ARTIST RECEPTION AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

Susan Abbott is the artist of the month at the Joshua Tree Library this month. A reception at which Abbott will talk about her work will be held tomorrow from 12:30 to 2 at the library. Light refreshments will be served.

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ACCUSED MURDERER PLEADS NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY

Accused murderer Christopher Lee was in court again yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges that he killed his lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last June. Lee was formally arraigned on the murder charges three weeks ago, and yesterday’s court appearance was a formality for him to plead not

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COACHELLA FEST STATUE COMES TO JOSHUA TREE

A part of Coachella Fest came to Joshua Tree Tuesday. Made from white and gray Portuguese marble, The Party God—a statue of a cool cat wearing sunglasses and holding a chilled beverage can—was placed on a 10-acre vacant lot in north Joshua Tree owned by Niki and Simon Haas. The

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of being in possession of methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called the Sheriff’s Department shortly before 1 p.m. to report a prowler was trying to break into her vehicle parked outside her home in the 7000 block of

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THREE PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE LAST NIGHT

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Raymond Robles, 31, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 1998 red Mercury in the number 1, or fast lane, of eastbound Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed over

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STATE WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS AFFECT LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Monday’s ruling by the State 4th District Court of Appeals, which ruled that it is unconstitutional to charge customers more for high water usage—unless the cost is directly tied to the cost of delivering that water—is being closely watched by water districts in the Morongo Basin. So far, that ruling

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EARTH DAY PRESENTATION TOMORROW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Earth Day celebrations and programs are going on across the Morongo Basin all week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz joins us again with a program by the Mojave Desert Land Trust at Copper Mountain College… The Mojave Desert Land Trust, through able leadership and a program of strategic land acquisition, has perfected

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA

The Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Medical Center will hold a special closed session meeting tonight, starting at 6 p.m. The sole item on the agenda is strategic planning concerning some trade secret. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus.

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY AGENDA

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. After administrative and operations reports, the board will hold two public hearings on grant requests for more than $834,000 for operating assistance and

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TODAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive today, April 21, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow morning, April 22, at Alta Loma and Olympic and April 29 at Highway 62 and Yucca Mesa Road (north side). The scheduled time is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE NARROWS PRESIDENT CANDIDATES TO FOUR

The Copper Mountain Community College Board of Trustees has narrowed the field down to four finalists for the superintendent/president position The board will hold a special closed session meeting at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the library meeting room to discuss the candidates. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the public can meet

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PARK WEEK

This is National Park Week and Joshua Tree National Park is celebrating. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to participate… Join Joshua Tree National Park in celebrating National Park Week, this April 18-26, with special celebrations for kids on National Junior Ranger Day, April 25. Visit Joshua Tree National Park

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO SHOW PERMACULUTRE FILM WEDNESDAY

Transition Joshua Tree is offering another opportunity to learn about permaculture, this time through a film. Reporter Dan Stork points the way to the screening… The Nourishing Tree and Transition Joshua Tree will jointly present the Southern California Desert Premiere screening of “Inhabit—A Permaculture Perspective,” on Wednesday April 22, at

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FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN MORONGO BASIN

The third Monday of April is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April

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WILDLIFE AND PETS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

In other national park news, Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp sharing concerns about taking your pet inot the national park…

Imagine hiking a beautiful mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, and while taking in the scenery, you spot them. Big Horn Sheep. There is a herd nearby and you watch

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING FOR PETS

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training May 2. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region; training is done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. The training cost is $75 per dog and the no-kill animal

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of April is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FINES FOREIGN VANDAL, 4 OTHERS CONVICTED

The Swedish-Portuguese street artist, Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre” has paid the fine for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on rock formations thought to be

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STREET ARTIST PAYS FINE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VANDALISM

The Swedish-Portuguese street artist, Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre” has paid the fine for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on rock formations thought to be

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