A NEW LAW IS PHASING OUT OLD SMOKE ALARMS

A new California law aims to eventually phase out smoke detectors that take replaceable batteries. Dan Stork describes who it affects, and when… A California law on smoke alarms has a timer that started ticking July 1. It says battery-powered smoke alarms sold in the Golden State must have non-replaceable,

…View Full Story…

CHP OFFER TIPS TO AVOID CAR THEFT

Vehicle theft is still a major problem for the California Highway Patrol. Reporter Cara Conway offers these suggestions from the CHP to protect your car or truck from theft… The CHP reported that 2013 vehicle thefts have declined by 2 percent in the state of California; however, 171,000 thefts were

…View Full Story…

THE CHP SAYS PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR THE HOT WEATHER

That car fire in Morongo Valley reminds us that hot weather can take its toll on your vehicle. CHP Officer Joan Griffin offers these suggestions to prepare your vehicle…

The warm temperatures and summer travel put extra demands on both vehicles and drivers. Before any travel, check your vehicle’s radiator

…View Full Story…

WITH FIRE DANGER, CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME

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

…View Full Story…

MINIMUM WAGE GOES UP ANOTHER DOLLAR AN HOUR STARTING TOMORROW

California’s low-end workers will all see bumps in their next paychecks as the first increase in the state’s minimum wage in six years takes effect tomorrow. The increase, to $9 per hour from $8 per hour, officially becomes the state standard Tuesday. It will go to $10 per hour Jan.

…View Full Story…

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE? HERE’S HOW

Smaller earthquakes in our region remind us again that our Morongo Basin is earthquake country. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you what should do to keep your family safe and together in the event of a major earthquake….. We all know the Big One is coming, maybe not today, maybe

…View Full Story…

WATCH FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAMMERS

With the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. And while many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck. Reporter Diana Jones gives some tips on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous solicitors… Gary

…View Full Story…

FINAL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS FROM YESTERDAY’S PRIMARY ELECTION

Here are the final, unofficial results from yesterday’s primary election. Four years ago, voters approved the “top two” system, in which the top two candidates for statewide and congressional offices—regardless of political party—advance to the general election in November. Yucca Valley resident Paul Cook has a commanding lead for the

…View Full Story…

LOCAL CHP OFFICER GETS CALIFORNIA HERO AWARD

A Morongo Basin CHP officer received an award Saturday in Sacramento from the California Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving. Officer Jake Griffith of Yucca Valley was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his outstanding work as a drug recognition expert, or DRE. A drug recognition expert, by examining

…View Full Story…

THREE LOCAL RESIDENTS RESCUED NEAR PALM SPRINGS TRAM MEMORIAL DAY

Three Morongo Basin residents were found early Tuesday morning after one of their wives reported them missing after a hike. Larry Duffield and Jason Popwski, of Joshua Tree, and Brian McBrayer of Yucca Valley, became stranded during a hike in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, west of Palm Springs, and

…View Full Story…

CALIFORNIA RANKS LOW FOR MILITARY RETIREES

A recent report that compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of best and worst states for military retirees found that California ranks fairly low in all its categories. Managing editor Tami Roleff breaks down some of the rankings… Wallet Hub, a social media company that

…View Full Story…

FATAL CRASH CAUSES INTERSTATE 10 TO BE CLOSED BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ARIZONA BORDER

Due to a crash between a semi-truck and a tour bus early this morning, Interstate 10 will be closed at the Arizona state line until 2 this afternoon. About 2 a.m., the tractor-trailer hauling steel pipe jack-knifed on the eastbound 10 just west of the state line in Blythe. The

…View Full Story…

TWIN EARTHQUAKES RATTLE THE REGION

A pair of earthquakes rattled the Morongo Basin and nearby Big Bear last night. The first, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake jolted Big Bear Lake shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Originally listed at 3.9, it was later downgraded to 3.8. The epicenter of the quake

…View Full Story…

IT IS WILDFIRE SEASON, PROTECT YOUR HOME

Drought, high winds and low humidity are spelling out extreme fire danger for most of the state of California, including the desert areas of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Taylor Thacker has some reminders to make your property fire safe… With the wildfires already affecting parts of California, and the threat

…View Full Story…

RANCHO MIRAGE MAN DIES IN KELSO ROAD CRASH

A Rancho Mirage man was killed in an early morning crash yesterday on a rural highway east of Twentynine Palms known as a shortcut to Las Vegas. At 3:37 a.m. Wednesday, a 911 call reported an accident on Kelbaker Road, just north of Interstate 40 in rural Kelso. The California

…View Full Story…

CHP TO OFFER “START SMART DRIVING” CLASS TOMORROW

The CHP will offer a free “Start Smart” class tomorrow evening. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to enroll…..

Teen drivers are at great risk of collisions, but with the proper amount of control and focus, tragedies can be avoided. The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will

…View Full Story…

CHP URGES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TRAINING CLASSES

Fatal collisions involving motorcyclists have been increasing in California over the past few years. In an effort to change this disturbing trend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are hoping to save lives through a month-long motorcycle safety and awareness campaign during May. With motorcycle

…View Full Story…

HOW TO DRIVE SAFELY AROUND MOTORCYCLES

Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved collisions goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclists. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, more than half of all fatal motorcycle collisions involve another vehicle. In addition, SWITRS data indicates on average, more than one quarter of fatal motorcycle-involved collisions occur

…View Full Story…

CHP OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

Motorcycles are fun to ride, but there are dangers to riding down the highway at 65 miles per hour. Four people were killed in the Morongo Basin and surrounding area in April while riding motorcycles. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With a tip on how to ride safely is

…View Full Story…

NO CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR THOUSANDS AFTER FIBER OPTIC CABLE CUT

Thousands of cell phone customers in the Hi-Desert were without service for about 10 hours Wednesday after a spliced fiber optic cable was blown apart during high winds in the Banning Pass. The cable carried phone lines for several carriers; Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers have all reported no cell

…View Full Story…