TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM RETIRED TEACHERS

Local retired teachers are offering a scholarship to area working teachers. Reporter Sara Snyder tells teachers how to—and who—can apply… The California Retired Teachers Association, Hi-Desert Division 62, is currently accepting applications for two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000 and each to be presented in June 2015. One

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CHILI COOK-OFF AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW POST TONIGHT

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Joshua Tree will host a chili cook-off tonight. Drop off your chili at the Post, 6402 Veterans Way, by 3 p.m., and stop by from 4 to 6 to enjoy a bowl of your favorite chili. No Sunday breakfast is scheduled, but don’t

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COUNTY FIRE SPEAKS TO LATE DISCOVERY OF JOSHUA TREE FIRE VICTIM

The discovery of a charred body Monday in the rubble of a burned out house in Joshua Tree has raised questions of how the County Fire Department missed it following the fire seven weeks ago. According to County Fire Department Public Information Officer Tracy Martinez, when fire fighters arrived at

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JOSHUA TREE BAND IN CONCERT AFTER WINNING NATIONAL COMPETITION

A Joshua Tree Band will perform after winning a national competition. The band, “Gene Jr. & The Family,” will perform at the National Association of Music Merchants or “NAMM” Show January 23-25 after winning a national competition sponsored by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Founded in 1901, the NAMM Show

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SUNDAY SLOW JAMS COMING TO Z107.7 RADIO

With the start of a new year comes new programming to Z107.7. Managing editor Tami Roleff says late-night listeners will be treated to music for loving… Smooth and sexy, old and new R&B love songs can be heard six nights a week in a new program on Z107.7, Slow Jams.

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WE CLARIFY DETAILS ON THE DISCOVERY OF A BODY IN FIRE RUBBLE

A clarification on a story we ran yesterday about a body found in the rubble of a Joshua Tree house fire. We reported a man who’s been missing since a November 23 fire at his residence in Joshua Tree is believed to have been found dead in his burned-out home.

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LOCAL DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN MEETINGS AND PROJECTS

At Saturday morning’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, officers will lead a planning session aimed at charting the course of the organization through the 2016 presidential election. Local Democrats are encouraged to bring their visions for the future direction of the Club. Also on the agenda are proposed

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SIGN UP EARLY FOR BLACK ROCK LECTURE ABOUT DROUGHT

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and Copper Mountain College are sponsoring the third event in their Black Rock lecture series, “Water in a Decade of Drought.” This free event requires pre-registration; here’s reporter Rebecca Havely to tell you how to register… Everyone wants to know, will this

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SHIBUI AT THE ROUTE 62 GALLERY IN JOSHUA TREE

Shibui is Japanese for “restrained elegance” or “unobtrusive beauty” and is the theme for this month’s exhibit currently on display at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. Painters Janis Commentz, Marjorie Franklin, and Glenn Grubbs, along photography by Bill Dahl, pottery by Ed Keesling, and painting and fabric dolls by Anna

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BLUEGRASS JAM IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

The next bluegrass jam will be on Wednesday, January 7, at 6:00 p.m. Once again, they will be at the JT Trading Post in downtown Joshua Tree. Please bring your acoustic instruments and/or singing voice and a simple song that others can jam along with. Or just come and listen.

MISSING JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND

A man who’s been missing since a November 23 fire at his residence in Joshua Tree is believed to have been found dead in his burned out home. According to a Sheriff’s report, workers cleaning up the fire debris at the home of David Frowery in the 63000 block of

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE ALTERED ALMOST 5,000 PETS IN 2014

The Animal Action League, which provides low-cost spaying and neutering services for dogs and cats in the Morongo Basin, altered 4,628 pets in 2014. The number of cats spayed and neutered was nearly equal between females and males, with 882 females and 818 males. For dogs, nearly 800 more females

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FREE, TWO-DAY ART WORKSHOP OFFERED BY JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS PROGRAM

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency is offering a free, 2 day, community art workshop. Pre-registration is required. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to register…

The Fundamentals of Landscape Painting is the subject of the free two-day art workshop offered by Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. The instructor, Art Mortimer,

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THEATRE 29 NAMES TWO “VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR” FOR 2014

Two Morongo Basin residents were named “Volunteers of the Year” Saturday night at the annual Theatre 29 Volunteer Appreciation dinner at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. A packed house of over 120 showed their appreciation as the 2014 Board President Brian Tabeling named Judy Andreshak and Mike Lipsitz to the

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APPLICATIONS BEING TAKEN FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Copper Mountain College Foundation is looking for applications to the prestigious Greenleaf Scholarship Program. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply for this remarkable educational opportunity… Local high school seniors are invited to apply for the Roy Greenleaf Jr. Scholarship sponsored by the Copper Mountain College Foundation.

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VETERANS’ SERVICES TOMORROW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The San Bernardino Vet Center offers re-adjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to veterans in the Morongo Basin tomorrow and every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, in Joshua Tree, in the Office of Student Services.

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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 tomorrow and the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and

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RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

The California Retired Teachers Association will begin 2015 by meeting on Friday, January 9, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. Members will enjoy a talk on “Travel Extends Your Life,” to be presented by Steve Kanold. Please call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no later than

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SUNDAY BREAKFAST AT VFW KITCHEN

Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY FOR LOW-COST VACCINATIONS, SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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