BLM REPORT SAYS ILLEGAL HOLIDAY OFF-ROADING OVERRAN OUR DESERT

A report from the Bureau of Land Management said some 30,000 off-road vehicles descended on the Mojave Desert over Thanksgiving weekend, and many went where they were not supposed to go. In his report, Ranger Patrick Chassie of the BLM’s Barstow Field Office said that a number of riders were

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HISTORIC SITES IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park celebrates and preserves human history as well as nature. Ranger Pam Tripp asks visitors to be respectful of historic sites…

Here at Joshua Tree NP there are numerous historic sites near trails, roads, and campgrounds Places such as Ryan Ranch, Wonderland Ranch, and other remnants of

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2 GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAMS IN CIF PLAYOFFS TONIGHT

Both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools girls’ basketball teams will be competing in CIF play-off games tonight. The Yucca Valley Lady Trojans are 20-7 overall, 9-and-7 in DeAnza League play. They won their first play-off game Thursday night against San Dimas High School, 51-38. They will travel away

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NEW “EVERY KID IN A PARK” INITIATIVE WILL IMPACT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Starting this fall, fourth graders and their families can visit Joshua Tree National Park–and any of the other national park–for free. President Barack Obama unveiled his Every Kid in a Park initiative yesterday in an effort to get more young people out into the great outdoors. All fourth grade students

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TWENTYNINE PALMS U-TURN CRASH SENDS THREE TO THE HOSPITAL

A Twentynine Palms man who tried to make a U-turn on Adobe Road is believed to be responsible for a crash that sent three people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Lewis Roller, 91, was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki Grand Vitara northbound on Adobe

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ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, SUSPECT SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man with a black bandana over his face entered the Adobe Smoke Shop in the 6400 block of Adobe Road

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SPILLED GAS PLUS SHOP VAC EQUALS TWO BURNED OUT CARS

A Marine learned yesterday that using a shop vac to clean up spilled gasoline probably isn’t such a good idea. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, Benjamin Potter, 27, had spilled gas in the back of his Jeep parked under a carport in the 801 Housing area off

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DRUG USE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ROBBERY ARREST

Three people were arrested on various charges following a complaint of drug use in front of a home in Yucca Valley Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called to report that two people, later identified as Anthony Sacco, 26, and Kaylene DeForest, 37, were sitting in a car

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OASIS OF MARA CONSTRUCTION

We were camping at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week, and read a notice that the visitor center in Twentynine Palms is temporarily in smaller quarters. Ranger Pam Tripp explains what’s going on…

Joshua Tree National Park is currently addressing the design and construction of seismic

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ART EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ART SHOW RECEPTION SATURDAY

The “Invention, Reinvention” art show, hosted by Copper Mountain College’s Art Program, will hold an artists’ reception tonight at the Ada Hatch Center from 6 to 9 p.m. “Invention, Reinvention” is a multi-disciplinary showcase of artworks by Morongo Basin residents and regional artists.

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22 MARINES TREATED AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT ABOARD THE 29 PALMS BASE

Twenty-two Marines were treated for exposure to a fire-retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries. Marine Base representatives said an equipment malfunction caused the fire suppression system to go off inside an amphibious

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TRAINING MISHAP ABOARD THE COMBAT CENTER

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER

Twenty-two Marines sustained injures today while conducting training aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, were participating in Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 when a fire extinguisher system

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HOMICIDE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 4-WEEK-OLD BABY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Homicide investigators are investigating the death of a four-week-old baby boy in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies and paramedics were called to a home in the 8500 block of Amador about 4:30 a.m. Monday for a baby who was not breathing. Despite life-saving attempts, the baby

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL WANTS MORE TIME ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today. The sole item on the agenda is to approve an agreement with the proponents of the medical marijuana dispensary initiative. The agreement would buy more time for the council to continue its negotiations with the proponents

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TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two people were arrested following a high-speed police pursuit that started in Apple Valley and ended in Landers Tuesday afternoon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, about 1:30 p.m., deputies noticed that a white Honda was being driven without any license plates, and attempted a traffic stop on Highway 18 in

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PROPOSED DESERT PROTECTION ACT WOULD AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create two new national monuments in our region of the California desert and designate six new wilderness areas. The California Desert Protection Recreation Act of 2015 seeks to create the Mojave Trails National Monument, protecting 942,000 acres of federal land between Joshua

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY 2015 AND HER COURT NAMED

A 16-year-old junior from Yucca Valley High School was crowned as “Miss Yucca Valley” Saturday night at the annual pageant sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club. Sarah Webb was selected by the judges after a long pageant process. The pageant is not a beauty contest and does not include

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CARING FOR TRAILS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park trails are heavily used. Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how they’re kept in shape…

At Joshua Tree NP, visitors come from all over to hike desert trails. Within the park there are approximately 270 miles of back-country and wilderness trails, as well as almost 9 miles

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT TONIGHT

Mariah Muchtar, the current Miss Yucca Valley, will give up her crown tonight during the Annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. Eleven girls representing three area high schools will compete in the pageant. Z107.7’s Gary and Cindy Daigneault will emcee the event, which is sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary

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COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S FIELD REP. FOR THE MORONGO BASIN ARRESTED

The field representative to Third County Supervisor James Ramos was arrested Wednesday evening, after Sheriff’s deputies said he brought drugs to a jail inmate. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, deputies began an investigation after they discovered that narcotics were being brought into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in

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