MAN KILLED IN CRASH WITH BIG RIG IN JOHNSON VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

A man was killed in Johnson Valley last night when his Toyota crashed head on into a big rig on Old Woman Springs Road. About 11 p.m., a man, who has not yet been identified, was driving his Toyota westbound on Highway 247 near Valley Vista when for unknown reasons

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COOK VETERANS’ BILLS PASS COMMITTEE

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today had two bills pass out of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs by unanimous votes. The bills will be considered on the floor of the House after summer recess. “Prioritizing Urgent Claims for Veterans Act” requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to give priority

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET TOMORROW, TWO LOCAL ITEMS ON AGENDA

The County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow in Regular session. Two items are on the agenda of local interest. A new videoconferencing center in Joshua Tree allows local residents to attend electronically without having to go to San Bernardino. Reporter Dan Stork tells us what affects us on that agenda…

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council is this coming Monday and you are invited to attend. Among the topics of discussion will be an update the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The HVCC represents the four community organizations of Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Johnson Valley.

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS DESERT ENERGY PLAN MONDAY

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council is this coming Monday and you are invited to attend. Among the topics of discussion will be an update the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The HVCC represents the four community organizations of Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Johnson Valley.

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UFO’S IN JONSON VALLEY TOMORROW

There will be UFO’s in Johnson Valley tomorrow. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz explains…

This Saturday, June 29, Johnson Valley will be flooded with UFOs … Uncommonly Flavorful Offers, that is. It’s a “Bake Sale UFO Auction” and doors open at 12:15, bidding begins 12:30. It all takes

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LEARN ABOUT GIANT ROCK AND THE INTEGRATON THIS SATURDAY

Learn about the fascinating history of Giant Rock and the Integratron this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to the Johnson Valley Community Center this Saturday… Many legends from the past are told about the world’s largest free-standing boulder and the gleaming white, all-wooden dome built on the desert floor

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REP. COOK’S JOHNSON VALLEY PLAN PASSES U.S. HOUSE

Congressman Paul Cook’s plan to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Co-sponsored with California Rep, “Buck” McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, the legislation which now goes to the Senate,

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COUNTY APPROVES $4.4 BILLION BUDGET, HALTS COMMERCIAL SOLAR

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a balanced $4.4 billion budget and adopted an ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on solar-energy projects. The 2013-14 fiscal year budget includes an increase of $151.1 million in the general fund, a portion of which will be used to cover retirement

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JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE BILL ADDED TO NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

A bill that would protect the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle area from expansion by the Marine Corps cleared an important hurdle this week. A bill by U.S. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area was added Wednesday to the National Defense

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SUPERVISORS RAISE WATER RATES, ESTABLISH REGIONAL MACS

While the approval of the Dollar General Store in Joshua Tree was the hot point issue at yesterday’s County Supervisors meeting, the Board also took a number of other actions which directly affect residents here in our Morongo basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there all day and has the rest

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, THREE ITEMS IMPACT MORONGO BASIN

In addition to hearing an appeal on Dollar General in Joshua Tree, the County Board of Supervisors will also consider a Joshua Tree land use moratorium, and plans for regional Municipal Advisory Councils, and a replacement for a newly-vacant Planning Commission slot. Reporter Dan Stork tells where they will fall

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OHV SAFETY EQUIPMENT

It’s a holiday weekend, and we can expect Off-Highway Vehicles to be out in force. Sheriff’s Specialist Anita Baker reviews the rules…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station, would like to remind OHV enthusiasts of some safety laws regarding OHV use in the Morongo Basin. Off-road rules

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FOUR YEARS FOR MAN CONVICTED IN JOHNSON VALLEY TRIPLE FATAL CRASH

Charles Persons, 32, who plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in a February crash that killed three Hesperia teenagers, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday. Persons, from Thousands Oaks, was driving from the King of the Hammers event in Johnson Valley when he crashed his truck

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAS A REMINDER FOR OFF-ROAD RIDERS

With the Memorial Day Holiday, many off-road vehicle enthusiasts, both local residents and visitors, will be recreating in our Morongo Basin. Before you plan your off-road ride this weekend, the Sheriff’s Department has these reminders from Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Baker…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station,

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VEHICLE FIRE IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY MONDAY MORNING

Yucca Mesa fire fighters were called to a vehicle fire in Johnson Valley about early this morning. About 1:30, a Lexus caught on fire on Highway 247 near Howard Avenue. By the time firefighters arrived, the vehicle had burned to the ground. There were no injuries. The cause of the

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SUPERVISORS BACK COOK BILL CREATING JOHNSON VALLEY NATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE AREA

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley has introduced a bill, H.R. 1676, that would create the Johnson Valley National OHV Recreational Area. His bill would permit off-highway vehicle use, camping, and hiking. Marine Corps activities in the area would be limited to two exercises a year. At Tuesday’s meeting of

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TWO INJURED WHEN ROCK CLIMBER FLIPS IN JOHNSON VALLEY

Two local men were injured in an off-road vehicle accident in Johnson Valley Monday. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, two men in their 30s were taking a $100,000 rock climber out for the first time at the Means Dry Lake, and were driving “pretty fast” when the rock climber

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HEAR ABOUT GIANT ROCK AND THE INTEGRATON AT HDNM TOMORROW

The fascinating local history of Giant Rock and the Integraton will be unveiled at an evening lecture in Yucca Valley tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork has your invitation…

“Giant Rock and the Integraton” is the subject of an evening lecture at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum this week. Barbara Harris, of the

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COMPROMISE BILL ON MARINE BASE EXPANSION GETS SUPPORT

Congressman Paul Cook’s compromise plan for the expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center into Johnson Valley has gathered important congressional support. Dan Stork reports… In advance of a presentation before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, Congressman Paul Cook’s compromise plan for

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