COUNTY DENIES PERMIT FOR MAJOR CONCERT AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Many will remember the sensation surrounding last October’s Desert Daze “outsider” rock music fest at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. From the estimated 2,000 mostly non-local concert-goers the three-day event received two thumbs up. But from sleep-deprived neighbors and others angered by the unpermitted clearing of desert for parking at

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FOOD PROGRAM GOES INDIAN

Keeping up with the best ways to grow, store and cook fresh food is an ongoing process. One local group works to spread the word about eating healthy, and developing nutritious habits. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how you can get involved … The Joshua Tree Local Food Program invites

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JOSHUA TREE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

If you like good food and good people, Edica Gonzalez says make time for the Joshua Tree Local Food Program … This month, the free Joshua Tree Local Food Program celebrates Indian cuisine at the all-vegetarian community dinner and produce giveaway. You’re invited this Sunday, April 23 from 5 to

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JOSHUA TREE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL MOVES TO SUNDAYS

The Joshua Tree Farmers Market, with its arts and crafts vendors, is so popular that founder Lori Herbel has decided to give the arts and crafts vendors their own market. Starting Sunday, April 23, vendors selling hand-made arts and crafts will be at Turtle Island in downtown Joshua Tree from

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CLASS WARFARE CONSIDERED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

The next topic to be discussed at Lifetree Café is class warfare. Here with more is reporter Kirby Davis… Societal class equality at home and abroad will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. The free program, titled “Class Warfare: The Unending Struggle for Equality,”

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DESERT-WISE LANDSCAPE TOUR

Drought-tolerant landscaping and energy efficient homes are the focus of the upcoming seventh annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says get tickets now… Now in its seventh year, the Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s Desert-Wise Landscape Tour has become a de facto right of Spring. The popular, self-guided tour, has

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TWO CONCERTS AT HARRISON HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

Two concerts are planned at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Three prominent musicians from San Francisco will give a performance at Harrison House in Joshua Tree tonight. Emil Miland on cello, Meredith Clark on harp, and singer Ann Moss will perform Saturday, April

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LYRID METEOR SHOWER THIS WEEKEND

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week, with meteors visible through April 25. While the Lyrids are not the strongest meteor shower, some meteors may occasionally reach fireball intensity. The showers emanate from the constellation of Lyra; its principal star, Vega, is the third brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

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APPROVAL OF HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSER

A controversial hydroelectric power project on the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park is another step closer to reality after the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday that pumping billions of gallons of water from the aquifer, and building power transmission lines would have “no significant impact” on the

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FACING CHECKMATE: ALTAMIRA HOUSING PROJECT GOES TO MARKET 

Like a high stakes game of chess, since 2006 developers of the proposed Altamira housing project and those opposed have come to what appeared to be the last possible move, only to avoid a “checkmate” by some unexpected stroke of luck. Hanging in the balance is the fate of the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR SPENDING LOCALLY GOING UP

Visitor spending to Joshua Tree National Park in 2016 increased by more than $25 million over the previous year, according to a new report released by the National Park Service. The report shows that last year, more than 2.5 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent $123.3 million in

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BLM PONDERING LOCAL OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ROUTES

Earlier this week, officials from the Bureau of Land Management held an open house in Yucca Valley. The aim was to provide information on a proposal that would bar ORV, or off-road vehicle, traffic from various types of local roads, and to gather public comment on the proposal. Reporter Mike

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ACTIVISM SYMPOSIUM TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree National Park Association will hold a free symposium Friday, April 21, on grass root activism in the Morongo Basin. Four residents/activists will discuss how they made a difference in the Basin. The symposium starts at 7 p.m. in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua

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CONCERTS AT HARRISON HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Harrison House in Joshua Tree will feature three musicians in two concerts this weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Three prominent musicians from San Francisco will give two performances at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Emil Miland on cello, Meredith Clark on harp, and singer Ann Moss will

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NEW ARTS FEST OPENS IN JOSHUA TREE ON SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree Farmers Market, with its arts and crafts vendors, is so popular that founder Lori Herbel has decided to give the arts and crafts vendors their own market. Starting Sunday, April 23, vendors selling hand-made arts and crafts will be at Turtle Island in downtown Joshua Tree from

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JOSHUA WOMAN ACCUSED OF VANDALISM AND BURGLARY

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Monday, after a resident said she vandalized and burglarized his home. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 6000 block of Outpost Road about 11:20 a.m. when the homeowner said a woman, identified as Michelle Davila, 40, entered his property and caused about $2,000 of

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT HOW TO FILL A VACANT SEAT TONIGHT

At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board is expected to consider a single action item in addition to the consent or routine agenda. That item is how to fill the vacant seat left by the recent and untimely passing of Director Victoria Fuller. The choice is

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JOSHUA TREE MAN TAKES MEDALS AT U.S. OPEN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP

A Joshua Tree man has taken two medals home from the U.S. Open Karate championship last weekend. ME Wilson Sr. won the Silver in World competition in October of 2016. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the kudos… In only his second competition, a Joshua Tree man won bronze in two

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LOCAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB MOTORCYCLE POKER SUN SATURDAY

Get that motorcycle charged up and gassed, air in the tires and polish the chrome. The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will be holding a fund-raising motorcycle poker run. Reporter Edica Gonzalez gets her kickstand up… The Morongo Basin Democratic Club is sponsoring a poker run fundraiser. The event starts at

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DIVVY UP FEDERAL FUNDING TOMORROW

Several items up for discussion hold special interest to Morongo Basin at the 10 a.m. County Board of Supervisor’s meeting tomorrow in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … Supervisors will convene a public hearing tomorrow. It will be the public’s final opportunity to weigh in on the County’s

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