FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, June 20. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Sportsman Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

DESERT RATS

At the Joshua Tree National Park, the term “Desert Rat” has an interesting meaning. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp to explain… What does a “Desert Rat” look like? While initially picturing a variety of rodents, “Desert Rats” are actually those of us who call the desert home. “Desert Rats” can

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HARRISON HOUSE COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE TO HOLD CONCERT

Harrison House presents its composer in residence tonight. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the details… Harrison House will host a concert Saturday, June 18, for its composer-in-residence. Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, performance artist, and musician. He will perform a set of musical compositions written for a traditional single-stringed Vietnamese

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PROPOSAL TO LIMIT BOATING ON LAKE HAVASU SUSPENDED

Of interest to local residents who spend time at the river, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to limit recreational boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge was suspended earlier this week. After being flooded with public comments and legislative efforts against the proposal, the Fish and Wildlife Service

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY

BoxoHouse will host an artist’s open house this Sunday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us more about the artist and the art… Works in progress of BoxoHouse artist-in-residence China Adams are the focus of an open house this Sunday, June 19th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Joshua Tree. Adams’

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the hottest days expected to be Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley to 118 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related

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COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open noon to 5 Monday through Thursday; town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to 5. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms,

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FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE FOR AREA CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer…

The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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COUNTY APPROVES MEALS ON WHEELS FOR YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND JOSHUA TREE

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a $9 million contract extension with Family Service Association to provide elderly nutrition program services in the Morongo Basin. FSA will continue to provide in-home meals to seniors in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms and

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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EARTHQUAKE CENTERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Morongo Basin at 10:02 this morning. The quake was centered in the Sky Harbor area of town, just inside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park near Black Rock Canyon campground. Z107.7 has not received any reports of damage or injuries.

A FIRE CAUSES EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A DESERT HEIGHTS AREA HOME THIS MORNING

An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a single-story home in the Desert Heights area west of Twentynine palms early this morning. Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the fire was reported at about 2:00 a.m. this morning at a single family residence in the 2100 block of Pampas. Twentynine

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YUCCA VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS HELP MOVE RV STUCK AT BLACK ROCK CANYON CAMPGROUND

Yucca Valley firefighters went above and beyond the call of duty to help a family whose recreational vehicle got wedged next to a Joshua Tree in Black Rock Canyon campground in Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday night. According to County Probationary Firefighter Justin Hashimoto, the family from Northern California had

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER APPROVES WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN AFTER PUBLIC INPUT

The Joshua Basin Water District approved their water management plan last night, after listening to some public input. Reporter Mike Lipsitz files this report… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board continued from the June 1 meeting a public hearing on the Urban Water Management

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SHERIFF’S REPORT A NEW VARIATION ON AN OLD SCAM

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has received a report of a variation of an old scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, a Twentynine Palms woman agreed to take care of someone’s new dogs via an ad on Care.com until the owner moved from Texas to the area. The pet sitter

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STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

During an investigation of a rash of residential burglaries, the Desert Hot Springs Police Department served search warrants at several locations in the city Monday and recovered multiple stolen items. However, investigators have not been able to identify the owners of a few items: a Tommy Hilfiger watch, a silver

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“FACTS AND FARCE” BRING A FULL HOUSE TO A MORONGO VALLEY CSD BUDGET MEETING

In a demonstration of community interest rarely seen at a budget planning workshop, nearly 50 residents turned up at last night’s budget workshop at the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report … Empowered by last week’s defeat of the proposed Fire Tax, and hopped

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SERIAL NATIONAL PARK VANDAL CONVICTED AND SENTENCED

A San Diego woman whose graffiti on rock formations in seven national parks went viral in 2014 pleaded guilty Monday to defacing government property. Casey Nocket, who went by the moniker Creepytings on Instagram, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Fresno to using acrylic paint to pain on rocks

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MEALS ON WHEELS MAY EXPAND TO JOSHUA TREE

The Meals on Wheels program in Yucca Valley is conducting a survey to see if the program should be expanded outside of Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… The Meals on Wheels program in Yucca Valley is conducting a survey to determine if there is a

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YUCCA MESA FIREFIGHTERS REPORT FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Yucca Mesa firefighters returning to Fire Station 42 from a training exercise in Yucca Valley Tuesday afternoon were the first to report a fire off Old Woman Springs Road. County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman said they spotted the smoke coming from the wash behind the Circle K, just south of

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