BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD CONSIDERS GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board will hold a public hearing on giving themselves a raise which could potentially add up to over $1,100 a month.…

Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly

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FOUR INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

Four people were hospitalized following a head-on crash east of Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. Two cars—a 2006 silver Toyota Camry, driven by William Bruns, 57, of Long Beach, and a 2014 white Nissan Maxima driven by Paola Gonzalez, 23, of Moreno Valley—crashed head-on near Iron Age Road and Highway 62

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YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PLANT WILL RECHARGE GROUNDWATER

Hi-Desert Water District water customers use about 3,000 acre-feet of water every year. The water district must buy most of that water from the State Water Project. Once the wastewater treatment project (the sewer) is built in Yucca Valley, district officials estimate that the amount of water the water district

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PUTS AREAS OFF-LIMITS, OTHER CHANGES

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith has revised some park regulations effectively immediately. Changes in the regulations include putting most archeological and cultural sites off limits to visitors. Those still open to the public are the “Disney petroglyphs” on the Barker Dam nature trail; Hidden Valley boulder; Indian Cave

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CLIMBING ROUTES CLOSED FOR NESTING RAPTORS

The park has also issued a temporary emergency closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing routes affected by this closure include: Patagonia Pile-(East and West Faces), The Head, Labor Dome and Wall of Biblical Fallacies. Bouldering routes in the closure area include: Iron Door Cave, Voices, Tidal Wave, Tilt-O-Meter,

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THEATRE 29 TO OFFER SUMMER YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM

Theatre 29 is offering a month-long summer youth theater program, culminating in four performances of the musical “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details on the application…

The summer youth program at Theatre 29 will cover all aspects of live theatre including performing, costumes, make-up, set design,

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TIPS FOR RIDING HORSES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park is not just for hikers, rock climbers, and visitors driving through. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says some visitors see the park from the back of a horse…

Horseback riding is a popular way to experience Joshua Tree National Park for those who have horses. Two hundred

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WOOF WALK RAISES $9700 FOR NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The 4th annual Woof Walk in Pioneertown raised almost $9,700 March 28 for the Morongo Basin’s no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. President Mimi Mitz said the highlight of the auction was a cruise. Special thanks go to auctioneers Steve Kanold and Lalo Alvarez, and the Reverend Tom Ziegert, Pappy

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NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER NEEDS FOSTER HOMES

The Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter is in desperate need of foster homes. Reporter Taylor Thacker says you can help save a life without making a life-long commitment…

It is that time of year again when many people are bringing in kittens and puppies to the Morongo Basin Humane

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TOMORROW

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School tennis team will travel away to Thermal to play the Desert Mirage High School Rams. First serve is at 3:15.

The Twentynine Palms High School tennis team will travel away to Rancho Mirage High School tomorrow. The match

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ARMY VETERAN BIKING TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STOPS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A 55-year-old Army veteran stopped in Twentynine Palms this week on his way to a job in northern California. Bob Trout and his service dog, Maggie, left his home in March, in Tempe Arizona, and are traveling to Humboldt County by bicycle, with a little trailer for Maggie. Trout is

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“WAIT UNTIL DARK” CONTINUES ITS RUN AT THEATRE 29

The Mystery Thriller “Wait Until Dark” is now playing at Theater 29 in Twentynine Palms. Directed by Ben Bees, “Wait Until Dark,” is a game of cat-and-mouse set in 1960s Greenwich Village, New York. A mysterious con man, impressively portrayed by Cyrus Short, lays a trap to ensnare Susy Hendrix,

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR ART DONATIONS FOR REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN BENEFIT AUCTION

The deadline to make a donation for the Third Annual Art Action to benefit Reach Out Morongo Basin, set for May 2, has been extended. Reporter Diana Medley says even if you’re not an artist, you can still donate…

Donations are still being accepted for the Third Annual Art Auction

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint late Thursday night, accused of stealing a vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of the vehicle called deputies shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday to report his 1991 Honda had just been stolen from his home in the 73500 block of

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MAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING SHAVED CAR KEYS

A deputy checking up on a suspicious vehicle arrested a Desert Hot Springs man who was found with shaved car keys in his possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies checked on a vehicle about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday morning near Park Boulevard and Desert Air in Joshua Tree. During the

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1.6 MILLION VISITORS SPENT $74 MILLION WHEN THEY VISITED JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST YEAR

Nearly 1.6 million visitors came to Joshua Tree National Park in 2014, and visitor numbers have been steadily increasing for the last 8 months, according to a report released yesterday by the National Park Service. While the percentage of increases in visitors in July and August 2014 were in the

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PURSUIT ENDS UP IN HILLS OF NORTH JOSHUA TREE

A routine traffic stop led to a pursuit that ended in the hills in north Joshua Tree Thursday afternoon. About 3:18, Sheriff’s deputies Bruce Southworth and Erikson saw an older model Jeep Cherokee with an expired registration at the Circle K gas station in Joshua Tree. When the deputies attempted

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET ORIENTATION AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Area high school students recently visited Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the students who participated will have an advantage when it comes time to register… Copper Mountain College counselors and staff recently went to area high schools with an assessment test as part of CMC’s pre-registration process. Students

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AWARDED $500 SCHOLARSHIP

A Yucca Valley High School senior has been named the recipient of a $500 Gladys Carol Scholarship this year. Bryant Pahl of Yucca Valley was chosen to receive the scholarship while he pursues his STEM degree in Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Pahl was selected due to his academic excellence

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BABYSITTERS CITED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

Two babysitters were cited for child endangerment Thursday. According to Sheriff officials, Rainnah Cruz and Hailey Kasney, both 19, were babysitting three children in the 5300 block of Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms Thursday afternoon. The child’s father told deputies he received a message about 3 p.m. that his 4-year-old

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