COUNTY CONSIDERS APPEAL OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF SOLAR PROJECT

At its meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission is considering an appeal against a solar field project outside our area. Reporter Dan Stork says the hearing is interesting in a couple of respects… The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will hear an appeal against a permit for

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FREE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30

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VA LOOKING FOR LOCAL DRIVERS

Local volunteers are being sought to help drive Morongo Basin Veterans to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you what the job is and how to sign up… The VA Hospital in Loma Linda urgently needs volunteer drivers to transport veterans from the Morongo Basin to

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VETERANS COUNSELING, BENEFITS, AND REFERRAL SERVICES OFFERED

The San Bernardino Vet Center offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, in the Office of Student

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DUMOSA TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS TOMORROW

Make plans now to avoid the intersection of Dumosa and the highway in Yucca Valley for a while. Managing editor Tami Roleff says new traffic light construction starts there Wednesday… Construction on a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue, along with raised medians and turn

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COLDWELL BANKER REALTY RIBBON CUTTING WEDNESDAY

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the expansion and relocation of Coldwell Banker Roadrunner Realty. You are invited to join the Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate the new downtown location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday, February 18th at 3:00pm. A small reception with light hors d’oeuvres

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FAT TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

St. Joseph’s Church in Yucca Valley is offering a Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday feast to benefit a local charity. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you what’s for supper… Did you know that Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French? In the Episcopal Church, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is also called

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TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRLS BASKETBALL FINISHES UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE PLAY

Thursday night, Twentynine Palms High School girls’ varsity Wildcats finished their regular season with a 51-to-41 win at Yucca Valley High School to raise their record to 20-and-6 overall and 12-and-0 in league. As of the last CIF 4AA poll, the Wildcats were ranked number 6 in a very tough

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OASIS OF MARA CONSTRUCTION

We were camping at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week, and read a notice that the visitor center in Twentynine Palms is temporarily in smaller quarters. Ranger Pam Tripp explains what’s going on…

Joshua Tree National Park is currently addressing the design and construction of seismic

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Valley Community Services District is offering free shuttle rides to Palm Springs on Saturday, February 21, so that Morongo Basin residents can help support the district’s fund-raising campaign for a new fire engine. Firehouse Subs on Ramon Road in Palm Springs will donate a portion of its proceeds

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SIGN UP FOR THE HEALTHY HEARTS RUN

The Annual Healthy Hearts Run is set for later this month. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells area runners how to sign-up…

Personal health and fitness are the themes of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Healthy Hearts 5K Run and 2K Family Health Walk. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BEING A VICTIM OF A SO CAL EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were visited by men who claimed to be employees of Southern California Edison. They actually were Edison employees, but Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some safety tips to help you guard against imposters and potential scams…

Southern California Edison employees carry photo ID badges while

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, February 16, at the Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567A Quailbush Road, about 1 ¾ miles south of Hightway 247 on Larrea Road.

FREE TAX PREPARATION

Would you like help preparing your tax returns? Reporter Taylor Thacker says the County has a program that can provide it…

The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department is offering free tax preparation and e-filing services for qualifying low to moderate income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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ART EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ART SHOW RECEPTION SATURDAY

The “Invention, Reinvention” art show, hosted by Copper Mountain College’s Art Program, will hold an artists’ reception tonight at the Ada Hatch Center from 6 to 9 p.m. “Invention, Reinvention” is a multi-disciplinary showcase of artworks by Morongo Basin residents and regional artists.

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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS, DAY OR NIGHT

FEE FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16.

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTIES

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH ACCORDION MUSIC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Rose and Buster’s Wine Tasting Room in Yucca Valley Saturday night, and listen to Steve Shaw play his accordion. The music begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 14. Rose and Buster’s is located at 55834 29 Palms

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SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, February 14, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride.

SHOPLIFTING, DRUGS, AND ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

ARREST MADE IN WALMART AT GUNPOINT

A Yucca Valley couple was arrested at Walmart Thursday afternoon after a man was seen trying to steal a cell phone. According to a Sheriff’s report, Wal-Mart employees observed Blair Foster, 35, using a knife to cut a cell phone from its packaging and

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FREE CONCERTS BEGIN AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

Tortoise Rock Casino’s free concert series will begin Friday, March 6, and continue through October. Scheduled so far are the Just Dave Band on March 6; The Hush Band featuring Eddie Estudillo on March 13; Southern Caliber Band on March 21; a special two-night gig from Checker’d Past on Friday,

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