JOSHUA TREE WOMAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was killed in a roll-over crash Tuesday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, Kimberly Elliott, 28, was driving her 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant eastbound on Highway 62. As she approached Ronald Drive in Yucca Valley about 9:15 p.m., she lost control of her car. The car hit

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EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS ISSUED, COOLING CENTERS OPENED

The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing its hottest days so far, with temps in the triple digits. The National Weather service has issued an excessive heat watch for temperatures ranging from 110 today to 117 this weekend. Several buildings have been designated as cooling centers where you can get out

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DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 62, EAST OF I-10

Three serious crashes in the Morongo Basin this weekend, including at least one fatality on deadly Highway 62. The confirmed fatality was a single vehicle rollover on Highway 62 in the Morongo Grade at 3:04 Sunday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Behrens said that the westbound Toyota Tacoma rolled over

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CHECK OUT NATIONAL PARKS ONLINE

There are multiple ways to use the Internet to find out what’s going on in the national parks. Ranger Pam Tripp surveys what the Web has to offer…

Today’s social media sites allow us to look up and even discuss the latest trends and current events, while gathering information on

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NOAH PURIFOY RETROSPECTIVE

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is holding a retrospective exhibition of a famed artist who spent the last years of his life in Joshua Tree. Noah Purifoy, who co-founded the Watts Town Art Center, used the debris from the Watts riots to

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A STABBING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

We have additional information about a story we ran Tuesday about a stabbing in Twentynine Palms, in which we said one man was arrested. According to court records, two men—Steven Perez, 24, and Robert Prudholme, 26, both of Twentynine Palms—were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing

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STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED, THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ARRESTED

Three Twentynine Palms men were arrested yesterday, accused of stealing a vehicle and being in possession of stolen property. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, about 8 a.m. Wednesday, a 2010 Lexus was reported stolen from the 72500 block of Juanita Drive in Twentynine Palms. Then about 2 p.m. yesterday,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL: WATER CONSERVATION, FIRE, AGENDA SETTING AND EXTRA FUNDS

The Twentynine Palms City Council said goodbye to Captain Dale Mondary and hello to his successor last night. Reporter Dan Stork says it also called a halt to further turf removal, selected members for the ad hoc Fire Committee, kept agenda-setting rules as-is, and approved the Special Funds Budget…

Sheriff’s

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MEASURE X DEFEAT IS NOW OFFICIAL

It’s official: Yucca Valley residents decidedly voted against a ballot measure that would have allowed up to two medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. The County Registrar of Voters released the official election results yesterday. With 38 percent of the town’s voters casting ballots, Measure X was defeated 56.5 percent

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ONE ARREST AFTER 3 MEN STABBED FRIDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY NIGHT

Three men were stabbed during an argument in Twentynine Palms Friday night, and the suspected assailant was arrested the next day. According to a Sheriff’s report, Steven Perez, 24, was arguing with the men in the 6600 block of Desert Queen Avenue in Twentynine Palms shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday

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DROUGHT THREATENS VERY EXISTENCE OF JOSHUA TREES

If the Mojave desert continues to be in a drought along with the rest of California, the very existence of the iconic Joshua trees may be threatened. An ecologist with the University of California Riverside told the Los Angeles Times, “If warmer, drier conditions continue in the coming decades, scientific

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NO REMOTE CONTROL TOYS IN THE NATIONAL PARK, PLEASE

Remote control toys are great fun. Ranger Pam Tripp says that the Desert is not the place for them…

Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park.

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BROADWAY MUSICAL “MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” AT THEATRE 29

The comedic musical whodunit “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is now playing at Theatre 29 through June 27. Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” recreates the lively, bawdy world of a Victorian-era British music hall. A distinguished company of actors attempts to tell the story

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TWENTYNINE PALMS GRANDFATHER ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of child cruelty when he disciplined his grandchild. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Feskanich, 47, in the 6400 block of Mariposa Avenue was supposed to babysit his three-year-old grandson about 6:30 p.m. The report states Feskanich called his son to

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CONVICTED IN SEX WITH STUDENT CASE

A former Yucca Valley High School teacher, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, and whose February trial ended in a mistrial, accepted a plea bargain in Joshua Tree court Friday. Zachary Miller, 34, pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more

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***** BREAKING NEWS******* YUCCA VALLEY TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL SEX WITH MINOR

A Yucca Valley High School teacher, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, and whose February trial ended in a mistrial, accepted a plea bargain in Joshua Tree court Friday. Zachary Miller, 34, pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than

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YUCCA VALLEY VOTERS SAY NO TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA; MEASURE “X” DEFEATED

Yucca Valley residents yesterday defeated an initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. With about one-third of the town’s 9,800 registered voters casting ballots, the final unofficial results are 57 percent against Measure X, with only 43 percent of voters for the proposed ordinance. Only 730 of the

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MEASURE X FAILS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley residents defeated yesterday an initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. With about one-third of the town’s 9,800 registered voters casting ballots, the final unofficial results are 1,854 against Measure X, with only 1,414 voters for the proposed ordinance. Only 730 of the more than 3,200

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ELECTION DAY TODAY IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR MEASURE X

Today is election day in Yucca Valley for Measure X. Measure X would permit one medical marijuana dispensary per 10,000 residents to operate in the town. Polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight. Check your voter’s guide for your polling station, or call 800-881-VOTE.

FIRE AND CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

Twentynine Palms firefighters were busy Sunday, responding to both a structure fire and a traffic collision. About 1:50 p.m., the Twentynine Palms Fire Department received multiple calls of a house fire on Kaiser Road, near Morongo Road, in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms. According to firefighter Lane McGivern,

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