MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD IN CLOSED SESSION TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will hold a special, closed session meeting Wednesday, June 28 at 4 p.m. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer, Jackie Combs. The meeting will be held in the district’s office at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN RARE MONDAY SESSION, TOURISM DOMINATES THE AGENDA

“Gateway community” is a term one hears a lot around the Morongo Basin these days, especially in Twentynine Palms where the city council meets tonight instead of its usual Tuesday. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If not one kind of gateway, perhaps another. That may be the upshot of tonight’s meeting

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, SEVERAL ITEMS AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Topics specific to our Morongo Basin are the subjects of several agenda items at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors’ in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Supervisors will likely approve agenda item 30 which would pay a San Diego firm $135,000 to $150,000 to

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17-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY

A 17-year-old boy was arrested early Friday morning, accused of attempting to rob a convenience store in Yucca Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the boy entered the AM/PM store, located at 58181 29 Palms Highway, about 3:15 a.m. The clerk told deputies the boy brandished an imitation firearm and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested, accused of child abuse. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Tamarisk Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning. Deputies arrested Elizabeth Stahl, 37, for investigation of child abuse. Elizabeth Stahl was booked

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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CREDIT CARD SCAM

Credit card fraud continues to be a major problem here in our Morongo Basin communities. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to protect yourself…

To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your PIN for your debit card, but sign for

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FIREFIGHTERS GET A HANDLE ON THE “HOLCOMB” FIRE NEAR BIG BEAR

Firefighters working the “Holcomb” fire north and east of Big Bear have gotten a handle on the blaze. Approximately 329 firefighters from multi-agencies remain working to improve containment lines; and for fire suppression repair of roads, dozer and hand constructed fire lines, and complete backhaul of firefighting equipment. Total area

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MORONGO UNIFIED LOOKS AT ESTABLISHING A COLLEGE AND CAREER PREP CENTER

Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten has a vision that he believes will make the district more relevant to Morongo Basin residents’ lives. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Lots of folks have been walking in and out of Yucca Valley’s Town Center Mall lately. What’s strange is that most are

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING VW BAJA BUG

A Landers man was arrested Saturday, accused of stealing a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 600 block of Inca Trail in Landers about 10:18 a.m. Saturday for a report of a stolen Volkswagen Baja Bug. About 2 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Nathaniel Campos saw the

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JOSHUA TREE MAN CAUGHT TRESPASSING ON THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, after he was found trespassing, possibly trying to steal scrap metal, on the Marine Corps Base. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base about 1:30 by the military police who said Clarence Bodiford, 52, and another man had been

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEACHING AT RAINBOW STEW WEDNESDAY

Rainbow Stew is offering another health and wellness teaching session this week. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

The third health and wellness teaching session at Rainbow Stew is on the subject of cancer. Dr. Asfaha, known to her patients as “Dr. Nikki” will be teaching Wednesday, June 28, from

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BUY TICKETS NOW FOR CHAMBER INSTALLATION DINNER

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will install its new officers and present awards at an Italian Laid-Back Luau. The dinner, featuring antipasto salad, pineapple chutney chicken or pork, roasted veggies, scalloped potatoes, and tiramisu, will be held at the Roost at Hawk’s Landing golf course June 29 from 5

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KEEP COOL THIS WEEKEND IN LOCAL POOLS

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley pools will be open to escape the heat. In Twentynine Palms, the pool at Luckie Park is open 1 to 5 p.m. every day through August 28, with a final weekend September 3 and 4. Admission is $3 per person, $1.50 for seniors, or

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS TOWN HALL MEETING SUNDAY

Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas will hold a town hall meeting Sunday, June 25. The meeting will consist of a 30-minute presentation by the mayor, followed by a question-and-answer session. City council members, along with Police Chief Dale Mondary and city staff will also be present to answer questions.

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ITALIAN IS THE THEME OF JUNE’S LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

If you enjoy eating and learning about good food, and meeting new people, and who doesn’t? Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report on the Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program…

Transition Joshua Tree holds its community dinner and produce giveaway on Sunday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR JOYCE BUTLER

Joyce Butler, a 64-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died June 13. She was 82 years old. Joyce Butler is survived by her sons, Roy Butler of Granada Hills and David Butler of Twentynine Palms; daughter Connie Butler of San Bernardino; and two grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Blessed

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JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND SCRAPPING ON BASE ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, after he was found scrapping on the Marine Corps base. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base about 1:30 by the military police who said Clarence Bodiford, 52, had been found in the base’s training area. Inside his truck

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EXTREME HEAT CONTINUES, COOLING CENTERS OPEN

The extreme heat warning has been extended until 9 p.m. Monday, but there are cooling centers where residents can get out of the heat. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Center is open Saturday 10 to 5. In Twentynine Palms, the Senior Center on Adobe Road is a cooling center

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NO SUNDAY BREAKFAST AT VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will not serve Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

JOSHUA TREE STONEWALL REMEMBRANCE DAYS

A celebration remembering the Stonewall riots is going on in Joshua Tree, through Sunday, June 25. In 1969, members of the gay community spontaneously rioted following a police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The Stonewall Riots are credited with

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