FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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CALTRANS REPLIES ABOUT SPEED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

Following recent pedestrian-related accidents in downtown Joshua Tree, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council prevailed upon the county to go to Caltrans with community safety concerns about that stretch of Highway 62. Reporter Dan Stork relates that a Caltrans’ reply said that new signage can be expected, but that’s all…

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THREE LOCAL ART GROUPS AWARDED GRANTS

Three local arts organizations recently received significant grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 29 Palms Artists Guilds received a matching grant of $59,958 for the Creative California Communities program, for its project, Sand to Stone: Contemporary Native American Art, in partnership with

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARIAN TO TALK ABOUT BRAZIL TRIP

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club recently sent an International Vocational Training Team to Brazil. On Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1, Rotarian Sandy Smith will give a presentation on the trip and their experiences, along with photos and a Q-and-A session. Bring your lunch to the Copper Mountain College

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CASINOS HIRING, APPLY TOMORROW IN COACHELLA

Tortoise Rock and Spotlight 29 Casinos will hold a job fair to fill more than 35 full- and part-time positions available at both casinos. On-site interviews will be held from 9 to 4, July 21, at Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place, in Coachella. Applicants should bring their resumes and

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SUMMER PRACTICE STARTS TODAY

Yucca Valley High School Volleyball will have summer practice July 20 to July 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High School Gym. Tryouts for both junior varsity and varsity will be July 27 to 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 in the Yucca Valley High School Gym.

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RANGER PROGRAMS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The visitor count is down during the summer months at Joshua Tree National Park, but educational programs go on. Ranger Cathy Bell tells what’s in store with ranger programs…

Would you like to learn more about the national park in your own backyard? Joshua Tree National Park invites you to

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CHP TRAINING DAY

The California Highway Patrol recently held its quarterly training day at its Morongo Basin station. Half of the CHP officers went through refresher training on hazardous materials, emergency operations planning, and CAT-10, an inspection of their gear by a CHP manager. CHP officers must participate in quarterly training days, in

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SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS FOR JULY

The third Monday of July is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July

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LOCAL ARTS GET GRANTS

Three local arts organizations recently received significant grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 29 Palms Artists Guilds received a matching grant of $59,958 for the Creative California Communities program, for its project, Sand to Stone: Contemporary Native American Art, in partnership with

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MORONGO VALLEY FIREFIGHTER IN SUMMER FIREFIGHTER OLYMPICS

A Morongo Valley firefighter competed in the California Firefighters Summer Olympics last week. Firefighter/Paramedic Richard Gilmartin rode 30 miles in a bicycle road race on the Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu to the Ventura County line, and back again, Wednesday morning. Gilmartin said despite coming in dead last, he had

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YVHS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE AND TRYOUTS

Yucca Valley High School volleyball will have summer practice July 20 through July 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High School gym. Tryouts for both junior varsity and varsity will be July 27 through 30 from 4 to 7 in the gym. Students should have their

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JURY FINDS PHIPPS GUILTY

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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COUNTRY-ROCK BAND “NITRO EXPRESS” AT YUCCA VALLEY CONCERT TONIGHT

The Free Town of Yucca Valley summer concert series continues tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you the hear the country rock sounds of Nitro Express…

Yucca Valley’s free summer music festival continues this Saturday, July 18 with Southern California’s own Nitro Express. Typically billed as a country rock band, Nitro

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FREE WILD WEST RE-ENACTMENT SHOWS WEEKENDS IN PIONEERTOWN

Free wild west re-enactment shows are held Saturdays and Sundays in Historic Pioneertown. The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show pokes some fun at how the Old West “could” have been with their own twist on comedy, each Saturday at 2:15 until 3:00 p.m. in front of the Pioneer bowl

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PAUL COOK WEIGHS IN ON VETERANS’ LOANS AND WATER

Representative Paul Cook

Representative Paul Cook issued press releases on votes he cast this week, on two separate bills that passed the House of Representatives, both with his support.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Act would waive the upfront guarantee fee on a Small Business Administration express loan after October of

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PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION HEARING ON VERIZON SALE OF LAND SERVICES

Last February, Verizon sold its landline phone service, Internet, and FIOS video service—but not its cell phone service—to Frontier Communications. The California Public Utilities will hold a workshop and public hearing about the proposed transfer of operations between Verizon and Frontier. The workshop will be held at 1:45, prior to

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FLAMENCO RETURNS TO THEATER 29

Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes returns to Theater 29 by popular demand. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to get tickets… The Flamenco stylings of dancer Savannah Fuentes were so well received by Theater 29 audiences that she’s returning with her latest show on her summer tour of the Western United

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JOSEPH PHIPPS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

After about five hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Joseph Phipps of second degree murder in a Joshua Tree courtroom Friday afternoon. Phipps, 42, was convicted of shooting his wife in the head during an argument in their bedroom in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista Drive

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BODY FOUND IN LANDERS THOUGHT TO BE THAT OF MISSING MAN

The coroner’s office has confirmed that remains found in the desert Wednesday were those of a man who had been missing the Fourth of July. Andrew Salazar. Salazar, 25, was dropped off at Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later,

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