NEW COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin welcomes a new county fire battalion chief as of Monday, November 20. Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria has been a firefighter for 30 years, which includes 15 years with Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin, before joining the county fire department in 2002. Prior to his new assignment here,

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING UP THANKSGIVING DINNER TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer an early Thanksgiving dinner Friday, November 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. The VFW will open at 11 a.m. There will be no Taco Wednesday on November 22. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ACTION THIS WEEKEND

In college sports this weekend, the Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team will participate in the Allan Hancock Tourney Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Santa Maria.

Tomorrow, the women’s team will host Glendale Community College in the Bell Center Gym, starting at 5 p.m.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER MOVING TOWARDS RATE HIKES

Last night, the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors again reviewed the particulars of various scenarios coming out of the district’s rate study. Their dilemma? How to balance a backlog of needed maintenance and repairs with the financial limitations of those with fixed and low income. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FESTIVAL OF WREATHS THIS SUNDAY

Copper Mountain College Foundation will host the 8th Annual Festival of Wreaths this Sunday, November 19. Reporter Eric Knabe has all the festive details… This event is the official start of the holiday season for the Morongo Basin, to raise money for local college students. The afternoon consists of a

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST AWARENESS HIKE TOMORROW

The Mojave Desert Land Trust and Joshua Tree Excursions have organized a hike within the Joshua Tree National Park on Friday, November 17 to raise conservation awareness. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has information on the event and how you can join… The Land and Water Conservation Fund is the main federal

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JOSHUA TREE FELON FOUND WITH AMMUNITION

A convicted felon was arrested Monday during a probation compliance check of his home in Joshua Tree. According to the Sheriff’s department, deputies went to perform a probation compliance check on Anthony Burkins, 29, at his home in the 6000 block of Mount Shasta Avenue about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MOVES TOWARD RATE HIKES TONIGHT

More talk about water rates is on tap at tonight’s regular twice-monthly meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz is following the story… Nothing on the action agenda doesn’t mean directors at the Joshua Basin Water District will coast through tonight’s meeting. To the

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTCHES A WIN FOR MEN, LOSS FOR WOMEN

The Copper Mountain College men’s Fighting Cacti basketball team notched a win against visiting Imperial Valley College last night 96-68. Coach Devin Aye said everyone scored for the men, led by Hyking Brisbon with 18 points, 15 rebounds; Tommie Groce, 12 points; and Jailen Moore, 12 points. The team is

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HEAR PLAN FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN CENTER MALL PROJECT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight gets an update on its new Academy of College and Career Excellence and is likely to designate December 12 as its annual reorganization meeting during which new officers will be selected. The Academy of College and Career Excellence is a pet

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MDLT WORKING TO ACQUIRE 630 ACRE “JUNIPER CANYON” PROPERTY

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is working to acquire a property in south Joshua Tree on the border of the national park area; MDLT has named the property “Juniper Canyon.” Juniper Canyon features 630 acres of pristine desert lands abundant with desert tortoise and pinyon-juniper habitat near the remote

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT

In college sports, the Copper Mountain College men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a double-header tonight against Imperial Valley College. The women will play their home opener in the Bell Center gym at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m.

MORONGO BASIN MAC TAKES UP TRAFFIC FLOW AND TRANSPORTATION TONIGHT

Transportation is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Want to have a say in improving traffic flow throughout the high desert? Tonight may be your chance as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets to hear a

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS EXPECTED TO MAKE LOCAL APPOINTMENTS TOMORROW

In what must be any politician’s dream come true, county supervisors are expected to appoint three candidates to three open seats on the Twentynine Palms Water District board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on that and other expected actions at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino…

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LOW-COST PET SPAYING, VACCINES, AND MICROCHIPS OFFERED LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in November 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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MBTA CAN-A-RIDE THIS THURSDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will hold its annual Can-A-Ride food drive this Thursday, November 16. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in… Donating a can of food or other non-perishable food item will allow you a free ride with MBTA (excluding the Palm Springs Routes). The food they receive will

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DONATE SUPPLIES FOR NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is accepting donations of pet food, cleaning supplies, blankets and other pet-related items for donation to the Morongo Basin no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. The shelter especially needs dry dog and cat food, all kinds of puppy and kitten food, cleaning supplies and pet

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INAUGURAL HOME BASKETBALL GAME AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TONIGHT

Copper Mountain College will host its inaugural basketball game in the Bell Center Gymnasium, in Joshua Tree tonight, November 11, at 6 p.m. against Santa Monica College. In honor of Veterans’ Day, tickets are free for tonight’s game only for veterans and active duty service members. General admission tickets are

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GALLERY 62 TO HOLD ART RECEPTION TONIGHT

Gallery 62 will hold its artist reception Saturday, November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. for its new show, “Autumn Allure.” Featured artists this month include Heather Sprague, Ed Keesling, Susan Kearns, Elijah Grubbs, and Cheryl Kandel. Paul Morehead will show his latest landscape photographs in the Signature room. The

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ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STATE HEALTH INSURANCE IS OPEN

The annual open-enrollment period for the state health-insurance marketplace is now open. With information on recent changes and how you can apply, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…

President Trump recently scraped cost-reduction payments to insurers – a move that means most silver-level plans will go up in cost – but the

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