JOSHUA TREE VFW SEEKS DONATIONS FOR POKER RUN FUNDRAISER

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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ROADWORK PROJECTS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND ON ROUTE 247

YUCCA VALLEY ROADWORK TO BEGIN THIS MONDAY

Major road work begins Monday in the Town of Yucca Valley. Paved roads in Western Hills in Yucca Valley will receive road maintenance slurry seal from July 13 through July 23. The contractor will provide notice to residences and businesses that are likely

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LAKE FIRE 98% CONTAINED

The Lake Fire that has raged in the San Bernardino Mountains since June 17 is still 98 percent contained, as of Friday. The fire has burned 31,359 acres (about 49 square miles), near Barton Flats, and has destroyed one home in the Burns Canyon area, along with three outbuildings. Six

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YUCCA VALLEY FREE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT SATURDAY

The Yucca Valley free summer concert series kicks of tonight on the softball fields at the Community Center Complex. Gary Daigneault will be the emcee and Z107.7 will be giving away Wet n’ Wild tickets to two lucky winners. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says this week’s band will bring some country

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tonight, Saturday, July 11. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 9:15 p.m. and end about 1:30. The highlight of the evening will be the bright summer Milky Way, along with Saturn and its rings. Bring water, snacks,

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TOURING LOCAL BAND KICKS OFF NEW CD RELEASE, PERFORMS TONIGHT

A local band that’s been on a national tour is back home in the desert this weekend to release its new CD, “Soul: How I keep Moving On.” Gene Jr. and the Family, is made up of Piper Robinson on the bass, Tyler Sacara on drums, Amanda Davis on backup

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“THE MAN FROM EARTH” OPEN AUDITIONS AT THEATER 29

Theater 29 will hold open auditions for the Sci-Fi Drama, “The Man from Earth” on Monday July, 13 at 6:30 p.m. Reporter Rebecca Havely has a breakdown of the roles to be cast …

Director Eddie Tucker will cast 10-12 actors in the following roles… John is a history professor

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SUMMER POPUP BOUTIQUE IN JOSHUA TREE

During the 1980s, Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles was the place to go for punks, rock stars, and bold-style junkies. One of the trend-setting shops was Neo 80, a boutique frequented by the likes of Madonna and Olivia Newton John. Klaus Wille and Lisa Elliot are reviving their Neo 80

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ARREST OF BICYCLIST IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man with a warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine, was arrested Thursday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted Mark Hines, 28, riding a bicycle in the 56500 block of Antelope Trail in Yucca Valley shortly after 9 a.m. The deputy recognized Hines

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FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER CLOSES HIGHWAY IN EASTERN JOSHUA TREE

A fugitive on the run for the past 16 months shut down Highway 62 in Joshua Tree yesterday morning as he was arrested at gunpoint, accused of stabbing a man in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, Natividad “Manny” Fonseca, 34, was staying at a home in the

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TWO MORE ARRESTS FROM YUCCA VALLEY DRUG HOUSE RAID

Deputies arrested two more people Wednesday at a Yucca Valley house that was the location of a drug raid last week where three people were arrested on various drug-related charges. According to a sheriff’s report, deputies returned to the home in the 7400 block of Joshua View about 10:30 a.m.

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S STATION CAPTAIN SAYS GOODBYE

Former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary retired as captain of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station in June to take over as chief of police in Desert Hot Springs. Wednesday evening, Captain Mondary sent an open letter to the residents of the Morongo Basin, explaining his decision, and giving them

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CHP OFFERS FREE “START SMART” DRIVING CLASSES FOR TEENS

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The material has been updated, so even if you have been before, drivers can benefit

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MARINES TO SHARE JOHNSON VALLEY FOR LARGE-SCALE EXERCISE

When the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center expanded, it agreed to a shared-use arrangement for some BLM land. As part ofn its outreach promise, the Marine Corps agreed to give off-roaders 12 to 18 months advance notice before it uses the land. Dan Stork reports that there will be

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YUCCA VALLEY ROADWORK TO BEGIN THIS MONDAY

Major road work begins Monday in the Town of Yucca Valley. Paved roads in Western Hills in Yucca Valley will receive road maintenance slurry seal from July 13 through July 23. The contractor will provide notice to residences and businesses that are likely to be affected by the maintenance project.

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MBTA APPOINTS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the MBTA, named a new general manager at their meeting yesterday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz files this report… At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the board bid farewell to outgoing general manager Joe Meer who has been in the driver’s seat there

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, followed by a regional meeting of the California Democratic Party at 11 a.m. Among the items on the agendas are possible labor action against a large Morongo Basin employer, the state party platform,

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MAIN STREET STAMPEDE WILD WEST SHOW IN PIONEERTOWN SATURDAYS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show, Saturdays in Pioneertown, pokes some fun at how the Old West “could” have been with their own twist on comedy, each Saturday at 2:15 until 3:00 p.m. in front of the Pioneer bowl on historic Mane Street, one block west of Pappy and

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TOURING LOCAL BAND KICKS OFF NEW CD RELEASE, PERFORMS TONIGHT

A locally based band will interrupt their major tour to release their new CD “Soul: How I Keep Moving On” this weekend. Reporter Rebecca Havely talked with Gene Evaro Junior of the Gene Jr. Band… Z107.7: So Gene tell us about your band, where you’ve been and where you’re heading

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