***** 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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BATS

It flies in the National Park, but it’s not a bird or an insect. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where the bats are, and how to act around them…

When visiting Joshua Tree National Park during the warmer months, keep an eye out for the only flying mammal in the world

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DONNA MUNOZ ANNOUNCES RUN FOR COUNTY SUPERVISOR

In a stunning, live announcement on Friday’s Z107.7 Up Close Show long-time community activist and civic leader Donna Munoz told host Gary Daigneault she aims to win the County Board of Supervisor’s 3rd District seat currently held by James Ramos in the November 2016 election. Reporter Mike Lipsitz spoke to

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS BEGINS RESTRICTING ITS OWN WATER USE

The City of Twentynine Palms has begun doing its water-saving duty. Reporter Dan Stork explains what steps the city is taking…

The City of Twentynine Palms has begun undertaking water conservation measures on its public buildings and properties, in compliance with Governor Brown’s order for mandatory water reduction in cities

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF MOLESTATION ARRAIGNED

The Twentynine Palms school bus driver who was arrested in January on charges of child pornography and lewd acts with a child was arraigned in Joshua Tree Superior Court last week. Alex Gomez, 57, pleaded not guilty to lewd acts with a child, possession of child porn, and possession of

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TEACHERS IN CONTRACT DISPUTE MASS OUTSIDE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS

With protest folk songs alternating with appreciations of union solidarity over a portable P.A. system, Morongo Unified School District teachers massed outside district headquarters on both sides of Utah Trail on Tuesday afternoon. Reporter Dan Stork was at the rally, and spoke with MTA representatives John Ferguson and Terry Weitz…

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JOSHUA TREE MUSICIAN ON BICYCLE HIT AND KILLED SUNDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree musician was killed Sunday evening when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car. According to the California Highway Patrol, Tim Kelly, 58, was riding his bike northbound on Sunburst Avenue near Jericho Lane about 8:15 p.m. A 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by Derek Burnham,

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JOSHUA TREE MUSICIAN KILLED IN CRASH SUNDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree musician was killed Sunday evening when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car. According to the California Highway Patrol, Tim Kelly, 58, was riding his bike northbound on Sunburst Avenue near Jericho Lane about 8:15 p.m. A 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by Derek Burnham,

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LOST AND FOUND IN THE NATIONAL PARK

You drive out of the National Park, reach for your cell phone … it’s not there! Ranger Pam Tripp tells you what to do…

Many visitors enjoy a wonderful trip through Joshua Tree National Park, only to find later that they have forgotten or lost an item. It is not

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25TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKES RUN

On your marks. Get set. GO…to the Grubstakes Run. Reporter Cassie Zimarik gets out her starting pistol…

The 25th Annual Grubstakes 10K, 5K and 2K Run is to be held in Yucca Valley on Sunday, May 24. The Grubstakes Run is open to experienced and novice athletes of all ages

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65TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAY PARADE TOMORROW MORNING

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce 65th Annual Grubstake Days parade will take place on Saturday, May 23, of Memorial Day Weekend,. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is the United States Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. This year’s theme is “Patriotic Parade: Celebrating the Past, Present and

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MEMORIAL SERVICES SET FOR DUI VICTIMS LONNIE AND PAT TINER

A Memorial service for the victims of a Sunday night DUI hit-and-run in Joshua Tree has been set. The family of Lonnie and Pat Tiner said the service will be Saturday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Twentynine Palms. Granddaughter Keliana Tiner thanked the community

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FEES ARE GOING UP AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Many fees at Joshua Tree National Park will increase as of June 1, the park service has announced. Park officials said that while the public was generally in support of higher fees, the park received many public comments about increasing the fees in smaller increments than originally planned. In consideration

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE HIT BY DUI HIT AND RUN DRIVER HAVE DIED

The two people critically injured in the suspected DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening have died. The Riverside County Coroner’s office has identified the victims as Dr. Lonnie Tiner, 80, and his wife, Patricia, 76, both of Twentynine Palms. They were pronounced dead at 11:45 and 11:35 Monday morning

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Victims of Sunday’s Crash in Joshua Tree Died Monday

The two people critically injured in the suspected DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening have died. The Riverside County Coroner’s office have identified the victims as Dr. Lonnie Tiner, 80, and his wife, Patricia, 76, both of Twentynine Palms. They were pronounced dead at 11:45 and 11:35 a.m. Monday.

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STATE CONCEDES PROJECT PHOENIX BOND PROCEEDS TO CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

More than four years ago, the City of Twentynine Palms devised a plan to keep the state of California from taking away redevelopment money when all local redevelopment agencies in the state were dissolved in mid-2011. The city stuck to its strategy through a succession of legal battles. Reporter Dan

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