WILD WEST BINGO BENEFITS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SATURDAY

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert will hold its second annual bingo fundraiser Saturday, May 21, and players have the chance to win up to $500 in cash prizes. This year’s theme is Wild West Bingo. Along with bingo will be a wild west dinner, specialty drinks, and

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR PROJECT TONIGHT… AGAIN

It will be déjà vu all over again tonight as the Joshua Basin Water Board again faces a decision on a controversial commercial solar project. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, General Manager Curt Sauer will again ask the board to consider

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HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the items on tonight’s meeting (Wednesday, May 18) of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will continue its discussions on the local hazard mitigation plan and its strategic plan update. The board will also be asked to approve agreements for professional auditing services and with the

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST NURSERY TOUR SATURDAY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has a unique nursery operation at their Joshua Tree headquarters. Reporter David Knutson says you are invited to tour it Saturday… You’re invited to join Nursery Manager Madena Asbell on Saturday, May 21, to tour the Mojave Desert Land Trust Headquarters. The tour will include

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MAN WHO ASSAULTED 12-YEAR-OLD AT THE JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an assault over the weekend at the Joshua Tree Music Fest. According to a Sheriff’s report, a mother brought her 12-year-old son to Hi-Desert Medical Center about 8 p.m. Saturday night. The mother said her son was strangled and body slammed by a man, identified

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN BUSY SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a very busy session will hear presentation from Joshua Tree National Park, approval of some projects, and a look at a two-year budget… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a presentation from Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent

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WOMAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING MAN AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

A woman was arrested Friday night after a man said she punched him in the face. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man was at Tortoise Rock Casino when Nikole Schroeder, 28, of Fresno, sat next to him. Schroeder and the man knew each other and have had problems in

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: TEACHER PROTESTS, CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION

The Morongo Unified School Board of trustees meets tonight. The Board is expecting a presence from teachers in a contract impasse working only required hours and a charter school petition consideration. Reporter David Haldane takes a closer look… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District are hoping to see lots

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR FIRE AND TAX COMMITTEE UPDATES

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will get a fire department presentation and an update from the fire tax committee, among other items… At tonight’s regular 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will hear a presentation

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted a blue Toyota with an expired registration being driven westbound on Sullivan Road, near Elm Drive in Twentynine Palms about 10:30 a.m. The deputy determined the driver, identified as Gary

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MEDI-CAL INSURANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

As of yesterday, about 170,000 undocumented children in California are eligible for full scope Medi-Cal insurance. It’s part of the “Health4AllKids” program, extending coverage to children in low-income families who qualify. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… Health4AllKids, the expansion of Medi-Cal for low-income, undocumented children in California, includes full

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROLLOVER CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

A roll-over crash in Twentynine Palms Monday morning sent a man to the hospital. About 8:41 a.m., a Nissan Sentra was traveling northbound on Adobe Road when, for unknown reasons, the middle-aged driver lost control, hit an embankment, and the car rolled over, landing on its side north of Sullivan

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOK AT ALL-NEW DEVELOPMENT CODE

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will look at an update and replacement for their entire development code tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the new codes are the result of literally years of work… The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight with just one thing on its agenda: a public hearing

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE DOWN TO THREE VICE-PRESIDENT APPLICANTS

Copper Mountain College has narrowed the field to three candidates for the District’s Vice President of Academic and Student Success position. Now the community is invited to meet Doctors David Norton, Rolando Regino, and Gregorio Sandoval at any of three community forums happening tomorrow at 3 p.m. and Thursday at

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48TH ANNUAL YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT TOMORROW

Yucca Valley High School will hold its 48th annual senior awards and scholarship night tomorrow. Reporter David Knutson invites parent, friends and supporters to support these deserving students… Yucca Valley High School seniors will be honored with scholarships and awards from representatives from many local organizations, clubs, and businesses on

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INAUGURAL TWENTYNINE PALMS MILITARY FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS UP THREE-DAY EVENT

The Twentynine Palms Military Film Festival, celebrating, military films and the courage that inspired them, wrapped up its three-day inaugural event Sunday. Los Angeles-based event management company Basic Lead produced the event Friday through Sunday, featuring screenings of 24 films and documentaries shown on screens at open-air venues—Smith’s Ranch Drive-In

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MBTA AND JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WORKING ON VISITOR TRANSPORTATION PLAN

How can the park service balance the delicate desert ecosystem of Joshua Tree National Park with the more than two million visitors expected to roll through in 2016? Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us there’s a plan in the works that could offer relief to tourists and terrain…. Morongo Basin

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CALTRANS ROADWORK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODAY

CalTrans will be performing roadwork in Twentynine Palms Monday, May 16. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., workers will be performing shoulder work from Split Rock Road to Bullion Avenue. Motorists should exercise caution in this area.

JTAG CALLS FOR ART CELEBRATING OUR THREE NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS

JTAG—the Joshua Tree Art Gallery—is putting out a call for artists for a June art show. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the theme is a popular subject… Artists are invited to celebrate California’s three new national monuments in a new show at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery. “Inspired by Our

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TWO CASES OF BUYING CARS WITH STOLEN CHECKS AND FALSE ID UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating at least two cases in which a suspect used stolen checks and false identification to buy a vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue and 6300 block of Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms reported Thursday that their vehicles

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