NESTING RAPTORS CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOME JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING ROUTES

Seven climbing routes in the Indian Cove area of Joshua Tree National Park have been temporarily closed, the Park Service announced Monday. Park Superintendent Mark Butler signed a temporary emergency closure notice due to raptors who are nesting in the area. The closed climbing routes include Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress,

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM GROWING, OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Alta Loma and Olympic. The team will work for one short hour. The Joshua Tree Clean Team is now up to a total of 23 members. Coordinator John Stannard said the team had

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MORONGO BASIN MAC PUTTING TOGETHER PRIORITY LIST TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin MAC is putting together a comprehensive list of local concerns. Reporter Dan Stork says you can be part of the brainstorming process…

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council has a committee compiling a list of Basic Regional and Community Enhancements (or BRACE, for short). The committee will

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DUAL TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT THURSDAY

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High School music departments will hold a combined concert Thursday in the Twentynine Palms Wildcat Gym. Doors open at 6:15 and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. The concert will feature band and choral songs with both schools performing together, with

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DEADLINE FOR HOSPITAL BOARD TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for an open seat on the Hi-Desert Medical Center board is approaching. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this reminder…..

At Hi-Desert Medical Center, the deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow for applications for the board seat vacated by Paul Hoffman earlier this month. Interested and eligible candidates may

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL IN CIF PLAYOFFS TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts Hesperia Christian Patriots tonight at 7:00 at Joshua Springs in the CIF Division 6 quarterfinal. Spokesman Adam Evergart says the match-up between former league rivals should be a good one, as Hesperia is the number 6 ranked team, while Joshua Springs is ranked number

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FORMER COMPTON POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY SPOUSAL ASSAULT

A former Compton police officer who used to help put criminals in jail is himself behind bars today. Retired officer Thomas Zampiello, 67, of Yucca Valley, was arrested Friday afternoon after his wife told Sheriff’s deputies he threatened her and rammed her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, Zampiello went

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COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS CLASS OFERRED BY COUNTY FIRE

If a disaster happened in your community, who would be there to help? Well, it could be you. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team…

If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you

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ON GOLDEN POND OPENING A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

The St. Joseph’s Players held their opening weekend of “On Golden Pond” this past weekend at St. Joseph’s of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. The opening night Gala on Friday was sponsored by the Gladys Carols Scholarship Program. Ticket sales, donations, and auction proceeds raised more than $2,300 for the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS HELENDALE SOLAR FIELD TOMORROW

While there is nothing on the agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting that directly impacts the Morongo Basin, there is an item that may be a preview of coming attractions for our area. Reporter Dan Stork focuses on a solar project in Helendale that is

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DESERT GUILDS QUILT SHOW SET FOR PALM SPRINGS MARCH 7-8

“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show to be held in Palm Springs March 7 and 8. The show will feature 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables in Yucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area.

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OUR DESERT IS BEING INVADED

Our desert and Joshua Tree National Park are being invaded. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how to be a defender…

Did you know that an invasion of the desert is occurring right below your feet? Sahara mustard is a non-native plant that invades our desert’s natural areas. Sahara mustard

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TWENTYNINE PALMS BASKETBALL BOOSTER REVERSE RAFFLE SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms Boys Basketball Booster Club is holding a Reverse Raffle on March 1, beginning at 5:00 pm. The Grand Prize is $5,000 and tickets include a great Tri-Tip dinner for two prepared by Chef Larry Bowden. We are only selling 200 tickets at $100 each. All 200 tickets

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS BASKETBALL ADVANCES TO CIF QUARTER FINALS

Joshua Springs boys’ basketball advances to the CIF Quarterfinal Tuesday, defeating the Providence Patriots 53-47 on Friday night. The win pushes the Lightning to a 19-4 record, best in school history. Dylan Hadley scored 23 points to lead the Lightning to a season high.

PHENOLOGY WORKSHOP IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Not to be confused with “phrenology,” the pseudo-science of analyzing a person by feeling the bumps on his head, “phenology” is the science of seasonal biological changes, in relation to climate. Ranger Pam Tripp tells how you can learn to become a “citizen scientist” in this specialty…

Do you love

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OPENING NIGHT GALA FOR “FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY”

Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” is Friday, February 28. The play, directed by Theatre 29 veteran Marty Neider, is a fast-paced comedic farce about five British ladies who present the “whodunit,” “Murder at Checkmate Manor” and

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FREE HEART-TO-HEART LUNCHEON FOR MILITARY WOMEN

The deadline for signing up for a luncheon honoring women with military connections is coming up. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how to do it…

Active duty military women and the wives of active duty military from Twentynine Palms will be honored at a luncheon in Cathedral City in March.

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MAC WORKSHOP ON PROJECT NOTIFICATIONS

Charges of sloppy, misleading, and inadequate public notification about housing, solar, and retail projects were made at the last meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. In an effort to improve the situation, the Land Use Services committee of the MAC is holding a public workshop Monday morning February

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STEM SCHOLARSHIPS

College scholarships for science, technology, engineering, and math are available through the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how to apply…

College bound local high school seniors may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship from the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Multiple scholarships are available for what are called

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THE DESERT’S DEEP DARK SECRETS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will explore the desert’s dark secrets during a lecture and presentation tonight, Saturday February 22. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper will talk about “The Dark Side of Joshua Tree National Park” and the animals that come out after the sun goes down,

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