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Rain helps firefighters fight Lake Fire, but not without potential consequences
Recent rain has helped firefighting efforts on the Lake Fire, reporting 65% containment on Wednesday, however heavy rains can lead to flash floods and mudslides. Lightning storms can also spark wildfires not detected till days later.
1 Jul 2015 at 6:51pm






Indio bans disposable plastic bags in large stores
The city of Indio passed an ordinance that bans single-use plastic bags and the measure is now in effect for large stores as of July 1.
1 Jul 2015 at 6:47pm






Indio Water Authority opens Chromium-6 treatment plants
The Indio Water Authority is the first in the valley to begin treating drinking water for chromium-6 under new state standards. 
1 Jul 2015 at 6:14pm






Local shelters see spike in stray animal impounds over Fourth of July weekend
While they're fun for humans to watch, fireworks can be a nightmare for your pets.
1 Jul 2015 at 5:49pm






PS Resorts wants to cancel American Heat weekend
The dates have been set for the American Heat biker weekend in Palm Springs, but safety concerns raised by PS Resorts may cancel this year's event altogether.
1 Jul 2015 at 5:18pm






Transient pleads not guilty to killing homeless woman
The Palm Springs Police Department arrested a homeless man suspected of murdering a homeless woman over the weekend in Palm Springs.
1 Jul 2015 at 4:43pm






Animal Services rescues dog stuck in canal
An officer with Riverside County Animal Services rescued a German shepherd from the Gage Canal in Riverside Wednesday afternoon.
1 Jul 2015 at 4:41pm






Cities report best drought conservation yet
More Californians are doing their part to conserve water during the drought.
1 Jul 2015 at 3:56pm






Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Palm Desert
Mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus in Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Indian Wells have brought the total number in the Coachella Valley to 55, which is the highest number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus this year than any other year during the same time period s...
1 Jul 2015 at 3:54pm






Small Business Administration office coming to Coachella Valley
It's an effort to help small businesses open their doors, survive and expand in the Coachella Valley, often a big challenge especially during our desert's slower summer months.
1 Jul 2015 at 1:54pm






Parents react to mandatory vaccination law
Parents react to mandatory vaccination law. Natalie Brunell reports.
1 Jul 2015 at 10:13am






Fatal child drownings on the rise in Riverside County
In hopes to control the recent increase in child drownings, Riverside County hosted a press conference. 
1 Jul 2015 at 8:50am






California state officials ask residents to conserve electricity during heat ...
California's Independent Supply Operator has issued a Flex Alert urging consumers to set thermostats to 78 degrees and reduce the use of appliances between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday.
1 Jul 2015 at 7:38am






California woman injured after dolphin leaps on boat deck
Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children on Father's Day when they saw a pod of dolphins swimming alongside them. One of the mammals leapt aboard the boat, knocking Frickman over and landing on top of her legs.
1 Jul 2015 at 7:29am






Lake Fire containment up to 65%
Firefighters continue to make progress on the Lake Fire burning in the San Bernardino Mountains.
30 Jun 2015 at 10:26pm




Victorville Daily Press


Pedestrian's death investigated as possible suicide
BARSTOW — The death of a 49-year-old Barstow man was being investigated as a possible suicide Wednesday, authorities said.Teri Lay of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Coroner's division said the man was struck by a tractor trailer in the 1200 block of East Main Street on Tuesday afternoon. Lay...
1 Jul 2015 at 3:44pm




Auto Club predicts boom in Independence Day travel
BARSTOW — The Automobile Club of America predicts more Americans will be traveling this year during the Independence Day holiday season, mainly due to low gas prices and a rebounding economy.AAA said holiday travelers will see the lowest gasoline prices in at least five years, with 41.9 million A...
1 Jul 2015 at 2:01pm



Col. Scalise bids farewell, welcomes Col. Karega
BARSTOW — Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow held a chance of command ceremony Wednesday morning as Col. Michael Scalise relinquished command to Col. Sekou Karega.Scalise addressed his Marines and local officials for the last time Wednesday as he prepares to move to his family to Marine Corps I...
1 Jul 2015 at 1:49pm



Obama declares 'new chapter' with Communist Cuba
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.
1 Jul 2015 at 6:47am



Person dies after being hit by semi-truck
BARSTOW — One person died after being hit by a semi-truck in Barstow on Tuesday afternoon.Barstow Police officials received reports of a pedestrian struck near the intersection of Muriel St. and Main Street around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Witnesses at the scene reported that a semi-truck had struck the...
30 Jun 2015 at 10:13pm



Fruitless 'Trek'
BARSTOW — After rumors circulated that actor William Shatner would stop by a popular local Mexican restaurant Tuesday afternoon, a handful of people waited in triple-digit heat for a chacne to see the "Star Trek" icon.That group of people was upset after finding out Shatner passed Barstow earlier...
1 Jul 2015 at 7:53am




Barstow Desert Dispatch


Pedestrian's death investigated as possible suicide
BARSTOW — The death of a 49-year-old Barstow man was being investigated as a possible suicide Wednesday, authorities said.Teri Lay of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Coroner's division said the man was struck by a tractor trailer in the 1200 block of East Main Street on Tuesday afternoon. Lay...
1 Jul 2015 at 3:44pm




Auto Club predicts boom in Independence Day travel
BARSTOW — The Automobile Club of America predicts more Americans will be traveling this year during the Independence Day holiday season, mainly due to low gas prices and a rebounding economy.AAA said holiday travelers will see the lowest gasoline prices in at least five years, with 41.9 million A...
1 Jul 2015 at 2:01pm



Col. Scalise bids farewell, welcomes Col. Karega
BARSTOW — Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow held a chance of command ceremony Wednesday morning as Col. Michael Scalise relinquished command to Col. Sekou Karega.Scalise addressed his Marines and local officials for the last time Wednesday as he prepares to move to his family to Marine Corps I...
1 Jul 2015 at 1:49pm



Obama declares 'new chapter' with Communist Cuba
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.
1 Jul 2015 at 6:47am



Person dies after being hit by semi-truck
BARSTOW — One person died after being hit by a semi-truck in Barstow on Tuesday afternoon.Barstow Police officials received reports of a pedestrian struck near the intersection of Muriel St. and Main Street around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Witnesses at the scene reported that a semi-truck had struck the...
30 Jun 2015 at 10:13pm



Fruitless 'Trek'
BARSTOW — After rumors circulated that actor William Shatner would stop by a popular local Mexican restaurant Tuesday afternoon, a handful of people waited in triple-digit heat for a chacne to see the "Star Trek" icon.That group of people was upset after finding out Shatner passed Barstow earlier...
1 Jul 2015 at 7:53am



Statewide Flex Alert issued to conserve electricity
As high temperatures scorch the state, the California Independent System Operator called for a statewide Flex Alert for Tuesday and today.Consumers are asked to conserve energy by turning off all unnecessary electrical devices and postponing the use of major appliances until after 6 p.m. Also, ad...
30 Jun 2015 at 8:34pm



No bus service on Saturday
In observance of Independence Day, there will be no bus service Saturday for all Victor Valley Transit regional fixed routes buses, county buses, or paratransit buses in Barstow.Also, there will be no Routing and Scheduling available on this holiday.
30 Jun 2015 at 8:32pm



Board approves $59.9 million budget
BARSTOW — After listening to words of wisdom from its business manager, the Barstow Unified School District Board of Trustees adopted the 2015-16 budget Tuesday."The cause of most school district insolvencies can be traced to bad financial decisions made during prosperous times that came back to ...
30 Jun 2015 at 8:32pm



Beam me up Scotty, but not to Barstow
William Shatner was supposed to stop in Barstow on Tuesday.But that mission by the former Capt. James T. Kirk, as Spock used to say, is "highly illogical."Barstow just wasn't a world Shatner was to explore at this time. He stopped instead at Peggy Sue's in Yermo during his journey to the planet k...
30 Jun 2015 at 3:10pm




Antelope Valley Times


DA to seek death penalty against Palmdale couple in Gabriel?s beating death
LOS ANGELES – The prosecution announced Wednesday that it will seek the death penalty against a Palmdale couple charged with capital murder in the beating death of the woman’s 8-year-old son. Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 31, and Isauro Aguirre, 35, were indicted last summer in the May 2013 killing of...
1 Jul 2015 at 5:05pm


The Oasis Wellness Village coming to Palmdale
PALMDALE ? A first of its kind wellness village real estate development called The Oasis is coming to Palmdale, Thomas Partners Properties (TPP) announced Wednesday. With groundbreaking expected in June of 2016, The Oasis Wellness Village will offer a continuum of care at 864 W. Palmdale Boulevar...
1 Jul 2015 at 3:50pm


AV Hospital adopts high-tech infection prevention system
LANCASTER ? Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has a new weapon against germs? the Surfacide® Helios? Disinfection System. It is the second hospital in California to strengthen its infection-prevention efforts using Surfacide?s ultra-violet (UV-C) light energy, an evidence-based method of controlling...
1 Jul 2015 at 3:45pm


Tatianna Rodriguez is driven to succeed
By Ashley Clutter, University of Antelope Valley If you?re ever at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, stop by the ?Big D Café? and say hello to Tatianna Rodriguez. The 2011 University of Antelope Valley graduate landed a coveted position with Disney?s food service company, Bon Appétit, thanks to...
1 Jul 2015 at 1:42pm


Fireworks safety tips, illegal fireworks warning
PALMDALE ? Dozens of local nonprofit organizations are selling ?safe and sane? fireworks at various locations throughout Palmdale, and city officials are asking consumers to use the fireworks safely. The City of Palmdale?s neighborhood services department offers these important safety tips for re...
30 Jun 2015 at 2:47pm


AVTA awarded $24.4 million for electric buses
LOS ANGELES – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Metrolink and Metro and were among the recipients of $224 million in California State Transportation Agency grants aimed at bolstering public transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, authorities announced. AVTA was awarded $24.4 million to d...
30 Jun 2015 at 1:57pm


Jose Lopez selected as Point Foundation Scholar
LOS ANGELES ? Knight High School Class of 2015 graduate Jose Lopez was selected as a Point Foundation Scholar. He was one of 36 high school graduates across the country awarded new scholarships this year for demonstrating ?academic excellence and leadership in their communities, despite facing ob...
30 Jun 2015 at 1:42pm


Ohio man pleads to raping Lancaster girl he met online
LANCASTER – A 46-year-old man pleaded no contest Monday to multiple felony counts for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Lancaster girl he met via Facebook in 2012. Jury selection had already begun for the trial of Michael Scheetz of Westerville, Ohio, when he entered his plea to seven of eight co...
29 Jun 2015 at 11:24pm


Patient?s family awarded $270K in wrongful death case against AV Hospital
LANCASTER – The family of an elderly Lancaster woman was awarded $270,350 in a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit against Antelope Valley Hospital. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a verdict in favor of 90-year-old Valera Hebden‘s family on June 19, upholding the claim that He...
29 Jun 2015 at 2:37pm


District Attorney Jackie Lacey announces unit to review claims of innocence
LOS ANGELES – Backed by roughly $1 million in county funding, District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Monday the creation of a unit that will review wrongful conviction claims. Lacey said at the Hall of Justice that her office annually files more than 71,000 felony cases, most of which are uphel...
29 Jun 2015 at 1:34pm



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