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JOSHUA BASIN WATER HOLDS ALTA MIRA LETTER DURING DROUGHT ORDERS

Last August, Joshua Basin Water District passed a conservation ordinance in response to the State Water Board’s call for reductions in wasteful water practices such as over-irrigation. Now the state is imposing more stringent measures. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how one local water agency is coping with the new...
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MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE SET FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Twentynine Palms cemetery will host a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25. The service will start promptly at 9 a.m. Major General Lewis Craparotta will be the guest speaker. The Marine Color Guard and Firing Detail will also be present. The public is invited to attend. The cemetery...
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SCHOOL BOARD PART 2: NEGOTIATIONS AND DISPUTES

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education began its May 19 meeting with presentations and recognitions. Then it turned to regular business. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. In this story, the progress of labor negotiations, teacher transfers, an eliminated position, and a disputed board policy…

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS ABOUT CEO SALARY TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight to discuss a performance evaluation of its Chief Executive Officer Bob Tyk. The directors will then go into negotiations over the CEO’s salary. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center board...
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SAND TO SNOW MEETING TONIGHT

There will be a meeting tonight to update the community about the Sand to Snow National Monument and the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act. It will be held from 5:45 to 7:15 at Morongo Valley Elementary School. For more information, contact information can be found with this...
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HARRISON HOUSE WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND SHOW

A weekend Workshop and show at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Reporter Cassie Zimarik has more on this special offering…

Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology will be presenting an indoor workshop on Saturday, May 23, from 2-4 p.m. and a free performance on Sunday, May 24, from 2-6 p.m. Those...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball team traveled to Tahquitz High School in Hemet and lost their CIF bid 9-0. Coach Brian Schoenborn said he was “proud of how this young team bounced back and played good baseball down the stretch to make the playoffs.”

Isaiah Kinder will be honored...
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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 the...
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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 9...
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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...
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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETS, USE REDUCTION, CONSERVATION, ALTA MIRA

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 7 p.m. tonight. Near the top of the agenda, the board will receive an update on the District’s chromium-6 compliance effort, next on the agenda, is a briefing on the state mandated 28 percent reduction in consumption,...
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WE REVIEW “BILOXI BLUES” AT ST. JOSEPH’S IN YUCCA VALLEY

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley opened their new play last weekend, “Biloxi Blues,” by Neil Simon. The second in the “Eugene Trilogy,” the play follows Eugene Jerome as he heads off to boot camp along with a diverse assortment of new soldiers, meets the hard-charging Sergeant Toomey, and...
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SUMMER YOUTH THEATER APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Applications are now available for the 2015 Theatre 29 summer youth theater program. The program will run Monday through Friday, from July 6 through July 30, with four performances of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” July 31 and August 1. The program will break into two age groups, “Juniors” (7-12 years...
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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR CALTRANS HIGHWAY PLANS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board will get a look at Cal-Trans plans for State Route 62 tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the CSD’s agenda…

In the hour prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, Cal Trans will hold a public meeting to talk about plans for...
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HI-DESERT BEEKEEPERS MEETS TOMORROW

High Desert Beekeepers Association meets tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Nourishing Tree in Joshua Tree. Michael Shamhart will give a presentation on swarm capture and removals followed by questions and answers. You will quickly learn that there is more than one way to do anything with...
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LUCKIE PARK POOL OPEN FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department has announced the only public swimming pool in Twentynine Palms will be open for business this weekend. The hours are from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The pool will then be open weekends only until June 11. After...
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MR. HOT SPOT COMPETITION BENEFITS TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK

Some light-hearted fun will raise some funds for the Twentynine Palms High School Yearbook. Reporter Cassie Zimarik invites you to “Mr. Hot Spot”…

If you’re looking to have a night of good food and entertainment, then you should consider the Twentynine Palms High School Hot Spot competition, sponsored by the Twentynine...
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47TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

The Yucca Valley High School 47th annual senior awards and scholarships program will be held tonight, Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Yucca Valley High School seniors will be honored with numerous scholarships and awards. Representatives from many local organizations, clubs and businesses will award...
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