MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A China Hills man was arrested Thursday afternoon in Joshua Tree, accused of violating a restraining order against him. According to a Sheriff’s report, Felix Jackson, 38, went to the home of his former girlfriend in the 6200 block of Valley View Street about 12:30 p.m. and parked his vehicle

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ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY IN JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who attempted to rob a man in Joshua Tree late Wednesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee of a pizza restaurant in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway said he was taking the trash out to the dumpster behind the

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BI-LINGUAL LITERACY TUTOR NEEDED TO HELP TRANSLATE MEMOIR

Do you know someone who is good at reading and writing both Spanish and English and who would like to help move a literacy student’s project along? The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy needs someone to help a native Spanish speaker translate his memoir into English. The memoir centers

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HOSPITAL TO HOLD OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENT FOR INSURANCE

It’s time to enroll for healthcare and Hi-Desert Medical Center is holding enrollment events. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… It’s open enrollment season for Covered California, and the Affordable Care Act and Hi-Desert Medical Center wants to help you receive the best healthcare for the lowest rate available.

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY

The BoxoHouse artist-in-residence will hold an open house Sunday in Joshua Tree. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Artist-in-residence Hannah Hughes will present an installation incorporating live actions at BoxoHouse. Hughes lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently focused on performative work engaged with the vulnerability of the

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EARLY CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree VFW Post will hold an early Christmas dinner Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m. For $7, they will serve up turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and pie. The VFW is located on Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER WRESTLES WITH NEXTERA, PROBLEM WELL LAST NIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board met last night. A controversial request for water for a solar field and a troublesome well dominated the meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz files this report… Last night in Joshua Tree, the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors drilled through an ambitious agenda. Highlights

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS TO ESCORT SANTA CLAUS THROUGH LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods THIS Monday, December 21, Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. On Monday, Santa will be riding a fire truck on paved roads in South Joshua Tree, south

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETS TONIGHT

Tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District will open with a likely dry presentation of the District’s 2014/2015 financial audit. On the other side of that, there will be an update on efforts by NextEra Energy to secure water in their quest to convert the old Joshua

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TWO JOSHUA TREE MEN HELD FOR BURGLARIZING MULTIPLE HOMES

Two Joshua Tree men were arrested Friday, accused of burglarizing homes in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were called to the 62000 block of Desert Air Road in Joshua Tree shortly before 3 by a neighbor who saw two men force their way into a home,

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FOUR INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING JOSHUA TREE CRASH

Four people were injured following a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Saturday morning. According to CHP officer C. Miller, T.T. Ammal, 68, was driving her silver Toyota Camry southbound on Sunny Vista about 11:30 a.m. After stopping at Highway 62, she pulled out onto the highway to make a left

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COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO HEAR OF ROAD IMPROVEMENTS FOR JOSHUA TREE

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider several items relevant to our Morongo Basin. Among them is the likely approval of $1.4 million for pavement reconstruction on Joshua Tree’s Park Boulevard, from Alta Loma Drive north to

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RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STEVE RIEMAN SCULPTURE

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program is offering the opportunity to win a Steve Rieman sculpture. Tickets for “Walking Critter” are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the program’s scholarship fund. The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residence scholarship fun provides artists with accommodations, studio space, a stipend, and a gallery

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PLAY BINGO AND SUPPORT TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE

Tri-Valley Little League will be the beneficiary of bingo night at the Sportsman’s Club Sunday, December 13. Bingo is from 4:30 to 9:30. There will also be raffles. The Sportsman’s Club is located on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree.

LOOK FOR METEOR SHOWERS STARTING TONIGHT

Meteor showers peak tomorrow, assignment reporter Sara Snyder has more… Star gazers will have a treat in store as the Geminid meteor showers make their appearance again, starting now through December 17. The Geminid meteor shower will peak Sunday, December 13, into the early morning hours of Monday, December 14,

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BOY SCOUT MAKES TLC COLLECTION BINS

A Boy Scout from Yucca Valley saw a need and has stepped up to try and help. Tender Loving Christmas doesn’t have a main collection drop-off center this year. People who want to donate non-perishables, blankets, toys, or toiletries, have to call TLC founder Mara Cantelo, who then sends out

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GEMINID METEORS TO PEAK THIS WEEKEND

Look, up in the sky! No, really, look up in the sky. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Geminid meteor shower will peak this weekend… Star gazers will have a treat in store this weekend as the Geminid meteor showers make their appearance again. The Geminid meteor showers will peak

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NEW EXHIBITION OPENS AT GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

Gallery 62 will hold an artists’ reception for its new exhibit, “Seasonal Sensations,” Saturday, December 12, during the Second Saturday Art Crawl in Joshua Tree. On display are fine arts and gifts—all priced at $100 or less. Gallery 62 is open Friday through Sunday from 11 to 5, except Christmas

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TRANSIENT ARRESTED AFTER DISTURBANCE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

A Joshua Tree transient was arrested Tuesday morning after he caused a disturbance at the hospital. According to a Sheriff’s report, Christopher Persall went to Hi-Desert Medical Center two times Tuesday. The second time, he had been medically cleared, but the report states hospital staff felt uncomfortable letting him leave

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NEW EL NINO REPORT HELPING LOCAL OFFICIALS PLAN

A new report on the El Nino Phenomena, expected to bring extra rain to the region, is helping local officials plan. Reporter David Haldane says the report contains some extremes… Local officials should look for distinct signs before deciding how to respond to severe El Nino conditions predicted this winter.

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