GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN CLOSES JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The government shutdown will not affect military personnel at the Twentynine Palms Combat Center; they will still report for duty, but they will be paid retroactively. Civilian government employees will be furloughed, however. Civilians will only be reimbursed for their lost time if a law is enacted to pay them,

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD AFFECT LOCAL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Many local federal employees would feel the pinch if the federal government shuts down tomorrow. If the U.S. government has to shut down tomorrow, about half of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers will be furloughed until an appropriations bill is passed. Civilians who are furloughed would be paid retroactively

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CLIMBERS COFFEE STARTS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Tree National Park is a destination for rock climbers from all over the world. As the seasons change, the Park is restarting a popular weekly climbers’ get-together. Park Ranger Pam Tripp invites the sports lovers to “climbers’ coffee”, starting in October…

Every winter, rock climbers converge on Joshua

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YMIA HOSTS STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Tonight is the second and final night of the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival, sponsored by the Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association. The Starry Nights Festival will be held in a new location this year, at the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT DELIVERS A BABY LAST NIGHT

A baby couldn’t wait until his mother got to the hospital to make his appearance last night. The Morongo Valley woman was getting ready to leave the hospital, but she didn’t make it past the house’s front porch. The Morongo Valley Fire Department was called to the 4900 block of

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER BEATING HIMSELF UP

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he started screaming and beating himself up in the restroom at a Twentynine Palms drug store. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:30, employees at the Rite Aid store in Twentynine Palms called police to report a man, later identified as

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2-YEAR-OLD FOUND WANDERING IN DESERT; MOTHER ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday after her 2-year-old son was found wandering alone in the desert. About 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, a woman found the child wandering in the middle of the road near the intersection of Deer Trail and Tanager Road in Flamingo Heights. The woman was unable

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TWO CIVIC MEETINGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK; WE HAVE DETAILS

There are two civic meetings in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork has the agendas of the City Council and the Oversight Board…

Among the presentations at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on September 24 will be one by County Sheriff John McMahon regarding AB109 (the prison reorganization bill);

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CADIZ STEAM TRAIN CALLED A RUSE TO GET AROUND FEDERAL REVIEW

The plan by Cadiz, Inc. to put in a steam train from Cadiz to Parker, Arizona, as a tourist attraction called “Cadiz Southeastern Railway,” announced by Z107.7 News Friday, is being called a superficial ruse by environmentalists. The National Parks Conservation Association said, “It is the latest in a series

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STEAM TRAIN ATTRACTION PLANNED FOR EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Cadiz Company, located near Amboy, east of Twentynine Palms, announced it has entered into an agreement with the Arizona & California Railroad Company to develop steam train excursions through the Mojave Desert between Cadiz and Parker, Arizona. The attraction, using historic steam locomotives and vintage passenger railcars, would be

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ANOTHER MARIJUANA RAID, THIS TIME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Five people were arrested in Twentynine Palms yesterday during a drug raid. Sheriff deputies from the Narcotics division were at a residence in the 1200 block of Luna Mesa about noon Wednesday and arrested five people for investigation of cultivating marijuana for sale: Thomas Page, 46, of Joshua Tree; David

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ONE MARINE KILLED, FOUR INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON BASE

A Marine was killed Monday, and four others injured, during a training accident on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. About 11:20 a.m. Monday morning, an amphibious-assault vehicle caught fire in the Bullion/Lead Mountain area, killing Corporal Nicholas Sell, 21, and injuring four others. One of the injured is

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM CONTRACT AND A PIPELINE ON THE AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Among items of interest are a contract with the registrar for Hi-Desert Nature Museum and discussion of converting a pipeline…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session at 6:00 tonight. On the consent agenda, the Council will

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY TRYING TO A RECOVER WITH 3 FEET OF MUD IN THEIR HOME

The flash floods in the Morongo Basin just over a week ago closed some roads, caused power outages, and washed out some yards. But a Yucca Valley family lost everything they owned, including their home, when a wall of mud smashed through the doors and windows of their house south

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FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, September 16th. The locations and times are:

The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10; Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers,

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VISIT KEYS RANCH

A piece of American social history is regularly brought to life in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp invites you to visit Keys Ranch…

Joshua Tree National Park is pleased to announce our Keys Ranch tours for the 2013 through 2014 season. Beginning October 4, tours of the historic

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ALTERCATION IN JT

A Joshua Tree woman whose blood alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit was arrested Thursday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, a motorist called 911 to report that a woman, identified as Susan Finn, 29, was lying in the road at Hillview and Highway 62 about 9:30

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JOHN LINN BAND STEPS IN AT MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA

A featured event at Morongo Valley’s Fiesta Days was cancelled, but a local group stepped in to fill the spot. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, enjoy the John Linn Band, and more…

Morongo Valley’s big Fiesta Days event is this Friday and Saturday with non-stop events and surprises that will appeal

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HI-DESERT CHORUS LOOKING FOR LOCAL SINGERS

The Hi Desert Chorus has started rehearsals for “Sounds of the Season,” its’ annual winter concert. The performances will be held December 14 and 15. The chorus is in need of all voices: soprano, alto, bass and tenor. Reading music is helpful, but not mandatory. Rehearsals are held 6:30 to

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TASTE OF THE MORONGO BASIN TONIGHT AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BELL CENTER

The 6th Annual “Taste of the Morongo Basin” is set for tonight at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor, Mike Lipsitz gets out his knife and fork…

Local restaurants will serve samples of their best dishes at Joshua Tree Rotary Club’s sixth annual Taste

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