LOCAL CHP OFFERS START SMART CLASSES FOR TEEN DRIVERS

The Morongo Basin Station of the California Highway Patrol will offer free “Start Smart” classes for teen drivers next week. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you how to enroll… The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will be holding a FREE Start Smart Class on Tuesday, June 17th at

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

The 6th Annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival will be going on all day tomorrow, from 11 to 11, with arts, music, vendors, games, and refreshments. Because Joshua Tree Gay Pride is bigger than ever, it’s moved to a new location, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard.

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MILITARY SERVICES AND FAMILY SUPPORT OFFERED LOCALLY

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support program … The Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support in Yucca

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COLLEGE FOUNDATION TAKING SETS OF QUARTERS FOR PRIZES

When you find all 50 State Quarters and turn them in to Copper Mountain College Foundation, your name will be entered in a weekly drawing for prizes. Check your piggy bank, pockets and friends’ cars. Get your quarters in early for the greatest chances to win. Multiple entries are allowed.

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SECOND SUSPECT, FATHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CHILD ABUSE CASE

A second suspect has been arrested in a Yucca Valley child abuse investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Reed, 27, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of felony child abuse and neglect in the case of his 5-year-old son. On Sunday, May 18, Yucca Valley paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies were

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WATCH FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAMMERS

With the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. And while many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck. Reporter Diana Jones gives some tips on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous solicitors… Gary

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NEW CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS MAY COST JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT AND TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BIG MONEY

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Chromium-6 is a pollutant from chemical factories, but in the Morongo Basin, it occurs naturally, dissolving from rocks into the groundwater. Federal standards for total chromium, which includes chromium-6 and non-cancer-causing chromium-3, are 100 parts per billion. California

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MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH SCREENING OFFERRED

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Screening Assessment Referral and Treatment program … Screening Assessment Referral and Treatment (SART) is a medical program of specialty

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS SET FOR YUCCA VALLEY

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present two free screenings of short films in the Morongo Basin this month. The first screening will be Saturday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Community Center. The second screening will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Joshua

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA IS INTERIM TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER

“Three” proved to be the charm for the Twentynine Palms City Council at its regular meeting last night. Dan Stork explains why, and reports that a familiar figure will be filling the post of interim city manager… After celebrating the remodeling of the Senior Center with an open house before

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FOUR ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN LANDERS, WONDER VALLEY

Four people were arrested on drug charges in two separate incidents yesterday. About 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, deputies executed a search warrant on a home in the 900 block of Trail Way in Landers. Deputies located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash. Russell Ford, 48, was arrested for investigation of possession for

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BARSTOW RATTLED BY 4.0 EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING

If you thought the earth was moving early this morning, you were right. A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the high desert at 2:38 this morning, about 9 miles northeast of Barstow. The earthquake was shallow, at a depth of 1.3 miles. The US Geological Survey reports the quake was felt

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES TWO HOME BUSINESS PERMITS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met last night, among items getting public attention were two applications for home occupation permits. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission granted two home occupation permits last night, and even extended the length of both permits

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COUNTY OFFERING BEHAVIORIAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PARENTS ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Sunday morning after their 2-year-old child was found wandering on Utah Trail. According to a Sheriff’s report, a passer-by found the boy walking with a German shepherd dog in the 3300 block of Utah Trail about 8 a.m., and could not find the child’s

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COUNTERFEIT BILLS TURN UP AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

Counterfeit bills have been turning up in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, security at Tortoise Rock Casino called the Sheriff’s Department about 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon to report a woman attempted to use two counterfeit $10 bills. The woman told deputies she received the bills from Stater Brothers

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS LOCAL CONCERNS, DISCUSSES VACANCY

Branding the Morongo Basin, the concerns of two Basin communities, and a Council vacancy were subjects of discussion at the June meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter Dan Stork fills in the details… The featured informational presentation during the June 9 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal

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CHP ISSUES TICKETS FOR CELLPHONE USE IN SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT

Almost 100 drivers were ticketed in the Morongo Basin for handheld cell phone talking or texting during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, according to Officer Joan Griffin of the California Highway Patrol. The 95 citations written by Morongo Basin CHP officers were less than half of the number of

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS APPLICANTS FOR HOME-BASED GUNS AND ART

It will be round two tonight as the Yucca Valley Planning Commission hears renewal requests to operate a gun business and a sculpture studio out of private homes tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold two public hearings tonight to consider

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HEAT WARNING TODAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit

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