1.6 MILLION VISITORS SPENT $74 MILLION WHEN THEY VISITED JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST YEAR

Nearly 1.6 million visitors came to Joshua Tree National Park in 2014, and visitor numbers have been steadily increasing for the last 8 months, according to a report released yesterday by the National Park Service. While the percentage of increases in visitors in July and August 2014 were in the

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ACCUSED MURDERER PLEADS NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY

Accused murderer Christopher Lee was in court again yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges that he killed his lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last June. Lee was formally arraigned on the murder charges three weeks ago, and yesterday’s court appearance was a formality for him to plead not

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THREE PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE LAST NIGHT

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Raymond Robles, 31, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 1998 red Mercury in the number 1, or fast lane, of eastbound Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed over

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COUNTY SETTLES QUICKLY WITH BEATING VICTIM

A man who was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has already settled with the Board of Supervisors. In order to avoid litigation expenses, the San Bernardino County Supervisors reached an agreement with Francis Pusock, 30, who was beaten by at least 10 Sheriff’s deputies April 9 in the

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EXPECT NOISE FROM MARINE BASE AS EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE IS DISPOSED

They call it the sound of freedom. Residents around the Morongo Basin can expect some louder-than-usual noise Wednesday, April 22, as Marines training in explosive ordnance disposal will detonate bombs and other explosive devices. Ammunition technician Marines will be taking part in their annual Emergency Destruction Training on board the

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LOST HIKER IN MORONGO VALLEY RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

A lost hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter crew Saturday night in Morongo Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo said Bonnie Smith, 65, from Riverside county had been hiking in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Saturday afternoon with two bottles of water. Family and friends reported her missing to the Bureau

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ST. MARY’S ANNUAL TEA PARTY FASHION SHOW

Put on your best party hat to attend St. Mary’s of the Valley Altar Guilds annual tea and fashion show. The tea is open to all young and young at heart, with the theme “A Tea for All Generations,” and will take place on Saturday, April 25, at the parish

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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BREAKING NEWS: YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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TWO SHOT IN YUCCA VALLEY, SUSPECT CAUGHT AFTER CRASH

A Joshua Tree man is in custody following a shooting and crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said Joseph Rojas, 20, was arguing with Terry Hill, 26, and Elaina Bixon, 21, in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail, when Rojas pulled out a handgun and shot

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BABY FOUND AT WALMART

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of a baby that was found in a shopping cart in a Walmart parking lot. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said deputies were called to Walmart about 3:05 Wednesday afternoon about the baby. Thornburg said deputies have contacted the people who claim to be

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BREAKING NEWS–SUSPECT BEING QUESTIONED IN YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING THIS MORNING

A man is being questioned this afternoon following a shooting and crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, the Hispanic male suspect–who has not yet been identified– was arguing with a man and a woman in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail. An anonymous person

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STREET ARTIST PAYS FINE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VANDALISM

The Swedish-Portuguese street artist, Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre” has paid the fine for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on rock formations thought to be

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN BUYING CAR ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A Yucca Valley woman said she was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening when she tried to buy a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman was going to buy a car from a private party and had arranged for the seller to bring the car to her home in

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FBI INVESTIGATING THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

In the wake of a horrific beating captured on camera by a KNBC News Helicopter, the FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during the pursuit and altercation involving Francis Jared Pusok and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies.

“The results of the review will be

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SUSPECT IN FOUR LOCAL ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTED

Detectives with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station have arrested the man suspected of robbing three Twentynine Palms businesses in February and March, and a Yucca Valley business Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, Ramirez Brown, 35, of Victorville, robbed the Check-n-Go in the Vons shopping center in Yucca

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FIND YOUR PARK

Everyone finds their national park in a different place and in a different way. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where to read stories that just might inspire you to find yours…

Joshua Tree National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and

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FIRE AT BURRTEC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Firefighters from across the Morongo Basin responded to a large fire at Burrtec in Yucca Valley Friday evening. According to County Fire Captain Dustin Krajeski, the first call came in at 5:17 p.m., and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine

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VIDEOTAPED BEATING CAUSES COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATION

A disturbing videotape of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies viciously beating a suspected horse thief near Hesperia has caused County Sheriff John McMahon to order a departmental investigation of the incident. “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing, and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately,” McMahon said

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LOCAL WATER USAGE VARIATIONS COMPARED

Figures released by the state water board on April 7 show that the state as a whole did not get a good head start on the Governor’s call for a 25 percent water reduction. Californians reduced per capita use by 2.8 percent in February of this year, compared to the

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