FORMER MARINE BASE ROLE PLAYERS TOLD LAYOFFS ARE PERMANENT

While most of former role players who populated the faux Afghani and Iraqi villages aboard the Marine Base have already been sent home, those layoffs have become final and permanent. Tatitlek Corporation, who at one time had employed more than 2,500 workers at the Villages maintained for pre-deployment training on

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NEARBY DESERT HOT SPRINGS FACING DIS-INCORPORATION

Desert Hot Springs City leaders declared a fiscal emergency Tuesday—Desert Hot Springs’ second in eight months—in order to place general tax measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. The previous fiscal emergency, declared last November, enabled the City Council to reduce employee benefits and holidays, eliminate staff by more than 70

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OFF-ROAD INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS IN LANDERS AND WONDER VALLEY

A cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management Barstow office and Community ORV Watch has resulted in guides to Off-Highway Vehicle routes and rules—on the highway. Reporter Dan Stork went to Landers take a look at one of the new displays…

Community member Peggy Kennedy and BLM Barstow

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LOW-COST MICROCHIP, VACCINATIONS AND SPAY AND NEUTER OFFERED

The Animal Action League has released its vaccine and microchip clinic schedule for August. In the Morongo Basin, clinics will be at 62762 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree (just west of the dinosaurs) on August 11, 19, 20, and 25, and at 49964 Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley

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HI-DESERT WATER CALLS SPECIAL MEEETING FOR TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board has called a special meeting for tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff said a code of conduct and wastewater project engineering are on the agenda…… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the Board

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JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SHOW SATURDAY

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artists in Residence program offers a new program Saturday, August 9, featuring two artists from Brooklyn, New York. Amia Yokoyama is a visual multimedia artist who works primarily in video and collage. She will be showing new stop-motion video work, alongside a set of 2-D works.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARY TO SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT AT THEATRE 29

Twentynine Palms Rotary Club will be hosting opening night of the hysterically madcap spy mystery, “The 39 Steps” at Theatre 29 on Friday, August 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. with curtain at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments and the show. Theatre 29 is located at 73637

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ST. JOSPEPH’S PLAYERS SET AUDITIONS FOR “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS”

St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley are holding auditions for their next production. “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Reporter Cara Conway tells you when and where… St. Joseph’s Players Production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is searching for the brightest talent in the area for auditions on Saturday, August 23 at

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ARTIST TALK AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

This Saturday, August 9, Joshua Tree Library guests will be treated to a travel tour and artist talk by Barbara Well-Roberts. The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and the Joshua Tree Friends of the Library sponsor the reception and talk which will begins at 12:30 p.m. Barbara’s photography focuses on

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

A progressive talk radio host will be the guest speaker at this Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Fellowship and a $10 breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the meeting and presentation begin at 10 a.m. Among items up for discussion is the Club’s new scholarship program. It all

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FULL MOON RUN TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

The weather should be cooperating to make tomorrow’s Full Moon Run in Yucca Valley spectacular. Reporter Taylor Thacker laces up her running shoes… The Town of Yucca Valley invites runners of all ages to its 11th annual Full Moon 5k Run on Friday, August 8. Race time is at 7:00

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“SURVIVIORS OF SUICIDE” SUPPORT GROUP MEETING SATURDAYS

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office, located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community.

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TWO CHURCHES OFFERING BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACKS

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms is offering a free back pack with school supplies to school children in grades one through six on Saturday, August 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. The whole family can share in a 20-foot-long banana split. The back packs and banana split will

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER TO ENFORCE WATER CONSERVATION

The State of California is facing a major drought and local water agencies are being urged to put measures in place to prohibit wasteful water use. The state has authorized local agencies to fine water wasters up to $500 per day or violation until April 28, 2015 or drought conditions

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CANDIDATE FILING ENDS FRIDAY, BALLOTS ARE FILLING UP

With the deadline to file, local ballots are starting to fill up. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us who has filed so far for Yucca Valley Council, Hi-Desert Water, Copper Mountain College, HDMC, and Mojave Water Agency…. The filing period for local elections closes Friday. So far, five candidates have

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WEEK-LONG MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS FRIDAY ABOARD THE MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps will hold a week-long expeditionary brigade exercise on board the Combat Center starting THIS Friday, August 8. The Large Scale Exercise 14, (LSE-14), will assess the ability of the expeditionary brigade to command ground, air, and logistics combat elements’ capabilities to conduct combined-arms maneuver warfare. Participating in

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FOUR TIRES AND RIMS STOLEN OFF CAR IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree single mother is pretty upset after her tires and rims were stolen off her car Sunday night. Sometime between 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday morning, someone stole the tires and 17-inch Toro rims off Autumn Nulanz’s 2007 Chevy Aveo, parked in front of her home

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LEGAL WRANGLING OVER THE USE OF EAGLE MOUNTAIN

Although the Eagle Mountain mega-dump plan is legally dead, legal wrangling continues over usage of the Eagle Mountain area, most recently with regard to a hydropower project that was granted a federal license. Reporter Dan Stork says another front has been opened by activists… Monday, the Desert Protection Society issued

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ORV INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS INSTALLED TODAY

The Barstow office of the BLM is installing informational kiosks today with a detailed map of the area and a list of relevant laws regarding off-road vehicle recreation in Landers (at Highway 247 and Reche Road) and at Gold Crown (off of Highway 62 in Wonder Valley). The kiosks are

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SUPERVISORS DENY APPEAL FOR APPLE VALLEY SOLAR FARM

County supervisors voted to uphold the San Bernardino County Planning Commission’s denial of a conditional use permit for a solar farm in rural Apple Valley. The proposed 3-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm went down on a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Robert Lovingood, James Ramos and Josie Gonzales voting against the project.

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