JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10 at the Joshua Tree Library. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, and gloves. Afterwards the team will, as always, meet for

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FISH TACOS BACK AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Fish tacos are back at Taco Wednesday at the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, starting tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, February 10 from 11 to 1. The VFW Post will also hold a chili cook-off Friday, February 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $3 for a taste

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center in Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by

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REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOME FEATURES SWEET ROCK RANCH

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s annual Parade of Homes is back down to six homes, after the owner of Life in the Slow Lane had to withdraw from the tour. The annual fund raiser happens Sunday, February 14, and brings in thousands of dollars to support services for area senior and

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SET TO DEMOLISH 8 BUILDINGS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider two items relevant to our Morongo Basin. First the board is likely to give the go ahead for demolition of structures on eight local properties; five in Joshua Tree, two

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FREE SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM STARTS WEDNESDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a free smoking cessation program starting this Wednesday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to sign up… Recognizing no two smokers are alike, working with others to learn why you smoke, identifying triggers and creating a support network are hallmarks of a successful smoking cessation

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STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TOLD, “GIVE SOLAR PROJECT WATER OR THEY WILL DRILL THEIR OWN WELLS”

The Joshua Basin Water District finds itself between a rock and a hard place on providing water for a controversial commercial solar development. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what happened at last night’s board meeting… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board approved a vendor

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ANOTHER CONEX BOX STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE

Three Conex storage containers have been stolen in Joshua Tree since mid-December. On Tuesday, the owner of a home in the 62100 block of Two Mile Road called deputies about 4:10 p.m. to report a burglary. While surveying the damage to the home and yard, which included a ransacked home,

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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW WITH POSSIBLE LITIGATION AND REORGANIZATION

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet Thursday, February 4, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. After a 4:30 closed session in which directors will discuss anticipated litigation, the directors will meet in open session at 5 p.m. and recognize the employee

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT WELL REHAB, NEW TRUCKS, EMPLOYEES, AND NEXTERA SOLAR TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meets tonight. Well rehab, new trucks and employees, and a report on a solar project are all on tap. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look at the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District the board will consider

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RETIRED TEACHER MEETING SET FOR FEBRUARY 12

The California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will honor past presidents of Hi Desert Division 62 and will welcome Rob Breyer, Director of CalRTA Area 9. Members for whom 2016 marks their

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSION

The Morongo Unified School Board will meet in closed and open sessions tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks their agenda… Board members will receive an update on negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and teachers’ union. In other business, the school board will consider a resolution guaranteeing equal educational

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25TH ANNUAL KIWANIS SPELL-A-THON PLANNED

The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms has announced the date of its 25th annual spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 12 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three people

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SCHOOL DISTRICT, TEACHERS, AT AN IMPASSE IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Local teachers have reached an impasse in their contract with the Morongo Unified School District. Reporter David Haldane says a statement from the district outlines the two side’s positions… Contract negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and the union representing its teachers have ended in an apparent impasse, according

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GLADYS CAROL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS OPEN

Applications are now being taken for the Gladys Carol Scholarship program. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, graduates, and undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time science, technology, engineering or math field of study. The scholarship, which is awarded based on merit and financial need,

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HEALTHCARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS TOMORROW

If you want to sign up for health insurance – and get help paying for it – you only have until Sunday to get it done. The health care marketplace’s annual open enrollment period closes January 31 and won’t reopen until the fall. If you don’t have insurance, there’s a

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE MEETS SATURDAY

Transition Joshua Tree will hold its general membership meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…

The general meeting of Transition Joshua Tree has had a date change, and will now be held Saturday, January 30. The meeting will consist of potluck, team reports, and general socializing from noon to

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW-COST VACCINES AND MICROCHIP SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in February for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST TO GIVE PRESENTATION TONIGHT

A featured artist will give a very unique presentation tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to hear from the Boxohouse artist-in-residence…. The artist-in-residence at BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree will host a discussion on his current project Wednesday, and the public is invited to contribute. Angus McCullough lead a discussion

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