RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will enjoy a presentation by their own Michelle Stoops, who will speak about the founding and history of Hi-Desert Division 62. Lunch will be provided at

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, TEACHERS DAY, TEACHERS SOUGHT, AND MEALS MAY GO UP

The Morongo Unified School Board meets in regular session. Reporter David Haldane says a day to honor teachers, a call for more teachers, and an increase in the price of meals are all on the agenda… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District may soon have a day set aside

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING FOR DOGS OFFERED

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training on Saturday, May 7. The training will be done by experienced dog trainers and naturalists from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region. The cost is $75 per

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SAVING PAPER KEEPS THE NATIONAL PARK GREEN

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp has a great tip for visitors to help keep the park green… Nowadays, we use electronic devices for everything; Shopping, social media, games, and communications. But these devices can also help protect the environment. Here at Joshua Tree NP, there are many areas

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RECORD ATTENDANCE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

More than 327,000 people visited Joshua Tree National Park in March, setting an all-time attendance record. In March 2015, 256,000 people visited the park. Park officials said visitor centers, campgrounds, and hiking trails were extremely busy as park visitors enjoyed the weather and a much better wildflower bloom than in

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CHILD LEFT AT A JOSHUA TREE SERVICE STATION, MOTHER ARRESTED, FATHER SOUGHT

A Joshua Tree mother and father were arrested after they allegedly left their young child alone at a gas station for hours Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a 4-year-old girl was with at least three other adults and several other young children at the Valero gas station in

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DELAYS NEXTERA VOTE IN SPITE OF DIRE PREDICTIONS

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has been dragging its heels for a year on approving a will-serve letter to provide water to the NextEra Solar Project at the site of the former airport in Joshua Tree. NextEra threatened last month that it would dig its own high-capacity

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER PLANS MIXER FRIDAY

The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce is holding a mixer Friday, April 29, and the public is invited. The get-acquainted mixer will have a cash bar, free food, door prizes and community connections from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the Chamber’s office, 6448 Hallee Road in Joshua

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES NEXTERA SOLAR FIELD DECISION AGAIN TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District canceled their meeting Tuesday night due to a lack of a quorum, but are meeting tonight in a special meeting. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says the NextEra Solar project is back on the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, General Manager

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MBTA, TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet in closed session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, to discuss anticipated litigation and to conference with labor negotiators. The board will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., at which time it will recognize its employee of the quarter.

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YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE WOMEN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Saturday, accused of felony child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a young boy did not want to go to home from his grandfather’s house, and so his mother, identified as Leslie Middleton, 32, punched him in the back. After an investigation, Leslie Middleton

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SATURDAY IS NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

April 30 is National Drug Take-Back Day, and two organizations are hosting events Saturday from 10 to 2 to accept unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs and needles. The Hi-Desert Family Health Clinic in Yucca Valley is holding a drug take-back day as part of its community resource fair. The resource

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A BUSY WEEKEND FOR AREA THIEVES

Thieves were busy over the weekend. According to Sheriff’s reports, thieves stole a travel trailer, a trailer, and a golf cart from Landers, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley. The travel trailer, which had flat tires and broken windows, was reported stolen 11:30 Saturday morning from a home in the 3000

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. O-negative blood is especially needed. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. To make an appointment to donate blood,

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JOSHUA TREE ROTARY BIKE 4 SHOES EVENT NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS

There are children in the Morongo Basin who don’t have shoes to wear to school. The Joshua Tree Rotary Club and Z107.7 are sponsoring a fund-raising bike ride to purchase a new pair of school shoes for children in need in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff says registration

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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 April 27, 8 a.m. at the intersection of Yucca Mesa and Canterbury. For parking, turn west on Canterbury. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. There will be trash bags,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER INVITES PUBLIC TO DISCUSS WATER SYSTEM NEEDS

update: 10:30 a.m.: This meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of a quorum of water board directors.

What do the customers of the Joshua Basin Water District want from their water system? That’s the question the District will be asking tomorrow morning. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the

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COUNTY APPROVES JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM

For the second time in two weeks, the county planning commission made a controversial decision on land use that went against the wishes of Joshua Tree residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…

The County Planning Commission today approved the controversial plan by NextEra Energy to put an industrial scale solar plant

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS SPENT $97 MILLION

A new National Park Service report shows that more than two million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2015, up from 1.6 million in 2014. Those 2,025,755 visitors spent a lot of money in the Morongo Basin. The most recent economic analysis of Joshua Tree National Park showed that

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN QUAD

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, after he was found with a stolen off-road vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop about 5:15 p.m. near 2 Mile Road and Shoshone Road in Twentynine Palms. The pick-up truck, driven by Glen Stephens, 27, had a

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