CHARGED UPGRADED TO MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST WOMAN ACCUSED IN JOSHUA TREE DUI

The charges against a woman accused of causing a head-on crash in Joshua Tree 10 days ago that killed a woman and critically injured her husband and 1-year-old daughter, were upgraded Saturday from felony DUI to gross vehicular manslaughter. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jennifer Zapata, 22, of Magna,

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MIKE LIPSITZ NAMED FIELD REP FOR COUNTY SUPERVISOR

Mike Lipsitz, honorary mayor of Landers, Z107.7 reporter, chair of the Municipal Advisory Commission, and out-going president of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, was officially named as field representative for the County’s Third District Supervisor James Ramos Tuesday. Lipsitz’s contract was approved at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Supervisor Ramos

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AQUIFERS 101 ATTRACTS A CROWD

An “aquitard” is NOT exercise clothing that you wear for water aerobics. That’s one of the things that reporter Dan Stork and over 100 other attendees learned in class at Aquifers 101…

A capacity crowd at the Joshua Tree Community Center in the middle of a Friday afternoon was introduced

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REGISTER NOW FOR SEMINAR ON HIP AND KNEE PAIN AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

It’s a sad fact that age and sports take their toll on our joints. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a session on options for those who suffer from hip and knee pain… Today’s options for hip and knee replacement offer shorter recovery times. If hip

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WOMAN STABBED IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY IN CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

A Desert Hot Springs woman was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity in Yucca Valley Saturday evening, and a Joshua Tree woman is in custody. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Erica Devine was arguing with another woman in the 58600 block of Barron Drive in Yucca Valley shortly

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM TO MEET TOMORROW

At the last two outings of the Joshua Tree Clean Team, 15 volunteers gathered to pick up at trash. The next Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet tomorrow morning (Wednesday, April 23) at on the highway and Sunnyhill Road, just west of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, at 8 a.m. There

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY STAR SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT

A local student athlete has been awarded an athletic scholarship for Cross Country running. Fittingly, it’s across the country. Reporter Dan Stork reports that Jeff Larson is going to New Jersey… Yucca Valley High School has announced that senior Cross-Country standout Jeffrey Larson officially signed his letter of intent to

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THIS SATURDAY IS DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

The Sheriff’s Department will take all your unused prescription drugs this coming Saturday. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on “Drug take back day”…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY THIS THURSDAY

Copper Mountain College will celebrate Earth Day this Thursday with a presentation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to join in…

Copper Mountain College celebrates Earth Day this Thursday with a presentation by Mojave Desert Land Trust Conservation Director, Frazier Haney, who will discuss “Desert Habitat Conservation” at noon in

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CHP LOOKING FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO HIT BICYCLIST IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is searching for a driver who hit a bicyclist in downtown Joshua Tree and then fled the scene. According to the CHP, Johnathan Cozart, 22, of Joshua Tree was riding his bicycle northbound on Park Boulevard at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday. As Cozart entered the intersection of

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MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT IN STOLEN BIG RIG CAB

Sheriff Deputies arrested a man who was driving a stolen semi-trailer truck cab at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department was notified that a stolen big rig was being driven southbound on Old Woman Springs Road. Deputies tracked the stolen truck as it turned eastbound on

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EASTER FUN IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE, AND MORONGO VALLEY

Easter hunts and activities are planned all over the communities of our Morongo Basin this weekend. Tomorrow, events will be held in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley, then on Sunday in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells us what is going on in Yucca Valley tomorrow… The Town

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of April is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April

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SIGN UP TO TOUR LOCAL DESERT-WISE LANDSCAPES

More than 20 Morongo Basin gardens will be open to the public for the annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour on Saturday, April 26. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… This popular, self-guided tour, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features beautiful

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JOSHUA TREE VFW BUSY THIS WEEK

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Easter Sunday breakfast is ham steak special for $7. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

SEE’S EASTER CANDY AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Got chocolate? Reporter Dan Stork says there’s still time left to get your Easter candy at the Joshua Tree Library… Now through April 19 the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library have See’s Easter Candy available for purchase at the library in Joshua Tree. In addition to Easter specialties, the

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST CLEANING UP SECTION 33 SATURDAY

A year ago, the Mojave Desert Land Trust purchased 640 acres in Joshua Tree that were once slated to become a subdivision for 2,700 houses at the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Section 33, as the tract is known, is home to desert tortoises, hummingbirds, and other desert

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ONE 80 MINISTRIES OFFERS JOSHUA TREE EASTER SERVICE

One 80 Ministries of Joshua Tree will hold an Easter service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Following the service, there will be a free barbecue with music and other activities. The public is invited. Childcare will be provided. One 80 Ministries is located at 61858 29 Palms Highway in Joshua

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EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The Joshua Tree Library is having its annual party on the day before Easter. Reporter Dan Stork says don’t miss the Eggstravaganza…

The Joshua Tree Branch Library invites families to hop on over to the library for some fun games, crafts, and prizes, on Saturday April 19. The library will

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VICTIM IN SUNDAY NIGHT JOSHUA TREE CRASH DIES, MORE DETAILS OF CRASH

One of the victims of a horrific DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening has died, and four others—including a 1-year-old toddler— remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Angela Matthews, 25, a passenger in a red 2011 Mazda 6 driven by her husband, Christopher Matthews, 28, died at Desert Hospital in

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