COUNTY FIRE CAPTAIN IN JOSHUA TREE PROMOTED TO BATTALION CHIEF

County Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, who helms Station 36 in Joshua Tree, was promoted to Battalion Chief Wednesday. Lasiter started his 22-year-career as a paid-call fire fighter in Yucca Valley in 1992, and has worked at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Arrowhead, and Fontana, before returning to

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“NUNSET BLVD” OPENS TONIGHT

Opening night for “Nunset Boulevard,” the latest in the blockbuster “Nunsense” franchise of musical comedies, is tonight at Theatre 29, and is sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. For the opening night performance only, the doors open at 6 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres, and

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FREE SOLAR EXPO FOR HOMEOWNERS SATURDAY

The County is sponsoring a free public expo on solar options for homeowners. The Solar Options for Homeowners expo aims to bring area property owners together with solar power companies, contractors, installers, consultants, and lenders. Energy consultants will discuss whether buying or leasing a solar energy system is the most

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COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Saturday, April 26, is a day of community service to clean up Twentynine Palms. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Rotary shelter picnic area in Luckie Park. Volunteers should bring a hat, gloves, and water. Following the clean-up, a hot dog and potluck lunch will be served for

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ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Help keep electronic items out of landfills by bringing them to free e-waste recycling events Saturday and Sunday. The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is sponsoring a free collection of your electronic waste tomorrow. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 1, you can drop off—for free—your televisions; computers, laptops, and

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MOJAVE RATTLESKATERS RUMMAGE SALE TOMORROW

The Mojave Rattleskaters women’s roller derby team has spent the last month collecting items for its rummage sale to raise funds to build an outdoor roller rink in Yucca Valley. Reporter Diana Jones has the scoop on where to go to get some bargains, and help the Morongo Basin’s roller

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SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION MEETING MONDAY AT HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

The Hi-Desert Water District will hold a special closed-session meeting Monday for a performance evaluation of the general manager. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. at district offices on Inca Trail and the highway in Yucca Valley.

STAR TWIRLERS DANCING TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. Andy Allemao will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines will take place from 7 to 7:30 and between tips. For more information, call Dennis at 760-366-8626.

CONCERT AT HARRISON HOUSE THIS WEEKEND

Harrison House Music and Arts in Joshua Tree will present a concert of original music featuring acoustic instruments and percussion this weekend. Maxime de la Rochefoucauld is the Samuel H. Scripps artist-in-residence at Harrison House for two weeks, and during his residency, he will create an original composition, using an

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REGISTER NOW FOR ONAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

There’s still a little time left to get kindergarten preregistration packets at Onaga Elementary School. Reporter Dan Stork tells what materials you’ll need to bring with you when you register… Onaga Elementary School will be holding kindergarten rre-registration during the month of April. Packets for kindergartners may be picked up

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VFW KITCHEN

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4 to 6, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $6. There is no Sunday breakfast this week. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY TOMORROW

The Sheriff’s Department will take all of your unused and unwanted prescription drugs tomorrow. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration offer the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of

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MOJAVE VIPERS YOUNG MARINES CAR WASH SATURDAY

The Mojave Vipers Young Marines will hold a car wash on the Marine base at building 1102 on Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go toward sending the Young Marines to a national encampment in Oklahoma during the summer.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School track team will travel away to Vista Murrieta. The event starts at 8 a.m.

FOUR TEENS INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TUESDAY NIGHT

Four teenagers were injured late Tuesday night when their car rolled over near the Joshua Tree entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 11:30 p.m., a 16-year-old Joshua Tree girl was driving a green 2003 Toyota Solara southbound on Quail Springs Road, toward the

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HOW WATER IN YUCCA VALLEY AFFECTS GROUNDWATER RECHARGE

US Geological Survey scientists, who educated a large group in Joshua Tree about aquifers last Friday afternoon, touched upon how a water treatment plant in Yucca Valley might affect groundwater in Joshua Basin. Reporter Dan Stork says it sounds like good news for Joshua Tree…

During the lively Q&A that

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TENSIONS HIGH AT TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

Tensions were high last night during the Twentynine Palms Water District’s meeting about the Fire Department. The Board of Directors is considering four options to raise funds needed to continue operations of the Fire Department. Three of the options include a tax increase, while the fourth option is to do

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SUSPICIOUS FENCE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WEDNESDAY

The Sheriff’s department is investigating a small fire in Twentynine Palms Wednesday that burned a section of a wooden fence. Sometime between 3 and 4 p.m., Twentynine Palms fire fighters were called to a fence fire in the 5400 block of Chia Avenue, off of Buena Vista. Fire fighters were

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST HEALTH FAIR SATURDAY

The Hi-Desert Medical Center is holding a free day of health information and screenings for Morongo Basin residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Saturday is a great day to “spring into health”…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center invites you to “Spring into Health” at the annual Health Fair Saturday, April 26, from

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WARNS OF SO-CAL EDISON PHONE SCAM

The Sheriff’s Department is warning residents and businesses that it has received a number of reports about a telephone scam. Imposters claiming to be from SoCal Edison are calling businesses and telling them their electric bills are overdue. The caller then demands immediate payment through a prepaid cash or debit

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