JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART FESTIVAL

The 23rd Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival starts this weekend at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The festival has moved from the Park’s Oasis of Mara Visitor Center due to a seismic retrofit construction at the visitor center. Sixteen artists will be on hand to exhibit and sell

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ART EXHIBIT AT JOSHUA TREE VISITOR CENTER

A new exhibit by a former Joshua Tree National Park artist-in-residence is now on display at the park’s visitor center in Joshua Tree. Olivia Parkes was artist-in-residence at Joshua Tree National Park in March-April 2014. This spring, she returned to Joshua Tree for a residency at BoxoHouse, where she expanded

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JOSHUA TREE BLOCK PARTY TODAY

It’s party-time in downtown JT all day today, or at least in half of it. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to a block party.

Make plants to attend the first-ever, east Joshua Tree block party today. For 12 hours, from 10 to 10, you’ll be able to browse and

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HIKER RESCUED IN NATIONAL PARK

Rescuers worked for six hours Thursday to free a teenager who became wedged in rocks while scrambling in Joshua Tree National Park. 911 received a call at 4:49 p.m. that a 17-year-old hiker was stuck in the Johnson Canyon area of the Park. Rescuers from the Twentynine Palms Fire Department,

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EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES AND EGG HUNTS

180 MINISTRIES EASTER SERVICES

180 Ministries in Joshua Tree will celebrate Easter at their new location on Hallee Road. The service starts at 10:30 a.m., and includes a free barbecue and family activities, a bounce house, and live music after the service.

DESERT HILLS EASTER SERVICES

Easter Sunday services at

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WOMAN WAS EXPECTING A PROPOSAL, CHRISTOPHER LEE HELD TO ANSWER

Erin Corwin’s best friend testified in Joshua Tree Superior Court yesterday that Corwin’s lover had arranged a secret special day in the desert for just the two of them, one that Corwin hoped would end with a marriage proposal and plans for the two of them to move to Alaska.

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EXTRA ENFORCEMENT OF OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE LAWS THIS WEEKEND

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the Morongo Basin will see a higher number of OHV riders and RV campers this Easter weekend. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only; and respect private lands. The Sheriff’s Department OHV Team and County Code Enforcement

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EASTER EGG HUNTS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW, TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

Egg hunts and Easter activities abound in our Morongo Basin over the weekend. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Yucca Valley Hunt starts at 9:00 Tomorrow morning… The Town of Yucca Valley is scheduled to host their annual, free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, starting at 9:00 a.m. at

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, April 4, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

The deadline has been extended for student artists to enter the Congressional art competition. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells you how to enter… Time is running out to submit your artwork for the Eighth District Congressional Art Competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT, EVIDENCE ARGUED

Dressed in dark green jail scrubs, and in handcuffs and leg irons, accused murderer 25-year-old Christopher Lee was in a busy Joshua Tree courtroom yesterday morning for a pre-preliminary conference. Lee is accused of murdering Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms last summer and dumping her body in a mine

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GOVERNOR MANDATES A 25 PERCENT CUT IN WATER USE

Governor Jerry Brown declared a mandatory 25 percent cutback in California’s water use. If the mandatory conservation targets are not met, California cities, counties and water companies face up to $10,000 in fines for each day they are out of compliance. “We’re in a new era,” Brown said. “The idea

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HI-DESERT WATER DISCUSSES BILLING FOR SEWER CHARGES

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors spent more than an hour at its meeting last night discussing whether the monthly sewer service charges for Yucca Valley’s future sewer project should be placed on the property owners’ tax bills or included in the monthly water bill. Residents in the audience

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FIRE DESTROYS A TWENTYNINE PALMS AREA HOME

A Twentynine Palms home was severely damaged in a fire Wednesday morning. Just after 11 a.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters were dispatched to a fire near Bluegrass Avenue and Valley Vista Road in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms. Firefighters were initially hampered by a lack of information concerning the

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FOUR INJURED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS VEHICLE CRASH

Four people were injured in a Twentynine Palms crash that closed the highway for over an hour Wednesday afternoon. Just after 2 p.m., Paul Lacroix, 60, of Twentynine Palms, was stopped at the northbound stop sign on Morongo Road when he made a left turn onto westbound Highway 62 right

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR WINS AWARDS AND HONORS

The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir came home with several trophies from their performances at the Music in the Parks competition in Anaheim last Friday. The Choir’s performance of “I Loved You” earned them first place in the category of Mixed Choir/Small Schools, with a rating of Excellent. Then,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL “13” OPENS FRIDAY

Twentynine Palms High School drama department presents “13, A New Musical.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… The character of young Evan Goldman moves with his family from New York City to a small town in Indiana. Evan grapples with his parent’s divorce in “13, A New Musical.” Evan

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT TODAY, TOMORROW

Christopher Lee, accused of killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last summer, is scheduled to be in court today and tomorrow. The prosecution and defense lawyers are expected to present their motions, and evidence and testimony to convince the judge there is probable cause to hold Lee for trial

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SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER HITS TWO CARS, HELD BY WITNESSES

A suspected drunk driver was arrested Monday morning after he hit two vehicles and attempted to flee. According to a Sheriff’s report, Alberto Jimenez, 54, of the 4300 block of Inez Avenue, was driving his silver Plymouth Voyager northbound on Acoma Trail about 10:30 a.m. when he collided with a

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER BUYS PROPERTY, PLANS TRANSITION

The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency met in special session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said getting ready to take over county water and property acquisition dominated the meeting… Last night in Landers, directors of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency met in special session where they were briefed on plans for

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