BREAKING NEWS: A good Samaritan robbed at gunpoint, Sherriff's helicopter locates suspect.

In a bizarre story of car theft, kidnapping, robbery, gunfire, and a high speed chase, a Joshua Tree man was finally taken into custody after he robbed a good Samaritan at gunpoint. According County Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery at

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CAMPING IN THE NATIONAL PARK

At this time of year, the “Campgrounds Full” sign is often up at the corner of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where you might find space, and how to act when you get there…

Campsites in Joshua Tree National Park will once again start to fill

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STOLEN CHECK ARREST

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested last week, after she tried to cash a check that had been reported stolen. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim reported to his bank in February that his checks had been stolen. The victim subsequently died. About 2:20 p.m. Friday, March 27, Shaina

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OFF-ROAD VEHICLE GUIDELINES

This is a great time of year to be outside in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder says, if you do it on an off-road vehicle, be aware of the rules…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR OFFICE HOURS

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET IN CLOSED SESSION MONDAY

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet in closed session at 1:00 on Monday in the Quad 3 Library Meeting Room. Trustees will discuss the search and anticipated hire of the college’s president/superintendent. Jeff Cummings now holds that position in an interim capacity through June. The regular monthly

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TRY-OUTS, REGISTRATION SET FOR SWIM TEAM

What would you name a swim team in the desert? Reporter Diana Medley says it’s time to join the Sand Sharks…

Try-outs and registration for the Hi-Desert Sand Sharks swim team will be held at the Yucca Valley High School pool, April 6 and 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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MONDAY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports Monday, the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High School tennis teams will play each other in Twentynine Palms. The match begins at 3:15.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART FESTIVAL

The 23rd Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival starts this weekend at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The festival has moved from the Park’s Oasis of Mara Visitor Center due to a seismic retrofit construction at the visitor center. Sixteen artists will be on hand to exhibit and sell

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ART EXHIBIT AT JOSHUA TREE VISITOR CENTER

A new exhibit by a former Joshua Tree National Park artist-in-residence is now on display at the park’s visitor center in Joshua Tree. Olivia Parkes was artist-in-residence at Joshua Tree National Park in March-April 2014. This spring, she returned to Joshua Tree for a residency at BoxoHouse, where she expanded

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JOSHUA TREE BLOCK PARTY TODAY

It’s party-time in downtown JT all day today, or at least in half of it. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to a block party.

Make plants to attend the first-ever, east Joshua Tree block party today. For 12 hours, from 10 to 10, you’ll be able to browse and

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HIKER RESCUED IN NATIONAL PARK

Rescuers worked for six hours Thursday to free a teenager who became wedged in rocks while scrambling in Joshua Tree National Park. 911 received a call at 4:49 p.m. that a 17-year-old hiker was stuck in the Johnson Canyon area of the Park. Rescuers from the Twentynine Palms Fire Department,

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EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES AND EGG HUNTS

180 MINISTRIES EASTER SERVICES

180 Ministries in Joshua Tree will celebrate Easter at their new location on Hallee Road. The service starts at 10:30 a.m., and includes a free barbecue and family activities, a bounce house, and live music after the service.

DESERT HILLS EASTER SERVICES

Easter Sunday services at

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH PRESENTS “13: A NEW MUSICAL”

Twentynine Palms High School drama department presents, “13 A New Musical.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…

The character of young Evan Goldman moves with his family from New York City to a small town in Indiana. Evan grapples with his parent’s divorce in, “13: A New Musical.”

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WOMAN WAS EXPECTING A PROPOSAL, CHRISTOPHER LEE HELD TO ANSWER

Erin Corwin’s best friend testified in Joshua Tree Superior Court yesterday that Corwin’s lover had arranged a secret special day in the desert for just the two of them, one that Corwin hoped would end with a marriage proposal and plans for the two of them to move to Alaska.

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EXTRA ENFORCEMENT OF OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE LAWS THIS WEEKEND

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the Morongo Basin will see a higher number of OHV riders and RV campers this Easter weekend. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only; and respect private lands. The Sheriff’s Department OHV Team and County Code Enforcement

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EASTER EGG HUNTS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW, TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

Egg hunts and Easter activities abound in our Morongo Basin over the weekend. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Yucca Valley Hunt starts at 9:00 Tomorrow morning… The Town of Yucca Valley is scheduled to host their annual, free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, starting at 9:00 a.m. at

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, April 4, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

The deadline has been extended for student artists to enter the Congressional art competition. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells you how to enter… Time is running out to submit your artwork for the Eighth District Congressional Art Competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the

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JOSHUA TREE BLOCK PARTY TOMORROW

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 4, for the first-ever, east Joshua Tree block party. For 12 hours, from 10 to 10, you’ll be able to browse and nibble on food at the shops and galleries in the Art Queen complex, on the highway in the east part of Joshua

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