GOATS KILLED IN JOSHUA TREE FIRE

Several goats were killed in a fire in Joshua Tree Tuesday afternoon. According to County Fire Captain Donnie Viloria, neighbors in the 64000 block of Moonlight Mesa Road smelled smoke about 3:45 p.m. and discovered a travel trailer and surrounding buildings were on fire and called 911. No one was

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ARSON SUSPECTED IN YUCCA VALLEY BRUSH FIRE TUESDAY

Yucca Valley firefighters responded to an arson fire in the desert east of Machris Park yesterday. About 7:17 p.m., a witness said a white man, dressed all in black, was seen running from a wash where a fire was burning about a 30-by-30-foot section of desert just west of Lisbon

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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWS BUDGET, HONORS EMPLOYEES

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education recognized retirees and employees with long service to the district at its Tuesday meeting. Reporter Dan Stork says they also approved a draft budget…

The June 2 meeting of the MUSD Board of Education began with recognition of employees who have reached

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 6:00 tonight (June 3) to discuss trade secrets with the Camden Group Healthcare Management and Consulting firm. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center boardroom.

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WE REVIEW “THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” AT THEATRE 29

Theater 29 opened “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” last Friday night, a musical based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. In a Victorian-era music hall, a troupe of actors breaks the proverbial “fourth wall,” and asks the audience to choose a murderer amongst the many suspects in the cast.

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“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” ON THE JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY STAGE TOMORROW

Be our guest. Joshua Tree Elementary School proudly presents Beauty and the Beast, Jr., this Thursday, June 4. The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with the performance at 6 p.m. Admission is $3 per

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HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water Board will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board will focus on standby charges and water conservation…

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 7 p.m. tonight. Issues related to water conservation will dominate the agenda following a public

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“EAT WELL, PLAY WELL” AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

Nutrition and fitness will be explored in the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s newest exhibit, “Eat Well, Play Well.” The hands-on exhibit encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices, showing what an appropriate serving size looks like, see first hand what it takes to burn off calories,

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY

There will be a distribution of surplus food at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley, from 3 to 5 p.m. today, June 3.

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MEASURE X FAILS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley residents defeated yesterday an initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. With about one-third of the town’s 9,800 registered voters casting ballots, the final unofficial results are 1,854 against Measure X, with only 1,414 voters for the proposed ordinance. Only 730 of the more than 3,200

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ELECTION DAY TODAY IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR MEASURE X

Today is election day in Yucca Valley for Measure X. Measure X would permit one medical marijuana dispensary per 10,000 residents to operate in the town. Polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight. Check your voter’s guide for your polling station, or call 800-881-VOTE.

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LOCAL BUSINESSES HIT WITH DISABLED ACCESS SUITS

The American Disability Act was created to guarantee access to places of business for people with disabilities. It has given rise to a group of lawsuit-creators who claim to fighting a good fight against scofflaw businesses. A lot of small businesses, including many in the Morongo Basin, don’t see it

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, WE CHECK THE AGENDA

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks a full Council agenda…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in a regular meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the council will hear a presentation about projects on the Marine

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SUSPECT SURRENDERS JUST AS SWAT TEAM ARRIVES IN LANDERS

A SWAT team was called out to Landers Sunday night following a burglary in which a suspect barricaded himself in the house for more than five hours. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, deputies responding to a burglar alarm call in the 58600 block of Stearman Road at 5:39 p.m.

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LONG SESSION SET FOR MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a long meeting in store for it tonight. Reporter Dan Stork lists the agenda items…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets down to work early on June 2, with a three-topic workshop/study session at 4:15 p.m. The topics

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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH TEACHERS UNION

Last week, the Morongo Teachers Association and the Morongo Unified School District went into mediation over a contract impasse, while the classified employees waited to see what happened. According to MUSD Superintendent Tom Baumgarten, tentative agreements have been reached between the District and the two bargaining groups representing certificated and

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY NIGHT

Joshua Tree firefighters were woken up Monday night to put out a small vegetation fire near the highway in Joshua Tree. About 11:45 p.m., dispatchers received multiple calls about the blaze, which was visible from the highway near Sunset Avenue. Firefighters found dead Joshua trees and other debris burning in

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TILES AVAILABLE IN THEATRE 29 SERENITY GARDEN

Theatre 29 has big plans for its new Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that you, too, can be

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AN ARREST FOR DEBIT CARD THEFT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Saturday accused of stealing and using her friend’s debit card. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim told deputies that she was notified by her bank of suspicious activity in her bank account, at which time the woman realized her debit card had been

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TWO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS IN MORONGO VALLEY

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Sunday night, accused of assaulting his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Richard Roberts, 25, of the 9500 block of Bella Vista Drive, came home drunk about 11 p.m., began yelling at his wife and then grabbed her and threw her to the ground.

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