DEADLINE FOR RETURNING MEASURE Y BALLOTS IS TOMORROW

The deadline for returning ballots for the mail-in election for Measure Y is tomorrow, June 23. Voting YES on Measure Y would approve a 30-year lease agreement between the Hi-Desert Medical Center District and Tenet Healthcare. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details about the proposed merger and election…

The fate of

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

An excessive heat warning is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if precautions are not taken. Cooling centers are: Yucca Valley Town offices normal business hours. The Yucca

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER VOTES FOR MONTHLY INACTIVE METER FEE

The cost of your undeveloped property in Joshua Tree—if you have a water meter—is about to go up. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the Joshua Basin Water Board made that decision last night… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board, directors voted to begin the process to

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A Joshua Tree woman was killed in a roll-over crash Tuesday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, Kimberly Elliott, 28, was driving her 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant eastbound on Highway 62. As she approached Ronald Drive in Yucca Valley about 9:15 p.m., she lost control of her car. The car hit

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EXTREME HEAT OPENS COOLING CENTERS LOCALLY

An excessive heat watch is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. Cooling centers have been designated. Yucca Valley Town offices are open normal business hours. The Yucca Valley Community Center is open five days a week during the hottest part of the day; Hi-Desert Nature Museum is

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER HEARS PLANS TO CHARGE FOR INACTIVE METERS

The Joshua Basin Water District will start the process to charge a fee for unused water meters tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, Directors will likely start the ball rolling on a plan to charge inactive meter accounts

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CATS FROM LOCKED PICK-UP TRUCK

Joshua Tree firefighters rescued three cats that had been accidentally locked in a pick-up truck Monday morning. County Fire Captain Donnie Viloria said a little after 10 a.m., a worker at the Animal Action League accidentally locked the truck’s keys inside the pick-up truck, with three cats, contained in carriers

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ON STOLEN MOTORCYCLE ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday morning, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped Keith Hencel, 33, at a gas station in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway about 8:15 Friday morning. After an investigation, the deputy found methamphetamine on Hencel, and determined

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TWO COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct two community blood drives on Wednesday, June 17. Residents may donate blood at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every

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SCHOOL BOARD CALLS SPECIAL CLOSED MEETING

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors calendar originally showed today as an empty date, but a special meeting has been called. Reporter Dan Stork tells what needs to get done…

The June 16 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early

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PEDESTRIAN INJURED ON STATE ROUTE 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

On Saturday night, a man was seriously injured when he was hit by a car as he was crossing the highway in Joshua Tree. About 8:30 p.m., Anita Barker, 53, was driving eastbound about 40 to 45 miles per hour in the number 1 lane when Arthur Comings, 73, of

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFER SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

Hi-Desert Medical Center will partner up with other area agencies to administer a summer food service program. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Family Health Clinics are partnering with the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and the Morongo Unified School District to offer free lunches

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of June 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, June

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YOU CAN GET $1,000 FOR YOUR OLD CAR

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District will pay you $1,000 for your 1995 and older vehicle. To qualify, your car, truck or van must be currently registered and in operating condition. Vehicles within 60 days of required smog check must pass the test. To find out if your vehicle

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JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY OFFERS SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Again this year, the summer reading program brings prizes and performances to the Joshua Tree library. Reporter Dan Stork outlines the incentives and the schedule…

The summer reading program at the Joshua Tree Branch Library will begin a kick-off registration day Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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FLAG RETIREMENT DAY SET FOR THIS SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

In honor of Flag Day, a flag retirement ceremony will be held Saturday, June 13, at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Torn or tattered American or POW flags may be dropped off at the cemetery or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 6402 Veterans Way, in Joshua Tree. Flags may

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SALVAGE SATURDAY AT MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST

When the Mojave Desert Land Trust cleans up properties it acquires, it also acquires a lot of stuff—some of it very neat, in a desert-y sort of way. Reporter Dan Stork welcomes you to Salvage Saturdays…

The Mojave Desert Land Trust inaugurates “Salvage Saturdays” with a sale of treasures mined

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

There will be a distribution of surplus food at The Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street in Joshua Tree, from 10 to noon on Friday, June 12.

JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS CLIMATE CHANGE

The second Saturday of the month is the time for Joshua Tree Art Crawl. Reporter Dan Stork says a local gallery is coupling it with an environmental presentation…

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will be sponsoring a presentation on climate change in Joshua Tree. It will take place at the

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NEW SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN A FAMILIAR FACE IN THE MORONGO BASIN

County Sheriff John McMahon promoted Lieutenant Jeff Joling to the rank of captain yesterday. Captain Joling will take over as commander of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station June 27. He takes over from Captain Dale Mondary who is leaving June 12 to serve as the chief of police in nearby

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