A LOOK BACK AT THE MORONGO BASIN IN 2015, THE FIRST IN A 4-PART SERIES

As 2015 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year in a special 4-part series. Today, part 1; The Lake Fire burned more than 31,000 acres south of Big Bear in June and forced the evacuation of Pioneertown. Although the US Fire

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT THIS FRIDAY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this New Year’s Day. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers are needed…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. The count begins

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NEW MINIMUM WAGE AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS KICKING IN

Good news for minimum wage employees; the state minimum wage will go up to $10 an hour as of January 1. That’s nearly $3 more an hour than the federal minimum wage. And employees with children will also be able to take off up to 40 hours each year so

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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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HOLIDAY FUN IN THE PARK

The end of the year brings lots of visitors to our area. Joshua Tree Park Ranger Pam Tripp offers some suggestions on what you can do with your guests while they’re here… Do you have relatives visiting over the Holidays and need to entertain them? Joshua Tree National Park invites

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LOW-COST VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULE IN JANUARY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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JOSHUA TREE CHICKENS SAVED IN COOP FIRE

Firefighters saved four chickens when their coop caught on fire Tuesday morning. Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to a home near Canterbury Street and Porter Boulevard in Joshua Tree for a chicken coop fire. A warming light inside the coop had fallen and started the straw inside

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

If you are a teenager, or have a teen between the ages of 16 and 18, who are interested in working in the outdoors next summer, make plans to apply to the Youth Conservation Corps. ROP Broadcasting student Daneita Chestnut fills in the details… Joshua Tree National Park Youth Conservation

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CHP OUT ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT FOR THE HOLIDAY

A lot of people will be traveling during the holiday, which means the California Highway Patrol is conducting a maximum enforcement period through midnight Sunday, December 28, all available officers will be out on the roads for enhanced enforcement efforts, and helping motorists wherever needed. During last year’s maximum enforcement

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SIGN UP NOW FOR CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

There are several opportunities for residents to participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count. The next count will tomorrow, December 27, at the Mojave River Valley. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Victorville Starbucks on the southwest corner of Bear Valley Road and Hesperia Road, three miles

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A TASER, DRUGS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday afternoon during a burglary investigation. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies received a call of a burglary in the 6500 block of 49 Palms Avenue in Twentynine Palms shortly after 2:30 p.m. Arriving deputies found Jeremy Braden, 36, standing in front of the

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PREPARE A PERSONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FILE (TR358)

With the possibility of increased rainy periods from El Nino, it’s best to prepare and keep safe your financial, insurance, and personal records. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on a personal disaster preparedness file… Create a personal disaster preparedness file containing information about all your possession and keep

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JOSHUA TREE PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed last night walking across State Route 62, just 20 to 30 yards west of a traffic signal with a marked crosswalk. According to the county coroner, at 7:34 p.m., Jonathan Dubois, 25, who was wearing dark-colored clothing, was walking eastbound in the

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES FOR THE MORONGO BASIN

Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley municipal offices will be closed from Thursday, December 24, through Friday January 1. Municipal offices will reopen Monday, January 4. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 24 and 25. There will be no senior lunch on those dates. From Monday, December 28,

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RESULTS OF THE 2015 HOLIDAY BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST

Results are in for the annual Holiday Decorating Contest which saw Morongo Basin businesses large and small compete for free local advertising from contest sponsors Community Radio Station Z107.7 and Hi-Desert Publishing.

For an incredible fifth consecutive year, Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms takes first place for best

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF HEAD-BUTTING GIRLFRIEND

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday night, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Justin Morrow, 21, became upset when his girlfriend tried to wake him up just after 7 p.m. at a home in the 61500 block of Palm Vista in Joshua Tree. Morrow

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORT SANTA CLAUS TONIGHT

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, (December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa and his fire engine will visit neighborhoods on paved roads in north Joshua Tree, north of Highway 62, including Yucca Trail apartments and Joshua Tree Elementary

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORTING SANTA CLAUS NEXT THREE DAYS

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, (December 21), tomorrow, (December 22), and Wednesday, (December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. Tonight, Santa will be riding a fire truck on paved roads in South Joshua Tree, south of Alta

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSES FRIDAY FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK

Copper Mountain College will be closed for Winter Break December 25th through January 1st and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016 with normal operating hours. Please be aware services such as the Online Help Desk and waitlist notifications will not be operating during the break. Online registration will continue

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FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS TO FOURTH GRADERS

The National Parks are offering a great opportunity for fourth grade students. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp with more… There is exciting news for all fourth graders! You are eligible for a free annual pass to all National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management sites. In order to

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