A BIG WIN FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR IN CALIFORNIA

Rooftop solar just got a big boost from the state of California. Reporter David Haldane explains… In a big win for rooftop solar in California, the state Public Utilities Commission last week rejected fee increases sought by the big three utility companies. Alison Seel, an attorney with the Sierra Club,

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RAIN IS COMING; LISTEN FOR FLOOD WARNINGS HERE ON Z107.7

El Nino is predicted to hit Southern California this winter, and with it 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

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MORE NEW LAWS THAT WILL AFFECT YOU IN 2016

Some of the 807 laws passed in 2015 will affect everyday issues faced by Californians. The state has established incentives for owners of apartment buildings housing low-income residents to install solar panels. Marijuana growers whose wastewater and chemical discharges harm the environment will face steep fines. Law enforcement and family

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NEW STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY

California’s medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant that goes into effect Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, that will

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CHP REMINDS US OF NEW TRAFFIC LAWS FOR 2016

Other new laws set to take effect January 1 will affect California drivers. Drivers will no longer be allowed to wear a headset or earphones that covers both ears, or have earplugs in both ears, while driving a motor vehicle or a bicycle. Electrically motorized boards will also be regulated

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NEW LAWS AFFECTING CALIFORNIA DRIVERS SET TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

Some new laws set to take effect January 1 will affect California drivers. Drivers will no longer be allowed to wear a headset or earphones that covers both ears, or have earplugs in both ears, while driving a motor vehicle or a bicycle. Electrically motorized boards will also be regulated

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FIREBALL CROSSING WESTERN SKY WAS DEBRIS FROM A RUSSIAN ROCKET

That fireball in the western sky last night was debris from a falling Russian rocket. U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn says the fireball seen over Arizona, Nevada and California in the Tuesday night sky was an SL-4 rocket body booster from Russia that was launched Monday. People took to

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CALIFORNIA HOMELESSNESS THE WORST IN THE NATION

A new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development says California is the worst in the nation when it comes to caring for the homeless, with 64 percent of the homeless sleeping outside and the rest in some sort of shelter. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL OVER THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The Morongo Basin California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a Maximum Enforcement Period to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. Over the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people

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HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR FEINSTEIN WHITEWATER MEETING

Hundreds of people turned out for a public meeting Tuesday afternoon in Whitewater Preserve at which U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein heard public comment on her efforts to create three desert monuments. Feinstein told those in attendance that her plan—which would create the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountains

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GREAT SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL IS TOMORROW

The Great California ShakeOut drill is tomorrow Thursday, October 15. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares what to do in the event of a quake… What would your family do if the house started to shake? What would you do if a quake began while at your place of work? What would

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“GREAT SHAKE-OUT” STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL SET FOR OCTOBER 15

“The Great Shake-Out” a statewide Earthquake drill, is set for Thursday, October 15. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to sign up to participate… California has about 10,000 earthquakes annually and is home to one of the largest fault lines, the San Andrea’s Fault. Great ShakeOut hosts an annual, international

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HEARINGS ON ROOFTOP SOLAR POWER RATES HAVE BEGUN

The Public Utilities Commission opened hearings Monday in San Francisco on whether power companies can raise charges and lower compensation for owners of rooftop solar. Reporter David Knutson has the story… Right now under the net metering program, solar owners are credited at the same rate the utilities charge. Evan

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FISH AND GAME COMMISSION VOTES TO BAN BOBCAT TRAPPING IN THE STATE

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to ban bobcat trapping statewide. In 2013, the California legislature—spurred on by Joshua Tree residents who said trapping had sharply reduced the number of bobcats near the park—passed the Bobcat Protection Act that created buffer zones around state and national parks

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ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES’ BILL WOULD TARGET ILLEGAL DRONE USE

Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley is co-author of a bill that makes flying a drone over a fire a criminal offense. Drones grounded firefighting airplanes over the Mill 2 Fire in Yucaipa last week and the Lake Fire near Pioneertown last month, which allowed the fires to spread. Mayes

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NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW AFFECTS ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new state law that took effect yesterday will require all California employers to provide their employees with at least three days of paid sick leave. Managing editor Tami Roleff provides some details on the law…

More than 6.5 million California workers will benefit from a new law that will

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING

California gets to keep its four-year-old election reforms that introduced an independent re-districting commission—replacing the old system in which politicians often re-drew legislative districts to favor incumbents. That’s because on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar system in Arizona. Reporter Rebecca Havely says had the decision gone the

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CHP ON MAXIMUM PATROL THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

More drivers on the road for the Memorial Day weekend means the California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period. From 6 p.m. Friday, May 22 through midnight Monday, May 25, CHP officers will be out in force, enforcing speed limit laws, click-it-or-ticket, and looking for DUIs. Last year,

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STATE CONCEDES PROJECT PHOENIX BOND PROCEEDS TO CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

More than four years ago, the City of Twentynine Palms devised a plan to keep the state of California from taking away redevelopment money when all local redevelopment agencies in the state were dissolved in mid-2011. The city stuck to its strategy through a succession of legal battles. Reporter Dan

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YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION BUS TO VISIT HUELL HOWSER EXHIBIT

The late Huell Howser was a resident of Twentynine Palms and a good friend to our Morongo Basin Communities. The Town of Yucca Valley will be taking a bus to a new exhibit honoring him. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to be on that bus…

The Town of Yucca

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