FEES ARE GOING UP AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Many fees at Joshua Tree National Park will increase as of June 1, the park service has announced. Park officials said that while the public was generally in support of higher fees, the park received many public comments about increasing the fees in smaller increments than originally planned. In consideration

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS; PART 1 OF 2: A MURAL AND AWARDS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education began its May 19 meeting with presentations and recognitions, before getting on to regular business. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today, in part one, a mural-in-a-day and employees of the year…

Onaga Elementary School teacher Heather Possehl opened

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MULTIPLE REPORTS OF VANDALISM IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department received five calls concerning vandalism in Morongo Valley Tuesday. According to Sheriff’s reports, a barbecue at Covington Park was damaged, as well as skylights, security lights, and a freshly seeded area, among other items. Roofing tar was poured on all five slides at Morongo Valley Elementary School,

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COUNTY TO CONSIDER MAKING LANDERS CELEBRITY MOTEL LEGAL

A long running celebrity-operated Landers Motel is looking to go legit. Reporter Mike Lipsitz highlights an item on tomorrow’s County Planning Commission agenda…

Seems another Landers commercial development will go before the Planning Commission this week; and while it’s bright and shiny, it’s not a commercial solar plant. At Thursday’s

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COUNTY MOVING FORWARD ON SUNBURST ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

In a consent agenda item in its May 19 meeting, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead on a road project in Joshua Tree. The Supervisors authorized staff to apply for a Caltrans grant to widen a major artery in Joshua Tree, and to build a bicycle

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE HIT BY DUI HIT AND RUN DRIVER HAVE DIED

The two people critically injured in the suspected DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening have died. The Riverside County Coroner’s office has identified the victims as Dr. Lonnie Tiner, 80, and his wife, Patricia, 76, both of Twentynine Palms. They were pronounced dead at 11:45 and 11:35 Monday morning

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ONE ARREST AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree man is in custody following a high-speed pursuit Monday night in Yucca Valley. According to Sergeant Jim Thornburg, about 10:30 p.m., a deputy patrolling near Church Street and Highway 62 heard a car’s tires squealing and attempted a traffic stop. The driver appeared to yield in a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN VICTIM OF RENTAL SCAM

A Twentynine Palms renter is a victim twice over of a rental scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man rented a home in the 74000 block of Pinon Drive in Twentynine Palms. On Saturday, May 16, he returned home to find that the locks had been changed and all

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ARRESTED WITH MULTIPLE DRUGS

A Twentynine Palms High School student was arrested Friday for having multiple narcotics on the school campus. According to a Sheriff’s report, Principal Justin Monical contacted the Sheriff’s Department after learning that a student had narcotics at the school. Monical searched the student’s vehicle with the boy’s consent and found

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN WITH DRUGS ARRESTED FOLLOWING PROBATION COMPLIANCE CHECK

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday afternoon following a probation compliance check at his residence. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 58500 block of Paxton Road about 11:45 to perform a probation compliance check on Michael DeShazo, 54. While there, deputies found methamphetamine

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Victims of Sunday’s Crash in Joshua Tree Died Monday

The two people critically injured in the suspected DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening have died. The Riverside County Coroner’s office have identified the victims as Dr. Lonnie Tiner, 80, and his wife, Patricia, 76, both of Twentynine Palms. They were pronounced dead at 11:45 and 11:35 a.m. Monday.

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STATE CONCEDES PROJECT PHOENIX BOND PROCEEDS TO CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

More than four years ago, the City of Twentynine Palms devised a plan to keep the state of California from taking away redevelopment money when all local redevelopment agencies in the state were dissolved in mid-2011. The city stuck to its strategy through a succession of legal battles. Reporter Dan

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THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN JOSHUA TREE CRASH SUNDAY NIGHT

Three people were injured, two critically, during a roll-over crash in Joshua Tree Sunday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, an 80-year-old man from Twentynine Palms, who was not identified, was driving a 2007 Ford F150 pickup truck eastbound on Highway 62, just east of Juniper Road in Joshua

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MEASURE Y WOULD AFFILIATE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WITH TENET HEALTHCARE

You will be seeing and hearing a lot about Measure Y in the next few weeks. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what the measures is and what your vote means…

The fate of Morongo Basin’s only acute-care hospital and affiliated facilities is about to be decided in a special mail-ballot election.

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VETERAN’S DISABILITY CLINIC PLANNED FOR THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Veterans’ Disability Clinic will hold a free clinic May 23 to help veterans complete and submit disability claims to the Veterans’ Administration. The clinic will be held from 10 to 4 at the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Helen Gray Education Center. Veterans can also receive help for claims

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FREE LECTURE ON HIP HEALTH TOMORROW

Learn more about the care and maintenance of your hips. A free lecture will be given tomorrow at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Reporter Taylor Thacker reminds you to sign up ahead of time…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center’s community health education program presents “Be Hip About Hip Health,” on Tuesday, May 19,

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BEE AWARE IN THE DESERT

As the weather warm, the desert and its creatures begin to change as they prepare for the summer heat. Joshua Tree National park Ranger Pam Tripp has tips on avoiding some of the more bothersome…

As the temperature rises and natural water sources dry up, many desert animals suffer from

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NAVY AND MARINES ANNOUNCE NEW WOMEN-ORIENTED CAMPAIGN

Fair fitness standards, less online training, more educational opportunities and a better balance of work and family life. Those hot-button issues for sailors and Marines are now at the forefront of a new campaign by the Navy’s top civilian to boost quality of life and recruit more women into the

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LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING AT 29 PALMS INN

Two local authors showcase their latest works today. Reporter Diana Medley tells about the signing…

The 29 Palms Inn will hold a book signing for two authors today. Mari Collier of Twentynine Palms and Carmen Mendoza, a graduate of Twentynine Palms High School who currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado,

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LOCAL REPUBLICANS MEET MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Republicans will meet Monday, May 18, at 9:30 AM at the Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley. Light Refreshments will be served. Guest speakers are Superintendent of Morongo Unified School District, Tom Baumgarten, Hi Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham, Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank

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