PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION HEARING ON VERIZON SALE OF LAND SERVICES

Last February, Verizon sold its landline phone service, Internet, and FIOS video service—but not its cell phone service—to Frontier Communications. The California Public Utilities will hold a workshop and public hearing about the proposed transfer of operations between Verizon and Frontier. The workshop will be held at 1:45, prior to

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FLAMENCO RETURNS TO THEATER 29

Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes returns to Theater 29 by popular demand. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to get tickets… The Flamenco stylings of dancer Savannah Fuentes were so well received by Theater 29 audiences that she’s returning with her latest show on her summer tour of the Western United

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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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CITATIONS FOR TEXTING AND DRIVING ARE UP IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Texting while driving is very dangerous, distracted driving brings serious danger to those doing it, and others on the road. In spite of that knowledge, and laws against it, people are still texting and driving. Managing editor Tami Roleff says local citations for texting while driving are up…

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JURY BEGINS DELIBERATIONS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After a full day of closing arguments by both the prosecuting and defense attorneys, the jury in the Joseph Phipps trial began deliberations late Thursday afternoon. The jury deliberated for about 15 minutes before it was dismissed for the day just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Nearly three dozen witnesses testified

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CUSTOMERS GET CHROMIUM-6 NOTICE

Customers of the Joshua Basin Water District recently received notice about Chromium-6 in the water. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why, and says it will become a regular occurrence…

Customers of the Joshua Basin Water District received a notice with their most recent water bill, informing them their drinking water may

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING WILL BE A BUSY ONE

The Homestead Valley Community Council has plenty to talk about when it meets Monday, July 20. A representative from State Senator Jean Fuller will give an update on the fire tax and other legislation. The Marine Corps announced it will be training next year in part of Johnson Valley OHV

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CAST NAMED FOR “DRIVING MISS DAISY” AT GROVE’S THEATER

The Groves Cabin Theater of Morongo Valley announces the casting of its next production, “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry. The show’s director is Z107.7’s own Rebecca Havely, who has all the details… In a play that spans a 30 year strech of time, Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR HOLDS OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds office hours at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of July is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July

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FREE WILD WEST RE-ENACTMENT SHOWS WEEKENDS IN PIONEERTOWN

Free wild west re-enactment shows are held Saturdays and Sundays in Historic Pioneertown. The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show pokes some fun at how the Old West “could” have been with their own twist on comedy, each Saturday at 2:15 until 3:00 p.m. in front of the Pioneer bowl

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TOM PETTY TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

The “Live at the Rock” concerts continue at Tortoise Rock Casino Friday nights. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to hear a Tom Petty tribute band tonight…

A tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is set for Friday, July 17, at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. The

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will hold a Christmas in July turkey dinner with all the trimmings Friday, July 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $7. Sunday breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m., and don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to

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COUNTRY-ROCK BAND “NITRO EXPRESS” AT YUCCA VALLEY CONCERT TOMORROW

The Free Town of Yucca Valley summer concert series continues tomorrow night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you the hear the country rock sounds of Nitro Express…

Yucca Valley’s free summer music festival continues this Saturday, July 18 with Southern California’s own Nitro Express. Typically billed as a country rock band,

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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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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ISSUES ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL SERVE LETTER

The Joshua Basin Water District board issued a conditional will-serve letter for the controversial Alta Mira housing development last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board was reminded they were not a land use agency…… At last night’s standing-room-only meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, members of the public

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LAST YEAR FOR YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB FIREWORKS

More than 4,000 people went to Brehm Sports Park to watch the Yucca Valley fireworks on the Fourth of July, with thousands more watching from nearby homes and parking lots. The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley, which has sponsored the fireworks display for the past 32 years, has announced that

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SHERIFF WARNS OF ARREST WARRANT SCAMS

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Sara Snyder says beware of the “arrest warrant” scam… In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose as the

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