WATER IN THE NATIONAL PARK

A paradox of living in the desert is that our hottest season has the greatest potential for torrential rain. Ranger Pam Tripp marvels at the wonder of water in the desert…

The word “monsoon” refers to a weather system that often brings storms with moisture to the dry, hot, summer

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SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAMS

Morongo Basin students up to age 18 can receive a free lunch in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. One free lunch program began Monday, June 23, and runs through Friday, August 1. Lunches will include a sandwich or pita, fresh fruit, vegetable, and milk. The free lunches will be available

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TRUSTEES CONTINUES CLOSED SESSION

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a continuation of its special closed session at 8 a.m. Monday, July 7. The sole item on the agenda is the appointment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held in the President’s office at the college.

MOUNTAIN QUAKE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS FLOODING

First it was an earthquake that rattled the desert. A magnitude 4.6 quake, about 5 miles west of Big Bear, was felt as far away as Palm Desert at 9:59 a.m. Saturday morning. Then shortly after 11 a.m., it started raining in Twentynine Palms. Hard. For about 45 minutes. Some

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YUCCA VALLEY ROAD SLURRY SEAL PROJECT

There will be road maintenance next week on some streets in Yucca Valley. A maintenance slurry seal will be applied in stages on Joshua Lane from San Marino north to Onaga Trail, and on Joshua Drive from Joshua Lane west to Church Street. Work is expected to be finished on

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DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church members David and Kim Clements are July Artists of the Month. Professional photographers, they have been highly acclaimed as equine photographers, with their photos being sold around the U.S. and internationally. They focus on desert habitat, plants, flowers and wildlife. David has delved into macro photography

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CONCERTS ADDED AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

Tortoise Rock Casino has added two additional concerts to its summer concert series. Spankshaft, a local Joshua Tree band, has been booked for a second concert on Friday, August 15, in addition to its concert on Saturday, July 12. The Just Dave Band has also been booked to play a

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IS WATER LINE INSURANCE A SCAM?

Scam or prudent investment? Managing Editor Tami Roleff examines water line insurance offers…

Some Morongo Basin residents may have received a mailing urging the recipient to buy insurance for their water service line. The company, HomeServe, correctly states that property owners are responsible for repairs on the water lines between

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TICKETS FOR “A DOLL’S HOUSE” AT THEATRE 29

Regular tickets are now available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 season, the classic “A Doll’s House,” a gripping drama by Henrik Ibsen. “A Doll’s House” is now running weekends through July 19. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with 2:30 Sunday matinees

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TRAFFIC CRASH IN LANDERS WEDNESDAY

Two Landers-area men were injured in a crash in Landers Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Harry Dennis, 78, was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger westbound at the intersection of Reche Road and Old Woman Springs Road about 10 a.m. Dennis pulled out and made a left turn

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, July 5. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:30 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on Mars, Saturn, and the quarter moon. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and

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MORONGO VALLEY BASEBALL BAT ASSAULT

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested Wednesday evening after she started swinging a baseball bat at her neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, Katrina Anderson, 45, went to a neighbor’s home in the 1000 block of West Drive in Morongo Valley about 7:30 p.m. and started swinging a baseball bat

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“SPUDTACULAR SUNDAY” AT UNITED METHODIST IN 29 PALMS

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will hold a “Spudtacular” baked potato dinner, Sunday, July 6, starting at 5 p.m. Load up your potato with mild chili, real bacon bits and all the extras, all for only $5. Fix a salad with a variety of dressings and choose from

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EDWARD JONES SERVICE AWARD TO LOCAL ADVISOR

Alexa Lawson, a financial advisor at the Yucca Valley office of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently received the firm’s Service Award for 15 years of hard work and enthusiasm with Edward Jones. Edward Jones, which employs 13,000+ advisors in the US and Canada, provides financial services for individual

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TWENTYNINE PALMS SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday morning after he tried to pull his girlfriend out of her vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ethan Saleem, 21, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6700 block of Palo Verde Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 11:30 Wednesday morning. The report states

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MOTHER OF MISSING TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ASKS FOR HELP IN SEARCH

The mother of the Twentynine Palms woman missing since Saturday is asking for the public’s help. Authorities have been working nearly around the clock in their search for Erin Corwin, 19, who has not been seen since early Saturday morning. Sheriff’s investigators say she left her home on board the

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NEW RENTERS HOMELESS AFTER JOSHUA TREE FIRE

Renters who had just moved into a home in Joshua Tree two days ago are looking for a new home after a fire destroyed their house last night. About 6:10 Wednesday evening, Joshua Tree fire fighters were called to the 6200 block of Sun Mesa to find smoke and fire

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CHP OFFER TIPS TO AVOID CAR THEFT

Vehicle theft is still a major problem for the California Highway Patrol. Reporter Cara Conway offers these suggestions from the CHP to protect your car or truck from theft… The CHP reported that 2013 vehicle thefts have declined by 2 percent in the state of California; however, 171,000 thefts were

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION EYES PROPERTY AT LEAR AND THE HIGHWAY FOR AMBULANCE

A special meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council has been called for 10 a.m. (this morning) July 3, at City Hall. It will be a closed session meeting, to discuss a parcel of property on Twentynine Palms highway across from the Lear Avenue intersection, south of the highway. The

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS MONDAY

On Monday, at 8 a.m., the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will continue their closed session meeting from June 30. The sole item on the agenda is the appointment of a superintendent/president. The meeting will be held in Room 104 on the college campus.