JOSHUA TREE MAN MISSING AFTER HOUSE BURNS TO THE GROUND

A man is missing after his Joshua Tree home burned to the ground last month, and his family is asking for help in finding him. On Sunday, November 23, about 8 p.m., neighbors reported hearing several explosions coming from a home on fire at 63025 Sunny Sands Drive. The occupant,

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD CHOOSES TENET TO TAKE OVER HOSPITAL OPERATIONS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors held a special meeting last night in which they chose which of the two organizations the hospital would affiliate with: Tenet, a $16 billion corporation that owns 80 other hospitals, including Desert Regional in Palm Springs, and JFK in Rancho Mirage; or Strategic

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JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL DEVELOPERS APPEAL COURT DECISION

Another move has been made in the ongoing battle over the Dollar General store proposed for Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork says that this time it’s from the store’s developers… According to a social media posting by Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Fjallstam, the developer of the proposed

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FREE WORKSHOP OFFERED FOR LOCAL ARTISTS

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artists Residency offers a free workshop to local artists. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely has details on how to enroll… Are you a local artist interested in exploring drawing, painting and mixed media work? Then enroll now for the first ever community art workshop on December 20

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BLUEGRASS JAM IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

There will be another bluegrass jam in Joshua Tree tonight at 6 p.m. at the JT Trading Post in downtown Joshua Tree. Please bring your acoustic instrument to strum along, or a song you’d like to sing, and join us in the fun; come on down.

ANOTHER DUI FOR UNDERAGE MOTORCYCLIST

An underage man, who already has pled guilty to at least two charges of driving under the influence, was arrested again for DUI Sunday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Bryce Cooper IV, 20, of Bakersfield, was driving his Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Highway 62 at a high rate of speed

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HOSPITAL BOARD TO CHOOSE AFFILIATE TOMORROW EVENING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets in special meeting tomorrow. The Special Open session at 6:00 tomorrow will see the Board first discuss offers from Tenet and Strategic Management, then a vote to choose which they will affiliate with.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Teacher contract negotiation topics head the agenda of the MUSD Board of Education meeting for December 2. Reporter Dan Stork says that oversight committee appointments, construction completion, and board policies will also be addressed… The December 2 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will include a

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING DECEMBER 12

California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Friday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m., at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. Members will be treated, for the second year in a row, to a musical presentation by the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir, under the direction of Michael Mayes.

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FREE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30 p.m.

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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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