75-YEAR-OLD MAN ARRESTED IN SEX STING OPERATION IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 75-year-old man Thursday who was allegedly soliciting underage girls for sex. According to a Sheriff’s report, undercover officers worked an operation to identify people who were soliciting children online to commit sexual acts. One investigator was contacted through Craigslist by Joseph Colorosssi of Indio.

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WARRANT SWEEP IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, RESULTS IN 31 ARRESTS

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies participated in a warrant sweep between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. During the sweep of 179 warrants, deputies conducted 87 field interviews and made 31 arrests for felony and misdemeanor warrants, parole and probation violations, narcotic offenses, and vehicle

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DEADLINE NEAR FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The deadline to apply for the Greenleaf Scholarship at Copper Mountain College is fast approaching. Reporter Tanisha Cureton has more on the scholarship that pays for a student’s tuition fees, books, and living expenses…

Applications for the Greenleaf scholarship at Copper Mountain College are now available for high school seniors

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WEDDINGTON OIL PAINTING TO BE RAFFLED

An original oil painting by a popular and prolific Hi-Desert artist will raffled off this month by Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the raffle tickets are very affordable…

Gallery 62 and the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will be raffling off a painting by former

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REACH OUT’S PARADE OF HOMES IS TOMORROW

The annual Parade of Homes tour is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Reach Out Morongo Basin. The annual fundraiser supports services for local seniors and disabled residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says six unique homes in the Morongo Basin will be open to visitors tomorrow, February 18…

The 14th

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HI-DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum presents its first chamber music concert of the 2018. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum presents the Encelia Chamber Ensemble with guest artist Frank Martinez on Saturday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. Martinez is

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IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An improv comedy workshop will be held tomorrow, February 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, the workshop will allow participants to explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20, and reservations are required. Call 760-774-2553 for

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR COUNTY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Nominations are being sought for the annual San Bernardino County Distinguished Service award. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…

The County Distinguished Service award recognizes individuals for exceptional leadership and significant contributions to public education in the county. Criteria for nominations should focus on how individuals have improved the

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INTERVENTION EXPLORED AT LIFETREE

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion will be about life’s purpose and divine intervention. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…

This week’s Lifetree Café program – titled “Does God Have a Plan for

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WE REVIEW THOUGHT THEATRE’S “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”

Thought Theatre opened its latest production last night in Pioneertown and Rebecca Havely offers this review of the play…

Studio B in Pioneertown is a quaint intimate space befitting the intimate play “The Vagina Monologues”. There are many heartbreaking memorable moments but also some great laughs thanks to its talented

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the desert night sky of the winter Milky Way. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her telescope to view the incredible cosmic sights…

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center in Twentynine Palms will hold a star party

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PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND CLOSURES

Monday, February 19, is President’s Day, and many government offices and businesses will be closed. Among those that are closed are banks, post offices, the county courthouse, and county, city, and town offices. Morongo Unified Schools and Copper Mountain College will be closed Friday, February 16, and Monday, February 19.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TEMPORARILY CLOSES SOME CLIMBING ROUTES

Some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park have been closed due to nesting golden eagles. A park spokeswoman announced Thursday that the following climbing routes in Rattlesnake Canyon have been temporarily closed: Witch Hunt, South of Heaven, Rattlesnake Buttress, Rattlesnake Forks, Margaret Thatcher Spire, the Stepping Stones, the Bulkhead,

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14TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES THIS SUNDAY BENEFITS REACH-OUT MORONGO BASIN

The annual Parade of Homs tour is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Reach Out Morongo Basin. The annual fundraiser supports services for local seniors and disabled residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says six unique homes in the Morongo Basin will be open to visitors Sunday, February 18…

The 14th

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GIVING A FALSE NAME TO A DEPUTY LEADS TO AN ARREST

A Yucca Valley man learned that it doesn’t pay to give a false name to deputies. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted a pick-up truck without a front license plate being driven southbound on Cahuilla Avenue near Buena Vista in Yucca Valley about 11:30 a.m. The driver turned

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING HER BOYFRIEND

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of punching her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 60500 block of Latham Trail in Joshua Tree about 1:45 p.m. because the victim said Christy Bigornia, 25, scratched and punched him multiple times following an argument over

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NOMINATION SOUGHT FOR COUNTY EDUCATION MEDAL OF HONOR

Nominations are being sought for the 27th annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor awards. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…

The County Education Medal of Honor awards recognize volunteers, business and government partners, educators, and alumni who have made outstanding contributions to public education. Nominations are available

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

Residents of Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Mesa are invited to the monthly meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council on Monday, February 19, at 3 p.m. On the agenda will be a discussion on the county’s Renewable Energy Conservation Element and permit applications for more than 5,000

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TECH HELP FOR SENIORS TODAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Are you still trying to figure out all those new tech devices? Teens from the Yucca Valley Youth Commission will be available to help you out. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you when and where…

Need help setting up your cell phone, tablet or other electronic device? Want to learn

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BUSY SCHEDULE AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a fish and chips dinner tonight (Friday, February 16) from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces of fish are $7; three pieces are $8. On Saturday, the post will celebrate its 63rd anniversary with a free potluck from

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