OUTRAGE OVER BRITISH SINGER SPRAY PAINTING JOSHUA TREE FLORA

Morongo Basin residents are in an uproar over a music video that shows a British singer spray painting a Joshua tree and cholla cactus. Beth Orton filmed the video for her song “1973” on a vacant Joshua Tree lot said to be owned by the Noah Purifoy Foundation; in the

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MEMORIAL DAY TOUCHES YOUNG HEARTS

Memorial Day touches us in many ways. Honoring those who gave their life so others can live in freedom cause moments of reflection, and for some people, a moment of respect and history. Reporter David Haldane said the day’s meaning touched deeply for some young people in Twentynine Palms… There

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PUBLIC’S HELP SOUGHT AFTER ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Sunday night. About 9:30 p.m., an unidentified man walked into the Motel 6 on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. After the

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MORONGO VALLEY PLAGUED BY VANDALS AND BURGLARS

Just after midnight Friday, security cameras at the Morongo Valley fruit market caught two men who were breaking into the water dispenser machine outside the store. And also that night, a mirror was broken off a postal truck at the post office, next door to the fruit market. The previous

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YUCCA VALLEY GROCERY STORES ROBBED OF DIAPERS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two cases in which Yucca Valley grocery stores were robbed of hundreds of dollars of diapers in the same night. According to Sheriff’s reports, a man and a woman entered the Von’s grocery store about 7:30 p.m. Friday and loaded up a cart with boxes of

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SHERIFF HONORS MAN WHO HELPED IN SEARCH FOR ERIN CORWIN

The man who helped the Sheriff’s Department narrow its scope in the search for Erin Corwin nearly two years ago was honored by the County Sheriff’s Department recently. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains why… Doug Billings, a cave and mine expert, was awarded the Sheriff’s Medal for Meritorious Service. The

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA food distribution on Wednesday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there

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GROUNDBREAKING PUBLISHER ART KUNKIN HONORED ON MEMORIAL DAY

A pioneer in the modern-day free press movement, ground-breaking publisher, and Joshua Tree resident Art Kunkin was honored on Memorial Day. Z107-7 reporter, and former LA Free Press writer David Haldane noted the honor… When it comes to Memorial Day, most of us think of honoring those who’ve sacrificed in

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YUCCA VALLEY GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE WINNERS

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the trophy winners for the 2016 Grubstake Days parade. First place in the band category was The Door Christian Fellowship; second place, Yucca Valley High School Trojan Band. First place in dance was the Heat Dance Team, followed by Genuine Spirit and

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LOW-COST ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERED LOCALLY BY ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in June for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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YUCCA VALLEY BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE CLASSES START TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley is offering ballroom and swing dance classes. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the specifics… The next session of ballroom and swing dance classes are starting in Yucca Valley. Learn to cha-cha, foxtrot, rumba, tango, and waltz. Or maybe swing dancing is more your style. Both styles

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES HOLDS YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW

Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, June 1. Staff representatives will be available from 10 until 2 in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not

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MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

The origins of Memorial Day go back to the American Civil War, when more lives were lost than in any other war in U.S. history. The first celebration of Memorial Day — which was originally called Decoration Day — was held in Waterloo, New York, in 1866. Memorial Day was

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND JOSHUA TREE

Two Memorial Day ceremonies will be held in the Morongo Basin Monday, May 30. The Twentynine Palms cemetery, at 5350 Encelia Avenue, will hold its annual ceremony in the rose garden this year, starting at 9 a.m. Boy and Girl Scouts placed flags on graves Saturday morning, and both scout

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FREE MEAL FOR MILITARY AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO MONDAY

In honor of Memorial Day, Tortoise Rock Casino will offer a free meal to all active-duty and retired military. From noon to 6 p.m., the Oasis Grill will serve a free Nathan’s chili dog and French fries to military service members who present an ID. Tortoise Rock Casino is on

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HEAVY TRAFFIC EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND

It is a three-day holiday weekend and the regional thoroughfares will be full of holiday travelers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds you to be careful out there…

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the heaviest travel times in the Inland Empire region. CalTrans is expecting lengthy delays on some

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HIKING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK DURING SUMMER DAYS

As spring weather turns into summer weather, it seems like we go from one extreme to the other without any breathing room. Plans made to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park may now seem a bit more difficult. But if you can’t get that hike out of your mind,

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JT HARMONY TOUR CONCERT TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Harmony concert tour holds its second concert of the eight-concert series this evening. Tonight’s concert is an acoustic show featuring Spencer Kiezer, Joseph William Kennedy, Megan Hutch, and Annachristie Sadler. The singers will perform from 4 to 8 p.m. at Art Trap, 61961 Sunburst Circle in Joshua

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MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURES

All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, Burrtec will delay its trash pickup by one day. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, May 39 in observance of Memorial Day and

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WONDER VALLEY MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A Wonder Valley man says he was tased and then robbed at gunpoint by suspects he says were members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man went to his neighbor’s home about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning where he saw two men who said they

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