YUCCA VALLEY RECALL PETITIONS FAIL TO QUALIFY FOR THE BALLOT

Last month, recall proponents turned in to the Yucca Valley Town Clerk’s office recall petitions with about 260 more signatures than were needed to recall Council Member George Huntington and Mayor Pro Tem Robert Lombardo. Yet after review by the County Registrar of Voters, about 450 of those signatures were

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BREAKING NEWS–YUCCA VALLEY RECALL PETITION FAILS

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The petitions to recall Yucca Valley Council Members George Huntington and Robert Lombardo FAILED. The petitions were each short by approximately 200 votes.

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MARINES RETURNING HOME TODAY, Z107.7 TO BROADCAST ARRIVAL

The second of several companies of Marines are expected to arrive home today to the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Third Battalion 4th Marines, and 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in April in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Marines supported the transition of U.S. forces over to the

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ONE DEAD, ONE ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE STABBING

A Joshua Tree man is dead, and another arrested, following an argument early Sunday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report and press release, a man called 911 about 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning to report Lionel Blankenship, 50, had been “accidentally” stabbed. When deputies arrived, they located Blankenship near the road

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MOST DOD EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO WORK TODAY

The Pentagon is bringing back to work at least 90 percent of the estimated 350,000 defense civilian employees who were furloughed in the government shutdown. The decision announced Saturday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act, that

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BREAKING NEWS–DOD CIVILIANS TO RETURN TO WORK MONDAY

The Marine Corps Public Affairs Office has notified Z107.7 that MOST civilian Department of Defense employees should return to work Monday morning. According to the announcement from the Twentynine Palms PAO, a limited number of employees will remain on furlough; employees who will remain on furlough will be contacted today

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DISEASED DESERT BIGHORN

There are some sick sheep out in the wild, says Ranger Pam Tripp. Beware…

Joshua Tree National Park has recently received a report of what appears to be a possible case of ecthyma on the bighorn sheep within the park. Lesions have been spotted and photographed on the nose of

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GEM AND MINERAL SHOW IN JOSHUA TREE

A gem of our lineup of local annual attractions is in large part about gems. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to the Gem, Mineral, and Craft Show in Joshua Tree…

Dazzling gems and geodes are sparkling in the desert sun. The 38th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft Show will

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SHERIFF, JUDGE, AND CALTRANS AT COUNTY SAFETY FORUM

About three dozen people, mostly public officials and employees of local agencies and governing bodies, attended a public safety forum at Copper Mountain College. Dan Stork summarizes the presentations they heard from three regional officials, on jails, courts, and highways…

29 Palms Council Member and SANBAG rep Jim Harris,

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED MOTORCYCLE PURSUIT AND CRASH

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Wednesday morning following a high-speed chase on Highway 62 and through Yucca Valley neighborhoods at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. According to CHP and Sheriff reports, shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday, Jason Yoho, 31, was riding a Suzuki GSXR 750 motorcycle

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SIX TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COULD FACE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday that six Twentynine Palms High School students, all between the ages of 14 and 15, are being referred to the District Attorney’s office for possible charges related to possession and distribution of child pornography for a sexting video. Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell told Z107.7 News

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GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN CLOSES JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The government shutdown will not affect military personnel at the Twentynine Palms Combat Center; they will still report for duty, but they will be paid retroactively. Civilian government employees will be furloughed, however. Civilians will only be reimbursed for their lost time if a law is enacted to pay them,

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD AFFECT LOCAL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Many local federal employees would feel the pinch if the federal government shuts down tomorrow. If the U.S. government has to shut down tomorrow, about half of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers will be furloughed until an appropriations bill is passed. Civilians who are furloughed would be paid retroactively

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CLIMBERS COFFEE STARTS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Tree National Park is a destination for rock climbers from all over the world. As the seasons change, the Park is restarting a popular weekly climbers’ get-together. Park Ranger Pam Tripp invites the sports lovers to “climbers’ coffee”, starting in October…

Every winter, rock climbers converge on Joshua

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YMIA HOSTS STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Tonight is the second and final night of the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival, sponsored by the Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association. The Starry Nights Festival will be held in a new location this year, at the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT DELIVERS A BABY LAST NIGHT

A baby couldn’t wait until his mother got to the hospital to make his appearance last night. The Morongo Valley woman was getting ready to leave the hospital, but she didn’t make it past the house’s front porch. The Morongo Valley Fire Department was called to the 4900 block of

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER BEATING HIMSELF UP

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he started screaming and beating himself up in the restroom at a Twentynine Palms drug store. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:30, employees at the Rite Aid store in Twentynine Palms called police to report a man, later identified as

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2-YEAR-OLD FOUND WANDERING IN DESERT; MOTHER ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday after her 2-year-old son was found wandering alone in the desert. About 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, a woman found the child wandering in the middle of the road near the intersection of Deer Trail and Tanager Road in Flamingo Heights. The woman was unable

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TWO CIVIC MEETINGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK; WE HAVE DETAILS

There are two civic meetings in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork has the agendas of the City Council and the Oversight Board…

Among the presentations at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on September 24 will be one by County Sheriff John McMahon regarding AB109 (the prison reorganization bill);

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CADIZ STEAM TRAIN CALLED A RUSE TO GET AROUND FEDERAL REVIEW

The plan by Cadiz, Inc. to put in a steam train from Cadiz to Parker, Arizona, as a tourist attraction called “Cadiz Southeastern Railway,” announced by Z107.7 News Friday, is being called a superficial ruse by environmentalists. The National Parks Conservation Association said, “It is the latest in a series

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