SIX HOMES SELECTED FOR 2018 REACH OUT PARADE OF HOMES

All six homes have been selected for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s February 18 Parade of Homes tour. The annual fundraiser supports services for local seniors and disabled residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from here… The 14th annual Parade of Homes tour gives ticket holders entrée into six

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MOBILE HOME, VACANT CABIN DESTROYED IN TWO SEPARATE FIRES SUNDAY

A mobile home in Joshua Tree is a total loss after a fire Sunday. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms were called to the Lazy H Mobile Home Park in the 6400 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER DIABETES CLASS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering lectures on key topics to help residents be more informed about their health. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on their monthly diabetes class starting tomorrow. Manage your diabetes, don’t let it manage you. Learn more about your diabetes from Hi-Desert Medical Center’s registered

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED WITH STOLEN VEHICLE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday night, after he was found driving a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a 1999 silver Honda Accord had been reported stolen about 7:30 p.m. Friday from a residence in the 58800 block of Sun Mesa Road in Yucca Valley. About 9

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TWO FIRES OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Area firefighters responded to two fires over the weekend. On Saturday, Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley firefighters were called at 1:25 p.m. to a small mobile home fire in Landers in the 900 block of Juniper. Firefighters were on scene at 1:40 and had the fire out at 1:55 p.m.

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SEE SANTA AT JOSHUA TREE FARMER’S MARKET SATURDAY

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Joshua Tree Farmers Market Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until closing at 1 p.m. Bring the kids and your camera. The farmers Market is located south of the highway in downtown Joshua Tree.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GIRL’S BASKETBALL TAKES A LOSS

The shorthanded women’s Fighting Cacti basketball team of Copper Mountain College took to the hardwood against L.A. Southwest College in the second game of the two-day Glendale College tournament yesterday. Coach Hosie Ward said the much more experienced Cougars took advantage of early game mistakes and Copper Mountain College lost,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ANNOUNCES DISTRICT-WIDE DOUBLE-DIGIT RATE INCREASES

A notice of proposed rate increases will soon be in the mail for the 4,500 accounts served by the Joshua Basin Water District. That was one of the items decided on last night in Joshua Tree; our reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER REORGANIZES, APPROVES COST OF LIVING INCREASE TONIGHT

A cost of living increase for employees, plus rates, reports, and board reorganization are on tap at tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz elaborates… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, directors will elect a board president and

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TOYS FOR TOTS AT MEDICAL CENTER HELP HEAL THE PAIN

As they do every year, volunteers from the Marine base in Twentynine Palms celebrated Christmas by giving donated toys from the Toys for Tots program out to local families in need. Unlike in the past, however, this year’s toy giveaway took place on the grounds of a local hospital that

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, December 19, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol

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HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD RECOGNIZES HEALTH FAIR COMMITTEE

The committee responsible for the annual health fair and community resource events was recognized last week by the Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors. The committee organizes two health fairs each year, a spring event in Yucca Valley and a fall fair in Twentynine Palms. Committee chair Joe Ruddon

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COMMUNITY DINNER AND PRODUCE GIVE-AWAY SET FOR SUNDAY

If you enjoy connecting with good food and good people, reporter Mike Lipsitz says make time for the Joshua Tree Local Food Program this Sunday…

Hot cider, vegetarian dinner, food distribution, and, um, some “badass” cookies await those who will attend this month’s Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program which

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CONTINUING CARE HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR TOMORROW

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Continuing Care Center will hold its annual holiday craft fair Friday, December 15. Local artists and crafters will sell handmade arts and crafts, along with homemade soaps, knitted items, holiday decorations, and more. A portion of all sales will go to the CCC’s Activities Department for the

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PEDESTRIAN FOUND TO HAVE LOADED GUN

A pedestrian was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of carrying a loaded firearm in public. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Justin White, 36, who was walking on the shoulder of Highway 62 near Camino del Cielo about 4 a.m. White allegedly told the deputy he was carrying

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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (December 14) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will begin the meeting with a recognition of an employee who is retiring. Under new business, directors will be asked to approve revisions to the fiscal year 2018 operating and capital budgets. Directors will then elect new officers.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD TAKES UP ARTICULATION TOMORROW

Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow. Reporter Andrew Dieleman fills us in on the details…

The Board of Trustees’ meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a closed session meeting to discuss labor negotiations and anticipated litigation due to two bid deficiencies, they will then reconvene at

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JOSHUA TREE MAN MISTAKENLY RELEASED FROM MORONGO BASIN JAIL

A Joshua Tree man was mistakenly released from jail Thursday. An arrest warrant had been issued for Paul Maki, 40, for multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, possession of methamphetamine, theft, and failure to appear for his court date. Maki was arrested on the warrant about 9:30 a.m.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WITH A PUBLIC HEARING ON TRANSITION TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS

The Morongo Unified School District board of education will meet in open session tonight. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…

The MUSD Board of Education will meet tonight at 5 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School. The meeting will begin with the election of new officers followed by a

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COPPER MOUNTAIN BASKETBALL DROPS TWO IN A TOUGH TOURNAMENT

After a grueling seven games in 10 days, the Copper Mountain men’s basketball team dropped back-to-back games. Friday night proved to be a tough one for Copper Mountain men’s basketball team as they dropped a very ugly game to Cuesta College 78-69. They lost another hard-fought battle to the host

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