COUNTY FIRE TRAINS INMATES

The San Bernardino Fire and Sheriff’s Departments began a joint program in May, training a 15-member inmate crew in wildland fire suppression techniques, along with the basic Incident Command System, first-aid, CPR, chainsaw training, small engine and facility repair. This program teaches the crew member skills that they can use

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS CAST

A new local live theatre venue opens its first show next weekend. Reporter Diana Jones lists the cast of “Steel Magnolias”… The area’s newest theatre group, The St. Joseph’s Players in Yucca Valley, will present “Steel Magnolias” as their premier production. Opening July 5th and running weekends throughout the month

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REP. COOK TO HOST WOMEN OF DISTINCTION EVENT

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will host the first annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on August 23 to honor women from his district. Rep. Cook is asking residents of his district to nominate deserving women who have given back to their communities. Nominations will be accepted until July 19

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SIX ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

An artists’ residency program is about to start in Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says you’ll be able to view its results later this summer… Six artists have been accepted for the seventh annual Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. JTHAR, adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, is a six-week

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COLLEGE BASE PROGRAMS CLOSED JULY 1-3

Copper Mountain College’s Base Programs office will be closed from July 1 through July 3 to move its office into a new facility. If you have any questions during the closure, call the Marine Base at 760-830-6133 or the Main Campus at 760-366-3791.

FIREWOOD IN JTNP

For many people, camping isn’t camping without a campfire. Ranger Pam Tripp advises how to enjoy the experience responsibly… Whenever camping, one of the main events of a good camping trip is the campfire. There is nothing like the smell of campfire smoke when enjoying the outdoors and cool evening.

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JT VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Sunday breakfast at the Joshua Tree VFW is all-you-can-eat pancakes, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.

CALL FOR ART FOR JTNP JURIED ART SHOW

A juried art exhibition for the month of December at the 29 Palms Art Gallery will be the featured event of the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire. Organizers are putting out a call for art that is inspired by or depicts Joshua Tree National Park. Managing editor

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YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION

The High Desert Storm youth football league is taking registrations for the 2013 football season. Players ages 7 to 14 are urged to come out and participate in tackle football. Registration has already begun and will continue until all spots are filled. Get your registration forms at 4 Sports N

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TEAM TENNIS STARTS

Friday Night Teen Tennis kicks off July 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Jacobs Park in Yucca Valley, and runs each Friday evening through August 23. The informal program features summer tennis fun with friends under the lights with jock jams and pizza. No pre-registration is required; just show up.

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FIREWORKS ALERT FROM COUNTY FIRE

Possession of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law in any unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for

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GOLDILOCKS OPENING

A kid-friendly show has started its run at Theatre 29. Reporter Sara Snyder invites you to “The Perils of Goldilocks” … “The Perils of Goldilocks,” the next show at Theatre 29, opened this Friday, June 28. This delightful Summer Youth Theatre production, under the direction of John Wright, features a

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HIGHWAY PAVING CONTINUES

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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YV SUMMER CONCERTS START TONIGHT

No matter how hot the day is, it always seem to cool off on the grass at the Yucca Valley summer concerts. Reporter Taylor Thacker says, come on out tonight… The 19th annual Summer Music Festival is kicking off the summer with great performances by well-known bands from many different

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DON’T WALK DOGS ON HOT PAVEMENT

Don’t forget about taking care of your pets during this excessive heat warning. Pets are unable to cool down their bodies as humans can. Make sure they have plenty of fresh clean water every day and that the water container is stable to avoid tipping over. If traveling or leaving

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ESCAPED BURGLARY SUSPECT RECAPTURED

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday after a massive manhunt in Twentynine Palms involving Sheriff deputies and a helicopter. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, a man called 911 about 11 a.m. to report that someone was inside his vacation home in the 600 block of Bluegrass Avenue, near

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TAKE EXTREME HEAT PRECAUTIONS THIS WEEKEND

An excessive heat warning has been issued with record to near record high temperatures predicted to range from 111 to 115 degrees here in our Morongo basin through Monday night. Residents are urged to stay cool, and hydrated. To keep cool, stay in air-conditioned buildings and limit outdoor activities, especially

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YUCCA VALLEY FIREWORKS ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP, NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley announced a full line up of entertainment for the 30th Annual Fourth of July Community Fair and Fireworks Show. The event begins at 5 p.m., on July 4 and is being held at a different location this year, at the new Brehm Youth Sports

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD GIVE GIFTS TO TWO BOARD MEMBERS

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board met in regular session Thursday afternoon. Reporter Taylor Thacker was there and files this report…

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board announced that Board members Sandra Gray and Les Snodgrass would receive a gift for the work they did for the last 18

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SHERIFFS PURSUE HANDCUFFED MAN FOR SEVEN HOURS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday after a massive manhunt in Twentynine Palms involving Sheriff deputies and a helicopter. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, a man called 911 about 11 a.m. to report that someone was inside his vacation home in the 600 block of Bluegrass Avenue, near

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