WITNESS SAYS POLICE WERE NOT IN HARM’S WAY IN DEADLY MARINE SHOOTING IN PALM SPRINGS IN 2012

A woman who witnessed a deadly police shooting in Palm Springs in 2012 told the Desert Sun newspaper that the two officers were not in harm’s way when they fired at a Marine’s car in a downtown parking garage. Lesley Diggins, 42, who was only a car-length away from the

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NEW GENERAL TAKES OVER COMBAT CENTER COMMAND

A change of command at the Combat Center will feature two Marines who have handed off command to each other in the past. Maj. Gen. David Berger will relinquish command of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, to Maj. Gen. Lewis Craparotta,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HOLDS FAREWELL PARTY FOR PRESIDENT/SUPERINTENDENT DR. ROGER WAGNER

Dr. Roger Wagner’s resignation as president of Copper Mountain College becomes effective July 14. Reporter Dan Stork says there will be a farewell party tomorrow…

The Board of Trustees of Copper Mountain College has invited the community to celebrate and say goodbye to Dr. Roger Wagner after seven years of

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION RESTRICTS HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS, DISCUSSES NATIVE PLANT ORDINANCE

Entrepreneurs who live in multi-family housing or on a lot smaller than 18,000 square feet in the Town of Yucca Valley take note: the Planning Commission feels that many home occupations would generate too much traffic for the neighborhoods, and it proposes to prohibit them in those areas. Among the

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DO YOU NEED WATER SERVICE LINE INSURANCE?

Did you receive a letter offering to sell you insurance for your outside water pipes? Is it a scam or a prudent investment? Reporter Diana Jones examines water line insurance offers…

Some Morongo Basin residents may have received a mailing urging the recipient to buy insurance for their water service

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Z107.7 RADIO CELEBRATES 25 YEARS—AND YOU’RE INVITED

On July 15, 2014, KCDZ-FM radio, or Z107.7 FM, will celebrate an amazing 25 years of uninterrupted service. Since seven seconds after 1:07 p.m. July 15, 1989, Z107.7 has been continuously operating and has been an intrinsic part of the incredible changes, challenges, and progress in our beautiful, remarkable, and

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FIRE DESTROYS JOSHUA TREE HOME, RV TRAILERS, SHED

An extension cord being used to power a swamp cooler is blamed for a fire in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon that completely destroyed a home, two travel trailers, a shed, and a vehicle. About 4 p.m., fire fighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, the Combat Center, and Morongo

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AT PALM DESERT MALL

A 21-year-old Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday afternoon following a foot chase at the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert. Store owners called Sheriff’s deputies about 1:30 to report that Matthew Stewart was walking through the mall and stealing items from stores. Authorities say when mall security tried to stop

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SHERIFF TO PRESENT ORDINANCE BANNING SYNTHETIC DRUGS AT COUNTY SUPERVISOR MEETING TODAY

Sheriff John McMahon will present a synthetic drug ordinance to the Board of County Supervisors today that includes criminal, administrative and civil penalties for those who sell synthetic drugs – more commonly known as “spice” or “bath salts” – in the county. Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with

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WHAT TO DO DURING A FLASH FLOOD

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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ROADS CLOSED AND THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER AFTER FLASH FLOODING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

The mountains shook and the heavens opened up Saturday morning. It may not be the time to build your own ark, but some folks in Twentynine Palms may have thought so. Reporter Dan Stork describes what happened…

First it was an earthquake that rattled the desert. A magnitude 4.6 quake,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER IS COOLING CENTER

Southern California Edison still has pockets of customers in Twentynine Palms who are still without power, and power is not expected to be restored for most customer until this afternoon, with a few not being restored until midnight tonight. For Twentynine Palms residents who are still without power, the Twentynine

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NO NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN SEARCH FOR MISSING TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN

Investigators for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department continued their search throughout the weekend for 19-year-old Erin Corwin, the pregnant wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine who has been missing since Saturday, June 28. Investigators have been assisted by at least 50 search and rescue workers, along with the assistance

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ARRESTED AFTER BURGLARIES SATURDAY

NOTE: This is a corrected version of the story.

 

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested early Saturday morning, suspected of multiple burglaries in the city Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 6600 block of Palo Verde Avenue, 7400 block of Cactus Drive, 6000 block of Mariposa

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TORTOISE ROCK ADDS ADDITIONAL SUMMER CONCERTS

With the first of its summer concerts this past weekend, Tortoise Rock Casino has announced that it is adding two more concerts to its schedule. Reporter Sara Snyder has more on who’s playing and when…

Tortoise Rock Casino has added two additional concerts to its summer concert series. Spankshaft, a

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WATER IN THE NATIONAL PARK

A paradox of living in the desert is that our hottest season has the greatest potential for torrential rain. Ranger Pam Tripp marvels at the wonder of water in the desert…

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

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TRUSTEES CONTINUES CLOSED SESSION

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a continuation of its special closed session at 8 a.m. Monday, July 7. The sole item on the agenda is the appointment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held in the President’s office at the college.

MOUNTAIN QUAKE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS FLOODING

First it was an earthquake that rattled the desert. A magnitude 4.6 quake, about 5 miles west of Big Bear, was felt as far away as Palm Desert at 9:59 a.m. Saturday morning. Then shortly after 11 a.m., it started raining in Twentynine Palms. Hard. For about 45 minutes. Some

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YUCCA VALLEY ROAD SLURRY SEAL PROJECT

There will be road maintenance next week on some streets in Yucca Valley. A maintenance slurry seal will be applied in stages on Joshua Lane from San Marino north to Onaga Trail, and on Joshua Drive from Joshua Lane west to Church Street. Work is expected to be finished on

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DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church members David and Kim Clements are July Artists of the Month. Professional photographers, they have been highly acclaimed as equine photographers, with their photos being sold around the U.S. and internationally. They focus on desert habitat, plants, flowers and wildlife. David has delved into macro photography

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