STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY AT WAL-MART, JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, accused of strong arm robbery at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart loss prevention personnel observed Bruce Johnson, 46, of the 61900 block of Begonia, concealing items in his backpack. When security attempted to prevent Johnson from leaving the

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GRASS-ROOTS FUND-RAISER SEES 1,500 ATTENDEES, RAISES OVER $17,000

In a remarkable grass-roots event Saturday, over 1,500 people attended “Abigail’s Day” Saturday at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. Organizers said the event, first planned as a family barbeque, grew beyond their wildest expectations into an phenomenal outpouring of community support for young Abigail Snipes, a 12-year-old cancer victim currently

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GRAFFITI IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Whether defacers of nature fancy themselves artists, or are celebrating an infatuation, they’re still jerks. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what you can do to fight graffiti…

The beauty of Joshua Tree National Park speaks for itself in the vast open views, the wondrous rock piles, the unique Joshua Trees, and

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ABIGAIL’S DAY

A fundraiser is set for today, Saturday, March 28, to help the family of a 12-year-old Yucca Mesa girl who has had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments on a cancerous 15-pound tumor on her neck. Friends of the Snipes family are hoping to raise $7,000 at the event to pay

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THIS RACE WEEKEND, SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE LAWS

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the Hill Toppers Moto-Cross Gran Prix event in Twentynine Palms occurs this weekend Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only; and respect private lands. The Sheriff’s Department OHV Team and

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD APPROVES 30-YEAR LEASE

In a special meeting last night, the board of directors of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District signed papers approving a 30-year lease of Hi-Desert Medical Center to Tenet HealthCare of Dallas, Texas. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says another meeting tonight will set up a required election on the agreement… Following many

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER LEASE TO TENET HEALTHCARE SET FOR APPROVAL, VOTE IS NEXT

After months of negotiations and input, the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District Board of Directors will put their signatures on lease and purchase agreements, officially agreeing to lease Hi-Desert Medical Center to Tenet HealthCare of Dallas, Texas. Tenet is one of the country’s leading and most comprehensive healthcare services companies,

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PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ASSAULT RESULTS IN AN ARREST IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of assaulting a woman physically and sexually. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness called about 8 a.m. to report that a woman was covered in bruises and belt marks, and also had a swollen eye. The victim said her boyfriend,

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FUND-RAISER WILL BENEFIT CANCER STRICKEN YUCCA MESA GIRL

Z107.7 has featured a couple stories about Abigail Snipes, the 12-year-old girl from Yucca Mesa with a 15-pound tumor on her neck. The tumor was removed in January, and Abigail is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Loma Linda University Hospital. Friends of the Snipes family are organizing a fundraising

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YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

As a regular hiker in Joshua Tree National Park, I appreciate the maintenance done on the trails. Ranger Pam Tripp says that teen-agers can be part of keeping the Park in shape, and get paid for it…

The eight week Youth Conservation Corps program will once again be sponsored

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MARIJUANA SALES ARREST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of selling marijuana at Copper Mountain College. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department about 12:40 p.m. to report suspicious activity surrounding a vehicle in the parking lot at Copper Mountain College. Deputies noticed multiple people coming to

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MARINE DOING SPEEDING BIKE WHEELIES UP ADOBE ROAD CITED

Twentynine Palms deputies arrested a reckless motorcycle rider who was speeding and doing wheelies Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted Corporal Zachary Coffinger, 24, a Marine with Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, about 12:18 p.m. doing wheelies on his 2002 Honda motorcycle as he was driving

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HI-DESERT WATER CELEBRATES 1% STATE SEWER SYSTEM LOAN

Hi-Desert Water District celebrates a low-cost loan last night. The tone at the meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors was restrained jubilation. Reporter Dan Stork explains the joy and the restraint… The directors of the Hi-Desert Water District thanked staff, Yucca Valley town officials, regulatory officials and

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YUCCA VALLEY MEDIAN CONSTRUCTION AT DUMOSA KICKS IN TODAY

The construction of the median island at Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley will begin today, March 18, and is expected to take three to four weeks to complete. The highway will receive temporary striping, and travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction between

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STATE TO CONSIDER STRICT WATER RATIONING MEASURES TODAY

The State Water Resources Control Board considers tough water restrictions today that could reshape how we consume water. The Board will discuss the drought and water restrictions for the 400-plus water districts in the state. CalEPA researcher Max Gromberg said, “We are telling all of water districts around the state,

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MILD EARTHQUAKE RATTLES TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE SATURDAY

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake Saturday morning centered on the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. The temblor occurred at 4:52 a.m. at a depth of 0.6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS said the epicenter was 30 miles north of Joshua Tree, 32 miles north-northwest of Twentynine Palms,

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ORANGE PEELS

Did you ever just drop an orange peel while hiking, figuring “it’s natural”? Ranger Pam Tripp says uh-uh…

Many visitors to Joshua Tree National Park make efforts to reduce the amount of waste they produce by re-using or recycling. While it is great to use a compost heap for kitchen

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COMBINED ROTARY CLUBS FOOD DRIVE TODAY

The Morongo Basin Rotary Clubs will hold a food drive to benefit hungry residents and food banks in the Morongo Basin. Rotarians will be at all Stater Brothers locations in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms from 9 to 5 tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, to collect non-perishable food items or cash

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YUCCA MESA STRUCTURE FIRE SENDS UP LARGE PLUME OF SMOKE

Yucca Mesa and Joshua Tree firefighters, along with a water tender from Morongo Valley, were called to a structure fire about 6 p.m. Thursday. The 1,200 square-foot triple-wide mobile home was in a remote area on Ducor Avenue, off Security Drive just east of Yucca Mesa Road, on the border

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FIRE DESTROYS STRUCTURE THURSDAY EVENING

Yucca Mesa and Joshua Tree firefighters, along with a water tender from Morongo Valley, were called to a structure fire about 6 p.m. Thursday. The 1,200 square-foot structure was in a remote area on Ducor Avenue, off Security Drive just east of Yucca Mesa Road, on the border of Yucca

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