SCHOOL BOARD IN WORKSHOP/STUDY SESSION TONIGHT

In a 5:30 p.m. work/study session tonight, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will review the single plans for student achievement for Landers, Morongo Valley, Palm Vista, and Oasis elementary schools. Those plans will be approved during the 7 p.m. open session. During a closed session, the board

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO TAKE UNWANTED PRESCRIPTIONS AND NEEDLES SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of prescription

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified school District is offering speech screening for kids from 3 to 5 years old tomorrow and Wednesday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says don’t miss this important opportunity… The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings

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SCHOOL BUS ROUTES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School bus routes have been updated and some revisions have been made. Bus route information is available on the Morongo Unified School District website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us under the Transportation tab and also on the front page. Please check your child’s route and bus number to make sure you have the

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VETERANS COUNSELING AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to veterans in the Morongo Basin tomorrow and on the first and third Tuesday of every month. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162

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HEAT WAVE IS COMING; PREPARE YOURSELF

With temperatures expected to hit 110 degrees by Sunday, the county health officer has issued a heat advisory for portions of San Bernardino county. Residents are urged to stay cool by staying in air conditioned buildings. There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. Cooling centers are the Yucca

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TIPS TO AVOID CHILD HEAT STROKE

Most susceptible to heat-related illness are the elderly, homeless, people with chronic ailments, and children. Reporter Dan Stork says residents should be extra careful—especially with children—in the summer heat…

Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are seniors and children. Health Department Public Information Officer Henry Varela stresses that

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT SPONSORS LANDSCAPE WATER SAVER WORKSHOP SATURDAY

If you are having trouble reducing your landscape water usage, a workshop being offered by the Joshua Basin Water District on Saturday may have some helpful tips for you. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills in the details…

The folks at Joshua Basin Water District are pulling out all the stops in

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HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE, REDUCED SCHOOL LUNCHES

The federal government provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible students at school. There are several ways that public school students can qualify. Reporter Sara Snyder outlines the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the program…

Households that receive food stamps or CalWORKS may not have to complete a

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SAVE THE DATE FOR TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

Mark your calendar to save the date for the Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo Basin. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree’s Foundation, the extremely popular event will be held Saturday, September 12, at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Taste of Morongo Basin features food from about

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VFW SEEKING PRIZES FOR POKER RUN RAFFLES

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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CHICKEN BREAST ON MENU FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Chef A.C. and the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Thursday night dinner tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. On the menu is a chicken breast with roasted red pepper sauce, potatoes, veg, and salad, for $9. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees will meet in open session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an agreement with the Red Cross, contracts and renewals are all on the agenda…… Following a 1:30 p.m. study session, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at

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COLLEGE OFFERS OUTDOOR ART CLASS

Copper Mountain College is offering a community art class with noted artist and muralist, Art Mortimer. The outdoor sessions will begin at the college and move throughout the landscapes of the Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details … Enrollment is now open for Art Mortimer’s outdoor art class, “The

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS GO TO ARIZONA TO HELP FIGHT WILLOW FIRE

Three firefighters from Joshua Tree spent most of Saturday helping out at the Willow Fire, just east of Needles on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. burning scrub and vegetation alongside the river Saturday. County Fire Captain Donnie Valoria said Station

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ONE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH THIS MORNING

One man was injured during a motorcycle crash in downtown Joshua Tree early this morning. About 3 a.m., a motorcycle rider crashed at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

JOSHUA TREE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

In addition to permaculture, death cafes, and healing circles, the Transition Joshua Tree umbrella includes a local food program. Reporter Dan Stork says it’s having a fundraiser with multiple features… Under the banner of the Transition Joshua Tree’s Transition Enterprise, there will be a fundraiser on Sunday August 9, from

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF BEING A FELON WITH A WEAPON

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped James Lane, 38, who was walking near Sun Valley Drive and Bagley Avenue about 5 p.m. The deputy states that Lane initially gave him

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HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water Board is expected to write off bad debt and increase some security deposits tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, directors will consider a resolution to write off $15,000 of bad debt accumulated in 2014.

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LASAGNA ON MENU FOR THURSDAY DINNER AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will now offer Thursday night dinners, starting August 6. Tomorrow’s dinner, prepared by Chef A.C., is white lasagna with chicken or red lasagna with sausage, complete with salad and garlic bread, for $9, or a chef salad with garlic bread

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