COURTS CLOSE EARLY TOMORROW

The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree will close at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Friday. The courthouse, as well as government offices and banks will be closed Monday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Monday, January 2, for New Year’s.

JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORTING SANTA CLAUS TONIGHT, WHEN AND WHERE

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, (December 22), and tomorrow, (December 23) starting at 5:30 p.m. each night. Tonight, Thursday, he’ll come to neighborhoods in central Joshua Tree, paved roads between Highway 62 and Alta Loma, east and north of

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FIREFIGHTERS ESCORT SANTA CLAUS THROUGH JOSHUA TREE NEIGHBORHOODS

Firefighters will be escorting Santa through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, Wednesday, December 21, and Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23. Starting about 5:30 p.m. each night, residents should listen for sirens and come outside and say hello to Santa, who’ll be handing out candy canes as he passes through

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, December 21, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MAY GREEN LIGHT JOSHUA TREE MENTAL FACILITY TOMORROW

If all goes as expected, tomorrow’s decision by the county board of supervisors will put into motion the first steps required for construction of a 10-bed crisis residential treatment facility in Joshua Tree. It will be the only facility of its kind in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has

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HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR AT CONTINUING CARE CENTER IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Holiday Craft Bazaar at the hospital’s Continuing Care Center is a Morongo Basin tradition. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on this annual event… The Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Holiday Craft Bazaar at the Continuing Care Center happens one day only on Friday, December 16 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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PREGNANT JOSHUA TREE WOMAN FOUND DEAD IDENTIFIED, NO CRIME EVIDENT

The pregnant woman who was found dead inside an RV in Joshua Tree two weeks ago has been identified by the coroner’s office as Amy Lynn Faucett. According to a Sheriff’s report, Faucett, who was 7 months pregnant, was last seen alive about 4:30 a.m. November 28 in the 6800

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CONSIDERS WILL-SERVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY

A busy agenda is on tap at tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meet in special session tonight. Among items on the agenda, directors will hear a review of the financial audit report of the

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SCHOOL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Advisory Committee, which consists of any interested parent or community member, will be meeting Thursday, December 15, at Friendly Hills Elementary School at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team is tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14, from 8 to 9 a.m., meeting at Hwy 62 and Olympic (north side). Recently, several people spent time sprucing up Turtle Island in Joshua Tree to show a tidier side of the community to a

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

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 pm at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi Desert Medical

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE ON A DIRT BIKE SUNDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Sunday morning following a high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a dirt bike, ridden by Timothy Smith, 40, about 1:40 a.m. near Yucca Trail and Warren Vista Avenue.

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RELAY FOR LIFE HOLIDAY THEMED KICK-OFF TOMORROW

Have you started your team for relay For Life yet? Do you want to know more information? Relay For Life, Morongo Basin is having a holiday themed kick-off tomorrow, December 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Organizer Cathy Inscore said come

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DEADLINE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES IS MONDAY

Monday, December 12, is the last day to pay the first installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can pay it online, at mytaxcollector.com, by phone at 760-241-8829, or in person, at an address in this story at z1077fm.com. An extra fee will be charged for

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“ADOPT-A-CHILD” PROGRAM HELPS KIDS OUT OF THEIR HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Basin Wide Foundation needs help in making sure that children, out of their homes through no fault of their own, have a happy Christmas. Children in the Child Protective Services program are often found during the holidays in temporary homes or foster care. The Basin Wide Foundation sponsors an

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ASSISTANCE FOR PROPANE AND FIREWOOD AVAILABLE, MEETING MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, December 12, at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assistance is for propane and firewood only. All Morongo Basin residents are welcome to attend. Applicants

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TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS NEEDS MEAT SPONSORS

Tender Loving Christmas provides a full Christmas Day banquet for all those in need, or who find themselves alone on the holiday, but they need the community’s help. Managing editor Tami Roleff says TLC needs monetary donations to buy the turkeys and hams… Tender Loving Christmas needs meat sponsors for

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BUSY SEASON FOR CAMPING AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Our Joshua Tree National Park is at full capacity, and Park Spokesman George Land says campgrounds are going fast. Rather than be disappointed, Park visitors are being urged to check before they make the drive…… Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing a record number of visitors. While it’s great to

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FELON IN POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION ARRESTED

Following up on a report of a possible burglary in process, a Johnson Valley man was arrested early Thursday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the area of Grand View Road and Ocotillo Road in Johnson Valley about 3:30 a.m. for a report of suspicious suspects

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HI-DESERT CHORUS “SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

The Hi Desert Chorus will perform its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. The concert is held in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 2:30 p.m. The Yucca Valley High

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