SOLAR TOWER ALMOST APPROVED: “SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE IMPACT” TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Despite warnings from government agencies that a 75-story solar tower in the desert southeast of Joshua Tree National Park would have “significant unmitigated impacts to biological, cultural, and visual resources” and “substantial adverse impact” to the viewsheds of Joshua Tree National Park, a preliminary decision last Friday by a committee

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, EXCESS REVENUE TO BE ALLOCATED

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Among items on the agenda is what to do with excess revenue. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the Council’s agenda…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold its regular meeting tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT TODAY

Christopher Lee made his second appearance in court today on charges that he murdered his next door neighbor and alleged lover, Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms, in June. His lawyer asked the court for a continuance of the case, since he had just that morning received a partial delivery of

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for a woman who walked away from her car in the desert last week. On Monday, September 8, Nola Taylor, 84, left the Hi-Desert Medical Center in her 1989 Lincoln Continental to go to her quilting class in Yucca Valley. She never arrived. According to

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD FO FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday afternoon, accused of beating a woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness called 911 about 2 p.m. Friday to report that a man, later identified as John Crossen, 35, had a screaming woman in a headlock in the 63100 block of Shifting

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FIRE CAUSES MINOR DAMAGE TO MORONGO VALLEY HOME SUNDAY

A Morongo Valley home suffered minor damage in a fire Sunday morning. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Andrew Arthen, a passer-by called at 8:19 a.m. to report a debris fire off Warren Martin. When Morongo Valley and CalFire firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming out of the front door

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FIREFIGHTERS HOLD RESCUE DRILL LAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, nearly two dozen fire fighters from San Bernardino County, the Combat Center, CalFire, and Morongo Valley gathered behind the old Walmart building in Yucca Valley to practice how to rescue a fire fighter who’s fallen through a roof. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES

Want to quit smoking? You should. Been trying to quit smoking, but need some help? The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering free smoking cessation classes starting Thursday. Z107-7 assignment reporter Caitlin Logan tells you how to sign up… Hi-Desert Medical Center will offer a six-week smoking cessation program facilitated by

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VETERANS COUNSELOR 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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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY COMING AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act by volunteering at your national park on National Public Lands Day. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how you can help, and when…

“Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” This slogan describes our nation’s celebration of National Public Lands Day on

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION TOMORROW

The third Monday of September is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork 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, September

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL POTATO BAR MONDAY

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will hold a potato bar dinner Monday, September 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. An auction will be held are a variety of decadent desserts. The potato dinner and auction will be held in the high school gym, at 7600 Sage Avenue

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MONDAY IS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO

A reminder to the local Morongo Basin Art Community that this Monday is the deadline for submissions to the Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo. Reporter Diana Jones has details…

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TOMORROW

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School tennis team will play Yucca Valley in Twentynine Palms. First serve is at 3:15.

The Joshua Springs Christian School volleyball team will travel away to play Nuview Bridge; the match begins at 3:15.

7TH ANNUAL “TASTE OF MORONGO” TONIGHT

The 7th annual “Taste of Morongo,” where attendees can sample dishes from a dozen local restaurants, is tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her knife and fork…

Joshua Tree Rotary Club presents the 7th Annual Taste of Morongo on Saturday, September 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event takes

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LAST WEEKEND TO SEE “THE 39 STEPS” AT THEATRE 29

This is the last weekend to see the hilarious, fast-paced, manic comedy/mystery “The 39 Steps” at Theatre 29. The hit show, which has been convulsing local audiences with laughter, will end a five-week run tonight at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $12 and are available on the Theatre 29

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STAR PARTY TONIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tonight. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:30 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

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SECOND SATURDAY ART CRAWL

Big doings in Joshua Tree tonight. Reporter Diana Jones says the Second Saturday Art Crawl will feature a series of opening Art Receptions…

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold the opening reception for its first group art show of the season during the Joshua Tree Second Saturday Art Crawl

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CHAMBERS TO SPONSOR PRESENTATION ON TOURISM IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

A Tourism Business Improvement District is a special district established to secure funding for marketing to increase tourism. Scott White of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau will give a presentation Wednesday, September 17, on tourism improvement districts, followed by a question and answer session on how the

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