SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will deal with a smorgasbord of issues at its regular meeting tonight. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane… The fate of an abandoned high school is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team invites you to join them and volunteer in the New Year. They spend one short hour helping to make our desert beautiful by picking up trash in our local area. Their next regular pickup is scheduled for tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 11, from 8:00 a.m.to

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW EVENING

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of Hi Desert Medical Center

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THEATER 29 HONORS THEIR 2016 VOLUNTEERS AFTER A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON

Over 120 volunteers from the Theatre 29 2016 season were honored at the non-profit community theater’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner Saturday night in Joshua Tree. A delicious dinner, family, fun, recognition and stunning performances were all part of the event held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Memories from the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION TONIGHT

Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 this evening in a special closed session. Labor negotiations is the only topic of discussion. Tonight’s meeting takes place at district offices on Chollita road in Joshua Tree.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Community education classes are available at Copper Mountain College. These classes are designed for students who just want to try something new. Community education classes do not require any assessment testing nor do they generate any college credit. In addition, Copper Mountain College offers online open enrollment programs for students

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO SPONSOR ART LAB

Joshua Tree National Park, is partnering with Copper Mountain College, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BoxoHouse, along with the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, to create innovative programs and projects in the park. As part of the Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory, National Park Service

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Spend the first weekend of 2017 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party, tonight, Saturday, January 7. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will

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LIFETREE CAFÉ TO DISCUSS EMBRYO ADOPTION

Lively discussions on issues and concepts that spark thought are offered every week at the Life Tree Café in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this week’s subject… The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at the next Lifetree Café Sunday, January 8. The free 4

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COUNTY FIGHTING PLACEMENT OF DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Over the last six months, the County District Attorney’s office has fought efforts to have convicted sexually violent predator Luther Evans placed in the Morongo Basin. The proposed area of release includes Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, or neighboring communities of the Morongo Basin. In October 2003, Evans was

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WOMAN HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A single-vehicle roll-over crash inside Joshua Tree National Park resulted in one woman being air-lifted to a hospital with moderate injuries. About 12:50 Thursday afternoon, Twentynine Palms firefighters, park rangers, Morongo Basin Ambulance, and the California Highway Patrol were called to an area near Porcupine Wash in the Pinto Basin

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DON’T BE A VICTIM OF CHECK-CASHING SCAM

A scammer tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident recently with a check-cashing scam. The resident had placed an ad in a reputable magazine to sell a dog. The scammer sent a check for the dog plus additional funds to ship the dog, and then asked the seller to place

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IN PART 4, WE LOOK AT NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at new laws that took effect January 1. Terminally ill patients in California will be allowed to use experimental drugs, which do not have full regulatory approval, to decide when they want to end their lives. It authorizes, but does

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REMAINS AT CAPACITY FOR CAMPING

Joshua Tree National Park continues to operate over capacity for this weekend. Park Ranger George Land says campgrounds will be particularly full… As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park increases, many people are making the trip to come in and enjoy the park, including those who wish to camp. The

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BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA CENTER TOMORROW

A New Year and a new month; tomorrow, Saturday, January 7, is the First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. The $7 famously fine breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by our friendly volunteer staff who look

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LIFETREE CAFÉ TO DISCUSS EMBRYO ADOPTION

Lively discussions on issues and concepts that spark thought are offered every week at the Life Tree Café in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this week’s subject… The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at the next Lifetree Café Sunday, January 8. The free 4

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TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION STARTS TOMORROW

Registration for 2017 Tri-Valley Little League starts tomorrow. Early registration will be at the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center Saturday, January 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular registration will be Wednesday, January 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, January 21 from

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COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DENIES JOSHUA TREE CHARTER SCHOOL APPEAL

The San Bernardino County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to deny the charter petition appeal by Joshua Tree Arts and Technology Academy (JTATA). A petition to establish JTATA as a charter school was denied by the Morongo Unified School District on May 17. JTATA appealed that decision to the

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JOSHUA TREE BOXOHOUSE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALK SATURDAY

BoxoHOUSE of Joshua Tree presents artist-in-residence Amanda Beech for an artist’s talk. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Amanda Beech, an artist-in-residence at BoxoHouse is working on a long-term project which she’ll share at an artist’s talk on Saturday January 7. You’re invited to attend the presentation from 3 to

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District starts the new year with a fairly routine agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meet in regular session tonight. There are no action items on the agenda, but there will be a fiscal 2015/2016 audit report, as

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