FIRE DESTROYS A WONDER VALLEY HOMESTEAD CABIN

An older homestead cabin in Wonder Valley is a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Gary Bush, Wonder Valley fire fighters, assisted by Twentynine Palms Fire Department and Combat Center fire fighters, were called to a single family residence fire in the 88000

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT SCAM TEXTS

Local residents are being targeted by scam artists who are using text messaging to try and get your personal information. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Northcutt joins us with this warning…

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it isn’t a surprise that scams quickly follow. One recent tactic is the use

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JOSHUA TREE TURTLE RESCUE MERGING, FOUNDER MOVING

As of Monday, March 31, the Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue is now a part of the Heaven’s Gate Large Animal Rescue. After running the tortoise rescue organization for 17 years, founder Rae Packard will be moving to Yuma, Arizona, later this month, to serve as a chaplain at the Arizona

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS PRELIMINARY BUDGET, SALES TAX IS UP

The Yucca Valley Town council heard some good financial news last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard some mostly encouraging news at its meeting Tuesday night. Sales tax revenues, which have been mostly flat in previous years,

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CHARLES MCHENRY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL

Another resident has announced he intends to run for a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Charles McHenry told Z107.7 news Tuesday that he is declaring his candidacy for one of the three seats that will be up for election this November. Council members Dawn Rowe and Merl Abel

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. The board will recognize State Road-eo competitors. Among the items on the consent agenda are treasurer, ridership, operations, administrative and financial reports. Under new

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MORONGO BASIN SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD: LABOR AGREEMENTS AND SOLAR ENERGY

Imminent labor agreements and solar energy highlighted the Board of Education meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork says that funding measures and policy revisions were also dealt with…

In their regular reports to the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education, the representatives of the District labor unions told about

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ART RECEPTIONS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND WONDER VALLEY

An opening artists’ reception will be held Friday, April 4, for “The Desert Rocks! Life on the Faultline” at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. Presented by the Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Committee, the exhibition features two- and three-dimensional artworks by more than 30 desert artists. The public is invited

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DESERT CHIC PART TO BENEFIT TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Tickets are still available for the Desert Chic Wine and Cheese Social this Saturday night, April 5, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society at the historic home of Bill and Prudie Underhill, Broadview Hacienda. This fundraiser, besides teaching you a little about pairing wine and cheese, will support the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT 5-YEAR PROJECT WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board will look at a unique program with Joshua Tree National Park….

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. board meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District directors will consider approval of a five-year pilot program between the District

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO WEIGH CONTRACTOR VERSUS IN-HOUSE FOR SEWER CONSTRUCTION

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in a special meeting tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tell us why…

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will begin its regular meeting Wednesday with a closed session, starting at 5:30, to discuss potential litigation. The open session will begin at 6. After

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PRESCHOOL STORY TIME TOMORROW AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

Calling all preschooler aged children. The Twentynine Palms Library’s preschool story time is walking through the alphabet. This Thursday, April 3, preschool story time will be exploring the letter T. Children are invited to bring something to share that begins with the featured letter. Parents and babysitters are invited to

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RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

The California Retired Teachers’ Association will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Helen Gray Center on White Feather Road in Joshua Tree. The guest speaker will be Ellen Suglow, an exchange student from Ghana who, through the sponsorship of AFS (American Field Service), is attending Twentynine

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms Wildcat golf team hosted Desert Mirage yesterday at Desert Winds Golf Course aboard the Marine Base and won their DeAnza League opener, 245-275. The ’Cats are now 1-0 in league play. Coach Grant Whipple said Brandon Steffins led the way with a solid 38, followed by Ty

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TORTOISE ROCK CASINO OPENS TO CAPACITY CROWDS

The new Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms is a hit. Less than half an hour after the casino opened its doors to the public, it had reached its capacity crowd of just over 1100 people. Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley, Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs, San Bernardino

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MEDICAL AID CALLED TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TWICE SUNDAY

On Sunday, Joshua Tree fire fighters were called to Joshua Tree National Park two times. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said just before 11 a.m., a motorcycle rider was seriously injured when he came around a curve about a mile inside the western entrance to the park, and found traffic stopped

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: ENERGY, FUNDING AND POLICY

Renewable energy, funding plans, and board policy revisions fill out the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting for tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has the schedule…

Following a brief closed session at 5:15 on pupil and employee personnel issues, the Morongo Unified School District Board of

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WILDFLOWERS ARE OUT AND ABOUT, WE HAVE THE LINK

It’s spring, and that means it’s wildflower time in the Morongo Basin. While the drought is having an effect on the wildflower display, there are areas where wildflowers are abundant. Desert dandelions, evening primrose, and datura add color along the shoulders of Highway 62 in Joshua Tree, and along Quail

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MATING RAPTORS CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOME PARK CLIMBING ROUTES

Joshua Tree National Park Interim Superintendent Andrea Compton has announced a temporary closure of a climbing and bouldering area near the Hidden Valley Campground due to nesting prairie falcons. The climbing routes include: Patagonia Pile, both east and west faces; the Head; Labor Dome; and Wall of Biblical Fallacies. The

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IN ROUTINE MEETING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight, managing editor Tami Roleff says among some routine items, the council will discuss commission appointments…

After a routine consent agenda, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked to approve the plans and specifications for the Town-wide slurry seal project, and open the

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