FRENCH GRAFFITI ARTIST APOLOGIZES FOR VANDALIZING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A well-known French graffiti artist, Andre Saraiva, who became the target of social-media harassment for tagging a boulder in Joshua Tree national park has apologized, saying the crime for which he was vilified stemmed from a naive impulse. There wasn’t a ranger in sight that day in February of 2015,

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ENROLL NOW FOR AREA HEAD START PROGRAMS

Enrollment is now open for the local Head Start program. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up your little one… The San Bernardino County Head Start programs in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are accepting enrollment applications for children up to 5 years old for the 2016-17

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FRIDAY NIGHT TEEN TENNIS KICKS OFF IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Morongo Basin Tennis Association held its first Friday Night Teen Tennis event of the summer last Friday at Jacob’s Park in Yucca Valley. Although attendance was low, the competition was fierce. Winning the gold medal was Daniel Steinbeck; Jessica Fairfield won silver, and Ish Patel won the bronze. On

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT FAIR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEXT WEEK

It’s Christmas in July at the Twentynine Palms Elk Lodge next Saturday. A craft fair, featuring more vendors selling everything from Stampin’ Up to gourds to photography to aprons to beads and more, will be held from 7 to 3 at the Elk Lodge, 6501 Elk Trail in Twentynine Palms.

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 11. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

BEES ARE OUT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

At Joshua Tree National Park bees can be a bother. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has some advice… As the desert temperatures heat up and natural water sources dry up, many animals will become thirstier. Some creatures, such as the tortoise, will retreat to their underground home for a long siesta.

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR JERRY HEWITT

Jerry Hewitt, a 37-year-resident of Twentynine Palms, died July 5. She was 76 years old. Jerry Hewitt is survived by her husband, John “Doc” Hewitt; her daughter Vera Brownsburger of Sand Point, Idaho; her son, Thomas Hewitt of Randleman, North Carolina; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Jerry Hewitt was a

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RECEPTION FOR JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS RESIDENT ARTISTS TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residency Program is holding an opening reception tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… For the past seven weeks, the Joshua Tree Highlands artists in residence have lived and created art in the Mojave Desert. The artists are: sculptors Robert Michael Jones and

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LIVE WRESTLING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ELKS LODGE TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge is hosting a wrestling showdown today, featuring professional wrestlers. Doors open at 3:30, the show starts at 4. Admission is $5; military service members and their families get in free. The Elks Lodge is located at 6501 Elk Trail in Twentynine Palms.

SIGN UP NOW FOR DAY TRIP TO REAGAN LIBRARY

A day trip from Yucca Valley to Simi Valley has been planned. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has registration information… Registration is now open for a day trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. The deluxe motor coach will leave the Yucca Valley Community Center at

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THE LIVE COMEDY “THE NERD” CONTINUES RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY

The live comedy, “The Nerd” is midway through its run in Yucca Valley. Directed by Rebecca Havely this smash hit is receiving rave reviews. Z107.7’s Tammi Roleff says, “The costumes, set, and music will instantly transport you back to the 1970s. “The Nerd” is a funny play that will have

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERTS START SATURDAY WITH THE BAND FRESH

The very popular free series of cool evening outdoor concerts in Yucca Valley Start tomorrow for 6 weeks. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites to get “Fresh”… The 22nd annual summer concert series, co-hosted by the town of Yucca Valley and Z107.7, kicks off Saturday, July 9, with The Band Fresh.

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MURTLE THE TURTLE DEDICATION CEREMONY TONIGHT

The Murtle the Turtle sculpture on Turtle Island in Joshua Tree will be dedicated today. The turtle was re-built in 1971 by noted local ceramics artist and sculptor, Howard Pierce. It was refurbished and repainted recently, and the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a dedication ceremony, starting at

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STAR PARTY TONIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT OBSERVATORY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, July 9. The event begins at 9:30 p.m. and will end about 12:30 a.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Volunteers will set up manual and battery-operated

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SURPRISE RESIGNATION FROM A MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

The Morongo Unified School Board got a surprise resignation yesterday. Reporter David Haldane says the board will bid long-time member Ed Will farewell… The makeup of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is about to change. In a surprise announcement, 12 ½-year board member J. Edward Will said

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FEATURED FUGITIVE LOCATED AND ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE

A Morongo Valley man who was featured on the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station’s “Fugitive Friday” Facebook page was captured Wednesday afternoon in Joshua Tree. According to Sheriff’s reports, Justin Brinkley, 27, also known as Justin Case, was wanted on a $50,000 warrant for possession of stolen property. A tip led

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RECEPTION FOR JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS RESIDENT ARTISTS TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Highlands artist in residency program is holding an opening reception tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… For the past seven weeks, the Joshua Tree Highlands artists in residence have lived and created art in the Mojave Desert. The artists are: sculptors Robert Michael Jones and

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 11. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

LANDERS ASSOCIATION TO MEET SATURDAY

The monthly membership meeting of the Landers Association is Saturday at Belfield Hall, just east the Moose Lodge on Reche Road in Landers. The 3 p.m. business meeting and potluck will follow an hour of fellowship starting at 2 p.m. Residents are invited to mix and meet with old friends

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FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TOMORROW

On Saturday, July 9, St. Martin in the Field Episcopal Church will be serving the meal for Food for Life from 3 to 5 p.m. They will be serving pork chops, salad, apple, and dessert. The meal is served in the Church of the Nazarene Hall. Take 49 Palms Road

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