JURY FINDS PHIPPS GUILTY

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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COUNTRY-ROCK BAND “NITRO EXPRESS” AT YUCCA VALLEY CONCERT TONIGHT

The Free Town of Yucca Valley summer concert series continues tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you the hear the country rock sounds of Nitro Express…

Yucca Valley’s free summer music festival continues this Saturday, July 18 with Southern California’s own Nitro Express. Typically billed as a country rock band, Nitro

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PAUL COOK WEIGHS IN ON VETERANS’ LOANS AND WATER

Representative Paul Cook

Representative Paul Cook issued press releases on votes he cast this week, on two separate bills that passed the House of Representatives, both with his support.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Act would waive the upfront guarantee fee on a Small Business Administration express loan after October of

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PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION HEARING ON VERIZON SALE OF LAND SERVICES

Last February, Verizon sold its landline phone service, Internet, and FIOS video service—but not its cell phone service—to Frontier Communications. The California Public Utilities will hold a workshop and public hearing about the proposed transfer of operations between Verizon and Frontier. The workshop will be held at 1:45, prior to

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FLAMENCO RETURNS TO THEATER 29

Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes returns to Theater 29 by popular demand. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to get tickets… The Flamenco stylings of dancer Savannah Fuentes were so well received by Theater 29 audiences that she’s returning with her latest show on her summer tour of the Western United

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JOSEPH PHIPPS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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BODY FOUND IN LANDERS THOUGHT TO BE THAT OF MISSING MAN

The coroner’s office has confirmed that remains found in the desert Wednesday were those of a man who had been missing the Fourth of July. Andrew Salazar. Salazar, 25, was dropped off at Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later,

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CITATIONS FOR TEXTING AND DRIVING ARE UP IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Texting while driving is very dangerous, distracted driving brings serious danger to those doing it, and others on the road. In spite of that knowledge, and laws against it, people are still texting and driving. Managing editor Tami Roleff says local citations for texting while driving are up…

Every time

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JURY BEGINS DELIBERATIONS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After a full day of closing arguments by both the prosecuting and defense attorneys, the jury in the Joseph Phipps trial began deliberations late Thursday afternoon. The jury deliberated for about 15 minutes before it was dismissed for the day just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Nearly three dozen witnesses testified

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CUSTOMERS GET CHROMIUM-6 NOTICE

Customers of the Joshua Basin Water District recently received notice about Chromium-6 in the water. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why, and says it will become a regular occurrence…

Customers of the Joshua Basin Water District received a notice with their most recent water bill, informing them their drinking water may

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING WILL BE A BUSY ONE

The Homestead Valley Community Council has plenty to talk about when it meets Monday, July 20. A representative from State Senator Jean Fuller will give an update on the fire tax and other legislation. The Marine Corps announced it will be training next year in part of Johnson Valley OHV

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BODY OF MAN MISSING SINCE 4TH OF JULY DISCOVERED IN PIPES CANYON WASH

The remains of a man were discovered in the desert Wednesday, 11 days after a man went missing in Landers. According to officials, Andrew Salazar’s girlfriend dropped him off at the Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later, residents in

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ISSUES ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL SERVE LETTER

The Joshua Basin Water District board issued a conditional will-serve letter for the controversial Alta Mira housing development last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board was reminded they were not a land use agency…… At last night’s standing-room-only meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, members of the public

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LAST YEAR FOR YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB FIREWORKS

More than 4,000 people went to Brehm Sports Park to watch the Yucca Valley fireworks on the Fourth of July, with thousands more watching from nearby homes and parking lots. The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley, which has sponsored the fireworks display for the past 32 years, has announced that

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SHERIFF WARNS OF ARREST WARRANT SCAMS

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Sara Snyder says beware of the “arrest warrant” scam… In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose as the

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY TO HOLD DROUGHT INFORMATION SESSION

The Mojave Water Agency will hold an informational session about the drought, landscaping, and water restrictions. The session, “Putting Your Landscape on Life Support,” is Tuesday, July 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mojave Water Agency in Apple Valley. Information about setting up irrigation systems, how to help

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NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE RESULTS IN ARREST FOR RIMROCK MAN

A neighborhood dispute resulted in an arrest of a Rimrock man Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Dale Addy, 59, was working in his yard in the 52100 block of Pipes Canyon Road about 11 a.m. when his neighbor came outside and started walking his property line to inspect it

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXAMINES ADDING EAGLE MOUNTAIN AREA

The Eagle Mountain area and Chuckwalla Valley in Riverside County comprise 32,000 acres, two-thirds of which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These areas are surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park on three sides, and were a part of Joshua Tree National Monument until 1950 when they were

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49 PALMS CANYON CLOSED TO ALL BUT THIRSTY BIGHORN SHEEP

The popular 49 Palms Canyon Hiking trail from Twentynine Palms into Joshua Tree National Park is closed to anything but thirsty Bighorn Sheep. Because of four years of drought, other water sources for bighorn sheep in that part of Joshua Tree National Park have dried up, leaving the 49

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