SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT THE ARREST WARRANT SCAM

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Sheriff’s Service Specialist Anita Northcutt says beware of the “Arrest Warrant” scam…..

In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER LOOKING FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor outstanding citizens of the Morongo Basin during its annual installation dinner and awards ceremony in July. Nominations are being accepted for Yucca Valley Chamber Member of the Year; Business of the Year; Boss of the Year; Unsung Hero of the Year; and

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS ENTERTAINERS SOUGHT

Entertainers young and old, large and small are being sought for this year’s “Grubstake Days Community Fair.” The event is set for Saturday, May 24, at the Hi-Desert Boys and Girls Club and Boehm Youth Park grounds on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. The outside booths and entertainment area

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR ELDER ABUSE, IDENTITY THEFT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested late Monday night, suspected of stealing his father’s credit and debit cards. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim, an elderly man in the 7300 block of Valley Vista Avenue in Yucca Valley, told Sheriff’s deputies four of his credit and debit cards were

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FIRE DESTROYS A WONDER VALLEY HOMESTEAD CABIN

An older homestead cabin in Wonder Valley is a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Gary Bush, Wonder Valley fire fighters, assisted by Twentynine Palms Fire Department and Combat Center fire fighters, were called to a single family residence fire in the 88000

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT SCAM TEXTS

Local residents are being targeted by scam artists who are using text messaging to try and get your personal information. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Northcutt joins us with this warning…

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it isn’t a surprise that scams quickly follow. One recent tactic is the use

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JOSHUA TREE TURTLE RESCUE MERGING, FOUNDER MOVING

As of Monday, March 31, the Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue is now a part of the Heaven’s Gate Large Animal Rescue. After running the tortoise rescue organization for 17 years, founder Rae Packard will be moving to Yuma, Arizona, later this month, to serve as a chaplain at the Arizona

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS PRELIMINARY BUDGET, SALES TAX IS UP

The Yucca Valley Town council heard some good financial news last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard some mostly encouraging news at its meeting Tuesday night. Sales tax revenues, which have been mostly flat in previous years,

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TORTOISE ROCK CASINO OPENS TO CAPACITY CROWDS

The new Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms is a hit. Less than half an hour after the casino opened its doors to the public, it had reached its capacity crowd of just over 1100 people. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley, Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs, San Bernardino

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MEDICAL AID CALLED TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TWICE SUNDAY

On Sunday, Joshua Tree fire fighters were called to Joshua Tree National Park two times. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said just before 11 a.m., a motorcycle rider was seriously injured when he came around a curve about a mile inside the western entrance to the park, and found traffic stopped

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: ENERGY, FUNDING AND POLICY

Renewable energy, funding plans, and board policy revisions fill out the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting for tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has the schedule…

Following a brief closed session at 5:15 on pupil and employee personnel issues, the Morongo Unified School District Board of

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WILDFLOWERS ARE OUT AND ABOUT, WE HAVE THE LINK

It’s spring, and that means it’s wildflower time in the Morongo Basin. While the drought is having an effect on the wildflower display, there are areas where wildflowers are abundant. Desert dandelions, evening primrose, and datura add color along the shoulders of Highway 62 in Joshua Tree, and along Quail

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MATING RAPTORS CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOME PARK CLIMBING ROUTES

Joshua Tree National Park Interim Superintendent Andrea Compton has announced a temporary closure of a climbing and bouldering area near the Hidden Valley Campground due to nesting prairie falcons. The climbing routes include: Patagonia Pile, both east and west faces; the Head; Labor Dome; and Wall of Biblical Fallacies. The

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OPTIONS OUTLINED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT WORKSHOP MEETING

What was billed as a special workshop meeting to “Determine the future of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department” was held Saturday at Twentynine Palms Water District offices. Not counting people not related to the district, only five residents attended. Among the 20 people there were Twentynine Palms Mayor Dan Mintz

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF THE YEAR NAMED

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony Thursday in Yucca Valley. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored representatives from the Joshua Tree National Park Service, the County Probation Department, the County Sheriff’s Court Services, Morongo Basin

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FOUR KILLED IN I-40 CRASH YESTERDAY

Four people were killed in a horrific crash on nearby I-40 yesterday. The County Coroner said at 4:45 p.m., a 911 call was received reporting a single vehicle rollover westbound on Interstate 40 at mile marker 104, west of the Fenner rest stop in rural Essex. When CHP arrived, they

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SERIOUS INJURIES TO CLIMBER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A woman was seriously injured while climbing in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Scott Tuttle, rescue personnel from Joshua Tree Fire Department, Joshua Tree National Park rangers, and Morongo Basin Ambulance were called for help about 11:10 a.m. to Cathouse Rock, a rock-climbing area west

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U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY TO OFFER FREE “AQUIFERS 101” SEMINAR LOCALLY

A unique opportunity to learn the background behind our regional water issues. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to “Aquifers 101”…

If you have a professional or academic interest in water or you want to know more about aquifers, sign up for Aquifers 101, a free seminar from the U.S. Geological

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ART IN THE PARK

The time is near for one of the Morongo Basin’s don’t-miss annual events. Ranger Pam Tripp invites you to see the Art in the Park…

Spring is in the air and art is in the park! This year’s 20th annual Arts Festival takes place at Joshua Tree National Park. The

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PASSOVER SEDER IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs — including military personnel — are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday. The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert. The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes

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