PEDESTRIANS CITED AFTER THEY CAUSE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Two pedestrians were cited after a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Saturday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., the female pedestrians were standing in the center lane of Highway 62 southbound at El Reposo, waiting to cross the highway. Hernan Mendoza, 20, of Spokane, Washington, driving a white 2007 Mazda, thought

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MARINE ARRESTED FOR BEATING HIS PREGNANT WIFE

A Marine corporal was arrested Saturday night after he beat up his pregnant wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Kevin Buitrago, 22, put his wife, who is four-months pregnant, in a choke hold and she passed out. The Sheriff’s report stated the woman also had two black eyes from being

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY

A small vegetation fire in Yucca Valley brought out fire fighters from three stations Saturday. About 5 p.m., fire fighters from Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and CalFire were called to a quarter-acre fire at Inca Trail and Bunny Road that was burning a few Joshua trees and some bushes. The

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE? HERE’S HOW

Smaller earthquakes in our region remind us again that our Morongo Basin is earthquake country. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you what should do to keep your family safe and together in the event of a major earthquake….. We all know the Big One is coming, maybe not today, maybe

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AUDITIONS SET FOR “THE 39 STEPS”

Right after the opening of “A Doll’s House”, the next show at Theatre 29, the volunteers will gear up for its successor. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the audition call for “The 39 Steps”…

Four multi-talented actors are needed who can play multiple roles in Theatre 29’s fall production, “The

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FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, June 16. The locations and times are:

The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10 Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers,

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WILDERNESS PROTECTION ACT ANNIVERSARY

Before there was an officially-designated Joshua Tree National Park, there was Federal action to protect and preserve it. Ranger Pam Tripp celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act…

The Wilderness Protection Act of 1964 established federally-managed lands preserved as large, roadless tracts where there are no mechanized vehicles

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING POSTPONED

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, scheduled for this Monday, June 16, has been postponed. The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee plans a public meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Members from the Save Our Skyline group from Lucerne

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HI-DESERT WATER WASTEWATER INFO MEETINGS

The Hi-Desert Water District will hold informational meetings about the wastewater reclamation project every Tuesday, starting June 17, through August 26. Information about the cost, financing, funding, construction, and the district assessment vote will be presented at these meetings about the sewer project. Two meetings will be held each Tuesday

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CALL FOR ART IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The theme is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme of water in the desert, focusing

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HAPPENINGS AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will feature a dinner and family game night Wednesday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to the church office at 760-365-6331. The church’s men’s group will meet for breakfast at Carrow’s at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 21.

The artist of the month at

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REACH OUT SPONSORS “A DOLL’S HOUSE” OPENING AT THEATRE 29

“A Doll’s House” opens next weekend at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff describes the opening gala for the production…

Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “A Doll’s House,” is Friday, June 20. The opening night gala will be sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin. The doors open at

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JOSHUA TREE ART CRAWL

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold its opening reception tonight, Saturday, June 14, during the Saturday night Art Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 72 artworks were entered for the open show, Abracadabra, that shows the magic of art. Magician Dean Apple will perform during the show

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL

The 6th annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival is taking place today, June 14th, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. It runs from 11 am to 11 pm. The cost is fee, with a suggested donation of $5. It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER KITCHEN FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson, a resident of a home in the 56000 block of Navajo Trail had something cooking on the stove, and stepped out of the room for a few minutes. The resident came back

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LOCAL CHP OFFERS START SMART CLASSES FOR TEEN DRIVERS

The Morongo Basin Station of the California Highway Patrol will offer free “Start Smart” classes for teen drivers next week. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you how to enroll… The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will be holding a FREE Start Smart Class on Tuesday, June 17th at

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

The 6th Annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival will be going on all day tomorrow, from 11 to 11, with arts, music, vendors, games, and refreshments. Because Joshua Tree Gay Pride is bigger than ever, it’s moved to a new location, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard.

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MILITARY SERVICES AND FAMILY SUPPORT OFFERED LOCALLY

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support program … The Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support in Yucca

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COLLEGE FOUNDATION TAKING SETS OF QUARTERS FOR PRIZES

When you find all 50 State Quarters and turn them in to Copper Mountain College Foundation, your name will be entered in a weekly drawing for prizes. Check your piggy bank, pockets and friends’ cars. Get your quarters in early for the greatest chances to win. Multiple entries are allowed.

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SECOND SUSPECT, FATHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CHILD ABUSE CASE

A second suspect has been arrested in a Yucca Valley child abuse investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Reed, 27, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of felony child abuse and neglect in the case of his 5-year-old son. On Sunday, May 18, Yucca Valley paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies were

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