesday. According to the District Attorney’s

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ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER FOR SEX WITH STUDENT

An arrest warrant was issued today for a Yucca Valley High School teacher, who is accused of having sex with a female student. According to the Sheriff’s Department, officials at the high school notified the Sheriff’s Department January 31 that they suspected Zachary Miller, 33, of Yucca Valley, was having

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13-YEAR-OLD RESCUED AFTER INJURY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 13-year-old Manhattan Beach girl on a hiking trip with her class, had to be rescued in Joshua Tree National Park Tuesday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Robert Marquez, the girl was hiking with her classmates in the Indian Cove area of the park when she stepped on a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: PARADE AND VETERAN’S MOMUNENT ON AGENDA

Lobbyist and solar presentations, parade and monument planning, and curbs and gutters are all on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Dan Stork fleshes out the list of topics… At 5:30 pm on March 11, the Twentynine Palms City Council will gather at Theatre 29 on Sullivan Road

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MORONGO VALLEY MAC MEETS TONIGHT: LAND USE, LANDERS WATER ON THE TABLE

Land Use Services processes and management of a County water area head the agenda at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting on March 10, after elimination of a previously-announced workshop. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else to expect… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Monday March 10 features two

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SPRING BLOOMS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

With the approach of spring comes a promise of color in the desert. Ranger Pam Tripp welcome spring blooms… A sprinkling of spring blooms has begun in the south end of the park, along with a few Joshua Trees and other blooms in the north. Scattered areas are alive with

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SPRING FORWARD TONIGHT

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour tonight as we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time. And make sure to change the batteries in all your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights. Working smoke alarms are critical to helping save your life. If you installed the 10

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TWO MEN WANTED ON FELONY WARRANTS RECOGNIZED AND ARRESTED

A sharp-eyed Sheriff’s deputy recognized two felons who were wanted on warrants and arrested them at a grocery store Wednesday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Deputy Erdem Gorgolu was at the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers store about 10 a.m. when he saw Joshua Rhodes, 25, of Twentynine Palms, who

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COURT RULING BLOCKS JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL, FOR NOW

It ain’t over ’til it’s over. The effort to build a Dollar General retail store in Joshua tree has been halted—at least for now—by a San Bernardino County court. Reporter Dan Stork explains what the judge agreed with, and what he didn’t… According to court minutes released Tuesday morning, Judge

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PACKED WITH TEACHERS DEMANDING A RAISE

A standing-room-only crowd of school teachers and classified school employees expressed their disapproval with the course of not-yet-concluded contract negotiations between their unions and the Morongo Unified School District last night. Reporter Dan Stork was there to witness the show of solidarity, and tells what else happened at the Board

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YUCCA VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST MAN KILLED IN DUI HIT AND RUN

A motorcyclist was killed when a 69-year-old Yucca Valley man, accused of driving under the influence, turned his truck in front of him, then fled the scene after the fatal crash. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Greer, Jacob Koval, 26, of Yucca Valley, was riding his blue 2005 Suzuki motorcycle

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MAN SHOT AND KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY NIGHT

A Twentynine Palms man was reported to have been shot in the head and killed Sunday night. Sheriff’s homicide detectives were called to a home in the 7300 block of Saladin Avenue last night. Z107.7 News will have more information as it becomes available.

ROUGHING IT IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Like everything else about us, camping has been altered by technology. Ranger Pam Tripp surveys the history of roughing it… In the early days, hikers discovered the desert using a keen sense of direction, a good memory, and plenty of luck. They took a low-tech approach to exploring their environment.

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RAIN BRINGS CRASHES IN MORONGO VALLEY, ROAD CLOSURES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Friday’s rain resulted in at least three crashes in Morongo Valley, two of which closed Highway 62 for about two hours, and rain also forced the closure of several roads in Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives the details of the crashes and road closures…… At 9 a.m., a

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPT TO STEAL BIG TICKET ITEMS FROM WAL-MART

Three men were arrested Thursday morning, accused of attempting to steal thousands of dollars of merchandise from the Yucca Valley Wal-Mart. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, about 9:30 Thursday morning, Wal-Mart’s Loss Prevention associates observed Bryan Earnhart, 25, of Menifee, and Joseph Mascola, 27, of Wildomar, stealing about

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