Z107.7 RADIOTHON TO HELP TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR GET TO CARNEGIE HALL

With the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir selected to go to Carnegie Hall, now comes the hard part, raising the money to get them there. Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains how Community Radio, Z107.7, is stepping up to help… It’s the chance of a lifetime for 22 Twentynine Palms

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NO DUI ARRESTS IN LAST NIGHT’S TWENTYNINE PALMS CHECKPOINT

The Twentynine Palms Police Department conducted a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint last night in the area of Adobe Road and Sunnyvale Drive between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. During the checkpoint a number of intoxicated persons were contacted, however, all were passengers in vehicles driven by a sober

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULES FOR TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY AND CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

If you’ve got business at City Hall in Twentynine Palms over the next two weeks, Dan Stork says you should be aware of some office hour changes… During the holiday season, Twentynine Palms City Hall will be open Mondays, December 23 and 30, and Thursdays, December 26 and January 2.

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is coming to Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says volunteers are being sought… Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count. The count begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday,

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$6 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN 2010 FATAL CRASH IN JOHNSON VALLEY

A nearly $6 million settlement was announced Wednesday in several lawsuits stemming from a 2010 off-road racing crash during a Johnson Valley off-road race that killed eight people and injured 12 others. The agreement was finalized during a mediation hearing Tuesday according to attorneys. Plaintiffs will receive $5.825 million in

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DUI/DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Police Department will be out in force Thursday night cracking down on impaired drivers with a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint. A checkpoint is scheduled Thursday, December 19, starting at 6 p.m. and going to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits. Police Chief

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 2: MOBILE HOME PARK RENOVATION, GENERAL PLAN UPDATE

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session Tuesday night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff had a two-part report. Yesterday in part 1, citizens demanded the town reopen the marijuana dispensary. Today in part 2, renovation of a mobile home park and a general plan update… After listening to public

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TWO ARRESTED FOR GROWING AND SUPPLYING MARIJUANA TO MINORS

A Twentynine Palms man has been arrested, accused of growing and supplying marijuana to minors, and a second suspect is still being sought. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, the Juvenile Officer for Twentynine Palms received information that marijuana was being furnished to minors. Deputies served a search warrant

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MAN CAUGHT RED-HANDED VANDALIZING JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AIR CONDITIONERS

A transient was arrested Monday afternoon after a Sheriff’s detective caught him vandalizing air-conditioning units at the old Joshua Tree Elementary School. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called police after seeing Philip Donnelly, 22, inside one of the portable class rooms allegedly stealing items. When Detective Heidi Hague

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: CITIZENS WANT MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REOPENED

The Yucca Valley Town Council changed the order of its meeting last night, so that the 15 people who there to speak during public comment wouldn’t have to wait until the end of a four-hour meeting to do so. In the first of a two-part story, Managing Editor Tami Roleff

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COUNTY APPROVES COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE

The few local residents who addressed the County Board of Supervisors were cautiously approving of the new solar development ordinance. Dan Stork describes their last requests… Since it was a consent agenda item, and no Supervisor requested additional discussion, the San Bernardino County ordinance on commercial solar development was approved

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SMALL FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE FROM SMOKING IN BED

San Bernardino County firefighters remind residents not to smoke in bed. Fire Captain Mark Murphy said Joshua Tree firefighters were called out about 6:50 this morning to the 62000 block of Mountain View Circle to put out a small fire caused by a man smoking in a sleeping bag. The

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD gets down to work with their newly formed board tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the CSD will reorganize and look at user fees… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, new board members Karen Lowe and Gayl Swarat, and incumbent

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COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS GOING DIGITAL

The county fire stations here in the Morongo Basin are joining the 21st century. According to Fire Captain Mark Murphy, the firefighters/paramedics in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa are in a pilot group and are among the first in San Bernardino County to transition their record-keeping from pen

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MILITARY DRUG TESTS GET TOUGHER ON “SPICE” USE

The military is getting tougher on testing for the use of “spice.” The Defense Department has changed its urinalysis tests to include the synthetic marijuana substance known as spice on its list of drugs to screen for. The move comes after an internal Pentagon study that found that about 2.5

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CHP RELEASES DETAILS ABOUT MILITARY-CIVILIAN CRASH LAST WEEK IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol has released details about the collision last week between a civilian pick-up truck and a military light armored vehicle. According to a CHP press release, Anthony Hall, 50, of Twentynine Palms was driving a red GMC Sierra eastbound on Highway 62 just east of Bonair Road.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday night, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 10 p.m., Douglas Shisler, 46, of the 6100 block of East Parkway Boulevard, suddenly hit his girlfriend in the mouth with a closed fist, causing her mouth to bleed. The

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

On the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight are more individual school plans, a musical performance, financial reports, and policy presentations. Dan Stork has details… The December 17 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins with a closed session at

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive Wednesday, December 18, in the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center, in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2. Blood donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation.

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AREA DEMOCRATS DEMAND YUCCA VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REOPEN

At Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, members overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling on the Yucca Valley Town Council to reverse last month’s decision to close the Morongo Basin’s only licensed marijuana dispensary. California Alternative Medicinal Solutions, or CAMS, had served medical marijuana patients from its location on

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