RANGER PROGRAMS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The visitor count is down during the summer months at Joshua Tree National Park, but educational programs go on. Ranger Cathy Bell tells what’s in store with ranger programs…

Would you like to learn more about the national park in your own backyard? Joshua Tree National Park invites you to

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JURY FINDS PHIPPS GUILTY

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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JOSEPH PHIPPS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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BODY FOUND IN LANDERS THOUGHT TO BE THAT OF MISSING MAN

The coroner’s office has confirmed that remains found in the desert Wednesday were those of a man who had been missing the Fourth of July. Andrew Salazar. Salazar, 25, was dropped off at Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later,

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BODY OF MAN MISSING SINCE 4TH OF JULY DISCOVERED IN PIPES CANYON WASH

The remains of a man were discovered in the desert Wednesday, 11 days after a man went missing in Landers. According to officials, Andrew Salazar’s girlfriend dropped him off at the Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later, residents in

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE RESULTS IN ARREST FOR RIMROCK MAN

A neighborhood dispute resulted in an arrest of a Rimrock man Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Dale Addy, 59, was working in his yard in the 52100 block of Pipes Canyon Road about 11 a.m. when his neighbor came outside and started walking his property line to inspect it

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH MONDAY

A motorcycle rider was hospitalized following a crash in Yucca Valley Monday evening. About 7:30 p.m., a bystander came upon a crashed motorcycle, with an unconscious male rider in the 57700 block of Joshua Drive. County Fire Captain Ed Noble said the rider, estimated to be in his 50s, was

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION GETS 6 YEARS

Alex Gomez

The former school bus driver who pleaded guilty last month to possession of child pornography, and lewd acts with children on his school bus, was sentenced to six years in state prison Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, was sentenced to six years for each of the two counts of

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SNAKES ON ROADS

It might look like a stick, but it may be a fellow living creature. Ranger Cathy Bell says, be kind to snakes…

Imagine driving through Joshua Tree National Park at sunset on a summer evening. The rock formations are glowing golden. You have the windows down to enjoy the

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LAKE FIRE 98% CONTAINED

The Lake Fire that has raged in the San Bernardino Mountains since June 17 is still 98 percent contained, as of Friday. The fire has burned 31,359 acres (about 49 square miles), near Barton Flats, and has destroyed one home in the Burns Canyon area, along with three outbuildings. Six

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FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER CLOSES HIGHWAY IN EASTERN JOSHUA TREE

A fugitive on the run for the past 16 months shut down Highway 62 in Joshua Tree yesterday morning as he was arrested at gunpoint, accused of stabbing a man in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, Natividad “Manny” Fonseca, 34, was staying at a home in the

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FORMER MARINE ACCUSED IN MURDER OF ERIN CORWIN GETS NEW JUDGE

The court case of the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of killing his former lover and dumping her body down a mine shaft, will continue under a different judge. On Tuesday, the Fourth District Court of Appeals granted a peremptory challenge by Christopher Lee’s attorney to change judges. In April,

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JOSHUA TREE ARTIST HIT ON THE HIGHWAY LAST MONTH HAS DIED

The Joshua Tree artist who was hit by a car as he attempted to cross the highway in Joshua Tree last month died Sunday. According to the California Highway Patrol, Anita Barker, 53, was driving eastbound on the highway about 40 to 45 miles per hour in the number 1

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STRING OF BURGLARIES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley residents reported at least six burglaries and attempted burglaries Sunday. According to Sheriff’s reports, a vehicle and cell phone were stolen from a home in the 7400 block of Elk Trail. The 2005 Ford was found parked around the corner, possibly due to the fact it had a

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DRIVER HOSPITALIZED AFTER SINGLE CAR ROLLOVER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Photo courtesy 29 Palms Fire Department.

One person was hospitalized following a single vehicle rollover crash in Twentynine Palms Saturday night. About 10:45 p.m., a pizza delivery driver was driving northbound on Adobe Road when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled and crashed at White Sands Drive. During the crash, the

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SUMMER CAMPING

It’s hot for camping in Joshua Tree National Park. But Ranger Cathy Bell says, it’s not TOO hot…

Joshua Tree National Park welcomed a record 1.6 million visitors in 2014, and this spring the park was really hopping. Now that summer is here and it’s quieted down, it’s a great

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIREWORKS SHOW WILL GO ON AS PLANNED TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms fireworks show will go on as planned tonight. Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a fire at 11:38 p.m. Friday night in the box truck that was used to carry the fireworks to the show site at the junior high school. Firefighter Lane McGivern said the truck

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INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND MORE AT LUCKIE PARK

Twentynine Palms 4th of July celebration at Luckie Park is more than just the fireworks display. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the plans for their fun-filled schedule…

Luckie Park is the place to be this 4th of July. The swimming pool

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FOUR ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION OF YUCCA VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies made four arrests this week in relation to a home invasion robbery in Yucca Valley last week. Deputies linked Albert Dupree, 18, and two of his friends, 16 and 17, with a home invasion robbery in the 7400 block of Cherokee Trail early Friday morning. As we reported

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