JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO REOPEN OASIS VISITOR’S CENTER

Joshua Tree National Park will hold its official re-opening of its Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The festivities will include Native American bird singers and remarks by the park’s superintendent, David Smith. Light refreshments will be served. The visitor center and bookstore moved to

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“BILOXI BLUES” OPENING NIGHT GALA THIS FRIDAY

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley opens “Biloxi Blues,” by Neil Simon, this Friday with a gala fundraiser benefiting two charities: the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Gladys Carol Scholarship Program, Inc for local youth. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to get tickets… Arrive at

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13 the Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet on Highway 62 and Turtle Island where the Farmer’s Market is held. Starting time is 8 a.m. and the work will finish at 9 a.m. Coffee and conversation will be at the Park Rock Café. There will be grabber

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MORONGO BASIN MAC, BARELY THERE, VOTES AGAINST BLM ROUTE PLAN

At a sparsely attended meeting Monday night, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council denounced a BLM plan on access routes in the western Mojave Desert. Reporter Dan Stork describes the objections…

With two members absent, and two seats unfilled, the Morongo Basin MAC barely had a quorum to hear a

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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Mary Reeves, an 18-year resident of Twentynine Palms, will assume her new position in mid May. For more information, call 760-367-3445.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, holds their meeting tomorrow, and every second Wednesday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Helen Gray Education Center on

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The hospital board of directors meets tonight in open and then closed session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today. Highlights of the meeting include a resolution thanking Edward and Margaret Kenny for their contributions

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boy’s tennis team will host San Bernardino in a CIF-Division 5 wild card playoff round today at 3:00.

The Twentynine Palms High School boys varsity tennis team traveled to the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens for the DeAnza League individual finals Thursday and Friday. The Wildcats

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DEPUTIES’ NAMES RELEASED IN CASE OF TELEVISED BEATING OF APPLE VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department has released the names of the deputies involved in the televised beating of an Apple Valley man following a chase on a stolen horse a month ago. Placed on administrative leave are Deputies Nicholas Downey, Scott Hamilton, David Moore, Dominic Moody, Detective William Doemner, and Sergeant James

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SENTENCED IN HIT-AND-RUN DEATH OF MOTORCYCLIST

A 70-year-old Yucca Valley man was sentenced Friday in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist in Yucca Mesa last year. Ronald Svidergol was sentenced to two years in state prison for the charge of hit-and-run resulting in death, and 364 days in county jail for vehicular manslaughter, with credit for

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Thursday morning, accused of exposing himself to a minor. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers made a compliance check about 9:30 a.m. on Richard Arteaga, 39, at a home in the 10400 block of San Jacinto. Officers discovered that Arteaga exposed himself in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LOOKS AT BLM ROUTE PROJECT TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month lacks its usual featured informational presentation. But reporter Dan Stork says there will be discussion on a matter of regional interest… In addition to public safety and member reports, the May 11 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features a

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FULL HOUSE AT OPENING OF STATE SENATOR’S YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE

Elected and appointed government officials, as well as business owners and residents packed the new district office of state Senator Jean Fuller during an open house Friday. Fuller represents the 16th Senate District, which covers the Morongo Basin. Fuller’s field representative is Jim Schooler, who will hold office hours Tuesday,

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CHP OFFERS CLASS FOR MATURE DRIVERS

A special class for older drivers is being offered by the local CHP office tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up for the “Drive Smart” class… Morongo Basin Area drivers age 55 and older are invited to attend the upcoming “Age Well, Drive Smart” classes offered by

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HI-DESERT CHORUS CONCERT THIS COMING WEEKEND

The Hi-Desert Chorus will hold its spring concert this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The doors open at 2, with the concert starting at 2:30. Under the leadership of new Director, Jeff Lantz, the concert will

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SUMMER YOUTH THEATER APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE TODAY

Theater 29’s summer youth theater program applications are available now. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely to let you know how to secure your child’s space in the program… Applications for Theater 29’s summer youth program are now available. The program—which will run Monday through Friday, July 6 through July 30—culminates with

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YUCCA VALLEY CLASS OF ’95 PLANNING 20TH REUNION

The Yucca Valley High School class of 1995 will hold its 20th reunion Saturday, June 6. The reunion will be held in La Quinta at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $85 and includes a southwest-style buffet dinner and dancing, with music by a DJ. The reunion is

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SCHOOL BOARD CALLS SPECIAL WORKSHOP MEETING FOR TOMORROW

The MUSD Board of Education has inserted a special meeting between regular meetings. Reporter Dan Stork says it’s split between multiple work/study sessions, and a closed session…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, May 12. It starts at 5 p.m., at

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Trojans Baseball Team traveled to Rancho Mirage Friday afternoon. Coach Brian Schoenborn said the Trojans jumped out in the first inning with six runs, with singles by junior Colden McGarvie, freshman Desmond Delgado, sophomore Tim Parker, junior Jared Hudson, and a double by senior Parker

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TRASH OR TREASURE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Let’s fact it: Many artifacts within Joshua Tree National Park seem like old trash. However, anything over 50 years old is considered historic, and in many cases, these artifacts may be the only visible remains of a historic site. Archeological sites are non-renewable resources. When a site is disturbed, the

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