JOSHUA TREE VFW SEEKS DONATIONS FOR POKER RUN FUNDRAISER

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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ROADWORK PROJECTS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND ON ROUTE 247

YUCCA VALLEY ROADWORK TO BEGIN THIS MONDAY

Major road work begins Monday in the Town of Yucca Valley. Paved roads in Western Hills in Yucca Valley will receive road maintenance slurry seal from July 13 through July 23. The contractor will provide notice to residences and businesses that are likely

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LAKE FIRE 98% CONTAINED

The Lake Fire that has raged in the San Bernardino Mountains since June 17 is still 98 percent contained, as of Friday. The fire has burned 31,359 acres (about 49 square miles), near Barton Flats, and has destroyed one home in the Burns Canyon area, along with three outbuildings. Six

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YUCCA VALLEY FREE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT SATURDAY

The Yucca Valley free summer concert series kicks of tonight on the softball fields at the Community Center Complex. Gary Daigneault will be the emcee and Z107.7 will be giving away Wet n’ Wild tickets to two lucky winners. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says this week’s band will bring some country

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TOURING LOCAL BAND KICKS OFF NEW CD RELEASE, PERFORMS TONIGHT

A local band that’s been on a national tour is back home in the desert this weekend to release its new CD, “Soul: How I keep Moving On.” Gene Jr. and the Family, is made up of Piper Robinson on the bass, Tyler Sacara on drums, Amanda Davis on backup

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“THE MAN FROM EARTH” OPEN AUDITIONS AT THEATER 29

Theater 29 will hold open auditions for the Sci-Fi Drama, “The Man from Earth” on Monday July, 13 at 6:30 p.m. Reporter Rebecca Havely has a breakdown of the roles to be cast …

Director Eddie Tucker will cast 10-12 actors in the following roles… John is a history professor

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SUMMER POPUP BOUTIQUE IN JOSHUA TREE

During the 1980s, Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles was the place to go for punks, rock stars, and bold-style junkies. One of the trend-setting shops was Neo 80, a boutique frequented by the likes of Madonna and Olivia Newton John. Klaus Wille and Lisa Elliot are reviving their Neo 80

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FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER CLOSES HIGHWAY IN EASTERN JOSHUA TREE

A fugitive on the run for the past 16 months shut down Highway 62 in Joshua Tree yesterday morning as he was arrested at gunpoint, accused of stabbing a man in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg, Natividad “Manny” Fonseca, 34, was staying at a home in the

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TWO MORE ARRESTS FROM YUCCA VALLEY DRUG HOUSE RAID

Deputies arrested two more people Wednesday at a Yucca Valley house that was the location of a drug raid last week where three people were arrested on various drug-related charges. According to a sheriff’s report, deputies returned to the home in the 7400 block of Joshua View about 10:30 a.m.

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S STATION CAPTAIN SAYS GOODBYE

Former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary retired as captain of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station in June to take over as chief of police in Desert Hot Springs. Wednesday evening, Captain Mondary sent an open letter to the residents of the Morongo Basin, explaining his decision, and giving them

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CHP OFFERS FREE “START SMART” DRIVING CLASSES FOR TEENS

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The material has been updated, so even if you have been before, drivers can benefit

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MARINES TO SHARE JOHNSON VALLEY FOR LARGE-SCALE EXERCISE

When the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center expanded, it agreed to a shared-use arrangement for some BLM land. As part ofn its outreach promise, the Marine Corps agreed to give off-roaders 12 to 18 months advance notice before it uses the land. Dan Stork reports that there will be

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FORMER MARINE ACCUSED IN MURDER OF ERIN CORWIN GETS NEW JUDGE

The court case of the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of killing his former lover and dumping her body down a mine shaft, will continue under a different judge. On Tuesday, the Fourth District Court of Appeals granted a peremptory challenge by Christopher Lee’s attorney to change judges. In April,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CALLED OUT ON MASS GRADING SUBDIVISION

Even though the project was approved some years ago, the recent mass grading for a new Yucca Valley subdivision is causing a lot of controversy. Strong public reaction led to what amounts to a public shaming of the Yucca Valley Town Council at their Tuesday meeting. Managing Editor Tami Roleff

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CHP LOOKING FOR HELP IN LOCATING HIT AND RUN DRIVER

The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in finding the driver involved in a hit-and-run that hospitalized a man. According to the CHP, Paul Paddock, 22, of Twentynine Palms, was sitting on the ground in front of Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown about 2 a.m. Sunday, June 28, with

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME IN JOSHUA TREE

A motorhome was a total loss following a fire in north Joshua Tree Wednesday afternoon. Shortly before 3 p.m., firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, the Combat Center, and the National Park Service responded to a motorhome on fire in the 63000 block of Lakeview Road. County Fire

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AS HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER RESTRUCTURES, CEO BOB TYK STEPPING DOWN

Since voters approved the hospital’s lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare in late June, there has been a lot of speculation over the future of current CEO Bob Tyk. Tonight’s special meeting of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors puts an end to the speculation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…

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JOSHUA TREE ARTIST HIT ON THE HIGHWAY LAST MONTH HAS DIED

The Joshua Tree artist who was hit by a car as he attempted to cross the highway in Joshua Tree last month died Sunday. According to the California Highway Patrol, Anita Barker, 53, was driving eastbound on the highway about 40 to 45 miles per hour in the number 1

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ALTERCATION LEADS TO ASSAULT AND SHOTS FIRED IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an assault in which shots were fired in Joshua Tree Tuesday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, deputies were called to a home in the 59400 block of Cielito Drive about 1:30 p.m. for a report of a man beaten with a baseball bat. The victim told

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