INTENSE RAINS BRING FLASH FLOODING AND ROAD CLOSURES

Parts of the Morongo Basin experienced intense rain storms and severe flash flooding yesterday afternoon, while other parts remained dry without a drop of rain. A National Weather service trained spotter reported parts of Twentynine Palms received 2 ½ inches of rain in less than one hour, while other parts

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT DISCUSSES DROPPING FIRE MUTUAL AID, METER NOTIFICATIONS

During last night’s Twentynine Palms Water District meeting, the Board debated whether or not to stop the Fire Department’s mutual aid agreements to other cities. Mutual aid is an agreement with neighboring Fire Departments in which they respond to a fire if the home department is unable to respond or

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION PART 2 OF 3: WIND ENERGY RULES

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission discussed regulations for home-based businesses, wind energy, and undergrounding utilities at its meeting Tuesday night. Yesterday, in Part 1 of a 3-part report, Commissioners discussed whether it should allow residents to establish a home-based business to sell firearms. Today, in Part 2, the Commission discusses

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DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Police Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint tonight. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed location in Twentynine Palms between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing

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AN UPDATE ON THE TORTOISE ROCK CASINO, NEW OPENING DATE

The exterior walls are up at the Tortoise Rock Casino on Baseline Road in Twentynine Palms. Dan Stork asked the casino management, “When is the opening?” …

The web site for Tortoise Rock Casino still says “Opening Fall 2013,” but Adam Sak, the Marketing Director for Spotlight29, told Z107.7 that

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JOSHUA TREE HOME LOST IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FIRE

A Joshua Tree home is most likely a total loss after a fire Wednesday afternoon. According to Joshua Tree Fire Engineer Dave Fuller, a woman in the 4500 block of Avenida La Flora thought something was burning on her neighbor’s stove, and she went next door to check it out.

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FELON FOUND WITH FIREARMS AND DRUGS

A Landers man was arrested Saturday, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to a sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Alonso Claros, 43, near the 5600 block of Adobe Road about 6 a.m. Saturday morning because he was riding an unlicensed off-road vehicle, and riding without

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WARRANT SOUGHT AFTER YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING

Deputies are seeking a warrant for a Yucca Valley man who shot at a man Monday evening. Sheriff’s investigators say the victim, a man identified only as “Morones,” went to the home of Joseph Huffman, in the 5200 block of Elata Road in Yucca Valley, shortly after 7 p.m. to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET, HIGHWAY PROJECT AND DEVELOPMENT FEES DISCUSSED

The scheduled highway project update and development fees discussions were supplemented by an archaeological emergency at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Dan Stork grabs his shovel…

A not-previously-agendized item was added to the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting as an emergency topic. Improvement work along National Park Drive has

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS, MORONGO VALLEY CSD TOO CLOSE TO CALL

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters released the first tally of votes for the mail election concluded yesterday. The totals include ballots received in the mail through Election Day. In the Morongo Valley Community Services District voting, with three seats up for grabs, the leading vote getter was Karen

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TWO SOUGHT IN TWO SEPARATE ASSAULTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is searching for two men involved in separate assaults in Yucca Valley Saturday. About12:45 p.m., Francisco Rodriguez, 28, went to a residence in the 7400 block of Condalia Avenue where he started arguing with his brother, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Matthew Garrison, 23. During the argument, Francisco Rodriguez

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PLANS MADE TO EUTHANIZE 700 DESERT TORTOISES ON RESERVE

For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the

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TREAT BAT BITES QUICKLY

With the warm moist weather, bats are more common in ore Morongo Basin Desert area. Reporter Taylor Thacker says, while they are welcome, they can bring some danger…

Bats may look cute and cuddly, but these animals can actually carry infectious diseases that can make humans and other animals sick.

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ELDERLY TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, ONE IN CUSTODY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested after he robbed an elderly man at gunpoint Saturday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the 82-year-old man had gone to his mailbox in the 5000 block of Adobe Road about noon when he said Randy Ragsdale, 31, approached him with a handgun and demanded

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FIRST HAND REPORT FROM Z107.7'S MANAGING EDITOR ON SCENE

Among the many residents stuck by the closure of the highway in Morongo Valley was our own Managing Editor Tami Roleff, who had responded to the mudslides and power pole failure only to find herself waiting along with hundreds of others…

The sound from the river of mud in the

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SEVERE WEATHER CLOSES GRADE, FLOODS ROADS, BRING POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal downpours, remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo, created flash flooding that wreaked havoc on area residents and motorists Sunday. Highway 62 in Morongo Valley was closed for hours Sunday evening due to flash flooding that left two feet of mud on the highway, and stranded vehicles near Valley View Road.

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PREGNANCY NUTRITION CLASS

Knowing what’s healthy to eat and drink during pregnancy, and after the child is born, can be confusing. The Family Service Association is offering a presentation on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Beyond. Sue Huber, a certified nutritionist from Sue’s Health Food in Yucca Valley, will discuss prenatal vitamins, eating for

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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

National Park admission is free today, to celebrate the birthday of the National Park system. Ranger Pam Tripp says there’s another free day next month…

On Saturday, September 28, our nation celebrates National Public Lands Day. Volunteer groups will participate in a variety of projects that benefit our shared heritage.

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SPAMALOT OPENS AT THEATRE 29

The eagerly-awaited production of “Spamalot” opened last night at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells what to expect…

Theatre 29’s latest production, “Spamalot,” is lovingly “ripped-off” from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Directed by multi award-winning director, Kathryn Ferguson, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” is a farcical re-telling

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FREE ADMISSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUNDAY

Joshua Tree National Park will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Sunday, August 25. When President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that created the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, there were 37 national parks. Today, there are 401. Joshua Tree National

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