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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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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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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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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CITATIONS FOR TEXTING AND DRIVING ARE UP IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Texting while driving is very dangerous, distracted driving brings serious danger to those doing it, and others on the road. In spite of that knowledge, and laws against it, people are still texting and driving. Managing editor Tami Roleff says local citations for texting while driving are up…

Every time

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JURY BEGINS DELIBERATIONS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After a full day of closing arguments by both the prosecuting and defense attorneys, the jury in the Joseph Phipps trial began deliberations late Thursday afternoon. The jury deliberated for about 15 minutes before it was dismissed for the day just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Nearly three dozen witnesses testified

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CUSTOMERS GET CHROMIUM-6 NOTICE

Customers of the Joshua Basin Water District recently received notice about Chromium-6 in the water. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why, and says it will become a regular occurrence…

Customers of the Joshua Basin Water District received a notice with their most recent water bill, informing them their drinking water may

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING WILL BE A BUSY ONE

The Homestead Valley Community Council has plenty to talk about when it meets Monday, July 20. A representative from State Senator Jean Fuller will give an update on the fire tax and other legislation. The Marine Corps announced it will be training next year in part of Johnson Valley OHV

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BODY OF MAN MISSING SINCE 4TH OF JULY DISCOVERED IN PIPES CANYON WASH

The remains of a man were discovered in the desert Wednesday, 11 days after a man went missing in Landers. According to officials, Andrew Salazar’s girlfriend dropped him off at the Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later, residents in

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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