WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN MAINTAINING THE VEHICLES

The mission of most Marines is to support those Marines who are those on the front lines. Marines and their equipment wouldn’t be able to get to where they need to be without motor transport operators, who not only drive the vehicles, but maintain them as well. Managing editor Tami

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TWO MEN ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon when they were found in a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman in the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms called police Saturday evening to notify them that Lawrence Casas had borrowed her car but had not returned it,

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SMOKE FROM MORONGO RESERVATION FIRE IN OUR SKIES

Smoke hung to the west of our Morongo Basin from an estimated 1,300-acre wildfire in the mountains northeast of Banning yesterday. San Bernardino National Forest San Bernardino National Forest spokesman John Miller said the Hathaway Fire has the potential to reach several thousand acres, but is burning in a wilderness

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOUR GRANTS

The Joshua Tree National Park Association has awarded four research grants for 2013. The grants support independent field research in Joshua Tree National Park, and range from studying crustaceans in the park’s oases to birds as indication of ecosystem change in the desert. The grant program began in 2002 and

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THE HISTORY OF THE UKELELE

The ukulele is such an integral part of Hawaiian music you might think it was developed in the islands. But as ROP student Amanda Aridondo explains, it’s actually European… The ukulele is beautiful part of the chordophone instrument family. It was developed from the Portuguese instrument braguinha. A ukulele comes

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CHAPARRAL ARTISTS MEET MONDAY

The Chaparral Artists will hold their general meeting and potluck Monday, June 10 from 1 to 3 at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. The meeting will be a joint meeting with the Morongo Valley Art Colony.

PAVING PROJECT MOVES EAST ON HIGHWAY 62

A project to rehabilitate the pavement on State Route 62 (SR-62) in Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms from Yucca Mesa Road to Bermuda Avenue continues this week with lane closures. The project will grind the existing roadway and replace with new asphalt. Lanes in both directions will be closed from

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NEW MILITARY PARK PASS

The National Park Service started a program last year that is extremely popular with the military—free passes into national parks. Park Ranger Pat Pilcher tells us more… To show appreciation for those who serve in the military, Joshua Tree National Park joins other federal agencies in offering an annual military

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PLAY MUSIC AT SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH TONIGHT

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church tonight, June 8, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

RECORDING STUDIO IN MORONGO VALLEY

Attention musicians. You don’t have to go to the big city to record your music. ROP student Merissa Ratliff says there is a recording studio in Morongo Valley… Is music your passion? Would you like to record music that you have written yourself? If so Red Barn Recorders might be

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SKY’S THE LIMIT DISCOVERY NIGHT THIS SATURDAY

Destinations off the beaten track in Joshua Tree National Park and a tour of the night sky will highlight Sky’s The Limit’s Discovery Night this Saturday, June 8, starting at 8:00 p.m. Following presentations, the public will be invited to look through state-of-the-art telescopes at Saturn and other deep sky

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17TH ANNUAL BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION AWARDS SUNDAY

The 17th Annual Basin Wide Foundation Gala Celebration Awards Dinner and Meeting will be this Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m., at the Helen Gray Center, at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The awards will honor basin-wide stars of the Desert with dinner, awards, and a silent auction. The

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YUCCA MESA SPAGHETTI DINNER TONIGHT TO BENEFIT MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY

An all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner this evening will be a fundraiser for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter. Chef Dana Collins will prepare an authentic Italian meal of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and a sundae bar. The event, set for the Yucca Mesa Community Center from 5 to 7 p.m.,

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REMINDER THAT BURN PERMITS ARE SUSPENDED IN STATE AREAS

After responding to two illegal trash fires in Landers in two days, San Bernardino County firefighters want to remind residents and visitors that all burn permits on state responsibility lands have been suspended due to the extreme fire hazard. In addition, campfires are restricted to public campgrounds with campfire facilities.

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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Copper Mountain College partners with the Hi-Desert Medical Center in training students to become nurses. After graduation, many of the new grads go to work at the hospital in Joshua Tree. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the hospital’s foundation has a scholarship for a student who agrees to work at the

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DRUG COURT GRADUATION

The Joshua Tree Drug Court held its 18th semi-annual graduation at the Yucca Valley Community Center Thursday. Before a room filled with family, friends, and well-wishers, Judge Rod Cortez handed out diplomas to the latest 14 graduates of the Joshua Tree Drug Court program. The drug court program is administered

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MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENT WINS LITERARY AWARD

Morongo Valley resident Debra Freeland won the prestigious Desert Literary Society Award from Cal State San Bernardino. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the information… Cal State San Bernardino annually rewards students with the Desert Literary Award for excellence in writing. One of this year’s recipients is Morongo Valley resident Debra Freeland, for

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GET OUT OF THE HEAT AT COOLING CENTERS

With excessive heat warnings in effect this weekend, seniors, infants, young children, and people with chronic health conditions who are most vulnerable to health problems during hot weather should take extra precautions. Residents should check on their elderly family members, neighbors, and friends during extremely hot weather to make sure

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CHP RESCUES MAN FROM BURNING CAR

Two local men can thank their lucky stars that CHP Officer Ryan Swanson was on duty in Twentynine Palms May 31. According to a CHP press release, Swanson had stopped a motorist for speeding on Lear Avenue near Amboy Road, when he saw dust in the distance near Two Mile

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JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE BILL ADDED TO NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

A bill that would protect the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle area from expansion by the Marine Corps cleared an important hurdle this week. A bill by U.S. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area was added Wednesday to the National Defense

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