IRS TELEPHONE SCAM ACTIVE IN OUR MORONGO BASIN

Now that tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS says the tax scam is the most common tax scam, with victims losing more than $26 million. The most important thing to be aware of is that the IRS never makes its

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FREE TAX PREPARATION OFFERED FOR LOW-INCOME CALIFORNIANS 

In the final weeks before the April 18 tax deadline, Californians are reminded of free tax preparation centers and tax credits. Thousands of California families are unaware they are eligible for an even larger tax refund by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Kirby Davis has more about how you

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THIS SUNDAY IS “WATER EDUCATION DAY” IN JOSHUA TREE

Think you can’t you wash your car with just a half gallon of water? Well you can. Learn how at the fourth annual Water Education Day. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there’s a lot of more to know about water and where you can soak it all up… Sunday, March 26,

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON SCHOOL SURPLUS PROPERTY, INCLUDING OLD JT EL, TODAY

The Morongo Unified School District’s Surplus Property Committee meets this morning to hear public input on acceptable uses of space and real property, including disposition of the old Joshua Tree Elementary School property on the 6000 block of Sunburst Avenue. The meeting gets underway at 10 a.m. this morning in

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Copper Mountain College will be closed Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, during Spring Break. The College will resume its normal operating hours on March 27.

DAV SERVICE OFFICER AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The Disabled American Veterans organization has teamed up with Copper Mountain College to offer DAV services twice a month on the college campus. A DAV chapter service officer will be in the college’s student services office tomorrow and every first and third Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to

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MBTA BOARD MEETS, AGENCY GETS HIGHEST SAFETY RATING

At Thursday’s (March 23) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will hold a public hearing on a grant request of more than $855,000 to purchase five vehicles. Directors will also hear a presentation on the transportation reimbursement escort program. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO SMALL FIRES MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT AND ABOUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regularly scheduled cleanup for the hard-working, civic minded, Joshua Clean Team is set for tomorrow morning, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Hwy 62 and Outpost on the north side. The Clean team urges you to join them as they cheerfully work to make Joshua

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AT FULL CAPACITY, CAMPING AT A PREMIUM

Our Joshua Tree National Park is at full capacity, and park spokesman George Land says campgrounds are going fast. Rather than be disappointed, park visitors are being urged to check before they make the drive…

Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing a record number of visitors. While it’s great to

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES 2017 GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Copper Mountain College Foundation announced Yvonna Mullen of Twentynine Palms High School the 2017 Greenleaf Scholarship winner. The scholarship will pay tuition, books and fees, plus living expenses while Mullen is a student at Copper Mountain College and while she completes a degree at a four-year institute. Mullen’s mother Sumiko

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER ROLLS OUT TWO NEW YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Hi-Desert Medical Center recently established two new volunteer programs for students and others interested in real-world experiences in the healthcare industry. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on how to get involved… Hi-Desert Medical Center volunteers have traditionally been funneled through the hospital’s multifaceted Auxiliary program. But recently, the hospital formed

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT $130,000 IN OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda… On tonight’s regular session agenda is a resolution to establish a board policy for the retention and destruction of records, a proposal to replace the 30-year-old heating and air conditioning system at the

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS “SUNSHINE PROPOSAL”

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight will once again consider a so-called “sunshine proposal” to guide negotiations with the California School Employees’ Association for next year’s contract. The idea, district officials say, is to avoid a protracted impasse over pay and working conditions like what the district

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DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS SERVICES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE THURSDAY

The Disabled American Veterans organization has teamed up with Copper Mountain College to offer DAV services twice a month on the college campus. A DAV chapter service officer will be in the college’s student services office beginning Thursday, March 16, and every first and third Thursday of the month, from

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COUNTY MAC HEARS OF LOWER CRIME RATES

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, the MAC, met last night in Joshua Tree. While the anticipated report from CalTrans on changes proposed for downtown Joshua Tree was postponed, the MAC heard some good news from local Law Enforcement.

If you’re feeling a bit safer in the Morongo Basin these

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO MEET; DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN REPORT POSTPONED

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will meet with a sparse agenda tonight, following the cancellation of a major presentation. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane… Joshua Tree residents anxious to learn more about a Caltrans plan to slow traffic through their business district will have to wait

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A DOZEN TEAMS COMPETE IN 26TH ANNUAL SPELL-A-THON SATURDAY

A dozen teams competed for bragging rights in the 26th annual spell-a-thon Saturday, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. For the fifth consecutive year, managing editor Tami Roleff was on one of the teams competing, and said the final two teams were well matched… After 10 teams

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Daylight Saving Time started at 2 a.m. this morning. Spring forward, fall back. Did you remember to change your clocks? If you didn’t, you’re late! And while you’re at it, change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA CLOSED

A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks has temporarily closed some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Superintendent David Smith announced that all public entry and activities in the area described as Morongo Man Cliffs—about one-half mile northwest of the Split Rock parking lot—are prohibited during the hawks’ nesting

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