FIRE AWARENESS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

It’s desert…what’s to burn? Not so, says Ranger Pam Tripp…

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 helpful and harmful to certain desert landscapes. Fire is a part of nature and

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FAMILY WATER FUN AT THE MOJAVE WATER AGENCY

A night of family water fun is planned for the Mojave Water Agency’s next ABCs of Water session. Ice cream, water games, and prizes will all be featured during the evening. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the MWA’s office 13846 Conference Center Drive in

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WATER IN THE DESERT ART SHOW

Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The theme is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme of water in the desert, focusing

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YUCCA VALLEY FIREWORKS SHOW IS SET TO GO

Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors, the Yucca Valley Rotary club has moved forward with its plans for this year’s annual Fireworks Show and Community Fair.

The show which moved last year to a new location at the new Brehm Youth Sports Park at Little League Drive, will open

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MUSD SUPERINTENDENT PUT ON PAID LEAVE

Dr. Cecilia English, the Superintendent of the Morongo Unified School District, has been placed on paid administrative leave. That was the full statement given to z107.7 by a school board member, following a special meeting of the Board of Education that was noticed as a closed session performance evaluation of

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DOMESTIC BATTERY ARREST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday night after he threatened his girlfriend and dragged her around the yard by her hair. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called deputies about 6:20 p.m. to report her boyfriend, Ricardo Cendejas, 45, took her dog into the desert and said he

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SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says there’s free lunch and breakfast available for children during part of the summer…

Now that school’s out, the Morongo Unified School District will provide free breakfast and lunches for

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN HYDRO PROJECT GETS FEDERAL LICENSE

The Eagle Mountain landfill project is dead, but another massive project has desert residents, environmentalists, and some government agencies up in arms. According to a story in Friday’s Desert Sun, a controversial plan to build a hydroelectric plant in the open pits of an old iron mine was granted a

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“A DOLL’S HOUSE” CAST AT THEATRE 29

Tickets are now available for “A Doll’s House,” which opened last night at Theatre 29, in Twentynine Palms. “A Doll’s House,” a classic drama by Henrik Ibsen, is directed by Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner, who previously helmed productions of “The Unbroken Chain”, “Picnic,” and “The Memory Jar,” at the

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO DAYS FOUND IN BRAWLEY

A Yucca Valley woman who has been missing for two days has been found alive and well in Brawley. On Wednesday, June 18, about 7:30 a.m., Kathleen “Kay” Collins, 88, left her home in the 56200 block of 29 Palms Highway to attend an event at the Double Tree Hotel

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TWO PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED AFTER MORONGO VALLEY CRASH

Two people were hospitalized after a traffic collision in Morongo Valley last night. About 11:15 p.m. a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway and a vehicle pulling out of the Valero gas station were in a T-bone collision. A man and a woman in the van were taken to Desert

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SCHOOL DISTRICT SPONSORING FREE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

Just as learning does end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s free lunch and breakfast available for children during part of the summer… The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a summer feeding program, in conjunction with the US Department

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WHOOPING COUGH REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS

The number of whooping cough cases in California has now reached epidemic status, according to state public health officials. In the last two weeks, 800 new cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported, and in San Bernardino County, 43 cases have been reported so far this year, compared

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS, EFFORT TO DEFEAT WIND TURBINES ON TAP

Keeping the Highway 247 area scenic will be the focus when the Homestead Valley Community Council meets tomorrow. Reporter Sara Snyder has more… The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee plans a public meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Members from the Save

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire will face life without parole, and not the death penalty, if he is convicted at trial. Last week, Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams announced at a preliminary hearing for Hector Meza, 41, that the

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO KILL WIFE

A Landers man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened his wife with a pellet gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness reported about 4:45 p.m. that Gary Zumwalt, 61, of the 5600 block of Handley Road, was beating up his wife and threatening her with a pellet gun, and

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SPECIAL DISTRICT BUDGET APPROVED, OVER LANDERS PROTEST

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Landers-area residents and agency officials protested a County Special District spending plan for a County-run water district, whose details were revealed publicly this past Friday. Reporter Dan Stork chronicles the back-and-forth… Third District Supervisor James Ramos questioned County staffer Jeff Rigney closely about the

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SUPERVISORS APPROVE SIDEWALKS IN JOSHUA TREE, MULTI-USE BUILDING IN LUCERNE VALLEY

A new sidewalk in Joshua Tree and a multi-use building in Lucerne Valley are among local items included in the budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The supervisors approved a one-time funding of $100,000 to construct sidewalks from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor’s Center to the highway

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COUNTY REVISES BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT

On the day after the county supervisors passed its budget for the coming fiscal year, the county issued a press release revising some points of its initial announcement of the passage. The revision removes public safety cuts as an option in the event concessions by unions do not materialize, because

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WOMAN RESCUED FROM TEETERING CAR ON YUCCA GRADE THIS MORNING

A woman had to be rescued early this morning after her car went into a ditch in the Yucca Grade. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 going up the Yucca Grade drove off the side of the road, with her car perched precariously over the

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