U2 TRIBUTE BAND AT YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Music Fest continues with “L.A. Vation,” a tribute to U2 this weekend. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

The world’s greatest tribute to U2 is “L.A. Vation,” deriving its name from the U2 hit “Elevation.” They’re more than just a cover band. They not only execute great music,

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TODDLER FOUND ALONE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of child neglect. According to a Sheriff’s report, a CHP officer found a 1-year-old toddler unattended outside near the roadway in the 62000 block of Mountain View Circle in Joshua Tree. After an investigation, a Sheriff’s deputy located the mother, Kodi Schrimshaw,

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FISH AND GAME COMMISSION VOTES TO BAN BOBCAT TRAPPING IN THE STATE

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to ban bobcat trapping statewide. In 2013, the California legislature—spurred on by Joshua Tree residents who said trapping had sharply reduced the number of bobcats near the park—passed the Bobcat Protection Act that created buffer zones around state and national parks

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A CUT LINE RESULTS IN PHONE, CELL PHONE AND INTERNET OUTAGES

Morongo Basin residents experienced Internet and cell phone service outages for most of Tuesday. The outage affected Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers. Many area businesses were unable to process credit and debit cards and some closed, including several local banks. According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John

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UPDATE: WIDESPREAD VERIZON OUTAGE HAS BEEN RESTORED

As of 3:53 this afternoon, it appears that all cellular and internet services, emergency services, as well as ATMs and credit card networks are back online. According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning.

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DAMAGED TRUNKLINE IN PALM SPRINGS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR WIDESPREAD CELLULAR OUTAGE

According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning. This is affecting all Verizon landline and cell service, including 911. The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services is in the process of making arrangements

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FOUR SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES INJURED, SUSPECT ARRESTED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Four Sheriff’s deputies were injured and a man was taken into custody following a bizarre attempted break-in in Twentynine Palms Monday morning. About 7:45 a.m., Aulton Miles, 34, who was barefoot and not wearing a shirt, hopped over a fence and knocked on the front door of a home in

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3 TWENTYNINE PALMS OFF-ROAD RIDERS ELECTROCUTED BY A DOWNED POWER LINE

Three men were sent to area hospitals Saturday morning after they drove their off-road vehicles into a downed power line in Twentynine Palms. The men, two of whom were riding dirt bikes and one who was riding a quad, were on an unpaved section of Desert Knoll Avenue near Condor

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SUMMER CLOUDS

We’ve seen plenty of them lately. Ranger Pam Tripp waxes poetic about summer clouds…

They gently move in, sometimes from the east, sometimes from the west. And sometimes they just seem to stall and gather off in the distance. They cast long graceful shadows on the mountain ranges and valley

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“HOUSE PARTY” AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival continues this Saturday night with a live outdoor concert. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details …

The town of Yucca Valley is pleased to present their popular concert series. The dance band “House Party” will perform live this Saturday night, August 1, at

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RAIN AND LIGHTNING BRING FIRES, FLOODS, AND POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal rain and lightning storms slammed parts of Morongo Basin again yesterday, flooding roads, sparking fires, and causing power outages. Thousands of residents in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa were without power for 10 hours or more, starting about 1 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road, Utah Trail,

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STORMS BRING FLOODS, MUD, DEBRIS, CLOSURES & STRANDED MOTORISTS

An intense line of thunderstorms inundated parts of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Coming out of the east at about 1:30 p.m., parts of Twentynine Palms north of the highway saw rain and hail turn roads and washes into swiftly moving torrents of mud and debris. Winters Road was mostly impassable

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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CASE OF ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE CONTINUED AGAIN

The judge hearing the case of accused murderer Christopher Lee did not reassign the case to another judge today, despite a court opinion issued earlier this month by the Court of Appeals that his lawyer’s request for a new judge was timely. Lee’s attorney David Kaloyanides had requested a change

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MONSOON SEASON

If we didn’t know it before, we know it now: summer rain in the desert can be fierce. Ranger Pam Tripp tells about the benefits of the monsoons, and passes along water-wise tips…

The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry,

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THE WISE GUYS AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert series continues this Saturday night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to hear the big band sounds of the Wiseguys…

Yucca Valley’s free Summer Music Festival continues this Saturday, July 25, with the Wiseguys Big Band Machine. From swing to swank, the Wiseguys Big Band Machine

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I-10 EXPECTED TO REOPEN WITH ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION TODAY

A temporary detour that will allow traffic to flow in both directions on I-10 near Eagle Mountain was expected to be completed today, relieving the overtaxed State Route 62 through the Morongo Basin of an estimated 15,000 vehicles a day. State officials have yet to estimate how long it will

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A POSSIBLE ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of attempted murder after he shot at a man in the Hanson Tract area. According to the Sheriff Department, a man saw a white sedan driving slowly and without its lights on through the neighborhood in the 7400 block of

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1-10 TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT NOON

CalTrans has announced that Interstate 10 will reopen to traffic at noon on Friday. Crews will strengthen the westbound side of the Tex Wash bridge near Eagle Mountain to allow two-way traffic on it–one lane in each direction. Workers will then start working on the collapsed eastbound bridge to get

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