TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON ARRESTED A DAY AFTER GETTING OUT OF JAIL

A Twentynine Palms man who was released from jail on Sunday was arrested Monday, accused of violating a restraining order. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Farhat, 25, had been in jail for violating the terms of his parole; he was released Sunday. On Monday, the owner of a vacant

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6 HURT, 2 CRITICAL, IN HWY 62 CRASH IN WEST TWENTYNINE PALMS

Six people were injured, three critically, in a two-car crash in Twentynine Palms yesterday afternoon that shut down Highway 62 for an hour. According to the Sheriff’s Department, about 4:07, a white VW Jetta attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 62 from northbound Pederson near the Eagles Aerie.

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SATURDAY MORONGO VALLEY CRASH CAUSES ROAD DELAYS, POWER OUTAGE

Traffic on Highway 62 was disrupted for about six hours on Saturday after a man drove his truck into a power pole in Morongo Valley. About 2:30 p.m., Raymond Yglesias, 48, of Whittier, was driving a Ford Ranger pick-up truck pulling a trailer, westbound on the Highway, just east of

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MUSD SUPERINTENDENT PUT ON PAID LEAVE

Dr. Cecilia English, the Superintendent of the Morongo Unified School District, has been placed on paid administrative leave. That was the full statement given to z107.7 by a school board member, following a special meeting of the Board of Education that was noticed as a closed session performance evaluation of

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN HYDRO PROJECT GETS FEDERAL LICENSE

The Eagle Mountain landfill project is dead, but another massive project has desert residents, environmentalists, and some government agencies up in arms. According to a story in Friday’s Desert Sun, a controversial plan to build a hydroelectric plant in the open pits of an old iron mine was granted a

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO DAYS FOUND IN BRAWLEY

A Yucca Valley woman who has been missing for two days has been found alive and well in Brawley. On Wednesday, June 18, about 7:30 a.m., Kathleen “Kay” Collins, 88, left her home in the 56200 block of 29 Palms Highway to attend an event at the Double Tree Hotel

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire will face life without parole, and not the death penalty, if he is convicted at trial. Last week, Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams announced at a preliminary hearing for Hector Meza, 41, that the

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WOMAN RESCUED FROM TEETERING CAR ON YUCCA GRADE THIS MORNING

A woman had to be rescued early this morning after her car went into a ditch in the Yucca Grade. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 going up the Yucca Grade drove off the side of the road, with her car perched precariously over the

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COUNTY COURTS TO OFFER ON-LINE RESTRAINING ORDER SYSTEM

The San Bernardino County Court system has initiated a free online system for people requesting a restraining order due to domestic violence. The applicant for a restraining order answers a few questions on the court’s website. The request can then be submitted to the court electronically 24 hours a day,

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ATTEMPTED STABBING IN LANDERS SUNDAY EVENING

A Landers man was arrested Sunday evening after he tried to stab someone with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, after Brian Grajkowski, 50, made a crude comment about a woman, he was told to stop talking like that and to leave the property in the 7800 block of

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WILDERNESS PROTECTION ACT ANNIVERSARY

Before there was an officially-designated Joshua Tree National Park, there was Federal action to protect and preserve it. Ranger Pam Tripp celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act…

The Wilderness Protection Act of 1964 established federally-managed lands preserved as large, roadless tracts where there are no mechanized vehicles

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL

The 6th annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival is taking place today, June 14th, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. It runs from 11 am to 11 pm. The cost is fee, with a suggested donation of $5. It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER KITCHEN FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson, a resident of a home in the 56000 block of Navajo Trail had something cooking on the stove, and stepped out of the room for a few minutes. The resident came back

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SECOND SUSPECT, FATHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CHILD ABUSE CASE

A second suspect has been arrested in a Yucca Valley child abuse investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Reed, 27, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of felony child abuse and neglect in the case of his 5-year-old son. On Sunday, May 18, Yucca Valley paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies were

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA IS INTERIM TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER

“Three” proved to be the charm for the Twentynine Palms City Council at its regular meeting last night. Dan Stork explains why, and reports that a familiar figure will be filling the post of interim city manager… After celebrating the remodeling of the Senior Center with an open house before

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PARENTS ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Sunday morning after their 2-year-old child was found wandering on Utah Trail. According to a Sheriff’s report, a passer-by found the boy walking with a German shepherd dog in the 3300 block of Utah Trail about 8 a.m., and could not find the child’s

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HEAT WARNING TODAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING—COOLING CENTERS OPEN

When the temperatures climb well into triple digits today and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve as

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE

If you have to work or be outside during the heat of the day, take measures to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Long exposure to high heat can result in heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is a serious medical condition, and signs include profuse sweating,

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PROTECT YOUR ANIMALS FROM THE HEAT

People aren’t the only ones who need protection from the heat. Our pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Reporter Sara Snyder reminds us that dogs should not

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