NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY IS TOMORROW

This Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. Reporter Mike Lipsitz urges you to dispose of those old prescriptions with the Sheriff’s Department… The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER GRADES COMING UP

Since being taken over by Tenet Health two years ago, Joshua Tree’s Hi-Desert Medical Center has shown steady improvement. Reporter David Haldane says that the trend continues with the facility’s latest report card… If you get sick and end up at Hi-Desert Medical Center, you’re likely to have an above-average

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TWO JOSHUA TREE RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF BURGLARIZING A HOUSE

Two Joshua Tree residents were arrested Tuesday, accused of burglarizing a house. About 3:30 p.m. neighbors called the Sheriff’s Department to report that a man and a woman were taking items from a house in the 63300 block of Walpi Drive in Joshua Tree and loading them into a van.

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW-COST PET SERVICES LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in May for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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DESERT TEA SOCIAL TO BENEFIT REACH-OUT MORONGO BASIN

Reach Out Morongo Basin has planned a “A Desert Tea Social” to benefit the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Sip a cup of tea while listening to the sounds of a string quarter and enjoying the bountiful gardens at “A Desert Tea Social.” Reach Out sponsors Eddie

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TONIGHT

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 26, 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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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regularly scheduled cleanup for the Joshua Tree Clean Team is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The hard-working volunteers will be meeting at the entrance to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center (Institute of Mentalphysics) and invite you to join them. Grabbers, gloves, trash bags

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COUNTY DENIES PERMIT FOR MAJOR CONCERT AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Many will remember the sensation surrounding last October’s Desert Daze “outsider” rock music fest at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. From the estimated 2,000 mostly non-local concert-goers the three-day event received two thumbs up. But from sleep-deprived neighbors and others angered by the unpermitted clearing of desert for parking at

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FOOD PROGRAM GOES INDIAN

Keeping up with the best ways to grow, store and cook fresh food is an ongoing process. One local group works to spread the word about eating healthy, and developing nutritious habits. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how you can get involved … The Joshua Tree Local Food Program invites

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JOSHUA TREE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

If you like good food and good people, Edica Gonzalez says make time for the Joshua Tree Local Food Program … This month, the free Joshua Tree Local Food Program celebrates Indian cuisine at the all-vegetarian community dinner and produce giveaway. You’re invited this Sunday, April 23 from 5 to

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JOSHUA TREE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL MOVES TO SUNDAYS

The Joshua Tree Farmers Market, with its arts and crafts vendors, is so popular that founder Lori Herbel has decided to give the arts and crafts vendors their own market. Starting Sunday, April 23, vendors selling hand-made arts and crafts will be at Turtle Island in downtown Joshua Tree from

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CLASS WARFARE CONSIDERED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

The next topic to be discussed at Lifetree Café is class warfare. Here with more is reporter Kirby Davis… Societal class equality at home and abroad will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. The free program, titled “Class Warfare: The Unending Struggle for Equality,”

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DESERT-WISE LANDSCAPE TOUR

Drought-tolerant landscaping and energy efficient homes are the focus of the upcoming seventh annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says get tickets now… Now in its seventh year, the Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s Desert-Wise Landscape Tour has become a de facto right of Spring. The popular, self-guided tour, has

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TWO CONCERTS AT HARRISON HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

Two concerts are planned at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Three prominent musicians from San Francisco will give a performance at Harrison House in Joshua Tree tonight. Emil Miland on cello, Meredith Clark on harp, and singer Ann Moss will perform Saturday, April

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LYRID METEOR SHOWER THIS WEEKEND

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week, with meteors visible through April 25. While the Lyrids are not the strongest meteor shower, some meteors may occasionally reach fireball intensity. The showers emanate from the constellation of Lyra; its principal star, Vega, is the third brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

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APPROVAL OF HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSER

A controversial hydroelectric power project on the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park is another step closer to reality after the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday that pumping billions of gallons of water from the aquifer, and building power transmission lines would have “no significant impact” on the

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FACING CHECKMATE: ALTAMIRA HOUSING PROJECT GOES TO MARKET 

Like a high stakes game of chess, since 2006 developers of the proposed Altamira housing project and those opposed have come to what appeared to be the last possible move, only to avoid a “checkmate” by some unexpected stroke of luck. Hanging in the balance is the fate of the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR SPENDING LOCALLY GOING UP

Visitor spending to Joshua Tree National Park in 2016 increased by more than $25 million over the previous year, according to a new report released by the National Park Service. The report shows that last year, more than 2.5 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent $123.3 million in

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BLM PONDERING LOCAL OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ROUTES

Earlier this week, officials from the Bureau of Land Management held an open house in Yucca Valley. The aim was to provide information on a proposal that would bar ORV, or off-road vehicle, traffic from various types of local roads, and to gather public comment on the proposal. Reporter Mike

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ACTIVISM SYMPOSIUM TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree National Park Association will hold a free symposium Friday, April 21, on grass root activism in the Morongo Basin. Four residents/activists will discuss how they made a difference in the Basin. The symposium starts at 7 p.m. in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua

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