ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FREE SATURDAY

In honor of the beginning of National Park week, Joshua Tree National Park and all national parks will waive entrance fees Saturday, April 21. Camping and reservation fees will still be collected as normal. Fee-free days are an opportunity to take advantage of scenic hikes and views, and enjoy the

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THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE INSTRUCTS 400 BARSTOW 5TH GRADERS

“The Baker’s Dozen” improv troupe from Theatre 29 took their show on the road last Tuesday and traveled to the Barstow Performing Arts Center for a special event. With more here’s Rebecca Havely … “The Baker’s Dozen” improv-ers carpooled out to Barstow Tuesday to perform for 400 plus fifth grade

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF THROWING A KNIFE AT A WOMAN

A Landers man was arrested Monday after he threw a knife at a woman. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 55300 block of Virginia Road in Landers about 6:30 p.m. Monday where a woman said that Terence Paxton, 51, had thrown a knife at her. While

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FREE SEMINAR ON CYBER SECURITY TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Reach Out Morongo Basin hosts the first of four free seminars on cyber security this Thursday, April 19. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s all about … Thursday’s program will offer an overview of general computer security basics and home computer security hygiene. Independent cybersecurity consultant Alan Watkins leads

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD NAMES INTERIM GM, APPROVES FUND-RAISER, PARKING

The Morongo Valley Community Services District met in open session last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there and has details… At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD board announced Morongo Valley Fire Chief Gary Yearsley as the board’s interim general manager. Gary and his assistant Timothy Peel will serve

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR FRIENDS OF PIONEERTOWN COMMUNITY YARD SALE

The Friends of Pioneertown will hold a community yard sale fundraiser Saturday, April 28, from 10 to 2 next to Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Vendor spots are available for $10. Proceeds from the vendor fees will go to Friends of Pioneertown, a non-profit organization, which will use the money

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Directors at the Joshua Basin Water District will hold their regular twice monthly meeting tonight. As always, this meeting is open to the public. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, attendees will hear an overview and update on

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BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY

The Yucca Valley Library will hold a book club for adults who are interested in discussing books they love, or who are looking for recommendations of new books to read. The adult book club will be held Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the library. Then following the book club, the

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FIREFIGHTERS, PARAMEDICS BATTLE WINDS AND TWO FIRES YESTERDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters not only had to battle two fires Monday afternoon, but strong winds as well. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Bryant O’Hara, the first fire was reported at 2:23 p.m. in the 1300 block of Jack Rabbit Trail in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms. Thick

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ONE PERSON DEAD, THREE INJURED IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH ON INTERSTATE

One person is dead, and three others are injured, following a multi-vehicle crash early Monday morning on Interstate 10 near Desert Hot Springs. The California Highway Patrol says about 5 a.m., a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle ridden by Aaron Coates, 34, of Yucca Valley, collided with a 2002 Acura, driven by

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD LOOKS AT BUDGETS AND BOOZE TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District (CSD), will meet in open session tonight at 7 p.m. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…

Tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Valley CSD will begin in open session with the introduction of Morongo Valley Fire Chief Gary Yearsley as the board’s interim general

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MAJOR EVACUATION DRILL SET FOR THIS FRIDAY ABOARD THE MARINE BASE

Residents of the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms and surrounding areas will hear a lot of noise and activity Friday, April 20, as Marines practice a non-combatant evacuation exercise. Marines will simulate the evacuation of civilians from a potentially hostile area during an emergency situation. Helicopter and tilt-rotor flights will

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REACH OUT OFFERS CYBER SECURITY SEMINARS STARTING THURSDAY

Keeping your home and vehicle securely locked is second-nature for most of us. But protecting your identity and online privacy remains somewhat of a mystery. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings us this story on a local organization that aims to demystify cyber security and prevent you from becoming the next victim…

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BUSINESS OWNERS INVITED TO FREE SALES AND USE TAX WORKSHOP THURSDAY

Business owners are invited to basic sales and use tax workshop in Joshua Tree Thursday, April 19, sponsored by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Participants will gain an understanding of sales and use taxes, district tax, taxable and non-taxable labor, as well as foreign and interstate taxability.

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FREE CLASS ON CHILDHOOD ASTHMA TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Many people think they can escape the effects of asthma by living in the desert, but thousands of residents know there’s no real escape from asthma. Reporter Tanisha Cureton says the Morongo Basin Healthcare District is offering a class on asthma… Dr. Shih, a pediatrician, will discuss childhood asthma at

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING CONCEALED KNIFE

A Yucca Valley man, found in a vacant lot about 1 a.m., was arrested early Sunday morning, after a deputy found him in possession of a six-inch knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident near the intersection of Jemez and Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley called deputies about

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FIGHTING WITH HIS MOTHER AND SISTER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of fighting his mother and sister. According to a Sheriff’s report, Joseph Gerdes, 60, was arguing with his sister in the 55700 block of Crestview Drive in Yucca Valley. His sister said he pushed her to the ground and punched her in

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AN ARREST AFTER AN ASSAULT ON A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly assaulted a Sheriff’s deputy. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a vehicle check on a Toyota Camry parked in a driveway in the 7400 block of Elk Trail in Yucca Valley about 3:45 a.m. The vehicle

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ABOUT 100 GET A TOUR OF THE OLD WOMAN SPRINGS RANCH

About 100 residents spent a couple hours exploring the historic Old Woman Springs Ranch north of Yucca Valley Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff was one of them, and says the Morongo Basin Historical Society coordinates a tour of the property about once a year…

About 30 miles north of Yucca

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A NEW CONTROLLER FOR THE MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District has welcomed a new controller to the organization. Deborah Anderson is a certified public accountant with 15 years of experience in the mental health profession, most recently with Lutheran Social Services in San Bernardino as a chief financial officer/controller. Anderson said she is excited about

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