FREE PROGRAMS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TONIGHT

Joshua Tree National Park will hold two ranger-led talks tonight. At the amphitheater in the Jumbo Rocks campground, learn about Keys Ranch and the people who made the desert their home. At the amphitheater in the Cottonwood campground, learn how plants, animals and people are able to survive in the

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THEATER 29’S “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”

Tickets are still available for Theatre 29’s production of “Mary Poppins.” Managing editor Tami Roleff says don’t miss out on this latest show from Disney…

Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family whose children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and need a new nanny. When a

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ART RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY SUNDAY AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold an opening reception and present awards Sunday, March 5, for its annual members-only judged art show. The judge, Terry Taylor-Castillo, owner of Taylor Junction Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, will select the winning artworks and present the cash awards and ribbons. The reception

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MARINES REVEAL PLANS TO HELICOPTER 1,500 TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Federal land management and defense officials have signed off on plans by the U.S. Marine Corps to move as many as 1,500 desert tortoises from an area recently acquired for training in Johnson Valley. The largest tortoise relocation effort ever in the Mojave Desert is toward the end of this

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WILDFLOWER BLOOM JUST WAITING FOR WARMER WEATHER

Wildflower fans this year are being tested by an unusual combination of factors. Reporter David Haldane has the details… If you like spring colors, you may have to wait a bit longer to see them. That’s the word from Joshua Tree National Park which, while reporting some definite splashes of

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TWO RANGER-LED TALKS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TONIGHT

Joshua Tree National Park will hold two ranger-led talks tonight (Friday, March 3). At the amphitheater in the Jumbo Rocks campground, a ranger will discuss our fear of the dark, how it is polluting our night skies, and how we can help protect our night skies. At the amphitheater in

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER, ARRESTED

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested Wednesday, accused of murder. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, officers were sent to the 13300 block of Verbena Drive about 10 p.m. Tuesday night for a call of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Steven Nelson, 49, had been shot.

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST CLEAN-UP DAY SATURDAY

A desert clean-up event will help restore the desert and help military veterans as well. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… The Mojave Desert Land Trust, along with partners California Conservation Corps, the Conservation Lands Foundation, and the Bureau of Land Management, are sponsoring a desert clean-up, trail maintenance, and

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62-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF DRUG DEALING

A 62-year-old Joshua Tree man was arrested late Tuesday night, accused of selling drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to a gas station in the 56800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley just before midnight because a man was passed out in his older

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AN ARREST FOR WEAPONS AND DRUGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday, accused of possession of a dangerous weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Walmart shopping center about 2:15 p.m. for a report of a man, later identified as Casey Moses, 30, arguing with his ex-girlfriend. When deputies arrived, Moses

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS, “A FEW GOOD MEN” OPENS TOMORROW

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley will open the courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men” tomorrow night. Reporter and Director Rea Rebecca Havely tells you how to get tickets…

“A Few Good Men” follows a slick young Navy lawyer who is assigned a murder case in which two Marines

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MOVES TO BAN STREET SALES

The Twentynine Palms City Council last night expressed its opinion regarding hawking and peddling on city streets in no uncertain terms: It doesn’t like it. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… If you’re a street vendor in Twentynine Palms, your days may be numbered. In a unanimous

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DEPUTIES INTERRUPT BURGLARY IN PROGRESS FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW, TWO ARRESTED

For the second day in a row, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have interrupted a burglary in progress and arrested two people. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 69600 block of Sunny Sands Road in Twentynine Palms about 11:20 p.m. for a suspicious vehicle in a home’s

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING COINSTAR MACHINE FRAUD

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple cases in which suspects alter a voucher from CoinStar and attempt to redeem it. A Sheriff’s report says a man went to Food 4 Less in Yucca Valley about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and deposited a few coins into the CoinStar machine. He then left

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT IN BUSY SESSION TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Among items of interest is the purchase of water, and the vehicles and equipment to keep it flowing… Among the items on the agenda at tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors, the directors will be

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STATE ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES VOICES MISGIVINGS ON IMMIGRATION BAN

State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley Monday joined several GOP leaders voicing misgivings about President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees from some majority-Muslim countries from entering the country. “Religious liberty is a core value of our nation. My ancestors immigrated to America to flee religious persecution,”

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING WITH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of fighting with a Sheriff’s deputy. Sheriff’s reports said the deputy was called to the 6600 block of Adobe Road about 7 p.m. for a report of a man brandishing a knife. When the deputy arrived, the man, later identified as David

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TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they were found hiding inside a home where a burglar alarm had been triggered. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary alarm at a home in the 3200 block of Gemini Lane in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC UNOFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLAN

Representatives from Caltrans attended an informal meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council last night to discuss three separate efforts to make Highway 62 safer; two in Joshua Tree and one in Morongo Valley. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… If you ride a bike, don’t

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: WANTS TO AVOID BITTER TEACHER CONTRACT DISPUTES

The Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education is already looking for ways to avoid last year’s protracted—and sometimes bitter—contract negotiations with its teachers. Future contract negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and its teachers may be about to get easier. Or at least less frequent. In the wake

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