• Man Sentenced in L.A. to Five Years for Joshua Tree National Park Arson

    A 26-year-old arson parolee was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to five years behind bars and ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution for setting fire to historic trees and brush in the Oasis of Mara area of Joshua Tree National Park, which straddles the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert and offers sweeping views, including […]

  • Pair Arrested for Death of Murrieta Man Found Buried at Park

    A U.S. Marine Corps officer and his girlfriend were each being held Thursday in lieu of $1 million bail on suspicion of killing a Murrieta man and attempting to hide his remains at Joshua Tree National Park. First Lt. Curtis Lee Krueger of Twentynine Palms, 30, and Nicole Ashlie Stapp, 27, of Joshua Tree were […]

  • Joshua Tree Campground Closures to Begin Friday

    With summer temperatures expected to reduce visitation to Joshua Tree National Park, officials will close five campgrounds off to the public starting tomorrow. From Friday through around Labor Day, the following camping areas will be closed: — Cottonwood Campground (Loop B) — Belle Campground — Ryan Campground — Indian Cove Campground family sites (West Loop) […]

  • Human Remains Found in Joshua Tree National Park

    A visitor found partially buried human remains in Joshua Tree National Park, and an investigation into the suspicious death was underway, sheriff’s officials said Sunday. The visitor found the remains Saturday morning near Big Horn Pass Road and Park Boulevard, about six miles south of Twentynine Palms, and alerted a park ranger who then contacted […]

  • Update: Park Rangers Locate Missing Joshua Tree Hiker

    Clair Nelson has been located. ______________________ US Park Rangers of Joshua Tree National Park are searching for missing hiker Claire Nelson. Claire Nelson is a 36 year old white female. She is from New Zealand and has a New Zealand accent. She is 5’6″ and 140 lbs with shoulder length blonde hair. She has brown […]

  • Suspicious Call Prompts Murder Investigation in Joshua Tree, Two Dead

    On Monday at 8:14 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from a reporting party who stated he was on an open phone line with a possible assault victim. The victim told the reporting party that she was going to meet with the suspect, an ex-boyfriend, in a remote location. The reporting party was concerned because […]

  • Missing Joshua Tree Man Found Safe by Rescuers

    A legally blind senior citizen who went missing over the weekend while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park was found safe Tuesday morning, authorities said. Rescuers began searching for David Sewell, 76, of Joshua Tree, early Monday and located him around 11 this morning. He had left a note in his car, which was found […]

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