JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DUI IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH

A Joshua Tree man who crashed his car in Twentynine Palms was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Adrian Garcia responded to the area of Highway 62 and Mantonya Road about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a reckless driver.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES SEMINAR ON TRAFFICKING TOMORROW MORNING

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services is hosting a free seminar on trafficking tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

Learn about the dangers of social media apps, recruitment, on line gaming and the psychology of grooming. This all-inclusive seminar is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program of Copper Mountain

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD CONSIDERS $100,000 FOR BELL CENTER SEATS

On the agenda for tomorrow’s 3 p.m. meeting of the Copper Mountain College board of trustees is a public hearing on contract negotiations with the California School Employee Association. Then under “action items” trustees will consider a slate of names for the California Community College Board, and likely approve an

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CHILD PLAYING WITH LIGHTER STARTS HOUSE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

A child playing with a lighter is responsible for a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, a 16-year-old was babysitting two younger siblings at home in the 6100 block of Morongo Road when one of the younger children found a lighter

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THREE KILLED, ONE WOUNDED IN SAN BERNARDINO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Two adults and an 8-year-old child are dead, and another child was wounded, in what is being called a murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, came to the school shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday and

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A METEOR LIGHTS UP THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SKIES

Did you see it? A bright light, a meteor, lit up the skies Monday night over Southern California. A weather spotter reported around 9 p.m. seeing a fireball above Interstate 15 near Hesperia north of Cajon Pass, said the National Weather Service. A resident of San Juan Capistrano said the

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS COUNTY PLANS TO REGULATE SHORT TERM RENTALS

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, County Code Enforcement Chief Andy Wingert spoke to a full house about the County’s plan to permit and regulate vacation home rentals. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there … Wingert assured the more than 60 people in

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, DISPOSAL OF FORMER JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY ON AGENDA

The Morongo Unified School District meets tonight in regular session. On the agenda: a resolution accepting the Surplus Property Advisory Committee Report dealing, among other things, with the disposition of the former Joshua Tree Elementary School site on Sunburst Avenue. The board will also recognize the completion of locker room

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE ACCUSED IN NORTH CAROLINA DOUBLE-FATAL HIT AND RUN

A Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms was arrested in connection to a hit-and-run that killed two teens and critically injured a third in North Carolina earlier this year. Davis Christian Stewart, 21, a private first class student in the Communication Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School, was

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MISSING PASADENA WOMAN FOUND NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A Pasadena woman who went missing on Tuesday was found Thursday near Joshua Tree National Park. The Pasadena Star-News reported that Connie Sullivan never returned home after driving to a pharmacy Tuesday afternoon. She evidently became disoriented, and called her family to say she was lost. Police tracked her cell

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MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS UPDATE ON COUNTY SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will get an update tonight on the county’s plans to regulate short-term vacation rentals of private homes to out-of-towners in unincorporated areas. Reporter David Haldane has the details…

If you operate an AirBnB in Joshua Tree, heads up; you may soon be subject to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS DEFENDANTS ACCEPT PLEA BARGAIN IN SEX TRAFFICKING TRIAL

Two Twentynine Palms residents accepted a plea bargain Thursday afternoon in the middle of their trial in Joshua Tree for sex trafficking. According to court records, deputies found a teen girl in the desert near Twentynine Palms in June 2015, and determined that she was the victim of a sex

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MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARRESTED FOLLOWING DRUG HOUSE RAID IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY

Sheriff’s deputies raided a reputed drug house in Yucca Valley Thursday and arrested multiple people on drug charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7400 block of Condalia Avenue about 11:20 with a search warrant. During a search of the house, deputies found drug

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BRING CHILDREN, DOGS TO EARTHFEST IN JOSHUA TREE APRIL 15

EarthFest Joshua Tree is a family and earth-friendly day celebrating kids, animals and the planet! The free event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, in the courtyard at Art Queen at 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The day’s activities include a Mutt Strut, where children

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REGISTER NOW FOR EASTER EGG CRAFTS, HUNT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Kids are invited to the Yucca Valley Center for Change in Yucca Valley to decorate Easter eggs and then hunt for them. Play attire is suggested, as glue and marker pens will be used. The Easter Bunny may also make an appearance. The Easter egg event is set for Friday,

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PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT REMINDER

Have you made your property tax payment yet? Edica Gonzalez says, time’s running out… Monday, April 10, is the last day to pay the second installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can do it in any of several ways: Online, at www.MyTaxCollector.com Over the phone,

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Cheryl Erickson, who will speak about her recent trip to Uganda and the orphanage there with which she works.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley tennis team will travel away to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School. The match starts at 3:15 p.m.

FREE PIANO CONCERT IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A free classical concert is planned for tomorrow. Here with your invitation is reporter Kirby Davis… The third season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts continues Sunday, April 9 at 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. This concert features Danny Holt, who will be making his solo piano debut. Admission

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL 

The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 25 years. This year’s festival, which continues through Sunday, April 9, will feature 30 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work and share their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National

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