BIZARRE INCIDENT RESULTS IN JAIL FOR A NEVADA MAN

In a bizarre set of circumstances, a Nevada man was arrested in Yucca Valley early Monday morning, accused of burglary. A Sheriff’s report said deputies were called to Hi-Desert Medical Center about 11:30 p.m. for a man who said he was suicidal and was causing a disturbance. By the time

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MBTA BOARD MEETS IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. Under new business, the directors will hold two public hearings to accept grant requests totaling more than $800,000 for operating assistance and four replacement

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ONE IN JAIL AFTER A BLOODY FIGHT OVER HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS

An argument over a high electricity bill led to a bloody fight and one man in jail Saturday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 60200 block of Mirada Trail in Joshua Tree about 8:12 p.m. for an assault. The victim told deputies that he asked his

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TWO ARRESTED WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN WARRANTS

Two people were arrested in Joshua Tree Friday night for having hundreds of thousands of dollars in warrants for their arrests. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 5700 block of Sunfair Road in Joshua Tree about 11:45 p.m. Driving the vehicle

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow morning, Wednesday March 23, 8 a.m. at the northwest corner of Hwy 62 at Sunburst. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves. Afterwards the

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WILDFLOWERS BLOOMING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The spring blooms are on display at Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has more… To everyone’s delight, our spring bloom has begun in the south end of the park. Cottonwood and surrounding areas are alive with lupines, bladderpod, chuperosa, and various other types and colors of wildflowers.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST SUNDAY AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will be serving up an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, Sunday, March 20, from 8 to 11. The regular menu will also be available. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

OPEN HOUSE AT JOSHUA TREE TORTOISE RESCUE TOMORROW

Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue will hold an open house tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to the festivities… The Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue will hold a “Tortoise and the Hare” open house and Easter egg hunt Saturday from 11 to 4. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree VFW post will be serving up a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner tonight. The corned beef and cabbage will be offered from 4 to 6 tonight at the Post home at 6402 Veterans Way in Joshua Tree. The meals will be dished up at $9 each with

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JOSHUA TREE HOUSING PROJECT ON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

A controversial 248-unit housing development in Joshua Tree will go before the County Planning Commission tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the session will be teleconferenced to the Joshua tree County Government building… The proposed 248-unit gated development in Joshua Tree, known as Alta Mira, is the only agenda item on

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, March 17, at Copper Mountain College from 10 to 3 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow screening free of charge. To make an appointment to donate

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED AT CEMETERY SUNDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested late Sunday night, after she was found inside a cemetery vehicle at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park. According to a Sheriff’s report, a cemetery employee arrived at the cemetery about 11:30 p.m. and discovered a woman, subsequently identified as Deseret Pinar, 29, sitting inside

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SPELLING BEE BRINGS IN MORE THAT $2,500 FOR ADULT LITERACY

Ten teams faced off against each other Saturday in the 25th annual spell-a-thon, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms to benefit the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. One by one, teams dropped out when they misspelled aquarium, persistent, dishevelment, equilibrium, reverie, demagoguery, kerflooey, and discotheque. Managing editor

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE TO RAISE FEES FOR SPAY AND NEUTERING

Effective April 1, the Animal Action League will raise the cost of its spaying and neutering services. The Animal Action League has not raised the costs of its clinics for six years. The new charge for spaying a female dog is $90; neutering a male dog (under 80 pounds) is

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USE ALTERNATIVE PARK ENTRANCE STATIONS DURING BUSY TIMES

If you would rather not wait in a long line to enter the Joshua Tree National Park, take this advice from Park Ranger Pam Tripp… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding up to 2 million visitors yearly. As the park gets busier every year, so

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A PACKED JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REMINDS VISITORS OF OTHER ENTRANCES

Joshua Tree National Park is very busy this time of year, and will get even busier as this year’s bumper crop of wildflowers blooms. This causes long waits at the Joshua Entrance. Park Ranger Pam Tripp reminds you there are other, less used, entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing

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PARENT ENRICHMENT GROUPS OFFERED

Family Service Association is taking enrollments for its free parent enrichment groups. The 16-week classes are open to Morongo Basin residents who are pregnant or who care for a child up to 5 years old. The classes are held once a week on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 1, or 3:30

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, March 11, at the Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street, in Joshua Tree.

ROCK ICON ERIC BURDON SELLING HIS JOSHUA TREE HOME

Rock icon Eric Burdon, the 1960s British Invasion vocalist who sang with the Animals, and later the funk band War, is selling his Joshua Tree retreat. Priced at $888,888, the gated Southwestern-style ranch house was built in 2007 and sits on 2.5 acres enclosed by an adobe wall. The grounds

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board meets in regular and closed sessions tomorrow, then in a joint session with the Morongo Unified School Board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the line-up of the meetings… The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the

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