HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO MORONGO BASIN

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s behavioral health program has been awarded several contracts with the County to provide mental health services in the Morongo Basin. The former provider, Morongo Basin Mental Health Association, announced in April it was “financially unable to continue,” and would be closing June 30. The services to be

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday after he got into a fight with his daughter’s mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman in the 6900 block of Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley called her ex-boyfriend, Gregory Cowdry, 29, to babysit her children while she went to work. Cowdry

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TWO CRASHES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

Sketchy details on two crashes in Twentynine Palms this weekend. Saturday afternoon about 3:10, a motorcycle rider suffered major injuries after a crash with a Ford Expedition at Utah Trail and the Highway. According to a Sheriff’s report, the female driver of the Expedition was driving north on Utah Trail

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MOTORHOME AND CAR FIRE CAUSE POWER OUTAGE SATURDAY

A motorhome and the car it was towing are a total loss after a fire Saturday in Joshua Tree. According to Joshua Tree Fire Captain Dave Tuttle, about 12:45 Saturday afternoon, the driver of a 1985 motorhome started spraying some accelerant into the carburetor of the motorhome on Desert Trail

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3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS SET FOR HOMESTEAD PARK IN LANDERS

After a brief hiatus, the Third of July festivities are once again planned for the Homestead Valley Park in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says lots of community activities will end with a big fireworks show… Make plans now to join friends and family at the Homestead Valley Park Third of

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YUCCA VALLEY FIREWORKS AT A NEW LOCATION FOR 2013

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley has announced that due to an unforeseen issue with the Yucca Valley High School football field, they have moved the 30th annual Fourth of July Fireworks show and Community Fair to a new location. The fireworks show has been held for the last 29

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CHILD SAFETY TIP

It’s scary, but it happens: You’re out in a crowded place, with kids, and you lose track of one of them. Jessica Jean has a great precautionary tip… Before departing for any event with children or grandchildren, take a second, pull out your cell phone and take individual pictures of

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CALL FOR ART AT TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITOR’S CENTER

“It’s Gonna Be a Scorcher! – Impressions of Summer Heat” is the theme for the Art in Public Places summer exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Gallery in downtown Twentynine Palms. The show will be on display July, August, and September. Artists are invited to submit one piece

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BEE AWARE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Hardy Summer Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are being given some suggestions on how to avoid being annoyed by bees while camping and hiking. Park Ranger Pat Pilcher joins us… As the temperature rises and natural water sources dry up, many desert animals suffer from dehydration. Some creatures, such

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HIGHWAY 62 ROADWORK

A project to rehabilitate the pavement on Highway 62 in Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms from Yucca Mesa Road to Bermuda Avenue will continue this week with lane closures. The project will grind the existing roadway and replace with new asphalt. This week, the lane closures are east- and westbound

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERTS START SATURDAY

Yucca Valley’s popular summer concerts in the park starts this Saturday evening, June 29. For eight Saturday evenings, Morongo Basin residents can relax on the Community Center’s ball field and listen to a variety of music. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives us the line-up of musical acts… The 19th annual

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HORSEMAN’S GYMKHANA IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Horsemen’s Association will hold a Gymkhana Saturday in Twentynine Palms. The event will feature speed games on horseback and is open to the public. Registration begins at 5 p.m., with the games starting at 6. The Gymkhana will be held at Parker’s Arena, 4180 Mesquite Springs Road

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A REMINDER ABOUT TRAFFIC SAFETY FROM THE LOCAL CHP

With a recent spate of fatal and major injury crashes, the Morongo Basin Station of the California Highway Patrol is offering some traffic safety tips. Public information and Traffic officer Alex Scott joins us… The Morongo Basin has experienced several recent traffic collisions in which people have been tragically killed.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested after an argument in which he allegedly stabbed another man. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called police about 5 a.m. Thursday to report that a man and a woman were screaming and yelling at each other in the 7300 block of Sunnyvale

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FIELD DAY FOR LOCAL HAM RADIO OPERATORS THIS WEEKEND

Local ham radio operators will join others around the hemisphere for their annual field day exercise this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to see the invaluable service they provide… When the Basin was rocked by the Landers Quake in June 1992, local ham Radio operators commandeered the airwaves helping

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN QUALIFIES FOR MOTORCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

A Twentynine Palms resident has qualified for a national motorcross championship in July. Austin Meyers, a two-year-employee of Hutchins Motor Sports in Yucca Valley, is one of 1,446 qualifiers in the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motorcross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, July 29 through August 3. To help Meyers with

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REGIONAL WATER QUALITY BOARD OK’S SEPTIC FOR SENIOR HOUSING

It was a marathon 4-hour meeting that didn’t even get all the way through the agenda. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board met in Yucca Valley Thursday morning to discuss the septic tank prohibition and the waste water system of the Town’s new affordable senior housing project. Board members

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THREE ARRESTED IN LANDERS FOR STEALING AN ATV

Three people were arrested in Landers Wednesday, accused of stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a yard. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 700 block of Becker Avenue had the ATV stolen out of the front yard about 5:15 Wednesday morning. After an investigation, a 17-year-old Landers boy

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A REMINDER THAT FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

With the 4th of July not that far off, County authorities are reminding residents that they face steep fines and arrest for illegal fireworks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has details… Many people have fond memories of celebrating the Fourth of July by twirling sparklers, watching firework fountains, and snakes. But

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WE CLARIFY CURRENT GUN LAWS PERTAINING TO THE PARK

This clarification today, as this story broke yesterday, we quoted a paramedic who was told by a ranger that hiking with a gun in a National Park was legal. In fact, carrying a loaded handgun is NOT permitted in the Park. According to Joshua Tree National Park Chief Ranger Jeff

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