“URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29 GETTING CRITICAL ACCLAIM

The edgy new musical comedy, “Urinetown the Musical,” continues to receive critical acclaim at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… Theatre and film critic Jack Lyons attended a performance of “Urinetown the Musical” last weekend and says in The Desert Star Weekly, “The cast of enthusiastic performers give it

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YUCCA VALLEY MEDIAN CONSTRUCTION AT DUMOSA KICKS IN TODAY

The construction of the median island at Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley will begin today, March 18, and is expected to take three to four weeks to complete. The highway will receive temporary striping, and travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction between

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPOINTS COMMISSION MEMBERS

The Yucca Valley Town Council appointed four members to the town’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission at its meeting last night. Council member Bob Leone appointed Eric Quander; appointed by Robert Lombardo was Ed Keesling. Merl Abel appointed Randy Eigner, and Rick Denison appointed Gregory Hill. All nominations were passed

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING DOMINATED BY LARGE TEACHER TURNOUT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting was split between workshops and regular business. Today, reporter Dan Stork tells about the regular meetings, which was dominated by a large teacher turnout intent on impressing the Board during contract negotiations…

Morongo Teachers Association members turned out in the largest

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WEAPONS BRANDISHED IN ROY’S CAFÉ SKIRMISH IN AMBOY

An argument at Roy’s Café in Amboy Monday escalated to the point where a knife and gun were brandished. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:30 Monday afternoon, a woman was arguing with a man on a motorcycle at the gas station, and charged him with a knife described as

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ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL-SERVE LETTER ON JBWD AGENDA TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water Board will consider a will-serve letter for a controversial 248 unit housing project tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda….

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. board meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors will consider a will serve letter for the proposed 248-unit Alta Mira

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STATE TO CONSIDER STRICT WATER RATIONING MEASURES TODAY

The State Water Resources Control Board considers tough water restrictions today that could reshape how we consume water. The Board will discuss the drought and water restrictions for the 400-plus water districts in the state. CalEPA researcher Max Gromberg said, “We are telling all of water districts around the state,

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HOSPITAL PATIENT ON OXYGEN INJURED AFTER LIGHTING CIGARETTE

A patient on oxygen at Hi-Desert Medical Center was injured and started a small fire yesterday after he lit a cigarette while in his bed. According to Joshua Tree firefighters, the bed caught on fire about 2:15 p.m. The patient, identified only as being in his 50s, suffered inhalation burns

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

After recognizing County Fire Division Chief Dave Benfield, who is retiring, and hearing an update from the town’s animal shelter, the Yucca Valley Town Council will get down to business at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff lists some of the items on its agenda…

Among the items on

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The regular Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. will not be held. The next regular Planning Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m.

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH SURVEY INCENTIVES

A homeless youth survey is planned for next month and organizers are looking for incentives. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to help…

San Bernardino County’s Interagency Council on Homelessness Homeless Youth Taskforce is implementing this area’s first homeless youth survey on April 8. The survey aims to accurately assess

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MILD EARTHQUAKE RATTLES TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE SATURDAY

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake Saturday morning centered on the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. The temblor occurred at 4:52 a.m. at a depth of 0.6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS said the epicenter was 30 miles north of Joshua Tree, 32 miles north-northwest of Twentynine Palms,

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM I.D. THIEVES

Too many California taxpayers may be putting themselves at risk of tax identity theft. As managing editor Tami Roleff reports, there are some easy steps to protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands…

Too many California taxpayers may be putting themselves at risk of tax identity theft.

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LAFCO PETITION FINAL STEP FOR LANDERS WATER TRANSFER

In what is being called the final step in the formal transfer of Landers area County Special Districts water service to Bighorn Desert View Water agency, petitions were mailed out last week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what they mean…

Last week, people in Landers who receive water service from County

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STATE AGENCY TO LOOK AT JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS SEPTIC DISCHARGE

As part of its charter, the state Water Quality Control Board is seeking public input on its work. Reporter Dan Stork tells what the schedule is, and that some issues of local concern are under consideration…

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board is reviewing its Water Quality Control Plan.

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VETERAN COUNSELING AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to Veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, Calif., in the Office

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ORANGE PEELS

Did you ever just drop an orange peel while hiking, figuring “it’s natural”? Ranger Pam Tripp says uh-uh…

Many visitors to Joshua Tree National Park make efforts to reduce the amount of waste they produce by re-using or recycling. While it is great to use a compost heap for kitchen

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTS

Two registered sex offenders were arrested Thursday afternoon, after they were found to be out of compliance with registering their address. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called to report that a truck drove through a locked gate on property in the 2200 block of Yellowknife Road in Yucca

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DEATH CAFE IN JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY

For a lively talk, try the Death Café. Managing editor Tami Roleff resolves the paradox…

The Transition Joshua Tree Heart & Soul Team invites the public to the Death Café. At Death Cafes, people drink coffee, eat cake, and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death to

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FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS FOR MARCH

The third Monday of March is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Diana Medley 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, March

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