SOME LOCAL CANDIDATE FILINGS EXTENDED, INCUMBENTS NOT RUNNING

Because incumbents have not filed for reelection, filing deadlines have been extended for some local elected offices. The City of Twentynine Palms announced that as a result of the non-filing of incumbent Council member Jay Corbin, the nomination period for filing papers for the Office of Twentynine Palms City Council

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BELLFLOWER MAN HELD IN JOSHUA TREE KIDNAPPING

A Bellflower man is behind bars today, accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend. Sheriff’s press release said Galo Zurita, 35, went to the Valero station in Joshua Tree about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and hit Kayla Smith, 22, pushing her into his car. Zurita drove off with Smith westbound on Highway

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE 2015 SEASON SEPTEMBER 17

Theatre 29, the only continuous year-round live theater venue in the Hi and Low-Desert, will join forces with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil its 2015 performance season. Reporter Dan Stork tells how you can be among the first to find out what will be on stage

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SERVICES SET FOR PAULA GREENE

Paula Greene, a 37-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Sunday, August 3. She was 73 years old. Paula Greene is survived by her husband Bud Green, daughters Rene Skinner of Cathedral City, and Stacye Calvert of Twentynine Palms, son Butch Greene of Yucca Valley, and 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

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LOW-COST MICROCHIP, VACCINATIONS AND SPAY AND NEUTER OFFERED

The Animal Action League has released its vaccine and microchip clinic schedule for August. In the Morongo Basin, clinics will be at 62762 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree (just west of the dinosaurs) on August 11, 19, 20, and 25, and at 49964 Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley

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JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SHOW SATURDAY

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artists in Residence program offers a new program Saturday, August 9, featuring two artists from Brooklyn, New York. Amia Yokoyama is a visual multimedia artist who works primarily in video and collage. She will be showing new stop-motion video work, alongside a set of 2-D works.

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ARTIST TALK AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

This Saturday, August 9, Joshua Tree Library guests will be treated to a travel tour and artist talk by Barbara Well-Roberts. The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and the Joshua Tree Friends of the Library sponsor the reception and talk which will begins at 12:30 p.m. Barbara’s photography focuses on

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

A progressive talk radio host will be the guest speaker at this Saturday’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Fellowship and a $10 breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the meeting and presentation begin at 10 a.m. Among items up for discussion is the Club’s new scholarship program. It all

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“SURVIVIORS OF SUICIDE” SUPPORT GROUP MEETING SATURDAYS

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office, located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community.

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TWO CHURCHES OFFERING BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACKS

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms is offering a free back pack with school supplies to school children in grades one through six on Saturday, August 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. The whole family can share in a 20-foot-long banana split. The back packs and banana split will

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FOUR TIRES AND RIMS STOLEN OFF CAR IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree single mother is pretty upset after her tires and rims were stolen off her car Sunday night. Sometime between 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday morning, someone stole the tires and 17-inch Toro rims off Autumn Nulanz’s 2007 Chevy Aveo, parked in front of her home

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a tax rate decrease and surplus property are on the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD GETS TO WORK TONIGHT

After a respite from public meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets back to work on August 5. Reporter Dan Stork says the long agenda is highlighted by upper-level administrative contracts… Following an open workshop/study session at 5 p.m., devoted to self-evaluation, the Board of Education of

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST THURSDAY

The Basin Wide Foundation will hold their monthly breakfast meeting this Thursday, August 7, at the Helen Gray Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The featured speaker is Paul Delaney Ph.D., Professor of Biology, and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Copper Mountain College.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET TOMORROW, SOME ITEMS OF LOCAL INTEREST

The agenda of the August 5 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors contains items of interest for the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork picks them out… At the regular meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, the Board will re-appoint Les Snodgrass and

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE IS ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley man was arrested yesterday after a woman said he raped her last week. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman said she met a man named “Carlos,” later identified as Carlos Flores, 31, in an emergency room July 24. They went to Palm Springs, and the woman

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FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST TOMORROW ON COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA

It’s time for First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Their famous $5 breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by the friendliest volunteers on the Mesa. Come on out, cool off, have a bite and

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JOSHUA TREE VFW RUMMAGE SALE TOMORROW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Joshua Tree Post 7264, will have a rummage sale at the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Drive Saturday, August 2, starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the VFW post in support of veteran assistance programs.

JOSHUA TREE RECREATION PRE-SCHOOL AND SOCCER SIGN-UPS OPEN TOMORROW

Beginning tomorrow, August 1, the Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District will be accepting registrations for its fall pre-school and modified soccer programs. The pre-school program is designed to prepare your child with the academic and social skills needed to enter kindergarten. The program offers two different class sessions. The

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED IN COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BURGLARY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early this morning, accused of burglarizing Copper Mountain College. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, a deputy responded to a burglary alarm at the college just before 1 a.m. The deputy saw a man running from the campus into the open desert. The deputy,

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