MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST CLEANING UP SECTION 33 SATURDAY

A year ago, the Mojave Desert Land Trust purchased 640 acres in Joshua Tree that were once slated to become a subdivision for 2,700 houses at the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Section 33, as the tract is known, is home to desert tortoises, hummingbirds, and other desert

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ONE 80 MINISTRIES OFFERS JOSHUA TREE EASTER SERVICE

One 80 Ministries of Joshua Tree will hold an Easter service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Following the service, there will be a free barbecue with music and other activities. The public is invited. Childcare will be provided. One 80 Ministries is located at 61858 29 Palms Highway in Joshua

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EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The Joshua Tree Library is having its annual party on the day before Easter. Reporter Dan Stork says don’t miss the Eggstravaganza…

The Joshua Tree Branch Library invites families to hop on over to the library for some fun games, crafts, and prizes, on Saturday April 19. The library will

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VICTIM IN SUNDAY NIGHT JOSHUA TREE CRASH DIES, MORE DETAILS OF CRASH

One of the victims of a horrific DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening has died, and four others—including a 1-year-old toddler— remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Angela Matthews, 25, a passenger in a red 2011 Mazda 6 driven by her husband, Christopher Matthews, 28, died at Desert Hospital in

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, TEACHERS RAISES APPROVED

Teachers and substitutes for the Marengo Unified School District got a pay raise at the Board of Education’s regular meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…

A standing-room-only crowd of mostly parents and students were treated to a performance by the Japanese Dan Group of Joshua Tree Elementary

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14-YEAR-OLD INJURED PLAYING WITH BLACK POWDER

A teenager got a little more bang than he bargained for when he was playing with some black powder Tuesday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, shortly before 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Mt. Nebo Road in Joshua Tree, a 14-year-old boy poured some loose black powder into an

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MORONGO BASIN HORSEMAN HOST FREE EVENING WITH EQUINE VET FRIDAY

An equine vet will be the speaker at a free event sponsored by the Morongo Basin Horsemen’s Association. Dr. Ron Lenhert from the Apple Valley Equine Hospital will answer questions and discuss equine topics such as feed, lameness, colic, fly allergies, and basic first aid on Friday, April 18, from

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT MEETING CANCELLED

Tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has been canceled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 30.

RECENT JOSHUA TREE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AWARDED PULITZER PRIZE

Harrison House Music and Arts congratulates recent composer-in-residence John Luther Adams on winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music, for his composition “Become Ocean.” The piece is described by the Pulitzer jury as “an orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS OF HOMELESSNESS AND MUCH MORE

The April meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council centered on homelessness. Reporter Dan Stork says that it ranged far beyond that, taking in traffic safety, solar energy, road conditions, and more…

Homelessness was the topic of the featured informational presentation at the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting

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DETAILS ON 4-VEHICLE CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The California Highway Patrol has released the identities of those involved in a four-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley Saturday night. At 8:59 p.m., Alan Boggs, 67, of Joshua Tree, was driving his 2014 Ford Mustang westbound on Highway 62 when he drove through a red light at Yucca Mesa Road

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT WITH A WIDE-RANGING AGENDA

The Board of Education has a wide-ranging agenda at its next meeting. Reporter Dan Stork previews what will go on, from Japanese dancing to labor agreements and course outline reviews…

Following a 6:30 closed session on pupil and employee bargaining issues, the regular 7 pm open session of the Morongo

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THREE MULTI-VEHICLE CRASHES WITH FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES

One person was killed, and at least a dozen people were injured in three separate crashes over the weekend. Sheriff officials say that about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a Honda Fit driven by LaVerne Romero of Cathedral City was driving westbound on Two Mile Road when she ran the stop

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT

The featured presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting on April 14 is on homelessness. Reporter Dan Stork has the full agenda… At this month’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, Rae Packard will give a guest presentation on homelessness. Another informational presentation will be a preview of

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TWO HOUSES COMPLETE LOSSES IN TWO FIRES IN DESERT HEIGHTS AREA

Twentynine Palms firefighters didn’t get much sleep Friday night. Before they were called to the fatal crash at Lear and Two Mile Road, they were at a structure fire in the Desert Heights area. Shortly after 9 p.m., a neighbor called 911 to report a 1,400-square foot house in the

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FBI INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF JAIL MISCONDUCT

The FBI is investigating allegations of mistreatment of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center by members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff John McMahon has ordered an internal investigation. Wednesday, March 5, the Sheriff’s command staff received information regarding the possible misconduct and immediately launched an investigation.

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LOST AND FOUND IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Where did my cell phone go? Hmm…I was taking wildflower pictures in the Park. Maybe Ranger Pam Tripp can help me out…

Many visitors enjoy a wonderful trip through Joshua Tree National Park, only to find later that they have forgotten or lost an item. It is not uncommon for

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TIME LEFT TO GET EASTER CANDY AT JT LIBRARY

Now through April 19 the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library have See’s Easter Candy available for purchase at the library in Joshua Tree. In addition to Easter specialties, the Friends have See’s one pound boxes of assorted chocolates, candy bars and lollipops available for purchase at the Joshua Tree

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BINGO BENEFITS CHANGE FOR VETS AT SPORTSMANS CLUB

Bingo at the Sportsman’s Club Sunday, April 13, will support Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause and Change for Vets, a new organization formed to help homeless and needy veterans. The 180 Ministries Band will perform. Food and beverages will also be available. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Sportsman’s Club

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GALLERY 62 OPENING RECEPTION

The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council opened its new art gallery in Joshua Tree Friday, and will hold an opening reception tonight, Saturday during the Joshua Tree Second Saturday Art Crawl. Gallery 62’s first exhibit will feature the works of seven artists: Paul and Kathy Klopfenstein, with their 3-dimensional artworks;

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