1-10 TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT NOON

CalTrans has announced that Interstate 10 will reopen to traffic at noon on Friday. Crews will strengthen the westbound side of the Tex Wash bridge near Eagle Mountain to allow two-way traffic on it–one lane in each direction. Workers will then start working on the collapsed eastbound bridge to get

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS PINTO BASIN ROAD

Joshua Tree National Park has reopened Pinto Basin Road after road crews worked for two days clearing mud, sand, rocks, and debris caused by heavy rainfall over the weekend. At this time, all paved roads are open in the park. Box Canyon Road from Mecca provides access to Cottonwood Springs

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CHP OFFERS TIPS ON DRIVING AROUND MOTORCYCLES

Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved collisions goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclists. California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin offers the following tips for motorists on how to drive safely around motorcycles… Give motorcycles extra room. A minor rear-end collision involving a motorcycle can have major

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YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY TUESDAY

A Yucca Valley family is displaced from their home following a fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the residence on the corner of Deer Trail and Navajo Trail at 1:22 p.m. County Fire Captain Darrel Feuerhahn said the fire started in a bedroom and also burned the bath, although

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TWO ARRESTED TUESDAY ON WARRANTS, DRUG POSSESSION

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon on various warrants and for drug possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 6300 block of Ronald Drive just after noon with warrants for the arrest of Timothy Burleson, 31, and Megan Pyle, 19. The report

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A DEFENSIBLE SPACE CAN PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SUMMER FIRES

With the summer’s heat comes extreme fire danger. Reporter Dan Stork says you can help by creating a defensible space… California has been in an extreme drought, and county and state fire officials have ordered a ban on open burning due to the high threat of wildfire. To better protect

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TWO INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of hitting his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Don Simmons, 49, of the 4500 block of Adobe Road, started arguing with his wife about 2:30 a.m., and hit her with a mop. After an investigation, Don Simmons was arrested

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD LOOKS AT MUNOZ’S CONTRACT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the salary of General Manger and County Supervisorial candidate Donna Munoz dominated the meeting… At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors took up the issue of the employment contract for General Manager Donna

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REGISTRAR OF VOTERS MAILING OUT CONFIRMATION POSTCARDS

The San Bernardino County Elections Office will begin mailing residency confirmation postcards today to voters who have not voted or who have changed their registration in the past four years. Voters who receive these postcards should complete and return the postage-paid card to the Elections Office. Voters who are mailed

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TWENTYNINE WATER AND FIRE BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets tonight on both water district and fire department business. In water business, after an opportunity for public comment, there are no actionable items beyond a routine consent calendar. In fire business, the board also has no items beyond public comments and consent calendar

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HI-DESERT WATER CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert water District Board has called a special meeting for tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us why… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to update its policy concerning

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LOCAL POULTRY OWNERS MEET TONIGHT

High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association meets at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, July 22 at Yucca Mesa Community Center at 3133 Balsa Avenue, 10 minutes north of Yucca Valley off of Aberdeen Avenue. Association founder Charla Shamhart is bringing live baby chicks for show and tell. She will also bring fresh

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I-10 CLOSURE BRINGS 15,000 VEHICLES A DAY TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The bridge collapse on Interstate 10 in Desert Center has completely shut down the freeway east of Dillon Road in Indio. Early estimates are that repairs to the freeway bridge could take as long as two months. Traffic is being re-routed to the south on Highway 86 and to the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROAD CLOSURES

In Joshua Tree National Park, heavy rains resulting in washed out road conditions have closed the Pinto Basin Road from White Tank Campground to Cottonwood Springs. Park maintenance crews expect to have the roadway cleared by tomorrow. Box Canyon Road from Mecca is currently open and is the only way

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THE CHP SAYS PREP YOUR VEHICLE FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

Now that summer is here, more people are taking off on summer vacations and weekend road trips. CHP Officer Joan Griffin says with a little planning and preparation, you can reduce the risk of a tragedy while you are behind the wheel… The warm temperatures and summer travel put extra

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VEHICLES VANDALIZED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of vandalism in which the suspects scratched a swastika on a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, the vandalism was reported about 11 a.m. Monday morning in the 58300 block of Carlyle Drive in Yucca Valley. The vandals threw eggs at the vehicle, stole

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HIT AND RUN DRIVER RETURNS TO THE SCENE AND GETS ARRESTED

A hit-and-run driver returned to the scene of the accident Friday evening, and was arrested—for a probation violation. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9:10 Friday night, two cars collided at the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The driver of one of the vehicles,

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WATCH OUT FOR TELEMARKETER SCAMS

Have you gotten a phone call from someone trying to sell you something that sounds too good to be true? Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Reporter Dan Stork lists some lines a caller may give you, and tells how to react…

“You must

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ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES’ BILL WOULD TARGET ILLEGAL DRONE USE

Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley is co-author of a bill that makes flying a drone over a fire a criminal offense. Drones grounded firefighting airplanes over the Mill 2 Fire in Yucaipa last week and the Lake Fire near Pioneertown last month, which allowed the fires to spread. Mayes

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month. The next scheduled date is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 a.m. The volunteers will meet at Yucca Mesa and Security Road. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to make

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