FATAL JOSHUA TREE FLASH FLOOD VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The coroner’s office has identified the man killed in a flash flood Tuesday as Karl Wyne, 66, of Joshua Tree. Wyne had operated a local electrical business for many years and had served on the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors. Bystanders told authorities that Wyne, who was driving

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A SPECIAL REPORT ON FLASH FLOODING AND SWIFT WATER RESCUES

Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us in part one of a two-part report about flash flooding and swift water rescues… As this week’s flash flooding in Joshua Tree demonstrated, fast-moving water can be extremely dangerous in the desert. “It does not take very much moving water at all, as little

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BODY FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE IDENTIFIED

The coroner’s office has identified the body found in the desert in Joshua Tree September 6 as Glenda Latino, 46, of Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Latino was last seen August 16 when she checked herself out of Hi-Desert Medical Center; she was reported missing August 21. Latino’s body

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INFORMATION CORRECTED ON MISSING ELDERLY JOSHUA TREE WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department has corrected information about a missing woman who walked away from her car in Twentynine Palms last week. Monday, September 8, Nola Taylor, 85, was driven to her home in Joshua Tree from Desert Hospital in Palm Springs by her son; she did not drive herself home

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday evening after his girlfriend said he refused to let her leave the residence. According to a Sheriff’s report, William Porter, 27, was fighting with a woman in the 3500 block of Porter Boulevard about 4:15 p.m. The report states the woman could be

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STORMS CAUSE A FATALITY IN JOSHUA TREE, MUD AND FLOODING

A man was killed yesterday afternoon when his SUV was swept away in a raging flash flood in Joshua Tree. According to County Fire Captain Matt Anderson, the man, identified only as being in his 66 years old, was driving his Chevy Blazer on Sunny Vista when he encountered a

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PETITION TO PERMIT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN YUCCA VALLEY STARTING

When the Yucca Valley Town Council refused to extend the permit to allow California Medicinal Solutions to remain in business last year, the Morongo Basin lost its only legal medical marijuana dispensary. Some residents plan to circulate a petition for a proposed ordinance that would allow a limited number of

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YUCCA VALLEY PREPARING FOR MORE THUNDERSTORMS

The Town of Yucca Valley is preparing for thunderstorms expected to move through this week. The heaviest rain is forecast to occur today and evening bringing increasing chances of flash flooding. Residents are advised to take precautions and avoid unnecessary travel when possible. The Town’s Public Works crews are preparing

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Caitlin Logan checks the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, September 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. During this meeting, the Board will review their fourth quarter ending financial report summary for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION DENIES 200-UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met last night in closed session and then in regular session where they held a public hearing regarding an appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination regarding an Environmental Impact Report on a proposed 200-unit multi-family apartment complex to be built near the MCAGCC Condor

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BREAKING NEWS FLASH FLOOD UPDATE

A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR IN JOSHUA TREE AROUND 4PM TUESDAY RESULTED IN SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING THROUGHOUT THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND SOME SURROUNDING STREETS, INCLUDING MUDSLIDES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF JOSHUA TREE. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED A TRUCK STUCK IN FLOOD WATERS AT SUNNY VISTA AND ALTA LOMA, WHICH EYEWITNESSES

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SOLAR TOWER ALMOST APPROVED: “SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE IMPACT” TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Despite warnings from government agencies that a 75-story solar tower in the desert southeast of Joshua Tree National Park would have “significant unmitigated impacts to biological, cultural, and visual resources” and “substantial adverse impact” to the viewsheds of Joshua Tree National Park, a preliminary decision last Friday by a committee

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, EXCESS REVENUE TO BE ALLOCATED

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Among items on the agenda is what to do with excess revenue. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the Council’s agenda…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold its regular meeting tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT TODAY

Christopher Lee made his second appearance in court today on charges that he murdered his next door neighbor and alleged lover, Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms, in June. His lawyer asked the court for a continuance of the case, since he had just that morning received a partial delivery of

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for a woman who walked away from her car in the desert last week. On Monday, September 8, Nola Taylor, 84, left the Hi-Desert Medical Center in her 1989 Lincoln Continental to go to her quilting class in Yucca Valley. She never arrived. According to

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD FO FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday afternoon, accused of beating a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness called 911 about 2 p.m. Friday to report that a man, later identified as John Crossen, 35, had a screaming woman in a headlock in the 63100 block of Shifting

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FIRE CAUSES MINOR DAMAGE TO MORONGO VALLEY HOME SUNDAY

A Morongo Valley home suffered minor damage in a fire Sunday morning. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Andrew Arthen, a passer-by called at 8:19 a.m. to report a debris fire off Warren Martin. When Morongo Valley and CalFire firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming out of the front door

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FIREFIGHTERS HOLD RESCUE DRILL LAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, nearly two dozen fire fighters from San Bernardino County, the Combat Center, CalFire, and Morongo Valley gathered behind the old Walmart building in Yucca Valley to practice how to rescue a fire fighter who’s fallen through a roof. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES

Want to quit smoking? You should. Been trying to quit smoking, but need some help? The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering free smoking cessation classes starting Thursday. Z107-7 assignment reporter Caitlin Logan tells you how to sign up… Hi-Desert Medical Center will offer a six-week smoking cessation program facilitated by

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