JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING: PART 1 OF 3

At its July 28 meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council dealt with a lengthy list of presentations and discussions. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into 3 parts. Today in part 1: Processes in progress, animal control, the I-10 closure, and the planning commission stipend…

Luckino on processes At

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COUNTY OFFERS A REWARD FOR SCOFFLAW DRONE USERS

In county news today, county supervisors approved $75,000 in rewards to catch the operators of hobby drones that interfered with three recent firefighting efforts. The board voted yesterday to provide three $25,000 rewards for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of operators of the drones. Firefighting efforts

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FOOD TRUCKS NOW WELCOME IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Food truck vendors got the green light from the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to roam freely and sell their wares in the county’s unincorporated areas. But food truck vendors must still comply with regulations established in the county’s 24 cities, most of which ban free-roaming food trucks. “We’re really

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COUNTY LIBRARIES NOW OFFER FREE ANCESTRY.COM

Patrons of San Bernardino County’s 32 libraries now have access to a new tool: Ancestry.com, a database of genealogical and historical records that can be used for compiling family trees and research projects. Anyone with a library card can visit any of the county’s library branches and use the Ancestry.com

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested last week, accused of burglary. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were called about 10:30 p.m. July 19 to a burglary on Nagles Street in Yucca Valley. The resident, identified by the Sheriff’s Department as Pastor Jerel Hagerman of Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel,

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT, NO NEW JUDGE…YET

The former Marine accused of killing his on-base neighbor, who he was having an affair with, and dumping her body into an abandoned mine east of Twentynine Palms, was in court yesterday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was in the courtroom as Christopher Lee’s lawyer seeks another judge…

The judge hearing

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ARSON SUSPECTED IN BURNS CANYON/RIMROCK AREA CABIN FIRE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an arson fire out in the Burns Canyon/Rimrock area. About 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 25, San Bernardino County firefighters were called to a structure fire in the Burns Canyon area that had been evacuated during the Lake Fire last month. Battalion Chief Tom Marshall said

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

A registered sex offender was arrested again in Yucca Valley after deputies discovered child pornography in his home Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7600 block of Joshua View Drive at 12:30 p.m. to perform a compliance check on Richard Corline, 68, and

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CASE OF ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE CONTINUED AGAIN

The judge hearing the case of accused murderer Christopher Lee did not reassign the case to another judge today, despite a court opinion issued earlier this month by the Court of Appeals that his lawyer’s request for a new judge was timely. Lee’s attorney David Kaloyanides had requested a change

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A UNIQUE DESERT OASIS COMES TO LIFE IN JOHNSON VALLEY

A unique garden is coming to life in the desert of Johnson Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on the “Paul Hook Desert Dreams Garden”… In Johnson Valley, a once sandy five-acre slope adjacent to the Johnson Valley Improvement Association Community Center on Quail Bush Road is being transformed into

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 28, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those

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KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STRESS

Heat waves are common in the Morongo Basin and heat stress injuries are ever present. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to spot the signs of heat stress… Long exposure to high heat can result in heat stress some warning signs of a person suffering from heat stress include: profuse

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFER LO-COST VACCINE AND MICROCHIP SERVICE

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in August for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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MONSOON SEASON

If we didn’t know it before, we know it now: summer rain in the desert can be fierce. Ranger Pam Tripp tells about the benefits of the monsoons, and passes along water-wise tips…

The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry,

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YVHS COLOR GUARD AND MARCHING BAND CAR WASH

The Yucca Valley High School color guard and marching band will hold a car wash Saturday, August 1 from 8 to 2. The car wash will be held in the parking lot of the Hi-Desert Star on the highway in Yucca Valley. Cars are $5 and $10 for oversized vehicles.

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FAMILY FUN DAY AT NATURE MUSEUM

Spend a day on the farm and enjoy farm country games and activities!. Come enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, scarecrow contest, crafts, sack races, hay rides and much more. The free family fun day is set for Saturday, August 1, from 10 to 3 at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum

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CATAPALOOZA AT THE YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER

The Yucca Valley animal shelter is holding a “Catapalooza” through July 31. The adoption fee for all cats and kittens has been lowered to $20 during July. The animal shelter, located at 4755 Malin Way, is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5. For directions or information, call 760-365-3111.

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QUILT RAFFLE BENEFITS NO-KILL SHELTER

A quilt is being raffled to benefit the Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter. Tickets for the puppy-themed quilt are $1 each, six for $5, or 30 for $20, and are available at the animal shelter located at 4646 Sun View Road in the Sun Fair area of Joshua Tree,

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