JOSHUA TREE FOOD PROGRAM CELEBRATES STONE FRUITS TODAY

The Joshua Tree food program celebrates stone fruits. Reporter Mike Lisitz has more… “Stone Fruits” include peaches and plums, apricots, cherries, and nectarines. They’re fresh, plentiful and at their best during the warm summer months when they’re in season. Stone fruits contain compounds that may help prevent diabetes, heart disease

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ANOTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were called by people pretending to be employees of Southern California Edison. The callers said the residents had outstanding bills, and demanded the customers make payments with prepaid cards over the telephone. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on how to avoid being a

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AUDITIONS MONDAY FOR “HALLOWEEN HAUNT” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 announces auditions for the highly anticipated return of the eleventh incarnation of their highly successful Halloween haunt. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the audition’s details… Director Cyrus Short has auditions planned for “Resurgence,” this year’s Halloween haunted house. Adventurous souls will explore a haunted mansion that was unknowingly

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LOW-COST VACCINE CLINICS SET FOR SEPTEMBER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in August 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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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED WITH $500K+ IN WARRANTS

A Joshua Tree woman with more than $500,000 in misdemeanor warrants was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of drug possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Toni Cagle, 31, as she was walking near the intersection of Sunset and El Cajon in Joshua Tree. The deputy determined that Cagle

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE IS FREE THIS WEEKEND

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary this week, Joshua Tree National Park—and every other national park and monument in the country—will offer free admission this weekend. Ranger Pam Tripp has more… To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary this week, Joshua Tree National Park will offer free

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DESERT SOL TO PERFORM AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ELKS FUND-RAISER

The Morongo Basin’s favorite R&B and soul band will be featured at a special fund-raiser for the Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. tonight. Reporter Edica Gonzalez invites you to enjoy the sounds of Desert Sol… The R&B and soul band Desert Sol will perform at a fundraising event

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REGISTER NOW FOR YOUTH SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department is taking registrations for its 2016 youth soccer league and youth volleyball league teams. Girls and boys ages 4 through 14 can register for soccer through Wednesday, September 7. The registration fee is $46 per child. Volleyball is open to girls and boys

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THEATRE 29’S “THE SECRET GARDEN” OPENS THIS WEEKEND

The musical “The Secret Garden,” the redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal opened Friday for a five-week run through September 24, at Theatre 29. Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of how 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live

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34-YEAR-OLD WONDER VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING CHILD UNDER 10

A Wonder Valley man was arrested on warrants Wednesday morning, accused of child molestation and intimidating a witness. According to Sheriff’s reports, on December 28, 2015, the parents of a young girl reported that they just discovered that a family friend, later identified as Nicholas Buskirk, 34, had sexually

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

Two Twentynine Palms parents were arrested Tuesday, accused of child cruelty. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6300 block of Smoke Tree Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 7 p.m. July 20, for an unresponsive 4-month-old boy. The baby was taken to the Naval Hospital in Twentynine

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APPROVAL OF JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL APPEALED TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

The latest in the continuing story of the fight against putting a Dollar General store at Sunburst and the highway in Joshua Tree: Having lost their appeal of the approval the store by the State District Court of appeals, the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance is now filing for a

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STATEWIDE TEST SCORES: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

The state of California released standardized testing scores for our local school district. Reporter David Haldane says it was good news and bad news… For the Morongo Unified School District, there’s good news and bad news in this week’s release of statewide test scores in math and English. The good

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“THE MUSICAL “SECRET GARDEN” OPENS TONIGHT AT THEATRE 29

The musical “The Secret Garden,” the redemptive family tale of love, loss and renewal opens tonight for a five-week run through September 24, at Theatre 29. The opening night gala of the hit three-time Tony-Award winning Broadway musical is sponsored by Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and The Gladys

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PARK SERVICE TURNS 100, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK JOINS THE OTHER 412

National Park Service supporters, visitors and staff are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service today at 413 parks nationwide. The NPS is inviting everyone to join the celebration by visiting a national park this week. There are hundreds of events taking place around the country to celebrate

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CONTRACT FRUSTRATION EVIDENT AT TUESDAY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The frustrations were evident at Tuesday’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District board. The school district’s teachers are into their second year without a contract, and teachers and board members are exasperated that the two sides have not yet been able to reach an agreement. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN SPECIAL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON

The Twentynine Palms City Council holds a special meeting tonight with only one item on the agenda: a resolution authorizing the city manager to accept property in preparation for Project Phoenix, a multi-million-dollar plan to revitalize the city’s commercial corridor along Highway 62. The city has already acquired several pieces

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WATCH FOR FRAUDULENT BLUE CUT FIRE VICTIM FUND-RAISING

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports that a man claiming to represent CalFire is asking residents for donations to help victims of the Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that CalFire is not soliciting donations, and that CalFire does not contact residents to ask for

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STATE SAYS TWO AREA FOR-PROFIT EVENTS CAN’T USE VOLUNTEER LABOR

Two Joshua Tree event promoters, one a candidate for public office, are conducting business illegally, according to the State of California. The Joshua Tree International Film Festival and the Joshua Tree Music Festivals both offer free event passes and perks in exchange for so called “volunteers” to work preparing for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL VOTES MONEY TO MARKET JOSHUA TREE

The Twentynine Palms City Council met in regular session last night. Reporter David Haldane said the question of whether Twentynine Palms should spend money to market Joshua Tree dominated the meeting. Joshua Tree or Twentynine Palms? If you were a would-be tourist, which would hold the most sway? That was

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