ANOTHER CLIMBING AREA CLOSED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Another climbing area in Joshua Tree National Park has been closed due to nesting raptors. The Park announced Thursday that the Towers of Uncertainty area, about 2 ½ miles south of Geology Tour Road, is closed to climbers due to nesting birds. The area will be closed until the birds

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COUNTY ANNOUNCES SOLAR EXPO FOR HOMEOWNERS

Opposition to commercial solar in the Morongo Basin has consistently been accompanied by support for rooftop solar on existing buildings. Dan Stork says there will be a local opportunity to learn how to do it, this month… Third District Supervisor James Ramos has announced a free, public expo, “Solar Options

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LOCAL ARTISTS GROUP OPENING A NEW GALLERY IN JOSHUA TREE

The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is opening its new art gallery in Joshua Tree today, and will hold an opening reception 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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WORLD CLASS VIOLINIST AT HARRISON HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Harrison House Music and Arts presents Shalini Vijayan on solo violin performing works from Bach to the present by composers from around the globe. The performance is tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Joshua Tree Health Foods, 29 Palms Hwy at Sunset

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SATURDAY CARWASH, SUNDAY BINGO BENEFITS HOMELESS VETERANS

Two events this weekend will benefit local veterans. Vets Cruzin for a Cause/Change For Vets will hold a car/truck/bike wash Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to raise funeral funds for the family of fallen a Marine. The event will be held at the Change For Vets Thrift Shop

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MARINE K-9s JOIN “WOOF WALK” BENEFIT FOR HUMANE SOCIETY

The Marine K-9 Corps has been added to Saturday’s (April 12) Woof Walk at Pappy and Harriet’s, and will show off their skills. The Woof Walk is from 10 to 2 with a dog walk, blessing of the animals, auction, food, music, pet demonstrations, and vendor booths. Trophies will be

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club meets this Saturday morning at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the CopperMountainCollege campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the meeting begins at 10 a.m. Topping the agenda is an address by San Bernardino County Auditor/Controller, Larry Walker after

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STOLEN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department’s Rural Crimes Task Force recovered on Monday a piece of heavy equipment that had been stolen last year in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a Bobcat augur attachment, owned by JMJ Construction out of Winchester, was stolen in September 2013 while workers

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD HEARS OF MORE HOSPITAL BELT-TIGHTENING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Board members named a vice president and heard of more belt tightening…

At last night’s Board meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center, Director Pat Cooper was named Board Vice President; that office had been filled by Paul Hoffman

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next clean-up for the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9th, at 8 a.m. The volunteers will meet on Alta Loma and Sherwood, west of the Friendly Hills Elementary School. Everyone is encouraged to work for just one short hour and meet afterwards at the Park

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J.T. TORTOISE RESCUE AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue will be featured at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum tomorrow evening. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the Wednesday lecture series…

Rae Packard of Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue never slows down in her race to save the Desert Tortoise. In the 1920’s there were 1,000 California

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ONE KILLED IN MOTORYCLE VERSUS MOTORCYCLE HEAD-ON IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A woman was killed in a head-on motorcycle crash in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday afternoon. According to County Fire Captain John Garber, about 1:53 p.m., Joshua Tree fire fighters and paramedics were called to a crash between two motorcycle riders about a mile and a half inside the west

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CRITICAL MISSING PERSON BEING SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a critical missing person with Alzheimer’s Disease. Oscar Nava is a 75-year-old white man, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with gray hair and a gray beard. He was wearing a blue baseball hat, blue jeans, brown work boots, gray

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY 2014 SPRING MEMBERS’ SHOW WINNERS

The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery announced the winners of its 2014 Spring Members’ Show at its opening reception Sunday afternoon. Judge Bobby Furst awarded first place in the Painting category to Arthur Quintana for his oil painting “Desert Rocks.” The first place winner in the Works on Paper category, which

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CHP ENFORCING “ZERO TOLERANCE” FOR DISTRACTED DRIVERS IN APRIL

The California Highway Patrol will be enforcing “zero tolerance” during April for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Several common distracted driving practices include using handheld wireless phones, iPods, and GPS; anything that causes drivers

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CONGRESSMAN COOK INTRODUCES JOHNSON VALLEY OHV AREA BILL

To punctuate the preservation of the Johnson Valley area for off-roading, our local congressman has invented a new distinction, and seeks to have it codified by legislation. Reporter Dan Stork explains… Rep. Paul Cook has introduced legislation to designate the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area as a National Off-Highway

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SPORTSMAN’S CLUB SWAP MEET SATURDAY

The Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow, (date). Shop for great bargains on new and used items, crafts and collectibles, books, and eclectic artworks. Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is free.

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OPEN HOUSE FOR BOXO HOUSE ARTIST TOMORROW

A New York artist, Jennifer Karady, came to the High Desert to be the artist-in-residence for BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree after receiving a commission from the Palm Springs Art Museum to show her critically acclaimed project, “Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Managing editor Tami Roleff says a reception and

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING UP DINNER, BREAKFAST, AND TACOS

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association located on Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. All of your favorite foods including biscuits and gravy to die for at $5 per plate. Friendly neighbors who double as smiling volunteers serve from 8 a.m. to 11

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