JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROAD CLOSURES

In Joshua Tree National Park, heavy rains resulting in washed out road conditions have closed the Pinto Basin Road from White Tank Campground to Cottonwood Springs. Park maintenance crews expect to have the roadway cleared by tomorrow. Box Canyon Road from Mecca is currently open and is the only way

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THE CHP SAYS PREP YOUR VEHICLE FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

Now that summer is here, more people are taking off on summer vacations and weekend road trips. CHP Officer Joan Griffin says with a little planning and preparation, you can reduce the risk of a tragedy while you are behind the wheel… The warm temperatures and summer travel put extra

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VEHICLES VANDALIZED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of vandalism in which the suspects scratched a swastika on a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, the vandalism was reported about 11 a.m. Monday morning in the 58300 block of Carlyle Drive in Yucca Valley. The vandals threw eggs at the vehicle, stole

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HIT AND RUN DRIVER RETURNS TO THE SCENE AND GETS ARRESTED

A hit-and-run driver returned to the scene of the accident Friday evening, and was arrested—for a probation violation. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9:10 Friday night, two cars collided at the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The driver of one of the vehicles,

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WATCH OUT FOR TELEMARKETER SCAMS

Have you gotten a phone call from someone trying to sell you something that sounds too good to be true? Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Reporter Dan Stork lists some lines a caller may give you, and tells how to react…

“You must

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ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES’ BILL WOULD TARGET ILLEGAL DRONE USE

Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley is co-author of a bill that makes flying a drone over a fire a criminal offense. Drones grounded firefighting airplanes over the Mill 2 Fire in Yucaipa last week and the Lake Fire near Pioneertown last month, which allowed the fires to spread. Mayes

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month. The next scheduled date is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 a.m. The volunteers will meet at Yucca Mesa and Security Road. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to make

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR “PETER PAN JR.” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater present two productions of “Peter Pan Jr.” performed by the younger “junior” students and the “senior” students as well. Tickets are selling fast. Reporter Rebecca Havley has more… “Peter Pan Jr.” tells the classic tale of a flying boy who will never grow up, in

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT FLAMENCO SHOW CANCELED

In other Theatre 29 news, the flamenco show by Savannah Fuentes, originally scheduled for tomorrow, (Wednesday, July 22), at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, has been postponed due to illness. If you have a ticket already booked through brownpapertickets.com, you will receive an email with information about refunds or

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CATAPALOOZA AT THE YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER

The Yucca Valley animal shelter is holding a “Catapalooza” through July 31. The adoption fee for all cats and kittens has been lowered to $20 during July. The animal shelter, located at 4755 Malin Way, is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5. For directions or information, call 760-365-3111.

QUILT RAFFLE BENEFITS NO-KILL SHELTER

A quilt is being raffled to benefit the Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter. Tickets for the puppy-themed quilt are $1 each, six for $5, or 30 for $20, and are available at the animal shelter located at 4646 Sun View Road in the Sun Fair area of Joshua Tree,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in Regular Session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… In Morongo Valley, the Community Services District holds the now regular third Tuesday night meeting at 7 p.m. in the Covington Park Community Building multipurpose room. Tonight’s agenda includes the continued consideration of the

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A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE

The Tri-Valley Little League Yucca Red All-Star team for 7- and 8-year-olds won the District 58 Tournament Championship in Desert Hot Springs last week. In the double-elimination tournament, Tri-Valley’s Yucca Red faced off against the Twentynine Palms Dirt Devils for the third time in the final battle to determine the

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODS, ROAD CLOSURES, DUST, WATER SPOUT

Monsoonal rain, flash floods, and dust storms caused disruptions throughout the Hi and Low Deserts this weekend. Starting about 4:20 p.m., both directions of Highway 62 were shut down for almost two hours Sunday afternoon when torrential rains flooded the highway from Rotary Way to Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree

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MONSOON SEASON BRINGS DANGER FROM FLASH FLOODING

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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CALTRANS REPLIES ABOUT SPEED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

Following recent pedestrian-related accidents in downtown Joshua Tree, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council prevailed upon the county to go to Caltrans with community safety concerns about that stretch of Highway 62. Reporter Dan Stork relates that a Caltrans’ reply said that new signage can be expected, but that’s all…

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THREE LOCAL ART GROUPS AWARDED GRANTS

Three local arts organizations recently received significant grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 29 Palms Artists Guilds received a matching grant of $59,958 for the Creative California Communities program, for its project, Sand to Stone: Contemporary Native American Art, in partnership with

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARIAN TO TALK ABOUT BRAZIL TRIP

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club recently sent an International Vocational Training Team to Brazil. On Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1, Rotarian Sandy Smith will give a presentation on the trip and their experiences, along with photos and a Q-and-A session. Bring your lunch to the Copper Mountain College

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CASINOS HIRING, APPLY TOMORROW IN COACHELLA

Tortoise Rock and Spotlight 29 Casinos will hold a job fair to fill more than 35 full- and part-time positions available at both casinos. On-site interviews will be held from 9 to 4, July 21, at Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place, in Coachella. Applicants should bring their resumes and

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