JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF FRAUDULENTLY RAISING FUNDS

A Joshua Tree man is being accused of fraud after using fake pictures to claim bone cancer in a fund-raiser. Kevin Fish started the fundraiser earlier this month to raise $4,000 for what he described as his “final trip home” to Louisiana before he succumbs of cancer. Palm Springs television

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTINGS PLANNED IN JOSHUA TREE, MORONGO VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND YUCCA VALLEY

Holidays lightings are being planned in communities all around our Morongo Basin. The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to help light up their village and kick off the winter holidays in their seventh annual “The Stars Come Out in Joshua Tree” promotion. The merchants and any other star

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Copper Mountain College will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday November 27 through November 30. Online registration will be available for eligible students during this time. The college will resume its normal operating hours on December 1.

NURSING PROGRAM OFFERED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Copper Mountain College is offering a great program for students who are interested in nursing. ROP broadcast student Marie Linton has more on the program… Students who are interested in the nursing career field can attend Copper Mountain College and get a range of degrees, including an associated degree in

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SECOND ANNUAL JOSHUA TREE HOLIDAY MARKET THIS WEEKEND

The Second Annual Joshua Tree Holiday Market will be held November 28, 29 and 30, on Park Boulevard across from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center, next to Coyote Corner. The market will start at noon Friday until 10 p.m. and start up at 10 a.m. on Saturday and

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NEW SHOW OPENS FRIDAY AT GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

A new show will open Friday, November 28, at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. “Through the Lenz” will feature photography by Georgia Toney, Ellie Tyler, Vera Topinka, Michael Gerry, and Tami Roleff. An artists’ reception will be held during the Second Saturday Art Crawl, December 13, from 5 to 8

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FIRE DESTROYS A HOME IN NORTH JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY NIGHT

A fire destroyed a home in north Joshua Tree last night. Callers reported hearing numerous explosions from a home in the 63000 block of Sunny Sands about 8 p.m., and fire fighters could see smoke and flames from the home as they approached. The 1,100 square-foot, single-story home was fully

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SPIRITED BIDDING AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE’S WREATH AUCTION

The 29 wreaths in the fifth annual Festival of Wreaths auction yesterday brought in more than $10,500 for the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Executive director Sandy Smith said this year’s event was a record breaker. About 125 people attended the auction that saw some very spirited bidding. The highest bid

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER SELLING STARS; LIGHTING CEREMONY SET FOR FRIDAY

It’s time to fill the beautiful night skies of Joshua Tree with more stars. For seven years in a row, businesses in Joshua Tree have displayed the lighted stars in front of their shops from Black Friday into January. This year, the six-foot, lighted stars will be sold at the

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE GRAND OPENING TOMORROW

The Animal Action League, who brings low cost pet vaccination, micro chipping, and spay-neuter services to the Morongo basin, will be celebrating their grand opening tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to join them… Show off your pet in a best-dressed pet contest at the grand opening celebration of

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FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WREATHS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE SUNDAY

Support our local college while enjoying some great company, a rowdy auction, plus fine wine and cheese. The Fifth Annual Festival of Wreaths is this Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m. in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. There will be a wine and cheese reception

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THANKSGIVING DINNER AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will hold a Thanksgiving turkey dinner tonight, Friday, November 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $8, with to-go orders being an extra dollar. The VFW Post volunteers will be taking Thanksgiving week off; there will be no Sunday breakfast

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD TABLES AFFILIATION SELECTION

The Hi-Desert Medical Center came awfully close to choosing an affiliation partner at last night’s special board of directors meeting. A vote between Strategic Global Management and Tenet Healthcare Group was on the meeting’s agenda, but due to a lack of unanswered questions, the motion was made to table the

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO CHOOSE AFFILIATE TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hear from the two organizations tonight that are courting the hospital with affiliation proposals: Tenet Healthcare, and Strategic Global Management. Following the presentation, the board will vote on which organization to partner with. The board will then go into closed session to

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HOSTING COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT SATURDAY

Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans are required to have health insurance. Open enrollment for obtaining insurance coverage for 2015 in California’s insurance marketplace, Covered California, began Saturday, November 15. Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a Covered California enrollment drive Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT WELL NOISE, CONFICT OF INTEREST CODE

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Among items of interest is spending a lot of money to quiet a loud well. Reporter Caitlin Logan has more… The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19, starting at 7:00 p.m. This

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JOSHUA TREE RESIDENTS TRADE VIEWS WITH ALTA MIRA DEVELOPERS

On behalf of Supervisor James Ramos, his field representative Mike Lipsitz invited a small “focus group” to meet with the developers of the 248-house Alta Mira gated community proposed for Joshua Tree. Following a storm of concern about a closed meeting, the gathering was opened to media, although the Supervisor’s

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COLLEGE CULTURAL SERIES LOOKS AT NATIVE AMERCANS THURSDAY

The Third Thursday Cultural Series continues this week at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Caitin Logan invites you to learn more about this region’s Native Americans… Copper Mountain College’s Cultural Education Enhancement Committee (CEEC) continues their Third Thursday Cultural Series with “Serrano Culture and Serrano Bighorn Sheep Songs” in honor of

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AMBULANCE OPERATORS ADDED TO THREE LOCAL FIRE STATIONS

While Yucca Valley’s fire department was established to fight fires, the truth is, 88 percent of the area’s 6,000 annual calls are for medical aids, such as traffic collisions, falls, and injuries. With such a high percentage of medical aid calls, chances are when a call for a fire came

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ANNUAL COMMUNITY PRAYER BREAKFAST THIS FRIDAY

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) continues to be the focus of many local environmentalists’ interests. Dan Stork says there will be a related meeting this week, and a meeting before the meeting… Following requests by local residents, the Bureau of Land Management has scheduled an opportunity for public

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