BOTANY HIKE THROUGH BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE

A botany hike is planned through big Morongo Canyon. Here’s Managing Editor Tami Roleff with more…The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will sponsor a plant identification hike in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Sunday, April 17, from 9 to noon. The hike will be on the boardwalk through the preserve, and is

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MODERN CALYPSO SOUNDS AT LOBSTERFEST

If you didn’t get your Lobsterfest tickets yet, here’s your last chance. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how… Today is the last day to buy your tickets to Lobsterfest, sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club. You’ll be able to feast on a 1 ¼ pound lobster, along with

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COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER PLANNED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs—including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday. The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert. The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert

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GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE BACK IN PIONEERTOWN SUNDAYS

The Western reenactment group, “Gunfighters for Hire” have started their new season the first 4 Sundays of every month in Pioneertown. Reporter David Knutson has more… Pioneertown’s popular gunfighter group, The Gunfighters for Hire, are back with a brand new season! The Gunfighters for Hire is a free entertainment act

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TELESCOPE CLINIC AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, April 16. The event begins at 8 p.m. and will end about 11 p.m. Volunteers will set up manual and battery-operated telescopes and guests may use them or bring their own. A waxing gibbous moon

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ATTEMPTED HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men involved in an attempted home invasion burglary in Yucca Valley Thursday. About 11:40 a.m., a woman called 911 to report that two men came to her front door in the 7500 block of Canyon, and when she didn’t answer, they went around to

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JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND WITH ILLEGAL WEAPON

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he was found with an illegal weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, Kenneth Sanders, 42, was stopped about 6:15 a.m. near Desertair Road and Bonair Road. A records check determined that Sanders had a $25,000 warrant for his arrest for

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the annual Earth Day event at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex from 9 to 2. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the celebration is a hugely popular, family-friendly event… Celebrate Earth Day during a festival filled with activities, entertainment, and demonstrations in Yucca Valley Saturday. Local experts will

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FREE HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

What do you do with those old batteries, used motor oil, leftover paint, antifreeze, fluorescent light bulbs, household cleaners and pesticides? You can’t throw them in the trash to end up in our landfills as these items contain components that are hazardous. Every third Saturday, including tomorrow, April 16, the

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BIRD DANCING AND SINGING EVENT CANCELLED BY WIND WARNINGS

The Native American bird singing and dancing event scheduled for today at Joshua Tree National Park’s Indian Cove has been postponed due to high wind warnings. www.sandtostone.org www.29palmsartgallery.com.

STAR PARTY IN YUCCA MESA TONIGHT

Explore the night sky and enjoy a lively discussion on astronomy topics at the Andromeda Society’s free star party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue. All ages are welcome, and participants can bring their own telescopes and binoculars or

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPANSION STUDIED, PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT

The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management are discussing whether to significantly expand the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park may soon have an extra 32,000-plus acres to explore. That’s the size of the parcel federal

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YUCCA MESA SWAP MEET TOMORROW

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association holds a swap meet every first and third Saturday. The next swap meet is April 16, from 7 to 2. Vendors start setting up at 7 a.m. and the swap meet is from 8 to 2. Reservations are taken now for vendors. Vendor spaces are

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, county fire department, and CalFire will be available to answer questions. Residents from Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley are encouraged

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JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Tonight’s Live at the Rock free concert series pays homage to the Man in Black with Johnny Cash tribute band, the Mighty Cash Cats. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says get ready to “Walk the Line” at Tortoise Rock Casino tonight… Johnny Cash tribute band, The Mighty Cash Cats, is tonight’s

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, April 16. The event begins at 8 p.m. and will end about 11 p.m. Volunteers will set up manual and battery-operated telescopes and guests may use them or bring their own. A waxing gibbous moon

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FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will be serving up a fish and chips dinner tonight (April 15) from 4:00 to 6:00. Two pieces are $6; three pieces are $7. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans

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CARWASH TO BENEFIT TRUE VINE MINISTRIES

The True Vine Fellowship Ministries will hold a carwash Saturday, April 16, as a fundraiser to send people to a retreat. The car wash will be held at Castaneda’s (the old Santana’s) on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms from 10 to 2.

HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With free entrance to Joshua Tree and all other National Parks all next week, starting tomorrow, many people will be out taking a hike in Nature’s wonderlands. ROP broadcast Student Brianna Collins reminds us to hike safely… It’s getting warmer, so you know what that means! Hiking season! If you’re

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