CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS

While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties. This suspension

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LEAVE NO TRACE IN NATIONAL PARKS

When visiting Joshua Tree National Park leave no trace. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how… Leave no trace can mean many things like pack out all trash and plan well what to bring. Watch where you step this tough desert is fragile plants, burrows, and cryptobiotic crust encourage us

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERING BASKETBALL CAMP

Basketball camp for the City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department begins tomorrow. This popular camp will be instructed by past and present Twentynine Palms High School girls and boys basketball coaches, as well as past and present players on the girls and boys basketball teams. This camp is

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CALL FOR ART FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS ART EXHIBIT

The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and art gallery has put out a call for art for its next exhibition, “Desert Oasis: Wisdom in the Water.” Artists should deliver their artwork Friday, June 24, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to the Twentynine Palms visitor center and art gallery in downtown

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UNITY HOME NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Morongo Basin Unity Home is seeking volunteers who want to help make a difference by serving on the board of directors. Unity Home helps victims of domestic violence and their children. Stop by the new office at 7237 Joshua Lane in Yucca Valley to talk with the executive director and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERS CHEER CAMP

The City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Cheer Camp. This fun-filled, team spirit camp will be instructed by Coach Tresa Oden and Twentynine Palms High School cheerleaders. Participants will learn cheers, chants, dances, stunts, teamwork, and much more. Participants in kindergarten through eighth grades

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CHAMBER MUSIC THIS WEEKEND AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

A very special cultural offering will be held at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to hear the Encelia Chamber Ensemble in concert… In a Yucca Valley first, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum brings two performances of chamber music here. considered “music for friends” with a

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BOXOHOUSE OPENING ART RECEPTION SATURDAY

BoxoHouse’s newest exhibition, “Active Resistance,” featuring art by China Adams and John Luckett, is a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, that started the Gay Rights movement. Adams has two works on display; “White Flags,” which is made of junk mail and other detritus of everyday life that allows us

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JT HARMONY MUSIC TOUR CONTINUES

The JT Harmony Tour, a series of laid-back free concerts with notable musicians, continues in Joshua Tree venues this weekend. The tour is at Taylor Junction today. Singer songwriters perform from 4 to 7 p.m. with Rags and Bones, Finn, and The Clouds. Full bands begin at 7 and play

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SAVE THE DATE FOR YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER AWARDS NIGHT

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its installation of new officers and awards night Thursday, June 23, at the Roost at Hawk’s Landing Golf Course. Along with the installation of new officers, the chamber will recognize Walmart as the Yucca Valley business of the year (25 or more

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A 5.2 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE MORONGO BASIN THIS MORNING

Morongo Basin Residents were rattled out their beds this morning by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. Geological Society said the trembler hit at 1:04 a.m. and was centered at 13.7 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs, 14.9 miles east-southeast of Anza, and 26.7 miles south of Palm Springs. Between 1:06

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FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS, POLICE BADGE AND EQUIPMENT

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday night, after he was found with weapons and law enforcement equipment. About 9 p.m., deputies received a tip that John Channell, 37, of Twentynine Palms, was in a room at America’s Best Motel, in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

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CALIFORNIA NEW TOBACCO LAWS GO INTO EFFECT TODAY

Starting today, a new law goes into effect concerning the buying of all tobacco products, including vaping. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… Starting today, you have to be 21 to purchase tobacco products in California. “Anyone who wants to purchase any product that’s tobacco related cannot purchase

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SOLAR PANELS STOLEN FROM MORONGO VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Last fall, the Morongo Unified School board approved a contract with NextEra Energy Resources to install solar panels at 15 elementary, middle, and high schools in the district. The solar panels are projected to provide 80 percent of the energy needs for the school district and save the school district

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JOSHUA TREE HARMONY TOUR CONTINUES TOMORROW

The JT Harmony Tour continues in Joshua Tree tomorrow at the J.T. Coffee Company. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the laid-back series featuring free performances by noted local musicians starts at 3:00… Free live concerts continue on the JT Harmony tour. Local musicians from the high and low desert perform at

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FLAG RETIREMENT SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

In honor of Flag Day, a flag retirement ceremony will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Torn or tattered American or POW flags may be dropped off at the cemetery or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 6402 Veterans Way, in Joshua Tree. Flags may

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON FOUND WITH WEAPONS, LAW ENFORCEMENT GEAR

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday night, after he was found with weapons and law enforcement equipment. About 9 p.m., deputies received a tip that John Channell, 37, of Twentynine Palms, was in a room at America’s Best Motel, in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

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IN REGIONAL ELECTION RESULTS, INCUMBENTS HOLD LOCAL SEATS

Incumbents were winning all local seats in yesterday’s primary election in San Bernardino County, in most cases by a two-to-one margin. U.S. Representative Paul Cook, a Republican from Yucca Valley, had more than twice as many votes as his nearest competitor, Democrat Rita Ramirez, for his seat in the 8th

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES BIRTHDAY PARTY, SETS SPEED LIMITS

The Yucca Valley Town Council met last night. An $8,000 birthday party and speed limits dominated the meeting. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report…

After being reassured by Town staff that most if not all of the $8,000 in costs to celebrate the 25th

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MARINE BASE COMMANDING GENERAL TO GET PROMOTION AND A NEW ASSIGNMENT

President Obama has nominated the commanding general of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center for a promotion and reassignment to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. Major General Lewis Craparotta’s promotion to lieutenant general must be confirmed by the Senate before he can assume command of the First Marine Expeditionary Force. Craparotta

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