A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE PARK SERVICE’S WILDLIFE BRANCH

It takes a lot of work to run a national park. Not only are there administrative staff, maintenance workers, and security and protection staff, but rangers work behind the scenes to study the park and its wildlife. Park Ranger Pam Tripp introduces the wildlife branch of the Park’s Resources division…

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COMBAT CENTER HONORED FOR INSTALLATION EXCELLENCE

For the fifth year in a row, the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms received the 2013 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. The award recognizes the men and women of the Department’s top military installations in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast

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GLASS OUTHOUSE CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold its fifth anniversary celebration this Saturday, June 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. The featured artists will be Tami Wood and Snake Jagger. The Glass Outhouse is located on Thunder Road, just off Highway 62, east of Twentynine Palms.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN SHOULD CHANGE HIS NAME TO “LUCKY”

A Yucca Valley man is lucky to be alive after being hit by two vehicles last night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, described only as being in his 30s, was driving a quad eastbound on Buena Vista Drive without lights or a helmet about 8:30 p.m. when he

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ELECTION RESULTS UPDATED, NO SIGNIFCANT CHANGE

The Secretary of State’s office updated the election results Thursday afternoon. There are no significant changes in the results since early Wednesday morning, just small adjustments in the numbers and percentages of votes for each candidate. In local races, the top two vote getters for U.S. Congress, District 8, are

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PROPOSITION 41 WILL HELP VETS AVOID HOMELESSNESS

California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 41, which directs the state to sell bonds to build more affordable multi-family housing for homeless and near-homeless veterans. Managing editor Tami Roleff reports… Programs to keep more veterans off the streets will be getting more funding after the passage of Proposition 41. The Veterans

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Saturday, June 7, at Walmart in Yucca Valley, from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER JOINS TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER AS A COOLING CENTER

When the temperatures climb well into triple digits this Sunday and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve

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OPEN HOUSE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER MONDAY

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center has been remodeled, and the City wants to celebrate. Reporter Dan Stork has the invitation to an open house… On Tuesday, June 10, at 5:15 p.m., the City of Twentynine Palms will host an open house at the Senior Citizen Center. The Mayor and City

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36TH COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS NAMED

Marine Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford has been nominated as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. The Defense Department announced Thursday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had nominated Dunford, who currently commands coalition troops in Afghanistan as head of the International Security Assistance Force, to be the 36th commandant.

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TRANSITIONAL AGE YOUTH CENTER OFFERS SERVICES FOR YOUTH 16-25

Special services for homeless or transitional youth between 16 and 25 are being offered in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on the TAY Center… The Transitional Age Youth Center provides integrated services to the inappropriately served youth ages 16-25 who are emotionally disturbed, high users of acute facilities,

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BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW

The First Saturday Breakfast will be served tomorrow at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Five Bucks buys a heaping plate of your breakfast favorites served by your friendly neighbors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., this Saturday, June 7. Everyone is

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY MARKETPLACE TO CLOSE UNTIL SEPTEMBER

After this weekend, the Historical Society Museum and Marketplace in Landers will close for the summer. Reporter Diana Jones says check it out… Saturday, June 7 is the last Museum Marketplace at the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s Museum until September. Vendors at the marketplace sell crafts, artisan breads, jewelry, collectibles,

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FREE MEAL SERVED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Godwin Christian Fellowship will be preparing and hosting the meal for Food for Life. The meal will be served from 3-5 P.M. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. If you are a shut-in and need a meal to be delivered, call Reach Out Morongo

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ONE 80 MINISTRIES OPEN MIC NIGHT TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 6, at the church in Joshua Tree. Live bands and local talent are all welcome to participate in the free event. One 80 Ministries is located on the highway in Joshua Tree.

SKY VIEW CHAPEL RUMMAGE SALE TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE

Sky View Chapel will hold a rummage sale Saturday, June 7, starting at 7 a.m. Baked goods, household items, and lots of miscellaneous items will be fore sale at 7475 Sunny Vista Road, by Friendly Hills Elementary School.

CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS OPENS COOL CENTER AS HEAT INCREASES

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch in effect from Sunday morning through Monday evening. As summer approaches and daily temperatures begin to climb into the 100s, Twentynine Palms residents can keep cool at the newly remodeled Senior Center in downtown Twentynine Palms. The center has been

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JOSHUA TREE DRUG COURT GRADUATIONS TONIGHT

The Drug Court Program run by the Joshua Tree Superior Court will hold their formal graduation tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the program is changing lives and reuniting families….. Drug courts are one of the country’s most successful programs in the criminal justice system. Low-level, non-violent drug offenders are

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MARINE HARRIER JET CRASHES IN IMPERIAL

A Marine Harrier jet crashed into a residential area of Imperial, California, and destroyed two homes yesterday, but authorities say no one was injured. The Harrier AV-8B went down in a front yard on a neighborhood street of tightly packed houses at 4:20 p.m. in the city of about 15,000

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