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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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED TOMORROW

Copper Mountain College will be closed and there will be no classes, Tuesday, April 18, for faculty and staff development. Normal business hours will resume 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 19.

COMMUNITY NEEDS FORUM IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is known to many for distribution of surplus food to those in need throughout Morongo Basin. The non-profit, non-governmental agency has a lot more to offer. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to let them know what you need … The Community

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED TUESDAY

Copper Mountain College will be closed and there will be no classes, Tuesday, April 18, for faculty and staff development. Normal business hours will resume 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 19.

“TAKE A HIKE” WITH PARK SUPERINTENDENT DAVID SMITH APRIL 23

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SUSPECTED OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Mariquita Road in Landers about 9:40 a.m. due to a fight involving four to five people. When deputies arrived, they found Shawn Thayer, 39, who had

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FREE TAX PREP FOR LOW-INCOME CALIFORNIANS

In the final days 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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LIFETREE CAFÉ EXAMINES SHAME, GRACE, FOLLOWING TRAGEDIES

Lifetree Café will offer a film presentation entitled “Amazing Grace” as well as an open discussion on grief after tragedy. With more here’s reporter Kirby Davis… An exclusive filmed interview with the mother of Amish schoolhouse shooter Charles Roberts will be screened at Lifetree Café on Sunday, April 16, at

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FREE ADMISSION DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK

Federal officials are celebrating the nation’s 417 national parks with programs and events marking National Park Week, which starts today, Saturday, April 15, and goes through Sunday, April 23. Joshua Tree and other National parks that normally charge entrance fees will be free today and tomorrow, April 15, 16, and

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EASTER EGG HUNTS AND ACTIVITIES PLANNED THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There will be all kinds of special events and church services in celebration of Easter this weekend, from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms. In addition to activities and church services, Easter egg hunts will be held all over our beautiful springtime Morongo Basin. The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Explorers will

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE PACKED; PLAN ACCORDINGLY

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during spring break. Edica Gonzalez reminds visitors

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TWO VALUABLE MOUNTAIN BIKES STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of two mountain bikes in Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the bikes’ owner had the bikes in the bed of a pick-up truck while he was hiking at the Boy Scout trailhead in the park. When he returned to

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LECTURE TONIGHT FEATURES ARTIST AND AUTHOR HENRY MOCKEL

The Old Schoolhouse second Friday lecture series features wildflower artist and author Henry Mockel. Here with the details is reporter Rebecca Havely… Henry Mockel and his wife Beverly took many trips to Joshua Tree National Park and made frequent stops so he could paint the flowers along the way. They

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SCHOOL BOARD NAMES TWO NEW PRINCIPALS

The Morongo Unified School District named two new principals for the 2017-18 school year. Justin Monical will be the principal at Yucca Valley High School. Jennifer Sands, who is currently the principal at Friendly Hills Elementary School, will become the principal at Black Rock High School. The board of trustees

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EARTH FEST IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Joshua Tree will host an EarthFest event this Saturday. Reporter Kirby Davis said the event will celebrate kids and pets… EarthFest Joshua Tree is a family and earth-friendly day celebrating kids, animals and the planet. The free event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, in the courtyard

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REACH-OUT PLANS DESERT TEA FUND-RAISER

Reach Out Morongo Basin is holding a fund-raiser at a unique location later this month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has details… Reach Out Morongo Basin will hold a Desert Tea Social to raise funds for the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization. The tea will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April

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STATE ROUTE 62 GETTING $9.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS IN TWO PROJECTS

Construction started this week on a nine-mile project from the western border of Joshua Tree to the eastern border of Twentynine Palms. The $4.7 million project will add two-way left turn lanes and widen the existing shoulders to a standard eight feet. The California Department of Transportation says the project

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DUI IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH

A Joshua Tree man who crashed his car in Twentynine Palms was arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Adrian Garcia responded to the area of Highway 62 and Mantonya Road about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a reckless driver.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES SEMINAR ON TRAFFICKING TOMORROW MORNING

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services is hosting a free seminar on trafficking tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

Learn about the dangers of social media apps, recruitment, on line gaming and the psychology of grooming. This all-inclusive seminar is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program of Copper Mountain

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