SMOKE FROM A FIRE NEAR ANZA DARKENS OUR SKIES

Smoke from a fire in the Anza area is coming into the west end of the Morongo Basin. A motor home fire burned one person and spawned the 500-acre wildfire that prompted an evacuation in the mountains east of Anza. The injured victim suffered second-degree burns over about 3 percent

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SCHOOL DISTRICT BREAKS GROUND ON MASSIVE SOLAR PROJECT

More than a year after discussions began about using solar energy, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors will hold a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 12, at 9 at Twentynine Palms High School. The solar photovoltaic system by NextEra will generate 3.7 megawatts of solar power from

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MAJOR YUCCA VALLEY EXPANSION REQUESTED BY HOPE ACADEMY

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the commission will look at a major expansion for Hope Academy Charter School… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight about a request from Hope Academy to expand its school. Hope

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MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES AFTER DRIVING THROUGH BLOCK WALL AT FRIENDLY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

A man escaped serious injury when he drove a truck through a brick wall and chain link fence, flew off an embankment, and landed on another truck Monday evening. About 7:25 p.m. the unidentified man was driving northbound on Sunny Vista, south of Friendly Hills Elementary School, when he lost

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TWO CRASHES IN 30 MINUTES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

We have few details about two traffic collisions in Twentynine Palms yesterday. At 5:53 p.m., a 2013 Dodge Ram truck and a 1997 Honda collided in the 6600 block of El Sol. One passenger complained of arm and head pain and was taken to a local hospital. Exactly a half

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MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT MEET TONIGHT

The former hospital board, now the Healthcare District Board, meets tonight at their new offices. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… The newly reorganized Morongo Basin Healthcare District meets in regular session at 6 p.m. tonight. There are no action items on the calendar, which leaves reports from the Hi-Desert

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THREE SUSPECTED OF DRUG ACTIVITY ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three Twentynine Palms men were arrested early Saturday morning when they were found with drugs inside a vacant home in Twentynine Palms home. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor noticed lights on in a vacant home in the 74900 block of Serrano Drive about 2 a.m. Arriving deputies found

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, accused of beating up his wife allegedly because she refused to be a part of selling drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, Shawn Lamar, 38, was arguing with his wife about 11 a.m. Friday in the 6500 block of Sunset Road because he

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MOTEL THREAT LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Friday morning, accused of being under the influence of drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a motel in the 72500 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms about 1:45 a.m. by the motel manager because a woman, later

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A NEW SERIES—“MEET YOUR MAC”—PROFILES AREA MAC MEMBERS

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are not elected, but are appointed by the district supervisor. Since they hadn’t been subject to voter scrutiny, we thought Morongo Basin residents should know something about the people representing the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork asked

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next Joshua Tree Clean Team date is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, at the Joshua Tree Library. To beat the heat the scheduled summer time is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags, and gloves there for your convenience. As always, the team will

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED TONIGHT

The regular Twentynine Palms City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday August 11 at 6 p.m. will not be held. The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 25, at 6 p.m.

COLLEGE CLOSED TOMORROW MORNING

Copper Mountain College will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, for faculty and staff development. Normal business hours will resume at 1 p.m.

BACKPACKS, VACCINES AND SCREENINGS OFFERED IN BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT

Student backpacks will be given away, and T-Dap vaccines and dental screenings will be some of the many services offered during a community back-to-school day in Joshua Tree. In addition to the backpacks and health screenings, the event will provide information on how to sign up for the school lunch

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETING TONIGHT

The informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month is about the mental health. Reporter Dan Stork says the new member who could not make last month’s meeting will be seated, also… The August 10 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features an informational presentation

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SEVEN CITED IN STING TARGETING PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Seven people were cited in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Thursday, accused of purchasing alcohol for—or selling it to—minors, and three others were arrested or cited on other charges. During a shoulder-tap sting operation, minors—under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies—visited several liquor and convenience stores and asked strangers to buy

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS GO TO ARIZONA TO HELP FIGHT WILLOW FIRE

Three firefighters from Joshua Tree spent most of Saturday helping out at the Willow Fire, just east of Needles on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. burning scrub and vegetation alongside the river Saturday. County Fire Captain Donnie Valoria said Station

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ONE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH THIS MORNING

One man was injured during a motorcycle crash in downtown Joshua Tree early this morning. About 3 a.m., a motorcycle rider crashed at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

CANDIDATE FILING EXTENDED FOR MORONGO VALLEY CSD

Last Friday was the deadline for candidates to file for the November 3rd Consolidated Election; however, that deadline must be extended when an incumbent does not file and that’s exactly the case for one local special district office. Assignment reporter, Mike Lipsitz, has details… In Morongo Valley, long-time Community Services

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STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

High temperatures require planning and safety in Joshua Tree National Park. While Visiting the park in the summer can be a relaxing and scenic experience away from the crowds during high season. A park spokesman said certain preparations and precautions should be observed by visitors in order to insure a

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