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THIS SATURDAY IS THE 20TH ANNUAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

Expired prescriptions meds are a hazard that could lead to accidental poisoning or overdose, so the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have teamed up to take back your old, forgotten drugs. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have joined forces to rid your medicine cabinet of risky pills. Saturday, April 24, is Take-Back Day, where residents can bring unused or expired pills from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to the Morongo Basin Patrol Station at 63665 29 Palms Hwy in Joshua Tree. The service is free and anonymous.

Last October’s event garnered 985,392 pounds (492.7 tons) of potentially dangerous expired and unwanted prescription drugs from nearly 4,600 collection sites nationwide. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and keeps pills out of the water system. Prescription drug use is at an all-time high and traditional methods of disposing of expired pills – throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet – are no longer advised as they pose great risk to the environment.

For further info, visit dea.gov or contact the Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division at 909-387-3700.

VACCINATION CLINIC TOMORROW AT THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree will hold weekly vaccination clinics for COVID-19, starting this Thursday, April 22. The vaccination clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus. Appointments are required for the clinics and can be made through myturn.ca.gov.

HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District will hold its regular board meeting at 5 p.m. this evening in Yucca Valley. And in Joshua Tree the Joshua Basin Water District convenes for the regular virtual board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with the Wednesday water roundup…

The Hi-Desert Water District’s virtual meeting looks to be relatively brief with a vote on routine consent items followed by a closed session on anticipated litigation with former employee Jennifer Poland. Then down the highway at the Joshua Basin Water District’s 6:30 p.m. meeting, directors are expected to approve two new members of the district’s Citizen Advisory Council, adopt a formal budget policy, and consider changing the regular meeting time from 6:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited to observe or participate in both meetings by phone or on the Zoom platform.

The Hi-Desert Water District meeting will be streamed at https://zoom.us/j/96590919732?pwd=QzByTjFqVWEzdWtWYlQ5SUhUUmU5UT09

Meeting ID: 965 9091 9732 Passcode: 591626. Or by phone at 669-900- 6833 US (San Jose)

The Joshua Basin Water District meeting will be streamed at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86428262851?pwd=NG1JLzFnMjZ2em90Zkx4MEhpZUoxZz09

Or you may join by phone at 1-253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 86428262851 Passcode: 157934

TACOS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TODAY

It’s raining chicken tacos today at the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The Taco Belles will be selling chicken tacos and the full menu at the VFW Post from 11 to 1. Patio dining is available or order your food to go. The VFW is located on Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

COSTA MESA MAN DRIVES HIS CAR INTO THE JOSHUA TREE COURT HOUSE

A Costa Mesa man who said he was looking for a place to sleep crashed his vehicle into the Joshua Tree court house Sunday. According to the California Highway Patrol, Warren Baugh, 33, intentionally drove his silver Ford Freestyle into the front door of the court house sometime Sunday. He then left his car there and walked over to the adjacent CHP office, where he was found at 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Other than saying he was looking for a place to sleep, Baugh refused to answer any questions about why he drove into the court house. Warren Baugh was arrested for investigation of felony vandalism, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000. Anyone with information about the crash should call the CHP at 760-366-3707.

Warren Baugh is accused of driving his car intentionally into the front door of the Joshua Tree court house.
CHP photo