TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN LOOKING FOR MORE RESTAURANTS

The Rotary Club of Joshua Tree has set the date for the ninth annual Taste of Morongo. The popular event will be Saturday, September 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bell Center on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the organizers

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, August 12, at the Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street, in Joshua Tree.

TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER TODDLER FOUND ALONE IN JOSHUA TREE

Updated August 11:

Two men were arrested Tuesday evening in Joshua Tree, accused of leaving a young child alone and then fighting with the friends of the person who reported them. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called about 7:30 p.m. to report a child, estimated to be 4

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN LEADS DEPUTIES ON HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT FROM YUCCA VALLEY TO JOSHUA TREE MONDAY NIGHT

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday night after leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through Yucca Valley residential neighborhoods and on the highway to Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, Benjamin Johnson, 39, was in the old Stater Brothers parking lot in the 57000 block of 29 Palms

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COUNTY DELAYS NEXTERA VOTE, JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETING SHORTENED

The County Board of Supervisors was expected to make a decision on an appeal of the approval of a controversial NextEra Commercial Solar project on the former Roy Williams airport in the Sunfair area of Joshua Tree yesterday. What they did was postpone that hearing until Tuesday, August 16. The

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COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSIONS

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus. Right off, trustees will adjourn to closed session for employee disciplinary action and an evaluation of the college president/superintendent. Back in open session

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The next regular meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10. The hard-working volunteers will meet at Highway 62 and Valley View (south side) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Coffee and conversation following at the Park Rock Cafe.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED TOMORROW MORNING

Copper Mountain College will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, for faculty and staff development. Normal business hours will resume at 1 p.m.

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, will meet tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by

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SUPERVISORS TAKE UP CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM TOMORROW

The last item on tomorrow’s 64-item Board of Supervisor’s agenda looks to be the final showdown in the protracted battle between energy behemoth Nextera, and Morongo Basin environmental groups. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino,

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LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE RAMPING UP

Morongo Basin Relay for Life is ramping back up, and it is time to start planning. Relay for Life spokesperson Cathy Inscore said this year the community has the opportunity to choose a model that reflects its unique qualities and one that will help increase community participation. To help with

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday night accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, the boy returned home after a visit with his father—identified as David Flaningam, 30, of the 62200 block of Verbena Road—with a hand print on his back. The boy told his mother that

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JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND WITH DRUGS, WEAPONS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of possessing dangerous weapons and drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 10:30 a.m., a deputy stopped a white, four-door car near Hallee Road and Highway 62 for having an expired vehicle registration. After an investigation, the driver, Cesar Espinoza, 52,

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP SET FOR MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, August 8. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

SCHOOL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree church is giving away free school supplies and backpacks Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the giveaway is first come-first served… Morongo Basin students from kindergarten to sixth grade are eligible for a free back-to-school backpack from Lighthouse Christian Center. Students with a parent or guardian may pick

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DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS FOR FOUR AREA THEATER COMPANIES

The community theaters of the Morongo Basin have been recognized by the Desert Theatre League for more than 100 Desert Star Award nominations for the 2015/2016 theater season. The awards cover the entire Coachella Valley and include both the Hi- and Low-Desert theaters. Twentynine Palms’ Theatre 29, Joshua Trees’ Hi-Desert

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HARRISON HOUSE OPEN HOUSE THIS EVENING

An open house this evening at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the talents of a brother and sister are featured… A brother-and-sister duo of artists will be featured at an open house Monday, August 1, sponsored by Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology. Dominique Moody

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER THIS EVENING

Meet other professionals and community members at a summer mixer hosted by the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce. The mixer will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Art Queen complex, 61855 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. There will be live music, a silent auction, and a

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW COST PET SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in August 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 BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority, MBTA, will meet tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will begin its regular meeting Thursday, July 28 with a closed session, in which it will hold performance evaluations for the general manager and director of

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