STILL TIME TO COMMENT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN

The clock is ticking on getting public input on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Reporter Dan Stork tells how you can have your voice heard… The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK A VICTIM OF VANDAL PAINTING ACRYLIC IN NATIONAL PARKS

The National Park Service is investigating reports of vandalism — acrylic painting on rocks — in Joshua Tree and at least ten national parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Utah. Details are not yet available because the case is under investigation, but the vandalism is believed to have occurred

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Z107.7 NEWS MAKES ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICES

With some 33 candidates running for 15 open seats on local councils and boards, today, Z107.7 News makes our endorsements. These endorsements represent the views of the entire Z107.7 editorial board, not just the news director. For Congress there was no question, local resident Paul Cook has done an exemplary

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AARON’S FINED OVER $28 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT

The state on Monday announced a $28.4 million settlement with Aaron’s, Inc., the nation’s second largest rent-to-own business, to resolve allegations the company violated California consumer protection and privacy laws. Aaron’s has a store in the Von’s Center in Yucca Valley. “Aaron’s concealed its illegal privacy and business practices from

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MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER ELECTION

The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Monday, October 20. Register online at sbcountyelections.com, or pick up voter registration forms at the post office, city or town clerk’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Public Health or Transitional Assistance Department in Yucca Valley

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STATE-WIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL TOMORROW

A statewide earthquake drill will be held tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says join in “The Great California Shakeout” at 10:16 on 10/16… The earth starts shaking. It could be “The Big One.” Do you know what to do the moment the shaking starts? Your instinctive actions can save you

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Z107.7’S MAYES VERSUS HARGROVE DEBATE NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES

The only debate in the race for 42nd State Assembly District is now available as a podcast. The October 10 face-off on the Z107.7 “Up Close Show” was the only debate of the race between Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Karalee Hargrove of Twentynine Palms. During the on-air debate,

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STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL THIS THURSDAY AT 10:16

This Thursday is the statewide earthquake drill. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to participate… California is known for their frequent earthquakes. Everyone needs to be prepared in case an earthquake strikes near you. To prepare their residents, California will be holding a statewide drill on Thursday, October 16 at

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VOTERS GUIDES GOING OUT THIS WEEK

You can get informed about the issues on the November ballot, and you can even vote now—if you want to take a trip to San Bernardino. Reporter Dan Stork has information about voter guides and early voting… Voter Information Guides began being delivered to voters’ mailboxes on Saturday, October 4,

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FINANCING RELEASED FOR 42ND ASSEMBLY DISRICT RACE

Fundraising in the local Assembly race continues to favor candidates who had the most success before the primary. In the 42nd Assembly District, Republican Chad Mayes has raised nearly five times the money as Democrat Karalee Hargrove. Mayes’ campaign finance report showed the former Yucca Valley councilman has raised $245,420

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS CONSIDER TOILETS AND TAX BREAKS TOMORROW

Toilets and tax breaks are two of the items on the agenda of the meeting of the County Board of Supervisors. Reporter Dan Stork tells who will be affected…

If you live in one of five county-administered special water districts, including ones in Landers or Pioneertown, and you’ve been hankering

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ALL FIRES NOW REQUIRE PERMITS BECAUSE OF DROUGHT

The drought and regional weather conditions have added up to a requirement of the permit for any fires. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the restrictions… Due to the drought in California, there is an increased potential for major wildfires. Fire fighters are on high alert, and they are asking everyone

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SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MONTH IN CALIFORNIA

The California legislature has declared September “School Attendance Awareness Month,” in an effort to urge families, communities, and schools to prioritize student attendance and to underscore the direct connection between attendance and academic achievement. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the state is involved in a national initiative to reduce chronic

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STRAIGHT TALK ON THE DROUGHT FROM THE MOJAVE WATER AGENCY

The state is in a drought. The Mojave Water Agency will be giving a special event that will explain exactly what that means. Reporter Taylor Thacker has your invitation…

California’s drought continues to dominate the headlines. New drought regulations are in effect and consumers are being asked to conserve every

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STATE WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN PALM DESERT

The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board will meet 9 a.m. Thursday, September 18. Among items of local interest, the board will discuss waste discharge requirements for the Hi-Grade Materials Company in Twentynine Palms. The Board will also hear an update on the septic discharge prohibition in Yucca

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NEW STATE BICYCLE LAW KICKS IN NEXT WEEK

Starting Tuesday, a new state law will kick in to benefit the safety of bicyclists. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains… With children heading back to school, motorists should expect to see more children riding to and from school on their bicycles. The California Highway Patrol would like to remind the public

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT NOT HAPPY WITH MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES

Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency for the entire state of California. Water districts were directed to adopt emergency regulations to encourage their customers to conserve water by prohibiting activities such as hosing down sidewalks and driveways, regulating when lawns and vegetation could be

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PROP 39: WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING?

$550 million per year, for 5 years; that’s what Prop 39 is diverting from the general revenues of the state of California. Reporter Dan Stork describes where that money is going, and how much of it is trickling down to the Morongo Basin… In 2012, the voters of California approved

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NAPA EARTHQUAKE A WAKE UP CALL, REGISTER FOR A STATEWIDE DRILL

Yesterday 6.0 earthquake in Napa is a stark reminder that we live in Earthquake Country. There are many faults throughout the state capable of destructive earthquakes, and there are things we can all do to be prepared to survive and recover. The Great California ShakeOut on October 16 is part

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JOSHUA BASIN ADOPTS WATER CONSERVATION ENFORCEMENT ORDINANCE

Water conservation efforts in Joshua Tree just got some teeth. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Joshua Basin Water District just made strict state standards an enforceable local ordinance… The Joshua Basin Water District met Wednesday, August 20th to discuss the new water conservation ordinance presented by the state. The ordinance

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