HOW TO COMMENT ON STUDY TO BRING EAGLE MOUNTAIN INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Eagle Mountain area, which is bordered by Joshua Tree National Park on the north, south, and west, has survived an attempt to turn it into a landfill, only to be face a new a proposal to convert it to a hydroelectric power plant. The area is an important migration

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WORK ONGOING TO REOPEN I-10 FRIDAY AT NOON

Sate traffic experts say they will reopen I-10 with one lane in both directions this Friday. Yesterday, road construction workers put in the foundation for a detour that will let traffic flow again on Interstate 10 following Sunday’s storm-caused bridge collapse near Desert Center. A Caltrans spokesman said when it

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1-10 TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT NOON

CalTrans has announced that Interstate 10 will reopen to traffic at noon on Friday. Crews will strengthen the westbound side of the Tex Wash bridge near Eagle Mountain to allow two-way traffic on it–one lane in each direction. Workers will then start working on the collapsed eastbound bridge to get

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS PINTO BASIN ROAD

Joshua Tree National Park has reopened Pinto Basin Road after road crews worked for two days clearing mud, sand, rocks, and debris caused by heavy rainfall over the weekend. At this time, all paved roads are open in the park. Box Canyon Road from Mecca provides access to Cottonwood Springs

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CHP OFFERS TIPS ON DRIVING AROUND MOTORCYCLES

Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved collisions goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclists. California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin offers the following tips for motorists on how to drive safely around motorcycles… Give motorcycles extra room. A minor rear-end collision involving a motorcycle can have major

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YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY TUESDAY

A Yucca Valley family is displaced from their home following a fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the residence on the corner of Deer Trail and Navajo Trail at 1:22 p.m. County Fire Captain Darrel Feuerhahn said the fire started in a bedroom and also burned the bath, although

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TWO ARRESTED TUESDAY ON WARRANTS, DRUG POSSESSION

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon on various warrants and for drug possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 6300 block of Ronald Drive just after noon with warrants for the arrest of Timothy Burleson, 31, and Megan Pyle, 19. The report

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I-10 CLOSURE BRINGS 15,000 VEHICLES A DAY TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The bridge collapse on Interstate 10 in Desert Center has completely shut down the freeway east of Dillon Road in Indio. Early estimates are that repairs to the freeway bridge could take as long as two months. Traffic is being re-routed to the south on Highway 86 and to the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROAD CLOSURES

In Joshua Tree National Park, heavy rains resulting in washed out road conditions have closed the Pinto Basin Road from White Tank Campground to Cottonwood Springs. Park maintenance crews expect to have the roadway cleared by tomorrow. Box Canyon Road from Mecca is currently open and is the only way

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THE CHP SAYS PREP YOUR VEHICLE FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

Now that summer is here, more people are taking off on summer vacations and weekend road trips. CHP Officer Joan Griffin says with a little planning and preparation, you can reduce the risk of a tragedy while you are behind the wheel… The warm temperatures and summer travel put extra

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VEHICLES VANDALIZED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of vandalism in which the suspects scratched a swastika on a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, the vandalism was reported about 11 a.m. Monday morning in the 58300 block of Carlyle Drive in Yucca Valley. The vandals threw eggs at the vehicle, stole

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HIT AND RUN DRIVER RETURNS TO THE SCENE AND GETS ARRESTED

A hit-and-run driver returned to the scene of the accident Friday evening, and was arrested—for a probation violation. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9:10 Friday night, two cars collided at the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The driver of one of the vehicles,

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODS, ROAD CLOSURES, DUST, WATER SPOUT

Monsoonal rain, flash floods, and dust storms caused disruptions throughout the Hi and Low Deserts this weekend. Starting about 4:20 p.m., both directions of Highway 62 were shut down for almost two hours Sunday afternoon when torrential rains flooded the highway from Rotary Way to Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree

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MONSOON SEASON BRINGS DANGER FROM FLASH FLOODING

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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CALTRANS REPLIES ABOUT SPEED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

Following recent pedestrian-related accidents in downtown Joshua Tree, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council prevailed upon the county to go to Caltrans with community safety concerns about that stretch of Highway 62. Reporter Dan Stork relates that a Caltrans’ reply said that new signage can be expected, but that’s all…

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THREE LOCAL ART GROUPS AWARDED GRANTS

Three local arts organizations recently received significant grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 29 Palms Artists Guilds received a matching grant of $59,958 for the Creative California Communities program, for its project, Sand to Stone: Contemporary Native American Art, in partnership with

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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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CHP TRAINING DAY

The California Highway Patrol recently held its quarterly training day at its Morongo Basin station. Half of the CHP officers went through refresher training on hazardous materials, emergency operations planning, and CAT-10, an inspection of their gear by a CHP manager. CHP officers must participate in quarterly training days, in

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SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS FOR JULY

The third Monday of July is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder 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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