MORONGO VALLEY PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Morongo Valley man was hit and killed while trying to walk across the highway last night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Gerald Cross, 64, was crossing State Route 62 northbound at Lanning Lane, toward the Country Market, in Morongo Valley at 9:45 p.m. Melvin Smith Jr., 50, of

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FRIDAY NIGHT TEEN TENNIS KICKS OF THIS FRIDAY

Friday Night Teen Tennis kicks off July 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Jacobs Park in Yucca Valley, and runs each Friday evening through August 23. The informal program features summer tennis fun with friends under the lights with jock jams and pizza. No pre-registration required. Just show up. A

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A SECOND LOOK AT THOSE SUMMER CLOUDS

While we due endure the summer heat, our desert rewards us with world-class views and spectacular summer skies. Joshua National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says take a closer look at those summer clouds… They gently move in, sometimes from the east, sometimes from the west. And sometimes they just seem

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AMERICAN LEGION HONORS YUCCA VALLEY HEROES

Henry and Wanda Sandoz of Yucca Valley got a standing ovation Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Department of California’s 95th annual convention in Palm Springs. The couple was acknowledged for keeping a war memorial cross in the Mojave Desert. The battle between the couple and the American Civil Liberties

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COUNTY GRAND JURY QUESTIONS SHERIFF’S TASER USE

A grand jury report released Friday, recommends that the County Sheriff’s Department review its training and documentation of taser use to make sure they’re not overused by deputies. The grand jury also suggested improvements in the way the agency handles citizen complaints and that it limit prisoner information available to

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SKY'S THE LIMIT OBSERVATION DOME PUT IN PLACE THIS MORNING

If you drive by Sky’s the Limit, you’ll notice a new feature at the observatory and nature center. Cody Joseph scopes out the details… At about 8 a.m. this morning, the observatory dome was permanently placed at Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center in Twentynine Palms, just outside the

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COUNTY WILL ISSUE SAME-SEX COUPLES MARRIAGE LICENSES

Sunday Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California’s now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. The Supreme Court cleared the way for the marriages to resume for the first time in 4 ½ years, when it ruled Wednesday

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HIGHWAY WORK TO CONTINUE ON STATE ROUTE 62

A project to rehabilitate the pavement on State Route 62 (SR-62) in Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms from Yucca Mesa Road to Bermuda Avenue continues this week with lane closures. The project will grind the existing roadway and replace with new asphalt. Lanes in both directions will be closed from

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PARTY SET FOR THE INTEGRATRON

Even though the event is more than a month off, you should get your tickets right now for a unique fund-raiser for the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to view the Perseid meteor shower at the Integratron… Join the Mojave Desert Land Trust for the

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT

The National Weather service has extended its excessive heat warning though 11 p.m. Thursday night. The warning calls for record to near-record high temperatures through Tuesday evening. Residents are urged to stay cool, and hydrated. Designated cooling centers are the Yucca Valley Community Center. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center; in

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TRAVEL TRAILER FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY EVENING

A fifth-wheel travel trailer is a complete loss after a fire Sunday evening. About 6:30, Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a fire north of Highway 62 at Scholl Drive, between Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley. The blaze was well involved when they arrived, but fire fighters were able to knock

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PLANE LANDS WITH NO LANDING GEAR AT TWENTYNINE PALMS AIRPORT SUNDAY

A small two-seater airplane landed on its belly at the Twentynine Palms airport Sunday morning. About 9:45 a.m., the pilot, identified only as a Twentynine Palms resident, was landing at the airport when the landing gear—which the pilot said was locked in place—snapped back, causing the plane to land on

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RESERVE SEATS AT INTEGRATRON FOR AUGUST METEOR SHOWER

The Mojave Desert Land Trust is hosting a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday, August 10th at the Integratron in Landers. In addition to the celestial show, there will be projected images from deep space, an interpretive program by a National Park ranger, live music, Sound Baths in

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COUNTY FIRE TRAINS INMATES

The San Bernardino Fire and Sheriff’s Departments began a joint program in May, training a 15-member inmate crew in wildland fire suppression techniques, along with the basic Incident Command System, first-aid, CPR, chainsaw training, small engine and facility repair. This program teaches the crew member skills that they can use

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS CAST

A new local live theatre venue opens its first show next weekend. Reporter Diana Jones lists the cast of “Steel Magnolias”… The area’s newest theatre group, The St. Joseph’s Players in Yucca Valley, will present “Steel Magnolias” as their premier production. Opening July 5th and running weekends throughout the month

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REP. COOK TO HOST WOMEN OF DISTINCTION EVENT

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will host the first annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on August 23 to honor women from his district. Rep. Cook is asking residents of his district to nominate deserving women who have given back to their communities. Nominations will be accepted until July 19

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SIX ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

An artists’ residency program is about to start in Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says you’ll be able to view its results later this summer… Six artists have been accepted for the seventh annual Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. JTHAR, adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, is a six-week

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COLLEGE BASE PROGRAMS CLOSED JULY 1-3

Copper Mountain College’s Base Programs office will be closed from July 1 through July 3 to move its office into a new facility. If you have any questions during the closure, call the Marine Base at 760-830-6133 or the Main Campus at 760-366-3791.

FIREWOOD IN JTNP

For many people, camping isn’t camping without a campfire. Ranger Pam Tripp advises how to enjoy the experience responsibly… Whenever camping, one of the main events of a good camping trip is the campfire. There is nothing like the smell of campfire smoke when enjoying the outdoors and cool evening.

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JT VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Sunday breakfast at the Joshua Tree VFW is all-you-can-eat pancakes, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.