JOSHUA TREE WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT

A Joshua Tree woman was convicted Wednesday of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn in August and October 2014, for a total of $1,927.

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AND BIG MORONGO CANYON

Joshua Tree National Park and the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve invite volunteers to the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day events. Reporter Rebecca Havley tells us what’s going on in Joshua Tree National Park… Mark your calendar on Saturday, September 24 from 8 a.m. till noon. National Public Lands Day

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VANDALISM TO JOSHUA TREE CIRCLE K

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two incidents of vandalism in two days at the Circle K convenience store in Joshua Tree. About midnight Monday night, the front window next to the door was shattered by a high-powered BB gun. When the window was being replaced Tuesday afternoon, the store manager noticed

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WANTS CANCER PATIENTS TO LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

Women who are going through treatments for cancer are invited to a free workshop, Look Good, Feel Better, at the Hi-Desert Medical Center. The class offers complimentary group, individual, and online sessions that teach women how to deal with temporary hair loss, and changes to skin, complexions, and nails due

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ROUTINE MBTA BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

There is no new business scheduled for tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority. The meeting will begin by recognizing the employee of the quarter, then the board will hold a public hearing on unmet needs. Next, the board will be asked to approve a routine consent agenda followed

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VFW MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN THIS SATURDAY

Get that motorcycle charged up and gassed, air in the tires and polish the chrome. The Joshua Tree VFW will be holding a fund-raising motorcycle poker run this Saturday. Reporter Kirby Davis gets her kickstand up… The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7264 will hold its fourth annual

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NEW 12-HOUR RELAY FOR LIFE PLANNING MEETING TONIGHT

A planning meeting will be held tonight for the new 12-hour format for Relay for Life. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society by taking pledges for time spent walking a track. Are you excited about the new 12-hour model? Thinking about starting a team? Want more information

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BOOSTER CLUB FORMING FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Inter-Collegiate College Basketball is coming to Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a booster’s club is being formed… An extracurricular athletic program has long been anticipated at Copper Mountain College. Now the College’s Foundation has announced plans to launch inter-collegiate Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams next fall. In a

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO THIS WEEKEND

The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo starts Saturday morning with an art fair on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, and an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park

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FISH AND CHIPS AT VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer Debbie’s fish and chips or onion rings tonight, Friday, September 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s breakfast special is a pancake special. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located on Veterans way

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO HOLD SOIL STOMPING WORKSHOP

A soil stomping workshop will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… Transition Joshua Tree will hold a workshop Saturday, September 17, to demonstrate soil building. Participants can watch, help, and learn how to mix soil for the Joshua Tree local food program’s demonstration garden at

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON AT THREE-CHAMBER EVENT TODAY

Theatre 29 will join with three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce tonight to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… You’re invited to a special tri-chamber mixer this evening, September 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at which the seven productions for Theatre 29’s

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SUPERVISORS SIDESTEP DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT

Those expecting to see an end to the protracted standoff over the planned Alta Mira project in Joshua Tree will have to wait a little longer. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why… Following presentations from the developer, county planners, and community leaders who brought the appeal, the Board of Supervisors

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The hard-working, dedicated members of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14. The team invites you to join them at Hwy 62 and Mountain View (north side). The caring volunteers will work from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. with coffee and conversation following at the

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THREE CHAMBER MIXER THURSDAY TO UNVEIL THEATRE 29 2017 SEASON

Theatre 29 will join with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season this Thursday. The special free Tri-Chamber mixer is planned for Thursday, September 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at which the 7 productions for Theatre 29’s 2017 season will be

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical

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THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S “TASTE OF MORONGO” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2016 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The big winners for the night were the Middle Eastern Restaurant, taking the Judges’ Choice and best international, and Papa’s Smokehouse, taking

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SUPERVISORS MAY DECIDE CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT TOMORROW

Nearly a decade in the making, tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino looks to be the final showdown in a battle between the people of Joshua Tree and developers of the planned Alta Mira gated housing project next to Friendly Hills Elementary School.

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO NAME JOSHUA TREE A “DARK SKY PARK”

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, the MAC, who advises the county on local concerns, will meet tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the meeting is mostly about dark skies… If you’re the kind of person who loves looking up at a beautiful night sky, you just may be in luck.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM STARTS WEDNESDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a free smoking cessation program starting this Wednesday. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how to sign up… Recognizing no two smokers are alike, working with others to learn why you smoke, identifying triggers and creating a support network are hallmarks of a successful smoking cessation

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