SHERIFF TO CONDUCT OFF-ROAD PATROL OVER NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

As a reminder over this New Year’s holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle riders will be out enjoying their OHV’s in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if necessary.

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OIL AND GAS COMPANIES STOCKPILING PUBLIC LANDS

Oil and gas companies are stockpiling leases on public land in California, sometimes for many years, without developing it—or paying rent on it—according to a recent report from the Wilderness Society. The authors say that’s a problem because the land can’t be leased to another company or used for anything

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APPLICATIONS TAKEN FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Local high school seniors are invited to apply for the Roy Greenleaf Jr. Scholarship, sponsored by the Copper Mountain College Foundation. The scholarship will pay the winning applicant’s tuition, books, fees, and living expenses for his or her entire academic career, as long as the student attends Copper Mountain College

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

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The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A photo of the

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling during the New Year’s holiday, which means the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. tonight through midnight Sunday, January 3. All available officers will be out on the roads for enhanced enforcement efforts, focusing on impaired

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NEW STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY

California’s medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant that goes into effect Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, that will

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SHERIFF TO CONDUCT OFF-ROAD PATROLS NEW YEARS WEEKEND

As a reminder over this New Year’s holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle riders will be out enjoying their OHV’s in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if necessary.

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TURNS 100 IN 2016, 16 FREE DAYS OFFERED

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate. All national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, will waive entrance fees on 16 days in 2016. The fee-free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18), National Park Week (April 16 through 24),

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MINIMUM WAGE GOES TO $10 AN HOUR FRIDAY

Tens of thousands of minimum-wage workers in California will be making an extra dollar an hour starting on Friday. The Golden State’s minimum-wage increases from $9 to $10 an hour on January 1. Reporter David Knutson has the details… With the increase to $10 an hour on Friday, labor advocates

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN, 19, PLEADS GUILTY IN DEATH OF 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

A Twentynine Palms woman pleaded guilty earlier this month to causing the death of an elderly woman. According to sources close to the investigation, Sierra McCluskey, 19, was the step-granddaughter and caretaker for Margaret Garcia, 74, of Joshua Tree. Last December, the severely emaciated woman was taken to Hi-Desert Medical

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG SALES TWICE IN TWO WEEKS

A man who was arrested last week for possessing drugs was arrested again Monday morning, accused of the same crime. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle in the 6300 block of Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 3 a.m. Inside the vehicle was Ehrrich Grenzow,

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BEWARE OF “THE GRANDPARENT’S SCAM”

An old phone scam that is making the rounds again. It’s called the “grandparents scam,” because the caller pretends to be the victim’s grandchild who needs money because of an arrest or car crash. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can avoid being a victim…. A grandparent receives a

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PART 3 OF 4 IN OUR LOOK BACK AT NEWS STORIES OF 2015

We continue our special series looking back on the biggest Z107.7 News stories of 2015. Today, in part 3 of 4, the Twentynine Palms, Morongo Valley, and Wonder Valley fire departments were also in the news this year. In Twentynine Palms, after years of trying—and failing—to get residents to approve

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SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE TODAY IN YUCCA MESA, LANDERS

About 2500 homes are without power today in our Morongo Basin due to scheduled power outages. Southern California Edison turned off power between 5:30 and 5:45 for about 1400 customers in Yucca Mesa, centered around Aberdeen Drive, and just over 1000 customers in Landers, around Belfield Boulevard. The power outage

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SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE TODAY IN YUCCA MESA, LANDERS

About 2500 homes are without power today in our Morongo Basin due to scheduled power outages. Southern California Edison turned off power between 5:30 and 5:45 for about 1400 customers in Yucca Mesa, centered around Aberdeen Drive, and just over 1000 customers in Landers, around Belfield Boulevard. The power outage

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BOAT AND GARAGE DESTROYED, 1 MINOR INJURY, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE

Sheriff’s deputies have detained a man who started a fire in a boat in Twentynine Palms early this morning, destroying the boat, a garage, and damaging a home. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the fire was reported at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 74900 block of Alta

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2 MILLIONTH VISITOR IN 2015 IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

Just days before the end of the year, Joshua Tree National Park welcomed its 2 millionth visitor yesterday (December 28). Park superintendent David Smith said the record number of visitors this year “blew away” the previous record, 1.6 million, set in 2014. Earlier this year, Smith said the park was

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JOSHUA TREE FIRE INSIDE THE NATIONAL PARK CALLED SUSPICIOUS

Monday afternoon, Twentynine Palms firefighters went bouldering in Joshua Tree National Park as they responded to a fire about a half mile up Rattlesnake Canyon. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, firefighters were called at 12:19 for a Joshua tree fire. Marquez said firefighters had to scramble over rocks carrying

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COLD WEATHER REMINDERS FOR AREA DRIVERS

With very cold weather in our Morongo Basin area, and chances of precipitation later this week, Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some reminders about winter driving… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains for your vehicle. Don’t pass a

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