JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED TWICE TUESDAY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested twice Tuesday, accused of burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy came across Steven Clutter, 26, near the 66700 block of Appian Way about 9 a.m. Clutter said his vehicle had gotten stuck and he

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COURTHOUSE CLOSED TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

ACCUSED MURDERER OF ERIN CORWIN IN COURT BRIEFLY YESTERDAY

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was temporarily

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETING CANCELLED

Tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has been cancelled. The board next meets July 15.

RUMMAGE SALE WILL BENEFIT NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter will hold a yard sale Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will include furniture, knick knacks, house wares, Christmas items, and more. The sale will be held at 61875 Anaconda in Joshua Tree. All

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COPPER MOUNTAIN CLOSED FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS

Copper Mountain College will be closed Thursday and Friday. Thursday, July 2, in celebration of Independence Day and Friday, July 3, for its summer schedule. During this closure the Bell Gym will also be closed.

CHRISTOPHER LEE COURT CASE CONTINUED AGAIN

In an appearance that was over almost as soon as it began Tuesday morning, Christopher Lee’s next court appearance was continued until July 27. In April, Lee’s lawyer had filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Rodney Cortez, asking that the case be heard by Judge Bert Swift. Lee’s case was

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SCHOOL BOARD MOPPING UP THE FISCAL YEAR TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a long list of mop-up items on the agenda for its next meeting. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown…

Following an open work/study session at 5:30 to review the single plans for student achievement at four schools, and a 6:30 closed

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SON ARRESTED AFTER SEVERE NEGLECT OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

An elderly woman was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday afternoon with what was described as one of the worst cases of elder abuse ever seen by the emergency room doctor. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:15, the woman was brought in non-responsive and with numerous ant bites on

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JOSEPH PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY

Jury selection will begin today (Tuesday) in the murder trail of Joseph Phipps of Joshua Tree. Phipps, 41, is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Christy Utley Phipps, in the head in their home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista in Joshua Tree in January 2013. Phipps has been

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ONE ARREST AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested for spousal abuse after he got into a physical fight with his boyfriend Friday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Rocky Powell, 51, of the 61800 block of Morningside Road, was arguing with his boyfriend about 5 p.m. when the two men began pushing

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FINAL RESULTS OF HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER’S MEASURE “Y” VOTE

The Registrar of Voters has released the final election results Monday for the mail-in ballot for Measure Y, which approves a 30-year-lease agreement between Hi Desert Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare. With an additional 307 ballots counted, and a total of 26.86 percent of the eligible voters voting, Measure Y

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER TO HOLD ADA COMPLIANCE FORUM

Due to the recent spate of lawsuits against Morongo Basin businesses for being out of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce plans to hold a forum to discuss ADA compliance and strategies. Small business owners and the general public from throughout the Morongo

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JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST RESIDENCY LECTURE TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency will present a lecture by artist Phillip K. Smith Friday, June 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Smith will discuss experiments in light, space, color, and form, including his art project in Joshua Tree in which he placed mirrored strips over an old homestead

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MEASURE “Y” PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY WITH 91% YES VOTES

Photography by Elena Ray via palmspringslife.com

Measure Y—the mail-ballot election to decide the fate of the Hi-Desert Medical Center—was overwhelmingly approved yesterday. With only 25 percent of the 23,000 eligible voters voting, nearly 91 percent approved the 30-year lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare. Now that the agreement is approved, Tenet will operate the medical center, plus

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM MEETS TOMORROW

Even though the Joshua Tree Clean Team started cleaning up an hour earlier last week, 15 volunteers still helped clean up the community. The next Joshua Tree Clean Team date is tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24 at the Joshua Tree Post Office. The summer starting time is 7 a.m. and the

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SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT FOR SCHOOL BOARD

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold its second special meeting in two weeks tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says it’s about a budget workshop and the principal positions at two of the school district’s larger schools…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is having a

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YUCCA MESA HOUSE BURNS TO GROUND SATURDAY

A Yucca Mesa home burned to the ground, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday. According to County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman, firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:43 a.m. when a motorist stopped at the fire station on Aberdeen drive to tell them about smoke coming from a

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN IN CHILD PORN, SEX ABUSE CASE

A former school bus driver for the Morongo Unified School District, accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, accepted a plea bargain Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, of Twentynine Palms, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography in exchange for dropping

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HIGH SPEED PURSUIT ON JOSHUA TREE DIRT ROADS

Two people were arrested Friday morning following a high-speed pursuit on dirt roads in Joshua Tree. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Leach, around 9 a.m. Friday, he saw a 2007 Mazda 6 sedan driving eastbound on Pipeline Road and cross Sunfair without slowing or stopping. Leach turned on his lights

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