San Bernardino County has intensified its efforts to vaccinate the area’s residents aged 65 and older, and to make it easier for them to schedule vaccination appointments by opening a vaccination center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. However, demand for appointments is high. Residents are urged to sign up to be notified when new appointments become available. In addition, the county is adding hours and staff to its vaccination hotline to help seniors schedule vaccination appointments. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about how to make your vaccination appointment go smoothly…

The county wants to work with residents to make sure your vaccination appointments is problem-free and as quick and easy as possible. Whether you are going to a public health site, a vaccination event, or using a mobile vaccine unit, here are a few tips:

  • Vaccines can only be given with an appointment.
  • Try not to arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Be ready to show proof of age.
  • It is important that you wait for 15 minutes after receiving a vaccine so you can be observed for any reactions, and for treatment to be provided if needed.
  • Plan to spend at least an hour total at your appointment.

During your appointment, you can expect to get a vaccination card and to schedule your second-dose appointment before you leave.

Senior residents can go to to sign up to receive alerts announcing appointment availability. The County is also taking additional steps to assist seniors trying to schedule vaccination appointments. For example, it has extended hours for its vaccination hotline (909-387-3911) and is adding staff to handle calls.


Active-duty service members, and some government workers and military retirees can receive vaccinations for COVID-19 on the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms today (Feb. 11). Veterans who are 75 years or older can be vaccinated by appointment at the naval hospital’s immunization clinic. Call 760-830-2698 to schedule an appointment.

Vaccinations are also available on a walk-in basis at the West Gym from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday for healthcare workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and mission-essential workers who work on the Marine Corps base, as well as personnel preparing to deploy. In addition, Tricare beneficiaries who are 65 or older, and Tricare beneficiaries aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for severe illness, are also eligible for vaccinations. For COVID-19 related questions, call 760-668-1512.


Temperature and wind extremes, poor soil, lack of rain, and determined critters make growing vegetables in the desert a challenge for any gardener. But don’t despair, an upcoming free class aims to give desert vegetable growers the edge. Reporter Mike Lipsitz is here with the details…

The Joshua Basin Water District is offering a free four-hour, two-evening course called Desert Edible Gardening. The course is set for February 23 and 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Zoom remote platform. Covered topics will include environmental challenges, GMO versus organics, container and other gardening approaches, soil amending, water conservation and more. Registration is required by calling 760-821-5716 or email Kathleen Radnich at by 5 p.m. February 16.


Three people were arrested—including one juvenile—in two unrelated incidents when deputies found them carrying concealed weapons last weekend. On Saturday, deputies were on patrol near Onaga Trail and Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley about 1:30 a.m. near where several vehicle burglaries had taken place. The deputies saw a 16-year-old boy—dressed all in black—riding a bicycle. When the boy saw the deputies, he tried to flee on the bike, but deputies were able to detain him. Deputies discovered the juvenile was in possession of a concealed and loaded handgun. The Yucca Valley teenager was arrested for investigation of being a minor in possession of a concealed firearm, and booked into Juvenile Hall in San Bernardino.

Then about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies were on patrol when they made a traffic stop on a vehicle near Highway 62 and Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Inside the car were John Powers, 29, of Yucca Valley, and Anthony Jimenez, 18, of Joshua Tree. Deputies determined the car they were in had been reported stolen out of Arizona and Jimenez was on felony probation. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a shotgun along with several different calibers of ammunition. Both Powers and Jimenez are prohibited from being in possession of weapons and ammunition. John Powers and Anthony Jimenez were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $50,000 each.


Staff at the Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation know that kids love art and that creating something can be soothing during a tough time, so they’ve hatched a plan to help. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

The Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation will be selling art kits for kids, ages 4-10 for just $5 each, and ages 11-17 for $6 each. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The art kits will be available for pick-up on Friday, February 12, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office at 74362 Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. For more info, call 760-367-7562.

The kits can be reserved. Go to: