SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN IN CHILD PORN, SEX ABUSE CASE

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District, accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, accepted a plea bargain Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in exchange for dropping

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN THROWN FROM JEEP, HOSPITALIZED

A Twentynine Palms Marine was injured when he was thrown from a Jeep he was riding Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Klouchek, 24, was driving a Jeep on a dirt road near Encelia and Laura Lane when the Jeep hit a dirt berm and he was thrown

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LAKE FIRE STATUS

As of 6:36 am this morning, the affected area for the Lake Fire, which has been burning near Route 38 south of Big Bear Lake since Wednesday was tallied at 16,136 acres. The Incident Information web site said, ” Fire within the wilderness is low intensity allowing the firefighters to

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FIRE AWARENESS

Yes, most of the Morongo Basin is desert, but there’s plenty that can burn. Ranger Pam Tripp provides fire cautions for the National Park…

Fire has always played a major role in Joshua Tree National Park and other desert areas. Lightning strikes as well as human caused fires are both

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EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY IN PLACE UNTIL MONDAY

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until Monday night. Hottest days are expected to be Saturday and Sunday with temperatures up to 117. The greatest impacts are on children, the elderly, pets, the homeless .and people with chronic ailments. Heat exhaustion, cramps or in extreme cases heat stroke can

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FIRE DANGER: CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE

With the summer’s heat comes extreme fire danger. Reporter Sara Snyder says you can help by creating a defensible space…

California is in an extreme drought, and county and state fire officials have ordered a ban on open burning due to the high threat of wildfire. To better protect your

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DON’T WALK DOGS ON HOT PAVEMENT

If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and it’s been plenty hot recently—then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on pavement. A dog’s paws can be burned by hot pavement. To prevent burns and blisters on your dogs’ pads, walk your best friend in the

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YUCCA MESA HOME BURNS TO GROUND, FIREFIGHTER INJURED SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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LAKE FIRE GROWS TO 13000 ACRES, AIR REMAINS SMOKY

LAKE FIRE STATUS

The Lake Fire, burning south of Big Bear, is officially the largest forest fire in California so far this year. The fire, which started about 4 p.m. Wednesday, increased in size to 1,000 acres by 7 am Thursday; by 10 a.m. it was 1,500 acres, by 2

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH

An excessive heat watch is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. Residents are urged to stay cool by staying in air conditioned buildings. There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING AT THE 29 PALMS INN

The 29 Palms Inn will host a special screening of the documentary film, “Who Are My People” by Robert Lundahl. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…

“Who Are My People?” is a powerful documentary film by Emmy Award Winning filmmaker Robert Lundahl. He will be present at his film’s

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YOUTH FOOD PROGRAM

School’s out, but kids still need to eat well. Reporter Mike Lipsitz talks up the Summer Feeding Program…

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Family Health Clinics are partnering with the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and the Morongo Unified School District to offer free lunches to area youth

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***BREAKING NEWS**** FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN, LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in Joshua Tree Superior Court today. Alex Gomez, 57, accepted a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to the three charges;

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LAKE FIRE LARGER, STILL OUT OF CONTROL

Firefighters continued battling the Lake Fire today along the northern boundary of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in steep rocky terrain. It is currently 15,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. About 150 structures are threatened. Fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft are battling the fire from the air with numerous water drops

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SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE MORONGO BASIN

A smoke advisory has been issued for the Morongo Basin due to the Lake Fire burning just south of Big Bear. If you see or smell smoke, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family’s health. Everyone—especially people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children—should limit

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EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY IN PLACE UNTIL MONDAY

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until Monday night. Hottest days are expected to be Saturday and Sunday with temperatures up to 117. The greatest impacts are on children, the elderly, pets, the homeless .and people with chronic ailments. Heat exhaustion, cramps or in extreme cases heat stroke can

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CONCERNED ABOUT POWDERED ALCOHOL

In March, the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco approved the sale of “palcohol.” Palcohol is a dried form of alcohol that can be mixed with liquid to create liquid alcohol. A packet of palcohol equals one shot of liquor. At the June 16 meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council,

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BURGLARIES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley residents reported at least three burglaries Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the reported burglaries were in the 5500 block of Yucca Trail, 7500 block of Acoma, and 6300 block of El Dorado Avenue. Residents reported air conditioners, swamp coolers, a chest-style freezer, and oxygen tanks were reported

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BREAKING NEWS--SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

A smoke advisory has been issued for the Morongo Basin due to the Lake Fire burning just south of Big Bear. If you see or smell smoke, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family’s health. Everyone—especially people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children—should limit

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